Rehabilitation Services_American Indians with Disabilities


To provide vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities that reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
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
Fiscal Year 2014: The 84 projects that reported data assisted a total of 2,100 American Indians with disabilities to achieve an employment outcome. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I, Part C, Section 121.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Service projects: Governing bodies of Indian tribes consortia of such governing bodies, or tribal organizations established and controlled by the governing bodies of Indian tribes, located on or near Federal and State reservations may apply. Training and technical assistance: State, local, or tribal governments, non-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education that have experience in the operation of AIVRS programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
American Indians with disabilities residing on or near a Federal or State reservation who meet the definition of an individual with a disability in Section 7 (8) (A) of the Rehabilitation Act.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 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 Education Department General Administrative Regulations at 34 CFR Parts 74, 75 and 80, apply to this program. Applications should be submitted to the Department e-Grants Website or through other methods, according to instructions specified in the Notice Inviting Applications. The standard application kit as furnished by the Department of Education must be used for this program.
Award Procedure
New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and the review and approval of staff in various offices within the Department. In making grants, the Department gives priority consideration to applications for the continuation of programs which have been funded under the program. The Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration approves continuation awards for existing projects.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not Applicable.
Projects with multi-year project periods may be continued based on review of the annual performance report and in accordance with 34 CFR Part 75-253 and the availability of adequate funds.
How are proposals selected?
The availability of funds is published in the Federal Register. Applications for discretionary grants are subject to peer review procedures by Federal and nonfederal experts that lead to recommendations for approval or disapproval. The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application package. Selection criteria include extent of need for the project, significance, quality of the project design, quality of the project services, quality of project personnel, adequacy of resources, and quality of the management plan.
How may assistance be used?
Projects provide financial assistance to the governing bodies (and consortia of such governing bodies) of Federal or State Recognized Tribes for the establishment and operation of vocational rehabilitation services projects for American Indians with disabilities residing on or near tribal reservations under section 121(a) of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 121(c) authorizes grants to provide training and technical assistance to governing bodies of Indian tribes that have received American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Service (AIVRS) grants under section 121(a) of the Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual financial reports and progress reports must be submitted as prescribed by grant award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports: Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under EDGAR 34 CFR Part 80.40 and 80.41. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring: Program performance is monitored through the APR.
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.
Case records are for individual program participants. Fiscal records must be kept for audit purposes. Retention of records is required for three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: The amount of funds available annually for this program is reserved from the amount appropriated for the State VR program in an amount not less than 1 percent and not more than 1.5 percent under section 110(c)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act. In addition, section 121(c) of the Rehabilitation Act requires that not less than 1.8 percent and not more than 2 percent of the funds set aside from the State VR program (section 110(c) of the Act) for the AIVRS program to provide training and technical assistance to governing bodies of Indian tribes that have received AIVRS grants under section 121(a) of the Act.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. Projects are required to contribute ten percent of the cost of the project in cash or in-kind, unless the Commissioner of RSA waives the matching requirement under 34 CFR 371.40(b) if the applicant demonstrates that it does not have sufficient resources to contribute the non-Federal share of the cost of the program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project support is available for up to 60-months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
August Martin Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7410
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $37,201,184; FY 15 est $39,160,000; and FY 16 est $39,825,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Estimated range of awards in FY 2014 is $300,000 to $600,000; Average award: $450,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, and Uniform Guidance, 2 CFR 200, Subpart E – Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Vocational Rehabilitations Service Projects regulations 34 CFR 369 and Vocational Rehabilitations Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities regulations 34 CFR 371.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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