[Federal Register: December 19, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 245)]
[Page 67000-67001]
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[CFDA No.: 84.250F]

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians 
With Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for
Fiscal Year (FY) 1997

    Purpose of Program: To provide vocational rehabilitation services 
to American Indians with disabilities who reside on Federal or State 
reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, 
priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, so 
that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.
    Eligible Applicants: Applications may be submitted only by the 
governing bodies of Indian Tribes and consortia of those governing 
bodies located on Federal or State reservations.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 12, 1997
    Applications Available: December 20, 1996
    Available Funds: $1,000,000
    Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000-$300,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $275,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 3-4

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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 75, 77, 80, 81, and 
82; and (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR Parts 369 and 


    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and section 130(b)(4) of the 
Rehabilitation Act the Secretary gives preference to applications that 
meet the following competitive priority. The Secretary awards 10 points 
to an application that meets this competitive priority. These points 
are in addition to any points the application earns under the selection 
criteria for the program:

Competitive Preference Priority--Continuation of Previously Funded 
Tribal Programs

    Section 130(b)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act provides that in making 
new awards under this program the Secretary gives priority 
consideration to applications for the continuation of tribal programs 
that have been funded under this program. For this competition in 
fiscal year 1997, the Secretary implements this priority by giving a 
competitive preference of 10 bonus points, in accordance with CFR 
75.105(c)(2)(i), to applications that meet this priority.
    For Applications: To request an application package, please call 
(202) 205-8351 or write to Joyce R. Jones, U.S. Department of 
Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 3038, Switzer Building, 
Washington, D.C. 20202-2649.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Martin, U.S. Department of

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Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 3314, Switzer Building, 
Washington, D.C., 20202-2650. Telephone: (202) 205-8494.
    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.
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including 
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can 
be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), 
telephone (202) 260-9950; on the Internet Gopher Server (at gopher://
gcs.ed.gov/); or on the World Wide Web (at http://gcs.ed.gov). This 
information can also be viewed on the Rehabilitation Services 
Administration's electronic bulletin board, telephone (202) 401-6147. 
However, the official application notice for a discretionary grant 
competition is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 711(c) and 750.

    Dated: December 13, 1996.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 96-32178 Filed 12-18-96; 8:45 am]