Rehabilitation Services_Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind


To provide any independent living services that are described in 34 CFR Section 367.3(b) of the IL program regulations to older individuals who are blind that improve or expand services for these individuals; and conduct activities to help improve public understanding of the problems of these individuals.

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
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 2.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any State agency in the 50 States and the District of Columbia and territories (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) and outlying areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) designated by the State as the State agency and authorized to provide rehabilitation services to blind individuals may apply. In order to receive assistance under this program, a designated state agency (DSA) must- submit in a timely manner and obtain approval from the Department of an application containing the agreements, assurances, and information that the Department determines to be necessary to carry out this program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Older individuals who are blind, as defined in 34 C.F.R. §367.5 of the OIB program regulations are the primary beneficiaries of assistance under this program. This term means “An individual aged 55 or older whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to obtain but for whom independent living goals are feasible.".
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 required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
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 76 and 80 apply to this program. In order to be eligible for an allotment under this program, States must submit an application for a grant under the OIB program in the form and manner prescribed by the Department and the application must contain the assurances listed in §367.11 of the OIB program regulations and section 752(i) of the Rehabilitation Act, including an assurances that the DSA will seek to incorporate any new methods and approaches relating to services for older individuals who are blind into the State Plan for Independent Living.
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 may be withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
34 CFR 76.703 governs the approval/disapproval time of State plans in relation to when a State may begin to obligate funds.
After reasonable effort has been made to resolve the questions involved, and the State has pursued a hearing before the Office of the Administrative Law Judge, the State may appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the circuit in which the State is located pursuant to the 34 CFR §§76.202 and 76.902.
Awards are made on an annual basis and may be renewed for up to two additional years, for a total of three years under an approved OIB application and the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
An approved OIB application is a condition for receipt of funds under the OIB program under Chapter 2 of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act. Application requirements are contained in section 752(i) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR §§367.10 and 367.11.
How may assistance be used?
The designated State unit may use funds awarded under the OIB program to carry out the activities described in the program objectives section of this document. Among the independent living services that can be provided to older individuals who are blind are those services to help correct blindness, provision of eyeglasses and other visual aids, services and equipment to enhance mobility and self-sufficiency, mobility training, Braille instruction, and other services and equipment to help older persons who are blind adjust to blindness, guide services, reader services and transportation, and any other appropriate services to help an older person who is blind in coping with daily living activities, IL core services including IL skills training, information and referral, peer counseling and individual and systems advocacy; and other IL services as defined in the Rehabilitation Act and the IL program regulations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
As required by 34 C.F.R. §§80.40 and 80.41 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), performance reports and financial reports are required annually. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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 for State-administered programs (34 CFR 76). Generally, States and subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Section 752(j) of the Rehabilitation Act contains the formula the Department uses for the allocation of funds to each State.
Matching Requirements: Under section 753(f) of the Rehabilitation Act, the States must contribute $1 for each $9 of Federal grant funding received, in cash or in kind.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis under an approved 3-year OIB application. 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
Elizabeth Akinola, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7303.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $33,317,000; FY 15 est $33,317,000; and FY 16 est $33,317,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY 2014, the range was $40,000 to $3,350,574 and the average award was $584,509.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, and 97; Program Regulations in 34 CFR Parts 367 and selected sections of 34 CFR 364 and 365, listed in 34 CFR 367.4.
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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