Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income

To foster improved education, and post-secondary outcomes for children
ages14-16 (at the time they begin to receive services) who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as their families, by supporting improved coordination of various services, such as those available through the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program, Medicaid health and home and community-based services, Job Corps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Opportunities and Innovation Act programs.

PROMISE also seeks to facilitate the increased use of such services, ensuring that families are tied into programs for which they might be eligible, but are not yet participating.

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
Education, Arkansas Department Of $ 35,796,071   2013-10-012020-09-30
Disabilities, Maryland Department Of $ 28,281,300   2013-10-012020-09-25
Workforce Development, Wisconsin Department Of $ 28,804,992   2013-10-012020-09-25
Association Of University Centers Disabilities $ 2,499,792   2014-10-012020-03-30
Workforce Services, Utah Dept Of $ 16,904,156   2017-02-242020-01-31
Research Foundation For Mental Hygiene Inc $ 33,450,779   2013-10-012019-09-30
Rehabilitation, California Department Of $ 55,077,323   2013-10-012018-09-30
State Office Of Education, Utah $ 11,646,477   2013-10-012017-02-23
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: All six PROMISE projects met the recruitment goal of 2,000 participants per project by the April 30, 2016 target date, with a total of 13,444 participants enrolled across the six projects. Project participants are randomly assigned into the treatment or non-treatment group. For example, since the summer of 2015, approximately 561 youth in the Arkansas PROMISE project have been engaged in 1 or more paid summer employment opportunities resulting in 900 paid employment experiences across more than 227 locations, and over 780 youth have completed individualized employment plans. As of August 2017, 681 Maryland PROMISE participants have secured paid employment experiences and 253 participants have engaged in financial education. In addition, over 570 family members and 448 youth from Wisconsin PROMISE have participated in paid community employment experiences. Additional information can be found on the PROMISE technical assistance center?s website[1]. [1] Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are the 50 States and the District of Columbia.

A consortium of States may also apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Youth with disabilities receiving SSI benefits who are between the ages of 14-16 (at the time they begin to receive services), and their families.


Contact program office. 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 regulations in 34 C.F.R. Part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments) implement OMB Circular A-102. Contact the program office for more information.

Award Procedures

The Department screens applications submitted in accordance with the requirements in the Notice Inviting Applications for the program, and determines which applications have met eligibility requirements and other requirements in the Notice. Additional information about the review process was published on the program?s Web site.


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


Authorized under the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 112-74), the Department of Defense Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act 2013 (P.L. 113-6), and the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (P.L.113-235).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


A continuation awards may be made annually for up to 5 years throughout the project period of an approved multi-year grant, depending upon the availability of appropriations and the Department's determination that the grantee has made substantial progress in meeting the objectives of the approved application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

PROMISE is a three-year project with a two-year extension option. Subject to the availability of appropriations. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents.

No cash reports are required.

Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents.

Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents.

Reporting requirements will be included in the grant documents.


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.


As required by EDGAR, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award, as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion. (34 CFR 74.53 and 34 CFR 75.730-732).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $950,779; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Estimated Available Funds: In fiscal year 2013, 5-year awards were made to 5 States and a consortium of States. Awards ranged from $31 million to $50 million over 5 years for these one-time projects.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This initiative is authorized under the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 112-74). More information is available in the Notice Inviting Applications published on May 21, 2013. Additional information on PROMISE can be found online at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Corinne Weidenthal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: 202-245-6529

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210. Contact the program office for additional information.

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