Employment Programs for People with Disabilities

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Labor , Office Of Disability Employment Policy
CFDA #: 17.720

Purpose of this program:

Provide principal leadership through developing and influencing disability employers.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Individual grants provide funds and technical assistance to serve adults and youth with disabilities through serveral initiatives. These initiatives usually require collaborative efforts between grantee and various programs established within the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), State and local government agencies, school districts, and other entities. Funds must be used for the purpose of the grant but there are no other specific restrictions on the use of funds.

Who is eligible to apply...

Eligibility requirements vary with each grant. See Federal Register for specific grant requirements.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

See the website "DisabilityInfo.gov" for information on applying for grants.

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:

Each candidate is required to prepare an application describing such factors as the following: significance of its proposed project; proposed contribution to increasing knowledge or understanding of the problems; the prospective demonstration results of new strategies; the likely utility of the products; the prospective extent of information dissemination; and the potential replicability of the project. The design of these program efforts is not specified, but must conform to the purposes, as well as the performance and reporting requirements of the grant.

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 will be reviewed by a Federal panel for fidelity to the Federal principles. The geographic distribution of the competitive applications, the availability of funds, assuring a variety of different program designs together with the Panel findings will be used to award these grants.

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...


Check the website "DisabilityInfo.gov" for information on timeframes for submitting grant applications.

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

Check the website "DisabilityInfo.gov" for information on timesframes for submitting grant applications.

Preapplication Coordination

Selective grants require affiliation with one or more WIA funded One-Stop Centers; others have no restrictions. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

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.



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).


Vary by grant. Most are renewable for one or more years. Some limited grants have no renewals.

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...

People with disabilities and the organizations that serve them.

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.

Direct Payments for Specified Use

Financial assistance from the Federal government provided directly to individuals, private firms, and other private institutions to encourage or subsidize a particular activity by conditioning the receipt of the assistance on a particular performance by the recipient. This does not include solicited contracts for the procurement of goods and services for the Federal government.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Specific grants range from $15,000 to $1,450,000, depending upon the individual type and requirements of the grant solicitation.

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.


(Salaries and expenses) FY 03 est $43,263,000; and FY 04 est $47,426,000; and FY 05 est $47,600,000

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...

Not applicable. New program.

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...

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has been instrumental in the recognition of the skills and abilities that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. It operates three toll-free and/or electronic services: The Job Accommodation Network, which provides information on workplace accommodations and on the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Employer Assistance Referral Network that brings together employers seeking to hire people with disabilities with providers who have qualified candidates; and the Small Business and Self-Employment Service that provides resources for individuals with disabilities who seek to go into business for themselves. The ODEP has expanded its Business Leadership Network (BLN), a program now active in more than 30 States. The BLN is designed to stimulate best disability employment practices to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to enter and succeed in the workforce. The ODEP has also expanded its Project EMPLOY projects that work to provide work and career opportunities to people with severe cognitive disabilities. With the Department of Defense, the ODEP sponsors the Workforce Recruitment Program that recruits college students with disabilities nationwide primarily for summer, but also for permanent, positions in the Federal and private sectors. The ODEP also provides leadership and guidance to State, local and private sector partners for the establishment of High School/High Tech (HS/HT) and Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) programs in local communities. HS/HT encourages students with disabilities to consider careers in engineering science and high technology fields. YLF provides leadership and citizenship opportunities for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. The ODEP develops information, printed materials, a website, and tailored outreach programs that provide technical assistance to individuals, employers, and various organizations seeking to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Awards are based on such factors as geographic distribution, the financial plan and the findings of the technical evaluation panel. The technical evaluation will be on the significance of the proposed project, and the quality of the project design. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of meeting the objectives of the SGA. In addition, variety of program designs and the availability of funds.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One-year grants, generally, with one-year period of performance. Youth program grants are one-year grants for a two-year period of performance and are not renewable.

Formula and Matching Requirements

There are no specific formula funding requirements.

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...


Quarterly reporting as a condition of all grants. Financial reports SF (269) quarterly. Customized employment grants at One-Stop Centers require monthly reports during the initial six months of operation.

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 by the Inspector General, General Accounting Office, or independent public accountants selected by the Department of Labor. Specific grants may involve formal program evaluation review by outside evaluators.

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).


Not applicable.

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.



The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2001 Section1(a)(1); Public Law 106-554; 29 U.S.C. 557b.

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

Technical Assistance Resources are available free of charge on the ODEP website at DisabilityInfo.gov. Materials are also available in a variety of alternate formats.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office


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

Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S1310, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone: (202) 693-7880; 202-693-7881/TTY; 202-693-7888/FAX. E-mail: infoodep@dol.gov. Contact: Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary.

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: