Who’s eligible to apply for the Consumer Involvement Fund?
- An individual with a developmental disability. (Developmental Disabilities Definition)
- A parent of an individual with a developmental disability
- A family member of an individual with a developmental disability.
- A guardian of an individual with a developmental disability.
What are the two types of Consumer Involvement Fund programs that are available?
The Consumer Involvement Fund has two types of funding programs:
$400 per year, per person for In-state events
$1,000 per year per person for Out-of-state events
The Council will determine the amount of funding based on the number of applicants for the event, the location of the event, and the availability of funds allocated for the month.
The Council’s Consumer Involvement Funds can only partially fund the cost of attending an event. The Council requires persons wishing to receive Consumer Involvement Funds to secure partial funding from other sources, such as other state agencies, private foundations, consumer or advocacy organizations, an employer, use of his/her own money, or time match.
What cost(s) can be reimbursed by the Consumer Involvement Fund?
- Registration Fees
- Child Care or Respite Care
- Personal Assistance
- Other (at the discretion of the CIFC)
How do I apply for Funding?
- 30 days prior to the event
- CIFC will review applications for funds monthly
- Print, mail, or fax, the individual application form
- Print, mail, or fax, the organization application form/expenditure report
- Application materials are also available in large print and Braille upon request.
What is the Application Process?
- Once the application has been received by the CIFC, the applicant will be sent an approval letter from the CIFC informing the applicant of the amount of the award or if the application is denied. Included in the award letter will be details for reimbursement of approved expenses and an acceptance form to be returned to the CIFC.
- In order to receive partial funding from the CIFC, the applicant must meet the 25% match requirement. Examples of the match requirement are: volunteer hours, travel time, donated time/items, discounted fees/items, and any expenses paid personally.
What is the Reimbursement Process?
- After returning from an event, all individuals receiving Consumer Involvement Funds will be asked to complete forms and reports that must be returned before reimbursements will be processed. CIF applicants will be asked to share information received from the event with his or her local community, local legislators. Also, applicants will have the opportunity to share experiences at Council meetings and/or write articles for ACDD magazine and share photographs of their attendance as well.
- Consumer Involvement Funds are reimbursed for actual expenses.
- A receipt for each expense to be reimbursed must be submitted to Council before a reimbursement request can be processed.
What is Local Match?
Local match is your financial portion of the CIF award. The Local Match Share consists of in-kind value and/or non-federal cash contributions. All fund recipients are required to contribute a 25% match of the total fund award (unless waived by the committee).
In-kind match examples can be: attendance at event/activity, travel time to and from destination of event/activity for the applicant and/or driver, time spent on presentations regarding event/activity the applicant attended and/or volunteer time.
How do you calculate local match?
To calculate the 25% required match, divide the amount of your federal dollars request by 3. Then to calculate the total grant amount, combine the one-third figure with the federal dollars requests.
Still have questions?
For additional questions or information, please contact the:
Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities Consumer Involvement Fund
Sophia Wright-Whitted, Fiscal Manager
100 North Union Street, Suite 498
Montgomery, AL 36130