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Information for Prospective AFI Grantees

Published: December 17, 2012
Assets for Independence (AFI)
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Assets for Independence (AFI) Program Funding Opportunity Details

OCS is accepting applications for funding new AFI projects now! View the Funding Opportunity Annoucement (FOA).

Applicants may submit materials at any time throughout the year. All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. OCS will review and make funding decisions in two cycles per federal fiscal year (FY). The application due dates are as follows:

FY 2014: May 7, 2014 and July 16, 2014

FY 2015: October 27, 2014 and April 20, 2015

FY 2016: October 19, 2015 and April 18, 2016

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application well in advance of the deadline.

Note: Applications must go through a Grants.gov validation process before being accepted and forwarded to OCS for review. Any edits required for it to be accepted must be made before the application deadline.

The AFI Resource Center is developing a kit for prospective grantees that will bring together information on the program and other resources in one convenient package. Email info@idaresources.org to be placed on the list to receive this kit when it is ready.

Application Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit their applications for AFI funding electronically through Grants.gov. Visit Grants.gov to learn about the application process and submit an application. New applicants may find the "For Applicants" page helpful.

Download the AFI Grant Application Package from Grants.gov. All required application forms, assurances, and certifications are included in the Grant Application Package. They are also available on the ACF Grants Forms webpage. Required forms include:

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance
  • SF-424A Budget Information - Non-construction programs
  • SF-424B Assurances for Non-construction programs
  • SF-P/PSL - Project/Performance Site Location(s)
  • Certification Regarding Lobbying

*New application procedure* ACF Two-File Submission Requirement

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) implemented the Two File Requirement in 2013 as a way to simplify the application submission process. The requirement means that all AFI applicants must attach no more than two files when submitting an application. Note: The required forms listed above will be accepted in addition to the two files.

The first file will contain the entire Project Description and Budget Justification, including the Project Summary/Abstract, Approach, and Project Timeline and Milestones.

The second file will contain all documents required in the Appendices, including Proof of Non-Profit Status, Documentation of Non-federal Cash Commitment, and résumés.

Applicants should carefully review the AFI Funding Opportunity Announcement for specific guidance regarding the content of each file.

System for Award Management (SAM) Number Requirement

All AFI applicants and grantees must have current System for Award Management (SAM) numbers. SAM registration must be updated annually and must be active and maintained with current information at all times during which an organization has an active AFI award or an AFI application under consideration. This requirement applies to current grantees, subgrantees, and applicants. SAM registration may be made online at www.sam.gov.

Prospective Grantee Webinars

The AFI Resource Center hosts webinars to help prospective grantees prepare for the application cycles. These webinars cover the basics of planning, applying, and developing resources for an AFI project. Webinars are archived so that they can be viewed after they occur. Visit the Apply for an AFI Grant section of the AFI Resource Center to access the recorded webinars.

Prospective Grantee Webinar 1: Planning an AFI Project
Webinar 1 introduces asset building, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), and the Assets for Independence program. It explains how an organization can assess its capacity to operate an AFI project and reviews issues to consider for successful project design, including target population, allowable uses of funds, match rates, and network projects.

Prospective Grantee Webinar 2: Preparing an AFI Application
Webinar 2 walks through the AFI funding opportunity announcement and the grant application process. It is expected that participants will have attended/viewed “Prospective Grantee Webinar 1: Planning an AFI Project” and have a basic understanding of AFI and IDAs.

Prospective Grantee Webinar 3: Developing Resources and Partners
Webinar 3 introduces sources and strategies for developing resources - especially non-federal matching funds - and partnerships that facilitate the implementation of an AFI project.

Information on Current Grantees

To learn more about previously-awarded applicants, please refer to the AFI Project Locator for a list of current AFI projects. Click on highlighted grantee names to link to one-page summaries including the grant amount, highlights, target population, and project description. Find existing programs in your area to contact for tips and information. You might even explore whether the current grantee organizations are interested in forming a collaborative with your organization to improve asset building opportunities in your community.