Administration for Community Living -- Alternatives to Guardianship Youth Resource Center

Funding Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration on Disabilities (AoD) seeks to fund one (1) five-year grant to create an Alternatives to Guardianship Youth Resource Center. Research shows the majority (57 percent) of people with ID/DD ages 18 to 22 receiving publicly funded services have guardians. [1] The Center will work to divert high school students with ID/DD away from guardianship to less restrictive decisional supports. The target audience for this information includes youth with ID/DD, parents and caregivers of high school students with I/DD, special education teachers, education administrators, advocates, vocational rehabilitation counselors, guidance counselors, and school district officials. As a result of funding this Center, AoD expects that:

  • More students with I/DD will have more decisional options, such as Powers of Attorney, supported-decision-making (SDM), joint bank accounts, bill paying services, and medical or educational release forms, on completion of high school;
  • Fewer young adults with I/DD will be subject to guardianship;
  • The public will become more knowledgeable of alternatives to guardianship; and
  • Youth will become more independent by gaining job experience and personal responsibilities.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date: May 20, 2020
  • Application Due Date: June 29, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $300,000 Per Budget Period

Award Floor: $250,000 Per Budget Period

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12- month budget periods

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 29, 2020