[Federal Register: March 15, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 49)]
[Page 12802-12803]
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[CFDA No. 84.128J]

Recreational Programs; Notice Inviting Applications for New 
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 1999

    Purpose of Program: To provide grants for recreational programs 
providing individuals with disabilities recreational activities and 
related experiences to aid in their employment, mobility, 
socialization, independence, and community integration. Funds may be 
requested for vocational skills development, leisure education, leisure 
networking, leisure resource development, physical education and 
sports, scouting and camping, 4-H activities, construction of 
facilities for aquatic rehabilitation therapy, music, dancing, 
handicrafts, art, and homemaking. If possible and appropriate, these 
programs and activities are to be provided in settings with peers who 
are not individuals with disabilities.
    Eligible Applicants: States, public agencies, and nonprofit private 
    Supplementary Information: Applications for funding under this 
notice will be used to support grants in FY 1999. The Secretary may 
consider supporting approved applications submitted in FY 1999 for 
grant support in FY 2000.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 30, 1999.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 29, 1999.
    Applications Available: March 19, 1999.
    Available Funds: $1,156,479.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $120,000--$140,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $130,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 9.
    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

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

Statutory Requirements

    All applicants seeking funding under this competition shall--
    (a) Assure that individuals provided services must be advised of 
the availability and purposes of the State's Client Assistance Program, 

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information on means of seeking assistance from that program (section 
20 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act));
    (b) Describe the manner in which the applicant will address the 
needs of individuals with disabilities from minority backgrounds 
(section 21(c) of the Act);
    (c) Describe the manner in which the findings and results of the 
project to be funded under the grant, particularly information that 
facilitates the replication of the results of that project, will be 
made generally available (section 305(a)(4)(A) of the Act);
    (d) Describe, in budgetary detail, whether the applicant proposes 
to use the Federal share of the grant for a program of recreational 
services, construction of an aquatic rehabilitation facility, or a 
combination of recreational services and construction of an aquatic 
rehabilitation facility (section 305 (a)(4) of the Act); and
    (e) Assure that the project, to the greatest extent possible, will 
use existing resources and facilities to carry out the recreational 
activities provided by the project (section 305(a)(4) of the Act).
    In addition, all applicants proposing to provide a program of 
recreational services shall--
    (a) Assure that the project will maintain, at a minimum, the same 
level of services over the three-year project period (section 305(a)(5) 
of the Act);
    (b) Assure that the service program funded under the grant will be 
continued after Federal assistance ends (section 305(a)(4)(B) of the 
Act); and
    (c) If applicable, describe the extent to which any service program 
for which the applicant has received funding previously under this part 
has been continued or will be continued after Federal funding ends 
(section 305(a)(4) of the Act).
    All applicants proposing to construct a facility for aquatic 
rehabilitation therapy shall provide an assurance that, upon completion 
of the construction, the facility will be used for a service program of 
aquatic rehabilitation therapy consistent with section 305 of the Act 
(section 305(a)(4)(A) of the Act).


    For purposes of a recreation program involving construction of a 
facility for aquatic rehabilitation therapy, the terms ``construction'' 
and ``cost of construction'' are defined in section 7(6) of the Act as 
    (a) Construction--The term ``construction'' means (i) the 
construction of new buildings; (ii) the acquisition, expansion, 
remodeling, alteration, and renovation of existing buildings; and (iii) 
initial equipment of buildings described in clauses (i) and (ii).
    (b) Cost of Construction--The term ``cost of construction'' 
includes architects' fees and the cost of acquisition of land in 
connection with construction but does not include the cost of offsite 
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 85, and 86.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education only.

    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 Sec. 75.210 of EDGAR. The 
selection criteria to be used for this competition will be provided in 
the application package for this competition. For purposes of the 
selection criteria only, references to services relate to all 
activities proposed for funding by the applicant, including a program 
to construct and aquatic rehabilitation therapy facility.
    For Applications Contact: The Grants and Contracts Service Team 
(GCST), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 
3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 
205-8351. 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. The preferred method for requesting application packages is to 
FAX your request to (202) 205-8717.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternate format by contacting the GCST. However, the 
Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format the standard 
forms included in the application package.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary E. Chambers, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 3322 Switzer Building, 
Washington, DC 20202-2647. Telephone: (202) 205-8435.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of this document in 
an alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 

Electronic Access to This Document

    Anyone may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or 
portable document format (pdf) on the World Wide Web at either of the 
following sites:


To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with 
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you 
have questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government Printing 
Office toll free at 1-888-293-6498.
    Anyone may also view these documents in text copy only on an 
electronic bulletin board of the Department. Telephone: (202) 219-1511 
or, toll free, 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under Option 
G--Files/Announcements, Bulletins and Press Releases.

    Note: The official version of a document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 775.

    Dated: March 9, 1999.
Judith E. Heumman,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 99-6218 Filed 3-12-99; 8:45 am]