How to Prepare A Grant Proposal to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Free On-Demand Training Modules

In these 5 On-Demand Training Modules you will learn how to prepare and apply for a grant to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Program Development Grant, Request for Proposal (RFP) Cycle 43.

SCDD awards grants for new or innovative projects that enhance services for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families. On alternate years, the SCDD awards grants that either address statewide or regional priorities in their California State Strategic Plan. Cycle 43 will fund projects of regional significance.

We recommend that prior to watching the Training Modules you review the RFP for the Regional Office where you intend to apply. Please pay careful attention to the application instructions and guidelines, and the priorities of the regional office. Email any grant questions to You may find the RFP for each regional office here:

Regional Offices: North CoastNorth StateSacramentoNorth BayBay AreaNorth Valley HillsCentral CoastSequoiaLos AngelesOrange CountySan BernardinoSan Diego/Imperial


The modules are presented to you by:

  • The Tarjan Center at the University of California Los Angeles

           Olivia Raynor, PhD, Director

           Katharine Hayward, PhD, MPH, Director of Research and Evaluation

           Beth Stoffmacher, BA, Center Coordinator

  • The University of Southern California (USC), University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

           Fran Goldfarb, MA, MCHES, CPSP, Director, Community Education

           Olga Solomon, PhD, Research Scientist

  • The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the MIND Institute, University of California Davis

           Robyn Hansen, MD, Co-Director

           Aubyn C. Stahmer, PhD, Co-Director

           Maya Matheis, PhD., MSW, Postdoctoral Fellow


Module 1: Getting Ready to Write the Proposal

Presenter: Fran D. Goldfarb, MA, MCHES, CPSP, USC UCEDD

Introduction (Recording 3:31)

1a. Grants 101 (Recording 3:27)

1b. Prewriting/Preparation (Recording 11:02)

1c. What is in the PDG Cycle 43 RFP? (Recording 15:55)


Module 2: The Project Narrative

Presenter: Katharine Hayward, Ph.D.,MPH, Tarjan Center at UCLA

Introduction (Recording 3:17)

Section 2a. Abstract, Qualifications, and Collaboration (Recording 5:42)

Section 2b. Methodology (Recording 7:51)

Section 2c. Target Population, Staff Roles, and Responsibilities (Recording 3:37)


Module 3: Outcomes and Evaluation Plan

Presenter: Aubyn C. Stahmer, PhD, Director, CEDD, Mind Institute, UC Davis 

Maya Matheis, PhD., MSW, Postdoctoral Fellow CEDD, Mind Institute, UC Davis 

Introduction (Recording 2:37)

Section 3a. Defining, Identifying and Measuring Outputs (Recording 10:08)

Section 3b. Writing Goals and Developing Outcomes (Recording 8:27)

Section 3c. Linking Outcomes to SCDD Performance Measures and State Plan Goals (Recording 7:05)

Section 3d. Timeline Development, Dissemination and Sustainment (Recording 8:24)


Module 4: Budget

Presenter: Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., Director, Tarjan Center at UCLA 

Section 4a. Grant Writing Terms for Budgeting (Recording 4:54)

Section 4b.Matching Funds (Recording 7:07)

Section 4c. Grant Budget Detail Worksheet (Recording 3:37)

Section 4d. An Example-Ruby Red (Recording 7:11)


Module 5: Required Attachments of the RFP

Presenter: Olivia Raynor, Ph.D., Director, Tarjan Center at UCLA 

Introduction (Recording 2:39)

Section 5a. Required Attachments (Recording 10:21)

Trouble accessing the modules? Please contact Beth Stoffmacher