Social Security State Grants for Work Incentives Assistance to Disabled Beneficiaries
Support State designated Protection and Advocacy (P&) 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
Social Security Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Social Security Act, Title 1, Section 1150, Public Law 106-170, Statute 1860,1887-1891
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 www.grants.gov. 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.
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?
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
Dionne J. Mitchell
Social Security Administration
Office of Acquisition and Grants
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235 US
(Project Grants) 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; - There are now two programs under this listing PABSS is funded at a level of $6,725,001 and SPSSB at a level of $25,000,000.(Project Grants) 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
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
PABSS Range: $50,000 to $319,000 average $107,496. SPSSB Range: $30,000 to $2,300,000 average $446,491
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects