Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Security State Grants for Work Incentives Assistance to Disabled Beneficiaries
Social Security Act, Section
1150 as added by Section 122 of Public Law 106-170; Ticket-to-Work Incentives
Improvement Act; Part C of Title I of the Developmental Disabilities
Rehabilitation and Assistance and Bill of Rights Act; Workforce Improvement
Act of 1998, 42 U.S.C. 6041, et. seq.
comply with the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act legislation
passed in December 1999, permitting the SSA to make payments to each State to
the protection and advocacy system established for the purpose of providing
services to disabled beneficiaries who want to work.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants are awarded to organizations to: (1) Provide information and advice
about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services; and (2)
Provide advocacy or other services that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with disabilities may
need to secure or regain gainful employment. Grant funds may not be used for
construction or major renovation of buildings.
Applicant Eligibility: Applicants applying for grant funds are limited
to established State protection and advocacy systems.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Established State protection and advocacy
Credentials/Documentation: Costs and administrative requirements for
grantees will be determined in accordance with Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) regulations 45 CFR 74 and 92.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: Not applicable. This program is excluded
from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: The standard application forms furnished by SSA
must be used for this program. When grant opportunities are available, SSA sends
a letter to the applicable protection and advocacy agency; a notice is not
published in the Federal Register because the program is limited to the
designated agencies. Application kits that contain the prescribed application
forms and supplemental descriptive information on the priority areas are
available from the SSA/OAG Internet site at www.ssa.gov/oag/grants. SSA grant
program announcements and application information also can be obtained from the
Grants Management Team, Office of Operations Contracts and Grants (OOCG), Office
of Acquisition and Grants (OAG), Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Finance,
Assessment and Management (DCFAM), Social Security Administration, 1-E-4, Gwynn
Oak Building, 1710 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207-5279. Contact: Ms.
Phyllis Y. Smith, Grants Management Officer. Telephone: (410) 965-9518. To be
considered for a grant, all applicants must complete the prescribed application
forms and submit them to the Grants Management Team. The application shall be
executed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or
organization who will assume the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions
of the cooperative agreement. Reviewers prepare written assessments of each
program-relevant grant application.
Award Procedure: OAG provides a Notice of Grant Award as official
notice for approved applications. The notice indicates award amount, the purpose
of the award, award terms and conditions, the budget period, the anticipated
project period, and the awardee's cost-sharing requirement.
Deadlines: Closing dates for receipt of grant applications are stated
in the covering letter (usually 60 to 90 days after date of the letter).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Generally, 3 to 6 months after the
closing date established in the Federal Register announcement.
Appeals: There are no formal appeal procedures. If an application is
not approved, the reasons will be stipulated in the denial notice.
Renewals: Grants can be continued via formal application, which is
subject to approval. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more
budget periods, the awardee must submit a formal request for funding
continuation each year. Continuation applications are evaluated prior to a
recommendation of additional funding.
Formula and Matching Requirements: The formula is based on the amount
appropriated and the percentage of beneficiaries with disabilities: A protection
and advocacy system located in a State (including the District of Columbia and
Puerto Rico) other than Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands,
and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the greater of $100,000 or 1/3
of 1 percent of the amount available for payments. In the case of a protection
and advocacy system located in Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin
Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, $50,000.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funds are usually granted for a
period of 12 to 17 months. Funds, however, can be granted for a minimum of 3
months, and up to a maximum of 60 months.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Progress and financial reports are required on all projects.
Quarterly reports are due within 30 days after the end of each quarter of the
budget period. Program performance reports are required on all projects. Program
performance reports are due within 30 days after the end of each year of the
budget period. Comprehensive final reports are due no later than 90 days after
the cooperative agreement expires.
Audits: Audits shall be conducted in accordance with HHS regulations
45 CFR 74 and 92. In accordance with the provisions of (OMB) Circular 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: Awardees must maintain financial records, supporting
documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to an award for 3
years after the end of the project. In the event of an audit, records must be
maintained until all questions are resolved.
Account Identification: 28-8704-0-7-999.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $4,500,000; FY 02 est $7,000,000; and FY
03 est $7,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
Range, $50,000 to $319,000 average $107,496.
In fiscal year 2001, SSA funded partial year awards all grant recipients. SSA
expects to award 12-month awards totaling up to $7,000,000 in fiscal years
2002 - 2004.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
Dionne J. Mitchell Social Security Administration
Office of Acquisition and Grants
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Boulevard
, Baltimore, Maryland 21235 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 4109659534
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
There will be no examples until awards have been made.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Generally, applications are evaluated on the following criteria: (1)
capability; (2) relevance and adequacy of project design; (3) resources and
management; and (4) quality assurance.