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Grant to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, Tribe, or IHE to Support Finance Programs that Assist Individuals with Disabilities

Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL)
Center for Innovation and Partnership
CFDA Number: 93.469
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-CIP-ATTF-0098
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/27/23
Deadline: 07/24/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA nonprofit organization, government agency, tribal government, faith-based organization, community-based organization, IHE, or hospital to provide financial assistance to individuals with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to assist individuals with disabilities of any age to obtain services, financial assistance, and additional activities for the acquisition of assistive technology devices and services.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 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.

Applicants must establish or expand one or more of the following types of AFPs:

  1. A low-interest loan fund.
  2. An interest buy-down program.
  3. A revolving loan fund.
  4. A loan guarantee or insurance program.
  5. A program operated for the purchase, lease, or other acquisition of assistive technology devices or assistive technology services.
  6. Another mechanism that provides financing and is approved by the Secretary.


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.

While applicants are not restricted to disability organizations, the Act specifies that 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.

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has raised considerable concerns about grantees and contractors charging the Federal Government for additional meals outside of the standard allowance for travel subsistence known as per diem expenses. For further information, see p. 16 of the Instructions document listed in Supporting Documents below.

The following activities are not fundable:
- Construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings
- Basic research (e.g. scientific or medical experiments)
- Continuation of existing projects without expansion or new and innovative approaches

Pre-Proposal Conference
Informational Conference Call: 3:00 Pm Eastern Time, June 8, 2023

Toll Free Number: 800-857-9664
Participant Pass Code: 3373498

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 06/08/2023
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/27/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 07/24/2023

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Applications must be submitted electronically via by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, by the due date listed above.

ACL strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application due date to begin the application process because of the time involved to complete the registration process.

The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

Applications that fail to meet the application due date will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or, with can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

All applicants must have a UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Once your SAM registration is active, allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in before you can submit an application through

Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new, or renew an existing registration. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 requires applicants for AFP grants to provide an assurance that, and information describing the manner in which, the AFP will expand and emphasize consumer choice and control.

Language in the Manager’s Statement accompanying the Act provides that 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 and acquisition 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.

Applications for supplementation of existing projects are eligible to compete with applications for new awards.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $700,000 per budget period
Award Floor: $100,000 per budget period

Term of Contract
Length of Project Period: 12-month project period and budget period
The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 9/1/2023

Contact Information
Letters of intent should be sent to:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Robert Groenendaal
Center for Innovation and Partnership

For assistance with, please contact them at or 800-518-4726 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Project Officer
Robert Groenendaal
Phone: (202) 795-7356
Office: Office of Interagency Innovation

Grants Management Specialist
Carla Kirksey
Phone: (202) 795-7303
Office: Office of Grants Management

RFP & Supporting Documents
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