ACL Centers for Independent Living, Recovery Act


To provide independent living services to individuals with significant disabilities to assist them to function more independently in family and community settings, by developing and supporting a statewide network of centers for independent living.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Community Living (Acl), Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 1, Part C; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)., Public Law 111-5.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiary eligibility should reflect none
Costs for States that administer these grants through the authorization in section 723 will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs for all other grantees will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. N/A
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Awards were made under approval of the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Assistant Secretary of OSERS, based on the findings of Federal and nonfederal reviews of applications to ensure the applicants satisfactorily demonstrate that they will meet the standards and assurances described in Section 725 (b) and (c) the Rehabilitation Act.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
These projects may be continued under CFDA 84.132 based on a self-evaluation report, and accomplishments as described in the Center's self-evaluation and annual report requirements under Section 725 (c)(8) of the Act, submittal of a continuation application, and the availability of funds. Renewals are available through the regular continuation application process and are subject to the availability of funds under the regular program appropriation (see CFDA program 84.132).
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria for this program include extent of need for the project, past performance, satisfaction of the standards and assurances set forth in Section 725, quality of key personnel, budget and cost-effectiveness, evaluation plan, plan of operation, and involvement of individuals with significant disabilities. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program regulations at 34 CFR 366.
How may assistance be used?
Federal funds are used for the establishment and operation of centers for independent living which offer a combination of services. Services must include independent living core services, which include information and referral services, training in independent living skills, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, and as appropriate, a combination of any other independent living services specified in Title II of the Rehabilitation Act. Each center must have a governing board composed of a majority of persons with significant disabilities. The majority of the staff and individuals in decision making positions must be individuals with disabilities. Not less than 1.8 percent and not more than 2 percent of Federal funds appropriated for the program must be reserved to provide training and technical assistance through entities experienced in the operation of centers for independent living.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of Subpart F-Audit Requirements, under 45 CFR Part 75.500, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year. Except as noted in 45 CFR Part 75.500.
Fiscal records must be maintained for 3 years after the grant ends and the final financial report is submitted or until all audit questions are resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Section 721 of the Rehabilitation Act provides a population-based formula for the allocation of program funds among States. These funds are then awarded through competitive grants to non-profit organizations in the State.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available for obligation at the Federal level until September 30, 2010. Grantees have an additional 12-month period to obligate their funds. New projects are typically funded for five years with funding approved on a 12-month basis. Continuation awards will be subject to the availability of funds under the regular program (see CFDA program 84.132). Electronic Transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Roslyn Thompson
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 202-495-7453
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17$0.00; FY 18 est $0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program Regulations at 34 CFR 364 and 366.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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