Grant Funds to Help the Disabled

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)Program (Phase l) within HHS, provides funding for research and/or development to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to participate in their communities. ACL awards more than one billion in grants primary to state and local governments, nonprofits, institutes of higher educations, and small businesses.

The goal is to help the disabled with health issues and function and help the disabled with employment. The program emphasizes helping women, socially and economically-disadvantaged individuals, and applicants from underrepresented or rural areas competing in the SBIR program.

On December 4, 2020, HHS ACL posted the grant notice for the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase l) (HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0033) with an estimated total program funding to be $1,000,000 with an award floor of $95,000. Small businesses and faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible for awards

Funding is needed from small businesses for technology to support the disabled in their communities, in their work environment, support independent access to community healthcare services for the disabled, enhanced sensory or motor function for disabled individuals, and to make it possible for disabled individuals to participate in voting.

For additional information, go to Go to for the grant notice. Letter of Intent which is optional is due January 8, 2021. Current closing date for applications is February 2, 2021

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