Training Interpreters for Individuals who are Deaf and Individuals who are Deaf-Blind


To support projects that increase the numbers and improve the skills of manual, oral, and cued speech interpreters providing services to individuals who are deaf and individuals who are deaf-blind.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title III, Section 302(f).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public or private nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education are eligible for assistance.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals preparing for employment as interpreters for individuals who are deaf and individuals who are deaf- blind who are presently serving as interpreters and wish to maintain or raise the level of their skills, and the persons who will receive the services of interpreters are beneficiaries of this program.
OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and OMB Circular No. A-122 for non-profit organizations applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
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 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Education Department General Administrative Regulations at 34 CFR Parts 74, 75 and 80 apply to this program. Application is made to Department of Education, Application Control Center, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4725.
Award Procedure
New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and the review and approval of staff in various offices within the Department.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 to 160 days.
Not Applicable.
Renewals are available only through the new application process. Projects with an approved multi-year project period may be continued based on the availability of appropriated funds and an annual review of accomplishments to determine satisfactory performance.
How are proposals selected?
The relevance of the project to the stated objectives of the interpreter training program. The number of trainees expected to be involved; demonstrated capacity or potential for providing interpreter training, the past record of existing training programs; and the geographical area expected to be served.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are awarded to eligible entities to provide training for manual, tactile, oral and cued speech interpreters. This training may include classroom instruction, workshops, seminars, and field placement. Curriculum may include specialty areas such as interpreting in legal, medical, or rehabilitation settings or for deaf-blind, speech-impaired or developmentally disabled persons.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Aduits must be conducted on a continuing basis or at scheduled intervals, usually once a year, but at least once every 2 years. Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133.
As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR Part 75) records related to grant funding, compliance and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion of the grant activity.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Grantees are required to share in the cost of projects with a portion subject to individual negotiations.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may be supported for a maximum of 5 years, with budget periods of 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Tom Finch, Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7343.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $2,099,945; FY 15 est $19,799,982; and FY 16 est $2,100,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
to be determined.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Training of Interpreters for Individuals who are Deaf and Individuals who are Deaf-Blind Regulations (34 CFR Part 385); (34 CFR Part 396); the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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