[Federal Register: June 13, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 114)]
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[CFDA No.: 84.132A]

Centers for Independent Living--Training and Technical Assistance 
Center; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2002

    Purpose of Program: To provide training and technical assistance 
with respect to planning, developing, conducting, administering, and 
evaluating centers for independent living to the following eligible 
entities authorized under title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 
as amended (Act): eligible agencies, centers for independent living 
(CIL), and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs). The purpose 
of independent living (IL) services is to maximize independence, 
productivity, empowerment, and leadership of individuals with 
disabilities and integrate these individuals into the mainstream of 
society. A CIL is defined in section 702(1) of the Act as a consumer-
controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private 
nonprofit agency that is designed and

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operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and 
that provides an array of IL services.
    Eligible Applicants: To be eligible to apply for funds under this 
program, an entity must demonstrate in its application that it has 
experience in the operation of centers for independent living.
    Applications Available: June 17, 2002.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 1, 2002.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 30, 2002.
    Estimated Available Funds: $1,237,500.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $618,750--$1,237,500.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $618,750.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1-2.

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

    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. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 
    Selection Criteria: In evaluating an application for a new grant 
under this competition, we use the selection criteria in 34 CFR 366.15. 
The selection criteria to be used for this competition will be provided 
in the application package for this competition.
    Supplementary Information: The Secretary has determined that this 
grant requires substantial Federal involvement during the grant award 
period. Therefore, the award will be made as a cooperative agreement.
    With the New Freedom Initiative, the Administration has committed 
to support community-based services in order to promote maximum 
independence and integration of individuals with disabilities in 
community life. One component of this initiative is the President's 
commitment to swiftly implement the Supreme Court's decision in 
Olmstead v. L.C., which found that the Americans with Disabilities Act 
requires the placement of persons with disabilities in a community-
integrated setting whenever possible.
    The Department is promoting community-based services for persons 
with disabilities through its Olmstead project in an effort to help 
States plan, implement, and evaluate consumer-directed and community-
based services. The Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program (RCEP) 
received funding to develop and implement training programs for State 
vocational rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation professionals, and 
community organizations on issues related to community-based services. 
In the following invitational priorities, we encourage applicants for 
this program to build on the work of the Olmstead project and the RCEP.


Invitational Priorities
    We are particularly interested in applications that meet one or all 
of the following priorities.
Invitational Priority 1
    Applications should demonstrate how the project would encourage 
community-based alternatives to institutionalization. Applications 
should address how the project will help CILs meet the housing, 
transportation, assistive technology, and independent living skills 
training needs of individuals with disabilities moving from an 
institutional setting to community-based living.
Invitational Priority 2
    Applications should demonstrate how the project would improve the 
provision of effective independent living peer mentoring programs.
Invitational Priority 3
    Applications should demonstrate how the project would assist CILs 
to increase consumer participation in systems change advocacy.
Invitational Priority 4
    Applications should provide an annual and comprehensive analysis of 
centers' operations, consumer services, process measures, access 
measures, and services and training needs as measured by the annual 704 
performance reports, on-site compliance reports, and standards and 
Invitational Priority 5
    Applications should demonstrate how the project would help CILs 
provide outreach and services to consumers from diverse multicultural 
communities and from underserved disability communities, including 
those with sensory and psychiatric disabilities.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets 
one or more of the invitational priorities a competitive or absolute 
preference over other applications.

Competitive Preference Priority

    We give preference to applications that meet the competitive 
preference priority in the notice of final competitive preference for 
this program, published in the Federal Register on November 22, 2000 
(65 FR 70408). Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), up to 10 points may be 
earned based on the extent to which an application includes effective 
strategies for employing and advancing in employment qualified 
individuals with disabilities as project employees in projects awarded 
in this competition. In determining the effectiveness of those 
strategies, we will consider the applicant's prior success, as 
described in the application, in employing and advancing in employment 
qualified individuals with disabilities. Therefore, within this 
competitive preference, applicants can be awarded up to a total of 10 
points in addition to those awarded under the selection criteria in 34 
CFR 366.15, for a total possible score of 110 points.
    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): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
pubs/edpubs.html, or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.132A.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting the Grants and Contracts 
Services Team (GCST), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland 
Avenue, SW., room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550. 
Telephone: (202) 205-8207. If you use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service 
(FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. The preferred method for requesting 
applications is to FAX your request to (202) 205-8717.
    However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative 
format the standard forms included in the application package.
    For Further Information Contact: James Billy, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3326, Switzer Building, 
Washington, DC 20202-2741. Telephone: (202) 205-9362. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 

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format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact person listed in the preceding 

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    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 796f.

    Dated: June 7, 2002.
Robert H. Pasternack,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 02-14866 Filed 6-12-02; 8:45 am]