Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income


To foster improved education, and post-secondary outcomes for children
ages14-16 (at the time they begin to receive services) who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as their families, by supporting improved coordination of various services, such as those available through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program, Medicaid health and home and community-based services, Job Corps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Opportunities and Innovation Act programs. PROMISE also seeks to facilitate the increased use of such services, ensuring that families are tied into programs for which they might be eligible, but are not yet participating.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorized under the Fiscal Year 2012Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 112-74), the Department of Defense Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act 2013 (P.L. 113-6), and the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (P.L.113-235).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are the 50 States and the District of Columbia. A consortium of States may also apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Youth with disabilities receiving SSI benefits who are between the ages of 14-16 (at the time they begin to receive services), and their families.
Contact program office. 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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The regulations in 34 C.F.R. Part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments) implement OMB Circular A-102. 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 for this program can be found in the Notice Inviting Applications for this program. Contact the program office for more information.
Award Procedure
The Department screens applications submitted in accordance with the requirements in the Notice Inviting Applications for the program, and determines which applications have met eligibility requirements and other requirements in the Notice. Additional information about the review process was published on the program’s Web site.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not Applicable.
A continuation awards may be made annually for up to 5 years throughout the project period of an approved multi-year grant, depending upon the availability of appropriations and the Department's determination that the grantee has made substantial progress in meeting the objectives of the approved application.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selecting among grant applications will 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?
Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents. No cash reports are required. Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents. Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents. Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal 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. 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.
As required by EDGAR, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award, as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions.
Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion. (34 CFR 74.53 and 34 CFR 75.730-732).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
PROMISE is a three-year project with a two-year extension option. Subject to the availability of appropriations. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Corinne Weidenthal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW

, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: 202-245-6529
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $91,980,000; FY 15 est $17,240,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Estimated Available Funds: In fiscal year 2013, 5-year awards were made to 5 States and a consortium of States. Awards ranged from $31 million to $50 million over 5 years for these one-time projects.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This initiative is authorized under the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 112-74). More information is available in the Notice Inviting Applications published on May 21, 2013. Additional information on PROMISE can be found online at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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