American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services

CFDA Number: 84.250
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

Program Description

The purpose of the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) program, which is also known as the Section 121 Program, is to provide grants to the governing bodies of Indian Tribes to develop or to increase their capacity to provide a program of vocational rehabilitation services, in a culturally relevant manner, to American Indians with disabilities residing on or near federal or state reservations. The program's goal is to assist American Indians with disabilities, consistent with such individuals’ strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for, and engage in, high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment and may include native healing services.

Federal Register Notices 

On November 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) issued a Notice Inviting Applications for Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2022 for AIVRS (Assistance Listing Number 84.250P) to partner with Indian Tribes in providing eligible American Indians with disabilities with VR services. The notice is also available online at the Federal Register. The deadline for transmittal of applications is March 16, 2022. 

Pre-Application Webinar Information

The Department will hold a pre-application meeting via webinar for prospective applicants on December 20, 2021, 2:00PM Eastern. Details about the pre-application meeting will be available at