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Independent Living State Grants for Individuals with Disabilities

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Program Description:

This program offers formula grants to states for one or more of the following purposes:

  • To provide resources to statewide independent living councils (SILCs)
  • To provide independent living (IL) services to individuals with significant disabilities
  • To demonstrate ways to expand and improve IL services
  • To support the operation of centers for IL that comply with the standards and assurances of Sec. 725 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • To support activities to increase the capabilities of public or nonprofit agencies and organizations and other entities in developing comprehensive approaches or systems for providing IL services
  • To conduct studies and analyses and gather information, approaches, strategies, findings, conclusions, and recommendations for Federal, state, and local policymakers to enhance IL services for individuals with significant disabilities
  • To provide training on the IL philosophy
  • To provide outreach to populations that are unserved or underserved by programs under Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act, including minority groups and urban and rural populations


General Program Requirements:

Grants are awarded to eligible entities for planning, conducting, administering, and evaluating centers. Eligible entities are consumer controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private agencies or bordering on a state in which the entities plans to establish a center(s).





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

For more information on the application process, please contact your state liaison office:


Program Contact Information:

For more information, visit:


Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of Education

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