Supported Employment Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities
To provide grants for supported employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available. State VR agencies assisted over 19,000 individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain a supported employment outcome, including both consumers who received SE services from funds provided under the VR State Grants and under the Supported Employment State Grants programs.Fiscal Year 2017
State VR agencies assisted over 19,000 individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain a supported employment outcome, including both consumers who received SE services from funds provided under the VR State Grants and under the Supported Employment State Grants programs.Fiscal Year 2018
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2019
No Current Data Available.
Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title VI
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The State VR agency designated in the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan to administer the VR program is eligible to receive Federal funds under this program..
Individuals with the most significant disabilities who have been determined eligible for VR services under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act and whose individualized plan for employment identifies supported employment as the employment outcome.
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. Each State must submit a supplement to the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan submitted in accordance with Title I under WIOA.
Grant awards are made to States with an approved supported employment supplement to the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan. States are notified of their annual allotment under the statutory funding formula. Grant funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.
States are required to submit four-year Unified or Combined State Plans, including the VR services portion of that State Plan and at the end of the first two-year period of the State Plan, submit modifications to reflect changes or factors affecting the implementation of the State Plan, to the Department of Labor. States submitted the initial State Plans by March 2016 effective July 1, 2016. States submitted State Plan modifications in March 2018 for an effective date of July 1, 2018. The next four-year State Plan is due in March 2020 with an effective date July 1, 2020.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval of the Unified or Combined State Plan, including the VR services portion of that plan, is governed by sections 102 or 103 of Title I of WIOA.
Appeal procedures are governed by sections 102 or 103 of Title I of WIOA, as appropriate.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable (Catalog users should contact the State Vocational Rehabilitation agency for criteria).
How may assistance be used?
Federal grant funds are awarded to State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to supplement services provided under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities with needed supported employment services once they have achieved employment.t. Supported employment enables individuals with the most significant disabilities who, because of the nature and severity of their disability, need ongoing support, including intensive supported employment services followed by extended services after the individual’s ability to perform the job with support has stabilized, in order to maintain competitive integrated employment. State VR agencies use funds to provide services and supports such as: job coaching; skilled job trainers who accompany the worker for intensive on-the-job training; follow-up services; extended services for youth; and other services on or off the job site that are needed to support an individual in employment. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law 113-128), enacted on July 22, 2014, requires States to reserve and expend half of their allotment for the Supported Employment Services program to provide supported employment services for youth with the most significant disabilities. States must provide a 10% match for that half of the allotment reserved for such youth. States are also permitted to provide extended services for up to four years to eligible youth with the most significant disabilities. Supported Employment (SE) grant funds are used by State VR agencies to help pay the costs of providing supported employment services to individuals with the most significant disabilities, consistent with their individualized plan for employment under the VR State Grants program (see CFDA 84.126). VR funds are used to pay the costs associated with assessment and the determination of eligibility, as well as other needed VR services prior to placement in supported employment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, is applicable.
Case service records on individual consumers, fiscal records for a prescribed period for audit purposes and retention of records for three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Supported Employment funds are distributed based on the U.S. total and State population and the source is the Population Estimates Annual, Bureau of the Census. No State shall receive less than $300,000 or one-third of one percent of the sums made available for the fiscal year, whichever is greater. The minimum allotment for Territories is 1/8 of 1 percent of the amount appropriated.
Matching is mandatory. Pursuant to the amendments made by WIOA, States must provide a match of 10 percent for the half of their allotment that must be reserved and expended to provide supported employment, including extended services, to youth with the most significant disabilities.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds become available for obligations for the fiscal year for which they are appropriated and may remain available for obligation for an additional year provided there is an unobligated balance of Federal funds that were matched, as applicable, in the year of the award. Grant funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: electronic transfer. electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington , DC 20202 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$22,548,000.00; FY 19 est $22,548,000.00; FY 20 est $22,548,000.00; FY 17$27,548,000.00; FY 16$27,548,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2019, the estimated range of awards is $28,185 (territories) to $2,020,1858, with a median State award, excluding territories, of $300,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The State Supported Employment Services Program (34 CFR part 363). Uniform Guidance, 2 CFR Part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects