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Helpful Hints for NIDILRR Grant Applicants

Hint #1: Check out NIDILRR's Short Guide to Applying for a Grant

Applying for a grant can be a daunting and confusing process, especially if you have never done it before. To help all our applicants, NIDILRR has created a short guide to applying for a NIDILRR grant. You can access it by clicking here.

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Hint #2: NIDILRR publishes all of its Notices Inviting Applications (NIAs) in the Federal Register

To view 2015 NIDILRR funding opportunities, and other NIDILRR announcements, in the Federal Register.

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Hint #3--Obtaining Current Application Information

To obtain all the most current information you need to apply for a NIDILRR grant, go to Searching for NIDILRR application information in is easy with NIDILRR's Guide to Searching for and Finding NIDILRR Funding Opportunities.

Download: download files MS WORD (40KB) | PDF (372KB)

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Hint #4:Become Familiar with NIDILRR's "applicant.html" pages

An "applicant.html" page contains all the information any NIDILRR applicant would every need. NIDILRR has many funding mechanisms so to make it easy, we have created a main "NIDILRR applicant" page that contains links to all of the other NIDILRR "applicant" program pages and other helpful information. Check it out at

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Hint #5: Become Familiar with the Contents of a NIDILRR Competition Table

Each program applicant page described in Hint #4 contains specific competition tables for that program. Important points to note about each competition table are listed below:

  • Application information is stored by Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) program number. For a list of CFDA programs, click here.
  • The header row in each table contains the CFDA number of the competition and the competition title.
  • The first row in each competition table Status should say "Open". If it says anything else, do not apply for the competition because we are no longer accepting applications.
  • The next row in the table, Timeline, gives you information on when the competition's opening and closing dates.
  • The next row in the table, Federal Register Notices, contains information on the original Notice Inviting Applications that was published in the Federal Register.
  • The next row in the table, Current Application, contains two ways to obtain copies of the most current application packages. First, there is a "" link that contains the most current application information. When you click on that link. you will be taken a "" page that contains the relevant information you seek. Every page has three tabs across the top:

    1. Synopsis
    2. Full Announcement
    3. Application

If you want the current application information package for a competition, just click on the Application tab. If you don't see a download link to the application after clicking on the application tab, it generally means that the competition is closed. Second, you can download the application packages in either Word or PDF format. If you open one of these files be sure and check the competition date on the first page. It is passed, don't apply for the competition. We keep old application packages on-line for information purposes only.

  • The next row in the table, Other Required Forms, points to a Department of Education Forms' Library which contain the forms you will need to use when applying for a grant. Follow the guidance in the application packages to know what forms you will need.
  • The next row in the table, Review Process, gives a brief description and contains links explaining what type of review your submitted application will undergo.
  • The final row in the table, Successful Applications from Previous Years, contains a link to the Department's Freedom of Information Act form, which you must complete to obtain a copy of an application.
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Hint 6: Obtaining Printed Copies of Application Materials

You can obtain printed copies of application packages by searching for and downloading them from: Be sure that 84.133 is in the box next to the CFDA field.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact Patricia Barrett: U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5142, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2700. Telephone: (202) 245-6211 or by email at If you request an application from Patricia Barrett, be sure to identify these competitions as follows: CFDA number 84.133

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Hint 7: NIDILRR Application Information Points of Contact

Patricia Barrett and/or Marlene Spencer are your points of contact for information on NIDILRR's application packages. You can email:

Patricia Barrett:
Marlene Spencer:

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Last Modified: 03/30/2015