NOTE: We had an overwhelming response for the grant, and funds are limited, so at this time we are sorry to inform you that we can not approve any additional applications for a device.
The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center, in partnership with the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, is excited to offer a grant program designed to provide technology tools to individuals to support independence and community involvement.
Requests for reimbursement are limited to electronic devices, as specified here, to support the needs of adults (21 and over) in the following areas:
- Advocacy Engagement– join in advocacy efforts on a local, state or national level
- Health and Wellness– telehealth appointments, therapies and access to healthy living activities
- Education and Socialization Activities– connections with support groups, family, friends and peers to alleviate anxiety due to social distancing, and/or increase positive shared experiences. Participation in classes and skill building virtual activities.
If you already purchased the needed technology, you WILL NOT be able to seek reimbursement. Purchases can only be authorized if the purchase is made after you receive a written confirmation that your request has been approved.
Applicants are required to exhaust other available sources of funding before submitting an application for reimbursement.
Items considered for funding include and are limited to one item:
• Handheld electronic device (Android Tablet/iPad/Smartphone): Reimbursed up to $350.00
• Computer device (Chromebook/Laptop/Desktop Computer): Reimbursed up to $500.00
(Internet connection and accessories such as cases/printers/ink/memory sticks, headphones, software, etc., are not reimbursable)
Items may be purchased for a single recipient or for use by more than one adult with I/DD. One application should be submitted with the primary individual’s demographic information when the device will be shared.
- Complete all questions outlined in the application, incomplete applications will not be processed.
- Provide the required demographic information.
- Submit assurances as outlined in the application.
- Answer questions describing anticipated outcomes to the best of your knowledge.
- Agree to participate in a follow up survey to determine achieved outcomes.
- Submit the application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When will decisions be made and awardees notified? Applicants will be notified via email within 10 business days of a completed application.
How will decisions be made about requests? All complete requests received will be properly considered and evaluated for adherence to guidelines and assurances.
Are there any restrictions on use of funds? Incomplete requests will not be considered. All required components of the request must be completed in order to submit requests.
Who is eligible to apply? Adults (21 and older) with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) enrolled with the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities Community Care Program or Supports Program. Only individuals with I/DD or their parent/spouse/guardian may apply. This application is not open to provider agencies; however, an agency may assist the individual in applying.
How long do I have to make the purchase after I receive notification that funding is approved? It is expected that approved applications for the specified electronic device be purchased within 14 days of funding notice. Funding awards are non-recurring with no opportunity for renewal from the NJCDD or The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC).
Can funds be used for previous purchases made? No, these funds are to be used when no other funds are available for such a purchase. If a device was previously purchased, then funds were already available.
What agreements are required for funding and what are the reporting requirements? Complete applications are required. Valid paid purchase recipients are required before a reimbursement is processed. Completion of a follow-up survey is also required.
Can I apply if I received funding earlier from NJCDD through The Arc of New Jersey? No, only applications from those not previously funded in 2020 will be considered.
How are grant funds distributed? Reimbursements will be issued within 30 days by The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) after valid paid purchase recipients are submitted.
Who do I contact if I have questions about this opportunity? Questions can be addressed via email to ATAC@disabilityrightsnj.org