ACL Centers for Independent Living

To support a Statewide network of centers for independent living (centers or CILs) and provide financial assistance to centers that comply with the standards and assurances in section 725(b) and (c) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act) consistent with the design included
in the State Plan for Independent Living for establishing a statewide network of centers.

Centers are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agencies that are operated in local communities by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of IL services that are designed to enhance independence and productivity of individuals with significant disabilities and to promote their full inclusion and integration into the mainstream of American society.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Superior Alliance For Independent Living $ 211,088   2018-09-302021-09-29
Disability Services & Legal Center $ 154,693   2018-09-302021-09-29
Memorial Hermann Health System $ 3,317,908   2017-09-302020-09-29
North Country Independent Living, Inc. $ 694,383   2016-09-302019-09-29
Western New York Independent Living, Inc. $ 624,050   2016-09-302019-09-29
Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Inc. $ 690,911   2016-09-302019-09-29
League Of Human Dignity, Inc $ 693,619   2017-09-302018-09-29
Memorial Hermann Health System $ 4,181,397   2015-04-012018-09-29
Alpha One Inc. $ 839,761   2017-09-302018-09-29
State Of Minnesota Department Of Employment & Economic Development, The $ 1,071,720   2017-09-302018-09-29



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Federal funds awarded under this program, the CIL program, are used for the establishment and operation of centers for independent living which offer a wide range of independent living (IL) services.

Services must include independent living core services which are (1) information and referral services, (2) independent living skills training, (3) peer counseling, including cross-disability peer counseling, (4) individual and systems advocacy and (5) services that (i) facilitate the transition of individuals with significant disabilities from nursing homes and other institutions to home and community-based residences, with the requisite supports and services; (ii) provide assistance to individuals with significant disabilities who are at risk of entering institutions so that the individuals may remain in the community; and (iii) facilitate the transition of youth who are individuals with significant disabilities, who were eligible for individualized education programs under section 614(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C.

1414(d)), and who have completed their secondary education or otherwise left school, to post-secondary life.

As appropriate, IL services may include a combination of any other independent living services specified in Section 7(18) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Section 721(b) of the Rehabilitation Act specifies that not less than 1.8 percent and not more than two percent of Federal funds appropriated for the CIL program must be reserved each fiscal year to provide training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and eligible agencies under grants, contract or cooperative agreements with entities who have experience in the operation of centers for independent living.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private non-profit organizations.

An eligible agency under the CIL program is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agency or a state agency in states in which no eligible private non-profit organization applies for a grant.

A State?s allotment for IL Part C funds is determined according to a population-based formula.

To the extent funds are available, the Rehabilitation Act requires the Administrator to make awards based on a statutory order of priorities to the extent funds are available: (1) The Administrator shall support existing centers for independent living, as described in subsection (c), that comply with the standards and assurances set forth in section 725, at the level of funding for the previous year. (2) The Administrator shall provide for a cost-of-living increase for such existing centers for independent living.

(3) The Administrator shall fund new centers for independent living, as described in subsection (d), that comply with the standards and assurances set forth in section 725.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with significant disabilities as defined in section 7(21)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act. This refers to an individual with a severe physical or mental impairment whose ability to function independently in the family or community or whose ability to obtain, maintain, or advance in employment is substantially limited and for whom the delivery of independent living services will improve the ability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the family or community or to continue in employment, respectively.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications should be submitted according to instructions specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement found at www.grants.gov

Award Procedures

New awards are made based upon the results of a competitive peer review process of applications.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 1, Part C., Title VII,, Part C, Section 725.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Projects may be continued based on the determination that the center has met the standards and assurances under section 725(b) and (c) of the Rehabilitation Act, and the availability of funds. Amounts of continuation awards are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Existing projects are approved on an annual basis with funding on a twelve month basis. New projects are funded for three years with funding approved on a 12-month basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Annually.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

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. 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. In accordance with the provisions of Subpart F-Audit Requirements, under 45 CFR Part 75.500, nonfederal 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. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year.

Records

Records related to grant funding, compliance and performance must be maintained for a period of three years after completion of the grant activity and the final financial report is submitted or until all audit questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0142-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $78,125,432; FY 17 est $75,917,886; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Corinna Stiles 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: corinna.stiles@acl.hhs.gov Phone: 202-795-7446

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria for this program may be found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement at http://www.grants.gov.



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