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Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy (DDML)

A one-mill property tax dedicated to services for persons with developmental disabilities was established in 2001.  The County distributes 93 percent of the Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy (DDML) funds to support Developmental Pathways, the County’s Community-Centered Board while retaining 5.5 percent for a competitive grant program.  The remaining 1.5 percent covers Treasurer’s fees.

Development Disabilities Mill Levy (DDML) Grant Program

Since 2001, the DDML grant has awarded over $5 million in funding for local services supporting residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD).  DDML grant awards are allocated through an annual competitive grant process.

The DDML grant is intended to support agencies currently serving Douglas County residents with I/DD and those who would like to start serving this population.  All local agencies serving the I/DD population are welcome to apply for these funds.  Organizations are strongly encouraged to apply for services that are new, innovative, and those that fill current “gaps” in services.  Agencies may apply for multiple grants for different projects.

2022 DDML Grant Application Information

2022 Application Overview

  • Application Window:  June 24th – July 29th
  • Application Link:  Please note that the application link to apply online will only be live during the application window timeframe.  Software requires a Chrome, Firefox, or Edge web browser to apply.
  • Application Requirements:  All items can be submitted through the grant application software system –
    • Organizational Profile
    • Proposal Details
    • Attachments

Grant Funds

  • 2022 funding amount available for distribution:  $444,158
  • Funds may only be used in support of Douglas County residents with an I/DD as defined by the State of Colorado.
  • The County seeks to make grant awards in support of programs, projects or scholarships for residents, as opposed to administrative costs or operating expenses.
  • There is no match required for this grant, but funding diversity and leveraging is highly valued and recommended.
  • Most awards are made in a one-time payment.

Grant Timeline

Applications will be reviewed by the DDML Advisory Council in the third quarter of 2022, funding recommendations will be provided to the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners for consideration.  Grantee contracts will be initiated in the fourth quarter of 2022.  Funding will be available in 2023.  A final report is required upon completion.

Eligibility

The DDML grant is intended to support agencies currently serving residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Douglas County, Colorado and those who would like to start providing services in our county.  All local agencies serving the I/DD population are welcomed to apply for these funds.  We strongly encourage those of you providing services that are new, innovative, and those that fill current “gaps” in services to consider applying.  Agencies may apply for multiple grants for different project.

Applicant Training

Please note that Douglas County is implementing new grant management software for this year’s application process.

Required Application Attachments

The following documents are required along with your application and can be attached in the grant management software system when applying:

  • 2022 Unit Cost Template  (Please select the tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet that best fits the project type for which you are applying.  Cost listed on the spreadsheet should align with your proposed budget for the project.)
  • Leveraging Worksheet
  • W-9 Form
  • Organizational Budget (Revenue and Expenses) for the Previous Calendar or Fiscal Year
  • Organizational Budget (Revenue and Expenses) for the Current Calendar or Fiscal Year
  • Organizational Balance Sheet for the Previous Calendar or Fiscal Year
  • Most recent audit, if applicable

Contact and Technical Assistance

  • For technical assistance with the new grant management software, please contact eCivis at [email protected] or call 1-877-232-4847.  Preferred web browsers to use when completing your application include Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge.
  • For questions pertaining to the application process or requirements, please contact Steven Dodrill at [email protected]

Other DDML Resources

2021 Grant Awards

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved the recommendations of 2021 grant funds on Dec. 21, 2021.  View the 2021 Awards by category.

Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council

The Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council members review grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners.

Advisory Council members:

  • Carol Kumpost
  • Jenny Skinner, Community Centered Board Representative
  • John Groom
  • Saeed Siddiqui
  • Tauni McRae-Couch
  • Laura Larson
  • Marjorie Bezdeck
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County Commissioners observe March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and recognize the County’s Developmental Disabilities Fund for 20 years of programs and services delivery.