PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18, 2014 – A Pennsylvania group that works to improve life for people with developmental disabilities will hold four meetings next month, including one in Norristown, to gage how it can best target funding under a new grant program, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today.

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council is also seeking proposals for its Grassroots Grants Program.

“This is a great opportunity for groups and businesses that work with Pennsylvanians who have developmental disabilities to provide input and get funding for their ideas,” Tartaglione said. “Philadelphians with developmental disabilities will be helped if we work together to make a difference.”

January’s four meetings – called “conversations” – will be held Jan. 12 in Pittsburgh; Jan. 21 in Camp Hill; Jan. 22 at Montgomery County Behavioral Health, 1430 DeKalb St., Norristown; and Jan. 23 during a statewide webinar/conference call (1-866-210-1669, participant code 3478987#).

Grassroots Grants of as much as $10,000 are designed to support short-term projects of up to 18 months.

Applicants should be prepared to provide a brief statement explaining: who they are, the problem they are trying to address, how they are trying to address the problem, and how their proposal relates to the council’s mission.

The deadline for applications is 3 p.m., Feb. 11.

“The upcoming conversations are necessary and important,” Tartaglione said. “Anyone with a stake in providing a better future for Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities should participate and apply for funding.”

For more information, visit the council’s website at or contact David Golin at 717-772-4127 or


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