Centers for Independent Living, Recovery Act.

To provide independent living services to individuals with significant disabilities to assist them to function more independently in family and community settings, by developing and supporting a statewide network of centers for independent living.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Provided services vary from one center to another.

Centers provide a combination of services, including: information and referral; independent living skills training; individual and systems advocacy; counseling services; housing; rehabilitation technology; mobility training; life skills training; interpreter and reader services; personal assistance services; accessible transportation; supported living; therapeutic treatment; provision of prostheses and other devices; and other services described in Section 7 (30)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Federal funds are used for the establishment and operation of centers for independent living which offer a combination of services.

Services must include independent living core services, which include information and referral services, training in independent living skills, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, and as appropriate, a combination of any other independent living services specified in Title II of the Rehabilitation Act.

Each center must have a governing board composed of a majority of persons with significant disabilities.

The majority of the staff and individuals in decision making positions must be individuals with disabilities.

Not less than 1.8 percent and not more than two percent of Federal funds appropriated for the program must be reserved to provide training and technical assistance through entities experienced in the operation of centers for independent living.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Vocational Rehabilitation.

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Vocational Rehabilitation

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Disabled (e.g. Deaf, Blind, Physically Disabled); Mentally Disabled

Credentials/Documentation

Costs for States that administer these grants through the authorization in section 723 will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs for all other grantees will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102, must be used for this program.

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. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications for new awards from eligible agencies should be submitted to the Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20202-4725, unless otherwise directed in the Federal Register Announcement.

Award Procedures

New awards are made on approval of the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Assistant Secretary of OSERS, based on the findings of Federal and nonfederal reviews of applications to ensure the applicants satisfactorily demonstrate that they will meet the standards and assurances described in Section 725 (b) and (c) the Rehabilitation Act.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for application deadlines.

Authorization

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 1, Part C, 29 U.S.C. 796f-796f-6; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

These projects may be continued under CFDA 84.132 based on a self-evaluation report, and accomplishments as described in the Center's self-evaluation and annual report requirements under Section 725 (c)(8) of the Act, submittal of a continuation application, and the availability of funds. Renewals are available through the regular continuation application process and are subject to the availability of funds under the regular program appropriation (see CFDA program 84.132).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no statutory formula. 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. Grantees have an additional 12-month period to obligate their funds. New projects are typically funded for five years with funding approved on a 12-month basis. Continuation awards will be subject to the availability of funds under the regular program (see CFDA program 84.132). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

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. 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

Records

Fiscal records must be maintained for 3 years after the grant ends and the final financial report is submitted or until all audit questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0302-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $87,500,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

To be determined.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Regulations at 34 CFR 364 and 366.

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

Selection criteria for this program include extent of need for the project, past performance, satisfaction of the standards and assurances set forth in Section 725, quality of key personnel, budget and cost-effectiveness, evaluation plan, plan of operation, and involvement of individuals with significant disabilities. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program regulations at 34 CFR 366.



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