Administration for Children and Families
 
 
Administration on Children, Youth, & Families
 
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
HHS-2010-ACF-ACYF-CA-0024
Application Due Date: 08/09/2010

 

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
HHS-2010-ACF-ACYF-CA-0024
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Overview
Executive Summary
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
Section II. Award Information
Section III. Eligibility Information
  1. Eligible Applicants
  2. Cost Sharing or Matching
  3. Other - (if applicable)
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
  1. Address to Request Application Package
  2. Content and Form of Application Submission
  3. Submission Dates and Times
  4. Intergovernmental Review
  5. Funding Restrictions
  6. Other Submission Requirements
Section V. Application Review Information
  1. Criteria
  2. Review and Selection Process
  3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates
Section VI. Award Administration Information
  1. Award Notices
  2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements
  3. Reporting
Section VII. Agency Contact(s)
Section VIII. Other Information

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National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
HHS-2010-ACF-ACYF-CA-0024
ANNOUNCEMENT PUBLICATION | Validate & Approve
 
Department of Health & Human Services
Administration for Children & Families
 
Program Office:Administration on Children, Youth, & Families - Children's Bureau
Funding Opportunity Title:National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
Announcement Type:Initial
Funding Opportunity Number:HHS-2010-ACF-ACYF-CA-0024
CFDA Number:93.670
Due Date for Applications: 08/09/2010
Executive Summary:

The purpose of this funding announcement is to award a cooperative agreement to continue the operation of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) and to continue the processing and housing of high-quality data sets and related activities that facilitate the use of archived data.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Statutory Authority

Section 105(b) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, as amended by Pub. L. 108-36

Description

With this funding announcement, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) seeks to provide funding for the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) in order make available and support research on the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, adoption, foster care, and related child welfare issues. In 1993, the Panel on Research on Child Abuse and Neglect of the National Research Council identified this data archive as a key component of a research structure in its book, Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect (http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309048893). Since September 30, 1988, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), and now the Children's Bureau (CB), has provided funding for NDACAN, which currently is located at Cornell University, Family Life Development Center, Beebe Hall, Ithaca, New York, 14853-4401 (telephone 607-255-7799). NDACAN is a centralized facility for the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of machine-readable data sets relevant to the study of child maltreatment and child welfare. NDACAN currently holds more than 100 data sets.

It is expected that the successful applicant, whether the current grantee or a new awardee, will continue to build on the present activities and, as necessary, support the transition of the project in a professional manner, respectful of the proprietary nature of some of the material housed at and created by the current grantee.

Collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts are acceptable, but applications should identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant.

Project Responsibilities and Activities

NDACAN is responsible for a variety of activities:

  • Preparing, processing, housing, and preserving quality data sets;
  • Establishing standards and procedures for documentation and producing related materials;
  • Facilitating collaboration through training and technical assistance;
  • Advancing the field of CAN research by providing workshops featuring specific data sets and summer institutes to interested researchers, particularly those new to this area of research;
  • Creating and utilizing an advisory board;
  • Disseminating information through a variety of outreach methods; and
  • Conducting ad hoc data analysis for the CB and other requestors.

Applicants are encouraged to consider this list of activities as minimal requirements. The following provides additional details about certain items in this list.

Any child welfare investigator, regardless of the funding source, is welcome to house data with NDACAN. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 1994, all research grantees funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and now all those funded by CB, have been required, as a condition of their award, to archive their data. They must prepare data sets according to sound data processing and documentation practices and to submit those data sets to NDACAN within two years of the end of their funding period. NDACAN is expected to work with those grantees and their Federal Project Officers, as well as any cross-site evaluation contractors and their Contracting Officers, to assess the suitability and archivability of these projects' data and, where it is determined to be appropriate, archive this data. Once the initial contact is made by the grantee, NDACAN staff will work with each grantee to ensure each submission is in a suitable format for archiving. Additionally, NDACAN staff will provide technical support on data entry, processing, analysis, and documentation. Thus, the application submitted in response to this funding opportunity announcement should be responsive to housing data sets from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to:

  • The National Center for Health Statistics;
  • The National Incidence Studies;
  • The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS);
  • The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS);
  • The second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW II);
  • The Longitudinal Study on Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN);
  • The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD); and
  • CB discretionary research and demonstration grants that meet archive criteria.

In setting standards and establishing good practices for the documentation of data sets, NDACAN enables data to be more readily available and easily shared with other researchers and provides the additional capacity for further and secondary analysis. Additionally, a centralized archive can facilitate collaboration among researchers for knowledge-building. There is an increasing recognition, however, that some data sets cannot be archived in their entirety for public use without undue risk to the study respondents. Researchers are understandably concerned about the possibility of breaches of confidentiality and the intentional and unintentional unmasking of identifying information in these sensitive data sets. In order to protect participants' identities in a public use data set, researchers often must delete or mask important variables in the data set, which limits the utility of the data for secondary analyses. One solution has been to provide access to the more detailed data on a restricted basis, such as by obtaining assurances from the user that the data sets will be carefully handled and will be used only for legitimate research purposes. For example, the University of North Carolina's National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) has developed licensing and monitoring procedures that allow for the release of micro-data that otherwise would not be available to the broader research community. Add Health (http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/addhealth) prepares a restricted-use dataset that is available to qualified members of the research community who have signed a binding data-use license that sets the terms of appropriate use and standards for data protection. Currently, NDACAN follows that same model with the datasets that it houses. NDACAN should anticipate the need for maintaining similar licensing and monitoring procedures for similarly sensitive data sets, including data from AFCARS, NCANDS, NSCAW II, NYTD, and LONGSCAN.

NDACAN is expected to:

  • Provide training and technical assistance opportunities for new researchers or postdoctoral candidates by conducting training institutes that convene a small number of researchers to work in a guided setting with these data sets;
  • Provide support for secondary analysis of various data sets housed at NDACAN through these training institutes, as well as through small grants to researchers;
  • Provide support for graduate or postdoctoral research fellows to work in residence with NDACAN staff on research related to the holdings; and
  • Convene workshops and training sessions at major national conferences.

Dissemination is a major function of NDACAN. This includes:

  • Providing innovative tools-such as secure online transmissions of encrypted data and NDACAN's current Child Abuse and Neglect Digital Library, an online tool that provides citations and links to all published research articles that utilize datasets housed at NDACAN-and a range of ready-to-use formats that make archived data sets more easily accessible to the research community;
  • Answering AFCARS and NCANDS data requests from the public and referring these requests to CB, as needed;
  • Publishing information on NDACAN projects and new acquisitions;
  • Preparing technical guidelines that outline data-processing standards and user guides to NDACAN holdings;
  • Developing and maintaining electronic mail services to facilitate networking and information exchange among researchers in the field of child abuse and neglect, including their access to a database on measures appropriate for researchers in this field; and
  • Cooperating and appropriately collaborating with other archives.

Additional Project Requirements

The applicant's signature on the application constitutes its assurance that it will comply with the following requirements:

1.  Have the project fully functioning within 90 days following the notification of the grant award.

2.  Participate if CB chooses to do a national evaluation or a technical assistance contract that relates to this funding announcement.

3.  Submit all performance indicator data, program, evaluation, and financial reports in a timely manner (see Section VI.3). CB prefers and will accept the interim and final reports on disk or electronically using a standard word-processing program, however grantees are required to provide the original and two copies of performance progress and final reports.

4.  Submit an original and two copies of the final report, the evaluation report, and any program products to CB within 90 days of project end date. 

5.  Allocate sufficient funds in the budget to:

  • Provide for the project director, the evaluator, and other key partners to attend an early kickoff meeting for grantees funded under this priority area to be held within the first three months of the project (first year only) in Washington, D.C.
  • Provide for the project director, the evaluator, and other key partners to attend an annual 3-day grantees' meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Provide for travel to major national conferences in order to convene workshops and training sessions.  
II. Award Information

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Total Funding: $675,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Award Ceiling: $675,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $0 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $675,000 Per Budget Period

Length of Project Periods:


60-month project with five 12-month budget periods

Eligible applicants may apply for a maximum Federal share of $675,000 in year one, a maximum of $700,000 in year two, a maximum of $725,000 in year three, a maximum of $750,000 in year four, and a maximum of $775,000 in year five.

Additional Information on Awards:

Awards made under this announcement are subject to the availability of Federal funds.

Description of ACF's Anticipated Substantial Involvement Under the Cooperative Agreement

A cooperative agreement is a specific method of awarding Federal assistance in which substantial Federal involvement is anticipated. A cooperative agreement clearly defines the respective responsibilities of CB and the grantee prior to the award. CB anticipates that agency involvement will produce programmatic benefits to the recipient otherwise unavailable to them for carrying out the project. The involvement and collaboration includes:

  • CB review and approval of planning stages of the activities before implementation phases may begin;
  • CB and recipient joint collaboration in the performance of key programmatic activities (i.e., strategic planning, implementation, information technology enhancements, T/TA, publications or products, and evaluation);
  • Close monitoring by CB of the requirements stated in this announcement that limit the grantee's discretion with respect to scope of services offered, organizational structure, and management processes; and
  • Close monitoring by CB during performance which may, in order to ensure compliance with the intent of this funding, exceed those Federal stewardship responsibilities customary for grant activities.

Please see Section IV.5 Funding Restrictions for any restrictions on the use of grant funds awarded under this announcement.

III. Eligibility Information
III.1. Eligible Applicants
  • State controlled institutions of higher education;
  • Non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education;
  • Non-profits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education;
  • Private institutions of higher education;
  • For-profit organization other than small businesses; and
  • Small businesses.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.
See "Legal Status of Applicant Entity" in Section IV.2 for documentation required to support eligibility.
 
III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No
III.3. Other

Disqualification Factors

Applications with requests that exceed the ceiling on the amount of individual awards as stated in Section II. Award Information, will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for funding under this announcement.

Applications that fail to satisfy the due date and time deadline requirements stated in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times, will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for funding under this announcement. 

See Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times for disqualification information specific to electronically-submitted applications:

  • Electronically-submitted applications that do not receive a date/time-stamp email indicating application submission on or before 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the due date, will be disqualified and will not be considered for competition.
     
  • Electronically-submitted applications that fail the checks and validations at www.Grants.gov because the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) does not have a current registration at the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) at the time of application submission will be disqualified and will not be considered for competition.

 

IV.1. Address to Request Application Package

IV.1. Address to Request Application Package

Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available at the ACF Forms webpage at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html
Standard Forms are also available at the Grants.gov Forms Repository website at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15.

 
CB Operations Center
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4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (866) 796-1591
Email: cb@luxcg.com
 

Federal Relay Service:

Hearing-impaired and speech-impaired callers may contact the Federal Relay Service for assistance at 1-800-877-8339 (TTY - Text Telephone or ASCII - American Standard Code For Information Interchange).

IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission

Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission

This section provides information on the required format, Standard Forms (SFs) and other forms, certifications, assurances, D-U-N-S requirement, project description, budget and budget justification, and methods of application submission.  A checklist of required application elements is available for applicants' use in Section VIII of this announcement.

Applicants are required to submit one original and two copies of all application materials if applying in hard-copy.  Applicants submitting applications electronically via www.grants.gov need not provide additional copies of their application materials. The original signature of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) is required only on the original copy.  The AOR is named by the applicant, and is authorized to act for the applicant, to assume the obligations imposed by the Federal laws, regulations, requirements, and conditions that apply to the grant application or awards.  A point of contact on matters involving the application must also be identified on the SF-424 at 8f.  This point of contact, known as the Project Director or Principal Investigator, should not be identical to the person identified as the AOR.

Each application must contain the following items in the order listed:

Application for Federal Assistance. (SF 424, SF-424A and SF-424-B). Follow the instructions that accompany the forms and those in Section IV.2, Application Review Information.

Certifications/Assurances. See Forms, Assurances, and Certifications, below.

Table of Contents. List the major sections of the application, and show the page that each section begins on.

Project Summary/Abstract (one page maximum, double spaced). See Section IV.2, Project Description. Clearly mark this page with the applicant name as shown on SF-424, identify the program announcement and the title of the proposed project as shown on SF-424, and indicate the service area as shown on SF-424. The summary description should not exceed 300 words.

Care should be taken to produce a summary/abstract that accurately and concisely reflects the proposed project.

The Project Description. Applicants should organize their project description in this sequence: 1) Objectives and Need for Assistance; 2) Approach; 3) Organizational Profiles; and 4) Budget and Budget Justification.  

Budget and Budget Justification. Provide a budget with line-item detail and detailed calculations for each budget object class identified on the Budget Information Form (SF-424A). Detailed calculations must include estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated. Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the categorical costs are derived.  Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, and allocation of the proposed costs.

Indirect Charges. If claiming indirect costs, provide documentation that the applicant currently has an indirect cost-rate approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or another cognizant Federal agency.

Third-Party Agreements. If applicable, include a letter of commitment or Memorandum of Understanding from each partner and/or contractor describing their role, detailing specific project tasks to be performed, and expressing commitment to participate if the proposed project is funded. Note: General letters of support not expressing specific commitments are not required and will not be considered by reviewers under the evaluation criteria.

Staff and Position Data.  Include job descriptions and curriculum vitae/resumes for proposed project staff.

Page Limit. The length of the entire application package may be less than, but must not exceed, 75 pages. This includes, but is not limited to, all required Federal forms, narrative and attachments.

All pages of the application package must be sequentially numbered, beginning with SF-424 as page one. Each applicant must organize its application in the order listed in this section and number all application pages. Pages will be counted in the order they are submitted in hardcopy and numbered when received electronically.

All pages of each application will be counted to determine total length. All pages exceeding the page limit will be removed and will not be considered in the reviewing process. Applicants are reminded that a cover letter and general letters of support are NOT required and if submitted, they will count towards the page limit.

General Content and Form Information. To be considered for funding, each application must be submitted with the Standard Federal Forms and must follow the guidance provided. The application must be signed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency and to assume responsibility for the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the award.

The project description must be typed and double-spaced on a single side of 8.5 x 11 inch plain white paper with a least one inch margins on all sides, using black print with 12-point size Times New Roman font.

For charts, budget tables, supplemental letters, and documents, applicants may use a different point size and font, but no less than 10-point size and single spaced.

Applicants that deviate from these format and page limit requirements risk having pages removed from their applications.

All copies of an application must be submitted in a single package. A separate package must be submitted for each funding opportunity. The package must be clearly labeled for the specific funding opportunity it is addressing.

Because each application will be duplicated, do not use or include separate covers, binders, clips, tabs, plastic inserts, maps, brochures, or any other items that cannot be processed easily on a photocopy machine with an automatic feed. Do not bind, clip, staple, or fasten in any way separate subsections of the application, including supporting documentation. Use a clip (not a staple) to securely bind the application together. Applicants are advised that the copies of the application submitted, not the original, will be reproduced by the Federal Government for review.

Tips for Preparing a Competitive Application. It is essential that applicants read the entire announcement package carefully before preparing an application and include all of the required application forms and attachments. The application must reflect a thorough understanding of and support the purpose and objectives of the applicable legislation. Reviewers expect applicants to understand the goals of the legislation and CB's interest in each topic and to address and follow all of the evaluation criteria in ways that demonstrate this understanding. Applications that do not clearly address the evaluation criteria or program requirements generally receive very low scores and are rarely funded.

CB's website (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb) provides a wide range of information and links to other relevant websites. Before preparing an application, applicants can learn more about CB's mission and programs by exploring the website.

Logic Model. A logic model is a toofl that presents the conceptual framework for a proposed project and explains the linkages among program elements. While there are many versions of the logic model, they generally summarize the logical connections among the needs that are the focus of the project, project goals and objectives, the target population, project inputs (resources), the proposed activities/processes/outputs directed toward the target population, the expected short- and long-term outcomes the initiative is designed to achieve, and the evaluation plan for measuring the extent to which proposed processes and outcomes actually occur. Information on the development of logic models is available on the Internet at www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/developing/toolkit/

Evaluation. Project evaluations are very important. If the applicant does not have the in-house capacity to conduct an objective, comprehensive evaluation of the project, then CB advises that the applicant contract with a third-party evaluator specializing in social science or evaluation, or a university or college, to conduct the evaluation. In either case, it is important that the evaluator has the necessary independence from the project to assure objectivity. A skilled evaluator can help develop a logic model and assist in designing an evaluation strategy that is rigorous and appropriate given the goals and objectives of the proposed project. Additional assistance may be found in a document titled "Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation." A copy of this document can be accessed at

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/pm_guide_eval/ reports/pmguide/pmguide_toc.html.

Protection of Human Subjects. General information about the HHS Protection of Human Subjects regulations can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/. Applicants may also contact OHRP by email (ohrp@csophs.dhhs.gov) or by phone (240-453-6900).

Organizing the Application. Reviewers will use the specific evaluation criteria in Section V of this funding announcement to review and evaluate each application. The applicant should address each of these specific evaluation criteria in the project description. Applicants should organize their project description in this sequence: (1) Objectives and Need for Assistance; (2) Approach; (3) Organizational Profiles; and (4) Budget and Budget Justification. The applicant must use the same headings as these criteria, so that reviewers can readily find information that directly addresses each of the specific review criteria.

Electronic Submission

Applicants that submit their application electronically are advised to be sure that they secure and retain their service ticket number for reference whenever they have any interaction with the Grants.gov Contact Center.

Forms, Assurances, and Certifications

Applicants seeking financial assistance under this announcement must submit the listed Standard Forms (SFs), assurances, and certifications.  All required Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available at ACF Funding Opportunities Forms or at the Grants.gov Forms Repository unless specified otherwise.

Forms / Assurances / Certifications Submission Requirement Notes / Description

SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance

SF-P/PSL  - Project/Performance Site Location(s)

Submission required for all applicants by the application due date.

Required for all applications

SF-424A - Budget Information - Non-Construction Programs

SF-424B - Assurances  - Non-Construction Programs

Submission required for all applicants applying for a non-construction project by the application due date.

Required for all applications.

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Submission required of all applicants prior to award.

Required for all applications.

SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, if applicable

If applicable, submission is required prior to award.

If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this commitment providing for the United States to insure or guarantee a loan, the applicant shall complete and submit Standard Form (SF)-LLL, "Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying," in accordance with its instructions. Applicants must furnish an executed copy of the Certification Regarding Lobbying prior to award.


The Pro-Children Act of 2001, 42 U.S.C. 7181 through 7184, imposes restrictions on smoking in facilities where federally funded children's services are provided. HHS grants are subject to these requirements only if they meet the Act's specified coverage.  The Act specifies that smoking is prohibited in any indoor facility (owned, leased, or contracted for) used for the routine or regular provision of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education or library services to children under the age of 18.  In addition, smoking is prohibited in any indoor facility or portion of a facility (owned, leased, or contracted for) used for the routine or regular provision of federally funded health care, day care, or early childhood development, including Head Start services to children under the age of 18.  The statutory prohibition also applies if such facilities are constructed, operated, or maintained with Federal funds.  The statute does not apply to children's services provided in private residences, facilities funded solely by Medicare or Medicaid funds, portions of facilities used for inpatient drug or alcohol treatment, or facilities where WIC coupons are redeemed.  Failure to comply with the provisions of the law may result in the imposition of a civil monetary penalty of up to $1,000 per violation and/or the imposition of an administrative compliance order on the responsible entity.
 
By signing and submitting the application, applicants are making the appropriate certification of their compliance with all Federal statutes relating to nondiscrimination.

Additional information on certifications and assurances may be found in the HHS Grants Policy Statement at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_related.html.

Non-Federal Reviewers

Since ACF will be using non-Federal reviewers in the review process, applicants have the option of omitting from the application copies (not the original) specific salary rates or amounts for individuals specified in the application budget as well as Social Security Numbers, if otherwise required for individuals. The copies may include summary salary information. If applicants are submitting their application electronically, ACF will omit the same specific salary rate information from copies made for use during the review and selection process.
 
 

D-U-N-S Requirement

All applicants must have a D&B Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) number.   A D-U-N-S number is required whether an applicant is submitting a paper application or using the Government-wide electronic portal, Grants.gov.   A D-U-N-S number is required for every application for a new award or renewal/continuation of an award, including applications or plans under formula, entitlement, and block grant programs.  A D-U-N-S number may be acquired at no cost online at http://www.dnb.com.  To acquire a D-U-N-S number by phone, contact the D&B Government Customer Response Center:

U.S. and U.S Virgin Islands: 1-866-705-5711
Alaska and Puerto Rico: 1-800-234-3867 (Select Option 2, then Option 1)
Monday - Friday 7 AM to 8 PM C.S.T.

The process to request a D-U-N-S® Number by telephone takes between 5 and 10 minutes.
You will need to provide the following information:

  • Legal Name
  • Tradestyle, Doing Business As (DBA), or other name by which your organization is commonly recognized
  • Physical Address, City, State and Zip Code
  • Mailing Address (if separate)
  • Telephone Number
  • Contact Name
  • SIC Code (Line of Business)
  • Number of Employees at your location
  • Headquarters name and address (if there is a reporting relationship to a parent corporate entity)
  • Is this a home-based business?
IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission (contd.)

The Project Description

Part I: The Project Description Overview

The project description provides the majority of information by which an application is evaluated and ranked in competition with other applications for available assistance.  The project description should be concise and complete.  It should address the activity for which Federal funds are being requested.  Supporting documents should be included where they can present information clearly and succinctly.  In preparing the project description, information that is responsive to each of the requested evaluation criteria must be provided.  Awarding offices use this and other information in making their funding recommendations.   It is important, therefore, that this information be included in the application in a manner that is clear and complete.

 

General Expectations and Instructions

ACF is particularly interested in specific project descriptions that focus on outcomes and convey strategies for achieving intended performance. Project descriptions are evaluated on the basis of substance and measurable outcomes, not length. Extensive exhibits are not required. Cross-referencing should be used rather than repetition. Supporting information concerning activities that will not be directly funded by the grant or information that does not directly pertain to an integral part of the grant-funded activity should be placed in an appendix.

 

Part II: General Instructions for Preparing a Full Project Description

Introduction

Applicants that are required to submit a full project description shall prepare the project description statement in accordance with the following instructions while being aware of the specified evaluation criteria. The topics listed in this section provide a broad overview of what the project description should include while the Criteria in Section V.1 identify the measures that will be used to evaluate applications.

 
Table of Contents

List the contents of the application including corresponding page numbers.

 
Project Summary/Abstract

Provide a summary of the application's project description.  The summary must be clear, accurate, concise, and without reference to other parts of the application.  The abstract must include a brief description of the proposed grant project including the needs to be addressed, the proposed services, and the population group(s) to be served. 

Please place the following at the top of the abstract: 

  • Project Title
  • Applicant Name
  • Address
  • Contact Phone Numbers (Voice, Fax)
  • E-Mail Address
  • Web Site Address, if applicable

 The project abstract must be single-spaced and limited to one page in length.

 
Objectives And Need For Assistance

Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, institutional, and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution.  The need for assistance including the nature and scope of the problem must be demonstrated, and the principal and subordinate objectives of the project must be clearly and concisely stated; supporting documentation, such as letters of support and testimonials from concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included.  Any relevant data based on planning studies or needs assessments should be included or referred to in the endnotes/footnotes.  Incorporate demographic data and participant/beneficiary information, as needed.  In developing the project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to provide information on the total range of projects currently being conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be outside the scope of the program announcement.

 
Approach

Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished.  Account for all functions or activities identified in the application.  Cite factors that might accelerate or decelerate the work and state your reason for taking the proposed approach rather than others. Describe any unusual features of the project such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement.

Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity in such terms as the number of people to be served and the number of activities accomplished.  Data may be organized and presented as project tasks and subtasks with their corresponding timelines during the project period. For example, each project task could be assigned to a row in the first column of a grid. Then, a unit of time could be assigned to each subsequent column, beginning with the first unit (i.e., week, month, quarter) of the project and ending with the last.  Shading, arrows, or other markings could be used across the applicable grid boxes or cells, representing units of time, to indicate the approximate duration and/or frequency of each task and its start and end dates within the project period.

When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or function, list them in chronological order to show the schedule of accomplishments and their target dates.

Provide a list of organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key individuals who will work on the project, along with a short description of the nature of their effort or contribution.

 
Evaluation

Provide a narrative addressing how the conduct of the project and its results will be evaluated.  In addressing the evaluation of results, state what measures will be used to determine the extent to which the project has achieved its stated objectives and the extent to which the accomplishment of objectives can be attributed to the project.  Discuss the criteria to be used to evaluate results, and explain the methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the project results and benefits are being achieved.  With respect to the conduct of the project, define the procedures to be employed to determine whether the project is being conducted in a manner consistent with the work plan presented and discuss the impact of the project's various activities that address the project's effectiveness.

 
 
Legal Status of Applicant Entity

Applicants must provide the following documentation of their legal status:

 

Proof of Non-Profit Status

Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their non-profit status.  Proof of non-profit status is any one of the following:

  • A reference to the applicant organization's listing in the IRS's most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code.
  • A copy of a currently valid IRS tax-exemption certificate.
  • A statement from a State taxing body, State attorney general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has non-profit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals.
  • A certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit status.
  • Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local non-profit affiliate.

When applying electronically, proof of non-profit status may be submitted as an attachment; however, proof of non-profit status must be submitted prior to award.

 
 
Logic Model

Applicants are expected to use a model for designing and managing their project. A logic model is a tool that presents the conceptual framework for a proposed project and explains the linkages among program elements. While there are many versions of the logic model, they generally summarize the logical connections among the needs that are the focus of the project, project goals and objectives, the target population, project inputs (resources), the proposed activities/processes/outputs directed toward the target population, the expected short- and long-term outcomes the initiative is designed to achieve, and the evaluation plan for measuring the extent to which proposed processes and outcomes actually occur.

 
 
Organizational Capacity
  • Organizational charts
 

Provide a biographical sketch or resume for each key person appointed. Resumes should be no more than two pages in length. Job descriptions for each vacant key position should be included as well. As new key staff are appointed, biographical sketches or resumes will also be required.

 

Third-Party Agreements

Provide written and signed agreements between grantees and subgrantees, or subcontractors, or other cooperating entities. These agreements must detail the scope of work to be performed, work schedules, remuneration, and other terms and conditions that structure or define the relationship.
 
Budget and Budget Justification

Provide a budget with line-item detail and detailed calculations for each budget object class identified on the Budget Information Form (SF-424A or SF-424C).  Detailed calculations must include estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated.  If matching is a requirement, include a breakout by the funding sources identified in Block 18 of the SF-424.

 
Provide a narrative budget justification for the first year of the proposed project. The narrative budget justification should describe how the categorical costs are derived. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, and allocation of the proposed costs.
 
General

Use the following guidelines for preparing the budget and budget justification.  Both Federal and non-Federal resources (when required) shall be detailed and justified in the budget and budget narrative justification.   "Federal resources" refers only to the ACF grant funds for which you are applying.  "Non-Federal resources" are all other non-ACF Federal and non-Federal resources.  It is suggested that budget amounts and computations be presented in a columnar format:  first column, object class categories; second column, Federal budget; next column(s), non-Federal budget(s); and last column, total budget.  The budget justification should be in a narrative form.

 
Personnel

Description:  Costs of employee salaries and wages.

Justification:  Identify the project director or principal investigator, if known at the time of application.   For each staff person, provide:  the title; time commitment to the project in months; time commitment to the project as a percentage or full-time equivalent; annual salary; grant salary; wage rates; etc.  Do not include the costs of consultants, personnel costs of delegate agencies, or of specific project(s) and/or businesses to be financed by the applicant.

 
Fringe Benefits

Description: Costs of employee fringe benefits unless treated as part of an approved indirect cost rate.

Justification: Provide a breakdown of the amounts and percentages that comprise fringe benefit costs such as health insurance, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes, retirement insurance, taxes, etc.

 
Travel

Description: Costs of project-related travel by employees of the applicant organization.  (This item does not include costs of consultant travel). 

Justification:  For each trip show:  the total number of traveler(s); travel destination; duration of trip; per diem; mileage allowances, if privately owned vehicles will be used to travel out of town; and other transportation costs and subsistence allowances.  If appropriate for this project, travel costs for key staff to attend ACF-sponsored workshops should be detailed in the budget.

 
Equipment

Description:  "Equipment" means an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost that equals or exceeds the lesser of:  (a) the capitalization level established by the organization for the financial statement purposes, or (b) $5,000.  (Note:   Acquisition cost means the net invoice unit price of an item of equipment, including the cost of any modifications, attachments, accessories, or auxiliary apparatus necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it is acquired. Ancillary charges, such as taxes, duty, protective in-transit insurance, freight, and installation, shall be included in or excluded from acquisition cost in accordance with the organization's regular written accounting practices.)

Justification:  For each type of equipment requested provide:  a description of the equipment; the cost per unit; the number of units; the total cost; and a plan for use on the project; as well as use and/or disposal of the equipment after the project ends.  An applicant organization that uses its own definition for equipment should provide a copy of its policy, or section of its policy, that includes the equipment definition.

 
Supplies

Description:  Costs of all tangible personal property other than that included under the Equipment category.

Justification:  Specify general categories of supplies and their costs.  Show computations and provide other information that supports the amount requested.

 
Contractual

Description:  Costs of all contracts for services and goods except for those that belong under other categories such as equipment, supplies, construction, etc.  Include thirdparty evaluation contracts, if applicable, and contracts with secondary recipient organizations, including delegate agencies and specific project(s) and/or businesses to be financed by the applicant.

Justification:  Demonstrate that all procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner to provide, to the maximum extent practical, open and free competition. Recipients and subrecipients, other than States that are required to use 45 CFR Part 92 procedures, must justify any anticipated procurement action that is expected to be awarded without competition and exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. 403(11), currently set at $100,000.  Recipients may be required to make pre-award review and procurement documents, such as requests for proposals or invitations for bids, independent cost estimates, etc. available to ACF.

Note:    Whenever the applicant intends to delegate part of the project to another agency, the applicant must provide a detailed budget and budget narrative for each delegate agency, by agency title, along with the same supporting information referred to in these instructions.

 
Other

Description:  Enter the total of all other costs.  Such costs, where applicable and appropriate, may include but are not limited to:  local travel; insurance; food; medical and dental costs (noncontractual); professional services costs; space and equipment rentals; printing and publication; computer use; training costs, such as tuition and stipends; staff development costs; and administrative costs.

Justification:  Provide computations, a narrative description and a justification for each cost under this category.

 
Indirect Charges

Description:  Total amount of indirect costs.  This category should be used only when the applicant currently has an indirect cost rate approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or another cognizant Federal agency.

Justification:  An applicant that will charge indirect costs to the grant must enclose a copy of the current rate agreement.  If the applicant organization is in the process of initially developing or renegotiating a rate, upon notification that an award will be made, it should immediately develop a tentative indirect cost rate proposal based on its most recently completed fiscal year, in accordance with the cognizant agency's guidelines for establishing indirect cost rates, and submit it to the cognizant agency.  Applicants awaiting approval of their indirect cost proposals may also request indirect costs.  When an indirect cost rate is requested, those costs included in the indirect cost pool should not be charged as direct costs to the grant.  Also, if the applicant is requesting a rate that is less than what is allowed under the program, the authorized representative of the applicant organization must submit a signed acknowledgement that the applicant is accepting a lower rate than allowed.

 
Paperwork Reduction Disclaimer

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub.L. 104-13, the public reporting burden for the Project Description is estimated to average 40 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and reviewing the collection information. The Project Description information collection is approved under OMB control number 0970-0139, which expires 11/30/2012. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

 
IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission

Application Submission Options

Electronic Submission via www.Grants.gov

  • ACF will not accept applications via facsimile or email.

  • The Funding Opportunity Announcement is found on the Grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov where the electronic application can be downloaded for completion.

  •  To apply electronically, applicants must be registered with Grants.gov, Dun and Bradstreet, and the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).

  • Electronically submitted applications must be submitted and time/date stamped by the due date and receipt time described in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times, of this announcement.

  • To submit an application through Grants.gov, the applicant must be an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) for their organization and must have a current registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).

  • Central Contractor Registry (CCR) registration must be updated annually. Electronically submitted applications will not pass the validation check at Grants.gov if the AOR does not have a current CCR registration and electronic signature credentials.

  • Applications rejected by Grants.gov for an unregistered AOR will be disqualified and will not be considered for competition.

  • Additional guidance on the submission of electronic applications can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/registration_checklist.html.

  • If difficulties are encountered in using Grants.gov, applicants must contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at:1-800-518-4726, or by email at support@grants.gov, to report the problem and obtain assistance.

  • Applicants are advised to retain Grants.gov Contact Center service ticket number(s) as they may be needed for future reference.

  • Applicants that submit their applications electronically are encouraged to retain a hard copy of their application.

  • It is to an applicant's advantage to submit their applications 24 hours in advance of the closing date and time.

Contact with the Grants.gov Contact Center prior to the listed due date and time does not ensure acceptance of your application.  If difficulties are encountered, the Grants Management Officer (GMO) will make a determination whether the issues are due to system errors or user error. 


Hard Copy Submission

Applicants that are submitting their application in paper format should submit one original and two copies of the complete application with all attachments. The original and each of the two copies must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, be signed by the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR), and be unbound. The original copy of the application must have original signature(s). See Section IV.6 of this announcement for address information for hard copy application submissions.


Applicants may refer to Section VIII. Other Information for a checklist of application requirements that may be used in developing and organizing application materials.  Details concerning acknowledgment of received applications are available in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times of this announcement.

IV.3. Submission Dates and Times

IV.3. Submission Dates and Times

Due Date for Applications: 08/09/2010
 

Explanation of Due Dates

The due date for receipt of applications is listed in this section. Applications received after 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the due date will be classified as late and will not be considered in the current competition.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that applications are received by mail, hand-delivery, or submitted electronically well in advance of the application due date and time.

Mailed Applications

Mailed applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., eastern time, at the address provided in Section IV.6 of this announcement on the due date listed in this section.

Hand-Delivered Applications

Applications hand-delivered by applicants, applicant couriers, other representatives of the applicant, or by overnight/express mail couriers must be received on, or before, the due date listed in this section, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., eastern time, Monday through Friday (excluding Federal holidays). Applications should be delivered to the address provided in Section IV.6. of this announcement.

Electronically-Submitted Applications

ACF cannot accommodate transmission of applications by facsimile or email.  Instructions for electronic submission through www.Grants.gov may be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/registration_checklist.html

After the application is submitted electronically via Grants.gov, the applicant will receive three emails.  
The following emails will be sent to the applicant from Grants.gov: 

  1. An automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov of the application's submission that provides a Grants.gov tracking number.
    The date/time-stamp in this email serves as the official record of your application submission.  The date/time-stamp must reflect a submission time on or before 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the application due date for the application to be considered as meeting the due date and to be considered for competition.

  2. An acknowledgement from Grants.gov that the submitted application package has passed or failed a series of checks and validations.
    Applications that fail the validation check at Grants.gov because the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) is not currently registered with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) will be disqualified and will not be considered for competition. 

  3. An additional email from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be sent to the applicant indicating that the application has been retrieved from Grants.gov and received by ACF.


Late Applications
No appeals will be considered for applications classified as late under the three cited circumstances:

  • Hard-copy applications received after 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the due date will be classified as late and will be disqualified.
     
  • Electronically-submitted applications are considered late and are disqualified when the date/time-stamp received by email from www.Grants.gov is after 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the due date.
     
  • Electronically-submitted applications submitted by an AOR that does not have a current registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) will be rejected by Grants.gov. Although the applicant may have an acceptable dated and time-stamped email from Grants.gov, these applications are considered late and are disqualified and will not be considered for competition.  

Extension/Waiver of Due Date and Receipt Time
ACF may extend an application due date and receipt time when circumstances such as natural disasters occur (floods, hurricanes, etc.); when there are widespread disruptions of mail service; or in other rare cases.  The determination to extend or waive due date and receipt time requirements rests with ACF's Chief Grants Management Officer.

 

Acknowledgement of Received Application

ACF will not provide acknowledgement of receipt of hard copy application packages submitted via mail or courier services.

Applicants who submit their application packages electronically via http://www.Grants.gov will receive two email acknowledgements from that website:

  1. Your application has been submitted and provides a Time/Date Stamp. This is considered the official submission time.
  2. Your application has been validated and provides a Time/Date Stamp. See the previous section on disqualification for failing validation check because of an unregistered Authorized Organization Representative.

An acknowledgement email from the Administration on Children and Families (ACF) indicating that the application has been retrieved and received by ACF will be sent to applicants that apply via http://www.Grants.gov

IV.4. Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs (SPOC)

IV.4. Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs

This program is covered under Executive Order (E.O.) 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs," and 45 CFR Part 100, "Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities."  Under the Executive Order, States may design their own processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed Federal assistance under covered programs.

Applicants should go to the following URL for the official list of the jurisdictions that have elected to participate in E.O. 12372 http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc/.

Applicants from participating jurisdictions should contact their SPOC, as soon as possible, to alert them of their prospective applications and to receive instructions on their jurisdiction's procedures.  Applicants must submit all required application materials to the SPOC and indicate the date of submission on the Standard Form (SF) 424 at item 19.

Under 45 CFR 100.8(a)(2), a SPOC has 60 days from the application due date to comment on proposed new awards.

SPOC comments may be submitted directly to ACF to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., 6th Floor East, Washington, DC 20447.

Entities that meet the eligibility requirements of this announcement are still eligible to apply for a grant even if a State, Territory or Commonwealth, etc., does not have a SPOC or has chosen not to participate in the process.  Applicants from non-participating jurisdictions need take no action with regard to E.O. 12372.  Applications from Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments are not subject to E.O. 12372.

IV.5. Funding Restrictions

IV.5. Funding Restrictions

Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions, are considered unallowable costs under grants awarded under this announcement.

Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs.
Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.
IV.6. Other Submission Requirements

IV.6. Other Submission Requirements

Submit applications to one of the following addresses:

Submission By Mail

CB Operations Center
c/o Master Key Consulting
4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD 20814
 

Hand Delivery

CB Operations Center
c/o Master Key Consulting
4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD 20814
 

Electronic Submission

See Section IV.2 for application requirements and for guidance when submitting applications electronically via http://www.Grants.gov.


For all submissions, see Section IV.3 for information on due dates and times.

V. Application Review Information
V.1. Criteria
Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated using the criteria described in this section. The corresponding point values indicate the relative importance placed on each review criterion. Points will be allocated based on the extent to which the application proposal addresses each of the criteria listed. Applicants should address these criteria in their application materials, particularly in the project description and budget justification, as they are the basis upon which competing applications will be judged during the objective review. The required elements of the project description and budget justification may be found in Section IV.2 of this announcement.
 
OBJECTIVES AND NEED FOR ASSISTANCE Maximum Points: 20

In reviewing the objectives and need for assistance, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

1. The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the general need for archiving and, specifically, the need for archiving the CB child welfare and child abuse and neglect data.

2. The applicant clearly describes specific measurable objectives.

3. The applicant has an awareness of current initiatives and issues in the field of child maltreatment and archiving, including, but not limited to, topics such as the Internet, dissemination strategies, liability, and terms of use agreements. The applicant addresses how the approach would address these current issues.

4. The applicant clearly describes the audience of users of the data archive, provides a reasonable estimate of their number, and describes their needs.

APPROACH Maximum Points: 50

In reviewing the approach, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

1. There is a sound timeline for effectively implementing the proposed project, including major milestones and target dates.

2. The proposed project would enhance policy, improve practice, and advance science in child maltreatment research. The proposed project would be significant to the field of child welfare researchers.

3. The proposed project would contribute to the overall effort to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and address particular outcome measures, as applicable.

4. The applicant identifies relevant barriers and problems associated with a national archive and proposes effective solutions to these problems.

5. The applicant describes how the approach being proposed would effectively build on the current work of NDACAN. The proposed project would be different from previous efforts in ways that improve processes and results.

6. The proposed project would reflect cultural sensitivity to the issues being addressed.

7. The proposed project would address the issues related to the particular confidentiality challenges in archiving, including: (1) the strengths and weaknesses of possible strategies that address masking individual identifiers; and (2) user agreements that address protections for confidentiality and limit liability. The proposed project would explain the relationship between archiving and the protection of human subjects, informed consent, protection from research risks, and Institutional Review Boards (IRB) in general. The proposed project would address the relationship of the funded archive to IRBs and the HHS Office for Protection from Research Risks and Certificates of Confidentiality.

8. The proposed project would address the strengths and weaknesses of possible strategies that deal with limited, hierarchical, or controlled access and user agreements that address confidentiality and liability. The applicant discusses a variety of models for delimiting access and the impact of fee structures related to access and proposes recommendations regarding access controls for the proposed activity.

9. The applicant demonstrates an ability to gain access to necessary information, data sets, and data bases, as applicable, and delineates a sound plan for addressing any ethical issues that may arise in the use of these data sets.

10. The applicant effectively addresses the uses and merits of an advisory committee.

11. There are sound strategies for dissemination of products and reports that would be of use to other researchers and practitioners in the field.

12. The applicant proposes a sound plan for evaluating NDACAN processes and outputs.

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILES Maximum Points: 20

In reviewing the organizational profiles, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

1. The applicant demonstrates strong organizational experience specifically related to archiving and conducting child maltreatment and child welfare research. The applicant demonstrates experience with archiving and analyzing AFCARS and NCANDS data, the two primary databases utilized by CB. The applicant demonstrates a sound working knowledge of ACF data collection activities related to the data archive. Each participating university or agency partner possesses the organizational capabilities required for implementation of this activity.

2. The applicant demonstrates sufficient resources and the appropriate facilities to undertake the project.

3. The proposed Project Director and Key Project Staff possess the sufficient relevant knowledge, experience, and capabilities to implement and manage a project of this size, scope, and complexity effectively. The roles, responsibilities, and time commitments of each proposed project staff position, including consultants, subcontractors, and/or partners, are clearly defined and appropriate to the successful implementation of the proposed project. The applicant provides resumes and/or job descriptions for the proposed management team.

4. There is a sound management plan for achieving the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities for accomplishing project tasks and ensuring quality. The plan clearly describes the effective management and coordination of activities carried out by any partners, subcontractors, and consultants (if appropriate). There would be a mutually beneficial relationship between the proposed project and other work planned, anticipated, or underway with Federal assistance by the applicant.

 

 

 

BUDGET AND BUDGET JUSTIFICATION Maximum Points: 10

In reviewing the budget and budget justification, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

1. The costs of the proposed project are reasonable and appropriate in view of the activities to be conducted and the expected results and benefits.

2. The applicant's fiscal controls and accounting procedures would ensure prudent use, proper and timely disbursement, and accurate accounting of funds received under the funding announcement.

V.2. & V.3. Review and Selection Process
V.2. Review and Selection Process

No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application.
 
Initial ACF Screening

Each application will be screened to determine whether it was received by the closing date and time and whether the requested amount exceeds the award ceiling.  Applications that are designated as late according to Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times or those with requests that exceed the award ceiling, stated in Section II. Award Information will be returned to the applicant with a notation that they were deemed non-responsive and will not be reviewed.

Objective Review and Results

Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using the criteria described in Section V.1 of this announcement.  Each panel is made up of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels are composed of three reviewers and one chairperson.

Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding and are one element of the decision-making process.

ACF may elect to not fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. Applications may be funded in whole or in part.  Successful applicants may be funded at an amount lower than that requested.  ACF reserves the right to consider a preference to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those located in pockets of poverty, and to consider the geographic distribution of Federal funds in its funding decisions.

Please refer to Section IV.2. of this announcement for information on non-Federal reviewers in the review process.
 


Approved but Unfunded Applications

Applications that are approved but unfunded may be held over for funding in the next funding cycle, pending the availability of funds, for a period not to exceed one year.

 
V.3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Applications will be reviewed during the summer 2010. Grant awards will have a start date no later than September 30, 2010.

VI. Award Administration Information
VI.1. Award Notices

Successful applicants will be notified through the issuance of a Financial Assistance Award (FAA) document that sets forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the grant, the effective date of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, the non-Federal share to be provided (if applicable), and the total project period for which support is contemplated. The FAA will be signed by the Grants Officer and transmitted via postal mail.  Following the finalization of funding decisions, organizations whose applications will not be funded will be notified by letter, signed by the Program Office head.

 
VI.2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Awards issued under this announcement are subject to the uniform administrative requirements and cost principles of 45 CFR Part 74 (Awards And Subawards To Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit Organizations, And Commercial Organizations), or 45 CFR Part 92 (Grants And Cooperative Agreements To State, Local, And Tribal Governments).

An application funded with the release of Federal funds through a grant award, does not constitute, or imply, compliance with Federal regulations.  Funded organizations are responsible for ensuring that their activities comply with all applicable Federal regulations.

Grantees are subject to the limitations set forth in 45 CFR Part 74, Subpart E-Special Provisions for Awards to Commercial Organizations (45 CFR §74.81_Prohibition against profit), which states that, "... no HHS funds may be paid as profit to any recipient even if the recipient is a commercial organization.  Profit is any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs."

Grantees are also subject to the requirements of 45 CFR Part 87, Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations: "Direct Federal grants, sub-award funds, or contracts under this ACF program shall not be used to support inherently religious activities such as religious instruction, worship, or proselytization. Therefore, organizations must take steps to separate, in time or location, their inherently religious activities from the services funded under this program.  Regulations pertaining to the Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, which includes the prohibition against Federal funding of inherently religious activities, can be found at the HHS web site at: http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/waisgate21.pdf.

A faith-based organization receiving HHS funds retains its independence from Federal, State, and local governments, and may continue to carry out its mission, including the definition, practice, and expression of its religious beliefs. For example, a faith-based organization may use space in its facilities to provide secular programs or services funded with Federal funds without removing religious art, icons, scriptures, or other religious symbols. In addition, a faith-based organization that receives Federal funds retains its authority over its internal governance, and it may retain religious terms in its organization's name, select its board members on a religious basis, and include religious references in its organization's mission statements and other governing documents in accordance with all program requirements, statutes, and other applicable requirements governing the conduct of HHS funded activities."  Additional information on "Understanding the Regulations Related to the Faith-Based and Community Initiative" can be found at: http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/regulations/index.html.

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is available at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/CFR/.

Award Term and Condition for Trafficking in Persons

Awards issued under this announcement are subject to the requirements of Section 106 (g) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended (22 U.S.C. 7104).  For the full text of the award term, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/award_term.html.  If you are unable to access this link, please contact the Grants Management Contact identified in Section VII. Agency Contacts of  this announcement to obtain a copy of the Term.

HHS Grants Policy Statement

The HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) is the Department of Health and Human Services' single policy guide for discretionary grants and cooperative agreements.  ACF grant awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS GPS, which covers basic grants processes, standard terms and conditions, and points of contact, as well as important agency-specific requirements.  Appendices to the HHS GPS include a glossary of terms and a list of standard abbreviations for ease of reference.  The general terms and conditions in the HHS GPS will apply as indicated unless there are statutory, regulatory, or award-specific requirements to the contrary that are specified in the Financial Assistance Award (FAA). The HHS GPS is available at  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_related.html

VI.3. Reporting

Grantees under this announcement will be required to submit performance progress and financial reports periodically throughout the project period. The frequency of required reporting is listed later in this section.

In FY 2009, most ACF grantees began using a standard form for required performance progress reporting (PPR). Use of the new standard form, the ACF-OGM SF-PPR, began for new awards and continuation awards made by ACF in FY 2009.  At a minimum, grantees are required to submit the ACF-OGM SF-PPR, which consists of the ACF-OGM SF-PPR Cover Page and the Program Indicators-Attachment B. ACF Programs that utilize reporting forms or formats in addition to, or instead of, the ACF-OGM SF-PPR have listed the reporting requirements later in this section.

Grant award documents will inform grantees of the appropriate performance progress report form or format to use beginning in FY 2009.  Grantees should consult their award documents to determine the appropriate performance progress report format required under their award.

Grantees will continue to use the Financial Status Report (FSR) SF-269 (long form) for required financial reporting.

Performance progress and financial reports are due 30 days after the end of the reporting period. Final program performance and financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period.  Final reports may be submitted in hard copy to the Grants Management Office Contact listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts of this announcement.

The SF-269 (long form) and the ACF-OGM-SF-PPR may be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html.

 
Program Progress Reports: Semi-Annually
Financial Reports: Semi-Annually
 
VII. Agency Contacts

Program Office Contact

John Gaudiosi
ACF
ACYF
CB.HQ
Portals
1250 Maryland Ave SW
WASHINGTON, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 205-8625
Fax: (202) 205-9333
Email: john.gaudiosi@acf.hhs.gov
 
 

Office of Grants Management Contact

Ben Sharp
Administration for Children and Families
OA
OGM.DDG
CB Operations Center
4915 St. Elmo Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (866) 796-1591
Email: cb@luxcg.com
 

Federal Relay Service:

Hearing-impaired and speech-impaired callers may contact the Federal Relay Service for assistance at 1-800-877-8339 (TTY - Text Telephone or ASCII - American Standard Code For Information Interchange).

VIII. Other Information

Reference Websites

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Internet http://www.hhs.gov/.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on the Internet http://www.acf.hhs.gov/.

Administration for Children and Families - Funding Opportunities homepage  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) https://www.cfda.gov/.

Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)  http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html.  

United States Code (U.S.C) http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/.

Sign up to receive notification of ACF Funding Opportunities at www.Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov/applicants/email_subscription.jsp.

 

Checklist

All required Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available on the ACF Forms page at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html and on the Grants.gov Forms Repository webpage at  http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15.

Versions of other Standard Forms (SFs) are available on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Grants Management Forms web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_forms/.

For information regarding accessibility issues, visit the Grants.gov Accessibility Compliance Page at http://www07.grants.gov/aboutgrants/accessibility_compliance.jsp.

What to Submit Where Found When to Submit

SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance

SF-P/PSL - Project/Performance Site Location(s)

Referenced in Section IV.2  and found at http:// www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants/grants_resources.html and at the Grants.gov Forms Repository at   http:// apply07.grants.gov /apply/FormLinks?family=15.

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

SF-424A - Budget Information - Non-Construction Programs

SF-424B - Assurances - Non-Construction Programs

Referenced in Section IV.2 and found at http:// www.acf.hhs.gov /grants/grants_resources.html.

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

Table of Contents

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement under "Project Description."

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

Project Summary/Abstract

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement under "Project Description."

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

Project Description

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement.

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

Budget and Budget Justification

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement under "Project Description."

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

Third-Party Agreements

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement under "Project Description."

If available, submission is due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3. or by time of award.

Proof of Non-Profit Status

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement under "Legal Status of Applicant Entity" in the "Project Description."

Submission due by date of award.

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement and found at http:// www.acf.hhs.gov /grants/grants_resources.html

Submission due by date of award.

This program is covered under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs," and 45 CFR Part 100, "Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities". Applicants must submit all required application materials to the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and indicate the date of submission on the Standard Form (SF) 424 at item 19.

Applicants should go to the following URL for the official list of the jurisdictions that have elected to participate in E.O. 12372 http:// www.whitehouse.gov /omb/grants_spoc/ as indicated in Section IV.4 of this announcement.

Submission due to State Single Point of Contact by the application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

Logic Model

Referenced in Section IV.2 of the announcement under "Project Description."

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, if applicable

"Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying" is referenced in Section IV.2 and found at http:// www.acf.hhs.gov /grants/grants_resources.html.

Submission of this form is required if any funds have been paid, or will be paid, to any person for influencing, or attempting to influence, an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this commitment providing for the United States to insure or guarantee a loan.

Submission due by application due date found in Overview and Section IV.3.

Signature
Date: 06/08/2010
_________________________________________________
  Bryan Samuels
  Commissioner
  Administration on Children, Youth and Families
 
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