Administration for Children and Families
 
 
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
 
Center for Research on Hispanic Children & Families
HHS-2013-ACF-OPRE-PH-0576
Application Due Date: 07/18/2013

 

Center for Research on Hispanic Children & Families
HHS-2013-ACF-OPRE-PH-0576
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
Center for Research on Hispanic Children & Families
HHS-2013-ACF-OPRE-PH-0576
ANNOUNCEMENT PUBLICATION | VALIDATE & APPROVE
 
Department of Health & Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
 
Program Office:Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Funding Opportunity Title:Center for Research on Hispanic Children & Families
Announcement Type:Initial
Funding Opportunity Number:HHS-2013-ACF-OPRE-PH-0576
Primary CFDA Number: 93.647
Additional CFDA Number: 93.575
93.086
Due Date For Letter of Intent: 06/28/2013
Due Date for Applications: 07/18/2013
 
Executive Summary

 

Notices:

  • On January 1, 2012, the Administration for Children and Families implemented required electronic application submission via www.grants.gov for discretionary grant applications. Please see Section III.3. Disqualification Factors, Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission and Application Submission Options, and Section IV.3. Explanation of Due Dates and Times for information on electronic application submission and the availability of exemptions allowing applicants to submit applications in paper format.

  • This Fiscal Year (FY 2013) ACF has implemented a new application upload requirement. Each applicant applying electronically via www.grants.gov is required to upload only two electronic files, excluding Standard Forms and OMB-approved forms. No more than two files will be accepted for the review, and additional files will be removed.  Standard Forms and OMB-approved forms will not be considered additional files.  Please see Section IV.2 Content and Form of Application Submission for detailed information on this requirement.

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications for the establishment of a Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families, to lead and support investigation of the needs of Hispanic populations served by ACF and promising approaches to promote social and economic well-being among low-income Hispanic families. This research center would ideally bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary team of academic and organizational partners to provide leadership in culturally competent research that can inform policies concerning low-income Hispanic families and to foster significant scholarship regarding the needs and experiences of the diverse Hispanic populations throughout the nation. Through a combination of research and leadership activities this national center will ideally address a range of relevant issues including, but not limited to: a) definition and measurement of significant characteristics and experiences of Hispanic individuals, families, and communities; b) identification of barriers and facilitators of service utilization by Hispanic populations; c) examination of strategies to promote the social and economic well-being of Hispanic children and families and to strengthen Hispanic families. The center will be expected to develop research products, resources, and a comprehensive communication plan that aims to build research capacity in the field and to improve understanding of Hispanic populations in order to inform policy development and programmatic responses. The center will focus specifically on marriage and relationships, fatherhood, child care and early education, and related issues such as financial management, job and career advancement, the employment of low-income families and children's healthy development and learning.

The center will be funded through a cooperative agreement. Recent efforts that are closely related to the grant program described in this announcement and to current research and programmatic questions relevant to this announcement are described in Section I.F. 

See Section II. Award Information for a description of the substantial involvement of the Federal Project Officer (PO) of ACF in the performance of the grantee who is awarded this cooperative agreement.


I. Funding Opportunity Description

Statutory Authority

This cooperative agreement is funded generally under the authority of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 9858 et seq.) and specifically by the appropriation for the Child Care and Development Block Grant made under Division F, Title II of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, Pub. L. 112-74, and the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013, Pub. L. 112-175.

This award is also funded under Section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 603(a)(2)).

This award is also funded under Section 1110 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1310).

Description

A.     BACKGROUND

This section provides background information that explains the need for a Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families (hereafter “the Center”).  First, relevant demographic and economic statistics are presented to highlight the rapidly growing number of Hispanics in the U.S. and the prevalence of poverty among Hispanics. Second, the implications of these trends for ACF programs are discussed.  Third, the discussion turns to specific programming concerns that are emerging in ACF’s efforts to serve Hispanic families and children and that could be addressed by the Center.  Finally, the section concludes with an appendix that describes some of OPRE's efforts and other federal efforts and resources related to the goals of this project.

 

Hispanic Population of the United States

The Hispanic or Latino population represents the nation’s largest minority group - as well as its fastest growing subpopulation. According to the 2010 Census, there were 50.7 million Hispanics in the U.S., constituting 16.3 percent of the total U.S. population (Passel, Cohn, & Lopez, 2011). Hispanics account for more than half of the nation’s growth over the past decade.  In fact, it is predicted that one out of every four Americans will be of Hispanic heritage by the year 2050. Hispanics represent an even larger portion of the child population in the United States.  Over the last decade, the number of Hispanic children grew 39 percent, and currently, 23.1 percent of children under age 18 in the U.S. are Hispanic.  More than one-third of the Hispanic population is younger than 18, compared to approximately one-fourth of the total population (US Census Bureau, 2011).

Poverty Among Hispanics in the U.S.

Hispanics constitute nearly 30 percent of the nation’s poor. Twelve million Latinos were counted as poor in 2009, representing an increase of 1.4 million since 2008 (Lopez & Motel, 2012).  In 2011, the median income in Hispanic-headed households was $38,624 compared to $55,412 for households headed by non-Hispanic Whites. Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (i.e., developed by the Census Bureau to include a wider range of factors than the official federal measure to determine poverty status), Hispanics have the highest poverty rate of any group (28.1 percent) (DeNavas-Walt, Proctor and Smith, 2011).

The majority (66 percent) of Hispanic families with children under age 18 consist of two-parent households, and the marriage rate among two-parent Hispanic families with children under 18 is higher than the national average (Pew Hispanic Center, 2012; U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). Still, 30 percent of Hispanic families with children are female-headed households.  Rates of employment in Hispanic families (84 percent) are consistently higher than the national average (79.8 percent); however, the median household income among Hispanic-headed families remains well below the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012; U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). 

At 6.1 million in 2010, more Hispanic children are living in poverty than children of any other racial or ethnic group, disproportionately comprising 35 percent of all poor children in the U.S. (Addy & Wight, 2012; U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). More than two-thirds of Hispanic children living in poverty are the children of immigrants, with the vast majority (86.2 percent) of these children being born in the U.S. (Lopez & Velasco, 2011). Despite being such a large portion of the child population under age 6 living in poor and low-income families, Hispanic children in the U.S. lag behind non-Hispanic peers in rates of enrollment in center-based early care and education programs (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2012; National Center for Education Statistics, 2006). In 2011, Hispanic children represented only 20 percent of enrollments in center-based early care and education settings, whereas 23.9 percent of the nation’s elementary and high school students were Hispanic (Fry & Lopez, 2012).

Implications for ACF Programs

Key strategic goals of ACF include supporting under-served and under-represented populations and upgrading ACF’s capacity to make a difference for families and communities.  Toward these goals, ACF programs provide services that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities, while ACF concurrently sponsors research and evaluation to inform programming and program improvement efforts.  OPRE is responsible for developing and overseeing research and evaluation projects to inform ACF policies and programming to help low-income children and families. Substantial and increasing proportions of ACF program participants are of Hispanic origin, and many more Hispanic families and individuals who could benefit from these services do not access ACF programs.  Approximately 30 percent of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) identify as Hispanic (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], 2012).  About 20 percent of the families receiving monthly child care assistance and 35.9 percent of children enrolled in Head Start are of Hispanic origin (HHS, 2011a; HHS, 2011b).

 

B.      GRANT PROGRAM PURPOSE

The substantial and growing proportion of Hispanic families in need of ACF services introduces new challenges and opportunities to ACF programs, and in keeping with ACF’s strategic plan, ACF aims to strengthen programming to meet the service needs of this population.  Toward this goal, ACF is providing support for the establishment of the Center in order to support the advancement of research that addresses the service needs of low-income Hispanic families.  Specifically, the purpose of the Center will be to advance understanding of poverty and self-sufficiency, marriage and relationships, fatherhood, and child care and early education – as well as related issues such as employment, family stability and functioning, and children’s development and well-being – among Hispanics.

The work of the Center will be supported by research funds connected to three related areas of ACF programming, and the activities funded by the Center will focus on the issues listed above specifically in light of the programmatic goals in these areas.  They are: 

  • Prevention and Reduction of Dependency.  Section 1110 of the Social Security Act authorizes research and demonstration projects related to preventing and reducing dependence on public assistance.  One of the goals of the Center will be to advance understanding of poverty and self-sufficiency among Hispanics, including related issues such as economic stability, employment, earnings, and job advancement for low-income Hispanic families.  Funds authorized by the Social Security Act for research activities contribute $50,000, or approximately five percent, of the Center’s total funds.
  • Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Program.  The Healthy Marriage program aims to help couples that have chosen marriage for themselves gain greater access to marriage education services, on a voluntary basis, where they can strengthen skills and knowledge necessary to form and sustain a healthy marriage. The Responsible Fatherhood program aims to support and encourage fathers to be actively involved in their child’s life.  One of the goals of the Center will be to advance understanding of marriage, relationships, and fatherhood among Hispanics, including related issues such as parenting, family stability, family functioning, and job and career advancement among Hispanic families. Research funds connected to the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs contribute $500,000, or approximately 47 percent, of the Center’s total funds. 
  • Child Care and Development Fund.  The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) aims to improve employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for low-income parents and to increase the availability of high-quality child care and early education for low-income working families.   One of the goals of the Center will be to advance understanding of child care issues for low-income Hispanic families, including related issues such as improving the quality of care and the coordination across early care and education systems to support early learning and well-being among Hispanic children and to increase access and promote informed child care choices among Hispanic parents. Research funds associated with the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) contribute $500,000, or approximately 47 percent, of the Center’s total funds.

Consistent with statutory authority, the Center’s resources and activities should be dedicated proportionately to reflect the purposes of the three funding streams supporting the Center, as described above in this Section of the FOA. It is expected that the Center’s activities will primarily be cross-cutting in nature.  For example, the following broad topics reflect ACF programmatic concerns that cut across the three programming areas and that the Center’s research efforts would address:  

  1. The characteristics and needs of low-income Hispanic children and families, specifically in regard to poverty and self-sufficiency; marriage, relationships, and fatherhood; child care assistance and access to high-quality early care and education programs.
  2. Access to and take-up of public assistance programs – especially TANF, relationship strengthening and responsible fatherhood programs, child care assistance and early education programs – by low-income Hispanic children and families.
  3. Strategies to support self-sufficiency and economic well-being; family stability, healthy relationships and responsible fatherhood; and children’s development and well-being among Hispanics.

 

C.      GRANT PROGRAM GOALS

The Center will be responsible for pursuing three key goals:

  1. Advancing research:  Planning, initiating, and maintaining a focused research program to address key research questions of interest;
  2. Building research capacity: Developing capacity in the scientific community to conduct research that is relevant to ACF program and policy goals, valid, and culturally anchored in the experiences of Hispanic children and families in the U.S.; 
  3. Disseminating research:  Developing and maintaining an innovative dissemination system to share research and information with key stakeholders and the broader field.

Each of these goals should be a priority for the Center, and the grantee is expected to develop and realize a program that appropriately balances the Center’s core infrastructure and administrative responsibilities with each of these three key program goals. It is also expected that the grantee will identify and develop effective strategies to sustain project activities in support of the grant program's goals after the period of federal funding ends. These goals and the related responsibilities of the Center are discussed in more detail below. 

1.  Advancing Research

The Center will be expected to plan, initiate, and maintain a focused research program of high caliber to address the concerns discussed in Section I.A of this announcement. The Center’s program of research should build on the existing literature related to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families and should be relevant to the needs and interests of ACF, as well as of value to the field more generally. The research program may blend national and regional and/or state issues, as needed. It may include ongoing or new social, behavioral, and economic policy-related research projects, including pilot and feasibility studies; development, testing, and refinement of research methods and instruments; secondary analysis of available data sets; or similar research projects, as necessary to address the key research questions of interest. 

All research activities supported with ACF funds must meet standards of scientific rigor and objectivity. The Center will strive for recognition from the research and policy communities for its scientific quality, fairness, and program and policy relevance. The research program should include an agenda of basic and applied research, quantitative and qualitative research methods, primary data collection, and secondary data analyses, as best suited for the research questions and objectives pursued by the Center.  The research program should support Center staff and other affiliated researchers in completing research that improves understanding of questions that fall within the broad topical areas described above (in Section I.B). The Center should provide intellectual leadership in the national research community by establishing links with a broad range of scholars external to the grantee institution through a combination of mechanisms, which may include Center leadership roles, partnerships with other institutions of higher education, visiting and postdoctoral appointments, research assistantships, an extramural program of nonresident grants, etc.

The research program should include multi-disciplinary and multi-method approaches to address questions of significance to ACF, beyond what is possible from analysis within the framework of a single discipline or method. The Center team should possess competency in a range of economic, social, and behavioral disciplines and research methodologies, and the cultural and linguistic expertise required to meet Center objectives. Planning and execution of the research program shall always consider the program and policy implications of research findings in a non-partisan manner. The Center should link research to public and private efforts to improve the lives of low-income Hispanic individuals and families. A Steering Committee (discussed in Section I.D, subsection titled Grant Program Structure) made up of both Center and federal staff will meet regularly to review and refine plans for Center activities.  A Technical Work Group (discussed in Section I.D, subsection titled Grant Program Structure) will meet annually to provide input for the Center’s activities.

Approximately 50-60 percent of the Center’s overall effort should be dedicated to this goal.

2.  Building Research Capacity

The Center is expected to build research capacity and infrastructure to conduct valid and culturally competent research addressing questions of significance for ACF policies/programs within Hispanic populations. The Center will be responsible for developing tools, resources, and approaches for the field to conduct rigorous and valid research with low-income Hispanic populations. In addition, the Center is expected to contribute to the development and expansion of a diverse corps of emerging scholars/researchers who focus their research on the experiences of low-income and vulnerable Hispanic populations, and on policies and programs to promote social and economic well-being among Hispanic families. In order to promote such research broadly in the field, the Center is expected to provide training and mentoring activities to support and encourage the work of emerging scholars investigating relevant questions (e.g., Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral scholars, graduate research assistants), not only at the grantee institution, but also at other institutions. The Center should pursue innovative approaches to foster rigorous, relevant research and to encourage a diverse group of scholars to develop careers in policy-relevant research concerning low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families.

Approximately 20-30 percent of the Center’s overall effort should be dedicated to this goal.

3.  Disseminating Research

Making knowledge and information available to interested parties is to be another integral feature of the Center's responsibilities. The Center will be expected to develop and maintain a dissemination system that broadly and efficiently communicates research findings and increases use of research and relevant resources for a wide audience, including researchers, policymakers, and program administrators, through strategic partnerships and activities. The system will include developing and distributing engaging and accessible written products; holding events, such as workshops, roundtables, research symposia, or meetings; and engaging in outreach, such as presentations at research and practice-focused conferences, meetings with stakeholders, and/or collaboration with ACF technical assistance systems and activities.  The Center’s dissemination plan will demonstrate strong links to the goals and objectives of the Center.

Approximately 10-20 percent of the Center’s overall effort should be dedicated to this goal.

 

D.     GRANT PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The Center’s organizational structure will include the following key elements:  the Center Director (or co-Directors); the Center’s staff and academic partners; a Steering Committee; and a Technical Work Group.  Each of these elements is described below:

Center Director.  The Director of the Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families will be the primary Center personnel representing the Center across all activities; his or her expertise, knowledge, and skills will inform each portion of the Center's activities and will contribute directly to the collaborative efforts involved. Through his or her efforts, the Center will advance the state of research concerning low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. The Director will not only be primarily responsible for the successful completion of the Center’s research activities, but will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining coherence in goals and purpose across the Center’s activities and collaboration across the various structural elements and participants in the Center’s activities.  

The Director must have a Ph.D. or equivalent for their field and should be an established expert as demonstrated by a substantial body of published work, including peer-reviewed articles related to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. Gaps in the Director’s skills should be addressed through additional Center leadership and staff, subcontracts with other institutions and organizations, and partnerships with other scholars and professionals (i.e., Co-Directors, consultants, logistic management support, research team members). Changes in Center Director during the project period would constitute a major revision of the approved project and would require prior approval by ACF. 

It will be of key importance that the Director commits appropriate time and effort to the Center, to ensure ongoing management and oversight, and high-quality results and products. The grantee should inform the Federal Project Officer regarding any significant changes in these time demands over the course of the project period.

Center Staff and Partners.  The Center’s staff and partners (i.e., project managers, coordinators, writers, data collectors, subcontracted research and logistics support, research partners) are critical to the success of all of the Center’s activities. The Center team must include individuals with experience and skills for completing research with low-income Hispanic children and families, including sufficient bilingual staff to support all Center activities. The Center team must include individuals with expertise in ACF's programmatic areas of concern. The Center team must also include staff with competencies and experience required to support high-quality and effective dissemination of Center products and resources. Gaps in Director or Co-Director abilities may be addressed by identified strengths in the Center’s staff and partners. Grantees are encouraged to seek out and partner with other organizations, research institutions, and experts throughout the course of funding, given the depth of expertise that is required by this project. Changes in key personnel during the project period would constitute a major revision of the approved project and would require prior approval by ACF.

Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will consist of the Center’s Director (or Co-Directors, if applicable), other selected key Center personnel, the Federal Project Officer from OPRE, and other representatives of OPRE (as needed and available). This Steering Committee will meet regularly to discuss the Center’s plans, activities, and progress, with a focus on ACF’s goals for the Center. The Center Director and staff will be responsible for day-to-day operations and decisions. The Steering Committee will: (a) provide input on plans and products of the Center with an eye towards the Center's short- and long-term goals; (b) identify supplemental activities to address emerging programmatic concerns; (c) identify and support opportunities for dissemination of the Center's work; (d) identify opportunities for the Center to consult with policymakers and other key stakeholders; (e) facilitate communication and collaboration with other ACF-sponsored projects; and (f) provide problem-solving feedback regarding Center activities. In addition to regular teleconferences, the committee will meet in person at least once each year in Washington, DC.

Technical Work Group. The Center will nominate and establish a Technical Work Group made up of experts and stakeholders from outside of the grantee/funded institution, with both research and programmatic expertise in ACF’s priority areas of concern regarding Hispanic children and families. This group of experts and stakeholders will provide input and feedback to inform priorities and refine plans for Center activities.  The Technical Work Group will be regarded as a resource for the Center, supporting the Center in defining the state of the field; identifying forward-looking questions, concerns, and major gaps in the knowledge base; and in ensuring that the Center’s work will build research capacity while addressing issues relevant to policy and program leaders. The Center should convene and engage this group purposefully to help realize ACF’s goals for the Center and to expand the reach of the Center’s activities. Efforts will be made in selecting this group to assure representation from a broad range of institutions (such as academic, research, policy, and program organizations) and fields of study. To enable deeper discussions on selected topics and connections among experts and stakeholders, it is expected that the Technical Work Group will meet in person in Washington, DC once each year.

 

E.      ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRANTEE 

In support of the overarching grant program goals detailed above, the Center will be responsible for the following additional tasks:

Supplemental Activities.  During the course of the project period, the Center will be called upon to complete several supplemental activities, as needed to respond to pressing research and policy needs that fall within the scope of the Center. For designing, refining, and carrying out these supplemental projects, the Center will work through a consultative process with federal staff, and as needed and appropriate, with additional consultants and the Technical Work Group. The Center is expected to plan for approximately 10 percent of its effort to support such activities. It is expected that these activities may overlap to some extent with projects/efforts developed in pursuit of the Center's primary research, capacity building, and/or dissemination goals.

Specific supplemental activities will be identified during the course of the grant.  However, a few examples of potential activities include:

  • Developing research briefs on specific topics of interest to ACF programs;
  • Development and pilot testing of research protocols to better engage and reflect the experiences of low-income Hispanic individuals and families; and
  • Development and validation of survey instruments for inclusion in federal research examining experiences of Hispanic populations with ACF programs.

Meetings and Conferences. Regular, in-person meetings can help to deepen understanding, strengthen connections, and promote collaboration among individuals, institutions, and perspectives. In support of the research capacity-building and dissemination goals of this grant program, the grantee will be expected to attend (and, in some cases, to host) the following required meetings and conferences. The proposed budget should reflect travel funds for the Director and at least one key personnel to attend the required meetings and all costs and logistical support (i.e., hotel, travel, compensation) for any proposed meetings or conferencing activities.

  • Steering Committee. (Grantee will host/organize.) In addition to regular teleconferences, it may be appropriate for the entire Steering Committee to meet in person regularly over the course of the project period.  (The Steering Committee is discussed in more detail in Section I.D., subsection titled Grant Program Structure.)
  • Technical Work Group Meeting. (Grantee will host/organize.) The Center will host an annual, in-person meeting for the Technical Work Group. The Technical Work Group should be convened and individual members engaged throughout the course of the project; however, an annual meeting would be an opportunity for deeper, sustained discussion with the work group regarding Center priorities and/or plans, specific issues or priorities for the field, recent developments in the field, or opportunities for collaboration. (The Technical Work Group is discussed in more detail in Section I.D., subsection titled Grant Program Structure.)
  • Child Care Policy Research Consortium (CCPRC) Annual Meeting. (Grantee will attend.)  It is expected that key Center personnel will attend the annual meeting of CCPRC, which is held in Washington, DC, typically during October. The meeting brings together grantee and contracted researchers funded by ACF and federal and state CCDF administrators to discuss child care policy research and is an excellent opportunity for the Center to build relationships with key stakeholders and to discuss implications of research developments and the Center’s work. The next CCPRC annual meeting is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC, during the week of October 14, 2013.
  • Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC). (Grantee will attend.) It is expected that key Center personnel will attend the annual ACF WREC, which is held in Washington, DC, typically at the end of May or beginning of June.  Again, this conference, which brings together researchers and administrators to discuss cutting-edge research related to a range of anti-poverty programs and policies, is an excellent opportunity for the Center to build relationships with key stakeholders and present research findings.
  • Other opportunities to meet with ACF stakeholders. (Grantee will attend.)  In addition, OPRE will identify and facilitate opportunities to present Center work to federal and state policymakers or program administrators when Center team members are in Washington, DC for other meetings. For example, the grantee may be asked to participate in the annual meeting of State, Territory, and Tribal child care administrators and/or the Head Start Research Conference, which are typically held in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

 

F.      APPENDIX: RELATED FEDERAL EFFORTS

The demographic shifts in the composition of the U.S. population have triggered several federal actions. To advance research on Hispanic families and children and how ACF can better serve them, OPRE has launched several projects including:

  • Hispanic Poverty and Inequality Grant Competition. OPRE has funded a grant competition, administered by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, to support research that will expand our knowledge of key trends in poverty, inequality, and mobility among Hispanics in the United States. For more details, see http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ informate-march-2013.
  • Hispanic Research Work Group. OPRE has convened experts in a wide range of content areas relevant to ACF’s mission to assist ACF/OPRE in identifying research priorities concerning low-income Hispanic families. Work group discussions have led to the development of briefs summarizing research on significant topics in human services for Hispanic populations and to new research projects (e.g., An Exploratory Study: Implications of Immigration Enforcement Activities for the Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families, 2012-2014). For more information, see http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ opre/ research/ topic/ overview/ cross-cutting.
  • Expert Meeting: Improving Research on Economic Mobility For Low-Income Hispanic Families. In early 2012, OPRE convened a small group of outside experts to identify priorities for future research, including ACF-sponsored research, related to efforts to promote upward economic mobility for low-income Hispanic populations.

Other federal initiatives to better serve Hispanics include:

  • Informate is the Administration for Children and Families’ monthly newsletter for and about the Latino community. ACF develops monthly updates to inform the public about the agency’s programs and initiatives designed to help people start a path to economic self-sufficiency and to help build successful communities and families, with particular emphasis on efforts to better serve Hispanic populations. To view all issues of the newsletter, see http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ informate.
  • National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care (Office of Minority Health). The CLAS standards are primarily directed at health care organizations; however, individual providers are also encouraged to use the standards to make their practices more culturally and linguistically accessible. For more information see http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/ templates/ browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=15.
  • White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is a multi-agency working group within the Department of Education charged with strengthening the nation's capacity to provide high quality education while increasing opportunities for Hispanic American participation in federal education programs. For more information see http://www2.ed.gov/ about/ inits/ list/ hispanic-initiative/ index.html.
  • National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families) provides the Head Start community with research-based information, practices, and strategies to ensure optimal academic and social progress for linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families. For more information see http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/ hslc/tta-system/ cultural-linguistic.
  • Hispanic Child Support Resource Center (Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families) provides information, tips, and other materials, including the Child Support Hispanic Outreach Toolkit, to help child support professionals establish partnerships and develop effective communication plans to share the benefits of child support with the Hispanic community.  For more information, see https://ocse.acf.hhs.gov/ toolkit/.



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II. Award Information
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Total Funding: $1,050,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Award Ceiling: $1,050,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $500,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $1,050,000 Per Budget Period

Length of Project Periods:

60-month project with five 12-month budget periods

Additional Information on Awards:

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

Applications requesting an award amount that exceeds the Award Ceiling per budget period or per project period, as stated in this section, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. This disqualification applies only to the Award Ceiling listed for the first 12-month budget period for projects with multiple budget periods. If the project and budget period are the same, the disqualification applies to the Award Ceiling listed for the project period. Please see Section III.3. Application Disqualification Factors.

Note: For those programs that require matching or cost sharing, grantees will be held accountable for projected commitments of non-federal resources in their application budgets and budget justifications by budget period or by project period for fully funded awards, even if the projected commitment exceeds the required amount of match or cost share. A grantee’s failure to provide the required matching amount may result in the disallowance of federal funds.

The Federal share of project costs shall not exceed $1,050,000 for any of the 12-month budget periods, inclusive of indirect costs ($50,000 are from research funds authorized by Section 1110 of the Social Security Act; $500,000 are from Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood research funds; $500,000 are from Child Care and Development Fund research funds).

The grantee will be required to maintain accounting records which track the funds and the associated activities/costs supported by each of the funding streams within the award.

The use of non-federal funds to support Center activities is allowed. Such funding is voluntary and is not required. 

The initial award will be made for the first 12-month budget period. The need for additional years of funding, up to a maximum of a 60-month or 5-year project period should be identified in the application (Item 17 on Standard Form (SF) 424), in the project narrative, and in the budget. Continuation awards for subsequent years will be considered on a noncompetitive basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress by the grantee, the grantee's continued eligibility status, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Federal Government. Grantees will receive instructions on how to submit non-competing continuation applications during the first budget period to request funds for subsequent budget periods. For each additional year of funding requested, grantees must complete a non-competing continuation application no later than 90 days prior to the end of the current budget period. Applications for non-competing continuation awards should include a sufficiently detailed work plan for the next year of funding, linked to an updated plan of activities for the remaining years of the proposed project period.

DEFINITIONS

Budget Period: The period of time for which funds are made available to a particular grantee. There will be five 12-month budget periods for the project period. The project period may be up to 60 months in length.

Project Period: The total length of the proposed project, which is up to 60 months. The project period start date is anticipated as August 31, 2013, but will be no later than September 30, 2013. As an example, for a 60-month proposed project, the project period would start approximately August 31, 2013, and end August 30, 2018.

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

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OPRE

OPRE staff will collaboratively negotiate with the recipient of funds regarding the roles and responsibilities outlined in this announcement, prior to finalizing the Cooperative Agreement. This will include discussions regarding whether there are gaps or weaknesses identified by the review panel that need to be addressed, such as additional areas of expertise or support needed within the Center’s organizational structure, and working with the grantee to address significant gaps or weaknesses. The Federal Project Officer and other ACF staff, as needed, will participate in the Steering Committee to provide input, information, assistance, and feedback reflecting ACF’s programmatic and research goals and to remain informed about project activities and progress. ACF staff will provide feedback regarding grantee proposed plans and products to ensure that the activities and the products developed are filling needs and are relevant and translatable to the policy and practice communities. ACF staff will also provide feedback to ensure that the Center's resources and activities are dedicated proportionately to reflect the purposes of the funding streams supporting the Center. ACF staff will identify opportunities for the Center to partner or link to other ACF and federal efforts related to Center goals in order to maximize the relevance and reach of Center products and activities.

See Section I. Funding Opportunity Description for a description of the responsibilities and structure required of the grantee under this award.

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

III. Eligibility Information
III.1. Eligible Applicants

Eligibility is limited to: (a) institutions of higher education, and (b) non-profit and for-profit research organizations. Faith-based and community organizations that are research organizations, and meet other eligibility requirements, are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Institutions of higher education are required to be accredited by one of the accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation. 

Research organizations must have proof of Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects. (http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/assurances/assurances/index.html).

Non-profit organizations include organizations with, and without, 501(c)(3) status. All non-profit organizations will be required to provide proof of their status as a non-profit organization in Section IV.2. Project Description, Legal Status of Applicant Entity.

Justification for limiting the competition to accredited institutions of higher education and to research organizations with proof of FWA is based on the rationale that accredited institutions of higher education and non-profit/for-profit research organizations with FWA can provide the infrastructure to conduct ethical, high-quality research.  

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards under this announcement. See Section III.3. Other.

See "Legal Status of Applicant Entity" in Section IV.2 for documentation required to support eligibility.
 
III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No
 
III.3. Other

DUNS Number and System for Award Management Eligibility Requirements (SAM.gov)


All applicants must have a DUNS number (www.dnb.com) and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, www.sam.gov) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Finalize a new, or renew an existing, registration at least two weeks before the application deadline. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit your application or receive an award. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline. See the SAM Quick Guide for Grantees at: https:// www.sam.gov /sam /transcript /SAM_Quick_Guide_Grants_Registrations-v1.6.pdf.

HHS requires all entities that plan to apply for, and ultimately receive, federal grant funds from any HHS Agency, or receive subawards directly from recipients of those grant funds to:   

  • Be registered in the SAM prior to submitting an application or plan;
  • Maintain an active SAM 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 active DUNS number in each application or plan it submits to the OPDIV.

ACF is prohibited from making an award 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, ACF:   

  • 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.

APPLICATION DISQUALIFICATION FACTORS


Applications from individuals, foreign entities, or sole proprietorship organizations will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Award Ceiling Disqualification

Applications that request an award amount exceeding the Award Ceiling per budget period, or per project period, as stated in Section II. Award Information, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. This disqualification applies only to the Award Ceiling listed for first 12-month budget period for projects with multiple budget periods. If the project and budget period are the same, the disqualification applies to the Award Ceiling listed for the project period.

Application Submission Disqualifications

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.govApplicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow these applicants to submit an application in paper format. Information on requesting an exemption from electronic application submission is found in Section IV.2. Application Submission Options.

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times. Electronic applications submitted to www.Grants.gov after 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date, as indicated by a dated and time-stamped email from www.Grants.gov, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. That is, applications submitted to www.Grants.gov, on or after 12:00 a.m., ET, on the day after the due date will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applications submitted to www.Grants.gov at any time during the open application period, and prior to the due date and time, which fail the Grants.gov validation check, will not be received at or acknowledged by ACF.

Each time an application is submitted via www.Grants.gov, the application will receive a new date and time-stamp email. Only those applications with on-time date and time stamps that result in a validated application, which is transmitted to ACF, will be acknowledged.

The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed in the
Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times. Paper applications received after 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.  Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. See "Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission" in Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission.

Applications that are disqualified under any of these circumstances will receive written notification by letter or by email.

 

Applications received from public, private, or State-controlled institutions of education that do not include proof of accreditation as an institution of higher education by one of the accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Post-secondary Accreditation will be disqualified from competitive review and from receiving an award under this announcement. Acceptable documentation as proof of accreditation includes: 

1. A current letter from a nationally recognized accrediting agency acknowledging the applicant's accreditation as an institution of higher education, or 

2. Applicant's identification number (OPE ID) registered with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education, which can be found at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.  

Applications received from research organizations that do not include proof of active Federalwide Assurance (FWA) issued by the Office of Human Research Protections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be disqualified from competitive review and from receiving an award under this announcement. Information regarding obtaining an FWA can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/assurances/index.html

IV. Application and Submission Information

IV.1. Address to Request Application Package

OPRE Review Team: Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax , VA 22031-6050
Phone: (877) 350-5913
Fax: (703) 934-3740
Email: HispanicResearch@icfi.com


Electronic Application Submission:
The electronic application submission package is available at www.Grants.gov.

Applications in Paper Format:
For applicants that have received an exemption to submit applications in paper format, Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available at the ACF Funding Opportunities Forms webpage at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants-forms. See Section IV.2.Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission if applicants do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents (files) to www.Grants.gov.

Standard Forms that are compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d): Available at the Grants.gov Forms Repository website and at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_forms.

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

FORMATTING ACF APPLICATIONS


FOR ALL ACF APPLICATIONS:

Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR)

The AOR is an individual(s), named by the applicant/recipient organization, who is authorized to act for the applicant/recipient and to assume the obligations imposed by the federal laws, regulations, requirements, and conditions that apply to grant applications or awards.  Each applicant must designate an AOR.

AOR authorization is part of the registration process at www.Grants.gov, where the AOR will create a short profile and obtain a username and password from the Grants.gov Credential Provider. AORs will only be authorized for the DUNS number registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Point of Contact

In addition to the AOR, a point of contact on matters involving the application must also be identified. The point of contact, known as the Project Director or Principal Investigator, should not be identical to the person identified as the AOR. The point of contact must be available to answer any questions pertaining to the application.

Application Checklist

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.

Follow the instructions provided in this application formatting section to ensure that your application does not exceeded the page limitations and can be printed efficiently and consistently for the competitive review.

Accepted Font Styles:

All applicants must use 12-point font in Times New Roman (TNR).

Page Limitations for Application Submissions

Applicants must observe the page limitations listed later in this section. Page limitations do not include OMB-approved Standard Forms (SFs) and OMB-approved forms

All applications must be double-spaced and in Times New Roman, 12-point font.  An application that exceeds the cited page limitation for double-spaced pages in the Project Description file or the Appendices file will have the extra pages removed and these pages will not be reviewed.

Page limitations apply to electronically submitted and paper format applications. For applications that are single-spaced and/or one-and-a-half spaced (in whole or in part, except for the exempted elements listed later in this section) and/or use a font smaller than TNR, 12-point, ACF will use a formula to determine the actual number of pages. The formula counts the number of characters an applicant uses when following the instructions and using 12-point TNR and then compares the resulting number with that of the submitted application. For example, an applicant using TNR, 11-point font, with 1-inch margins all around, and single-spacing, would have an additional 26 lines, or 1500 characters, which is equal to 4/5 of an additional page. Extra pages resulting from this formula will be removed and will not be reviewed.

Be sure to print the Project Description and Appendices documents on paper and count the number of pages for each file before submission. Keep the printed copy as a hard copy of your application for your files.

Copies Required

Applicants must submit one complete copy of the application package electronically. Applicants submitting electronic applications need not provide additional copies of their application package.

Applicants submitting applications in paper format must submit one original and two copies of the complete application, including all Standard Forms and OMB-approved forms. The original copy must have original signatures.

Signatures

Applicants submitting electronic applications must follow the AOR Authorization and E-Biz POC instructions provided at www.Grants.gov.

The original of a paper format application must include original signatures.

Accepted Application Format

With the exception of the required Standard Forms and OMB-approved forms, all application materials must be formatted so that they will print out onto 8 ½" x 11" white paper with 1-inch margins all around. The Project Description and Appendices files must be numbered separately. The font size on any scanned documents must be large enough so that it is readable. Do not scan more than one page of a document on a single page. Application pages with two or more pages of a document scanned to it will be removed and will not be reviewed.

Elements Exempted from Double-Spacing Requirements

The following elements of the application submission are exempt from the double-spacing requirements listed earlier in this section: the one-page Project Summary/Abstract, required Assurances and Certifications, required Standard Forms, required OMB-approved forms, resumes, logic models, proof of legal status/non-profit status, contracts, and the Budget Justification. These items may be single-spaced. The Project Summary/Abstract is required to be one single-spaced page in 12-point font with 1-inch margins.  The Budget Justification may be single-spaced but must be in 12-point font.  Resumes must be in 12-point font, but are not required to be double-spaced. The font size on any scanned documents must be large enough so that it is readable.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applicants are required to submit their applications electronically unless they have requested and received an exemption that will allow submission in paper format. See Section IV.2. Application Submission Options for information about requesting an exemption.

Electronic applications will only be accepted via www.Grants.gov. ACF will not accept applications submitted via email or via facsimile.

Application Upload Requirements

Each applicant is required to upload ONLY two electronic files, excluding Standard Forms and OMB-approved forms. No more than two files will be accepted for the review, and additional files will be removed.  Standard Forms and OMB-approved forms will not be considered additional files.   

ACF strongly recommends that electronic applications be uploaded as Portable Document Files (PDFs). One file must contain the entire Project Description and Budget Justification; the other file must contain all documents required in the Appendices. Details on the content of each of the two files, as well as page limitations for each, are listed later in this section.

To adhere to the two file requirement, applicants may need to convert and/or merge documents together using a PDF converter software. Many recent versions of Microsoft Office include the ability to save documents to the PDF format without need of additional software. Applicants using the Adobe Professional software suite will be able to merge these documents together.  ACF recommends merging documents electronically rather than scanning multiple documents into one document manually, as scanned documents may have reduced clarity and readability.    

However, ACF understands that all applicants may not have access to this software. Grants.gov offers a listing of several free PDF conversion programs. These programs can be found on Grants.gov by clicking on ‘Applicant Resources’ on the far left side of the home page, and then by following the link to ‘Download Software’ near the top of the screen, or by clicking HERE . Free PDF software is available on this page that will allow users to convert and merge PDF documents. As an example, ACF is providing written instructions on downloading and using one type of free software listed at Grants.gov at the following link: https:// www.acf.hhs.gov/ sites/default/ files/assets/ pdf995_instructions_ for_video.pdf.  A video demonstrating this process is also available at: http://www. youtube.com/ watch?v=lOly0HwXPsA. ACF does not endorse any of the software listed on Grants.gov, and applicants are not required to use a specific type of PDF conversion software to submit an application.    

NOTE: Applications submitted via www.Grants.gov will undergo a validation check. See Section IV.2. Application Submission Options for more information. The validation check can affect whether the application is accepted for review. If an application fails the Grants.gov validation check and is not resubmitted by 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date, it will not be transmitted to ACF and will be excluded from the review. If an applicant resubmits their application to Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date and the application does not pass the validation check, it will not be transmitted to ACF and will be excluded from the review.

Required Standard Forms (SFs) and OMB-approved Forms

Standard Forms (SFs) and OMB-approved forms, such as the SF-424 application and budget forms and the SF-P/PSL (Project/Performance Site Location), are uploaded separately at Grants.gov. These forms are submitted separately from the Project Description and Appendices files. See Section IV.2. Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications for the listing of required Standard Forms, OMB-approved forms, and required assurances and certifications.

Carefully observe the file naming conventions required by www.Grants.gov
Limit file names to 50 characters and do not use special characters (example: &,-,*,%,/,#) including periods (.), blank spaces, and accent marks, within application form fields, and file attachment names. An underscore (_) may be used to separate a file name.

Use only file formats supported by ACF
It is critical that applicants submit applications using only the supported file formats listed here. While ACF supports all of the following file formats, we strongly recommend that the two application submission files (Project Description and Appendices) are uploaded as PDF documents in order to comply with the two file upload limitation. Documents in file formats that are not supported by ACF will be removed from the application and will not be used in the competitive review. This may make the application incomplete and ACF will not make any awards based on an incomplete application.

ACF supports the following file formats:

  • Adobe PDF – Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls or .xlsx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)
  • Corel WordPerfect (.wpd)
  • Image Formats (.JPG, .GIF, .TIFF, or .BMP only)

Do Not Encrypt or Password-Protect the Electronic Application Files

If ACF cannot access submitted electronic files because they are encrypted or password protected, the affected file will be removed from the application and will not be reviewed. This removal may make the application incomplete and ACF will not make awards based on an incomplete application.

FORMATTING FOR PAPER APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS:

The following requirements are only applicable to applications submitted in paper format. Applicants must receive an exemption from ACF in order for a paper format application to be accepted for review. See Section IV.2. Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission later in this section under Application Submission Options for more information. 

Signatures

An original signature of the AOR is required only on the original copy of paper format application submissions. A point of contact on matters involving the application must 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.

Format Requirements for Paper Applications

All application materials must be submitted on 8 ½" x 11" white paper with 1-inch margins. Applications must be in two sections. The first section must contain the entire Project Description and Budget Justification, and the second section must contain all required Appendices. The pages of the two sections must be separately and sequentially numbered.

All copies of mailed or hand-delivered paper applications must be submitted in a single package. If an applicant is submitting multiple applications under a single FOA, or multiple applications under separate FOAs, each application submission must be packaged separately. The package(s) must be clearly labeled for the specific FOA it addresses by FOA title and by Funding Opportunity Number (FON).

Because each application will be duplicated, do not use or include separate covers, binders, clips, tabs, plastic inserts, maps, brochures, or any other items that cannot be processed easily on a photocopy machine with an automatic feed. Do not bind, clip, staple, or fasten in any way separate sections of the application. Applicants are advised that the copies of the application submitted, not the original, will be reproduced by the federal government for review. All application materials must be one-sided for duplication purposes.

Instructions on the order of assembly for paper application submissions are available later in this formatting section.

Addresses for Submission of Paper Applications

See Section IV.6. Other Submission Requirements for addresses for paper format application submissions.

Page Limitations and Content of the Application for All Submission Formats:

1. Page Limits and Numbering. Applicants must limit their entire application (i.e., the two application files) to 125 pages. Pages submitted beyond the first 125 in the two application submission files will be removed prior to panel review. See description in this Section for Accepted Application Format and Application Upload Requirements.

a) As described earlier in this Section, the required Standard Forms (SF) and OMB-approved forms are submitted separately from the Project Description and Appendices files and, therefore, are not included in the 125-page limit. Applicants are reminded to include all required forms and materials.

b) Applicants must limit the file containing the Project Description and Budget Justification to 75 pages total. Applicants must number the pages of the file, beginning with the Table of Contents. Note: References and Budget Justification may be single-spaced, as described in this Section in Elements Exempted from Double-Spacing Requirements

c) Applicants must limit the file containing appendices to 50 pages. There is a 5-page limit for each appendix; numbering must be restarted for each appendix.

2. Writing Style. The proposal should be consistent with the format and style guidelines of the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association


Organization of Application:

Applicants are strongly advised to use headings and subheadings that correspond to the required information, application sections, and evaluation criteria. Sections must be carefully labeled to ease reviewers' identification of information relevant to the application review criteria. Additional headers and subheaders may also be used to organize the content of each section, as appropriate. References and project timelines must be included in the Project Description section, not in the Appendices. 

1. Project Description: The project description should be carefully developed in accordance with ACF's research goals and agenda as described in Section I. Funding Opportunity Description and attend to the criteria that will be used to evaluate the applications as described in Section V.I. CriteriaWe suggest organizing the Project Description (narrative) file according to the sections presented below. See additional instructions later in this Section (under "The Project Description") for details on preparing the full project description.     

a) Table of Contents

b) Project Summary/Abstract (single-spaced, one page maximum)

c) Objectives and Proposed Priority Areas

d) Plan to Advance a Research Agenda

e) Plan to Build Research Capacity in the Field

f) Plan for Supplemental Activities

g) Plan to Disseminate Research

h) Proposed Staff 

i) Organizational Plan

j) Project Sustainability Plan

k) Budget and Budget Justification

2.  Appendices should include any documentation of eligibility status, resumes/curriculum vitaes, letters of support, memoranda of understanding or other evidence of agreements or partnerships described in the proposed project. We suggest organizing the Appendices file in the order presented below (as applicable).

a) Table of Contents

b) Required Documentation of Eligibility Status

c) Plan for Oversight of Federal Award Funds

d) Resumes/Curriculum Vitaes

e) Memoranda of Understanding and/or Letters of Agreement

f) Letters of Support

g) Other Materials in Support of the Proposal


Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications

Applicants seeking grant or cooperative agreement awards under this announcement must submit the listed Standard Forms (SFs), assurances, and certifications with the application. 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

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Submission required of all applicants with the application package.  If it is not submitted with the application package, it may also be submitted prior to the award of a grant.

Submission of this Certification is required for all applications.

SF-424 Key Contact Form

Submission is required for all applicants by the application due date.

Required for all applications.

SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities

If applicable, submission of this form is due at the time of application. 

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.

Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants

Submission is voluntary.
Submission may be made with the application by the application due date listed in the Overview
and Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.  Or, it may be submitted prior to the award of a grant.

Private, non-profit organizations (not including private universities) are encouraged to submit the survey with their applications. Submission of the survey is voluntary.  Applicants applying electronically may submit the survey along with the application as part of an appendix or as a separate document.  Hard copy submissions should include the survey in a separate envelope.

Proof of Accreditation for Institutions of Higher Education

If applicable, submission of required information is due at the time of application. 

Required for all institutions of higher education applying for an award under this announcement. 

See Section III.1. Eligible Applicants and Section III.3. Application Disqualification Factors for specific documentation requirements related to eligibility. 

SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance

and

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

Submission is required for all applicants by the application due date.

Required for all applications.

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

and

SF-424B - Assurances - Non-Construction Programs

Submission is required for all applicants when applying for a non-construction project. Standard Forms must be used.  Forms must be submitted by the application due date.

Required for all applications when applying for a non-construction project. By signing and submitting the SF-424B, applicants are making the appropriate certification of their compliance with all federal statutes relating to nondiscrimination.

DUNS Number (Universal Identifier) and Systems for Award Management (SAM) registration.

A DUNS number is required of all applicants.

To obtain a DUNS number, go to 

http:// fedgov.dnb. com/ webform

Active registration at the

Systems Award Management (SAM)

website must be maintained throughout

the application and project award period.

SAM registration is available at 

http://www.sam.gov.

A DUNS number and SAM

registration are eligibility

requirements for all applicants.

See Section III.3. Other

for information on obtaining

a DUNS number at

http:// fedgov. dnb.com / webform

and registration at SAM.gov

at http://www.sam.gov.

Proof of Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects

If applicable, submission of the required information is due at the time of application. 

Required for all research organizations applying for an award under this announcement. 

See Section III.1. Eligible Applicants and Section III.3. Application Disqualification Factors for specific documentation requirements related to eligibility.

Certification of Filing and Payment of Federal Taxes

Submission of a certification is required prior to award for grantees receiving more than $5,000,000 in Federal funding for the first budget year of a multi-year project; or for grantees receiving more than $5,000,000 in Federal funding for a one-year (12 months) project period; or for grantees receiving more than $5,000,000 in Federal funding for a multiyear project
 to be fully funded.

Applicants are advised of the following requirement contained in Section 523 of the "Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008," (P.L. 110-161, Division G).  This requirement remains in effect:

Sec. 523.  

None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, the contractor or grantee has filed all Federal tax returns required during the three years preceding the certification, has not been convicted of a criminal offense under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and has not, more than 90 days prior to certification, been notified of any unpaid Federal tax assessment for which the liability remains unsatisfied, unless the assessment is the subject of an installment agreement or offer in compromise that has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service and is not in default, or the assessment is the subject of a non-frivolous administrative or judicial proceeding. [Emphasis Added] 

Accordingly, if applicants request more than $5 million in Federal funds for the first budget year of a multiyear project to be funded in FY 2010, or as a multiyear project to be fully funded in FY 2010, the applicant will be required to submit a certification complying with the requirements, prior to receiving an award. 



SF-424 Key Contact Form

Referenced above in Section IV.2. Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications. Found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants-forms and at the Grants.gov Forms Repository at http://www. grants.gov/ agencies/  aforms_repository_information.jsp. Specifically, include current contact information for proposed Center Director or, if different, person authorized and available to speak regarding application between date of submission and September 30, 2013.

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.
IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission (contd.)

The Project Description

Part I: The Project Description Overview

Purpose

The project description provides the majority of information by which an application is evaluated and ranked in competition with other applications for available assistance.  It should address the activity for which federal funds are being requested, and should be consistent with the goals and objectives of the program as described in Section I. Funding Opportunity Description.  Supporting documents should be included where they can present information clearly and succinctly.  When appropriate, applicants should cite the evaluation criteria that are relevant to specific components of their project description.   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

Applicants should develop 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 must prepare the project description statement in accordance with the following instructions while being aware of the specified evaluation criteria in Section V.1. Criteria.  The text options give a broad overview of what the project description should include while the evaluation criteria identify the measures that will be used to evaluate applications.

Letter of Intent

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. Please submit the letter of intent by the deadline date listed in Section IV.3 Submission Dates and Times.

 The letter of intent should include the following information: number and title of this announcement; the name and address of the applicant organization; and/or Fiscal Agent (if known); and the name, phone number, fax number and email address of a contact person.

 Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional.  Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

Submit the Letter of Intent to the following address:

OPRE Review Team: Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families

c/o ICF International

9300 Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22031-6050

Table of Contents

List the contents of the application including corresponding page numbers. The table of contents must be single spaced and will be counted against the total page limitations.

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, in Times New Roman 12-point font, and limited to one page in length. Additional pages will be removed and will not be reviewed.


Approach

Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how the proposed project will be accomplished.  Applicants must account for all functions or activities identified in the application. Describe any design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and/or community involvement in the project. Provide a list of organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key individuals that will work on the project, along with a short description of the nature of their effort or contribution.

 Cite potential obstacles and challenges to accomplishing project goals and explain strategies that will be used to address these challenges.

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON HISPANIC CHILDREN AND FAMILIES GRANT PROGRAM

The Center is expected to: (1) advance a national research agenda related to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families; (2) build capacity in the field to conduct research related to this population; and (3) disseminate research to key stakeholders and to the broader field.  Applicants must provide a five-year plan for accomplishing these goals.  The five-year plan must include a detailed work-plan for the first two years that clearly identifies specific timelines, milestones, activities, and tasks (for an example, see Project Timeline and Milestones below). In addition, applicants must clearly explain how the proposed organizational infrastructure and management will support the pursuit of these goals and the responsibilities defined in this funding opportunity announcement. ACF anticipates that the details of the Center’s research agenda and work plan will be further refined and finalized once the award is made.  

Specifically, applications must contain the following sections:

1.  Objectives and Proposed Priority Areas

The applicant must propose research priority areas related to ACF’s programmatic concerns and the grant program purpose and goals discussed in Sections I.A, 1.B and 1.C, which will form the basis of the Center’s five-year agenda. The application shall present a brief analysis of the key trends (e.g., social, demographic, economic) and knowledge base related to the Center’s proposed priority areas, providing the justification for the proposed course of research and capacity-building activities. The analysis must demonstrate the applicant's grasp of the state of the field and of the implications for ACF’s programmatic concerns regarding Hispanic children and families. The analysis must discuss critical gaps in the knowledge base and in research methodology that the applicant would prioritize among Center activities.

2.  Plan to Advance a Research Agenda

The applicant must propose a two-year research plan (at a minimum), outlining the major research themes to be investigated and including specific examples of activities to address these. In particular, the application must describe activities planned for each of the research priority areas proposed. It also must be specific about short- and long-term research themes and projects, demonstrating the basis for any proposed activities and products. The lines of research described must be concrete enough that project descriptions in subsequent work plans can be viewed as articulating a research theme discussed in the application.

The proposed research activities must be detailed and clear, describing the specific objectives and methodology, as appropriate, for each proposed activity; the skills, expertise and knowledge of any personnel involved; and any partnership development activities with scholars, programs, or other stakeholders.  Applicants must discuss the appropriateness of the approaches proposed, including cultural and linguistic as well as methodological considerations.

An application that simply contains an ad hoc categorization of an unstructured set of research projects or activities—as opposed to a set of projects that reflects a coherent theme—will be judged unfavorably.  The successful applicant will demonstrate the importance of the proposed projects’ questions and objectives to the field, will describe rigorous and appropriate approaches to meet the objectives, and will convincingly demonstrate that the projects and approaches will significantly enhance the knowledge base.  

In addition, the application must propose a long-term research planning process and quality assurance plan for all Center research activities over the course of the five-year project period, including involvement of the Steering Committee and Technical Work Group. The first year of the process may reflect more developmental, but still substantial, activities (i.e., identifying gaps in the field; reviews and secondary analyses; piloting; team development; establishing formal partnerships; refining activities and schedule), while the plan for later years may reflect more substantial research activities such as data collection and data analysis.

3. Plan to Build Research Capacity in the Field

Applicants must propose a detailed plan to build capacity in the field to conduct valid and culturally competent research addressing ACF policies/programs related to Hispanic populations.  The proposed plan must include two components – developing resources for the field and supporting emerging scholars.

First, applicants must propose a set of activities to build long-term capacity for valid, reliable, culturally and linguistically sound research on the social and economic well-being of Hispanic children and families and on programs to effectively serve them. Such activities might include the development of tools, resources, and approaches for the research field at large. Applicants must propose specific activities following from the research priorities identified. For example, specific activities might aim to improve the quality of survey data collected with Hispanic populations by identifying critical constructs and valid instruments to measure these, as well as developing resources and supports to increase their use in the field.

Second, applicants must propose training and mentoring activities for emerging scholars, describing how they will benefit from exposure to and participation in the ongoing research and other activities of the Center and how students and emerging scholars will be encouraged to pursue studies in the identified research priorities or focused on related areas concerning Hispanic populations. Applicants must provide details of any program to reach undergraduates or graduate students to expand participation in the field and to attract a diversified pool of talented researchers into careers focused on low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families.

This section should discuss any arrangements and expectations for students, research assistants, post-docs, resident scholars, etc., as well as any mentors, other staff, or organizations that will have roles in engaging and training emerging scholars.  Applicants must discuss methods to ensure diversity and expand the diversity of scholars investigating poverty and related issues among Hispanics.

Applicants must demonstrate how scholars outside of the grantee institution will benefit from the activities of the Center that are focused on building capacity in the research field and will be encouraged and supported to pursue culturally competent and policy-relevant research focused on low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families.

4.  Plan for Supplemental Activities

The applicant must demonstrate capacity to conduct supplemental policy-relevant projects (e.g., relevant expertise and availability of Center personnel, proposed consultants, subcontracts, or other plans for timely and efficient completion of such activities). Applicants must discuss proposed infrastructure and processes to support this function, including the personnel, as well as the effort and funds devoted to completing supplemental activities as they arise. ACF does not expect applicants to provide highly detailed research plans for supplemental activities in the application; however, proposals must provide evidence of sufficient capacity, planning, and flexibility to support timely and high-quality responses to ACF requests for research expertise related to the Center’s goals.

5. Plan to Disseminate Research

Applicants must propose specific products or communications (interim, long-term) resulting from all research activities, as well as intended audience(s) for each and any specific channels proposed for dissemination, to support the goals of the Center. In addition to identifying potential products, applicants must include a detailed plan that describes a process for identifying and developing products and communications to effectively reach and inform key audiences, including the research community, federal and state policymakers, program administrators, and any partners or communities engaged in the course of research. The proposed plan must demonstrate strong links to the goals and objectives of the Center. The proposal must include details regarding Center resources that will address dissemination (e.g., logistics and technical support, quality-control and management). As appropriate to the planned activities, the proposal will fully describe the expertise, skills, and knowledge of proposed personnel or partners with respect to the completion of high-quality products, including presentations, events, or communication through other media.

In developing a plan, applicants are encouraged to consult OPRE resources addressing dissemination of human services research, and particularly the report titled The Value-Added Research Dissemination Framework (available on ACF’s website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/opre-research-dissemination-project-2010-2012). Applicants are also encouraged to include procedures to support compliance with the standards for electronic media (Section 508 of the amended Rehabilitation Act (“Section 508”)) to eliminate barriers that might interfere with the ability of individuals with disabilities to fully access Web-delivered information and fully utilize Web-based tools and services.

6.  Staff and Organizational Plan

The application must propose a staffing and organizational plan for the Center, including analysis and description of the skills and background needed among staff members and the Center's organizational structure and linkages with the host institution and other organizations. The application must specify how it will assure a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to achieving the goals of the Center, and where appropriate, the necessary links to university/college departments or units, other organizations and scholars engaged in research, and public/government and community stakeholders.

The applicant must identify the Center Director(s) (or Principal Investigator(s)) and key Center staff, such as senior research staff, project managers, communications and technical personnel, etc. Full resumes or curriculum vitae of proposed staff members shall be included as a separate appendix to the application (see Organizational Capacity later in Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission, Project Description for more information on documentation). The applicant must describe the roles and expected contributions of all proposed personnel. The time commitment to the Center and other existing commitments for each proposed Center staff member must be clearly indicated in chart form. In addition, the authors of the application and the roles that each person will play in the proposed Center must be specified.

If the applicant envisions an arrangement among two or more institutions, this section will describe the specifics about the relationships, including leadership, management, and administration. The applicant must describe what steps will be taken to develop the Center’s presence in the broader research and policy communities.

The application must also discuss the proposed role, procedures, and expected contributions of the Technical Work Group.  The proposal must include a list of proposed members of the technical work group, including sufficient details to assess their appropriate expertise. Clear and practical plans for communication and utilization of the Technical Work Group (in informing and refining Center activities) will strengthen the application.

Project Timeline and Milestones

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

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

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

When applying electronically, it is strongly suggested that the applicant attach proof of non-profit status with the electronic application.

Additional Eligibility Documentation

Applicants must provide the additional, required documentation, or required credentials, to support eligibility for an award, as described in Section III. Eligibility Information of this announcement:

Applications received from public, private, or State-controlled institutions of education must provide proof of accreditation by one of the regional accrediting commissions recognized by the Department of Education and the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation.

Applications received from research organizations must include proof of Federalwide Assurance (FWA) issued by the Office of Human Research Protections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Project Sustainability Plan

Applicants must propose a plan for project sustainability after the period of federal funding ends. Grantees are expected to sustain key elements of their grant projects, e.g., strategies or services and interventions, which have been effective in improving practices and those that have led to improved outcomes for children and families.

Describe the approach to project sustainment that will be most effective and feasible. Describe the key individuals and/or organizations whose support will be required in order to sustain program activities. Describe the types of alternative support that will be required to sustain the planned program. If the proposed project involves key project partners, describe how their cooperation and/or collaboration will be maintained after the end of federal funding.

Organizational Capacity

Provide the following information on the applicant organization and, if applicable, on any cooperating partners:

  • Organizational charts;
  • Resumes (no more than two single-spaced pages in length);
  • Curricula Vitae (CV);
  • Biographical Sketches (short narrative description);
  • Evidence that the applicant organization, and any partnering organizations, have relevant experience and expertise with administration, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of programs similar to that offered under this announcement;
  • Evidence that each participating organization, including partners and/or subcontractors, possess the organizational capability to fulfill their role(s) and function(s) effectively;
  • Child care licenses and other documentation of professional accreditation;
  • Job descriptions for each vacant key position.
Third-Party Agreements

Third-party agreements include Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and Letters of Commitment. General letters of support are not considered to be third-party agreements. Third-party agreements must clearly describe the project activities and support to which the third party is committing.  Third-party agreements must be signed by the person in the third-party organization with the authority to make such commitments on behalf of their organization.

Provide written and signed agreements between grantees and subgrantees, or subcontractors, or other cooperating entities. These agreements must detail the scope of work to be performed, work schedules, remuneration, and other terms and conditions that structure or define the relationship.
Collaboration/consortia applicants must provide letters of commitment or MOU identifying the primary applicant that is responsible for administering the grant. The primary applicant must provide documentation of the commitments made by partnering organizations and describe in detail their roles and responsibilities as partners in the collaboration/consortia.
Letters Of Support

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

Plan for Oversight of Federal Award Funds

Provide a plan describing how oversight of federal funds will be ensured and how grant activities and partner(s) will adhere to applicable federal and programmatic regulations. Applicants must identify staff that will be responsible for maintaining oversight of program activities, staff, and partner(s). Applicants must describe procedures and policies used to oversee staff and/or partners/contractors.

Describe organizational records systems that relate financial data to performance data by identifying the source and application of federal funds so that they demonstrate effective control over and accountability for funds, compare outlays with budget amounts, and provide accounting records supported by source documentation.

The Project Budget and Budget Justification

All applicants are required to submit a project budget and budget justification with their application. The project budget is input on the Budget Information Standard Form, either SF-424A or SF-424C, according to the directions provided with the SFs. The budget justification consists of a budget narrative and a line-item budget detail that includes detailed calculations for "object class categories" identified on the Budget Information Standard Form.

Project budget calculations must include estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated. If matching or cost sharing is a requirement, applicants must include a detailed listing of any funding sources identified in Block 18 of the SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance). See the table in Section IV.2. Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications listing the appropriate budget forms to use in this application.

Special Note: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub.L. 112-74), enacted December 23, 2011, limits the salary amount that may be awarded and charged to ACF grants and cooperative agreements. Award funds issued under this announcement may not be used to pay the salary, or any percentage of salary, to an individual at a rate in excess of Executive Level II. The Executive Level II salary of the Federal Executive Pay scale is $179,700 (http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/html/ex.asp). This amount reflects an individual’s base salary exclusive of fringe benefits and any income that an individual may be permitted to earn outside of the duties to the applicant organization.  This salary limitation also applies to subawards/subcontracts under a ACF grant or cooperative agreement.

Provide a budget justification using the 424A and/or 424C, as applicable, for each year of the proposed project. Provide a budget justification, which includes a budget narrative and a line-item detail, for each year of the proposed project. The budget narrative should describe how the categorical costs are derived. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, and allocation of the proposed costs.

The proposed budget and budget justification (i.e., narrative) for the Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families should reflect the full project period that is proposed by the applicant (i.e., up to a maximum of five years). This information should link the core management functions, research, capacity building, and dissemination activities to the Center funding level. This section should discuss how the budget for the full project period supports proposed research, capacity building, and dissemination activities, as well as supplemental activities. The budget for the first two years of funding should be sufficiently detailed to demonstrate support for the specific activities proposed, while linking to the overall plan and budget for the full project period. The discussion should include the appropriateness of the level and distribution of funds to the successful completion of ACF’s research, capacity building, and dissemination goals (as described in Section I.C) and additional responsibilities (as described in Section I.E) over the five-year project period. Levels of effort and/or funding should reflect the required percentages to be devoted to specific program goals (as described in Section I.C). 

The availability, potential availability or prospects for other funds (from the host university, other universities, foundations, states, other federal agencies, etc.) and the uses to which they would be put, should be documented in this section. Amounts of non-federal resources that will be used to support the project should be identified in Block 18 of the SF-424.  The inclusion of non-federal funding is voluntary and not required. The value of non-federal funds will not evaluated under the evaluation criteria in Section V.1. Grantees will be held accountable for projected commitments of non-federal funds in their application budgets and budget justifications, by budget period, or risk disallowances.

General

Use the following guidelines for preparing the budget and budget justification.  When a match or cost share is required, both federal and non-federal resources must be detailed and justified in the budget and budget narrative justification. "Federal resources" refers only to the ACF grant funds for which the applicant is 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. Contractors and consultants should not be placed under this category.

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, and taxes.


Travel

Description:  Costs of out-of-state or overnight project-related travel by employees of the applicant organization. Do not include in-state travel or 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 project staff to attend ACF-sponsored workshops/conferences/grantee orientations 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 per unit 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 applicant organization's regular written accounting practices.) 

Justification:  For each type of equipment requested applicants must provide a description of the equipment; the cost per unit; the number of units; the total cost; and a plan for use of the equipment in the project; as well as a plan for the 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.  This includes office and other consumable supplies with a per-unit cost of less than $5,000.

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 third-party evaluation contracts, if applicable, and contracts with secondary recipient organizations (with budget detail), including delegate agencies and specific project(s) and/or businesses to be financed by the applicant.  This area is not for individual consultants.

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 by 41 U.S.C. § 134 and 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 contractor/sub-contractor, by agency title, along with the same supporting information referred to in these instructions.  If the applicant plans to select the contractors/sub-contractors post-award and a detailed budget is not available at the time of application, the applicant must provide information on the nature of the work to be delegated, the estimated costs, and the process for selecting the delegate agency.

Other

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

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

Indirect Charges

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

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

Paperwork Reduction Disclaimer

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. §§ 3501-3521, the public reporting burden for the Project Description is estimated to average 60 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 10/31/2015. 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

  • Additional guidance on the submission of electronic applications can be found at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.
  • If applicants encounter any technical difficulties in using www.Grants.gov, 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 always retain Grants.gov Contact Center service ticket number(s) as they may be needed for future reference.
  • Contact with the Grants.gov Contact Center prior to the listed application due date and time does not ensure acceptance of an application. If difficulties are encountered, the Grants Management Officer listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts will determine whether the submission issues are due to Grants.gov system errors or user error.

Application Validation at www.Grants.gov

After an application has been successfully submitted to www.Grants.gov, it still must pass a series of validation checks.  After an application is submitted, Grants.gov generates a submission receipt via email and also sets the application status to "Received." This receipt verifies that the application has been successfully delivered to the Grants.gov system.

Next, Grants.gov verifies the submission is valid by ensuring it does not contain viruses, the opportunity is still open, and the applicant login and applicant DUNS number match. If the submission is valid, Grants.gov generates a submission validation receipt via email and sets the application status to "Validated."

If the application is not validated, the application status is set to "Rejected." The system sends a rejection email notification to the applicant and the applicant must re-submit the application package. See "What to Expect After Submitting" at www.Grants.gov for more information.

Each time an application is submitted, or resubmitted, via www.Grants.gov, the application will receive a new date and time stamp. Only those applications with on-time date and time stamps that result in a validated application, which are transmitted to ACF, will be acknowledged.

Applicants will be provided with an acknowledgement from Grants.gov that the submitted application package has passed, or failed, a series of checks and validations. Applications that are submitted on time that fail the validation check will not be transmitted to ACF and will not be acknowledged.

Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission

ACF recognizes that some applicants may have limited or no Internet access, and/or limited computer capacity, which may prohibit them from uploading large files at www.Grants.gov. To accommodate such applicants, ACF offers an exemption from required electronic submission. The exemption will allow applicants to submit hard copy, paper applications by hand-delivery, applicant courier, overnight/express mail couriers, or by other representatives of the applicant.

To receive an exemption from required electronic application submission, applicants must submit a written request to ACF that must state that the applicant qualifies for the exemption for one of the two following reasons:

  • Lack of Internet access or Internet connection, or
  • Limited computer capacity that prevents the uploading of large documents (files) at www.Grants.gov.

Applicants may request and receive the exemption from required electronic application submission by either:

  • Submitting an email request to electronicappexemption@acf.hhs.gov, or
  • Sending a written request to the Office of Grants Management Contact listed in Section VII. Agency Contacts in this announcement.

Requests for exemption from required electronic application submission will be acknowledged with an approval or disapproval.

Requests that do not state one of the two listed reasons will not be approved.

An exemption is applicable to all applications submitted by the applicant organization during the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) in which it is received. Applicants need only request an exemption once in a FFY.  Applicants must request a new exemption from required electronic submission for any succeeding FFY.

Please Note: electronicappexemption@acf.hhs.gov may only be used to request an exemption from required electronic submission. All other inquiries must be directed to the appropriate Agency Contact listed in Section VII. of this announcement. Queries or requests submitted to this email address for any reason other than a request for an exemption from electronic application submission will not be acknowledged or answered.

All exemption requests must include the following information:

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement Title,
  • Funding Opportunity Number (FON),
  • The listed Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number,
  • Name of Applicant Organization and DUNS Number,
  • AOR name and contact information,
  • Name and contact information of person to be contacted on matters involving the application (i.e., the Point of Contact), and
  • The reason for which the applicant is requesting an exemption from electronic application submission. The request for exemption must state one of the following two reasons: 1) lack of Internet access or Internet connection; or 2) lack of computer capacity that prevents uploading large documents (files) to the Internet.

Exemption requests must be received by ACF no later than two weeks before the application due date, that is, 14 calendar days prior to the application due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times. If the fourteenth calendar day falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date for receipt of an exemption request will move to the next federal business day that follows the weekend or federal holiday.

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.

Paper Format Application Submission

An exemption is now required for the submission of paper applications. See the preceding section on "Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission."

Applicants with exemptions that submit their applications in paper 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 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 paper format application submissions.


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

IV.3. Submission Dates and Times

IV.3. Submission Dates and Times

Due Date for Letter of Intent
Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/28/2013
Due Date for Applications: 07/18/2013

Explanation of Due Dates

The due date for receipt of applications is listed in the Overview section and in this section. See Section III.3. Application Disqualification Factors.

Electronic Applications

The deadline for submission of electronic applications via www.Grants.gov is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date. Electronic applications submitted at 12:00 a.m., ET, on the day after the due date will be considered late and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applicants are required to submit their applications electronically via www.Grants.gov unless they received an exemption through the process described in Section IV.2. Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission.

ACF does not accommodate transmission of applications by email or facsimile.

Instructions for electronic submission via www.Grants.gov are available at: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp.

Applications submitted to www.Grants.gov at any time during the open application period prior to the due date and time that fail the Grants.gov validation check will not be received at ACF. These applications will not be acknowledged.

Mailed Paper Format Applications

The deadline for mailed paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date. Mailed paper applications received after the due date and deadline time will be considered late and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Paper format application submissions will be disqualified if the applicant organization has not received an exemption through the process described in Section IV.2. Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission.

Hand-Delivered Paper Format Applications

Applications that are hand-delivered by applicants, applicant couriers, by overnight/express mail couriers, or other representatives of the applicant must be received on, or before, the due date listed in the Overview and in this section. These applications must be delivered between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., ET,Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays). Applications should be delivered to the address provided in Section IV.6.Other Submission Requirements.

Hand-delivered paper applications received after the due date and deadline time will be considered late and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Hand-delivered paper format application submissions will be disqualified if the applicant organization has not received an exemption through the process described in Section IV.2. Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission.

No appeals will be considered for applications classified as late under the following circumstances:

  • Applications submitted electronically via www.Grants.gov are considered late when they are dated and time-stamped after the deadline of 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date.
  • Paper format applications received by mail or hand-delivery after 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date will be classified as late and will be disqualified.
  • Paper format applications received from applicant organizations that were not approved for an exemption from required electronic application submission under the process described in Section IV.2. Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Submission will be disqualified.

Extensions and/or Waiving Due Date and Receipt Time Requirements

ACF may extend an application due date and receipt time when circumstances make it impossible for applicants to submit their applications on time. These events include natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, tornados, etc.), or when there are widespread disruptions of electrical service, or mail service, or in other rare cases. The determination to extend or waive due date and/or receipt time requirements rests with the Grants Management Officer listed as the Office of Grants Management Contact in Section VII. Agency Contacts.

Acknowledgement from www.Grants.gov

Applicants will receive an initial email upon submission of their application 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's submission. Receipt of this email does not indicate that the application is accepted or that is has passed the validation check.

Applicants will be provided with an acknowledgement from www.Grants.gov that the submitted application package has passed, or failed, a series of checks and validations. Applications that are submitted on time that fail the validation check will not be transmitted to ACF and will not be acknowledged.

See "What to Expect After Submitting" at www.Grants.gov for more information.

Acknowledgement from ACF of an electronic application's submission:

Applicants will be sent additional email(s) from ACF acknowledging that the application has been retrieved from www.Grants.gov by ACF. Receipt of these emails is not an indication that the application is accepted for competition.

Acknowledgement from ACF of receipt of a paper format application

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

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

IV.4. Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs

This program is not subject to Executive Order (E.O.) 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs," or 45 CFR Part 100, "Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities." No action is required of applicants under this announcement with regard 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 or cooperative agreements awarded under this funding opportunity announcement.

Note: Costs incurred for grant application preparation are not considered allowable costs under an award and may not be included in the project budget or budget justification.

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

IV.6. Other Submission Requirements

Submit paper applications to one of the following addresses. See Section IV.2. Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission.

Submission By Mail

OPRE Review Team: Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-6050

Hand Delivery

OPRE Review Team: Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-6050

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

Please note: Reviewers will not access, or review, any materials that are not part of the application documents.  This includes information accessible on websites via hyperlinks that are referenced, or embedded, in the application.  Though an application may include web links, or embedded hyperlinks, reviewers will not review this information as it is not considered to be part of the application documents.  Nor will the information on websites be taken into consideration in scoring of evaluation criteria presented in this section. Reviewers will evaluate and score an application based on the documents that are presented in the application and will not refer to, or access, external links during the objective review.

Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated using the criteria described in this section. The corresponding point values indicate the relative importance placed on each review criterion. Points will be allocated based on the extent to which the application proposal addresses each of the criteria listed. Applicants should address these criteria in their application materials, particularly in the project description and budget justification, as they are the basis upon which competing applications will be judged during the objective review. The required elements of the project description and budget justification may be found in Section IV.2 of this announcement.
 
Objectives and Proposed Priority Areas Maximum Points: 10

1.  The proposal is clearly written, concise, organized, and provides appropriate details. Sections are clearly labeled to make it easier for reviewers to identify information relevant to the evaluation criteria.

2.  The brief analysis of the state of the field:

a. Conveys a strong understanding of past research, key trends, and the current state of research related to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families;

b. Demonstrates the applicant’s firm grasp of the significance of this past research, key trends, and current state of research for ACF’s program and policy priorities; and

c. Identifies critical gaps in the knowledge base, especially in light of ACF’s program and policy priorities.

3.  The Center’s proposed priority areas:

a. Are consistent with the analysis of past research, key trends, and the current state of the research, particularly any critical gaps identified in the knowledge base;

b. Address the topics discussed in Section I.B of this announcement, with clear relevance to the needs and interests of ACF; and

c. Add value to the field more generally.

Approach Maximum Points: 50

Plan to Advance a Research Agenda  (20 points)

1. The plan to advance a research agenda demonstrates a clear and feasible strategy for planning, initiating and maintaining a focused research program of high caliber, including:

a. A clear outline of the major research themes to be investigated over the first two years of the Center and concrete description of the activities planned for each of the research priority areas identified by the applicant;

b. Clear justification of the importance of the proposed research questions and objectives for addressing the priority areas proposed and the field;

c. A research agenda that combines basic and applied research, methods and approaches to rigorously and appropriately meet projects’ objectives as well as enhance the knowledge base; and

d. A sound long-term research planning process for further defining and developing the research agenda over the course of the five-year project period, involving input from stakeholders.

Plan to Build Research Capacity in the Field  (10 points)

2. The applicant demonstrates a clear, feasible, and innovative plan for building capacity and infrastructure to conduct valid and culturally competent research addressing ACF policies/concerns within Hispanic populations, including:

a. A sound plan to develop and promote the use of tools, resources, and approaches for the field to conduct more rigorous and valid research with low-income Hispanic populations;

b. A strong plan to develop and expand a diverse corps of emerging scholars – not only at the grantee institution, but also at other institutions – who focus their research on the experiences of low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families; and

c. Strong strategies for promoting the diversity of scholars investigating poverty and related issues among Hispanics. 

Plan to Disseminate Research (10 points)

3. Proposal includes a plan that would broadly and efficiently communicate research findings and resources to target audiences, including researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, and:

a. Demonstrates strong links and activities, including the development of strategic partnerships, to support short- and long-term goals of the Center;

b. For each planned activity, identifies specific audiences and appropriate products, channels, etc., with clear objectives consistent with goals of the Center; 

c. Includes satisfactory procedures for developing high-quality products and activities; and

d. Includes details regarding sufficient Center resources and qualified staff to support efficient and effective communication and dissemination (e.g., cultural and linguistic competencies, logistics support, quality-control, and management).

Quality of Overall Plan, Flexibility, and Plan for Supplemental Activities (10 points)

4. Overall, the proposed plan:

a. Is detailed and clear;

b. Outlines culturally and linguistically appropriate, innovative approaches to foster rigorous, relevant research and to build research capacity in the field; and

c. Includes the appropriate balance of effort to achieve the goals of the Center (i.e., advancing research, building research capacity, and disseminating research) as well as additional responsibilities (i.e., supplemental activities, meeting and conference participation).

5. The proposal demonstrates the applicant’s commitment to be flexible and to incorporate Federal, Steering Committee, and Technical Work Group feedback to shape the Center’s agenda and includes:

a. How the details of the Center’s agenda and work plan will be refined and prioritized with input from the Steering Committee and Technical Work Group;

b. Plans for involving the Technical Work Group in the development of research agendas;

c. Adequate time and efforts in the first year of the award to consult with key stakeholders and incorporate input prior to finalizing the Center’s agenda; and

d. Plans or procedures for consultation with key stakeholders at critical points throughout the project period, in the course of developing and implementing Center activities.

6. The applicant demonstrates the capacity and commitment to conduct supplemental research activities related to the Center’s goals, including:

a. Clear documentation of relevant expertise and/or plans for acquiring needed expertise to complete ACF policy-relevant projects; and

b. Sound plans for timely completion and high-quality responses to ACF requests for supplemental activities.  

Staff and Organizational Plan Maximum Points: 25

Proposed Staff (15 points)

1. The proposed Center Director has a Ph.D. or equivalent for their field and is an established scholar and expert concerning low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families, as demonstrated by published work, public service, and/or other relevant experiences and commitments.

2. The proposed plan clearly details key positions required to carry out the project, including at a minimum, individuals proposed to serve as Center Director, Center staff, affiliated researchers and partners, and a detailed description of the scope of work and responsibilities they will perform, and:

a. Includes individuals demonstrating relevant skills, experience, accomplishments and contributions to the field, that are well suited for completing the activities proposed to achieve the goals of the Center;

b. Demonstrates the extent to which the Center Director and Center staff possess the management experience necessary to create and operate the Center;

c. Includes individuals who possess competency in quantitative and qualitative methodologies and various research approaches appropriate for the proposed research agenda; and

d. Ensures the appropriate time and effort is devoted to the Center by the Center Director and Center staff, to ensure ongoing management and oversight, as well as high-quality results and products.

3. The proposed Center Director, Center staff, and key partners demonstrate (as evident in curricula vitae and elsewhere in application):

a. Prior successful partnerships with policy makers, program administrators, and service agencies;

b. Understanding and sensitivity to significant issues of working with Hispanic communities, especially low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families;

c. Expertise pertinent to ACF's programmatic and policy priorities (as described in Section I.B.); and

d. Commitment and successful experiences in supporting emerging scholars.

Organizational Structure and Plan (10 points)

4. The organizational plan is detailed and clear, describing the Center's organizational structure and linkages with the host institution of higher education and other organizations.

5. The proposed plan demonstrates clearly how the Center will assure a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to research and to achieving the goals of the Center.

6. The staff and organizational plan demonstrates consideration and procedures to ensure cultural and linguistic competency throughout Center activities.

7. The proposal provides a detailed plan for the Technical Work Group, including a list of proposed members with both research and program expertise and a strong plan for communication and utilization of the committee.

8. The Center Director, key Center staff and partners demonstrate experience with and/or willingness to participate in a cooperative agreement with Federal involvement.

9. Institutional support, equipment and other physical resources are available and adequate for the research and research capacity-building activities proposed.

10. The proposal includes a strong plan to support the work of members of the Center staff and other affiliated researchers and establish links with a broad range of other scholars, through visiting and postdoctoral appointments, research assistantships, and an extramural program of nonresident grants.

11. The proposal includes an efficient plan to productively seek out and partner with other organizations and experts beyond the grantee institution throughout the course of funding, given the depth and breadth of expertise and reach that is required to achieve the goals of the Center.

Budget and Budget Justification Maximum Points: 15

1. The budget and budget justification demonstrates how the five-year budget supports the proposed research, capacity-building, and dissemination activities, as well as supplemental activities of the Center over the entire (five-year) project period.

2. The budget for the first two years of funding clearly demonstrates adequate support for the specific activities proposed, while linking to the five-year plan.

3. The budget demonstrates appropriateness of the level and distribution of funds to meet ACF’s expected balance in research, capacity building, and dissemination goals over the five-year project period.

4. The applicant's proposed project costs:

a. Are reasonable, sufficient, and appropriately allocated to successfully complete the research, capacity building, and dissemination plan;

b. Include adequate funds for participation and/or support of the required meetings (see Section I.E); and

c. Are justified according to the needs and time frame for carrying out the proposed activities.

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 or sub-recipient that does not have a DUNS number (www.dbn.com) and an active registration at SAM (www.sam.gov). See Section III.3. Other.
 
Initial ACF Screening

Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets one of the following disqualification criteria as described in Section III.3. Application Disqualification Factors

  • Applications that are designated as late according to Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times,
  • Applications that are submitted in paper format without prior approval of an exemption from required electronic submission (Section IV.2. Request an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission), or
  • Applications with requests that exceed the award ceiling stated in Section II. Award Information

For those applications that have been disqualified under the initial ACF screening, notice will be provided by postal mail or by email. See Section IV.3. Explanation of Due Dates for information on Grants.gov's and ACF's acknowledgment of received applications.

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. Criteria of this announcement. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include 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.
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 reconsidered 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.  For those applications that have been deemed as approved but unfunded, notice will be given of such determination by postal mail.

 
V.3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

It is anticipated that award decision letters will be delivered on or before September 30, 2013.

VI. Award Administration Information
VI.1. Award Notices

Successful applicants will be notified through the issuance of a Notice of Award (NOA) 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 NOA will be signed by the Grants Officer and transmitted via postal mail or email. Following the finalization of funding decisions, organizations whose applications will not be funded will be notified by letter signed by the cognizant Program Office head. Any other correspondence that announces to a Principal Investigator, or a Project Director, that an application was selected is not an authorization to begin performance. 

Project costs that are incurred prior to the receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk and may be reimbursed only to the extent that they are considered allowable as approved pre-award costs. Information on allowable pre-award costs and the time period under which they may be incurred is available in Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions.

 
VI.2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Awards issued under this announcement are subject to the uniform administrative requirements and cost principles of 45 CFR Part 74 (Awards And Subawards To Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit Organizations, And Commercial Organizations) or 45 CFR Part 92 (Grants And Cooperative Agreements To State, Local, And Tribal Governments).  The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is available at http://www.gpo.gov.

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

Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations

Grantees are also subject to the requirements of 45 CFR § 87.1(c), Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, which says, "Organizations that receive direct financial assistance from the [Health and Human Services] Department under any Department program may not engage in inherently religious activities such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization, as part of the programs or services funded with direct financial assistance from the Department."  Therefore, organizations must take steps to completely separate the presentation of any program with religious content from the presentation of the Federally funded program by time or location in such a way that it is clear that the two programs are separate and distinct. If separating the two programs by time but presenting them in the same location, one program must completely end before the other program begins.

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, Understanding the Regulations Related to the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative" are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ partnerships/about/r egulations/. Additional information, resources, and tools for faith-based organizations is available through The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships website at http://www.hhs.gov/ partnerships/index.html and at the Capacity BuildingToolkits for Faith-based and Community Organizations.

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- and-condition-for-trafficking- in-persons.  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.

Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. §§ 8101-8106) requires that all organizations receiving grants from any federal agency agree to maintain a drug-free workplace. By signing the application, the Authorizing Official agrees that the grantee will provide a drug-free workplace and will comply with the requirement to notify ACF if an employee is convicted of violating a criminal drug statute. Failure to comply with these requirements may be cause for debarment. Government-wide requirements for Drug-Free Workplace for Financial Assistance are found in 2 CFR part 182; HHS implementing regulations are set forth in 2 CFR § 382.400. All recipients of ACF grant funds must comply with the requirements in Subpart B - Requirements for Recipients Other Than Individuals, 2 CFR § 382.225. The rule is available at Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace.

Debarment and Suspension

HHS regulations published in 2 CFR Part 376 implement the governmentwide debarment and suspension system guidance (2 CFR Part 180) for HHS' non-procurement programs and activities. "Non-procurement transactions" include, among other things, grants, cooperative agreements, scholarships, fellowships, and loans. ACF implements the HHS Debarment and Suspension regulations as a term and condition of award. Grantees may decide the method and frequency by which this determination is made and may check the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) located at https://www.sam.gov/, although checking the EPLS is not required. More information is available at  https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants-forms.

Pro-Children Act

The Pro-Children Act of 2001, 20 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.

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 Notice of Award (NoA). The HHS GPS is available at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants/ discretionary-competitive-grants

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Applications funded by federal grant programs are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and are frequently requested under the FOIA.  In accordance with the FOIA requirement to proactively disclose frequently requested materials at 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2)(D), and as part of on-going efforts to promote openness in government programs, ACF will post some of the top-ranked applications funded under this FOA in its online FOIA Reading Room at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ e-reading-room. As required under the FOIA, each of the top-ranked applications will receive appropriate redaction of specific information to protect personal privacy and competitively sensitive commercial information. Applications chosen for posting to the FOIA Reading Room will be placed on the internet website without further notice to the applicants.

VI.3. Reporting

Grantees under this funding opportunity 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)

Notice of Award documents will inform grantees of the appropriate performance progress report form or format to use.  Grantees should consult their Notice of 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.  For awards that implement the use of the SF-PPR, that form may be found under "Reporting" at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants-forms.

Federal Financial Reports (FFR)

As of February 1, 2011, 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 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 at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants-forms. 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.

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

 
Program Progress Reports: Quarterly
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 CFR 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 at https:// www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants/ discretionary-competitive-grants.

SF-428 Tangible Property Report and SF-429 Real Property Status Report


As of April 1, 2012, the Administration for Children and Families has been requiring the use of the SF-428 (Tangible Personal Property Form) as well as the SF-429 (Real Property Status Report).

The SF-428 is a standard form used by awarding agencies to collect information related to tangible personal property (equipment and supplies) when required by a federal financial assistance award. The form consists of the cover sheet, SF-428, and three attachments to be used as required: Annual Report; Final (Award Closeout) Report and a Disposition Request/Report. A Supplemental Sheet, SF-428S, may be used to provide detailed individual item information.

The SF-429 is a standard report used by recipients of federal financial assistance to report real property status (Attachment A) or to request agency instructions on real property (Attachments B, C) that has been/will be provided as Government Furnished Property (GFP) or acquired (i.e., purchased or constructed) in whole or in part under a federal financial assistance award (i.e., grant, cooperative agreement, etc.). This includes real property that was improved using federal funds and real property that was donated to a federal project in the form of a match or cost share donation. This report is used for awards that establish a federal Interest on real property.

Beginning with budget periods ending September 30, 2012, and for all budget periods thereafter, all ACF grantees are required to submit (as applicable) an SF-428 and SF-429 report as frequently as required in the terms and conditions of their award(s).


The forms are available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/ grants_forms.

REPORTING TO OPRE

The grantee will submit to OPRE a quarterly SF-PPR that describes activities including, at a minimum: a) major activities that occurred during the reporting period, b) significant findings, and c) issues and obstacles identified through implementation of the project.

Although the grantee will report cumulative amounts of federal fund disbursements in the SF-425 (Federal Financial Report, FFR), they must allocate costs and separately maintain accounting records which identify the source and application of funds provided by each of the funding streams within the award.

Instructions on the electronic submission of reports will be provided with award documents.

VII. Agency Contacts

Program Office Contact

Ann Rivera
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
901 D St SW
Washington, DC 20447
Phone: (877) 350-5913
Fax: (703) 934-3740
Email: HispanicResearch@icfi.com
 

Office of Grants Management Contact

Timothy Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-6050
Phone: (877) 350-5913
Fax: (703) 934-3740
 

Federal Relay Service:

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

VIII. Other Information

Reference Websites


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

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

Administration for Children and Families - GRANTS homepage https:// www.acf.hhs.gov /grants.           

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

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)  http:// www.gpo.gov.  

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

All required Standard Forms (SF), assurances, and certifications are available on the ACF Grants-Forms page at https:// www.acf.hhs.gov /grants -forms.

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

Versions of other Standard Forms (SF) 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

Certification Regarding Lobbying

Referenced in Section IV.2. Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications. Found at

http:// www.acf.hhs.gov /grants-forms

Submission is due with the application package. If it is not submitted
with the application package, it may also be submitted prior to the
award of a grant.

SF-424 Key Contact Form

Referenced in Section IV.2. Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications. Found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants-forms 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. Submission Dates and Times.

SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities

"Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying" is referenced in Section IV.2. Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications. Found at
http://www. acf.hhs.gov /grants-forms
.

If applicable, 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 of this form is applicable,
it is due prior at the time of application.  It may also be
submitted prior to the award of a grant.

Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants

Private, non-profit organizations (not including private universities) are encouraged to submit the survey with their applications. Applicants applying electronically, may submit this survey along with the application as part of the appendix or as a separate document. Applicants submitting in paper, please place the completed survey in an envelope labeled "Applicant Survey." Seal the envelope and include it along with the application package.

The survey is referenced in Section IV.2. The survey may be found at
https://www .acf.hhs.gov /grants-forms
.

The survey will not count in the page limitations.

Submission is voluntary.
Submission may be made with the application by the application due date listed in the Overview
and Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.  Or, it may be submitted prior to the award of a grant.

Certification of Filing and Payment of Federal Taxes

Referenced in Section IV.2. Forms, Assurances, and Certifications of the announcement. The Certification may be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants-forms.

If applicable to the applicant, it must be submitted prior to the award of a grant.

Letter of Intent

Referenced in Section IV.2. Project Description.

Submission is due by the Letter of Intent due date found in the
Overview
and in Section IV.3.

DUNS Number (Universal Identifier) and Systems for Award Management (SAM) registration.

Referenced in Section III.3. Other in the announcement. To obtain a DUNS number, go to
http:// fedgov. dnb.com / webform.

To register at SAM, go to 

http:// www.sam. gov.

A DUNS number and registration at SAM.gov are required for
all applicants. Active registration
at SAM must be maintained throughout the application and
project award period.

SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance

and

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

Referenced in Section IV.2.Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications. Found at 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants-forms

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. Submission Dates and Times.

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

and

SF-424B - Assurances - Non-Construction Programs

Referenced in Section IV.2. Required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications. Found at

http://www. acf.hhs.gov /grants-forms.

For electronic application submission, these forms are available on the FOA's Grants.gov "Download Opportunity Instructions and Application" page under "Download Application Package" in the section entitled, "Optional Documents."

These forms are required for applications under this FOA:

  • Projects that include only non-construction activities must submit the SF-424A and SF-424B, along with the SF-424 and SF-P/PSL.

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

Table of Contents

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Description

Submission is due as part of the Project Description by the application due date found in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.

Project Summary/Abstract

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Description. The Project Summary/Abstract is limited to one single-spaced page.

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

The Project Description

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Description.  This is the title for the project narrative that describes the applicant's plan for the project.

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

Project Sustainability Plan

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Description

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

The Project Budget and Budget Justification

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Budget and Budget Justification of the announcement.

Submission of the Project Budget is required on the appropriate Standard Form (424A or 424C) is due by the application due date found in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.

Proof of Accreditation for Institutions of Higher Education

Referenced in Section III.1 Eligible Applicants and III.3 Application Disqualification Factors.

Required for all institutions of higher education applying for an award under this announcement. See Section III.3 Application Disqualification Factors for specific documentation requirements related to eligibility.

Submission is due by the application due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.

Proof of Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects

Referenced in Section III.1 Eligible Applicants and III.3 Application Disqualification Factors.

Required for all research organizations applying for an award under this announcement. See Section III.3 Application Disqualification Factors for specific documentation requirements related to eligibility.

Submission is due by the application due date listed in Section IV.3 Submission Dates and Times.

Plan for Oversight of Federal Award Funds

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Description.

Submission is due by the application due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.

Resumes/Curriculum Vitaes

Referenced in Section IV.2. Organization of Application, subsection titled 2. Appendices.

Submission is due by the application due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.

Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (IDR)

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Budget and Budget Justification.  The IDR must be submitted with the application package. 

IF the IDR is available by the application due date, it must be submitted with the application package.  If it is not available by the application due date listed in the Overview and Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times, it may be submitted prior to the award of a grant.

Third-Party Agreements

Referenced in Section IV.2. 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.

Letters of Support

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Description

Submission is due by the application due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.

Proof of Non-Profit Status

Referenced in Section IV.2. The Project Description, Legal Status of Applicant Entity

Proof of non-profit status should be submitted with the application package by the due date listed in the Overview and Section IV.3. Submission Dates and Times.  If it is not available at the time of application submission, it must be submitted prior to the award of a grant.