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Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program

ID: HHS-2024-ACL-CIP-ATTF-0088 • Type: Posted

Description

Posted: June 13, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is to support programs that provide for the purchase of AT, such as a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee, or an insurance program, that results in the acquisition of AT devices and services. Applicants for the AT AFP grant awards are required to provide an assurance that, and information describing the manner in which, the AT AFP will expand and emphasize consumer choice and control. Applicants should incorporate credit-building activities in their programs, including financial education and information about other possible funding sources. Successful applicants must emphasize consumer choice and control and build programs that will provide financing for the full array of AT devices and services and ensure that all people with disabilities, regardless of type of disability or health condition, age, level of income, and residence, have access to the program.
Posted: June 4, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Posted: June 4, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Background
The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Program (AFP) is to support programs that provide for the purchase of AT devices and services, such as a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee, or an insurance program, that results in the acquisition of AT devices and services. Applicants for the AT AFP grant awards are required to provide an assurance that, and information describing the manner in which, the AT AFP will expand and emphasize consumer choice and control. Successful applicants must emphasize consumer choice and control and build programs that will provide financing for the full array of AT devices and services and ensure that all people with disabilities, regardless of type of disability or health condition, age, level of income, and residence, have access to the program.

Grant Details
Under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), applicants must establish or expand one or more of the following types of AFPs: A low-interest loan fund; An interest buy-down program; A revolving loan fund; A loan guarantee or insurance program; A program operated for the purchase, lease, or other acquisition of assistive technology devices or assistive technology services; Another mechanism that provides financing and is approved by the Secretary. Applicants must submit administrative policies and procedures, fiscal and reporting assurances, and information on previous grant recipients. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024 authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living (ACL) to fund one-year grant awards to support Assistive Technology (AT) Alternative Financing Programs (AFPs) that assist individuals with disabilities of any age to obtain services, financial assistance, and additional activities for the acquisition of AT devices and services.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement.

Period of Performance
The length of project period is 12 months with an expected number of awards being 3. Once a grant award is in place, requests to modify or amend it or the work plan may be made by ACL or the awardee at any time as long as it stays within the original confines of the proposed project description.

Grant Value
$1,970,000 is the estimated total funding with an award ceiling of $700,000 per budget period and an award floor of $100,000 per budget period.

Overview

Category of Funding
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 6/13/24 Administration for Community Living posted grant opportunity HHS-2024-ACL-CIP-ATTF-0088 for Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program with funding of $2.0 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 93.469 Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program. It is expected that 3 total grants will be made worth between $100,000 and $700,000.

Timing

Posted Date
June 13, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
Aug. 12, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 19 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Last Updated
June 13, 2024, 9:01 a.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
Dec. 30, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
State governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Info
State agencies and community-based disability organizations that are directed by and operated for individuals with disabilities shall be eligible to compete. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$700,000
Floor
$100,000
Estimated Program Funding
$1,970,000
Estimated Number of Grants
3

Contacts

Contact
Administration for Community Living
Contact Phone
(202) 795-7407
Additional Information Site

Documents

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