[Federal Register: September 18, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 181)]
[Page 48996-48997]
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[CFDA No.: 84.235A]

Special Projects and Demonstrations for Providing Vocational
Rehabilitation Services to Individuals With Disabilities; Notice
Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 1998

    Purpose of Program: To provide financial assistance to projects for
expanding or otherwise improving vocational rehabilitation and other
rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, especially
individuals with the most severe disabilities, and for applying new
types or patterns of services or devices for individuals with
disabilities (including programs for providing individuals with
disabilities, or other individuals in programs servicing individuals
with disabilities, with opportunities for new careers and career
    Eligible Applicants: State agencies; other public agencies and
organizations, including Indian tribes; and nonprofit, private agencies
and organizations.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 18, 1997.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 18, 1998.
    Applications Available: September 29, 1997.
    Available Funds: $6,600,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $220,000-$245,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $230,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 28-30.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this

    Maximum Award: In no case does the Secretary make an award greater
than $245,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Secretary
rejects and does not consider an application that proposes a budget
exceeding this maximum amount.
    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,
81, 82, and 85; and (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part


Competitive Preference Priority

    The competitive preference priority concerning Empowerment Zones
and Enterprise Communities in the notice of final priorities for this
program, published in the Federal Register on December 9, 1994 (59 FR
63860), applies to this competition.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) the Secretary gives preference to
applications based on the extent to which they meet the following
competitive priority. The Secretary awards 10 bonus points to an
application depending on the extent to which the application meets this
competitive priority. These bonus points are in addition to any points
the application earns under the selection criteria for the program:
Competitive Preference Priority--Providing Program Services in an
Empowerment Zone or Enterprise Community
    Under this program the Secretary gives competitive preference to
applications that--
    (1) Propose the provision of substantial services in Empowerment
Zones or Enterprise Communities; and
    (2) Propose projects that contribute to the strategic plan of the
Empowerment Zone or Enterprise Community and that are made an integral
component of the Empowerment Zone or Enterprise Community activities.

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    Under this program a project is considered to be providing
substantial services if a minimum of 51 percent of the persons served
by the project reside within the Empowerment Zone or Enterprise

Invitational Priorities

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) the Secretary is particularly interested
in applications that meet one or more of the following invitational
priorities. However, an application that meets one or more of these
invitational priorities does not receive competitive or absolute
preference over other applications:
Invitational Priority 1--Projects To Enhance Employment Outcomes for
Individuals on Public Assistance
    Projects that provide rehabilitation services to individuals with
disabilities who are receiving public assistance to enhance employment
outcomes that are consistent with the individual's unique strengths,
capacities, abilities, interests, priorities, and resources.
Invitational Priority 2--Projects To Increase Client Choice
    Projects that address and emphasize effective ways to increase
client choice in the vocational rehabilitation process to enhance
employment outcomes that are consistent with the individual's unique
strengths, capacities, abilities, interests, priorities, and resources.
    Selection Criteria: In evaluating an application for a new grant
under this competition, the Secretary uses selection criteria chosen
from the general selection criteria in Sec. 75.210 of EDGAR. The
selection criteria to be used for this competition will be provided in
the application package for this competition.
    For Applications Contact: The Grants and Contracts Service Team
(GCST), U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2550. Telephone:
(202) 205-8351. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through
Friday. The preferred method for requesting applications is to FAX your
request to (202) 205-8717.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternate format by contacting the GCST. However, the
Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format the standard
forms included in the application package.
    For Information Contact: Susan Oswald or Alfreda Reeves, U.S.
Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 3314,
Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2650. Telephone: (202) 260-
9870 or (202) 205-9361.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding

    Note: The official application notice for a discretionary grant
competition is the notice published in the Federal Register.

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published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 777a(a)(1).
    Dated: September 12, 1997.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 97-24777 Filed 9-17-97; 8:45 am]