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Leveraging CILs To Increase Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities Request for Applications (RFA) - Extended Criteria

Request for Applications (RFA) Overview and Certification of Eligibility

Leveraging Centers for Independent Living (CILs) To Increase Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities Request for Applications (RFA)

 Please review the full RFA and grant details here. 

Please note that there is no option to save your work and it may be helpful to copy/paste your application from a word processing application (ex. Microsoft Word).
The Disability Vaccine Access Opportunities Center is operated with funding granted by the CDC Foundation and awarded to Able South Carolina. The principal collaborator with Able South Carolina is ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization). Funding for this effort is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Awards of up to $50,000 are anticipated.

Instructions to Applicants
To apply, please submit your application and upload the following documents no later than 12:00 pm (Noon) EDT on Monday, January 24, 2022:
  • Attestation Document affirming funds will only be used for COVID-related activities performed in unserved counties. (Part C CILs only) 
  • Budget and budget justification (see example budget and budget justification in Appendix A of the RFA)
  • Most recent annual budget
  • Grant applicants must provide one of the following three financial documents at the time of application:
    • Most recent Transmittal Letter for the organization’s annual audit
    • Most recent IRS Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax)
    • Most recent year-end financial statement (if applicable)
  • IRS determination letter - letter from the IRS confirming 501(c)(3) status, or the verification provided from the IRS website. (Organizations that have received 501(c)(3) status are exempt from federal taxes. To receive this status, the organization must operate for a specific purpose--typically, for a charitable, religious, scientific, or literary purpose. Should your organization need assistance with this information, please contact the IRS at 877-829-5500. (There is no cost to obtain this information from the IRS.).
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance by date of the award
  • Form W-9
  • Vendor status verification: U.S. System Award Management (SAM), or equivalent, search results for overall organization and individuals designated to this proposal. All applicants must have a DUNS number ( 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.  Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new, or renew an existing registration. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit your application or receive an award. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline. See the SAM Quick Guide for Grantees at:
Any questions should be directed to Anna Henry, Manager of Research Operations at ILRU at

Eligibility Criteria *
To apply, the applicant must be a Center for Independent Living. Centers for independent living are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agencies for individuals with significant disabilities (regardless of age or income) that are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of IL services as defined in section 7(18) of the Rehabilitation Act as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Applications for funding will be accepted for review from organizations that meet the criteria specified below.
  • The authorized Representative of the applicant organization must signify whether the organization meets the eligibility requirements. 
  • Initial the items below to indicate whether the eligibility criteria that your applicant organization meets.
1. Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is open to CILs meeting at least one of the following criteria (initial all that apply): 
Space Cell Initial to Certify
1. Our organization is a CIL which receives funding through the designated state entity authorized by Title VII, Part B of the Rehabilitation Act or other Independent Living funding
2. Our organization is a Part B CIL operating under a Part C CIL or that uses a Part C CIL as a fiscal agent
3. Our organization is a Part C CIL not previously eligible for CARES Act funding in fiscal year 2020
4. Our organization is a Part B or Part C CIL applying for funding to provide services in unserved counties in their state (eligible to use funds in unserved counties only)
2. CIL Contact Information *This question is required.
This question requires a valid number format.
This question requires a valid email address.
3. I certify that I have initialed each criteria above because my organization meets the eligibility criteria required for this application. *This question is required.