Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities_Grants to States


Section 261 of HAVA provides that funds be made available to States to: (1) make polling places, including the path of travel, entrances, exits, and voting areas of each polling facility, accessible to individuals with the full-range of disabilities (e.g., visual impairments, including blindness; hearing impairments, including deafness; the full-
range of mobility impairments, including gross and fine motor impairments, emotional impairments, and intellectual impairments); (2) provide the same opportunity for access and participation (including privacy and independence) to individuals with the full-range of disabilities; (3) provide training for election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers on how best to promote the access and participation of individuals with the full-range of disabilities in election for Federal office: and (4) provide individuals with the full-range of disabilities with information about the accessibility of polling places.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Community Living
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Help America Vote Act, Title II, Part 2, Section 261, Public Law 107-252., Title II, Part 2, Section 261, Public Law 107-252.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States and territories (including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals with full-range of disabilities.
Applicant eligibility: Secretary of State/Chief Election Official of States including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Beneficiary Eligibility: States and Units of Local Government. Cost will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92. 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 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 reporting requirements information collection for the application and annual report are approved under OMB control number 0970-0327, expiration date 11/30/2010.
Award Procedure
Funds will be awarded annually.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.
None. Awards are generally made for a 12-month project period.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
To assist States to provide greater accessibility to individuals with full-range of disabilities as it relates for the four
(4) areas of funding. Grant funds are only available for five years after the appropriation year, as required by 31
U.S.C. Section 1552.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual narrative report that describes how any funds authorized were used. Report due no later than December 31st of each year. No cash reports are required. Annual progress report. Expenditures are to be reported using a Financial Status Report Short Form (SF-269A). Submission of annual financial reports are due 90 days after the end of each 12-month period (October 1-September 30). Annual progress and financial status report are used as the primary monitoring tools.
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. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.
Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if all findings have not been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded annually. The statistical factor used to fund distribution is the population age 18 and over in each State. No State will receive less than $100,000. There is no matching requirement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20201. Contact: Melvenia Wright. Telephone: (202) 357-3486.
Headquarters Office
Melvenia Wright Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20201, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: (202) 357-3486
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $4,615,590; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - The program hasn’t been funded since 2011 and it expires in 2016.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not less than $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR Parts 75, Grant Administrative Requirements.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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