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Centers for Independent Living Training and Technical Assistance Grant

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, IHE, or Agency to Improve
Information and Resources for People with Disabilities

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - Administration on Disabilities (AOD)

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06/22/20 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit, IHE, government agency, faith-based or community-based organization, or hospital to operate a resource center to facilitate services for individuals with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The selected organization will serve as a central source of expertise, information, and technical assistance for Centers for Independent Living.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking a qualified applicant for a single cooperative agreement to operate the Centers for Independent Living Training & Technical Assistance Center (CIL T&TA Center). The Centers for Independent Living (CIL) T&TA Center will provide expertise in operational and fiscal management, programmatic, and compliance knowledge for CILs funded by the Administration on Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the authority of section 721(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The CIL T&TA will also be responsible for demonstrably improving the outcomes of CILs and coordinating and partnering with other T&TA Centers funded by ACL that provide support to CILs and advance community living.

The successful applicant will demonstrate programmatic and operational excellence with the demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality, outcome-driven T&TA on key areas related to:

  • Ensuring the provision and innovation of independent living services with an emphasis on:
    • Information and referral services;
    • Independent living skills training;
    • Peer counseling; o Individual and systems advocacy; and
    • Services that:

i. Facilitate transition from institutions to community-based residences;

ii. Assist people at risk of entering institutions to remain in the community;

iii. Facilitate the transition of youth to post-secondary life.

  • Ensuring CILs maintain statutory compliance including with standards and assurances and critical and non-critical areas of programmatic, operational, and fiscal management; and
  • Improving performance, outcomes, operations, and governance of CILs.

The CIL T&TA Center will develop an aggressive work plan with measurable goals and objectives, as well as performance based outcomes on the key areas that demonstrate outcomes for CIL grantees which include compliance with financial and non-critical matters.

The award is a cooperative agreement to facilitate a partnership between the selected applicant and ACL, which will have substantial involvement throughout the duration of the project. The cooperative agreement will provide for expert training, technical assistance, and targeted support to the Centers for Independent Living in every State, Territory, and the District of Columbia.

The CIL T&TA Center will provide operational, programmatic, and compliance expertise for CILs. Key functions of the CIL T&TA must:

  • Provide Training and Technical Assistance -Coordinate training and technical assistance to ensure operational excellence in financial and core programmatic responsibilities.
  • Improve CIL Service Delivery -Develop and operationalize products and services to create efficiencies and measurable impact in service delivery by improving performance, outcomes, operations, and governance.
  • Develop and Maintain Critical Partnerships - Foster Federal, State, and national partnerships to expand external stakeholder network.
  • Develop Evaluation Strategies - Provide effective evaluation strategies for T&TA activities.
  • Plan and Organize a National Training and Technical Assistance Institute - Conduct a bi-annual training and technical assistance institute to increase CIL performance and compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Develop a Compliant Online and Digital Presence - Maintain an online and digital presence that responds to changing online and digital trends.

For additional information on each of the above key functions, see pages 2-6 of the Announcement Module document in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173953

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $889,490
Award Floor: $639,490

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: 36-month project period with three 12- month budget periods


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Domestic public or private nonprofit entities and institutions of higher education. Domestic public or private nonprofit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 05/22/2020
Due Date for Applications: 06/22/2020

Applications must be submitted electronically via by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time on the due date.

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow our staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3 - 5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or, with can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

If your organization is not currently registered on, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with the System for Award Management and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Applicants should finalize a new, or renew an existing, registration at least two weeks before the application deadline. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Project Officer
Regina D. Blye, MPAff
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Administration on Disabilities
Office of Independent Living Programs (OILP)

Grants Management Specialist
Kapua S. Hatch
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Office of Grants Management (OGM)

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