The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The United States Department of the Treasury, and The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working together to support projects to increase access to healthy, affordable food in low-income neighborhoods that lack access to healthy food options. These three agencies aim to expand the availability of nutritious food through the establishment of healthy food retail outlets, including developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets to help revitalize neighborhoods that currently lack these options. The initiative builds upon the work led by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the Let’s Move! initiative to promote active living, encourage healthy eating, and end childhood obesity.
This initiative represents one of the Federal Government’s coordinated efforts to increase healthy food access in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods and communities with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. This will be done by promoting a wide range of interventions that expand the supply of and demand for nutritious foods, including increasing the distribution of agricultural products, developing and equipping grocery stores, and strengthening the producer-to consumer relationship
Under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. A detailed definition of food deserts can be found in the Definition of Terms available later in this section.
The CED-HFFI program's objective is to support businesses and commercial activities that improve the access to healthy foods and the overall health of community residents while creating long-term jobs in the community that:
- 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 enhance distribution systems to increase the amount of healthy food going to healthy food retail outlets in food deserts;
- Develop strategies that promote or encourage the purchase of healthy foods, including outreach and education to consumers in food deserts about healthy food choices and how they can be integrated into their diet; and
- Provide income to low-income individuals so that they can become self-sufficient.
The CED-HFFI program provides funding for projects aimed at improving access to healthy affordable foods located in geographic areas with a demonstrated need for the proposed project. To accomplish this, all projects must work to serve a food desert. Areas that are not in a USDA-defined food desert may still be eligible for funding through the CED-HFFI program if applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs (e.g., SNAP, WIC, school lunch programs). More information on obtaining county-level data relating to food access, food consumption, diet-related health indicators, and participation in food assistance programs can be found at: www.ers.usda.gov/foodatlas.
CED-HFFI projects are expected to demonstrate that the project budget includes all CED-HFFI and non-CED-HFFI funds needed to implement the project and result in the successful creation of jobs as outlined in the proposed application. When non-CED-HFFI financing is required to fully implement the project, the application must provide evidence that all capital requirements have been met through financing, cash resources, or in-kind contributions. Additionally, program income, as defined in the Definition of Terms available later in this section, may be used to demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the project. However, since CED-HFFI projects should be ready for implementation at the time of the award, future program income cannot be used to meet the non-CED-HFFI funding needs for project implementation.
Projects must also create at least a minimum number of jobs based on the following formula:
[Total Amount of Federal CED-HFFI Funds Awarded] divided by [$25,000 for construction projects or $20,000 for non-construction projects] = [Minimum Number of Jobs to be Created].
For example, if a grantee is awarded $800,000 in federal CED-HFFI funds, it must use that money to conduct activities that will create at least 40 jobs ($800,000 ÷ $20,000 = 40). If the grantee is using a strategy that involves construction, the project must create at least 32 jobs ($800,000 ÷ $25,000 = 32). For a table with examples of the minimum number of jobs based on specific award amounts, see the Appendix A: Sample Chart of Cost per Job Created at the end of this announcement.
While the focus of the program is the creation of jobs for low-income individuals through projects addressing food deserts, ACF does not expect that 100 percent of the created jobs will necessarily be filled by low-income individuals. Often when a business is created or expanded, there is a need to hire high-level managers or other content experts with unique skills and/or experiences that may be more difficult to identify and recruit. For this reason, ACF only requires that a minimum of 75 percent of the newly created jobs be filled by low-income individuals.
Projects funded with CED-HFFI funds can be non-construction or construction projects. For non-construction projects, the grant period is 3 years. For construction projects, the grant period is 5 years. The CED-HFFI 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-HFFI program as they are designed to be temporary in nature.
Many projects utilize grant funds for a loan or a revolving loan fund to provide loans to businesses and/or as an equity or stock investment. An applicant can use grants funds to support one or multiple project strategies. However, it must provide the necessary evidence required for each strategy used as identified in Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission. A summary of each of these activities is provided in the Definition of Terms available later in this section.
Examples of successful use of CED-HFFI funds include financing the construction of grocery stores, providing direct assistance to farmers, supporting urban farmers markets and urban retail markets, expanding existing food distribution businesses, and supporting food business entrepreneurs. The applicant can provide a loan to a business and become an equity partner in a second business in the same application; however, both must address food desert needs.
Funds can be used for costs associated with business start-up or business expansion activities, as consistent with the cost principles in OMB Circular A-122, found at 2 CFR Part 230, provided that the expenditures result in the creation of positions in a viable industry that can be filled with low-income individuals and improve access to healthy, affordable foods. This includes start-up capital for operating expenses, such as salaries, facilities, and equipment, but not long-term or ongoing operating expenses.
For FY 2013, incubator development is allowable as long as the focus of the incubator is healthy food and can demonstrate substantial and specific job creation for low-income individuals. For more information on an incubator, see the Definition of Terms found later in this section.
CED-HFFI grant funds may not be used for reimbursement of pre-award costs, or to provide subawards, or to capitalize loan loss reserve funds, or to support projects designed to primarily support training and technical assistance centers without directly creating jobs, i.e., Business Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Limited job training and job placement activities can be supported in the context of modest training that may be provided specifically 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 training and placement program.
ACF plans to implement a federally sponsored evaluation strategy to assess the success of approved CED-HFFI 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.
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. Reporting).
DEFINITION 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 announcement, 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-HFFI program. The work may be categorized as improvement, conversion, rearrangement, rehabilitation, remodeling, or modernization, but it 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 that total more than $150,000 or 25 percent of the total direct cost for the funded project require the filing of a Notice of Federal Interest (NFI). (See also Major Alteration and Renovation.)
Beneficiary - A low-income individual who will directly benefit from the project.
Budget Period - Projects under CED-HFFI awards are not divided into the typical 12-month intervals known as budget periods. All CED-HFFI projects have only a single budget period, which is equal in length to the project period.
Cash Contributions - The grantee's cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed by the grantee's equity investors or donors for budgeted costs of the project.
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) - To be a CDC, an organization must meet three conditions:
- The organization must be a private, nonprofit with 501(c)(3) or non-501(c)(3) status;
- The organization 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 economic development activities; and
- The Board of Directors of the organization 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 previously stated are met.
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.
Construction - Projects that involve the initial building or large scale modernization or permanent improvement of a facility. NOTE: A grantee must file a Notice of Federal Interest (NFI) if it uses CED-HFFI funding for hard costs or major alteration and renovation of real property to construct or provide major alterations and renovations or for acquisition of a facility or land for the project. See also the definition of Reversionary Interest.
Contract - A contract refers to the procurement of goods and services purchased by a grantee for its own use in carrying out the project. The term does not apply to financial assistance awarded to a third-party for the third-party's benefit. (See also Subaward.)
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 CFR Part 230, and any other applicable rules, provided that the expenditures result in 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 CED-HFFI 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.
Faith-based Organization - An organization that has a religious character.
Financial Strategies - That component of the business plan demonstrating the way(s) in which the applicant will access program capital to fully implement the project at the time of the award, as well as the way the applicant will manage, monitor, and utilize capital resources to successfully create jobs. It encompasses the quality of systems and skills for accounting, budgeting, financial management, cash and credit management, and control over purchase and inventory.
Financial Viability - That component of the business plan demonstrating the financial ability of the applicant to achieve the project's goals of the creation of permanent full-time, full year positions for low-income individuals over the project period.
Food Desert - Low-income communities where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to affordable and healthy food retailers. Healthy food options in these communities are hard to find or are unaffordable. To qualify as a food desert, a community must either:
- Be a census tract determined to be a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as identified in USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas; OR
- Be a Geographic Unit (i.e., county (or equivalent area), minor civil division that is a unit of local government, incorporated place, census tract, block numbering area, block group, or American Indian or Alaska Native area), which has unemployment and poverty rates that are at or above the state or national levels, and which has been identified as having low access to a supermarket or grocery store through a methodology that has been adopted for use by another governmental or philanthropic healthy food initiative.
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 Award - The funding made available to an eligible organization after a competitive grant application process.
Grant Terms and Conditions - A statement of HHS and ACF regulations and policies, pursuant to federal law, that is attached to the Notice of 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.
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 - For-profit or non-profit sellers of fruits, vegetables, and other foods recommended in the 2010 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 have 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 job placement programs. Limited job training and job placement activities can be supported in the context of modest training that may be provided specifically 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 training and 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. 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 barriers 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 the investment of OCS funds in project 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.
Letters of Support - A signed letter of support that describes government and/or community support for the project, the specific relationship to the applicant, and knowledge of the applicant's experience and qualifications in business and job creation.
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 guidelines as found in the most recent revision of the HHS Poverty Guidelines published by HHS. These guidelines may be found at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml.
Major Alteration and Renovation - Alteration and renovation activities for which the aggregate of expenditure of OCS funds by the grantee is greater than $150,000 or 25 percent of the total direct cost for the project. For the CED-HFFI program, a Notice of Federal Interest (NFI) 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, at least one of whom is the owner.
More Experienced Partner - A project partner that successfully meets all of the following requirements: is a CDC, has completed two or more CED projects; has 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 that: (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 its operations. For this purpose, the term "non-profit organization" excludes colleges and universities; hospitals; state, local, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments; and those non-profit organizations listed in Attachment C of OMB Circular No. A-122.
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 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. Program income may not be used to meet the non-CED-HFFI funding needs for implementation of the project in the project design. (e.g., it may not be used as equity in the project to demonstrate that the non-CED-HFFI funding needs for implementation have been met.)
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-HFFI 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. NOTE: CED-HFFI grantees must play a substantive role in the HFFI project. A grantee working with a project partner must actively monitor the project and ensure compliance with CED-HFFI program requirements.
Project Period - The total time for which federal support has been programmatically approved as shown in the Notice of Award (NOA). Non-construction projects will have a 3-year project period. Projects that involve construction will have a 5-year project period.
Public Agency Partner - Public assistance and other agencies responsible for administering child support enforcement, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and employment education and training programs (e.g., 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, 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-HFFI 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-HFFI 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.
Rural Community - For purposes of this announcement, bonus points will be awarded to projects that will create jobs in a rural community (as defined by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget – OMB) or hire low-income individualsfrom a rural community to fill positions created. OMB designates counties as Metropolitan, Micropolitan, or Neither. A Metro area contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population, and a Micro area contains an urban core of at least 10,000 (but less than 50,000) population. All counties that are not part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) are considered rural. Micropolitan counties are considered non-Metropolitan or rural along with all counties that are not classified as either Metro or Micro. For more information on Metro areas, see: www.census.gov/population/metro/data/maps.html.The 2010 Census data has not yet been used to designate new Metro or Micro areas.
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 Costs - Capital costs related to the acquisition and/or 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 a 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.
Subaward - Subawards are not permitted under this funding opportunity announcement. A subaward is 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 subrecipient to a lower tier subrecipient. The term includes financial assistance when provided by any legal agreement, but does not include procurement of goods and services, nor does it include any form of assistance that is excluded from the definition of "award" in this section. (NOTE: Equity investments and loan transactions are not subawards; these qualify as intangible property and debt instruments.)
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 and specifically customized or tailored to the needs of a particular organization. Such services may be provided on-site, by telephone, or by other means of communication.
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.
Third-Party Agreement - Written and signed agreements between grantees and subgrantees, or subcontractors, or other cooperating entities. These agreements must detail the scope of work to be performed, work schedules, remuneration, and other terms and conditions that structure or define the relationship. The following are examples of common types of third-party agreements for CED-HFFI projects:
- Commitment Letter - A signed letter of commitment that describes the level of financial support for the projectmade by a third-party (e.g., a lender, investor, donor, or other grantor). Such commitment letters are required if the applicant proposes a project for which non-CED-HFFI funds (e.g., loans, municipal or state tax credits, equity stock investments, etc.) will be required in order to successfully create the proposed jobs and create and/or expand the proposed business(es). Commitment letters must be signed, specific, and conditioned only on the receipt of the grant award.
- Equity Investment Agreement - A written agreement that documents a capital investment by a grantee in abusiness 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. The agreement must include the elements outlined in Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission, The Project Description, Business Plan – Project Viability.
- Project Partner Agreement - A written and signed agreement, entered into by the grantee and project partners, such as a more experienced partner, that will directly or indirectly spend CED-HFFI funds. A memorandum of understanding with a project partner committing resources or capital is a typical project partner agreement. The agreement must include the elements outlined in Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission, The Project Description, Business Plan – Organizational Profile.
Training - For the purposes of this announcement, training refers to group-based adult education and skill-building activities (e.g., workshops). It does not include consultations or technical assistance that is specifically customized or tailored to the needs of a particular organization.
Underserved Areas - For the purposes of this funding opportunity announcement, underserved areas are the 37 states and territories that do not have an active CED-HFFI projectfunded in FY 2011 or FY 2012. These states and territories include: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Island of Guam, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Resources for prospective applicants, including a pre-recorded applicant webinar, will be available at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/ced/index.html under the link titled "Grantee and Prospective Grantee Resources and Tools." The resources will be available until the closing of this FOA.
For application details and requirements related to the CED-HFFI Program, including application components and submission requirements, please see Section IV.2 Content and Form of Application Submission, The Project Description. The evaluation criteria is discussed in detail in Section V.1. Criteria. Applicants are encouraged to review the funding opportunity announcement very closely and submit all required information, as outlined in the announcement. Applicants are also encouraged to review the Definition of Terms available in this section and utilize the Checklist provided in Section VIII. Other Information to ensure all required materials have been submitted.