Call for Applications for Disparity Funds Program

Department of Developmental Services Announcement

Date:  August 17, 2018

In 2016, ABX2 1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) added Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 4519.5(h) to the W&I Code and allocated funds to the Department of Developmental Services (Department), to assist regional centers in the implementation of strategies to reduce disparities in the purchase of services (POS).  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016/17, the Department solicited regional center proposals and approved funding for projects to reduce disparities and promote equitable access to regional center services and supports.


In 2017, trailer bill language amended W&I Code section 4519.5 to allow community- based organizations (CBO) to apply for and receive funding to address disparities and/or equitable access to services. The Department is accepting proposals from regional centers and CBOs for funds available in FY 2018/19.


Regional centers and CBOs are invited to respond to this call for applications for the Disparity Funds Program. Applicants that submit proposals must comply with the instructions contained in the attached Guidelines for Applicants. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on October 16, 2018. The Department will review proposals and respond to each by November 30, 2018.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) will be posted to the Department’s webpage and updated following the conference call on 9/13/18. If you need copies of any of the documents referenced in this packet, please contact:


Regional Center Branch Department of Developmental Services 1600 9th Street, Room 340, MS 3-12

Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 654-2297