Special Programs for the Aging, Title IV, and Title II, Discretionary Projects


To support the development and testing of innovative programs, services and systems of support that respond to the needs of the nations growing elderly population and those individuals in need of long term services and supports (LTSS), to improve knowledge of the problems and needs of the elderly, to help ensure adequately trained personnel in the field of aging, and to demonstrate better ways of improving the quality of life for the elderly, their caregivers and people with disabilities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Community Living (Acl), Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Older Americans Act of 1965, Title IV, Public Law 89-73, 79 Stat. 218, as amended; Public Law 97-115, 95 Stat. 1595; Public Law 98-459, 98 Stat. 1767; Public Law 100-175; Public Law 100-628, 42 U.S.C. 3031-3037b; Public Law 102-375; Public Law 106-501.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants may be made to any public or nonprofit private agency, organization, or institution. Contracts may be awarded to any agency, organization or institution. Grants and contracts are not available to individuals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Older individuals aged 60 and older, family caregivers and grandparents, and older individuals who are relative caregivers, individuals at high-risk of institutional placement, and individuals in need of assistance with or planning ahead for their long-term care needs.
Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 75 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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 excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The availability of competitive grant funds under Title IV is announced from time to time via program announcements that are simultaneously published on www.grants.gov and on the AoA/ACL website at http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/index.aspx. In addition, announcements intended for a wide audience of applicants may be published in the Federal Register. All required forms and instructions for specific program announcements can be found on the AoA/ACL website.Contract information is published in the "Commerce Business Daily."
Award Procedure
Notification of award will be issued to the grantee.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. From 60 to 90 days from receipt of application.
Not applicable.
Grant extensions may be requested from the grantee's Program Officer. but approvals are granted by the Grants Management office.
How are proposals selected?
Details for evaluating applications are published as part of each Title IV program announcement. Major emphases are: (1) documented need; (2) expected outcomes and benefits; (3) innovative approach; (4) level of effort; (5) involvement of community-based organizations in planning and implementation activities; and, (6) projects that benefit disadvantaged groups, including low-income, minority and limited English speaking populations.
How may assistance be used?
Each year, AoA/ACL issues multiple Funding Opportunity Announcements. The specific use of funds will vary across these multiple announcements. Depending on the specific program goals and objectives cited in an individual announcement, funds may be used for any one or more, but not necessarily all, of the following: (a) to demonstrate and/or replicate new or proven methods and practices to improve the quality and effectiveness of programs and services; (b) to ensure proven programs and approaches are replicated with fidelity to the original research (c) to evaluate new or existing programs and services; (d) to conduct applied research and analysis to improve access to and delivery of services; (e) to provide training and technical assistance to professionals in the field.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring accomplished through site visits, review of progress reports, and general interaction between the Federal Program Officer and grantee.
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. In accordance with the provisions of Subpart F-Audit Requirements, under 45 CFR Part 75.500, nonfederal 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. Nonfederal 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 45 CFR Part 75.500.
Records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 25%. This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements may be required of any grantee to the extent deemed appropriate by the Assistant Secretary for Aging/Administrator for Community Living and are generally set at a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost of the project.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, projects are approved for a period of 12 to 36 months. Support beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of funds and evidence of satisfactory progress. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, located at all HHS Federal Regional Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses)
Headquarters Office
Greg Link
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, 330 C St. SW., Room 1144
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 202 795-7386
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$550,574,000.00; FY 23 FY 24 FY 20$390,074,000.00; FY 21 est $392,574,000.00; FY 19$384,676,000.00; FY 17$36,323,928.00; FY 18 est $36,323,928.00; FY 16$36,323,928.00; - none at this time.(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22 FY 23 est $201,643,152.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See Chapter XIII, Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations on AoA supported projects. Annual guidelines, program information, and application instructions are available from the Administration on Aging, Washington, DC 20201.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.