Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program

 

Pursuant to the Veterans’ Benefit Act of 2010, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Secretary), through the Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), is authorized to provide grants of financial assistance to develop new assistive technology. The objective of the grant, known as the Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program, is to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
64.051
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010 , Public Law 111-275, 38 U.S.C 2108.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
As authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 2108, the Secretary may award grants to a “person or entity” for the development of specially adapted housing assistive technologies. In order to foster competition and best serve the needs of Veterans and Servicemembers, VA is placing no restrictions on the types of eligible entities outside of threshold criteria listed in the NOFA.

All technology grant recipients, including individuals and entities formed as for-profit entities, will be subject to the rules of the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit Organizations, as found at 2 CFR Part 200. Where the Secretary determines that 2 CFR Part 200 is not applicable or where the Secretary determines that additional requirements are necessary due to the uniqueness of a situation, the Secretary will apply the same standard applicable to exceptions under 2 CFR 200.102.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Projects funded under this announcement must involve new assistive technologies the Secretary determines could aid or enhance the ability of a Veteran or Servicemember to live in an adapted home. However, projects funded under this announcement must not be used for the completion of activities which were to have been completed under a prior grant.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants shall provide proof of individual or organizational ability to engage in the development of assistive technologies for specially adapted housing. 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 not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The VA will publish, in the Federal Register, Grants.Gov, or authorized equivalent, a notice of funding availability, soliciting applications for the grant program and information on applications for requesting eligibility to receive grant funds. Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
Forms furnished by VA must be used for the program. Applications will only be accepted when received within the timeframe and meeting the requirements described in a notice of funding availability published in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
Formal approval of the award of assistance is made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs or those staff with delegated authority. Pursuant to 36 CFR § 36.4412, each VA employee appointed to or lawfully fulfilling any of the following positions is hereby delegated authority, within the limitations and conditions prescribed by law, to exercise the powers and functions of the Secretary with respect to the SAHAT Grant Program authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 2108:
1.Under Secretary for Benefits
2.Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
3.Director, Loan Guaranty Service
4.Deputy Director, Loan Guaranty Service.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
Decisions of the Secretary are final and the Secretary does not have a duty to assist technology grant applicants in obtaining a grant.
Renewals
Renewal grants to provide new assistive technology will not be considered under this announcement.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledges there are many emerging technologies that could improve home adaptions or otherwise enhance a Veteran’s or Servicemember’s ability to live independently, such as voice-recognition and voice-command operations, living environment controls, and adaptive feeding equipment. Therefore, VA has defined ‘‘new assistive technology’’ as an advancement the Secretary determines could aid or augment the ability of a Veteran or Servicemember to live in an adapted home. Grantees will be expected to leverage grant funds to plan, develop, manage, and implement new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing.

Since the new program would also be open to individuals and private entities, some of the applicants will not meet the definition of non-Federal entity or recipient, as defined under part 200, and certain provisions of part 200 may not be applicable to all applicants in this technology grant program. Where the Secretary determines a provision is not applicable or where the Secretary determines that additional requirements are necessary due to the uniqueness of a situation, the Secretary would apply the same standard applicable to exceptions under 2 CFR 200.102.

Although part 200 does not define the term exception, Sec. 200.102 is clear that an exception can relax an existing requirement or make additional, more restrictive requirements on a participant. Section 200.102 requires that if an exception is more restrictive on a certain class of participants than that which is otherwise provided in part 200, VA must receive approval from OMB. If an exception is less restrictive than what is provided in part 200, Sec. 200.102 authorizes VA to grant the exception on a case-by-case basis. It is impossible to anticipate every way in which the Secretary can or should exercise oversight authority. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that a loophole in a regulation does not unduly hinder the Secretary's ability to protect the public interest or prevent private individuals or organizations from participating because of technicalities related to oversight.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and accountability of grantees. Grantees must agree to cooperate with any federal evaluation of the program and furnish quarterly progress, quarterly financial, and a final report. VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and accountability of grantees. Grantees must agree to cooperate with any federal evaluation of the program and furnish quarterly progress, quarterly financial, and a final report. VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and accountability of grantees. Grantees must agree to cooperate with any federal evaluation of the program and furnish quarterly progress, quarterly financial, and a final report. VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and accountability of grantees. Grantees must agree to cooperate with any federal evaluation of the program and furnish quarterly progress, quarterly financial, and a final report. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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. Competition-related disputes associated with this announcement will be resolved in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Records
Records must be retained at least 3 years after the end of the grant period.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. There is no cost sharing, matching, or cost participation for the SAHAT Grant Program. However, leveraged resources will be considered as an evaluation criterion during the application review process. Leveraged resources are not included in the approved budget for the project and need not be an eligible and allowable cost under the grant. Any form of proposed leveraging that is evaluated must be included in the application and the application must describe how the technology grant applicant will obtain the leveraged resources and what role VA funding will play in the overall project.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length-of-time limitations are established in the notice of funding availability. Grantees will receive payments electronically through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (HHS PMS). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Betty Rhoades 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Email: betty.rhoades@va.gov Phone: 202-632-8801
Website Address
http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp
Financial Information
Account Identification
36-0137-0-1-702.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 Estimate Not Available; and FY 16 est $1,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average of financial assistance is to be determined.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 U.S.C. § 2108
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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