Disability Innovation Fund (DIF)


To support innovative activities aimed at improving the outcomes of individuals with disabilities as defined by section 7(20)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law 116-94, Public Law -
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including Indian tribes and institutions of higher education may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals with disabilities as defined in 7(20)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act will benefit.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The standard application forms as furnished by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services must be used for this program. Information about submitting applications may be found in the Notice Inviting Applications. Contact the program office for additional information.
Award Procedure
The Department will screen applications submitted in accordance with the requirements in the Notice Inviting Applications. Additional tiers of reviews of eligible applications may be used.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selecting among grant applications will be normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210. Contact the program office for additional information.
How may assistance be used?
Vocational Rehabilitation In FY 2021, funds will be used to fund a multi-site model demonstration project designed to assist State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, in partnership with other entities, to develop career pathways focused on career advancement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal 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 2 CFR 200.503 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, is applicable.
Grantees must maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award, as stated in grant terms and conditions. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance and performance must be maintained for a period of 3 years after grant completion. (2 CFR 200.333 and 34 CFR 75.730-732).
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
Subject to the availability of funds, grants may be awarded for up to 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Mary Lovley
Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: 2022457423
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 20$0.00; FY 21 est $110,109,702.00; FY 22 est $0.00; FY 18 est $0.00; FY 16$39,045,221.00; FY 17 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Estimated Range of Awards: $3, 500,000-$18,300,000 for a 60 month period. The Department estimates a wide range of awards given the potentially large differences in the scope of funded projects, including the number of individuals served and the intensity of services provided, and the number of local sites where the proposed model will be implemented.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law 116-94.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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