2017 Mini-Grants

Release 02/17/2017
Improved Health and Independence Among Individuals with Disabilities in WV

About the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University

The Center of Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University (WVU CED) is one of 67 centers (at least one in every state) that is in a unique position to disseminate information about disability services between community and university. The CED works with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information dissemination, with a focus on building capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens.

The CED implements core functions including: providing preservice preparation, services (technical assistance, community education, and direct services), research, and information dissemination.

Mini-Grants Description

In the April 2017, the WVU CED will award two (2) mini-grants of up to $5,000 and one (1) grant of $10,000 to collaborative teams including community representatives, providers, researchers, and/or organizations to implement evidence-based and promising strategies that promote health and independence among individuals with disabilities in West Virginia. Proposals that address one of the WVU CED’s areas of emphasis are encouraged; these areas include employment, successful transitions, quality healthcare access, and health and wellness. Program-specific expenses may include materials, participant incentives, and other operational costs. Indirect costs, stipend or salary support, clinical services or care will not be covered.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will include faculty members, providers, and staff from WVU and WVU CED partners from state and local agencies. Additional members from the WVU CED Advisory Committee – or others – may be invited to be part of the committee. The selection committee will provide recommendations for funding to the Leadership Committee of the WVU CED.

Budget Specifications

Please provide an itemized budget and budget justification for 1 year for up to the total amount ($5,000 or $10,000 depending on the intended type of award). Do not exceed the total amount. Examples of expenses that will NOT be funded include the following: indirect or general operating costs; stipend or salary support for staff or volunteers, including fringe benefits; equipment costing $2,500 or more per item; food or beverages; clinical services or care; construction or renovation of facilities; proprietary endeavors where the grantee stands to benefit financially; legislative advisory functions or lobbying; registration fees.

Submission Details

Applicants should submit their proposals electronically (must be typed) via email to Valerie Frey-McClung at vfreymcclung@hsc.wvu.edu by 5:00 pm on March, 24, 2017.

Applications should be no more than ten (10) pages and include the following areas of information:

  • Background and Significance (with literature review)
  • Specific Aims
  • Research Strategy
  • Budget
  • Budget Justification
  • References

For more information, please contact:
Lesley Cottrell, Ph.D.
Director, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Professor, Pediatrics
West Virginia University
959 Hartman Run Road
Morgantown, WV 26505
lcottrell@hsc.wvu.edu