Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities-Grants for Protection and Advocacy Systems

Grants are awarded to: (1) establish, expand and improve access to and participate in the election process by individuals with a full range of disabilities; and (2) provide training and technical assistance to P&As to establish or improve voting access for individuals with disabilities.


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

FY 07 55 grants to P&As and 2 grants for T&TA set-aside for a total of 57. Funding of 57 grants will continue in FY 08 and we anticipate 57 grant awards in FY 09.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To assist States to ensure full participation in the electoral process of individuals with disabilities.

Funds are available until expended.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States and Territories who have a Protection and Advocacy System in place in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.

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

This program is not eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."

Application Procedures

Assurances as required by law.

Award Procedures

Funds will be awarded annually in accordance with announcement or application instructions.

Deadlines

As specified in announcement or application instructions.

Authorization

Help America Vote Act, Title II, Subtitle D, Part 5, Section 291; Public Law 107-252.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

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 resident population in each State. No State or Territory will receive less than $70,000 and $35,000 respectively. There is no matching requirement. T/TA awards for P&As a 7% set-aside of total funding amount.

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 $4,491,900; FY 08 $4,916,000; and FY 09 est $4,916,000. T&TA P&A set-aside: FY 07 $338,100; FY 08 $340,000; and FY 09 est $340,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

P&As $70,000 or $30,000.

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, SW., Washington, DC 20201. Contact: Melvenia Wright. Telephone: (202) 690-5557.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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