Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program

The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is to support programs that provide for the purchase of AT devices and services, such as low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, and a loan guarantee program.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Georgia Tech Research Corporation $661,742 Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation $661,742 Washington Access Fund $661,742.

Fiscal Year 2018: Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network $664,669 Center for Community Self-Help $664,670 Black Hills Special Services Corp.

$664,670.

Fiscal Year 2019: Three grant awards for a total of $1,984,537.


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
Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation $ 552,683   2018-09-012019-08-31
Social Services, Missouri Department Of $ 236,883   2018-09-012019-08-31
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission $ 552,683   2018-09-012019-08-31
Northwest Access Fund $ 552,683   2018-09-012019-08-31
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

One-year grant awards are used to support the establishment or expansion of Alternative Financing Programs (AFPs) that assist individuals with disabilities of any age to obtain financial assistance for AT devices and services.

AFPs must be designed to allow individuals with disabilities of all ages and their family members, guardians, advocates, and authorized representatives to purchase AT devices or services.

The purchase must be solely for the benefit of an individual with a disability.

While applicants are not restricted to disability organizations, State agencies and community-based disability organizations that are directed by and operated for individuals with disabilities shall be eligible to compete.

Successful applicants must emphasize consumer choice and control and build programs that will provide financing for the full array of AT devices and services and ensure that all people with disabilities, regardless of type of disability or health condition, age, level of income and residence have access tot the program.

100 percent.

Applicants much establish or expand one or more of the following types of alternative financing mechanisms: a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee or insurance program, and another mechanism that is approved by the Secretary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agencies and community-based disability organizations that are directed by and operated for individuals with disabilities shall be eligible to compete.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is to support programs that provide for the purchase of AT devices and services, such as low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, and a loan guarantee program. Successful applicants must emphasize consumer choice and control and build programs that will provide financing for the full array of AT devices and services and ensure that all people with disabilities, regardless of type of disability or health condition, age, level of income and residence have access tot the program.

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 not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

The Secretary of Health and Human Services determines which applicants receive Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program grants and the amount of those grants, on the basis of the applications under the priority and other criteria the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 114-254), Public Law 114-254.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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

One year project period with the possibility of a no-cost extension. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The submission of the SF-425 (Federal Financial Report) is required.

The reporting cycle will be reflected in the Notice of Award.

The program progress report is due semi-annually from the start date of the award and is due within 30 days of the reporting period end date.

The final progress report and SF-425 reports are due 90 days after the end of the project period.

Grantees are required to complete the federal cash transactions portion of the SF-425 within the Payment Management System as identified in their award documents for the calendar quarters ending 3/31, 6/30, 9/30, and 12/31 through the life of their award.

In addition, the fully completed SF-425 will be required as denoted in the Notice of Award terms and conditions.

The submission of the SF-425 (Federal Financial Report) is required.

The reporting cycle will be reflected in the Notice of Award.

The program progress report is due semi-annually from the start date of the award and is due within 30 days of the reporting period end date.

The final progress report and SF-425 reports are due 90 days after the end of the project period.

Grantees are required to complete the federal cash transactions portion of the SF-425 within the Payment Management System as identified in their award documents for the calendar quarters ending 3/31, 6/30, 9/30, and 12/31 through the life of their award.

In addition, the fully completed SF-425 will be required as denoted in the Notice of Award terms and conditions.

The submission of the SF-425 (Federal Financial Report) is required.

The reporting cycle will be reflected in the Notice of Award.

The program progress report is due semi-annually from the start date of the award and is due within 30 days of the reporting period end date.

The final progress report and SF-425 reports are due 90 days after the end of the project period.

Grantees are required to complete the federal cash transactions portion of the SF-425 within the Payment Management System as identified in their award documents for the calendar quarters ending 3/31, 6/30, 9/30, and 12/31 through the life of their award.

In addition, the fully completed SF-425 will be required as denoted in the Notice of Award terms and conditions.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0142-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $1,985,226; FY 18 est $1,994,009; and FY 19 est $1,984,537

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average award amount for three grants issued in FY 2017 is $664,670 for a total of $1,994,009. The estimate average award amount for three grants issued in FY 2018 is $661,512 for a total of $1,984,537.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Robert Groenendaal 330 C Street SW Room 1317B, Washington , District of Columbia 20201 Email: Robert.Groenendaal@acl.hhs.gov Phone: 202-795-7356

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Application proposals will be reviewed based on the following selection criteria: Proposed Intervention, Special Target Populations and Organizations, Problem Statement, Project Personnel, Organization Capacity, Project Management, Project Evaluation, Budget, and Assurances.



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