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Special Programs For The Aging-Title IV-And Title II-Discretionary Projects

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Special Programs For The Aging-Title IV-And Title II-Discretionary Projects


Federal Agency




Older Americans Act of 1965, Title IV, Public Law 89-73, 79 Stat. 218, as amended; Public Law 97-115, 95 Stat. 1595; Public Law 98-459, 98 Stat. 1767; Public Law 100-175; Public Law 100- 628, 42 U.S.C. 3031-3037b; Public Law 102-375; Public Law 106-501.






To support the development and testing of innovative programs, services and systems of support that respond to the needs of the nations growing elderly population, to improve knowledge of the problems and needs of the elderly, to help ensure adequately trained personnel in the field of aging, and to demonstrate better ways of improving the quality of life for the elderly.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Contracts).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to: (a) demonstrate new methods and practices to improve the quality and effectiveness of programs and services; (b) to evaluate existing programs and services; (c) conduct applied research and analysis to improve access to and delivery of services; (d) train professionals in the field. Funds may not be used for: (a) construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings; (b) basic research (e.g., bio-medical experiments); (c) continuation and/or expansion of existing services, including supportive and nutritional services such as those funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act; (d) medical care, institutional care or income maintenance; (e) projects which do not involve innovative approaches, and whose outcomes do not have the potential for national dissemination and replication; (f) equipment purchases unless the equipment is necessary to carry out a project that is otherwise fundable under Title IV.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants may be made to any public or nonprofit private agency, organization, or institution. Contracts may be awarded to any agency, organization or institution. Grants and contracts are not available to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Older individuals aged 60 and older, family caregivers and grandparents, and older individuals who are relative caregivers.


Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applications are submitted in response to a request for proposals which are published from time to time. Applicants must use the standard application forms as provided by DHHS for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

The availability of competitive grant funds under Title IV is announced from time to time via program announcements that are simultaneously published on and on the AoA web site at bus/fundopp/fundopp.asp. In addition, announcements intended for a wide audience of applicants may be published in the Federal Register. All required forms and instructions for specific program announcements can be founds on the AoA web site or by contacting the Administration on Aging, Office of Grants Management. Contract information is published in the "Commerce Business Daily."

Award Procedure

Notification of award will be issued to the grantee.


As specified in each program announcement posted on and

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days from receipt of application.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements may be required of any grantee to the extent deemed appropriate by the Assistant Secretary for Aging and are generally set at a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost of the project.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, projects are approved for a period of 12 to 36 months. Support beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of funds and evidence of satisfactory progress.


Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual progress reports and final reports are required of grantees. Annual financial reports are required. Reports to be submitted by the grantees or contractors are specified in the contract or grant award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.


Records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final expenditure report.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $37,190,699; FY 08 est $48,618,000; and FY 09 est $48,618,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$15,000 to $2,931,390; $204,476.


Program Accomplishments

The number of awards in fiscal year 2006 totaled 210. It is estimated that 228 awards will be made in fiscal year 2007. Awards in fiscal year 2006 were made to support: (1) A national program to enlist retired professional and other older volunteers in combating Medicare/Medicaid fraud and waste; (2) a national program of statewide senior legal information services, legal and related elder rights projects; (3) Performance Outcomes Measures Projects; (4) the Eldercare Locator, a national toll-free aging information and assistance telephone service; (5) projects focused on minority aging issues; (6) information and assistance resource centers for older adults and persons with disabilities; (7) evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention grants designed to translate clinical research into effective approaches delivered through community-based aging services providers.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

See Chapter XIII, Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations on AoA supported projects. Annual guidelines, program information, and application instructions are available from the Administration on Aging, Washington, DC 20201.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, located at all HHS Federal Regional Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.)

Headquarters Office

Greg Case, Center for Planning and Policy Development, Administration on Aging; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201; Telephone: (202) 357-3442. E-mail: T (202) 401-4634 for FTS.

Web Site Address
For information on current funding opportunities and associated application forms, visit:


Related Programs

93.041, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Vii, Chapter 3-Programs For Prevention Of Elder Abuse, Neglect, And Exploitation
93.042, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Vii, Chapter 2-Long Term CARE Ombudsman Services For Older Individuals
93.043, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Iii, Part D-Disease Prevention And Health Promotion Services
93.044, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Iii, Part B-Grants For Supportive Services And Senior Centers
93.051, Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants To States
93.052, National Family Caregiver Support, Title Iii, Part E
93.990, National Health Promotion


Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Evidence-Based Disease Prevention Grants Program; (2) National Center on Elder Abuse; (3) Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States Program; (4) Senior Medicare Patrol Projects; and (5) Aging and Disability Resource Centers.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Details for evaluating applications are published as part of each Title IV program announcement. Major emphases are: (1) documented need; (2) expected outcomes and benefits; (3) innovative approach; (4) level of effort; (5) involvement of community-based organizations in planning and implementation activities; and, (6) projects that benefit disadvantaged groups, including low-income, minority and limited English speaking populations.


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