Social Security State Grants for Work Incentives Assistance to Disabled Beneficiaries


Support State designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) systems. The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) provides legal support, advocacy and information to help you resolve disability employment-related concerns while the Strengthening Protections of Social Security Beneficiaries (SPSSB) or Rep-Payee grant program pays for performance reviews and monitoring of representative payees.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Social Security Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Social Security Act, Title 1, Section 1150, Public Law 106-170, Statute 1860,1887-1891
An act to amend titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act to improve and strengthen the representative payment program., Title TITLE I -STRENGTHENING OVERSIGHT AND BENEFICIARY PROTECTION, Section 101, Public Law 115-165
This bill requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make annual grants to each state's protection and advocacy system for the purpose of conducting reviews of representative payees under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program. The SSA must also conduct periodic onsite reviews of individual and organizational payees.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants applying for grant funds are limited to State protection and advocacy systems established pursuant to Part C of Title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All individuals within the State who are entitled to SSDI or eligible for SSI benefits based on disability or blindness.
SPSSB funded positions working with beneficiaries must undergo a background investigation and obtain a favorable suitability determination.
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 furnished by SSA must be used for this program. When grant opportunities are available, SSA sends a letter to the applicable protection and advocacy agency. Application kits that contain the prescribed application forms and supplemental descriptive information on the priority areas are available from the Internet site at SSA grant program announcements and application information also can be obtained from the Grants Management Team, Office of Operations Contracts and Grants (OOCG), Office of Acquisition and Grants (OAG), Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance, Quality, and Management (DCBFQM), Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235. Contacts: Dionne Mitchell, 410-965-9534. To be considered for a grant, all applicants must complete the prescribed application forms and submit them to the Grants Management Team. The application shall be executed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or organization who will assume the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.
Award Procedure
OAG provides a Notice of Grant Award as official notice for approved applications. The notice indicates award amount, the purpose of the award, award terms and conditions, the budget period, the anticipated project period, and the awardee's cost-sharing requirement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally, 3 to 6 months after the closing date established in the Federal Register announcement.
There are no formal appeal procedures. If an application is not approved, the reasons will be stipulated in the denial notice.
Grants can be continued via formal application, which is subject to approval. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more budget periods, the awardee must submit a formal request for funding continuation each year. Continuation applications are evaluated prior to a recommendation of additional funding.
How are proposals selected?
Generally, applications are evaluated on the following criteria: (1) capability; (2) relevance and adequacy of project design; (3) resources and management; and (4) quality assurance.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are awarded to organizations to: (1) Provide information and advice about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services; (2) Provide advocacy or other services that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with disabilities may need to secure, maintain, or regain gainful employment and (3) Conduct reviews of Rep Payees. Grant funds may not be used for construction or major renovation of buildings.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Grantees must follow the audit procedures found in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F.
Awardees must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to an award for 3 years after the end of the project. In the event of an audit, records must be maintained until all questions are resolved.
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
Funds are usually granted for a period of 12 to 17 months. Funds, however, can be granted for a minimum of 3 months, and up to a maximum of 60 months. Grantees receive notification from our online grant management system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dionne J. Mitchell
Social Security Administration
Office of Acquisition and Grants
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, MD 21235 US
Phone: 4109659534
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$9,675,918.00; FY 23 est $9,725,001.00; FY 24 est $9,725,001.00; FY 21$6,725,001.00; FY 18$6,725,001.00; FY 19 est $6,725,001.00; FY 20 est $6,725,001.00; FY 17$6,725,001.00; FY 16$6,725,001.00; - The PABSS program issued an additional $3,000,000 this year and is expected to increase next year as well.(Project Grants) FY 22$29,131,683.00; FY 23 est $30,879,584.00; FY 24 est $32,732,359.00; FY 21$27,508,671.00; FY 18$25,574,884.00; FY 19 est $26,478,000.00; FY 20 est $26,478,000.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available - SPSSB began in FY'18. This submission included the 1 award to the technical assistance grantee. The program has increased by 6 percent since last year and we anticipate a similar increase in FY'23 and FY'24.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
PABSS Range: $50,000 to $439,035 average $166,826. SPSSB Range: $33,613 to $2,544,010 average $502,270
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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