Discretionary: Competitive Grants

The HHS Grants Policy Statement (GPS) (PDF 1.4MB) is the Department of Health and Human Services' new single policy guide for discretionary grants and cooperative agreements. Unlike previous HHS policy documents, the GPS is intended to be shared with and used by grantees. It became effective October 1, 2006 and is applicable to all Operating Divisions (OPDIVS), such as the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), except the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The GPS covers basic grants processes, standard terms and conditions and points of contact as well as important OPDIV-specific requirements. Appendices include a glossary of terms and a list of standard abbreviations for ease of reference.

Successful applicants must also adhere to the following terms and conditions:

Please also review the Notice of Award (NoA) to familiarize yourself with the specific Terms and Conditions that apply to your particular grant program.  The NoA is the legal document issued from ACF to the receiving organization that indicates an award has been made.