Program timeline

This grants program is restricted to those state programs funded by the State Assistive Technology Act.

Eligible applicants will receive a code to access the restricted online application.

2016 online application timeline:

  • Application opens: October 3, 2016
  • Online submission deadline: December 2, 2016
  • Decisions announced: February 14, 2017

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 Grant Program is a competitive grant program that will award up to seven one-year grants of up to $75,000 to state 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.

Before you begin the application, please read the following:

Applicants will be required to submit a project budget template. Detailed budget instructions are found in the application guidelines. Applicants will be required to submit a Project Goals Table with the online application.

Applicants click here to access the application.

Reviewers click here to access your account.

Contact DValente@ChristopherReeve.org with questions.

Helpful presentation

The goal is to help you succeed with implementing creative solutions to provide assistive technology to individuals whose needs are not being met.

Please download this PowerPoint presentation.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, 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.