Interagency Outreach Training Initiative

FAQ

  1. What do IOTI project funds support? IOTI funds are to be used only to support training, and they are not meant to supplant training that would otherwise be the responsibility of agencies and organizations.  They are not to be used to support direct services.
  2. What is the difference between training and direct services? Training refers to educating individuals who will educate others. For example, a project might teach self advocates how to teach others to contact their legislators. Those self advocates who participated in the training would then be expected to teach other self advocates-as specified in the proposal-to use these skills. Another example might be a project to teach direct support personnel to recognize behaviors that may be signs of mental illness, to seek additional information, and to make referrals accordingly.
  3. Who are eligible applicants?  Projects may be proposed by public agencies or by private for-profit or not-for-profit organizations. Applicant agencies must be legally incorporated in the state of Utah and able to furnish proof of Worker's Compensation and other liability insurances.
  4. How are decisions made about invitations to submit full proposals? Letters of intent are first screened to see that all required information is included in the letters. The Request for Proposals (RFP) shows the information that is required.  Those letters that meet the requirements are reviewed and ranked by each IOTI Steering Council member.  Those letters that receive the highest ranking will be invited to submit full proposals. Historically, because of funding limits, only about 1 in 4 applicants are invited to submit full proposals.
  5. How can I get information about the proposal requirements?  SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Information about the proposal format, evaluation criteria, and other information is provided in the RFP.  The RFP can be accessed by clicking the Request for Proposals button on our website http://www.cpd.usu.edu/ioti/. 
  6. What information should be included in a proposal? All of the required information must be included. For example,  SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1proposals must clearly describe:
    1. The interagency nature of the proposed project. IOTI funds are intended to address needs of more than one agency. Projects are encouraged that provide training in broad geographic areas or in geographic areas that are underserved. Underserved means that the proposed training is not generally available in that area.
    2.  Who will participate in training.  Give specific information about numbers and affiliations of participants. Include letters of support from agencies or organizations whose personnel will participate in training in the Appendix.
    3. The proposed training. How will it be delivered? What is the content to be addressed? Who will provide the training? The budget should be aligned with the costs of the training. Applicants are encouraged to use existing training materials that have been validated (shown to be effective). Costs of curriculum adaptation or development must be explained.
  7. Is a match required? A funding match is not required. However, it is appropriate to note funding you will receive from other sources to supplement IOTI support. Applicants are encouraged to design the budget to support the full costs of participation in training. If stipends for participation are included, the reasons must be clearly justified.