ACL Centers for Independent Living, Recovery Act

To provide independent living services to individuals with significant
disabilities to assist them to function more independently in family and
community settings, by developing and supporting a statewide network of
centers for independent living.

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
Rowan University $ 1,592,155   2018-09-012023-08-31
Morehouse School Of Medicine, Inc., The $ 399,759   2018-09-012023-08-31
Mount St. Joseph University $ 399,717   2018-09-012023-08-31
Duke University $ 284,090   2018-09-012023-08-31
Rowan University $ 400,000   2018-09-012023-08-31
Case Western Reserve University $ 387,304   2018-09-012023-08-31
Thomas Jefferson University $ 399,849   2018-09-012023-08-31
Altamed Health Services Corporation $ 387,867   2018-09-012023-08-31
Arkansas Foundation For Medical Care, Inc. $ 366,123   2018-09-012023-08-31
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 394,362   2018-09-012023-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Federal funds are used for the establishment and operation of centers for independent living which offer a combination of services.

Services must include independent living core services, which include information and referral services, training in independent living skills, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, and as appropriate, a combination of any other independent living services specified in Title II of the Rehabilitation Act.

Each center must have a governing board composed of a majority of persons with significant disabilities.

The majority of the staff and individuals in decision making positions must be individuals with disabilities.

Not less than 1.8 percent and not more than 2 percent of Federal funds appropriated for the program must be reserved to provide training and technical assistance through entities experienced in the operation of centers for independent living.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiary eligibility should reflect none.


Costs for States that administer these grants through the authorization in section 723 will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs for all other grantees will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Award Procedures

Awards were made under approval of the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Assistant Secretary of OSERS, based on the findings of Federal and nonfederal reviews of applications to ensure the applicants satisfactorily demonstrate that they will meet the standards and assurances described in Section 725 (b) and (c) the Rehabilitation Act.


Not Applicable.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 1, Part C; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)., Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


These projects may be continued under CFDA 84.132 based on a self-evaluation report, and accomplishments as described in the Center's self-evaluation and annual report requirements under Section 725 (c)(8) of the Act, submittal of a continuation application, and the availability of funds. Renewals are available through the regular continuation application process and are subject to the availability of funds under the regular program appropriation (see CFDA program 84.132).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Section 721 of the Rehabilitation Act provides a population-based formula for the allocation of program funds among States. These funds are then awarded through competitive grants to non-profit organizations in the State. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for obligation at the Federal level until September 30, 2010. Grantees have an additional 12-month period to obligate their funds. New projects are typically funded for five years with funding approved on a 12-month basis. Continuation awards will be subject to the availability of funds under the regular program (see CFDA program 84.132). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic Transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees receiving funding under the Recovery Act will be required to report at the end of each quarter on the amount of grant funds obligated and expended; all activities for which those funds were obligated and expended; the completion status of those activities; the estimated number of jobs created or retained by the project and those activities; and detailed information on any contracts awarded with grant funds.

Specific reporting requirements will be included in grant award documents.

Contact the program office for more information.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


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.


Fiscal records must be maintained for 3 years after the grant ends and the final financial report is submitted or until all audit questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Regulations at 34 CFR 364 and 366.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Roslyn Thompson 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202-495-7453

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria for this program include extent of need for the project, past performance, satisfaction of the standards and assurances set forth in Section 725, quality of key personnel, budget and cost-effectiveness, evaluation plan, plan of operation, and involvement of individuals with significant disabilities. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program regulations at 34 CFR 366.

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