Rehabilitation Short-Term Training

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Funds have been used to conduct training activities for personnel of Client Assistance programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Training grants are provided in fields directly related to the vocational and independent living rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, such as rehabilitation disciplines and program areas supported under the Rehabilitation Training program.

Conferences and meetings where training is not the primary focus may not be supported under this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State vocational rehabilitation agencies (including territories), and other public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals preparing for or employed in positions relating to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities will benefit. Projects under this program are designed to provide short-term training and technical instruction in areas of special significance to the delivery of vocational, medical, social, and psychological rehabilitation services.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs will also be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency 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 the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

New applications are made to the Department of Education, Application Control Center, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4725. Attention: 84.246. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by panels of field readers. Each panel includes two or more nonfederal members with experience and training in the porposed area of training.


Deadlines are published in the Federal Register; contact the program office for application deadlines and other information.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title III, Section 302, 29 U.S.C. 774.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range is from 120 to 160 days.




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 and an annual review of accomplishments to determine adequate performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

A grantee must contribute to the cost of a project under this program in an amount that satisfies the Secretary. The part of the costs to be borne by the grantee is determined by the Secretary at the time of the award.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are generally supported for one to five years. Funds are granted on a twelve month basis. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by the grant award terms and conditions.


Audits must be conducted on a continuing basis or at scheduled intervals, usually once a year, but at least once every 2 years. 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 the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $750,000; FY 08 est $750,000; and FY 09 est $750,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $250,000 in FY 07.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations can be found in 34 CFR 385 and 34 CFR 390.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2649. Contact: Ruth Brannon. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 245-7278.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Quality of key personnel, plan of operation, budget and cost-effectiveness, adequacy of resources, evidence of need, relevance to the State/Federal rehabilitation service program, and nature and scope of training program content are included in the selection criteria.

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