Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations

To enhance the capacity and increase the participation of historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education, and other institutions of higher education where minority enrollment is at least 50 percent, in competitions for grants, contracts, and cooperative
agreements under the Rehabilitation Act, as amended.

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

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.

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

States and public and nonprofit agencies and organizations may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Historically Black colleges and universities; (2) Hispanics serving institutions of higher education; (3) Indian tribal colleges and universities (4) other institutions of higher education whose minority student enrollment is at least 50 percent; and (5) Indian Tribes.


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.

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.

Application Procedures

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 two or more nonfederal consultants with experience and training in the proposed area of training. Each panel will include a person with a disability and an individual from a minority background.


Deadlines will be published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for application deadlines and information.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Section 21, 29 U.S.C. 718b.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 120 to 150 days following the application deadline.




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 satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects generally may be supported for 1 to 5 years, with budget periods so 12-months. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by the grant award's 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. 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.


As required by EDGAR.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $2,291,000; FY 08 est $2,900,000; and FY 09 est $2,802,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of awards is $225,000 - $250,000 in FY 2007.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2649. Contact: Ellen Chesley. E-mail: Telephone: (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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