Job Training Program Act, Disability Grant Program
Billing Code 4510-30-M
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Job Training Program Act, Disability Grant Program funded under Title III, Section 323 and Title IV, Part D, Section 452
AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.
ACTION: Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Application (SGA).
SUMMARY: All information required to submit a grant application is contained in this
announcement. The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
(DOL/ETA), announces the availability of approximately $4.17 million to award competitive
grants for multi-state employment and training projects serving people with disabilities. This
grant program is funded using Job Training and Partnership Act (JTPA) Title IV Research and
Demonstration funds and Title III National Reserve funds.
DATES: Applications for this SGA will be accepted commencing April 29, 1998. The closing
date for receipt of proposals is 2:00 (Eastern Standard Time) May 14, 1998.
ADDRESSES: Applications should be mailed to: Division of Acquisition and Assistance,
Attention: Dr. David Houston, Reference SGA/DAA 98-007, 200 Constitution Avenue, N. W.,
Room S-4203 Washington, D. C. 20210
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. David Houston, Division of Acquisition
and Assistance, Telephone (202) 219-7300 ( not a toll-free number). This solicitation will also
be published on the Internet at http://www.doleta.gov
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This announcement consists of five parts: Part I -
Application Process, Part II - Background and Purpose, Part III - Statement of Work, Part IV -
Government Requirements, and Part V - Selection Criteria.
Part I. APPLICATION PROCESS
A. Submission of Proposal: A proposal shall consist of two (2) separate and distinct sections:
Section I, the Technical Proposal and Section II, the Financial Proposal. An original and three
copies of the proposal shall be submitted. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number is
Section I shall contain a Technical Proposal that demonstrates the applicant's capabilities in
accordance with the Statement of Work in Part III of this solicitation. No cost data or reference
to costs shall be included in the Technical Proposal. In addition, the Technical Proposal shall
be limited to 50 doubled-spaced, single-side, 8.5 inch x 11 inch pages with 1 inch margins.
Appendices shall not exceed 20 pages. Text type shall be 12 point or larger. Applications not
meeting these requirements may not be considered. The Technical Proposal must also contain
participant, activity and outcome information.
Section II, the Financial Proposal shall contain the SF-424, "Application for Federal
Assistance", and Budget Information Sheet (Attachments A & B). In addition, the budget shall
include on a separate page a detailed cost analysis of each line item. Administrative costs should
not exceed 15 percent of total proposed costs. Justification must be provided on the need for
administrative costs that exceed this limit. Approval of a budget by DOL is not the same as
approval of actual costs.
HAND DELIVERED PROPOSALS: Proposals may be mailed or delivered by hand. A mailed
proposal should be mailed no later than five (5) days prior to the closing date for the receipt of
applications. Hand delivered grant applications must be received at the designated place by 2:00
p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on May 14, 1998. All overnight mail will be considered to be
hand-delivered and must be received at the designated place by the specified time on the closing
date. Grant applications transmitted by electronic mail, telegraph or facsimile will not be
LATE PROPOSALS: Any proposals received at the Office designated in the solicitation, after
the exact time specified for receipt, will not be considered unless it is received before the award
is made or was either:
(1) sent by U. S. Postal Service registered or Certified mail not later than the fifth (5th) calendar
day before the date specified for receipt of application, or
(2) sent by U. S. Postal Service Express Mail Next Day Service - Post Office to Addressee, not
later than 5 p.m. at the place of mailing two working days prior to the date specified for receipt of
proposals. The term "working days" excludes weekends and U. S. Federal holidays.
The only acceptable evidence to establish the date of mailing of a late proposal sent by either
Express Mail or U. S. Postal Service Registered, Certified Mail is the U. S. Postmark both on the
envelope or wrapper and on the original receipt from the U. S. Postal Service. Both postmarks
must show a legible date or the proposal shall be processed as if mailed late. "Postmark" means a
printed, stamped, or otherwise placed impression (exclusive of a postage meter machine
impression) that is readily identifiable without further action as having been supplied and affixed
by employees of the U. S. Postal Service on the date of mailing.
Therefore, applicants should request the postal clerk to place a legible hand cancellation
"bull's eye" postmark on both the receipt and the envelope or wrapper.
B. Eligible Applicants Private non-profit entities are eligible to receive grant funds under this
award Entities described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in
lobbying activities are not eligible to receive funds under this SGA. The Lobbying Disclosure Act
of 1995, 2 USC 1601 et seq. prohibits the award of federal funds to 501(c)(4) entities engaged in
Applicants must operate or propose to operate in two or more states. Applicants should provide
documentation of knowledge and/or experience in the following areas:
- overcoming barriers to employment experienced by individuals with disabilities;
- ability to conduct training, placement, and follow-up services; and
- management and accountability structure necessary to ensure the integrity of the
funds requested (by meeting the standards for financial management and
data systems as specified in 29 CFR, Part 95).
Only one proposal per applicant/organization(s) is permitted. A proposal submitted by a
consortium of two or more organizations will be accepted. However, another proposal
submitted separately by a member of the consortium will not be accepted.
C. Period of Performance The period of performance will be twelve (12) months. (Planned
dates are July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999).
D. Option to Extend Based on the availability of funds, project performance and the needs of
the Department, grants may be extended for an additional one or two years of operation. The
Department reserves the right to impose additional requirements or refinements in
program design if the project is extended for a second and/or third year grant period.
E. Scope of Award DOL/ETA anticipates making awards that range from $300,000 to
$800,000. Proposals with costs exceeding $800,000 will not be considered. Title III funds are
included in the total funds available. Therefore, some awards will be funded in whole, or in part,
with Title III funds based on the extent to which the proposal is targeted to disabled individuals
who also qualify as a dislocated worker under Title III (see Definitions). Awards will be made on
a competitive basis.
Part II. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
A. Background: DOL/ETA has provided grant awards for approximately twenty years to
organizations providing employment and training services to individuals with disabilities. In the
past, these grants have been awarded under the authority of Title IV, section 451 (c)(5) of the Job
Training Partnership Act (JTPA). Ten organizations received grant awards to operate programs
under these provisions in Program Year (PY) 1995. These grants end on June 30, 1998.
Several changes have occurred since the inception of these national disability grant programs.
Societal and systemic changes have directly impacted individuals with disabilities and their
opportunities in the workforce. Some of these changes were: the 1990 enactment of the
American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), "mainstreaming" of people with disabilities into schools
and the workplace, workforce development restructuring and consolidation, decentralizing
responsibilities to state and local levels, technological advances, and telecommunicating.
Individuals with disabilities continue to experience high levels of unemployment, particularly those
with severe disabilities. The Census Bureau Brief (CENBR/97-5) ( December 1997) shows that
the unemployment rate for those with severe disabilities is 74 percent, compared to 23 percent for
those with less severe disabilities. This rate is occurring in a national employment environment
where the overall unemployment rate is less than five (5) percent, the lowest level in 25 years.
Executive Order 13078, "Increasing Employment of Adults with Disabilities," was issued March
13, 1998 establishing a National Task Force chaired by the Secretary of Labor. The purpose of
the task force is to address the significant levels of unemployment faced by individuals with
This supports DOL/ETA's decision to reconsider the purpose of ETA's disability grant program.
Therefore, the 1998 grants awards will be authorized under the authority of Title IV, section
452(a) of JTPA for research and demonstration grants. "To assist the Nation in expanding work
opportunities and assuring access to those opportunities for all who desire it..."
B. Purpose: The primary purpose of this award is to implement strategies to improve access to
long term quality employment, employment outcomes, and skills that address the needs of the
disabled population, particularly those with severe disabilities. In this program, the quality of
employment outcomes are more important than the number of placements. Of particular
importance are skills and employment training that enable individuals to move to unsubsidized
Innovation, coordination and partnerships, non-duplication of existing services, and leveraging of
scarce resources are also important factors. In addition, DOL is interested in identifying
successful project designs that can be shared and replicated as state workforce system changes
DOL is seeking applications that address one or more of the following concerns:
- strategies for high quality, long term employment of individuals with severe
disabilities, including those with a specific disabling condition or who also may be
members of a subgroup (e.g. minorities, youth, older workers),
- strategies for re-employment of individuals with disabling conditions (e.g.,
brain/spinal cord injury from accident, emotional/psychiatric conditions, multiple
sclerosis) resulting in dislocation from employment and a need for retraining,
- linkages with public (national, state and local) and/or private delivery systems,
disability consumer organizations (e.g., independent living centers), and other
entities that address significant employment barriers (e.g., lack of medical
transportation needs, personal care requirements),
- linkages with existing service strategies that build-on and facilitate workforce
development (e.g., One-Stop Career Centers, School-to-Work,) and other
systemic changes impacting individuals with disabilities (e.g., Social Security
Return-to-Work programs, Welfare-to-Work implementation, State Medicaid
- innovative approaches utilizing technology, novel training and workplace strategies
or other approaches (e.g., distance learning, out-stationed work sites,
entrepreneurship) which result in significant employment outcomes.
DOL expects the awardee to evaluate and refine their proposed project as it progresses
Changes impacting the agreed upon Statement of Work must be coordinated with ETA. A
primary evaluation function will be performed by DOL. Therefore, proposals need not identify
Grant funds are available under both Title III and IV of JTPA and will be used to serve disabled
participants who may also qualify as dislocated workers.
Part III. STATEMENT OF WORK
A. Project Design: Project designs should include demonstration sites in two or more states.
Projects should be designed to: 1) test the effectiveness of project strategy in diverse state
systems and potential for replication, 2) build on a variety of National efforts involving individual
state workforce development systems, and 3) allow for analysis of different state/local service
structures. Minimum cost per site shall be $75,000.
Each grant application shall follow the format outlined below providing detailed information
pertinent to each demonstration site.
1. Target Population: Participants for proposed project must be individuals with disabilities
(i.e., physical, sensory, emotional, or mental functional impairments) as defined in the ADA
regulations at 29 CFR, Part 1630.2. Describe characteristics of client population to which
proposal is targeted including, where applicable: 1) specific type(s) of disability, e.g., psychiatric
disorders, cerebral palsy, 2) specific subgroup of disabled population, e.g., minority, youth, older
workers, ) barriers to employment, e.g., medical health coverage, 4) how project design proposes
to address barriers, 5) why the project design will result in quality career and/or employment
outcomes, and 6) what innovative and coordinated approaches will be utilized in serving the
Project designs should address the needs of individuals with disabilities who are unable to obtain
or retain employment or who are underemployed. Justifications should be provided for the
selected target group that includes specific information on inability to obtain or retain employment
Proposals must also provide the following planning information on the participants to be served in
project design, in total and by project site:
- The number of participants (identify reenrollments, if applicable),
- The number of participants who satisfy the criteria for JTPA Title III-funded programs,
- The age range of participants (e.g, .under 22, 23-50, 51-65),
- The number of participants who receive Supplemental Security Income and/or Social
Security Disability Income (SSI/SSDI),
- The number of participants to be referred by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies.
Applicants may also provide other information about participants considered important such as
educational level, number of minority or ethnic, etc.
Recruitment Describe how target population will be recruited for participation at each site.
Describe how outreach and recruitment addresses the overall design of the project. Identify how
workforce development systems and consumer organizations are utilized in the recruitment
process. In addition, the design should describe the interventions that would be undertaken to
minimize periods of unemployment.
Eligibility Describe the eligibility process for project participants. This includes the process for
determining ADA qualification and verification process for Title III eligibility, if target population
includes disabled individuals who are also dislocated workers.
Assessment Describe the process for evaluating participants skill levels, education levels, career
interests, accommodation requirements, training and services, and other barriers and needs.
Narrative should identify whether assessment will be conducted by the awardee or another service
2. Training and Supportive Services The design should describe training and services to be
provided from the time of selection of participants through placement in unsubsidized employment
and follow-up. Description should include a rationale for activities and services in terms of
overall project design, overcoming employment, barriers of planned participants, and achieving
quality employment outcomes. Narratives should provide a clear understanding of services and
supports needed for successful placement and job retention. This description may include the
Return-To-Work program, Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) program, Medicaid waivers,
and other work related incentives. The design should also include information on how training
and service design will improve long-term career potential for participants.
DOL/ETA is encouraging program designs utilizing innovative "work-first" strategies providing
early entry into integrated and competitive work-settings. This approach may include on-the-job
training, immediate job placement, post-placement training, and/or services. Program design
should include post-placement follow-up of 30, 60, and 180 days.
The design must provide information on planned activities and services to participants including
project total and total per site. This must include the number of participants to be served in job
search assistance (only), basic educational training, job skill training, on-the-job training, work
readiness and work experience, and post-placement training and job retention services.
Planned participation in more than one activity should be noted, where applicable. Identify other
sources of funds to be utilized for training or services to participants that is a part of the overall
project design but will not be funded by DOL/ETA
3. Employment Outcomes
Available Jobs Based on labor market information, project design should describe jobs that are
expected to be available to participants upon completion of training and placement services,
probable wage levels, the potential for advancement, and career path. The design should, also,
identify how and why job placement and retention for participant group will more likely occur as a
result of the proposed project. Narrative should indicate what new employers and/or occupations
are the focus of project design compared to applicants' current or previous grant programs, if
Provide information that indicates the availability of suitable jobs for participants, prevailing wage
levels, career potential and opportunities for advancement. Include information on the number
and type of jobs and the availability of qualified workers. Sources of information should be
Special Wage Waivers Under Fair Labor Standards Act Employment in jobs, and/or related
training, approved for Special Minimum Wage Certificates under Part 525 of the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) , as amended, will not be considered as an allowable activity or outcome.
Organizations receiving FLSA special wage certifications must provide assurances and
verification that FLSA special wage training and placement are not incorporated within proposed
Planned Placements The design must indicate how many placements in unsubsidized,
competitive employment are expected to result from activities at each site. A description of the
quality of these job placements should also be included. Because of project start-up, a high rate
of job placement may not be a realistic outcome within the initial grant period. Information on
participant flow from intake, assessment through placement should be provided indicating clearly
when placement will occur.
Planned outcome information should be provided, including project total and total per site: 1)
number of terminees completing program, 2) number of placements in unsubsidized employment,
3) number of placements in full time employment (35 hours per week or more), 4) the number of
indirect placement, 5) the average hourly wage, and placements with durations of 180 days and
Applicants are also requested to provide an explanation, if applicable, on "temporary job"
placements; and the extent to which program participants and/or recipients of SSDI/SSI are
expected to transition to economic self-support in the mainstream workforce.
Applicants are requested to describe methods of ongoing assessment of "customer satisfaction"
and how results will be used in project operation. The DOL Government Performance and
Result's Act (GPRA) Program Year (PY) 1998 goal for the disability grant program is an "entered
employment rate" of 47 percent. If applicant does not anticipate achieving this competitive
placement level, an explanation should be provided on why this level may not be reached.
4. Innovation Describe any innovations in the proposed project, including (but not limited to)
innovations relating to the target population, delivery of services, training methods, job
development, or job retention strategies. Describe new directions or approaches to address
significant unemployment levels of people with disabilities. Explain how the proposed project:
1) will be applicable to disability issues of national scope, 2) is similar to or differs from the
applicant's prior and current activities; and 3) does not duplicate existing employment and
Because the information technology industry currently represents close to 50 percent of the
nation's economic growth, applicants should consider how they might initiate the development of
new collaborative processes at the regional and local levels, thereby leveraging private sector,
school, and local government resources in order to expand workplace opportunities for
individuals with disabilities.
5. Coordination and Linkages Describe coordination with state and local entities, consumer
organizations, and/or others in the design and implementation of the proposed project. State/local
One-Stop Career Center systems, School-to Work initiatives, Welfare-to-Work programs, and
Bureau of Apprenticeship Training programs should be included as partners, if applicable.
Applications may also identify coordination strategies with Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies,
educational institutions, and labor organizations.
Partnership efforts should deal with major employment obstacles of insufficient medical coverage
and/or other barriers to employment (e.g, transportation, personal assistance needs, job coach
requirements). Describe coordination efforts with Social Security return-to-work incentives (e.g.,
PASS, Impairment Related Work Expenses) see Social Security Act, section 1619(a) and (b)).
Applicants should indicate the impact of proposed project on system changes underway and how
non-grant funds are being leveraged. Identify funds or resources to be contributed to the project
by the applicant and/or partnership entities. Evidence should be presented that demonstrates
cooperation of coordinating entities. The design should include a reasonable method of assessing
and reporting on the impact of such coordination. Consultation with and/or review by
appropriate labor organizations, where applicable, is encouraged and should be documented.
B. Management and Administration
1. Management Structure Describe the management structure for the proposed project,
including a staffing plan showing each position and the percentage of time assigned to the
project. Provide an organizational chart showing the relationship between the management and
operational components of the project and the overall organization. Include staff and operations
projected for each demonstration site. Include resumes of current key staff. For each of the key
staff not identified at the time of application, provide a job description or the qualifications sought
for the position. Provide information on business advisory councils, board of directors, or other
administrative structures of the organization, including current membership.
2. Program Integrity and Public Accountability Describe the mechanisms to be used to ensure
financial and program accountability in record keeping and reporting. The design must
demonstrate oversight of project implementation, and progress benchmarks, for each site.
Describe how the project will keep records of activities and satisfy the administrative
requirements set out under 20 CFR 631.64, and at 29 CFR Part 95, 96, and 98.
The design must include a comprehensive discussion describing in detail, types of information to
be collected, methods and frequency of collections, and ways information will be used to
implement and manage the program. The following must be covered:
1) program data collection and reporting systems to determine the achievement of project
2) financial management systems to ensure fiscal accountability in accordance with
statutory, regulatory, and contractual requirements,
3) communication processes and technology which will be utilized,
4) administrative process for each project site, and
5) grievance procedure.
3. Monitoring Awardee will be responsible for monitoring and oversight of all activities under
the grant. Identify the information on project performance and financial management to be
collected on a short-term basis by project staff.
Describe the process, frequency, and rationale for frequency of on-site monitoring of each project
site, including employer site visits, if applicable. Also, describe monitoring in terms of on-going
evaluation of proposed project design. Describe the process and procedures to be used to obtain
feedback from participants, employers, and any other appropriate parties on the responsiveness
and effectiveness of the services provided.
4. Grievance Procedures. Describe the grievance procedure to be used for grievances and
complaints from participants, contractors, and other interested parties, consistent with
requirements at 20 CFR 631.64(c)(1).
5. Previous Project Management Experience Provide objective evidence of the grant
applicant's ability to manage such a project, ensure the integrity of the grant funds, and deliver the
proposed performance. Indicate the grant applicant's past management experience, particularly
regarding oversight and operating functions including financial management and relevant audit or
grant reviews of the organization. Provide references and/or contact persons of former or current
For the purpose of this demonstration project, the following definitions apply to the specified
terms, as used in this SGA:
Dislocated Worker - See regulations as specified inSee statutory definition pursuant to JTPA
301(a)(1) and the regulatory eligibility requirements at 20 CFR 6311.3(Federal Register.
September 2, 1994).
Long-Term Unemployment -includes a period of non-work (except for periodic periods of
subsistnece jobs) of four months up to five years. Prior employment which does not offer the
opportunity for self-sufficiency of the individual or the individual's family will not preclude an
individual's participation in this project under the requireement of "limited opportuntities for
employment or reemployment in the same area in which such individuals reside."
Severe Disability - See Vocational Rehabilitation Act regulations at 34 CFR Ch. III, Section
369.4 (7/1/97 edition).
Basic Education - Training activities designed to enhance the employability of participants by
upgrading basic skills (e.g., General Equivalency Diploma (GED), remedial education or training
in English language proficiency).
Job Skills -Training conducted in an institutional setting, and designed to provide individuals with
technical skills and information required to perform a specific job or group of jobs (e.g.,
vocational technical school, community college, etc.).
On-the-Job Training (OJT) - Training provided to an individual hired first by the employer
while he/she is engaged in productive work which provides knowledge or skills essential to the
full and adequate performance of the job (See 20 CFR 632.78(b)).
Work Experience (WE) -A short-term or part-time work activity in the public or not-for-
profit sector providing individuals, with opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge necessary
to perform a job, including appropriate work habits and behaviors. (See 20 CFR 632.79(b)).
Job Search Assistance - This includes, but is not limited to:
1) Orientation to the world of work
2) Training/Job-related counseling and testing
3) Employability assessment (other than that involved during intake)
4) Job development
5) Job search assistance
6) Job referral and placement
Job Placement - Placement consisting of a minimum of 20 hours during one week of
Post-Employment/Job Retention Services - Supportive services which may include, but is not
limited to, post placement follow-up activities, work site evaluation and accommodation
assistance, and training services provided following placement in unsubsidized, competitive
Unsubsidized/Competitive Employment - Non-grant or supported employment which includes,
entry into the Armed Forces (including entry onto active duty from Reserve and National Guard
units), entry into employment in a registered apprenticeship program, self-employment, etc.
Employment performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting in which
wages/salaries are at or above minimum wage. Employment with special wage provisions
authorized under Title 29, Part 525 of the Fair Labor Standards Act are not considered
unsubsidized nor competitive for the purpose of this grant.
Part IV. GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS.
A. Reporting Requirements. DOL intends to develop a standard for reporting in conjunction
with awardees and general public as required by OMB. Applicants will be required to submit
financial, program, and participant reports on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis. Grantees
will complete Quarterly Financial Reports (QFR) SF-269 and Quarterly Progress Reports (QPR).
The QPR shall include both a narrative and statistical format. Specify in the QFR's "remarks"
section, the amount spent for Title III. Also include an attachment outlining expenditures in the
major categories (e.g., personnel, travel, supplies, equipment, contractual). An original and two
copies of the QPR and the QFR will be sent not later than 30 days after the end of each quarter.
In addition, Annual Participant and/or Program Service Reports may be required to obtain
information on: a) types of services provided, b) number of clients served by disability, race,
national origin, gender, age, SSI/SSDI, AFDC, and c) the number of clients with a severe
disability served. Detailed requirements for submitting these reports will be included in the grant
B. Evaluation. The Department of Labor plans to conduct a quantitative and qualitative
evaluation that provides an in-depth analysis and assessment of the grant program, including:
1) how project addressed barriers to employment by individual participants, e.g., health benefits,
transportation, personal assistance needs, 2) improvements or changes to systemic linkages,
3) successful project design components that result in improved employment outcomes, and
4) the success of the program in achieving program objectives. The evaluation will be
coordinated with awardees who must make available records on participants, employers, and
provide access to personnel and staff.
C. Departmental Oversight. DOL reserves the right to conduct programmatic and financial
oversight/monitoring of grant and project sites.
D. Use of Federal Funds. Federal funds cannot be used to support activities which would be
provided in the absence of these funds. Grant funds may cover only those costs which are
appropriate and reasonable. Federal grant funds may only be used to acquire equipment which is
necessary for the operation of the grant.
Grantees must receive prior approval from the DOL/ETA Grant Officer for the purchase and/or
lease of any property and/or equipment as defined in "Grants and Agreements with Institutes of
Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations", codified at 29 CFR Part 95.
Requests for prior approval, if applicable, may be included in the grant budget application or
submitted after grant award.
PART V. SELECTION CRITERIA
Selection of awards will be made after careful evaluation of proposals by a panel of specialists.
Ratings will reflect the quality of documentation, justification, and evidence of activities
included in the management and design of the projects. Panelists will evaluate the proposals
for acceptability based on responsiveness to the Statement of Work, with emphasis on the
A. Project Design (40 points)
Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which the activities and/or services address the
1) overcoming barriers to employment experienced by individuals in the target population,
2) increasing the likelihood that individuals with disabilities will achieve sustained, quality
employment at a living wage,
3) providing opportunities for career advancement,
4) incorporating "work-first" strategies,
5) addressing skill shortages in the information technology industry,
6) fulfilling a gap in current services delivery system,
7) incorporating advanced skill levels or other approaches leading to long term employment
and career potential
8) incorporating innovative approaches and linkages with other service providers in the design
of the project.
B. Management and Administration (25 points)
Proposals will be evaluated based upon the following:
1) applicants' management structure including a staffing plan, organization
chart, operational components, etc.,
2) a time-line of the proposed schedule for implementing the program,
3) a description of the mechanism used to ensure financial and program
accountability in record keeping and reporting,
4) a description of the monitoring system,
5) the qualifications of the persons designated for key executive, managerial,
and technical positions,
6) the applicants capabilities to coordinate and form linkages with other organizations
involved in serving the target population.
C. Target Population (20 points)
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:
1) identification of specific group of individuals to be served who are disabled and who
face significant barriers to employment,
2) demonstration that the applicant understands the needs of the group to be served,
3) documentation that individuals in the identified target group are available in
4) recruitment process,
5) eligibility verification, and
6) assessment processes.
D. Previous Experience (15 Points)
Applicants will be evaluated on their experience in providing education, training and/or other
employment-related services for individuals with disabilities. Consideration will be given to
information regarding efforts to coordinate and form linkages with other organizations involved
with the target population. Applicants must demonstrate, providing supporting information, that
they have successfully organized, managed, and completed projects, and/or that they have
projects with successful audit results, and have received funds from federal or other sources.
Panel results are advisory in nature to the Grant Officer who makes the final decision. Applicants
are advised that discussions may be necessary to clarify any inconsistencies in their applications.
The final decisions on awards will be based on what is most advantageous to the Federal
Government as determined by the Grant Officer. The Department may elect to award a grant
without discussion with the applicant. Such award would be based on the applicant's proposal
without alteration. The applicant's signature on the SF-424 constitutes a binding offer.
Signed at Washington, DC, this *** day of ***, 1998.
James C.De Luca
Grant Officer, Office of Grants and
Contracting Management, Division of
Acquisition and Assistance
1. Appendix A--"Application for Federal Assistance" (Standard Form 424)
2. Part II - Budget Information
3. Financial Status Report Form (Standard Form 269)