Developmental Disabilities Projects of National Significance

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To provide for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements for projects of national significance to increase and support the independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion into the community of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Project grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements are approved for personnel, equipment, travel, supplies, etc. Duplicative Federal assistance is precluded. Uses include: (1) Family support activities; (2) Projects to educate policy makers; (3) projects to conduct data collection and analysis; (4) projects to provide technical assistance for developing information and referral systems; (5) Federal interagency initiatives; (6) technical assistance projects; (7) projects to enhance opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who are from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds; (8) projects to improve supportive living and quality of life opportunities which enhance recreation, leisure and fitness; (9) projects concerning the transition of youth with developmental disabilities from school to work and to adult life; and (10) other projects of national significance. Funds are not awarded solely for direct service delivery, construction, or for the continuation or expansion of existing projects, but rather for projects which are considered innovative and likely to have significant national impact.

Who is eligible to apply...

In general, any State, local, public or private nonprofit organization or agency may apply.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Proof of community need and consistency with developmental disabilities State Plans. Proof of nonprofit status. Compliance with statutes, regulations, and approval of State agency and DHHS/ACF Regional Offices. Costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Forms and instructions for project grants are available from HHS Central Office and the appropriate DHHS-ACF Regional Office. Forms and instructions for projects of national significance grants are available from the Headquarters Office, Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: 93631.811. Telephone: (202) 690-6590. One signed original and two copies of the grant application are required, including all attachments, and must be submitted to the address specified in the application kit. Three additional copies would be useful to facilitate processing. In addition, concurrently, one (1) copy of the application should be submitted to the applicant's DD State Council and two (2) copies to the appropriate State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for review and comment as per Executive Order 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." (Addresses for State Developmental Disabilities Councils and SPOCs are included in the application kit.) The application must be signed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency and to assume for the agency the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant award including the regulations for the Projects of National Significance Grants Program.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Applications are reviewed and recommendations made by the Central Office, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Successful applicants are notified through the issuance of a Financial Assistance Award which sets forth in writing the amount of funds granted, the purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of the grant award, the effective date of the award, the budget period for which support is given and the total grantee participation. The initial award, when applicable, also specifies the project period for which support is contemplated.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Contact DHHS Central Office for up-to-date information.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 180 days according to the type of program being requested.

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by DHHS must be used for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR 16.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

In general, any State, local, public or private nonprofit organization or agency may apply.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $300,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants and Contracts) FY 03 $12,078,847; FY 04 $11,561,383 and FY 05 est $11,642,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

The Projects of National Significance program has funded projects which will: (1) Identify model programs that focus on self/familial advocacy and empowerment by persons with disabilities and their families; (2) projects that focus on individuals and ways in which recreation and leisure activities have aided their integration into the community; (3) projects that assess the needs of and focus on the provision of services for children at-risk of developmental disabilities; (4) collaborative projects that implement leadership models; (5) projects that demonstrate successful approaches to home ownership by persons with disabilities; (6) projects that assist families with children who have severe and profound developmental disabilities to maintain their children at home while at the same time insuring the well-being and integrity of the family unit; (7) projects to support families who have members with Developmental Disabilities; (8) projects supporting minorities who have Developmental Disabilities; and (9) projects to provide personal assistance services for persons with disabilities.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, 101 grants were awarded. In fiscal year 2004 est 50 grants and fiscal year 2005 est 35 grants.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

No application can be approved unless it shows/provides evidence of its non-profit status and the State in which the applicant's project will be conducted has an approved DD State plan under this Act. Applications are also to be reviewed by the State Developmental Disabilities Council for the State in which it is to be conducted. Project's proposed design is complete and feasible, and includes measurable objectives and an evaluation component. Project does not supplant activities that are funded under other Federal programs. Competing grant applications will be reviewed and evaluated against criteria that are specified in each published program announcement.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods for grants are specified in each published program announcement.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Matching requirements are specified in each published program announcement.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Expenditure and progress reports are required for each budget period. Final progress report is required 90 days after the end of project period.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Records must be maintained for 3 years.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Mental Retardation Facilities and Construction Act of 1963, Public Law 88-164, as amended; Title V, Public Laws 91-517, 94- 103, 95-602; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, as amended, Public Law 97-35; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, Title 1, Section 100, Public Law 98-527, as amended; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 1987, Public Law 100-146; 42 U.S.C. 6081-6083; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1990, Public Law 101- 496; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1994, Public Law 103-230; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 1996, Public Law 104-183; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Public Law 106-402, 42 U.S.C. 15081-15083.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Regulations are published in Chapter XIII of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1387.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Contact the Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families, HHS Regional Offices (See Additional Contact Information - FMR Help.)

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade. SW., Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: (202) 690-5985. Contact: April Myers. FTS is not available.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: