Grant Available for Preventing Restraint and Seclusion

TASH has a partnership with the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint to provide a training program and learning community.   This opportunity is available for school or agency leadership teams interested in working with a cross-disciplinary group of up to five organizations in a pilot hybrid of virtual learning and on-site technical assistance over an 18-month period. Please submit completed applications to btrader@tash.org no later than April 8. See the application at http://www.thearc.org/document.doc?id=5101.

The Department of Health and Human Services Announces Availability of Navigator Grants

The Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Funding Availability for grants for the navigator program authorized by the Affordable Care Act. The grants are available to organizations in states that the federal government is running or partnering with to maintain the private health insurance marketplaces. Navigators assist people with enrolling in health insurance programs. Organizations that are interested must submit a letter of intent by July 10. For pre-application webinars or more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.

Disability Employment Initiative to Provide $15M to State Workforce Agencies

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of approximately $15 million in grants to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in existing career pathways programs in the public workforce system. These grants represent the fifth round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint program of the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy. Eligible applicants are public state workforce agencies. DOL anticipates awarding eight grants of between $1.5 and $2.5 million, to be spent over a 42-month period. Applications are due July 8, 2014. Learn more at grants.gov.

Grant Opportunity to Improve Academic Outcomes For Students With Disabilities

The Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million i3 grant competition for 2014. The Investing in Innovation grant competition includes among its six priorities improving academic outcomes for students with disabilities.  The notice states:

There is a great need for effective supports to help students with disabilities meet academic content standards, particularly with the transition to new college- and career- ready standards in most school districts.

Letters of intent to submit pre-applications for the development grants, which fund applicants with promising but untested ideas, are due April 3, 2014.

Department of Labor awards grants under Disability Employment Initiative

The Department of Labor announced $20,654,352 for seven states under the Disability Employment Initiative to improve education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. The new grants are being awarded to Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island.

Federal Agency Makes Available $85 Million for New Integrated Housing for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that it is making available $85 million to state housing agencies to provide affordable, inclusive, supportive housing for extremely low-income people with disabilities. This historic announcement marks the first time that Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program funding will be offered to state housing agencies that meet new eligibility criteria, including having a partnership with a state health and human services and Medicaid agency to provide essential supports and services. HUD estimates that this funding will provide 2,800 new Section 811 supporting housing units for people with disabilities. These units will be set within larger housing developments in the community. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is posted on Grants.gov (Funding Opportunity Number FR-5600-N-28).  The deadline for applications is July 31, 2012. Additional details on this opportunity will be made available in the coming days by the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) Resource Center on Supportive Housing at http://811resourcecenter.tacinc.org.

Supportive Housing Funding Opportunity Extended

Across the nation, people with I/DD face a crisis in the availability of decent, safe, affordable, and accessible housing. To help address this, each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding through its Section 811 program for nonprofits to develop rental housing with supportive services for very low-income adults with disabilities. Last week, HUD increased the amount of currently-available funding to include appropriations authorized under the final FY 2011 budget. Approximately $141 million is now available.  Applications are due June 23, 2011. Learn more at Grants.gov.

Emergency Management and Accessibility for People with Disabilities

The Grant Programs Directorate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent an information bulletin to state emergency management officials to remind them of the importance of including the needs of people with disabilities and other functional needs in their 2011 grant applications. The bulletin gave examples of how to integrate disability access into planning and making decisions about purchasing equipment and supplies, such as including people with disabilities in planning, providing training to emergency managers, and making shelters accessible. See the bulletin on the FEMA website.