HIIAT Program

Please see the 2020 HIIAT Grants Application and Program Guidelines for more information including how to access the online grants portal and the APPLICATION ACCESS CODE.

This grants program is restricted to those state and territory AT programs funded by the State Assistive Technology Act, including implementing agencies and agencies subcontracted for Assistive Technology (Section 4) activities. Those Agencies that are subcontracted by the state AT Act-funded implementing agency must include in their application a letter from the AT Act-funded program in their state/territory that verifies that there is a written agreement in place with your agency to provide Section 4 activities and that your agency provides data for the AT Annual Performance Report (APR).

2020 High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) Quality of Life grants are funded through the Reeve Foundation’s cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PRRC0002-03-00).

Organizations that have previously been awarded a Quality of Life grant in any category (HIIAT, Direct Effect, High Impact Priority, etc.) may re-apply for funding one year following the close of your grant and notification of grant closure by the Reeve Foundation.

2020 HIIAT Grant Program Timeline:

  • Online Application opens: July 13, 2020
  • Application Technical Assistance Webinar: July 20, 2020 (register here)
  • Application Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020
  • Application Review: September-October 2020
  • Decision Announcements Emailed: Beginning of November
  • One-year grant period: December 1, 2020 – November 30, 2021

Program overview

Assistive technology can be a powerful tool to increase the independence of people with disabilities, assist them to participate fully in the communities of which they are a part, and enhance their social, employment, education or finance-related quality of life. Launched in 2015, the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) Grant Program is a competitive grant program that will award up to five one-year grants of up to $75,000 to state and territory AT programs funded through the State Assistive Technology Act for innovative, one-time programs or services that:

  • Target a specific, well-defined underserved population within the broader disability community in their state
  • Through assistive technology devices or services, increase access to services, increase the independence or inclusion of people within the underserved population within their communities; and
  • When complete, will have a demonstrable, direct impact on people affected by the project.

Proposals may focus on a significant expansion of an existing program or service (e.g., significantly expanding an existing project to reach additional individuals in the target population) or a new project or service (e.g. implementing a new project to reach a target population that has until now gone underserved). Regardless of which type of project is proposed, applications must address how the project will be sustained after the grant period is over.

Traditionally underserved populations may include: individuals with paralysis and caregivers of color; ethnic minority, low-income, limited-English proficient and rural persons; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), older adults and caregivers; and caregivers and their families coping with a newly acquired disability.

Learn more about Past and Current Grantees

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2020 Technical Assistance & Program Overview Webinar

This Technical Assistance/Program Overview webinar was recorded on June 20, 2020.

Slide Deck for the June 20, 2020 webinar.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.