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AFI Fact Sheet How to Apply for an AFI Grant

For Prospective Grantees

Published: December 17, 2012
Assets for Independence (AFI)
About, Fact Sheet

Application Due Dates

OCS is accepting applications for funding new AFI projects now! All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov.

Applicants may submit materials at any time throughout the year. OCS will review and make funding decisions in two cycles per federal fiscal year. The application due dates are as follows:

FY 2014

May 7, 2014 and July 14, 2014

FY 2015

October 25, 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. Note: Transmission may be slow the day of the application deadline, so applicants are encouraged to submit their application packages at least 24 hours in advance of the cut-off.

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.

Prospective Grantee Webinar 1: Planning an AFI Project

The webinar introduces asset building, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), and the Assets for Independence program. It explains how an agency can assess its capacity to operate an AFI project, and reviews considerations for designing a successful project, including target population, allowable uses of funds, match rates, and network projects.

Prospective Grantee Webinar 2: Preparing a Successful Application

Webinar 2 will walk attendees through the AFI funding announcement and the grant application process. It is expected that attendees will have attended “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

This webinar will introduce sources and strategies for developing resources - especially non-federal matching funds - and partnerships that can reduce the cost of implementing a project.

To register for a webinar, please visit the AFI Resource Center calendar of events.

Request an Application Kit

Request an application kit and ask your questions! Send an email note to info@idaresources.org or give us a call on 866-778-6037.

Full Funding Announcement

Read the full funding announcement.

How to Submit Your Application

Updated procedure: All applicants must submit their applications 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 Assets for Independence Grant Application Package on Grants.gov by using the program name, the funding opportunity number (HHS-2014-ACF-OCS-EI-0774), or the CFDA number (93.602).

ACF Two-File Submission Requirement

The Administration for Children and Families implemented the Two File Requirement in 2013 as a way to simplify the process for application submission. The requirement means that all AFI applicants must attach no more than two files when submitting an application.

The first document will contain the entire Project Description and Budget Justification – for example the Project Summary/Abstract, Approach, and Project Timeline and Milestones. The second document will contain all documents required in the Appendices – for example Proof of Non-Profit Status, Documentation of Non-federal Cash Commitment, and resumes. Applicants should review the current AFI Funding Opportunity Announcement for specific guidance regarding the content of each file. Note: The required Standard Forms such as the SF424 and the Project/Performance Site Locations form will be accepted in addition to the two files.

Register for a System for Award Management (SAM) Number

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.

Required Standard Application Forms

All required Forms, Assurances, and Certifications are included in the Grant Application Package that is downloaded from Grants.gov. These 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

Examples of 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.