Projects funded in the past include: projects focusing on the training and placement of older individuals with disabilities; projects to train and place individuals with disabilities in specific industries (e.g., the electronics industry); projects to promote the school-to-work transition of youth with disabilities.
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.
In fiscal year 2008, an estimated 63 projects will be funded. In FY 2007, PWI projects placed over 5,000 individuals with disabilities in competitive employment.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used to support projects to prepare persons with disabilities for employment in the competitive labor market.
Any industrial, business, or commercial enterprise; labor union employer; community rehabilitation program provider; trade association; Indian tribe or tribal organization; designated State unit; or other agency or organization with the capacity to create and expand job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Projects with Industry grants are awarded to employers, labor unions, profit making and nonprofit organizations, institutions, and State vocational rehabilitation agencies.
Grants cannot be made directly to individuals.
Only applicants that propose to serve a geographic area that is currently unserved or underserved by the PWI program can receive new awards under this program.
An individual is eligible for services under this program if the individual to be served is an individual with a disability or an individual with a significant disability, as defined in Sections 7 (20)(A) and 7(21)(A), respectively, of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. In making this determination, the State vocational rehabilitation unit shall rely on the determination made by the recipient of the grant under which the services are provided, to the extent that the determination is appropriate, available, and consistent with the requirements of the Act.
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. Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No.
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.
Applications should be submitted to the Department of Education, Application Control Center, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202. The standard application kit as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. Department of Education No. 80-0013 must also be submitted.
Awards are made on approval of the Commissioner, RSA, and the Assistant Secretary, OSERS, for new projects, and the Commissioner, RSA, for continuation projects.
Contact the program manager at the headquarters office for application deadlines.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI, Part A.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The range is approximately 150 to 180 days.
Projects with multi-year project periods may be continued based on annual review of accomplishments, compliance indicators and availability of adequate funds. Renewals are available only through the continuation application process.
Formula and Matching Requirements
The Federal share may not exceed 80 percent of total project cost.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project support may be available up to 60 months.
Post Assistance Requirements
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 76).
Annual financial reports, compliance indicator data and reports of progress must be submitted as required by the grant award terms and conditions.
Audits must be conducted on a continuing basis or at scheduled intervals. 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.
As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally, records related to grant fund, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion.
(Grants) FY 07 $17,293,000; FY 08 est $19,197,000; and FY 09 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In fiscal year 2008, the estimated range of awards is $250,000 to $350,000, with an average award of $300,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regulations: (A) Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86; and (B) the regulations for this program in 34 CFR 369 and 379 apply.
Regional or Local Office
Department of Education, OSERS 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2740. Contact: Kerrie Clark. Telephone: (202) 245-7281. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Funding priorities are announced in the Federal Register. Applications for discretionary grants are subject to peer review procedures leading to recommendations for approval or disapproval by Federal and nonfederal experts. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program and Department regulations 34 CFR 369 and 379.
The World Bank’s Development Marketplace, a competitive grants program, has provided $1.4 million grants to 12 social enterprises in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram for development activities and capacity building investments.