Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities_Grants to States

Grants are awarded to: (1) make polling places, including the path of travel, entrances, exits, and voting areas of each polling facility, accessible to individuals with the full-range of disabilities (e.g., blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hearing impairment, mobility-related, dexterity-related,
emotional or intellectual); (2) provide the same opportunity for access and participation (including privacy and independence) to individuals with the full-range of disabilities; (3) train election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with the full-range of disabilities in elections for Federal office; and (4) provide individuals with the full- range of disabilities with information about the accessibility of polling places.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201.

Contact: Melvenia Wright.

Telephone: (202) 690-5557.


Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, 55 grants were awarded. In FY 08, 55 grants will be awarded. It is anticipated that 55 grants will be awarded in FY 09.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To assist States to provide greater accessibility to individuals with full-range of disabilities.

Funds are available until expended.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States (including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with full-range of disabilities.

Credentials/Documentation

Cost will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application form, Standard Form 424 must be used for this program.

Forms are available on the website, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/announce.htm.

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.

Application Procedures

Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424, is to be submitted. Specified instructions as published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Funds will be awarded annually.

Deadlines

As specified in announcement or application instructions.

Authorization

Title II, Subtitle D, Part 2, Section 261 of Help America Vote Act, Public Law 107-252.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.

Renewals

None. Awards are generally made for a 12-month project period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The statistical factor used for fund distribution is the population age 18 and over in each State. No State will receive less than $100,000. There is no matching requirement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded annually.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual program and annual financial status reports are required.

Audits

Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.

Records

Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if all findings have not been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $10,890,000; FY 08 $12,154,000; and FY 09 est $12,154,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not less than $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR Parts 74 and 92, Grant Administrative Requirements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201. Contact: Melvenia Wright. Telephone: (202) 690-5557.

Headquarters Office

Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201. Contact: Melvenia Wright. Telephone: (202) 690-5557.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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