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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS): Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA): Parent Information and Training Programs: Braille Training Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.235E

ID: ED-GRANTS-031324-001 • Type: Posted

Description

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Purpose of Program: The Braille Training program offers financial assistance to projects that will (1) provide training in the use of braille for personnel providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) services or educational services to youth and adults who are blind; (2) develop braille training materials; (3) develop methods used to teach braille; and (4) develop activities used to promote the knowledge and use of braille and nonvisual access technology for youth and adults who are blind.

Assistance Listing Number (ALN) 84.235E.

Background
The Braille Training program offers financial assistance to projects that will (1) provide training in the use of braille for personnel providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) services or educational services to youth and adults who are blind; (2) develop braille training materials; (3) develop methods used to teach braille; and (4) develop activities used to promote the knowledge and use of braille and nonvisual access technology for youth and adults who are blind.
The program partners with States and public nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, to provide information, material, equipment, and training in braille instruction. The support provided by the program will increase the knowledge and skills of personnel providing VR services or educational services to youth and adults who are blind.

Grant Details
The Braille Training Program includes one absolute priority and three invitational priorities. The absolute priority is the Braille Training Program which provides grants for the establishment or continuation of projects that provide development of braille training materials, in-service or pre-service training in the use of braille, the importance of braille literacy, and methods of teaching braille to youth and adults who are blind, as well as activities to promote knowledge and use of braille and nonvisual access technology for blind youth and adults through a program of training, demonstration, and evaluation conducted with leadership of experienced blind individuals.
The invitational priorities include projects designed to promote educational equity and adequacy in resources for underserved students and adults who are blind, increase the number and proportion of experienced and effective braille educators from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds or communities they serve, as well as design and deliver instruction to individuals who are blind that effectively integrate innovative technology.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include States, public or nonprofit agencies, organizations, including institutions of higher education. Cost sharing or matching is not required. There is no program-specific limitation on administrative expenses. A grantee may not award subgrants but may contract for supplies, equipment, and other services.

Period of Performance
The project period is up to 60 months.

Grant Value
$342,000 is estimated available funds with an estimated average size of awards being $115,000 for Year 1 and $230,000 for Years 2–5. The maximum award is $115,000 for Year 1 with a total estimated number of awards being 3.

Overview

Category of Funding
Education
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 3/13/24 the Department of Education posted grant opportunity ED-GRANTS-031324-001 for Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS): Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA): Parent Information and Training Programs: Braille Training Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.235E with funding of $342,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 84.235 Rehabilitation Services Demonstration and Training Programs. It is expected that 3 total grants will be made.

Timing

Posted Date
March 13, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
May 13, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 25 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Applications Available: March 13, 2024. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 13, 2024. Date of Pre-Application Meeting: No later than March 18, 2024, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will post a PowerPoint Presentation specifically about the Braille Training program at https://ncrtm.ed.gov/grant-info. In addition to posting the PowerPoint, OSERS will conduct a pre-application meeting specific to this competition via conference call to respond to questions. Information about the pre-application meeting will be available at https://ncrtm.ed.gov/grant-info prior to the date of the call. OSERS invites you to send questions to 84.235E@ed.gov in advance of the pre-application conference call. A summary of questions and responses will be available at https://ncrtm.ed.gov/grant-info within six business days after the pre-application conference call. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 11, 2024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theresa DeVaughn, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, room 4A110 Washington, DC 20202-5076. Telephone: (202) 987-0144. Email: 84.235E@ed.gov.
Last Updated
March 13, 2024, 8:47 a.m. EDT
Version
4
Archive Date
June 9, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
City or township governments
Private institutions of higher education
State governments
County governments
Independent school districts
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Special district governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Info
1. Eligible Applicants: States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$115,000
Floor
Not Listed
Estimated Program Funding
$342,000
Estimated Number of Grants
3

Contacts

Contact
Julius C Cotton ED Grants.gov FIND Systems Admin.
Contact Email
Email Description
Program Mailbox
Contact Phone
(202) 245-6288
Additional Information
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS): Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA): Parent Information and Training Programs: Braille Training Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.235E; Notice Inviting Applications

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