Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities-Grants for Protection and Advocacy Systems

Section 291 of HAVA provides that funds be made available to Protection and Advocacy Systems to: (1) ensure full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities; (2) provide education, training and assistance to individuals with disabilities that will promote their participation
in the electoral process; (3) participate in advocacy and education efforts revolving around HAVA implementation efforts in their State or Territory; (4) training and education of election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers regarding the rights of the voters with disabilities and best practices in working with individuals with disabilities; (5) assist individuals with disabilities in filing complaints under the State-based administrative grievance procedure required by HAVA and represent individuals with disabilities in any hearing that may be held regarding the complaint; (6) provide assistance to States and other governmental entities regarding the physical accessibility of polling places; and (7) obtain training and technical assistance on voting issues, including education regarding accessible voting equipment and systems.

Once educated, the information may be used to inform others of the availability of accessible voting equipment and its use.

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.

Office - None.

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20201.

Contact: Melvenia Wright.

Telephone: (202) 795-7472.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ohio Disability Rights Law And Policy Center, Inc $ 142,051   2018-10-012023-09-30
Disability Rights North Carolina $ 125,174   2018-10-012023-09-30
Disability Rights Pennsylvania $ 156,026   2018-10-012023-09-30
Equip For Equality Inc $ 155,983   2018-10-012023-09-30
Disability Advocates Inc $ 241,850   2018-10-012023-09-30
Georgia Advocacy Office, Inc. $ 127,074   2018-10-012023-09-30
Disability Rights California $ 481,725   2018-10-012023-09-30
Disability Rights Florida, Inc. $ 255,680   2018-10-012023-09-30
Disability Rights Texas $ 344,870   2018-10-012023-09-30
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc $ 121,383   2018-10-012023-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year 2015: 4,963,000. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

To assist Protection and Advocacy Systems to ensure full participation in the electoral process of individuals with a full-range of disabilities.

Grant funds are only available for five years after the appropriation year, as required by 31 U.S.C.

Section 1552.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States and Territories who have a Protection and Advocacy System in place in accordance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 with the exception of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Native Americans.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with a full-range of disabilities.

Credentials/Documentation

Cost will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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. The Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) for each territory and state must submit an application by the requested deadline as indicated in the Program Instruction. The application may be in the format of its choice addressing the seven areas in emphasis which the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds should be used. Funds requested by the P&As are used to provide education, training and assistance to individuals with disabilities that will promote their participation in the electoral process in seven different areas. The application is faxed, emailed and mailed to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) for furthering review and processing. The application is reviewed thoroughly in accordance with the eligibility criteria as outlined in the program instruction and processed approved by the program office.

Award Procedures

Funds will be awarded annually.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Help America Vote Act, Title II, Part 5, Section 291, Public Law 107-252. , Title II, Part 5, Section 291, Public Law 107-252.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.

Renewals

None. Awards are generally made for a 12-month project period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded annually. The Protection and Advocacy System in each State including the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico shall receive less than $70,000 and no Territory will receive less than $35,000. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual narrative report that describes how any funds authorized are due no later than December 31st of each year.

No cash reports are required.

Annual program and annual financial status reports required.

Expenditures are to be reported using a Financial Status Report Short Form (SF-425) submission of annual financial reports are due 90 days after the end of each 12-month period (October 1 - September 30).

Monitoring is performed through the review of annual program and financial status reports 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. Except as noted in 45 CFR Part 75.500.

Records

Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if all findings have not been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $4,963,000; FY 17 est $4,963,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The awards range from $35,000 to $348,000. The average award amount is approximately $144,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR Part 75, Grant Administrative Requirements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20201. Contact: Melvenia Wright. Telephone: (202) 795-7472.

Headquarters Office

Melvenia Wright 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: melvenia.wright@acl.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 795-7472

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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