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The US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Announces Grant for Assistive Technology

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied sign at the 2012 ConferenceThis is a funding opportunity for Centers for Independent Living! We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. Please let us know if you plan to apply by sending your information to Dara Baldwin, Policy Analyst at

The application is available August 8, 2012 and the deadline for transmittal of application is Friday, September 7, 2012.

Alternative Financing Program (AFP) – CFDA#: 84.224D 

Language from the grant announcement:

This priority is for one-year grant awards to support AFPs that assist individuals with disabilities to obtain funding for AT devices and services.

The programs must incorporate consumer control and consumer direction in the development and operation of the program.

In line with supporting consumer-direction, the programs must incorporate financial education and information about funding resources in your state.

In order to meet this priority, the applicant must establish or expand one or more of the following types of AFPs:

  1. A low-interest loan fund
  2. An interest buy-down program
  3. A revolving loan fund
  4. A loan guarantee or insurance program
  5. Another mechanism that is approved by the Secretary

AFPs must be designed to allow individuals with disabilities and their family members, guardians, advocates, and authorized representatives to purchase AT devices or services.

The grant targets “…an applicant located in a state or outlying area where an AFP grant has not been previously awarded under title III of the AT Act of 1998.”

Eligible states listed:

  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • West Virginia

Need to expand: this targets “…an applicant located in a state or outlying territory where an AFP grant has been previously awarded under title III of the AT Act of 1998, but the state or territory has received less than a total of $1 Million….during the fiscal years 2000 – 2006 for operation of its AFP.”

Eligible states listed:

  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Guam
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
  • Virgin Islands

See more information and read the entire grant announcement. For questions about the grant please see information below.

To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following:

  • ED Pubs, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827
  • Fax: (703) 605-6794.
  • If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.

You can also contact ED Pubs at its website, or by email at

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