Special Education- Olympic Education Programs

This program promotes the expansion of Special Olympics and the design and implementation of Special Olympics education programs.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Special Olympics is the only eligible recipients of funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with intellectual disabilities.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is not covered under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs".

Application Procedures

Special Olympics shall submit on application at such time, in such maner, and containing such information as the Department may require.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed by the Department.


Deadlines will be announced by the Department.


Special Olympic Sports and Empowerment Act, Section 3(a), 42 U.S.C. 15001.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.




Awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award depending on the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 5 years subject to availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports must be submitted on an annual basis.

Final reports must be submitted at the end of the award period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, "nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal Audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated in the grant or contract terms and conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $11,790,360 and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

All appropriated funds must be awarded to Special Olympics.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS, Office of Special Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4103-PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2600. Contact Ingrid Oxaal. E-mail: ingrid.oxaal@ed.gov; Telephone: (202) 245-7471.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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