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Expanding Community Capacities for Independent Living Services for the Older Blind Population – Title VII, Chapter 2 – Older Blind

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Education Organizations
to Assist the Elderly Blind or Visually Impaired

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) - Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Deadline Date:

02/05/18 3:00 PM


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Grants averaging $55,000 to Maryland established nonprofit or education organizations and programs to offer comprehensive independent living support for elderly individuals who are visually impaired or blind. Grantees will provide independent living and rehabilitation training services for individuals seventy-five years of age or older.

Required Components:

The Applicant shall provide independent living/rehabilitation training services as defined herein. Services shall be delivered primarily in the consumer's home; however, alternative sites may be used for services if approved by both DORS and the consumer. Services shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, two or more of the following:

-Initial Evaluation - may be authorized by DORS to assess and pinpoint consumer needs in various training components.

-Activities of Daily Living Training - shall consist of instruction that provides the consumer with an opportunity to acquire the capacity to maximize daily living skills, to include: grooming; shopping for food; food preparation; care of clothing; time telling; telephone usage; personal care; organization techniques; room care/housekeeping; parenting; check writing and balancing a checkbook. Activities of daily living skills training shall also include training in other skills as appropriate for the consumer and as authorized by the Division (such as practical application of reading, writing and arithmetic).

-Assistive Technology Training - shall be training that provides an opportunity for the consumer to gain the ability to effectively utilize appropriate assistive technology in accordance with individual needs.

-Communication Skills Training - shall be training that provides an opportunity for the consumer to gain the ability to communicate using Braille and as appropriate for each consumer, other communication skills to the maximum of potential ability. These skills should include, but are not limited to: typing, filing of information for use in home or office, handwriting, and keeping a personal budget.

-Community Adjustment - must provide the consumer with an opportunity to become familiar with and engage in social, recreational, and other activities within the community. The consumer must be provided with the opportunity to learn to become an effective self-advocate. This must also provide the individual with the opportunity to achieve appropriate effective interaction with others in daily living situations.

-Adjustment Made Necessary by Blindness or Visual Impairment - shall provide the consumer with the maximum opportunity to accept the condition of blindness or visual impairment. Such services shall not include any counseling of a general psychological or psychiatric nature where the services of a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist are required. Psychological and psychiatric counseling for the consumer must be approved and arranged by a DORS Counselor.

-Mobility Training - shall include instruction in mobility skills to assist the consumer in moving safely and effectively in the home and community environments. This training should be provided by a licensed and trained orientation and mobility provider.

-Diabetes Management - shall provide training in the process of self-testing and, as needed in injections of insulin, or in the taking of other medication. Staff who provide this service must be a certified doctor, nurse or Diabetes Educator and able to administer and monitor medications.

-In-home Safety – shall provide training on entering and exiting the home safely on a daily basis (key identification, adequate lighting of doorways, steps and stairwells), emergency/disaster preparedness, and proper storage, labeling and identification of household chemicals.

Other Individualized Services include:
-Reader and Sighted Guide;
-Referral to DORS;
-Referral to Other Agencies;
-Peer or Facilitated Support Group;
-Community Integration; and
-Other Individual Services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182650

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Grants: 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Average Grant Amount: $55,000

Term of Contract:

The length of grants is February 15, 2018 to September 30, 2018.

Cost(s) incurred prior to the approval of the grant may not be funded through the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Requirements:

-Established nonprofit or education programs or organizations with extensive experience and expertise in the provision of rehabilitation services to the blind, including demonstrated success in providing a broad scope of independent living services to older individuals who are blind or visually impaired. A list of agencies for which similar work has been done shall be provided.

-Demonstrate that the organization has the personnel, resources and the time to conduct proposed services and projects.

-Attend DORS training seminars on grant management and service delivery, and the annual national meeting of Chapter 2 program mangers (generally in the D.C. area).

-Certify that it and its principals are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from covered transactions by a Federal department or agency; as per Executive Order 12549, Debarment and Suspension, and implemented at 34 CFR Part 85, for prospective participants in primary covered transactions, as defined at 34 CFR Part 85, Section 85.105 and 85.110.

-Provide at least one training per grant year to Office of Blindness and Vision Services (OBVS) staff related to Independent Living for Older Blind services (ILOB). Specific topics will be discussed amongst the ILOB Program Managers.

-Enter into a Memorandum of Agreement which delineates roles and responsibilities (sample attached)

-If proposer is an out-of-state entity, a certificate of authority to do business in Maryland must be submitted

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is February 5, 2018, 3:00 PM.

Award notifications will be issued February 9, 2018.

Payments will be made on a cost reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Tandra Hunter-Payn

Equity Assurance and Compliance Office
Office of the Deputy State Superintendent for Finance and Administration
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street - 6th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595

P: 410-767-0426
F: 410-767-0431
TTY/TDD: 410-333-6442

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland