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RSA Grant Announcement
In this special issue, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announces new grant competitions. The first is the Innovative Rehabilitation Training program. The second is the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program in the areas of Rehabilitation Counseling, Mental Illness, Blindness, and Deafness. The previously-announced American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) program competition is due July 29, 2019. The RSA Discretionary Grants Information Page contains pre-recorded webinars for each of these specific competitions. There are also short pre-recorded webinars containing general information that applies to all RSA grant competitions. This page also links to Question and Answer blogs for open competitions and is updated as new competitions are announced. Please note that the Braille Training competition has closed.

Innovative Rehabilitation Training

CFDA 84.263C


RSA issued a Federal Register Notice on July 5, 2019 for Applications for New Awards; Rehabilitation Training: Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program. Applications are due August 14, 2019.

The Innovative Rehabilitation Training program is designed to develop:
  • new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel and to demonstrate the effectiveness of these new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel in providing rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities;
  • new and improved methods of training rehabilitation personnel so that there may be a more effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities by designated State rehabilitation agencies and designated State rehabilitation units or other public or non-profit rehabilitation service agencies or organizations; and
  • new innovative training programs for VR professionals and paraprofessionals to have a 21st-century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities so they can more effectively provide VR services to individuals with disabilities. 
The Secretary intends to fund a total of six projects in FY2019 including one project from each of six topic areas:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counseling.
  • VR services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • VR services to individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID).
  • Career assessments for VR service recipients.
  • Employer engagement in the VR process.
  • Field-initiated project in an area related to VR.
Below is a link to a pre-recorded webinar designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for grants under the Innovative Rehabilitation Training competition, under CFDAs 84.263C. Specifically, this webinar is designed to highlight pertinent information from the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) to assist the applicants’ understanding of this competition. 

Rehabilitation Long-Term Training

CFDA 84.129B Rehabilitation Counseling
CFDA 84.129H Mental Illness
CFDA 84.129P Blindness
CFDA 84.129Q Deafness


RSA issued a Federal Register Notice on July 5, 2019 for Applications for New Awards; Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program-Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program-Rehabilitation Specialty Areas. Applications are due August 5, 2019.

The Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program is designed to provide financial assistance to projects that provide basic or advanced academic training that leads to an academic degree in areas of personnel shortages in vocational rehabilitation as identified by the Secretary and published in a notice in the Federal Register. Specifically, this program provides master’s degrees in vocational rehabilitation counseling, with the expectation that the scholars will work as vocational rehabilitation counselors in State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies or related agencies and ultimately improve employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the Nation.

Below is a link to a pre-recorded webinar designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for grants under the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program competition, under CFDAs 84.129B, 84.129H, 84.129P, and 84.129Q. Specifically, this webinar is designed to highlight pertinent information from the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) to assist the applicants’ understanding of this competition.

American Indian Vocational
Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Program

CFDA 84.250M


RSA issued a Federal Register Notice on June 13, 2019 for Applications for New Awards; American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS)Applications are due July 29, 2019.

The purpose of the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services, including culturally appropriate services, to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with such eligible individual’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that such individual may prepare for, and engage in, high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency.

Below is a link to a pre-recorded informational webinar designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for grants under the RSA AIVRS program competition, under CFDA 84.250M. Specifically, this webinar is designed to highlight pertinent information from the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) to assist the applicants’ understanding of this competition.

RSA Discretionary Grants
Pre-Application Webinars


The following four webinars cover general information about RSA grant competitions and are designed to supplement, not supplant, the relevant material associated with specific competitions. Please note that each competition will contain an application package with specific information about that program. RSA invites all prospective applicants to access these recordings and to share them with their teams responsible for developing and the program and financial components of the application. The recordings are linked together on a playlist. However, you may access the recordings in any order.
  • General Information for RSA Discretionary Grant Competitions Overview - An overview that includes the Secretary’s Priorities, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (referred to as OSERS) Framework, and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (referred to as RSA) Discretionary Grants.
  • General Application Instructions and TA - Covers Application Instructions and technical assistance. Topics include the Common Application Instructions, Data Universal Numbering System (referred to as D-U-N-S), System for Award Management (referred to as SAM), Grants.gov, Uniform Administrative Guidance and technical assistance, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (referred to as EDGAR). 
  • General Application Highlights - Highlights a few items contained in the Common Application such as the Standard Form (referred to as SF) 424. Project Abstract, ED 524 Budget Worksheet, Government Performance Reporting and Accountability (referred to as GPRA), Program Objectives and Performance Measures form, Indirect Cost Calculations and Cost Share and Match.
  • Other Information - Covers Selection Criteria, Specific Conditions for Disclosing Federal Funding in Public Announcements, the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (referred to as NCRTM) and a few more reminders.
Select here to view all materials associated with these recordings. 

Picture of a megaphone with the words, RSA is seeking help from peer reviewers for upcoming grants. Consider becoming a peer reviewer today!

RSA Call for Peer Reviewers


The RSA Training and Service Programs Division is seeking qualified peer reviewers for possible upcoming grant competitions scheduled to occur between May 2019 and September 2020. Competitions may include:
  • American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Braille Training
  • Long-Term Training
  • Short-Term Training
  • Demonstration and Training Programs
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Training,
  • Parent Training and Information
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Centers
  • Capacity Building
Do you have related experiences in any of these topics? Are you able to objectively review up to 12 proposals within a short time frame and prepare detailed justifications to support the scores? If you are interested, find out more about the RSA Call for Peer Reviewers.

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