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Current competition: FY 2013
Applications available: January 22, 2013
Deadline for transmittal of applications: March 25, 2013

Federal Register Notice

Current Application

All applicants are required to submit an application online through is a single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by federal and other grant-making agencies.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants familiarize themselves with the Web site and complete the required registration well before the closing date. You can begin the registration process before the application is published on or while you are filling out the application. However, registration must be completed before you can submit your completed package. Please note that the registration process for organizations may take three to five days to complete. The site offers users extensive customer support options and resources for applicants.

Application packages in consist of two downloadable files: application instructions and the application package. To view the package, including required forms, the free Adobe Reader or compatible Acrobat Professional software must be installed on your computer.

Accessing the Application Package

  1. Start at the home page:
  2. Go to the Apply for Grants page:
  3. Click on Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package:
  4. Enter the CFDA number for the program(s): (84.414) and click "Download Package."
    Note that alpha suffixes to the CFDA number cannot be included in the search criteria. If there is more than one program sharing the numeric CFDA you will be able to select specific programs under that number using the program title after the numeric CFDA search.
  5. Click "Download" to access the application package and instructions.

Applicants who are unable to submit an application through the system may submit a written request for a waiver of the electronic submission requirement. Requests for waivers are due at least two weeks before the application deadline date. See the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for additional details on requesting a waiver.

Page limits and acceptable fonts for grant applications. Please refer to the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for page limits and font types an applicant may use when submitting grant applications for this competition.

Tips for submitting applications electronically through

  • Begin the registration process as soon as possible. Register early: preferably at least five days before the deadline.
  • Download and review the application instructions from
  • Complete the application package according to the application instructions.
  • Review and verify all program assurances and certifications.
  • Verify on that registration is complete and that your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) status is approved if you are the submitter.
  • Submit your application early, ensuring sufficient time for the validation process.
  • Verify your submission through the Web site.

Tips and Assistance

Two webinars about this program are scheduled. More information will be made available soon.

  1. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 -- 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 -- 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Slide Presentation: download files MS PowerPoint (383K) | PDF (618K)

Application Contacts

Karen Epps, (202) 502-7774 or
Donald Watson, (202) 219-7037
U.S. Department of Education
1990 K Street, N.W., 6th floor
Washington, DC 20006-8513

For application content-related questions at SSA, contact:

David Rogofsky, (202) 358-6209 or
John Murphy, (202) 358-6033
Office of Policy Research
Social Security Administration
500 E Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20254-0003

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the program contact person listed in this section.


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Last Modified: 03/25/2013