Rehabilitation Services Client Assistance Program


To establish and carry out client assistance programs that: (1) advise and inform clients and client-applicants of available benefits under the Rehabilitation Act, including pre-employment transitions services for students with disabilities under section 113 and activities carried out under section 511; (2) assist and advocate for clients and client- applicants in their relationships with projects and programs providing services under this Act, including assistance and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies; (3) inform individuals with disabilities in the State, of the services and benefits available under the Act and under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 CAPs responded to 34,488 requests for information and referral and provided extensive services to 4,608 individuals.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title I, Part B, Section 112, 29 U.S.C. 732
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States (through the Governor) and the protection and advocacy system serving the American Indian Consortium, are eligible for awards. With the exception of the protection and advocacy system serving the American Indian Consortium, the Governor designates a public or private agency to conduct the State's program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Clients and client-applicants receiving services or interested in seeking assistance under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, will benefit from CAP services.
Not applicable.
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. Contact the program office for application procedures.
Award Procedure
A notice of annual allotment to the State is issued. Initial distributions are subject to reallotment at the end of the fiscal year if the Commissioner determines that the State will not expend its allotment. States receive annual grant award notices and funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
The State may appeal to the Office of Administrative Law Judges (34 CFR 81).
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may be used for services to help clients and applicants understand the rehabilitation services available under the Rehabilitation Act, including pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities under section 113 of the Act, and to provide information to individuals with disabilities in the State. The CAP is not allowed to bring class action suits.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
As required by Education Department General Administrative Rules, 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.
Information on clients and client applicants served as cases should be maintained.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 1 Part B, Section 112(e) Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are awarded for one fiscal year. Funds that are not obligated by the end of the fiscal year may be carried over for obligation in the year succeeding the year in which the funds were awarded. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
April Trice
Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 USA
Phone: (202) 245-6074
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 17$13,000,000.00; FY 18 est $13,000,000.00; FY 19 est $13,000,000.00; FY 16$13,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY 2019, the estimated range of State awards (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) under the distribution formula is $131,917 to $1,322,898, with a median award of $149,038. The FY 2019 amount for each of the four outlying areas and the American Indian Consortium is $59,477.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Client Assistance Program Regulations (34 CFR part 370). 34 CFR part 76 (State-Administered Programs) 34 CFR part 77 (Definitions That Apply to Department Regulations). 34 CFR part 79 (Intergovernmental Review of Department of Education Programs and Activities). 34 CFR part 81 (General Education Provisions Act - Enforcement) 34 CFR part 82 (New Restrictions on Lobbying). 2 CFR part 180 (OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)), as adopted at 2 CFR part 3485.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.