Special Education Parent Information Centers


The purpose of the program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children.

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
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part D, Subpart 3, Section 671-673, 20 U.S.C. 1471-1473
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Parent organizations, as defined in Section 671(a)(2) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are eligible for parent center awards under IDEA sections 671 and 672. For section 672 funding, these parent centers must meet additional conditions set forth in section 672. For IDEA section 673, State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are LEAs under State law, institutions of higher education (IHEs), other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, outlying areas, freely associated States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and, if the Secretary approves, for-profit organizations, are eligible for technical assistance for parent training and information center awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and their families, benefit from this program.
See above.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. See above.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
As required by EDGAR, awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, if the recipient has made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project, depending upon the availability of appropriations (See 34 CFR 75.253).
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR). Performance reports are monitored through the APR.
See above.
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. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. (34 CFR 75.730-732 and 2 CFR 200.333)
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. The Department may require a recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to share in the cost of a project (See 20 U.S.C. 1482(a)(2)(A)).

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Typically, from one to five years; subject to the availability of funds. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Carmen Sanchez
Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs, 400 Maryland, Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202)245-6595
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$30,152,000.00; FY 23 est $33,152,000.00; FY 24 est $49,152,000.00; FY 21$27,411,000.00; FY 20$27,411,000.00; FY 19$27,411,000.00; FY 18$27,411,000.00; FY 17$27,411,000.00; FY 16$27,411,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average vary by competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR Parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, 99; and 2 CFR Part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.