Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations, Recovery Act.

To provide technical assistance to enhance the capacity of American Indian Tribes administering projects funded under the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services program, authorized under section 121 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Projects have supported training, technical assistance, and related activities provided by minority institutions of higher education and Indian tribes and to improve services provided under the Rehabilitation Act, especially services provided to individuals with disabilities from minority backgrounds.

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

Fiscal Year 2008: Some program accomplishments include the following: (1) Extensive training on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and other key disability legislation; (2) the establishment of State-wide consortia of public agencies and organizations to better coordinate the delivery of vocational rehabilitation and other related services to persons with disabilities from minority backgrounds; (3) sponsoring and co-sponsoring of national and regional conferences of rehabilitation providers such as the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) and others; (4) establishment of rehabilitation training programs at colleges and universities; (5) increase in the number of applications and funding of projects from minority institutions of higher education; (6) implementation of national satellite broadcasts to discuss rehabilitation with participants from institutions of higher education, rehabilitation State agencies, independent living centers, supported employment programs and other agencies and organizations involved in the administration of rehabilitation programs. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are limited to: awards to minority entities and Indian tribes to carry out activities under the programs authorized under titles II, III, VI, and VII of the Rehabilitation Act; awards to minority entities and Indian tribes to conduct research, training, technical assistance, or related activities, to improve services provided under the Rehabilitation Act, especially services provided to individuals from minority backgrounds; and awards to eligible entities to provide outreach and technical assistance to minority entities and Indian tribes to promote their participation in activities funded under the Rehabilitation Act.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Elementary/Secondary Education.

Other public institution/organization: Elementary/Secondary Education.

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

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Vocational Rehabilitation

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans); Private nonprofit institution/organization; Education Professional; Student/Trainee; Black; American Indian; Spanish Origin; Disabled (e.g. Deaf, Blind, Physically Disabled); Mentally Disabled; School; Youth (16-21); Education (9-12); Education (13+)

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs 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

The standard application forms as furnished by the Department of Education and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used 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 that 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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the notice published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.

Award Procedures

All new applications are reviewed by a panel of at least three individuals. Each panel will generally include consultants with experience and training in the proposed area of training.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Section 21, 29 U.S.C. 718b; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Renewals are available only through the new application process. Projects with an approved multi-year project period may be continued based on the availability of adequate funds (under the regular (non ARRA) appropriation) and an annual review of accomplishments to determine satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. 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 5 years with funding approved on a 12-month basis. Continuation awards will be subject to the availability of funds under the regular program. 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.

Progress reports are not applicable.

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

Additional information on record keeping and reporting requirements for these ARRA funds will be included in application instructions or program guidance to be provided later.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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. Audits must be conducted on a continuing basis or at scheduled intervals, usually once a year, but at least once every 2 years. Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB 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 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.

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. Additional reporting requirement may be found in EDGAR. Contact the program office for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0302-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 not reported.; FY 09 est not reported.; FY 10 est $1,400,000 - Grantees will have an additional fiscal year in which to obligate ARRA funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations. For more information contact the program office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Ellen Chesley Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington 20202-2649 Email: ellen.chesley@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7300

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations are used to evaluate this program.



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