Developmental Disabilities Basic Support and Advocacy Grants
Developmental Disabilities Basic Support and Advocacy Grants: To enable individuals with developmental disabilities to become independent, productive, integrated and included into their communities. Funding under these programs is to assist States in the development of a plan for a comprehensive and coordinated system of services and other activities to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to their maximum potential, and to support a system which protects the legal and human rights of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Community Living
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Developmental Disabilities Basic Support and Advocacy Grants: (1) Allotments under the basic developmental disabilities formula grant program may be used by States for priority area and other activities, including administrative costs, to build capacity, to refocus existing services, and to advocate to better meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. The designated State agency in each State receives, accounts for and disburses funds, and provides for required assurances and other administrative support services on behalf of the State Developmental Disabilities Council, which carries out the priority area activity and other activities under an approved five year State Plan. This plan and corresponding budget is developed and administered by the State Developmental Disabilities Council. Federal funds may be expended for up to half the cost of the functions of the designated State agency under this program, but may not exceed five percent of a State's allotment or $50,000, whichever is less. (2) Allotments under the protection and advocacy program may be used to assist States in supporting a system which will have authority to pursue legal and other remedies to protect the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities within the State.
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Title I, Section 121, Public Law 106-402, 42 U.S.C 15021-15045. , Title I, Section 121, Public Law 106-402, 42 U.S.C 15021-15045.
State grant agencies are the designated State agencies of the respective States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa. Under the basic developmental disabilities program, the designated State agency must not provide or pay for services to individuals with developmental disabilities, unless it has held such designation on the date of the enactment of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 1994, and the Governor of the State (or the legislature, where appropriate and in accordance with State law) determines prior to June 30, 1994, not to change the designation of such agency. The State can only receive funding under the basic developmental disabilities program if it is also participating in the protection and advocacy program. The agency designated to implement the State system under the protection and advocacy program cannot provide or pay for services to individuals with developmental disabilities, and that agency must have authority to obtain access to records of individuals with developmental disabilities.
To be eligible for a grant, an agency must be designated to administer the program on behalf of the State. The Basic Program benefits individuals with developmental disabilities through systems change. The Protection and Advocacy system benefits individuals with developmental disabilities. Developmental disability is defined here as a severe chronic disability of an individual that is attributable to mental, physical, or a combination of impairments, is manifested before age 22, that is likely to continue indefinitely, that results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following major life activities (self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, and economic self-sufficiency), and that reflects an individual's lifelong need for services. Infants and children from birth to age 9, inclusive, are included if they have a developmental delay or condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental disabilities if services are not provided.
Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR 74 and 92. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Basic Support: Requests for allotments are submitted in the form of a State plan, which must be submitted not less than every 5 years, and must address all of the requirements of the Statute. Protection and Advocacy: Application is made by the State's submission of a description of the Protection and Advocacy system in the State and appropriate assurances as required by law, and by annual submission statement on the goals and priorities.
Formula awards are processed through a payment management system to the State.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.
Automatic, under approved application.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title I Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Public Law 106-402.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. Match is only for the Councils. No match is required for Protection and Advocacy allotments.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds provided under allotments must be obligated by states by the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year for which appropriations were received. Such obligation must be liquidated by the end of the following fiscal year. Payments are made through Electronic Transfer System or, when such is not practicable, on basis of payment requests from the State to meet current needs. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.
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.
Fiscal Year 2012: Fiscal Year 2012: 113 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2013: Fiscal Year 2013: In FY 2013, 113 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: It is estimated that 113 grants will be awarded.
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $74,774,000; FY 13 est $70,555,000; and FY 14 est $70,555,000 - Estimates not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Basic Support: $450,000; Protection and Advocacy: $200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 74 and 92, Grant Administrative Requirements; and Program Regulations in Chapter XIII of Title 45 of the Code of Regulations, Parts 1385 and 1386.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the Regional Administrator, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for list of addresses.).
Jennifer Johnson Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, 1 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 , Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 690-5982.
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals