New RSA 2021 Discretionary Grant Awards

In fiscal year 2021, OSERS’ Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provided over $134.9 million to fund programs that help to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

Please read about these programs below (Title | ALN/CFDA#). Please note that all amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.

Training of Interpreters Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are DeafBlind | 84.160D

The Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind program is designed to establish interpreter training programs or to provide financial assistance for ongoing interpreter programs to train a sufficient number of qualified interpreters throughout the country in order to meet the communication needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf-blind.

Name State FY 2021 Amount
Western Oregon University OR $420,000
Idaho State University ID $417,277
St. Catherine University
*Specialty Area: increasing skills of novice interpreters.
MN $420,000
St. Catherine University
*Specialty Area: field-initiated, in the topic area of interpreting in healthcare.
MN $420,000
Northeastern University MA $420,000
University of Northern Colorado CO $420,000
SUAGM, Inc. dba Universidad Ana G. Mendez, Gurabo Campus PR $337,921
Total $2,855,198

American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services | 84.250

The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) program provides grants to the governing bodies of Indian Tribes to develop or to increase their capacity to provide a program of vocational rehabilitation services, in a culturally relevant manner, to American Indians with disabilities residing on or near federal or state reservations.

Name State FY 2021 Amount
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma OK $609,742
Association of Village Council Presidents AK $559,804
Blackfeet Tribal Business Council MT $550,000
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska AK $601,073
Cherokee Nation OK $630,000
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe SD $413,050
Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation MT $436,354
Chugachmiut AK $125,933
Coeur d’Alene Tribe ID $498,804
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes MT $608,181
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation WA $449,001
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians OR $504,318
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation WA $151,867
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation WA $538,995
Confederated Tribes of the Umailla Indian Reservation OR $448,912
Cook Inlet Tribal Council AK $688,823
Eastern Shoshone Tribe WY $564,221
Hannahville Indian Community MI $494,122
Hopi Tribe AZ $425,357
Intertribal Council of Central Louisiana LA $614,397
Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope AK $555,942
Kawerak, Inc. AK $442,904
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe SD $787,281
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe WA $446,920
Metlakatla Indian Community AK $400,304
Moapa Band of Paiutes NV $469,858
Northern Arapaho Tribe WY $630,000
Oglala Sioux Tribe SD $757,027
Oneida Nation WI $475,000
Prairie Band of Potawatomie Nation KS $378,269
Pueblo of Jemez NM $806,296
Pueblo of Laguna NM $450,000
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe NY $558,679
Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community AZ $450,000
Samish Indian Nation WA $422,458
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington WA $649,873
The Chickasaw Nation OK $910,000
The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe GA $520,131
The Navajo Nation AZ $1,700,000
Three Affiliated Tribes ND $390,166
Tohono O’odham Nation AZ $450,723
United Houma Nation, Inc. LA $561,669
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe CO $588,851
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes OK $433,906
Total $24,149,211

American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center | 84.250Z

The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRS-TAC) provides training and technical assistance (TA) to governing bodies of Indian tribes that administer an AIVRS project. Under section 121(c)(3) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the RSA Commissioner makes grants to, or enters into contracts or other cooperative agreements with, entities that have experience in the operation of AIVRS projects to provide training and TA on developing, conducting, administering, and evaluating these projects.

Name State FY 2021 Amount
Arizona Board of Regents, Northern Arizona University AZ $1,012,998
Total $1,012,998

Rehabilitation Short-Term Training-Client Assistance Program (CAP Training) | 84.264K

The Rehabilitation Short-Term Training-Client Assistance Program (CAP Training) provides Client Assistance Program professionals the necessary knowledge, competencies, and skills to inform, assist, and advocate for clients and client-applicants regarding expanded education, training, and competitive integrated employment opportunities and other services and benefits available under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA.

Name State FY 2021 Amount
National Disability Rights Network DC $308,000
Total $308,000

Disability Innovation Fund — Career Advancement Initiative Model Demonstration Project | 84.421C

The Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) program supports innovative activities aimed at improving the outcomes of individuals with disabilities by identifying and demonstrating practices, which are supported by evidence, in improving VR-eligible individuals with disabilities.

Name State FY 2021 Amount
Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation OR $18,186,503
Nebraska Department of Education
(NE Vocational Rehabilitation)
NE $8,469,796
Vermont Agency of Human Services
(Vocational Rehabilitation)
VT $6,589,481
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity — Michigan Rehabilitation Service
(Michigan Rehabilitation Services)
MI $15,825,520
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
(Division of Vocational Rehabilitation)
WI $14,013,750
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
(Vocational Rehabilitation Division)
MA $17,006,736
California Department of Rehabilitation CA $18,333,000
Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Rehabilitation Services) VA $9,236,300
Total $107,661,086


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