HHS, Education Dept. Make Inclusion, Research Top Priorities for Rehab Grants

The HHS and Education Dept-ED open a renamed competition to benefit rehabilitation research: the Admin. for Community Living NIDILRR: Research Health and Function of Individuals with Disabilities (CFDA Numbers: 84.133A-3, (Community Living/Research), 84.133A–8 (Development); Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Disabilities: 84.133A–4 (Research) and 84.133A–9 (Development).

Eligibility: States, governments, universities, nonprofits and for-profits; Funding: ED plans to make two grants, up to $500,000, in each of the CFDA categories (cost sharing will be negotiated at the time of the award);

Deadline: April 20 (application), LOI due on March 24, a pre-application meeting is scheduled for March 10.

Under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act that was signed by President Obama last year, the Nat’l Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) was moved from the ED to HHS’ Admin. for Community Living (ACL). Also, NIDRR’s name was changed to the Nat’l Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). For FY 2015, all NIDILRR priority notices will be published as ACL notices and ACL will make all NIDILRR awards. During this transition period, however, NIDILRR will continue to review grant applications using ED tools. NIDILRR will post previously-approved application kits to grants.gov, and NIDILRR applications submitted to grants.gov will be forwarded to the ED G–5 system for peer review.

The program supports research that helps improve services for individuals with disabilities. The solicitation includes a series of new priories; these include research that looks into technology to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, ways to increase inclusion or community living and how environmental factors are associated with improved employment outcomes. Specifically, grantees must design programs that will maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities

School-based projects have won. For example, Virginia Commonwealth U. won a $1.75 million grant to partner with four local school districts in the Richmond area and the Faison School for Autism to enroll youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) into a project that looked at how community-based work experiences helped in the employment outcomes of youth with ASD ().

Contact: Patricia Barrett, 202/245-6211 or by email: patricia.barrett@ed.gov

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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