Cycle 35 Community Development Grants Awarded (FY 2012-2013)

The regional offices are proud to support the following projects
committed to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities

Note: This notice is not a guarantee of funding; the contracts listed below are subject to the Council receiving sufficient funds from the Federal Government; and is subject to successful contract negotiations with each applicant.



  • Jay Nolan Community Services  •  Awarded $359,782  •  Multiple Counties
    Jay Nolan Community Services, in partnership with Easter Seals of Southern California and Griffin Hammis Associates, proposes to work with individuals from the “Youth Target Population” and families on the innovative strategies to significantly improve transition outcomes for both competitive employment and post-secondary education to advance career development.  Cycle 35 Grant proposal

North Coast regional office

  • Progressive Employment Concepts  •  Awarded $20,000  •  Sacramento and Placer Counties
    This project will provide hands on training to staff and clients in the discovery and customized employment process leading to a customized employment outcome for a minimum of two individuals. This project will allow Progressive Employment Concepts to gain the tools needed to have continued success in finding jobs for the individuals we serve, especially those with higher support needs.

North State Regional Office

  • FOCUS Film Festival “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Through Film  •  Awarded $10,500  •  Multiple Counties
    The goal of this project is to educate and enlighten community members and students about people with disabilities through well-published film screenings and related events.
  • Glenn County Office of Education/Glenn Adult Program “The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program”  •  Awarded $9,500  •  Glenn County
    The goal of this project is to implement a “Get a Competitive Edge” Work Safe & Self-Advocacy program for consumers and employees with disabilities as part of The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program.

Sacramento Regional Office

Grant Information not yet available

North Bay Regional Office

  • Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Vaccine Against Abuse and Exploitation  •  Awarded $20,000  •  Napa and Sonoma Counties
    The proposed project will help people with developmental disabilities who have been the victims of abuse from being victimized and prevent others at-risk from suffering abuse in the first place, by equipping them with experimental success – based tools and skills that have demonstrated performance and effectiveness in keeping them emotionally and physically safe and reduce their risk of becoming victim of bullying, violence, abuse or exploitation.

Bay Area Regional Office

  • CALICO – Multi-Disciplinary Response to Disabled Victims  •  Awarded $20,000  •  Alameda County
    The goals of this grant is to increase the percentage of developmentally disabled child, adolescent and adult victims who benefit from a multi-disciplinary response to abuse allegations; improve the quality of the response for victims and their families and prevent future victimization.

North Valley Hills Regional Office

  • Creative Support Alternatives/SDSU Research Foundation – Transition2Life Project  •  Awarded $19,363  •  Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties
    The Transition2Life Project will provide direct, hands-on training and learning opportunities focusing on effective transitions to inclusive adult lives for young adults with developmental disabilities living in Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties.

Silicon Valley-Monterey Bay Regional Office

  • Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower – Adult Life Transition and Work Skill Training  •  Awarded $20,000  •  Multiple Counties
    This project equips young adults with developmental disabilities and their families with the social emotional tools and skill sets necessary for successful transition to adult life. Outfits adult people with developmental disabilities with the social – emotional tools and skill sets necessary to enter and succeed in gainful work opportunities and increase their self-sufficiency.

Sequoia Regional Office

  • Resources for Independence , Central Valley – Self-Advocacy for Youth  •  Awarded $19,277  •  Fresno County
    This Self-Advocacy for Youth project goal is to promote self-advocacy and leadership of young adults with developmental disabilities by utilizing person centered planning through trainings and group facilitation of consumers and their advocacy support networks.

Central Coast Regional Office

  • Friendship Club – First 5 Moorpark/ Simi Valley Neighborhood for Learning  •  Awarded $9,000  •  Ventura County
    Friendship Club is a free semi-monthly, social skills program in Moorpark and Simi Valley for children with special needs/ developmental disabilities ages 3-12, their parents, and their siblings. It is open to families of all economic levels and ethnicities.
  • Arts for Living – UCP of San Luis Obispo County  •  Awarded $11,000  •  San Luis Obispo County
    This is a new arts program engaging all citizens with and without disabilities of San Luis Obispo County in community development via inclusion in arts: music, visual arts, dance, theatre and poetry.

Los Angeles Regional Office

  • Get Safe – First Responder Training  •  Awarded $20,000  •  Los Angeles County
    Get Safe’s “First Responder Training: Enhancing Your Ability to Effectively Respond to Persons with Developmental Disabilities” will conduct four trainings for local law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, parents and caregivers plus an additional self-advocate’s training session to provide highly targeted information, techniques and tools to help first responders to effectively prevent, recognize and work with people with disabilities who may be victims of abuse or exploitation.

Orange County Regional Office

  • Hands on Job Training Project – NOCCCD School of Continuing Education  •  Awarded $6,933  •  Orange County
    The goal of the Hand –on Job Training project is to empower up to sixteen students who have developmental disabilities to reach their maximum employment potential. Each student will be supported by a Job Coach to learn and practice vital job skills.
  • Get Safe’s Self – Advocacy Leadership Boot Camp  •  Awarded $13,067  •  Orange County
    Get Safe proposes a year-long training series that will provide continued learning and networking opportunities for these identified self-advocacy groups thereby strengthening their goals and objectives and implementation efforts.  

San Bernardino Regional Office

  • Home Ownership for Persons with Disabilities Made Easy – Project Get Safe  •  Awarded $20,000  •  Multiple Counties
    The program anticipates training for up to 200 total consumers with attendance at each event reflecting the population density of the surrounding geographical area, four conferences will be held.

San Diego Imperial Regional Office

  • San Diego State University Interwork Institute’s Creative Support Alternative and SDSU’s Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education – Take Charge: Leading the Transition to Adulthood  •  Awarded $19,992  •  San Diego County
    The goal of Take Charge is to offer person-driven planning (PDP) to transitioning youth and their families as a strategy to offer skills and experiences resulting in inclusive employment and inclusive lives facilitated by San Diego State University Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) graduate students. In addition, the project will provide educational presentations for students, families, transition teachers, adult service providers, and SDRC staff on the use of PDP to support young adults with developmental disabilities to pursue inclusive employment, including innovative options like micro- enterprise ownership.