[Federal Register: August 27, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 166)]
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[CFDA No.: 84.235H]

Special Demonstration Programs Notice Inviting Applications for
New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

Purpose of Program

    To provide financial assistance to projects that expand and improve
the provision of rehabilitation and other services for individuals with

Eligible Applicants

    State vocational rehabilitation agencies; community rehabilitation
programs; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and public or
nonprofit agencies or organizations, including institutions of higher
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 4, 2000.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 4, 2000.
    Applications Available: October 5, 1999.
    Available Funds: $3,800,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $200,000-$275,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $250,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 14-16.

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

    Maximum Award: In no case does the Secretary make an award greater
than $275,000 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 60 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,
81, 82, 85, and 86; and (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR
part 369.


    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--Special Demonstrations to Increase Employment
Outcomes, Especially Self-Employment, Telecommuting, or Business
Ownership, for American Indians With Disabilities Who Reside on or Near
Reservations or in Urban Settings

    Projects that would increase the employment opportunities by
providing vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with
disabilities. Projects that would provide services to American Indians,
and may provide training and instruction to other nonprofit agencies to
provide these services, to achieve vocational outcomes related to self-
employment, telecommuting, or business ownership. Services may include,
but are not limited to, technical assistance and other consultation
services to conduct market analyses, develop business plans, and obtain
loans, occupational licenses, tools, equipment, initial stocks and
supplies for eligible individuals.

Invitational Priority 2--Programs That Demonstrate Methods of Providing
Affordable Transportation Services to Individuals With Disabilities

    Projects that would demonstrate methods of providing affordable
transportation services to individuals with disabilities who are
employed, seeking employment, or receiving vocational rehabilitation
services from public or private organizations and who reside in
geographic areas in which public transportation or paratransit service
is not available.

Invitational Priority 3--Projects Focusing on Career Advancement

    Projects that would demonstrate service delivery models that would
further high quality employment outcomes for individuals with
disabilities. Projects that would provide services, which may include,
but is not limited to, training, education, counseling, placement, and
follow-up activities that would allow the individuals with disabilities
to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for jobs with
the potential for career advancement and higher wages and benefits.
Projects may also provide services to improve career advancement
opportunities for individuals with disabilities who are employed.

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 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR. The selection
criteria to be used for this competition will be provided in the
application package for this competition.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Martin or Alfreda Reeves, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3314, Switzer
Building, Washington, DC. 20202-2650. Telephone: (202) 205-8494 or
(202) 205-9361. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf
(TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
    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 persons listed in the preceding
    For Applications Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs),
P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-
7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for
the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-

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576-7734. You may also contact ED Pubs via its Web site (http://
www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html) or its E-mail address (ed
pubs@inet.ed.gov). If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure
to identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.235H.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternate format by contacting the Grants and Contracts
Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone:
(202) 205-8351. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf
(TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an
alternate format the standard forms included in the application

Electronic Access to This Document

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area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document
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Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 773(b).

    Dated: August 19, 1999.
Curtis L. Richards,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative
[FR Doc. 99-22036 Filed 8-26-99; 8:45 am]