Department of Education Announces Its Largest Ever Vocational Rehabilitation Discretionary Grant Opportunity

On April 5, 2023, the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announced $224 million in discretionary grant opportunities in the largest competition in the history of OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

ED anticipates awarding 22–32 projects under the Disability Innovation Fund’s Pathways to Partnerships Innovative Model Demonstration Project, which will focus on creating systemic approaches to transition services for children and youth with disabilities. The estimated range of awards is $4 million to $10 million with an average award of $7 million for a five-year project period.

The purpose of the Disability Innovation Fund Program, as provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (Public Law 117-103), is to support innovative activities aimed at increasing competitive integrated employment as defined in section 7 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for youth and other individuals with disabilities.

For more information about the Disability Innovation Fund, the Notice Inviting Applications available below:

RSA.ED.GOV (link to the Federal Register Notice and additional information)

OSERS will conduct a pre-application meeting specific to this competition on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 2:00 PM ET to respond to questions. More details are forthcoming. Please continue to check for more information.

The teleconference information, including the 84.421E pre-application meeting summary of the questions and answers, will be available at within six business days after the pre-application meeting.

OSERS invites you to send questions to in advance of the pre-application meeting.

GRANTS.GOV (link to application package)

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Last modified on May 26, 2023