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Projects of National Significance: Community Collaborations for Employment Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies,
Tribes, and IHEs to Serve Youth with Disabilities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - Administration on Disabilities (AoD)

Conf. Date:

06/29/21

LOI Date:

07/14/21

Deadline Date:

09/02/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to provide transition services and activities for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to increase and enhance collaborations across existing local systems to maximize a seamless experience and outcome of youth with ID/DD as they transition between school and work in the community.

The Administration for Community Living, Administration on Disabilities (AoD) seeks to fund approximately eight (8) community-based collaboration models in select communities as demonstration projects that will design and test effective transition services and activities to increase the number of youth with ID/DD:

  • Finding and keeping long-term, career-focused competitive integrated employment (CIE)
  • Graduating from post-secondary education programs
  • Living and participating fully in their communities

Many students and youth with disabilities do not have the same opportunities as their peers without disabilities to pursue higher education, training, and careers. Multiple complex systems each play a role at the community level in ensuring that youth with disabilities have the supports, services, and resources they need to successfully transition into their post-secondary life. Yet, despite the various federal programs available, CIE rates for individuals with ID/DD are alarmingly low. In response to this challenge, additional investments are being made to accelerate change to enhance local level community solutions for the targeted population of youth with ID/DD.

This project supports the four AoD priorities of:

  • Promoting health equity,
  • Achieving economic security and mobility,
  • Protecting rights and preventing abuse, and
  • Empowering individuals, communities, families.

The projects will also support the Administration’s priorities to address the COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequities, and the American economy. ACL recognizes that strengthening the transition process for youth with ID/DD is a critical component to addressing multiple inequities and creating better opportunities for individuals with ID/DD living well within the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197001

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,600,000

Number of Grants:

8

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $ 225,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $175,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods
The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/30/2021

Eligibility:

  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

The following activities are not fundable:
- Construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings
- Basic research (e.g. scientific or medical experiments)
- Continuation of existing projects without expansion or new and innovative approaches

Pre-proposal Conference:

Date for Informational Conference Call: 06/29/2021

The informational call will take place on June 29, 2021 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. Please use the following call-in information: 888-928-9138, Participant Code – 1202431#

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically via https://www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m.

Timeline:
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 07/14/2021
- Due Date for Applications: 08/13/2021
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 06/29/2021

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow our staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

The Grants.gov registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a DUNS number (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/) and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, www.sam.gov) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.

Note: Once your SAM registration is active, allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in Grants.gov before you can submit an application through Grants.gov. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit your application or receive an award.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332427

For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit letters of intent to:

Thom Campbell
thom.campbell@acl.hhs.gov
202-795-7263

Grants Management Specialist:
Medea Darrington
202-795-7388
Medea.Darrington@acl.hhs.gov

For assistance with https://www.grants.gov, please contact them at support@grants.gov or 800-518-4726 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

CFDA Number:

93.631

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACL-AOD-DNCE-0098

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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