Rehabilitation Services American Indians with Disabilities

To provide vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities that reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage
in gainful employment.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Three Affiliated Tribes $ 390,166   2021-10-012022-09-30
Oglala Sioux Tribe Of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation $ 757,027   2021-10-012022-09-30
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe $ 558,679   2021-10-012022-09-30
Wichita & Affiliated Tribes $ 433,906   2021-10-012022-09-30
Confederated Tribes And Bands Of The Yakama Nation, The $ 744,268   2021-10-012022-09-30
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe $ 1,082,548   2021-10-012022-09-30
Laguna Department Of Education $ 450,000   2021-10-012022-09-30
Lower Elwha Tribal Community $ 446,921   2021-10-012022-09-30
Shoshone-paiute Tribes $ 911,869   2019-10-012022-09-30
Klamath Tribes, The $ 1,223,996   2019-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Preliminary data indicate that the 84 of the projects operating in FY 2016 assisted an estimated total of 2,134 American Indians with disabilities to achieve an employment outcome. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects provide financial assistance to the governing bodies (and consortia of such governing bodies) of Federal or State Recognized Tribes for the establishment and operation of vocational rehabilitation services projects for American Indians with disabilities residing on or near tribal reservations under section 121(a) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Section 121(c) authorizes grants to provide training and technical assistance to governing bodies of Indian tribes that have received American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Service (AIVRS) grants under section 121(a) of the Act.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Service projects: Governing bodies of Indian tribes consortia of such governing bodies, or tribal organizations established and controlled by the governing bodies of Indian tribes, located on or near Federal and State reservations may apply.

Training and technical assistance: State, local, or tribal governments, non-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education that have experience in the operation of AIVRS programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indians with disabilities residing on or near a Federal or State reservation who meet the definition of an individual with a disability in Section 7 (8) (A) of the Rehabilitation Act.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Education Department General Administrative Regulations at 34 CFR Parts 74, 75 and 80, apply to this program. Applications should be submitted to the Department e-Grants Website or through other methods, according to instructions specified in the Notice Inviting Applications. The standard application kit as furnished by the Department of Education must be used for this program.

Award Procedures

New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and the review and approval of staff in various offices within the Department. In making grants, the Department gives priority consideration to applications for the continuation of programs which have been funded under the program. The Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration approves continuation awards for existing projects.


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


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I, Part C, Section 121.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Projects with multi-year project periods may be continued based on review of the annual performance report and in accordance with 34 CFR Part 75-253 and the availability of adequate funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: The amount of funds available annually for this program is reserved from the amount appropriated for the State VR program in an amount not less than 1 percent and not more than 1.5 percent under section 110(c)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act. In addition, section 121(c) of the Rehabilitation Act requires that not less than 1.8 percent and not more than 2 percent of the funds set aside from the State VR program (section 110(c) of the Act) for the AIVRS program to provide training and technical assistance to governing bodies of Indian tribes that have received AIVRS grants under section 121(a) of the Act. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. Projects are required to contribute ten percent of the cost of the project in cash or in-kind, unless the Commissioner of RSA waives the matching requirement under 34 CFR 371.40(b) if the applicant demonstrates that it does not have sufficient resources to contribute the non-Federal share of the cost of the program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project support is available for up to 60-months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial reports and progress reports must be submitted as prescribed by grant award terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports: Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR Part 80.40 and 80.41.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring: Program performance is monitored through the APR.


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.


Case records are for individual program participants. Fiscal records must be kept for audit purposes. Retention of records is required for three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $43,000,000; FY 17 est $43,000,000; and FY 18 est $43,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of new awards in FY 2016 was $365,000 to $1,550,000; Median new award: $550,000. No new awards are planned for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, and Uniform Guidance, 2 CFR 200, Subpart E ? Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Vocational Rehabilitations Service Projects regulations 34 CFR 369 and Vocational Rehabilitations Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities regulations 34 CFR 371.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

August Martin Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7410

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The availability of funds is published in the Federal Register. Applications for discretionary grants are subject to peer review procedures by Federal and nonfederal experts that lead to recommendations for approval or disapproval. The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application package. Selection criteria include extent of need for the project, significance, quality of the project design, quality of the project services, quality of project personnel, adequacy of resources, and quality of the management plan.

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