Personal and Community Grants

The NH Council on Developmental Disabilities offers a variety of grants to individuals and their families or groups to support disability related activities, initiatives, and personal goals.

The following grants are offered, subject to available funds. Download the application, complete it electronically in any PDF reader, such as Acrobat Reader, save it and submit it via email. You can also simply print the form, complete it by hand, and send it via the mail.

Up to $5000.00 to support community projects or educational programs that address emerging needs
Funds may be used to:

  • Encourage positive emotional and social well-being by providing financial support to locations that reduce stress and promote comradery such as zoos, camp grounds, health clubs, etc.
  • Collaborative work completed and presented regarding emergency preparedness plans for the DD/ID community.
  • A group of families create a cooperative respite program and/or database of respite providers available in their community.

Community Projects and Educational Programs

Up to $1000.00 to support community projects or educational programs that help achieve goals and objectives in the Council's Five Year Plan.

Funds may be used to:

  • Foster new and different ways to help address a barrier or challenge facing people with disabilities
  • Educate the public and change the way people think about people with disabilities and the challenges they face
  • Educate and support development of leadership and advocacy skills
  • Educate professionals in all fields who serve and support people with disabilities to
    1. Provide greater understanding
    2. Expand Community capacity
    3. Promote promising practices
  • Expand the promotion and support of integrated, inclusive settings and activities

Grants for Youth and Young Adults

Up to $500.00 per project to teens or young adults, ages 14-21, who want to make their schools or communities more welcoming to people of all abilities. A team or committee must be formed that includes at least one teen or young adult with a disability in a leadership role and one adult support person.

Projects should:

  1. Address a barrier that teens or young people with disabilities currently face, or support them in advocating for themselves; or
  2. Focus on the importance of building relationships by taking part in everyday activities with peers and in the community.

Employment and Post-Secondary Education

Up to $1000.00 per individual to support employment or post-secondary education goals that could lead to or help retain employment, and are in line with the Council's Five Year Plan.

Some things that funds can be used for:

  • Drivers education
  • Uniforms, interview clothing
  • Trade tools
  • Coursework/certifications
  • Assistance with resume, job applications
  • Temporary transportation

Personal Education and Leadership Development

Up to $500.00 for individuals with developmental disabilities and family members to attend conferences and workshops in order to increase their understanding of their disability or that of their child, develop leadership or self-advocacy skills or learn strategies to lead more inclusive, self-directed lives in their community. These applications can be submitted at any time before the event or activity.


These projects are supported, in part with funding provided by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities under grant number 2101NHSCDD, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

Funding cannot be provided for projects/services that carry out a function that is an obligation of local, state, or federal government (including school systems), Area Agencies, or other publicly-funded entities (unless proof of financial need due to denials or placement on a waitlist is provided).

Accessibility Grants

Up to $500.00 to support accessibility for community projects or educational programs that help achieve goals and objectives in the Council's Five Year Plan.

Funds may be used to:

  • ASL/CART services
  • Closed Captioning
  • Voice Over Audio
  • Website and materials auditing for accessibility improvement
  • Training in how to make your print and digital presence more accessible Assistive devices