Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program
The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is to support programs that provide for the purchase of AT devices and services, such as low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, and a loan guarantee program.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Community Living (Acl), Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 114-254), Public Law 114-254
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State agencies and community-based disability organizations that are directed by and operated for individuals with disabilities shall be eligible to compete.
The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is to support programs that provide for the purchase of AT devices and services, such as low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, and a loan guarantee program. Successful applicants must emphasize consumer choice and control and build programs that will provide financing for the full array of AT devices and services and ensure that all people with disabilities, regardless of type of disability or health condition, age, level of income and residence have access tot the program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services determines which applicants receive Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program grants and the amount of those grants, on the basis of the applications under the priority and other criteria the Secretary determines to be appropriate.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
How are proposals selected?
Application proposals will be reviewed based on the following selection criteria: Proposed Intervention, Special Target Populations and Organizations, Problem Statement, Project Personnel, Organization Capacity, Project Management, Project Evaluation, Budget, and Assurances.
How may assistance be used?
One-year grant awards are used to support the establishment or expansion of Alternative Financing Programs (AFPs) that assist individuals with disabilities of any age to obtain financial assistance for AT devices and services. AFPs must be designed to allow individuals with disabilities of all ages and their family members, guardians, advocates, and authorized representatives to purchase AT devices or services. The purchase must be solely for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One year project period with the possibility of a no-cost extension. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
330 C Street SW Room 1317B
Washington , DC 20201 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17$1,994,009.00; FY 18 est $1,894,932.00; FY 19 est $1,990,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The average award amount for three grants issued in FY 2017 is $664,670 for a total of $1,994,009. The estimate average award amount for three grants issued in FY 2018 is $661,512 for a total of $1,984,537.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network $664,669 Center for Community Self-Help $664,670 Black Hills Special Services Corp. $664,670Fiscal Year 2019
Three grant awards for a total of $1,984,537.Fiscal Year 2017
Georgia Tech Research Corporation $661,742 Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation $661,742 Washington Access Fund $661,742