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84.181 Special Education_Grants for Infants and Families with Disabilities

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1471-1485.
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To assist each State to develop and implement a Statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system to provide early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, and their families.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds are used to assist States in implementing and maintaining their Statewide systems of early intervention services. Funding may also be used to provide direct services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families that are not otherwise provided by other public or private sources, to expand and improve on services for infants and toddlers with disabilities that are otherwise available and to provide a free appropriate public education, in accordance with Subchapter II, to children with disabilities from their third birthday to the beginning of the following school year. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility: The 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Secretary of the Interior and the following jurisdictions: Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation: Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State, local, or Indian tribal governments. No State or jurisdiction may receive a grant unless the Secretary has approved the application and statement of assurances for that State.
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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used 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: Specific application procedures are provided in the application form for the program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: All eligible applicants receive awards if they have approvable applications.
Deadlines: Specific deadlines are announced annually in the Federal Register. For further information contact the headquarters office.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Thirty to 90 days.
Appeals: The Secretary shall not disapprove such an application or statement of assurances unless the Secretary determines, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, that the application or statement of assurances fails to comply with the requirements of Section 678.
Renewals: Grants are renewed annually, upon staff review and accepting evidence of satisfactory performance, and the availability of funds.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements: Awards are based on each applicants proportionate share of children, aged birth through two years, in their general population, based on the most recent census data. No State receives less than 0.5 percent of the funds available for all States. The Department of Interior receives 1.25 percent of the amount available to States. The territories receive up to 1 percent of the funds appropriated.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Grants are issued each year. The obligation period is one fiscal year (a 15-month period from July 1 through September 30) plus a one year carryover provision.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports: An annual report to the Governor and to the Secretary by the State Interagency Coordinating Council on the status of early intervention programs operated within the State, and a report of the data required under Section 641(e)(1)(D) of the Act, and other information that the Secretary may require, including information required under Section 618 of the Act must be submitted and as required by the Education Department General Administration Regulations (EDGAR) for State administered programs (34 CFR 76). Financial and performances reports are required annually.
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records: As required by EDGAR for State administered programs (34 CFR 76). Generally, State and contractors must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 5-years.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification: 91-0300-0-1-501.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $383,567,000; FY 02 est $417,000,000; and FY 03 est $437,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
For 2015, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico ranged from, $2,148,938 to $52,545,235; with an average award of $8,265,145.
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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 2001, all eligible applicants received funds; 230,853 infants and toddlers with disabilities were served.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Final regulations were published in the Federal Register on June 22, 1989, as amended, August 19, 1992, July 30, 1993, and April 14, 1998.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
Headquarters Office: Gregg Corr Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: gregg.corr@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7309

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/programs.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Funds are used to implement and maintain statewide systems of early intervention services.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

All eligible applicants who submit information indicating they meet the requirements of 34 CFR 303, Subpart C, are entitled to receive grants.

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