Request for Proposals

2021-2022 Small Grants Program

The Tourette Association of America (TAA), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to release the RFP for the 2021-2022 Small Grants Program. All TAA Centers of Excellence, Chapters and Support Groups are invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000.


This grant program is designed to assist TAA’s Chapters, Support Groups, and Centers of Excellence in facilitating community interactions through organized community events, conferences, or meetings focusing on Tourette Syndrome awareness, education, and support.

Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the TAA recommends programs and activities that can be adapted into virtual programs, in the event in-person gatherings are restricted or limited in the number of people allowed to attend. While this is not required, it is recommended that applicants have a contingency plan.


  • Application release date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
  • Informational webinar: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 3:00pm EST – Register here
  • Applications due: Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Signed forms for accepted grants due Monday, December 20, 2021
  • Grant checks will be distributed in late December, reflecting 50% of the award, upon submission of a signed acceptance form. The remaining 50% of the award will be distributed upon the submission of a progress report.
  • Progress reports will be distributed in mid-February 2022 and are due Friday, March 25, 2022.
  • Grant activities must be completed, and any remaining funding must be returned before July 31, 2022.
  • Final report forms will be distributed early June 2022 and must be completed and submitted no later than July 31, 2022.


  • All active TAA Centers of Excellence, Chapters, and Support Groups are eligible for this grant opportunity.
  • TAA Centers of Excellence are required to partner with a Chapter, Support Group, or community-based organization. While it is not required, Chapters and Support Groups are encouraged to partner with a Center of Excellence, if there is one in their area. If you need to be connected to a Chapter, Support Group or CofE, please contact Tonya Thomas (


All proposed programs must meet the following requirements:

  • Proposed activities must focus on information and support, health communication and promotion, and education about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.
  • Proposed activities/programs must be free of charge for all participants.
  • Attendance must be taken at all grant-funded events.
  • Attendees must complete an evaluation.
  • Funding must be used explicitly to support the programs and activities described in the grant application, without exception. Funding may not be used for food or beverage.
  • Speaker honorariums must not exceed $500 per speaker.
  • Grantees must complete and submit an electronic progress report before their scheduled event.
  • Grantees will complete and submit an electronic final report after their activities have concluded, or by July 31, 2022.
  • Please note: Grant recipients will not be given an extension to complete their activities. Please only apply if you can meet the deadline of July 31, 2022.

Q: Who is eligible to apply to the TAA-CDC Small Grants Program?
A: All active TAA Centers of Excellence, Chapters and Support Groups are eligible to apply.

Q. What programs or activities cannot be funded by the TAA-CDC Grants?
A. Applications that include activities such as partisan political or lobbying efforts, fundraising events, or events that are not directly applicable to the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community will not be approved. Please note: Grant funds cannot be used for food and/or beverages. TAA will not cover any indirect costs for this grant opportunity.

Q. What are we looking for in a thorough application?
A. Program Description– The proposal must include a detailed description of the specific problem and/or need you are looking to address, an explanation of how the program will be implemented, and specific goals to be met.
Program Timeline – The proposal must include the specific date(s) your program or activity will be occurring. Please also include a general timeline of the different aspects of your program. This will help us envision program implementation and will also help to keep your program on track.
Budget – The proposal must demonstrate an effective use and breakdown of funds.
Measurement – The proposal must include ways in which you plan on evaluating the effectiveness of the program and/or activities. You may include more than one method.
Marketing/Communications Plan – The proposal must include an outline of how you plan to promote and advertise the event.

Q. What is the timeline? If accepted, when can we expect to be notified?
A. Applications are due October 30, 2020. TAA’s selection committee will meet by November 6, 2020 and applicants will be notified by November 13, 2020. Accepted grantees will receive an acceptance letter which must be signed and returned to the TAA. Upon acceptance, grantees have until July 31, 2021 to complete the grant activities.

Q. How will the grant be disbursed?
A. The TAA is granting up to $10,000 for TS education and awareness activities. Upon receipt of a signed acceptance form, TAA will distribute 50% of the awarded amount. The remaining 50% will be distributed to the grantee upon the receipt of a satisfactory progress report.

Q. If we are unable to complete the grant activities by July 31, 2021 will we be granted an extension?
A. As this is a CDC government funded initiative, the TAA is not able to grant an extension for the education and awareness activity, regardless of the circumstance. If you anticipate that you will not be able to complete the activity by July 31, 2021, we kindly ask that you do not apply.

Q. How can the TAA support the marketing activities for a funded event/program?
A. The TAA can support your marketing efforts in the following ways: TouretteConnect, Events Blast, and social media. Grantees must provide TAA with all the details pertaining to their events so we can include them in our national communications.

Q. What resources can TAA provide that can be distributed at our event/ program?
A. The TAA can provide all resources on Tourette Syndrome that you may need, i.e. Patient, Provider, Educator, Young Adult, Children and Law Enforcement toolkits, What is TS and CBIT brochures and TAA comic books, as well as TAA pens, pencils, notepads, luggage tags, cell phone holders, and tote bags.