Independent Living State Grants, Recovery Act

To assist States in maximizing the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream American society, by providing financial assistance for providing, expanding, and improving
the provision of independent living services.
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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

Fiscal Year 2008: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2009: Funds are expected to be awarded to 78 designated State units. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds received under this Part may be used to support the operation of the Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC), States may also use funds received under this Part for one or more of the following purposes: to provide independent living services to individuals with significant disabilities; to demonstrate ways to expand and improve independent living services; to support the operations of centers for independent living; to increase the capacities of public or nonprofit agencies and organizations and other entities to develop comprehensive approaches or systems for providing independent living services; to conduct studies and analyses, gather information, develop model polices and procedures, and present information, approaches, strategies, findings, conclusions, and recommendations to Federal, State, and local policymakers in order to enhance independent living services for individuals with disabilities; to train individuals with disabilities and individuals providing services to individuals with disabilities and other persons regarding the independent living philosophy; and to provide outreach to populations that are unserved or underserved by programs under this title, including minority groups and urban and rural populations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Housing.

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Housing

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Education Professional; Disabled (e.g. Deaf, Blind, Physically Disabled); Mentally Disabled

Credentials/Documentation

The State agency must certify the availability of State funds for matching purposes. The match for this program may be in-kind. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

There is no separate application required for this program.

Agencies are eligible to receive funds for this program under the Recovery Act if they have an approved State Plan for Independent Living.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Eligible agencies in a State with an approved State Plan for Independent Living do not need to submit an application to receive funds for this program under the Recovery Act. In some States, the approved State Plan for Independent Living may need to be revised or amended to account for the increased funding available under the Recovery Act. The Department will provide additional guidance on this issue and expenditures of funds in these instances will be conditioned on the submission of a revised or amended State Plan for Independent Living. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

All agencies eligible for funding under an approved State Plan for Independent Living for the Independent Living State Grants program (CFDA 84.169) are eligible to receive funds provided under the Recovery Act for this program. A grant award based on each agency s share of the formula allocation for a State of the funds provided by the Recovery Act for this program will be issued by the end of March 2009. In some States, the approved State Plan for Independent Living may need to be revised or amended before the Recovery Act funds may be expended. In these instances, grant awards will be subject to a grant condition.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 1, Part B, 29 U.S.C. 796a-796e; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Recovery Act funds will be allocated among States according to the formula in section 711 of the Rehabilitation Act using annual population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Federal share for any fiscal year is one State dollar for every Federal dollar. The State contribution may be cash or in-kind. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for obligation at the Federal level until September 30, 2010. State agencies have an additional 12-month period to obligate their funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for State-administered programs.

Annual and quarterly progress reports; annual budget and case service reports; annual financial reports.

Grantees will report on how funds under this program are spent and the results of those expenditures.

Grantees receiving funding under the Recovery Act may be required to report at the end of each quarter on the amount of grant funds obligated and expended; all activities for which those funds were obligated and expended; the completion status of those activities; the estimated number of jobs created or retained by the project and those activities; and detailed information on any contracts awarded with grant funds.

Specific reporting requirements will be included in grant award documents.

Contact the program office for more information.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The Education Department periodically conducts audits and site visits of designated State unit programs funded under Part B. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 30, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and No

Records

As required by EDGAR for State-administered programs. Generally, States and sub-grantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 5 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0302-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $18,200,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2009, the range of awards is expected to be $22,523 to $1,623,087.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Independent Living Regulations 34 CFR 364 and 365.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

William Bethel Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington 20202 Email: william.bethel@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6775

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

An approved State plan is a condition for receipt of funds under Title VII, Part B of the Rehabilitation Act.



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