Administration for Children and Families
 
 
Office of Community Services
 
Community Economic Development (CED) Projects
HHS-2011-ACF-OCS-EE-0178
Application Due Date: 07/11/2011

 

Community Economic Development (CED) Projects
HHS-2011-ACF-OCS-EE-0178
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
Community Economic Development (CED) Projects
HHS-2011-ACF-OCS-EE-0178
ANNOUNCEMENT PUBLICATION | VALIDATE & APPROVE
 
Department of Health & Human Services
Administration for Children & Families
 
Program Office:Office of Community Services
Funding Opportunity Title:Community Economic Development (CED) Projects
Announcement Type:Initial
Funding Opportunity Number:HHS-2011-ACF-OCS-EE-0178
CFDA Number: 93.570
Due Date for Applications: 07/11/2011
Executive Summary:

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Community and Economic Development (CED) program, administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), will provide up to $16 million in grants ($800,000 maximum per project) to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities.

CED funding may be used to provide technical and financial assistance in order to create sustainable new employment and business opportunities for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income individuals whose income level does not exceed 125 percent of the Federal poverty level (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty).  

This year, in coordination with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), the CED program will provide up to $10 million of this funding to CDCs for CED projects located in food deserts and designed to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. HFFI is the first time the Federal government has coordinated its efforts to eliminate food deserts around the country. Together, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U. S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and HHS have created the Healthy Food Financing Working Group (Working Group).

ACF plans to implement a Federally sponsored evaluation strategy to assess the success of CED demonstration projects funded through this grant program. The Federal evaluation strategy will include grantee-level documentation of activities, outputs and outcomes. All funded grantees will be required to participate fully in a Federal evaluation(s) and to follow all evaluation protocols established by ACF or its designee contractor.

A webinar for prospective applicants will be available beginning on May 27, 2011 at 2PM EST.  Note, the webinar will be available until the closing of the announcement and can be accessed anytime after May 27, 2011 at 2PM EST.  Applicants interested in accessing the  webinar should register at the following website: http://ocs-dcdpregistration.com and follow links to the "Registration" tab on the upper right hand corner of the website.  A confirmation email, which will include the instructions on accessing the webinar, will be sent to applicants to confirm their registration.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Statutory Authority

Section 680(a)(2) of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act of 1981, as amended by the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998 (Pub. L.105-285), authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants on a competitive basis to private, nonprofit organizations that are community development corporations to provide technical and financial assistance for economic development activities designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families by creating employment and business development opportunities.

Description

 CED Program Overview

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Community and Economic Development (CED) program, administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide up to $16 million in grants ($800,000 maximum per project) to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities.

The CED program provides funding for projects aimed at business development opportunities and creating employment for low-income individuals located in geographic areas with a demonstrated need for the proposed project. To accomplish this, the program requires that all businesses and positions created support a service area with unemployment and poverty rates that are at or above the State or national levels. The CED program also seeks to fund projects that address the personal and community barriers that must be overcome to help low-income individuals become self-sufficient.

CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects. The grant period for non-construction projects is 3 years; for construction projects, the grant period is 5 years. The CED Program permits facility construction as needed to support business creation, business expansion, and/or job creation.  However, it is important to note that short-term construction jobs associated with preparing for business startup or expansion are not counted when determining the number of jobs created under the CED program as they are designed to be temporary in nature.

The CED program also allows for the use of funds for business start-up or business expansion activities, as consistent with the cost principles in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-122, as implemented in 2 C.F.R. Section 230, and other applicable rules, provided that the expenditures result in the creation of positions that can be filled with low-income individuals. The CED program's objective is to support businesses that develop new products, services, and other commercial activities that result in the creation of new positions for low-income individuals within a low-income service area.

For FY 2011, OCS will not support microenterprise Business Training and Technical Assistance Centers with CED funds. Incubator development is allowable as long as the focus of the incubator is on substantial job creation for low-income individuals.  CED funds cannot be used exclusively to support training and technical assistance centers as a means to create jobs.

Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Overview

For FY 2011, the CED program will provide up to $10 million of CED funding to CDCs for projects located in food deserts and designed to improve access to healthy affordable foods by developing grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets that will make available nutritious food in these areas.  

Under the Obama Administration's HFFI and within the framework of the CED program, OCS seeks to fund projects that will implement innovative strategies for revitalizing communities and eliminating food deserts, as well as achieving sustainable employment and business opportunities for low-income individuals. The HFFI represents the Federal government's first coordinated step to eliminate food deserts in urban and rural areas in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly areas composed of predominantly lower-income neighborhoods and communities by promoting a wide range of interventions that expand the supply of and demand for nutritious foods, including increasing the distribution of agricultural products, and developing and equipping grocery stores and strengthening the producer-to consumer relationship. Importantly, the HFFI also seeks to support the elimination of food deserts in the context of the broader neighborhood revitalization efforts of a community. More specifically, HFFI aims to achieve the following:

  • Bring healthy food choices to communities that are in food deserts through the establishment of new healthy food retail outlets or by supporting the offering of a significant number of healthy food choices at an existing retail outlet that lack such choices;
  • Develop and enhances distribution systems to increase the amount of healthy food going to healthy food retail outlets in food deserts; and
  • Develop strategies that promote or encourage the purchase of healthy foods, including outreach and education to consumers in foods deserts about healthy food choices and how they can be integrated into their diets.

In addition to the CED program, the HFFI includes: The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program within the Treasury; and several USDA programs, including the Business and Industry (B&I) Program and the Intermediary Re-lending Program (IRP).

In coordinating the resources available through HHS, USDA, and the Treasury, and strategically aligning the three agencies' efforts, a more effective and impactful neighborhood revitalization, including local economic stimulation, is expected to result.  In the context of the CED program, HFFI supports creation of quality jobs and promotes comprehensive community development strategies to revitalize distressed neighborhoods into healthy and vibrant communities of opportunity. 

Additional application details and requirements, including application components, submission requirements, and evaluation criteria are discussed in more detail throughout the announcement.  Applicants are encouraged to review the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) closely and submit all of the required information and forms outlined in the FOA. If any of the requested information is not included in the application package, it may impact the evaluation of the application.  Applicants are also encouraged to review the Definition of Terms and utilize the Checklist provided in the FOA to ensure you have submitted all required materials.

Federal Evaluation

ACF plans to implement a Federally sponsored evaluation strategy to assess the success of approved CED demonstration projects. As such, grant funds awarded to CDCs should not be used to support external evaluations.

The Federal evaluation strategy will include grantee-level documentation of activities, outputs and outcomes. As a condition of acceptance of a grant award, all funded grantees are required to agree to participate fully in Federal evaluations, if selected, and to follow all evaluation protocols established by ACF or its designee contractor. Fully participating in a Federal evaluation may include (but is not limited to) supporting and complying with special data collection requirements; providing additional administrative data on program participation or service receipt; facilitating on-site meetings and observations, including interviews with program and partner managers and staff as well as participants; and incorporating planned variation into program strategies, among other activities.

Grantees selected to be in a Federal evaluation will receive technical assistance and other support in meeting evaluation requirements. Grantees included in a Federal evaluation must also meet regular grant reporting requirements specified in this announcement (See Section VI.3).

Definitions of Terms

The following definitions apply throughout this announcement and applicants are strongly encouraged to review these carefully prior to submitting an application.

NOTE:  The italicized words that appear in the following definitions are terms that are defined elsewhere in this list of definitions.

ALTERATION AND RENOVATION (A&R) - For this opportunity, A&R of real property is defined as work required to change the interior arrangements or installed equipment in an existing facility to more effectively utilize the facility for its current or planned business purpose consistent with the job creation requirements of the CED program. The work may be categorized as improvement, conversion, rearrangement, rehabilitation, remodeling or modernization, but does not include expansion, new construction, development or repair of parking lots, or activities that would change the "footprint" of an existing facility.  OCS grant funds expended for the A&R costs of grantee-owned facilities greater than $150,000 or 25 percent of the total direct cost for the program requires the filing of a Notice of Federal Interest (NFI).  (See also Major Alteration and Renovation.)

BENEFICIARY - Is a low-income individual.

BUDGET PERIOD - Projects under CED awards are not divided into the typical 12-month intervals known as budget periods as annually funded awards.  All projects have one budget period, which is equal in length to the project period.

COMMUNITY - Any geographic area defined by specific boundaries and the residents, businesses, and institutions within that geographical area.

COMMUNITY BARRIERS - Conditions in a community that impede success in employment or self-employment of low-income individuals. Such conditions may include: lack of employment education and training programs; lack of public transportation; lack of markets; unavailability of financing, insurance, or bonding; inadequate social services such as employment service, child care, or job training; high incidence of crime; inadequate health care; or environmental hazards such as toxic dumpsites or leaking underground tanks.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (CDC) - A private, non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) or non-501(c)(3) status, governed by a board of directors consisting of residents of the community and business and civic leaders, which has a principal purpose of planning, developing, or managing low-income housing or community economic development activities.

COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CED) - A process by which a community organizes its resources and capacities to attract capital to invest in physical, commercial, and business development in order to create job opportunities for its residents.

COMMUNITY LETTERS - A signed letter of support that describes government and/or community support for the project, specific relationship to the applicant, and knowledge of the applicant's experience and qualifications in business and job creation.

CONSTRUCTION - Projects that involve the initial building or large scale modernization or permanent improvement of a facility. Note: Grantees who use the CED funding for hard costs only or major alteration and renovation of real property, to construct or provide major alterations and renovations, or use the CED funding for acquisition of a facility or land for the project, must file a Notice of Federal Interest (NFI). See also the definition of Reversionary Interest.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES - Activities that contribute to creation or expansion of sustainable businesses and full-time, full-year positions within a service area consistent with the cost principles in OMB Circular A-122, as implemented by 2 C.F.R. Section 230, and any other applicable rules, provided that the expenditures result in the job creation for low-income individuals.

 EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM - A program that provides employment directed education and/or training to low-income individuals, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, at-risk youth, public housing residents, displaced workers, persons who are homeless, and other low-income individuals.

EQUIPMENT - Tangible, non-expendable personal property, including exempt property, acquired with OCS grant funds, having a useful life of more than 1 year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit.

EQUITY INVESTMENT - The provision of capital to a for-profit business entity for a specified purpose in return for a share of ownership evidenced by a formal equity investment agreement. This may involve the issuance of stock as in an equity stock investment.  An equity investment may be either in a subsidiary for-profit corporation of the applicant or in an unaffiliated business. 

EQUITY INVESTMENT AGREEMENT - A written agreement that documents a capital investment by a grantee in a business to achieve the purposes of the project as defined in the application.  The agreement sets forth the grantee's share of ownership in the business, the terms and conditions related to the use of the invested funds, the rights of the grantee as an equity owner, including, if the business is a corporation, representation on the board of directors, and any provisions for liquidation of the investment.

FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION - An organization that has a religious character.

FOOD DESERT - Communities, particularly low-income areas, in which residents do not live in close proximity to affordable and healthy food retailers.  Healthy food options in these communities are hard to find or are unaffordable.

Using the census tract as a unit of analysis for identifying food deserts, USDA, Treasury, and HHS will give funding priority to projects and interventions that establish healthy retail outlets in HFFI defined food deserts.    Census tracts qualify as food deserts if they meet low-income and low-access thresholds: 

  • They qualify as "low-income communities" based on having: a) a poverty rate of 20 percent or greater; or b) a median family income at or below 80 percent of the area median family income; AND
  • They qualify as "low-access communities"  based on the determination that at least 500 persons and/or at least 33% of the census tract's population live more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (10 miles, in the case of non-metropolitan census tracts).

FULL-TIME, FULL-YEAR POSITION - A non-seasonal position requiring at least 30 hours of work per week. An aggregation of part-time positions to a full-time equivalent is not considered a full-time position.

GRANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS - A statement of HHS and ACF regulations and policies, pursuant to Federal law, that is attached to the Financial Assistance Award and that sets forth the standard terms and conditions with which grantees are required to comply.  Applicants are expected to provisionally sign the Statement of Grant Terms and Conditions as an acknowledgement that the official submitting an application for OCS funding has read and understands the terms and conditions applicable to the project, if awarded funding.

HARD COSTS - Capital costs related to the acquisition, construction, and/or alteration and renovation of real property, exclusive of related soft costs such as appraisals, environmental studies, and architectural and engineering services.

HEALTHY FOOD - Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and lean meats that are perishable (fresh, refrigerated, or frozen) or canned, as well as nutrient-dense foods and beverages encouraged by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).

HEALTHY FOOD PRODUCER - An individual, group of individuals, or entity that produces healthy agricultural commodities or adds value to such commodities to create healthy food products.

HEALTHY FOOD RETAIL OUTLET -  Healthy food retail outlets are for-profit or non-profit sellers of fruits, vegetables, and other foods recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and can include, but are not limited to, a grocery store, mobile food retailer, farmers market, cooperative, corner store, bodega or a store that sells other food and non-food items, including an existing retail store that upgrades to offer a full range of healthy food choices.

INCUBATOR - A program to help start-up businesses flourish by providing support, resources, and business services and advice, normally in one physical location. Incubators that are established without walls are not supported by this announcement.

INDIRECT COSTS - Overhead costs of an organization that has been approved by HHS or other Federal agencies for use in applying for Federal funds.

INELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES- Grant funds cannot be used to create Microenterprise Business Training and Technical Assistance Centers, nor can they be used primarily for creation of job training and placement programs. Limited job training and placement activities can be supported in the context of modest training that may be provided for the new positions created. For example, funds can be used to train a cashier for a specific position that has been created, but cannot be used to operate a general job placement program.   

INTANGIBLE PROPERTY - Trademarks, copyrights, patents and patent applications, and such property as loans, notes, and other debt instruments, lease agreements, stock and other personal property ownership, acquired with grant funds.

INTANGIBLE PROPERTY AND DEBT INSTRUMENTS - Trademarks, copyrights, patents and patent applications, and such property as loans, notes, and other debt instruments, lease agreements, stock and other personal property ownership, whether tangible or intangible. Note: Grantees who use Federal funding to purchase or create intangible property or debt instruments must report to the Federal Government on the continued use of such funds up to 12 years after the end of the project.

INTERVENTION - Any planned activity within a project that is intended to reduce personal or community barriers to employment and can be formally evaluated. For example, job readiness training is an intervention.

JOB CREATION - New full-time, full-year positions that did not exist prior to the start of the project and came about as a direct result of investment of OCS funds in activities, such as development of new business ventures, the expansion of existing businesses, or the development of new products and services. The training and placement of individuals in positions existing prior to the start of the project, even positions guaranteed to low-income individuals through a formal agreement with an employer, is not considered job creation.

JOB PLACEMENT - Placing an individual in an existing vacant job of a business, service, or commercial activity not related to new development or expansion activity. All jobs supported by the project must meet the definition of new job creation, not job placement.

JOBS FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS (JOLI) PROGRAM - The Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) Program is authorized under Section 505 of the Family Support Act of 1988, Public Law 100-485, as amended by Section 112 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law, 104-193. The purpose of the JOLI program is to create new jobs to be filled by low-income individuals. JOLI grantees create jobs through business plans and the provision of technical and/or financial assistance to private employers in the community. The ultimate goal of the JOLI program is economic self-sufficiency for the targeted populations.

LOAN - Money provided to finance an eligible business borrower evidenced by a promissory note and loan agreement for a specified purpose to be repaid, with a stated rate of interest and within a specified period. Loans made to eligible businesses must be at or below market rate (or what commercial lenders would offer).

LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUAL - An individual whose household income level does not exceed 125 percent of the official poverty line as found in the most recent revision of the Poverty Income Guidelines published by HHS.  These guidelines may be found at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml.

MAJOR ALTERATION AND RENOVATION -  For this opportunity, major alteration and renovation is defined as construction projects involving alteration and renovation of an existing structure in which the aggregate of expenditure of OCS funds by the grantee for the construction is greater than $150,000 or 25 percent of the total direct cost for the program.  A Notice of Federal Interest must be filed when grant-funded construction or major alteration and renovation begins or when an existing facility or land is acquired with grant funds.

MICROENTERPRISE - A commercial business with five or fewer employees, one or more of whom is the owner.

MORE EXPERIENCED PARTNER - A project partner that successfully meets all of the following requirements: completed two or more CED or JOLI economic development projects; completed one or more projects involving activities similar to the proposed project; and  has experience with collaborative programming.

NON-CASH CONTRIBUTIONS - Synonymous with "in-kind" contributions, the contributions may be in the form of real property, equipment, supplies and/or other expendable property, or goods and services provided by non-governmental sources directly benefiting and specifically allocated to the project.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION- Any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization which: (1) is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purposes in the public interest; (2) is not organized primarily for profit; and (3) uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve and/or expand it operations. For this purpose, the term "non-profit organization excludes (i) colleges and universities; (ii) hospitals; (iii) State, local and federally recognized Indian tribal governments; and (iv) those non-profit organizations which are excluded from coverage of this Circular in accordance with paragraph 5. 

NOTICE OF FEDERAL INTEREST (NFI) - A lien or other notice of public record that a grantee must file if it directly expends Federal grant funds for acquisition, construction, or major alteration and renovation of real property.  See also the definition of Reversionary Interest.

PERSONAL BARRIERS - Those aspects of an individual's personal situation that may impede success in a obtaining and retaining employment.  Barriers may include factors such as limited education, substance abuse, insufficient life skills, criminal history, health problems, or disability.

POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES - Guidelines published annually by HHS that establish the level of poverty defined as low-income for individuals and their families. The guideline information is posted on the Internet at the following address: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml.

PROGRAM INCOME - Income earned by a grantee from Federally funded activities.

PROJECT - The scope of OCS activities described in the application for Federal grant funds pursuant to this announcement.

PROJECT PARTNER - Any individual, organization, or business entity participating in the project that is not the direct recipient of CED grant funds. Typical project partners include the following: equity investors, donors, a more experienced partner, a wholly owned subsidiary, or a business entity to which the grantee makes an equity investment or capitalizes a loan in support of grant purposes.

PROJECT PARTNER AGREEMENT - A written and signed agreement entered into by the grantee and project partners such as investors, donors, a more experienced partner, a wholly owned subsidiary, or a business entity to which the grantee makes an equity investment in support of grant purposes. A loan commitment from a financial institution or memorandum of understanding with a project partner committing resources or capital is a typical project partner agreement.

PROJECT PERIOD- The total time for which Federal support has been programmatically approved as shown in the Notice of Federal Assistance Award (FAA).

PUBLIC AGENCY PARTNER - Public assistance and other agencies responsible for administering child support enforcement, TANF, and employment education and training programs (for example, the Department of Labor's ETA-funded One-Stop Career Centers).

REAL PROPERTY - Land, including land improvements, structures, and appurtenances (excludes movable machinery and equipment). Note: Grantees using Federal funding for construction or major alterations and renovations, or to acquire a facility or land for the project must file a Notice of Federal Interest (NFI). See also the definition of Reversionary Interest.

REVERSIONARY INTEREST - The Federal Government's ongoing interest in certain types of property acquired or improved with Federal grant funds expended by grantees who are funded under this announcement.  Reversionary Interest is triggered when such property is no longer needed for the original authorized purpose or in an event of grantee default.  Property funded in whole or in part with Federal funds revert to the Federal Government whenever the property is no longer being used for purposes consistent with the Federal program.  In this case, the term "property" includes real property, intangible property and debt instruments, and equipment.

REVOLVING LOAN FUND - A distinct loan fund established exclusively for CED projects as a resource for loans, to finance eligible business development and operational activities that, when principal is repaid, is used to make new loans that support a similar purpose.  Interest accrued on CED funds in a revolving loan fund must be used to continue or expand the activities of the approved project. See also the definition of Reversionary Interest.

SELF-EMPLOYMENT - The employment status of an individual who owns and operates a for-profit business.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY - A state of being or status of an individual or family where, by reason of employment, eligibility for public assistance is replaced by the financial capacity to meet all basic needs.

SERVICE AREA - The community to be served by the funded project.

SITE CONTROL - Documented proof of the applicant's ownership or control of the property where grant activities will be conducted. Proof of site control includes all of the following documentation: documentation of the specific property location (address, city, state); documentation of a signed and dated deed or lease agreement between the applicant and property owner; and documentation in the agreement of the terms of the agreement, use of premises, and description of the site (prior use or new property, square footage, use of space for project).

SOFT COST - Capital costs related to the acquisition, alteration, and renovation of real property such as appraisals, environmental studies, and architectural and engineering services.

SOURCES AND USES OF FUNDS STATEMENT - A statement that identifies the committed sources of debt and equity financing and the specific categories of uses of funds associated with each of the sources for the project.  

STOCK - A share of ownership in a for-profit company. Stocks are sold to investors by for-profit corporation to raise capital for the start-up and/or expansion of the business. Stock purchases by the grantee are equity investments. Such investments may be made by grantees in affiliated and non-affiliated businesses.

SUB-AWARD- An award of financial assistance in the form of money, or property in lieu of money, made under an award by a recipient to an eligible subrecipient or by a subrecipientto a lower tier subrecipient. The term includes financial assistance when provided by any legal agreement, even if the agreement is called a contract, but does not include procurement of goods and services nor does it include any form of assistance which is excluded from the definition of "award" in this section.

TARGET POPULATION - Low-income individuals residing in the project's service area.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE - A problem-solving service generally using the services of a specialist. Such services may be provided on-site, by telephone, or by other means of communication. These services are intended to assist grantees with prompt resolution of specific issues related to CED program regulations, policies, and processes.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF) - The Federal block grant program authorized in title I of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (part A of title IV under the Social Security Act), as amended.

 

II. Award Information

Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Estimated Total Funding: $16,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 20
Award Ceiling: $800,000 Per Project Period
Award Floor: $0 Per Project Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $800,000 Per Project Period

Length of Project Periods:

Other

Awards will be fully funded. Non-construction projects will have one 36-month project and budget period. Projects that involve construction will have one 60-month project and budget period.

Additional Information on Awards:

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

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

III. Eligibility Information
III.1. Eligible Applicants

 To be eligible for the CED program, an applicant must meet three conditions:

  • Applicant must be a private, non-profit CDC with 501(c)(3) or non-501(c)(3) status;
  • Applicant must have articles of incorporation, bylaws, or other official documents demonstrating that the CDC has a principal purpose of planning, developing, or managing low-income housing or community development activities; and
  • The Board of Directors must have representation from community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders.

Note: The CDC designation does not need to be specified on any official documents as long as the three requirements stated above are met. 

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.
 
III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No
 
III.3. Other

Applicants must play a substantive role in the project. Applicants working with project partners should actively monitor the project and ensure compliance with CED program requirements.

 

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 competitive review or 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 competitive review or 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 competitive review or funding under this announcement.
     
  • 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 competitive review or funding under this announcement.

Failure to document CDC status will result in the application being deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for funding under this announcement.

 

Section IV. Application and Submission Information

IV.1. Address to Request Application Package

Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available at the ACF Funding Opportunities Forms webpage.  Standard Forms are also available at the Grants.gov Forms Repository website.

Rafael J. Elizalde
OCS Grants Operations Center
1400 Key Street
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 1-800-281-9519
Email: ocsgrants@acf.hhs.gov

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

Copies Required: 

If applying in hard copy
, applicants are required to submit one original and two copies of all application materials.  If applying electronically via www.Grants.gov, applicants must submit one complete copy of the application package electronically.  Applicants submitting electronic applications need not provide additional copies of their application materials.

Signatures: 

The original signature of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) is required only on the original copy of hard copy application submissions.  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 item 8f.  The point of contact, known as the Project Director or Principal Investigator, should not be identical to the person identified as the AOR.

Formatting Requirements:

All application materials for both hard copy (mailed or hand delivered) and electronic submissions must be submitted on 8 ½" x 11" white paper with 1-inch margins.  All pages of the application submission (hard and electronic copies) must be sequentially numbered.  Project Descriptions, narratives, summaries, etc., must be in double-spaced format in 12-point font.  Hard copy application materials must be one-sided for duplication purposes.  Hard copy application copies (original and two copies) must not be bound, they may be clipped or rubber-banded together.  

If an application exceeds the cited page limitation for double-spaced pages in the application narrative or the double-spaced page limitation cited for the appendices and resumes, the extra pages will be removed and will not be reviewed. In addition, if an application narrative is single-spaced and/or one-and-a-half spaced (in whole or in part) the total number of these lines will be doubled. This adjustment may result in an increased total number of pages, which will be removed so that the application conforms to the cited double-spaced page limitation. Page limitations do not include the required Standard Forms.

This section also may include instructions on the order of assembly for hard copy (mailed or hand delivered) application submissions.  Acceptable formats for applications submitted electronically via www.Grants.gov are MS-Word and Excel, Word Perfect, Adobe PDF, Jpeg and Gif.

Later in this section of the announcement, specific information on page limitations is provided.  Information on required Standard Forms and other forms, certifications and assurances, D-U-N-S Numbers and Central Contractor Registration (CCR) requirements, the project description, budget and budget justification requirements, and methods of application submission are also found later in this section (Section IV.2.).

A checklist of required application elements is available for applicants' use in Section VIII. Additional Information.

 Formatting Requirements

 Please note that if applicants submit multiple applications under this announcement, only one award to a successful applicant organization will be made.  No concurrent FY 2011 CED awards will be made under this announcement.  OCS will give preference to award CED applicants proposing Healthy Food Financing Initiative projects.  Applicants will not be awarded funding to a previously funded project that is to be carried out using the same work plan in the same target area.

  • Page Limit. The application is limited to 150 pages. This page limit includes the project narrative, as well as supporting materials that may be included in appendices such as forms, resumes, letters of support, and other supplemental documentation.
  • Table of Contents. A table of contents correctly identifying page numbers for each of the Evaluation Criteria described in Section V and each Appendix must be provided.
  • Organization. The application should be organized according to the order of the evaluation criteria described in Section V and should address each sub-criterion. Applicants are advised to address each sub-criterion in the section where it is requested in order to facilitate reviewer evaluation of the application.
  • Appendices. Applications may include appendices with supporting documentation. When an appendix is used, the body of the application should summarize the key points and include a reference to the more detailed material in the appendix.
  • Data. Data used to support the application should come from recent (2005-2010) published sources. Provide reference citations that include sufficient detail to allow a reviewer to obtain and verify statistics from the source data. Examples of acceptable sources include, but are not limited to, recent U.S. Census updates; State, county, city, or other government bodies; or associations or organizations that provide credible statistics related to the applicant's proposed project.

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.

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Submission required of all applicants prior to award.

Required for all applications.

DUNS Number (Universal Identifier)

Required of all applicants.

Required of all applicants.

SF-424C - Budget Information - Construction Programs

SF-424D - Assurances - Construction Programs

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

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 the 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.

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.

Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

Required of all applicants.

Required of all applicants.


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.

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, 42 U.S.C. 701 et seq., requires that all organizations receiving grants from any Federal agency agree to maintain a drug-free workplace. The recipient must notify the awarding office if an employee of the recipient is convicted of violating a criminal drug statute. Failure to comply with these requirements may be cause for debarment. HHS implementing regulations are set forth in 45 C.F.R. part 82, "Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)."

The Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html.  

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/notices.html#policy.

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.

DUNS Number and CCR Registration Requirements


DUNS Number Requirement

All applicants for grants and cooperative agreements must have a DUNS number (Data Universal Numbering System) at the time of application.   A DUNS number is required whether an applicant is submitting a paper application or using the Government-wide electronic portal, www.Grants.gov.   A DUNS 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 DUNS number may be acquired at no cost online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.  To acquire a DUNS 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 a.m. to 8 p.m., c.s.t.

The process to request a D-U-N-S® Number by telephone takes between 5 and 10 minutes.

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Requirement

Effective October 1, 2010, HHS requires all entities that plan to apply for and ultimately receive Federal grant funds from any HHS Operating/Staff Division (OPDIV) or receive subawards directly from recipients of those grant funds to:

  • Be registered in the CCR prior to submitting an application of plan;
  • Maintain an active CCR registration with current information at all times during which it has an active award or an application or plan under consideration by an OPDIV; and
  • Provide its DUNS number in each application or plan it submits to the OPDIV.

An award cannot be made until an applicant has complied with these requirements.  At the time an award is ready to be made, if the intended recipient has not complied with these requirements, the OPDIV:

  • May determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award; and
  • May use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant.

Additionally, all first-tier subaward recipients (i.e., direct subrecipient) must have a DUNS number at the time the subaward is made

CCR registration may be made online at www.ccr.gov or by phone at 1-866-606-8220.

There is the possibility of heavy traffic at the CCR website at application due dates.  Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to register at the CCR well in advance of the application due date.  CCR registration must be updated annually.  CCR registration must be active and maintained with current information at all times during which an organization has an active award or an application under consideration.


Definitions:

Central Contractor Registration (CCR): 
The Federal registrant database and repository into which an entity must provide information required for the conduct of business as a recipient.  CCR, managed by the General Services Administration, collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of agency financial assistance missions.

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number: 
The nine-digit, or thirteen-digit (DUNS + 4), number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities.

Entity:
Means all of the following:

  • A Governmental organization, which is a State, local government, or Indian tribe;
  • A foreign public entity:
  • A domestic or foreign for-profit organization; and
  • A Federal agency, but only as a subrecipient under an award or subaward to a non-Federal entity.

Subaward:  This term means a legal instrument to provide support for the performance of any portion of the substantive project or program for which you received this award and that the recipient awards to an eligible subrecipient.

  • This term does not include the procurement of property and services needed to carry out the project or program (for further explanation, see Sec. --.210 of the attachment to OMB Circular A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations").
  • A subaward may be provided through any legal agreement, including an agreement that the grantee or a subrecipient consider to be a contract.

First Tier Subrecipient:  An entity that receives a subaward from a prime grantee and is accountable to the prime for the use of the Federal funds provided by the subaward.

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.

Business Plan

When Federal grant funds will be used to support a business operation, provide a business plan.  The business plan shall include:


 Project Implementation 

The business plan must provide a clear overview of the nature of the project and how the new businesses or jobs will be created. A description should discuss whether the project is construction or non-construction and whether the project involves business creation, business expansion, or equity stock or loan investment. It should present a well-conceived overall approach to the project, including details demonstrating that the project will be implemented in a way that will achieve the program's goals and objectives. An implementation plan that provides sufficient details for a reviewer to understand how each aspect of the project will be implemented is helpful in demonstrating feasibility.

Such an implementation plan might include a list of milestones, linkages to proposed project outcomes, a discussion of how those milestones will be achieved, and an analysis of any factors that might affect the schedule and proposed strategies for dealing with them. A quarterly timeline covering all years of the project and identifying when the specific milestones will be achieved can help document that the new positions to be created will be in place at least 1 year before the anticipated project end date.

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • The project will create positions in a viable industry. This can be accomplished by discussing the industry's short- and long-term position outlook and identifying any critical risks relating to the industry.
  • Market viability by presenting research analyzing competition; estimated market share and sales; and analyzing customer base by market segment, size, and trends. Note, market research and industry data presented in the application should have been published within the last 5 years.
  • Evidence of a viable recruitment strategy and tracking system has been established for recruiting and working with appropriate businesses, entrepreneurs, TANF recipients, and other low-income individuals such as those who are unemployed; public assistance recipients, including TANF recipients; at-risk youth; custodial and non-custodial parents; residents of public housing; persons with disabilities; persons  who are homeless; or individuals transitioning from incarceration back into the community. The applicant must explain how the applicant will go about obtaining and documenting low-income referrals obtained through memorandums of understanding with social service providers such as TANF, employment education and training programs (for example, the Department of Labor's ETA-funded One-Stop Career Centers), and local Child Support Enforcement (CSE) agencies for referral of eligible non-custodial parents.
  • That a minimum of 75 percent of the new positions are filled by low-income individuals. The application must demonstrate that the strategy will focus on the number of positions created, rather than the number of individuals hired to fill them over the course of the grant.
  • That the physical facility required to operate the project can be secured. Providing evidence of site control is one way to demonstrate that this aspect of the project's approach is viable. A discussion of the procedures that will be used to acquire any required equipment also demonstrates the grantee's readiness to undertake the project in compliance with all program requirements.  Proof that the physical facility will be secured includes documentation of the specific property location (address, city, state); documentation of a signed and dated deed or lease agreement between the applicant and property owner; documentation in the agreement of the terms of the agreement, use of premises, and description of the site (prior use or new property, square footage, use of space for project).
  • That the number and types of new full-time positions that will be created are appropriate for the project. Information that can help support an assertion that a proposed position is appropriate might include position title and a summary description of the duties associated with the position; anticipated starting wage or salary; a projection of wage or salary growth opportunities; and employee benefits that will be offered with the position or an explanation of why no benefits are required.
  • That positions will be sustained for at least 1year after the end of the grant period. One way  this can be accomplished is by providing a growth plan that lists the steps that will be taken to set up the project solidly and position it for continued success after the end of the grant period. A discussion of the continued need for the positions after the end of the grant period also can be helpful. 
  •  That any confidential or sensitive information will be collected during the course of the project, whether from staff (e.g., background investigations) or project participants and/or project beneficiaries, the applicant provides a description of the methods that will be used to ensure that confidential and/or sensitive information is properly handled and safeguarded. In these instances, the application also provides a plan for the disposition of such information at the end of the project period.

For Loan or Revolving Loan Fund Projects Only: The applicant must demonstrate how loans from the revolving loan fund will be made in compliance with all program requirements described elsewhere in this announcement.  This would include strategies to ensure that loan funds go to eligible beneficiaries for business development activities; that the interest rate charged will be at or below market rate; that copies of executed loan agreements will be submitted to ACF upon establishing such loans with program participants; that any interest accrued on revolving loan funds will be used to continue or expand the activities of the originally approved project during the grant period; and that any repaid principal on such loans that is no longer needed for the originally authorized purpose of the project will revert to ACF (see 45 C.F.R. Part 74.36 for additional information pertaining to the use of intangible property).

Project Viability

The applicant will demonstrate that adequate resources will be available to implement the project as described in the business plan with or without additional project partners such investors, donors, subsidiary organizations, entities receiving an equity investment from the grantee, or a more experienced CDC. If the applicant does not need outside resources to carry out the project, the application should clearly explain how each part of the project will be accomplished using CED funds and resources provided by the applicant only.

The application must demonstrate that the applicant has the capacity to responsibly manage the proposed Federal funds. One acceptable form of evidence is Financial Statements for the last 2 years showing an operating budget consistent with the amount of funds requested. The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to manage funds responsibly, and its ability to adequately protect any Federal funds awarded under the application through a financial management system that complies with 45 C.F.R. Part 74 and is consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) standards.

For Projects that Involve Partners: If the applicant proposes to partner with organizations that will directly or indirectly spend CED funds, the application should provide a partnership agreement between the applicant and the project partner that includes a description of roles and the relationship between the applicant and project partner. The agreement should be signed by all parties. The agreement should address topics such as ensuring that a minimum of 75 percent of the positions created and tracked as a result of the project partner's involvement in the project will be filled by low-income individuals; that prospective candidates for positions to be filled by low-income individuals will be recruited and verified as eligible under the program; that strategies for retention of low-income individuals in the newly created positions have been established; that detailed records documenting appropriate expenditures of grant funds will be provided regularly; that there will be cooperation with monitoring efforts; and that the project partner will maintain accurate, unduplicated counts of positions created, as distinct from the number of individuals hired to fill them over the course of the grant. The applicant should describe the partner's experience with all of the following types of activities: two or more CED or JOLI economic development projects; one or more projects involving activities similar to those proposed; and projects requiring collaborative programming.

The application must also demonstrate the project partner's financial viability, and include evidence that the partner has the capacity to responsibly manage the proposed Federal funds.

For a newly-established entity, an official such as an executive director or board member authorized to make decisions on behalf of the organization might attest to financial viability by providing a signed statement agreeing to establish a financial management system, developed in accordance with 45 C.F.R. Part 74, within 6 months of incorporation of the new entity, along with a signed financial statement stating that the organization is financially healthy.

For Equity Stock Investment Projects Only: If the applicant proposes to use the CED funds as an equity stock investment, the application should demonstrate that any equity stock investment agreement will be in compliance with 45 C.F.R. Part 74.36 concerning intangible property. To demonstrate compliance, a equity stock investment agreement might include: the purpose(s) for which the applicant will make the equity stock investment; the type of equity stock transaction (such as stock purchase); the cost-per-share and basis on which the applicant derived the cost-per-share; the number of shares the applicant will purchase; the percentage of applicant ownership in the business; and the term or duration of the agreement.

If the grantee's equity stock investment equals 25 percent or more of the businesses' assets, the applicant should demonstrate adequate representation on the board, for example the applicant could specify the total number of seats on the Board and the number of seats to be held by the grantee.

For Loan or Revolving Loan Fund Projects Only: If the applicant proposes to use the CED funds as a loan or revolving loan fund, the application should demonstrate that loan agreements will ensure compliance with 45 C.F.R. Part 74.36 concerning intangible property. To demonstrate compliance, loan agreements might include: the purpose(s) for which the applicant will make a loan; the interest rates and other fees; the loan period; the repayment schedule; the collateral security required; the default and collection procedures; and the signatures of the authorized officials of the lender and borrower.

Financial Strategies

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • An acceptable financial plan for the project. An acceptable plan should demonstrate that the project will be economically feasible by the conclusion of the grant period: 3 years for non-construction and 5 years for construction projects. In addition, the plan should demonstrate that the project will remain viable for at least 1 year after the end of the grant period.

Supporting documentation that could contribute to demonstrating financial feasibility might include profit and loss forecasts or pro forma, cash flow projections, balance sheets, and sources and uses of funds statements for all funds available to the project. Documentation is further enhanced when it includes details about both CED and non-CED funding sources (if applicable) and itemizes expenses by funding source. The financial plan should demonstrate:

  • That the financial estimates are grounded in solid assumptions. This can be accomplished by providing a narrative discussing the necessity, reasonableness, and allocation of the proposed costs. A convincing narrative would include a discussion of each line item and a calculation for each object class, along with estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar detail sufficient for verification of the calculation.
  • That the applicant will adhere to the CED requirements pertaining to CED cost per position created ($20,000 for non-construction and $25,000 for construction projects). The cost per position created is equal to the applicant's total grant request divided by the number of jobs to be created.
  • For Construction Projects Only: That financial plans include all construction aspects of the project, including property acquisition costs, predevelopment costs, architectural costs, engineering costs, environmental study costs, costs for building permit acquisition and use, occupancy costs, and hard construction costs.
  • For Loan or Revolving Loan Fund Projects Only: If the applicant proposes to use the CED funds as a loan or revolving loan fund, additional loan agreements are required. Such agreements must demonstrate how the applicant will ensure compliance with all the terms of 45 C.F.R. Part 74.36 concerning intangible property.  The applicant might demonstrate this by submitting a sample agreement demonstrating how each agreement will include the purpose(s) for which the applicant will make a loan; the interest rates and other fees; the loan period; the repayment schedule; the collateral security required; the default and collection procedures; and places for the signatures of the authorized officials of the lender and borrower.  The applicant should demonstrate that loans backed with CED funding will support low-income borrowers through lower interest rates than traditional loans.

Organizational Capacity

  • Organizational charts
  • Board of Directors
  • Names of bond carriers

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.

Protection of Sensitive and/or Confidential Information

If any confidential or sensitive information will be collected during the course of the project, whether from staff (e.g., background investigations) or project participants and/or project beneficiaries, provide a description of the methods that will be used to ensure that confidential and/or sensitive information is properly handled and safeguarded.  Also provide a plan for the disposition of such information at the end of the project period.

Third-Party Agreements

A third-party agreement covering an equity investment must contain, at a minimum, the following: (1) purpose(s) for which the equity investment is being made; (2) the type of equity transaction (e.g. stock purchase); (3) cost per share and basis on which the cost per share is derived; (4) number of shares being purchased; (5) percentage of ownership in the business; (6) term of duration of the agreement; (7) number of seats on the board, if applicable; (8) signatures of the authorized officials of the grantee and third party organization.
Letters Of Support

Provide statements from community, public, and commercial leaders that support the project proposed for funding.   All submissions should be included in the application package or by the application deadline.

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 proposed project that is being fully funded (the budget period and project period are the same). 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.

Construction

Description:  Costs of construction by applicant or contractor.

Justification:  Provide a detailed budget and narrative in accordance with the instructions for other object class categories.  Identify which construction activities/costs will be contractual and those that the applicant will assume.

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, 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501-3520, 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 (DUNS Number), and the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). 
  • All pages of the application package must be sequentially numbered.
  • Electronically submitted applications must be received and time/date stamped by the due date and receipt time described in this announcement in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.
  • To submit an application through Grants.gov, the applicant must be the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) for their organization and must have current registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).
  • Central Contractor Registry (CCR) registration must be updated annually.  As of October 1, 2010, all applicants for Federal grants and cooperative agreements are required to have CCR registration.
  • 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 the Grants.gov Registration Checklist.
  • 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. Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Grants.gov Contact Center is closed on Federal holidays.
  • Applicants should retain Grants.gov Contact Center service ticket number(s) as they may be needed for future reference.
  • Applicants that submit their applications electronically should retain a hard copy of their application package.
  • It is to an applicant's advantage to submit their applications at least 24 hours in advance of the closing date and time.
  • Applicants should not wait until the due date for applications to begin submission of their application.

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, ACF's Grants Management Officer (GMO) will make a determination whether the issues are due to Grants.gov system errors or user error. 


Hard Copy Submission

Applicants that are submitting their applications in hard copy format, by mail or delivery, must 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.

Applications submitted in hard copy must show a DUNS Number.  A DUNS Number is a nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities.  A DUNS number may be acquired at no cost online at http://www.dnb.com.  To acquire a DUNS 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 through Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., c.s.t.

As of October 1, 2010, all applicants for Federal grants and cooperative agreements, including those that apply in paper format, are required to have Central Contractor Registration.  CCR registration is also required for organizations that will receive subawards under Federal grants and cooperative agreements.  CCR registration may be made online at www.ccr.gov or by phone at 1-866-606-8220.

CCR registration must be updated annually from the date of the initial registration.  CCR registration is required to be active throughout the period of award.  Lack of CCR registration will prevent ACF from making an award to a recommended applicant.

There is the possibility of heavy traffic at the CCR website at application due dates.  Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to register at the CCR well in advance of the application due date.  CCR registration must be updated annually.  CCR registration must be active and maintained with current information at all times during which an organization has an active award or an application under consideration.


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: 07/11/2011

Explanation of Due Dates

The due date for receipt of applications is listed in the Overview and 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, on the due date, listed in the Overview and in this section, at the address provided in Section IV.6 of this announcement.  Applications received after the stated due date and time will be designated as late and will disqualified from competition.

Hand-Delivered Applications


Applications that are 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 the Overview and 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. Applications received after the stated due date and time will be designated as late and will disqualified from competition.

Electronically-Submitted Applications

ACF does not accommodate transmission of applications by facsimile or email.  Instructions for electronic submission via www.Grants.gov may be found at the Grants.gov Registration Checklist

Electronically-submitted applications must be received and validated at www.Grants.gov by 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the due date.

Upon submission and receipt of an application via www.Grants.gov, the applicant will receive three emails:

  1. Acknowledgement of the application's submission to www.Grants.gov. This email will provide a Grants.gov tracking number.  Applicants should refer to this tracking number in all communication with Grants.gov. The email will also provide a date and time-stamp, which serves as the official record of application submission. The date and 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.  Applications received at Grants.gov after the due date and time will be disqualified.

  2. Acknowledgement from Grants.gov that the submitted application package has passed, or failed, a series of checks and validations. Applications received on the due date that fail the validation check on, or after, 4:30 p.m., eastern time, on the due date because the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) is not registered with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) will be determined to be late and will not be considered for the review. Applications that do not pass the validation check at Grants.gov after the due date and time will be disqualified.
       
  3. An additional email from ACF will be sent to the applicant indicating that the application has been retrieved from www.Grants.gov by ACF.

Late Applications

No appeals will be considered for applications classified as late under the following 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 and 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.  

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 the due date and receipt time requirements rests with ACF's Chief Grants Management Officer.

Acknowledgement of Received Application

ACF will provide acknowledgement of receipt of hard copy application packages submitted via mail or courier services.

Upon submission of an application electronically via http://www.Grants.gov, the applicant will receive three emails:

  1. Acknowledgement of the application's submission to Grants.gov. This email will provide a Grants.gov tracking number. The email will also provide a date and time-stamp, which serves as the official record of application submission.
  2. Your application has been validated and provides a Time/Date Stamp. See the previous section on failing the validation check because of an unregistered Authorized Organization Representative (AOR).
  3. An email will be sent to the applicant from ACF indicating that the application has been retrieved from Grants.gov by ACF.

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.
  • Grant awards should not be used to support external evaluations. ACF plans to implement a Federally sponsored evaluation strategy to assess the success of approved CED demonstration projects.
  • Subawards are not permitted  under projects receiving funds under this announcement.
IV.6. Other Submission Requirements

IV.6. Other Submission Requirements

Submit applications to one of the following addresses:

Submission By Mail

Katrina Morgan
OCS Grants Operations Center
1400 Key Street
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22209

Hand Delivery

Katrina Morgan
OCS Grants Operations Center
1400 Key Street
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22209

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 will be reviewed and evaluated against the Evaluation Criteria described in detail in the following sections.  Information should be stated clearly and succinctly, linking the organization's proposal to the evaluation criteria.  Applicants should focus on who will be responsible for achieving the outcomes of the project, why completion of these activities will help address stated needs, how the proposed activities will be carried out, when the proposed activities will occur, and what financial and programmatic resources will ensure successful completion of proposed activities.

The number of points assigned to each criterion indicates the relative importance of that factor to OCS.  The application should be organized to address each criterion in the section where it is requested and in the order requested to ensure that the reviewers can properly evaluate the application.  Each application must demonstrate compliance with all of the program elements described in the announcement. 

 
Objectives and Need for Assistance Maximum Points: 5

 In reviewing the Objectives and Need for Assistance, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

  1. The application demonstrates that the project's goals and objectives for business development, job creation, and contributing to community revitalization align with the goals and objectives of the CED program.
  2. The application demonstrates that the project is needed to create or expand businesses and create new jobs, provides for the lack of jobs in the area that low-income people can get or keep and identifies how barriers to self-sufficiency are insufficiently addressed by other organizations/projects in the area.
  3. The application identifies ways in which the project can help address personal and community barriers that prevent low-income individuals from successfully obtaining and holding jobs, or creating successful businesses in the community to be served. Examples of personal barriers include: lack of adequate, affordable child care; lack of public transportation; lack of markets; unavailability of financing, insurance or bonding; inadequate social services such as employment services and job training; high incidence of crime; inadequate health care; or environmental hazards such as toxic dump sites or leaking underground tanks. Examples of community barriers include: limited education, substance abuse, insufficient life skills, criminal history, health problems, or disability.
  4. The application demonstrates that the project will meet the program's objectives by serving low-income individuals through the creation of employment and businesses opportunities within the project's service area.
  5. The application provides evidence that both the unemployment rate and the poverty rate within the project's service area are equal to or greater than the state or national level. Note: Sources include, but are not limited to, recent (published within the last 5 years) U.S. Census updates; State, county, city, or other government bodies; or associations or organizations that provide credible statistics related to the applicant's proposed project.  
Business Plan- Project Implementation Maximum Points: 20

In reviewing the Business Plan - Project Implementation, reviewers will consider the extent to which: 

  1. The application provides a clear and well-conceived overall approach to the project, with a sound and feasible implementation plan that is consistent with the expectations described in this announcement and covers all years of the project, including specific milestones to be achieved.
  2. The application demonstrates that the project will create positions in a viable industry, discusses the industry's short- and long-term position outlook, and identifies any critical risks relating to the industry. Note, market research and industry data presented in the application should have been published within the last 5 years.
  3. The application includes market research indicating that the business will be viable in terms of competition, anticipated market, customer base, and market trends. Note: Market research and industry data presented in the application should have been published within the last 5 years.
  4. The application provides a sound and feasible recruitment strategy and tracking system to obtain and document low-income referrals with social service providers such as TANF, child support agencies, and other sources and that will result in 75 percent of the new positions being filled by TANF recipients or other low-income individuals (at or below 125 percent of the Federal poverty level for each person), as established by counting the number of positions created, not the number of individuals hired to fill them over the course of the grant.
  5. The application demonstrates willingness to participate fully in the Federal evaluation(s)and to allow all evaluation protocols established by ACF or its designee contractor.
  6. The application demonstrates that the physical facility and other equipment required to operate the project will be secured in ways that are consistent with the expectations described in this announcement.
  7. The application includes the number and types of new full-time positions that will be created, demonstrates they are appropriate for the project and provide, starting wages, wage growth opportunities, and employee benefits that will allow families to achieve self-sufficiency.
  8. The application demonstrates that the positions will be sustained for at least 1 year after the end of the grant period  by including the steps that will be taken to set up the project solidly and position it for continued success after the end of the grant and provides a discussion of the continued need for the positions after the end of the grant period.
  9. The application describes how any confidential or sensitive information from staff (e.g., background investigations) or project participants and/or project beneficiaries will be collected and protected during the course of the project and how this information will be disposed of after the grant has ended.
  10. For Loan/Revolving Loan Projects Only: The application describes strategies to ensure that loan funds go to eligible beneficiaries for business development activities; that the interest rate charged will be at or below market rate; that copies of executed loan agreements will be submitted to ACF upon establishing such loans with program participants; that any interest accrued on revolving loan funds will be used to continue or expand the activities of the originally approved project during the grant period; and that any repaid principal on such loans that is no longer needed for the originally authorized purpose of the project will revert to ACF (see 45 C.F.R. Part 74.36.21 for additional information pertaining to the use of intangible property).
Business Plan-Project Viability Maximum Points: 15

 In reviewing the Business Plan - Project Viability, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

  1. The application demonstrates how the applicant will:
  • Identify all of the activities necessary for the success of the project.
  • Show these activities are consistent with the project's scope, scale, and projected outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the staffing, facilities, equipment and supplies, and funding identified to support each activity appear reasonable.
  • Identify all sources of the staffing, facilities, equipment and supplies, and funding necessary for the project.
  • Identify competing activities that might reduce the availability of resources for this project.

  2.  The application demonstrates the applicant's capacity to responsibly manage the proposed Federal funds and to adequately protect  any   Federal funds awarded under the application through a financial management system that complies with 45 C.F.R. Part 74 as outlined in "Business Plan - Project Viability" in Section IV.2. The Project Description.

For Projects that Involve Partners Only:

  1.  The application clearly outlines the role of the project partner and describes the relationship between the applicant and the project partner as required in "Business Plan - Project Viability" in Section IV.2. The Project Description. Demonstrates that all project partners that will be responsible for directly or indirectly spending CED funds are financially viable, and have the capacity to responsibly manage any Federal funds awarded under the application through a financial management system that complies with 45 CFR Part 74.
  2. The application provides a sample partnership agreement between the applicant and the project partner that includes a description of roles and the relationship between the applicant and project partner. The agreement should be signed by all parties.

For Equity Stock Investment Projects Only:

  1. The application demonstrates that any equity stock investment agreement will fully comply with 45 CFR Part 74.36 concerning intangible property and demonstates the purpose(s) for which the applicant will make the equity stock investment; the type of equity stock transaction (such as stock purchase); the cost-per-share and basis on which the applicant derived the cost-per-share; the number of shares the applicant will purchase; the percentage of applicant ownership in the business; and the term or duration of the agreement.
  2. For Loan or Revolving Loan Fund Projects Only: The application demonstrates that the loan agreements will fully comply with 45 C.F.R. Part 74.36 concerning intangible property and demonstates how the purpose(s) for which the applicant will make a loan; the interest rates and other fees; the loan period; the repayment schedule; the collateral security required; the default and collection procedures; and the signatures of the authorized officials of the lender and borrower will be addressed.
Business Plan-Financial Strategies Maximum Points: 10

 In reviewing the Business Plan - Financial Strategies, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

  1. The application provides an acceptable financial plan for the project, demonstrating that the project will be economically feasible by the conclusion of the grant period, and for at least 1 year thereafter. The financial plan clearly demonstrates that the proposed costs are reasonable and necessary to carry out the activities proposed in the application.
  2. The application clearly demonstrates that the financial estimates are grounded in solid assumptions and demonstrates the necessity, reasonableness, and allocation of the proposed costs.
  3. The application demonstrates convincingly that the CED cost per position created will not exceed $20,000 in a non-construction project and $25,000 in a construction project. Note: The cost per job created equals the total grant request divided by the number of jobs to be created.
  4. For Construction Projects Only: Demonstrates that financial plans include all construction costs and that all costs are appropriately justified as reasonable and necessary to carry out the activities proposed in the application. Note: Construction costs include: property acquisition costs, predevelopment costs, architectural costs, engineering costs, environmental study costs, costs for building permit acquisition and use, occupancy costs, and hard construction costs.
  5. For Loan or Revolving Loan Fund Projects Only: Demonstrates that loans backed with CED will support low-income borrowers through lower interest rates than traditional loans to enable CED project viability and success. Loan agreements must demonstrate how the applicant will comply with all terms of 45 C.F.R. Part 74.36 concerning intangible property.
Organizational Capacity-Organizational Profile Maximum Points: 10

In reviewing the Organizational Capacity - Organizational Profile, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

  1. The application demonstrates that the organization, its staff, and its project partners have sufficient overall experience to successfully implement the proposed project, including relevant experience and success in developing and operating businesses similar to those to be conducted under the proposed project. If one or more project partners are involved, the extent to which the application demonstrates that the combined capacity of the applicant and the partner organizations is sufficient to successfully implement the proposed project.
  2. Projects with More Experienced Partners Only: For applicants that cannot demonstrate substantial experience with economic development projects similar to those proposed in the application, the extent to which the application provides evidence of a viable partnership with a more experienced CDC, including evidence of a workable strategy for the more experienced CDC to provide the administrative, technical, and/or financial technical assistance needed to ensure the success of the project.
Organizational Capacity-Past Performance with Similar Job Creation Projects Maximum Points: 10

 In reviewing the Organizational Capacity - Past Performance with Similar Job Creation Projects, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

  1. The application demonstrates that the applicant  and all partner organizations have the experience necessary to successfully carry out the proposed project, including evidence of two similar business creation or business expansion projects undertaken by the applicant.
  2.  The application provides a quantitative and qualitative description of the number of jobs created, wages, benefits, and position descriptions that indicate the jobs created provided wages that allowed persons to leave public assistance programs or similar supports; and number of years of project operation and position availability for each of the two prior projects
Organizational Capacity-Staff and Position Data Maximum Points: 5

 In reviewing the Organizational Capacity - Staff and Position Data, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

  1. The application demonstrates through biographical sketches, degree information, resumes, and descriptions of previous project experience that the identified staff are qualified to carry out the proposed project. Resumes should be no more than two pages in length and identify staff percent of time available for the project.
  2. The application demonstrates that key staff have the appropriate time commitment available and experience in supervision, finance and business development and management, and working with the target population. The discussion of staff experience must be sufficiently detailed to allow reviewers to assess whether individuals' skills and experience demonstrate an ability to fulfill the tasks assigned to them. 
  3. The application states clearly whether all key project staff positions are filled. In cases where a key staff person has not yet been hired, the application demonstrates that an appropriate position description, recruitment strategy, and estimated hiring timeline have been developed.
Public Support Maximum Points: 10

In reviewing the Public Support, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

Public Agency Agreements

  1. The agreement establishes relationships with public assistance and other agencies responsible for administering child support enforcement, TANF, and employment education and training programs (for example, the Department of Labor's ETA-funded One-Stop Career Centers) that are adequate to support the proposed project.
  2. The agreement describes the roles and responsibilities the applicant and public agency will have to support the project.
  3. The agreement is formalized in the form of a MOU, partnership agreement, or letter of commitment signed and dated by both the applicant and public agency staff with signature authority.

 Community Letters

  1. The letter of support describes government and/or community support for the project and any specific relationship the supporter might have to the applicant.
  2. The letter of support demonstrates knowledge of the applicant's experience and qualifications in business and job creation.
Budget and Budget Justification Maximum Points: 15

In reviewing the Budget and Budget Justification, reviewers will consider the extent to which:

  1. The application demonstrates that the amount of funds available for the project (CED and non-CED) is commensurate with the level of effort necessary to accomplish the goals and objects of the project. 
  2. The application includes a budget on the appropriate SF-424 forms, which clearly links the proposed expenditures to the proposed activities necessary for accomplishing the project. The application's budget narrative demonstrates, in sufficient detail for a reviewer to evaluate the appropriateness and reasonableness of the line items proposed, that the proposed budget is appropriate for accomplishing the proposed project. 
  3. The application demonstrates that the budget includes funds for all required items. This would include travel for one staff member to attend a training and technical assistance conference in Washington, D.C. during each year of the grant and, if the applicant is partnering with an experienced CDC, funds to cover the costs of this support (for example, travel costs, payments to cover staff time). 
  4. If non-CED funds are required for the project, the application provides evidence that all capital requirements have been met through financing, cash resources, or in-kind contributions. If non-CED financing is required to fully implement the project, the extent to which the application provides evidence of firm commitments for loans, municipal or state tax credits, equity stock investments, or other supporting grants. If non-CED cash resources are required (except for those contributed directly by the applicant and supported by an applicant financial statement of cash available) the extent to which unconditional financial commitments from the investors making the contribution are documented. If non-CED in-kind contributions of personal property are required, the extent to which the value of those contributions is documented through techniques such as an inventory valuation for equipment and/or a certified appraisal for real property. If the applicant does not intend to use non-CED funds to finance the project, the grantee should explain why non-CED funds are not necessary to accomplish the project.
Bonus Points- Project Addresses the Elimination of a Food Desert Maximum Points: 10

In considering the award of bonus points, reviewers will take into consideration the extent to which the proposed project addresses the lack of access to healthy, nutritious food options; identifies the community as a food desert (see definition in Section I); and how it will address a food desert need (i.e. greater community access to fresh nutritious food).  Applications should quantify the extent to which the project will provide goods and services to communities that lack access to healthy food options (for example, food deserts, which do not have a supermarket or large grocery store within a 1 mile radius; 10 miles, in the case of rural areas); indicate patterns of non-healthy food consumption (such as low rates of fruit and vegetable consumption); suffer from poor health indicators (such as high rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related chronic diseases); have high concentrations of persons participating in food assistance programs (for example, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Women, Infants, and Children food packages; school lunch programs); or demonstrate other indications of need for a CED-HFFI funded project intervention. 

Bonus Points- Project Addresses the Financing of Healthy Food Retail Projects Maximum Points: 10

In considering the award of bonus points, reviewers will take into consideration the extent to which the proposed project brings healthy food choices to communities that are in food deserts through the establishment of new healthy food retail outlets. The application supports the financing of grocery stores, farmers markets, and other sources of fresh nutritious food.  The application should indicate the purpose and process of facilitating access to healthy food options while creating jobs and business development in low-income communities, particularly grocery stores that serve as anchor institutions in commercial centers.

Bonus Points- Collaborating with Other HFFI Agencies and Programs Maximum Points: 5

In considering the award of bonus points, reviewers will take into consideration the extent to which the proposed project involves collaboration with other programs or funding streams identified as participating in the HFFI.  Examples of these programs include the following: the CDFI Program, administered by the Department of Treasury (Treasury); the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, also administered by Treasury; and several programs that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers including, among others, the Business and Industry (B&I) Program and the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP).

Bonus Points- States and Trust Territories Without Active Projects Maximum Points: 5

In considering the award of bonus points, reviewers will take into consideration the extent to which the proposed project will be located in one of the following States or Trust Territories that do not an have active CED project:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • Island of Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
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.  No grant award will be made to an applicant that does not have active CCR registration (www.ccr.gov or 1-866-606-8220).
 
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 receive a screen-out letter noting that the application was deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for competitive review or funding under this announcement.

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.  They are one element in the decision-making process.

ACF may elect not to 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 preferences to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those populations located in pockets of poverty.  ACF will also consider the geographic distribution of Federal funds in its award decisions.

ACF may refuse funding for projects with what it regards as unreasonably high start-up costs for facilities or equipment, or for projects with unreasonably high operating costs.

As part of its review and selection process this year, OCS will give preference to CED applicants with Healthy Food Financing Initiative projects.

Grant awards will not be made to the same applicant under both the JOLI and the CED programs in FY 2011.

OCS will make one award to a successful applicant in FY 2011.  No concurrent FY 2011 CED awards will be made under this announcement.

Applicants will not be provided funding to a previously funded project that is to be carried out using the same work plan in the same target area.

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

Approved but Unfunded Applications

Applications recommended for approval that were not funded under the competition because of the lack of available funds, may be held over by ACF and re-considered in a subsequent review cycle if a future competition under the program area is planned.  These applications will be held over for a period of up to one year and will be re-competed for funding with all other competing applications in the next available review cycle.

 
V.3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2011.

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 C.F.R. Part 74 (Awards And Subawards To Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit Organizations, And Commercial Organizations) or 45 C.F.R. Part 92 (Grants And Cooperative Agreements To State, Local, And Tribal Governments).  The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) is available at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr.

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.

Prohibition Against Profit

Grantees are subject to the limitations set forth in 45 C.F.R. Part 74, Subpart E-Special Provisions for Awards to Commercial Organizations (45 C.F.R.  Part 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." 

Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations

Grantees are also subject to the requirements of 45 C.F.R. Part 87.1(c), Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, which says, "Organizations that receive direct financial assistance from the Department under any Department program may not engage in inherently religious activities such as religious instruction, worship, or proselytization as part of the programs or services funded with direct financial assistance from the Department."  Therefore, organizations must take steps to separate, in time or location, their inherently religious activities from the services funded under this program.  

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. 

Regulations pertaining to the Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, which includes the prohibition against Federal funding of inherently religious activities, and additional information on "Understanding the Regulations Related to the Faith-Based and Community Initiative" are available at http://www.hhs.gov/fbci/regulations/index.html.

The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) is available at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr.

Award Term and Condition under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000

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.  Final reports may be submitted in hard copy to the Grants Management Office Contact listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts of this announcement.  Instructions on submission of reports electronically will be provided with award documents.

Performance Progress Reports (PPR)

In FY 2009, most ACF grantees began using a standard form for required performance progress reporting (PPR). 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.  Grantees should consult their award documents to determine the appropriate performance progress report format required under their award.  Performance progress reports are due 30 days after the end of the reporting period.

Final program performance reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period.  The ACF-OGM SF-PPR may be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html.

Federal Financial Reports (FFR)

As of February 1, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began the transition from use of the SF-269, Financial Status Report (Short Form or Long Form) to the use of the SF-425 Federal Financial Report for expenditure reporting. SF-269s will no longer be accepted for expenditure reports due after that date. If an SF-269 is submitted, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will return it and require the recipient to complete the SF-425.

The transition strategy is allowing individual HHS Operating Divisions to select--from a limited number of options--the approach that best fits their programs and business process. This transition does not affect completion or submission of the cash reporting to the HHS Division of Payment Management's Payment Management System (PMS). The primary features of this transition for recipients are that OPDIVs that previously required electronic submission of the SF-269 will receive the SF-425 expenditure reports electronically and, until further notice, OPDIVs that have been receiving expenditure reports in hard copy will continue to do so.

All expenditure reports will be due on one of the standard due dates by which cash reporting is required to be submitted to PMS OR at the end of a calendar quarter as determined by the Operating Division. As a result, a recipient that receives awards from more than one OPDIV may be subject to more than one approach, but will not be required to change its current means of submission or be subjected to more than eight standard due dates.

Beginning with budget periods which end from January 1 - March 31, 2011, and for all budget periods thereafter, all affected ACF grantees will be required to submit an SF-425 report as frequently as is required in the terms and conditions of their award using due dates for reports to PMS.
 

For budget periods ending in the months of:

The FFR (SF-425) is due to ACF on:

January 01 through March 31

April 30

April 01 through June 30

July 30

July 01 through September 30

October 30

October 01 through December 31

January 30


Fillable versions of the SF-425 form in Adobe PDF and MS-Excel formats, along with instructions, are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_forms, www.forms.gov, and on the ACF Funding Opportunity website Forms page.


Further instructions will be provided, as necessary, with award terms and conditions that will address specific reporting periods and due dates on an award-by-award basis.   Additional information on frequency of reporting is available on the ACF Funding Opportunities web site at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/msg_sf425.html.

For planning purposes, reporting periods for awards made under this announcement are as follows:

 
Program Progress Reports: Semi-Annually
Financial Reports: Quarterly

Awards issued as a result of this funding opportunity may be subject to the Transparency Act subaward and executive compensation reporting requirements of 2 C.F.R. Part 170.  See ACF's Award Term for Federal Financial Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) Subaward and Executive Compensation Reporting Requirement implementing this requirement and additional award applicability information.

VII. Agency Contacts

Program Office Contact

Rafael J. Elizalde
OCS Grants Operations Center
1400 Key Street
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 1-800-281-9519
Email: OCSGRANTS@acf.hhs.gov
 

Office of Grants Management Contact

Katrina Morgan
OCS Grants Operations Center
1400 Key Street
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 1-800-281-9519
Email: OCSGRANTS@acf.hhs.gov
 

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

NOTICE:  ACF intends to implement all electronic application submission via www.Grants.gov for applications for discretionary awards in FY 2012.  For applicants without Internet access, or those without the computer capacity to upload large documents, ACF will offer a waiver procedure. In 2011, ACF will post a Federal Register notice soliciting public comment on the intended move to all electronic application submission via www.Grants.gov for applicants for discretionary awards.

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 - ACF Funding Opportunities homepage  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (C.F.D.A.) https://www.cfda.gov/.

Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys.  

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

All required Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available on the ACF Forms page at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html.

Grants.gov Forms Repository webpage at http://www.grants.gov/agencies/aforms_repository_information.jsp.

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.

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

 

Application Checklist

 
What to Submit Where Found When to Submit

Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

Referenced in Section IV.2. of the announcement.  Go to www.ccr.gov to register.

Required for all applicants. CCR registration must be active by time of award.

DUNS Number (Universal Identifier)

Referenced in Section IV.2. of the announcement.  Go to http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform to obtain DUNS Number.

Required in application submission.

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://www.grants.gov/ agencies/ aforms_repository_information.jsp.

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

SF-424C - Budget Information - Construction Programs

SF-424D - Assurances - Construction Programs

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

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

Project Description

Referenced in Section IV.2. of the announcement.

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

Budget and Budget Justification

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

Submission is due by the application due date found in the Overview and in 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.

If applicable, submission is due prior to 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 is due prior to award.

Third-Party Agreements

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

If available, submission is due by the application due date found in the Overview and in Section IV.3.  If not available at the time of application submission, due by the time of award.

Table of Contents

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

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

Project Summary/Abstract

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

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

Letters of Support

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

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

Proof of Non-Profit Status

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

Submission is due prior to 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 the Overview and in Section IV.3.

Appendices