ACF Native American Grantee Meeting

This page provides information on the 2020 ACF Native American Grantee Meeting, which will be held February 11-13, 2020 at the Hyatt Crystal City. The event is open for grantees with funding in Fiscal Year 2020.

  • Monday, February 10:
    • Onsite check-in begins (12-6:00 p.m.)
    • Poster session setup (starting at 5pm)
    • Informal networking from 6-9pm in lobby
  • Tuesday, February 11:
    • Onsite check-in (opens at 8:00 a.m.)
    • Grantee Meeting Day 1
  • Wednesday, February 12:
    • Grantee Meeting Day 2
  • Thursday, February 13:
    • Grantee Meeting Day 3
    • Culture/Gift Exchange

Registration

All attendees must register for the meeting here. Your hotel and travel must be booked separately. We encourage you to register and book your hotel early to ensure availability.

Registration materials will be distributed on site at the hotel, at the registration table. Onsite check-in for the grantee meeting will begin the afternoon on Monday, February 10. You will receive a program for the week, name badge, and thumb drive with the week’s presentations on it. If you signed up to present a poster, you can pick up materials then as well.

Meeting Overview

ACF's Native American Grantee Meeting is an opportunity for ACF grantees and federal staff who are working in Native communities to exchange ideas, provide feedback to one another, learn about how to better manage your ACF grant award, and learn about ACF resources such as technical assistance, toolkits, and other resources that can be accessed with or without funding. The meeting will be highly interactive and will include expert speakers, as well as dozens of workshops on a range of topics across programs. The plenary sessions and workshops will cover areas including data and evaluation and program administration, as well as topic-specific sessions on Native languages, education, and social and economic development. There will also be an interactive poster session, as well as other formal and informal opportunities for networking.

This meeting is open to staff from all ACF-funded programs working in Native communities, including:

  • Administration for Native Americans
  • Administration on Children, Youth and Families
  • Children's Bureau
  • The Office of Child Support Enforcement
  • The Office of Child Care
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting
  • Family & Youth Services Bureau
  • Office of Child Support Enforcement
  • Office of Community Services
  • Office of Family Assistance (including TANF, HPOG, and NEW)
  • Office of Head Start
  • Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Office on Trafficking in Persons

You can find a draft agenda here. Any last-minute agenda changes will be announced in the morning, and signs will be posted outside the workshop room.

The hotel will guarantee the federal hotel rate for several days before and after the event.

As with past ACF grantee meetings, all grantees are encouraged to bring with them one or two items of nominal value (less than $20) that represent their project/program or community (tribe or organization) to serve as a giveaway at the close of the conference. This exchange is a way to physically manifest the learning and sharing that we hope you'll experience at this meeting. All items will be distributed to conference attendees during the giveaway at the closing ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, February 13th. All giveaway items can be dropped off starting at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Hotel

The ACF Native American Grantee Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Crystal City. There is a dedicated block of rooms and booking code provided for attendees to make their reservations.

To make your reservations, please click here: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/WASRC/G-ACFG. To book over the phone or if you need additional assistance, please contact the Hyatt at 877-803-7534. Be sure to mention the group code (G-ACFG) or provide the meeting title, “2020 February ACF Grantee Meeting” when booking via the phone. You can also click here to find contact information by Region. Space is limited, so we encourage you to book your rooms by Friday, January 17, 2020. After this date, we cannot guarantee the hotel will have space, nor can we guarantee the special group rate ($184) after that date.

Bring a sweater for cold workshop rooms. February temperatures in the DC area can go below freezing, or as high as the 50s. Also, we recommend you bring appropriate footwear for walking around.

Getting from the Airport

The Hyatt offers a free shuttle from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is approximately 1 mile away. The hotel’s Transportation Guide provides details on this shuttle, as well as other ways to get to the hotel from the airports and metro. In addition, some travelers may use Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore/Washington International Airport, both of which are considerably further from the hotel but may be reasonable alternatives depending on where you're coming from.

Please note that there may be some construction in the area that that may affect your ability to get around town.

Location Details

  • Meeting amenities: Visit the Hyatt Regency Hotel Crystal City website for more information on the hotel amenities.
  • Food: There are multiple food options at the Hyatt and within walking distance. All attendees will be responsible for their own meals.
  • Accessibility: The hotel is wheelchair accessible, and offers a number of other accessibility features, which are detailed on their amenities page.
  • Smoking: The hotel is 100% non-smoking with designated smoking areas outdoors.
  • Parking: The Hyatt has limited parking available. However, many grantees are able to attend without having to rent a car by relying on free hotel shuttle or the DC Metro system.

Meeting with ACF Staff

All of ACF's Program Specialists will be attending the meeting, so please take advantage of meeting with them and asking any questions you may have about your program/project. Check your inbox for messages from your program specialist.

The Grantee Resource Room will have different ACF program offices providing information on the services and opportunities, a place to sit and meet with your program specialist.

Grantee Poster Session

All grantees are invited to develop a poster highlighting their project. We will have poster boards and basic supplies available starting on Monday. You can begin setting up your poster in Independence Hall starting at 5pm on Monday; posters should be setup by 1pm on Wednesday. Look for signs designated program offices.

You must take down your materials by the end of the day on Wednesday. After that time, all materials will be discarded.

Free blank poster boards will be available to participants who select "I need a poster" during the registration process. The hotel will have skirted tables set up, as well as basic supplies (markers, tape, etc.) that you may access at any time. Instructions are available on the poster session. Posters will be arranged by program area (look for the signs) and some locations may have an electric outlet.

Please note that you must remove all your poster materials by Wednesday evening due to another event taking place at the hotel.

Presentation Materials

Presentations will be available on a thumb drive during check in. There will be a business center with laptops and printers. We will also have presentations available on the cloud to download. If you have materials you’d like to hand out, you can do so during the poster presentation. Depending on the item, you may also leave them at the Help Desk.

For More Information on the ACF Native American Grantee Meeting

For questions on event logistics, please contact the ANA Help Desk at ANAComments@acf.hhs.gov or by phone at (877) 922-9262. For all other questions, contact your ACF program specialist.

Last Reviewed: November 19, 2019