RCD Policy and Guidance
RCD Performance Progress Report Form and Instructions (PDF)
As noted in the Programmatic Reporting Requirements IM, grantees are required to submit the PPR on a semi-annual basis to document their project progress.
SF-425 Federal Financial Report (FFR) Submission Guidance
The process for submitting the SF-425 Federal Financial Report (FFR) differs based on when a grant was awarded.
- FY 2015 RCD Grants — For any grant that was awarded prior to October 1, 2015 (FY 2016)—including FY 2015 RCD grants—FFRs must be uploaded as GrantNotes within GrantSolutions.
- FY 2020 RCD Grants — For any grant awarded in FY 2016 and later—including FY 2020 RCD grants—FFRs must be submitted within the Payment Management System (PMS) Visit disclaimer page . For more information, see guidance here Visit disclaimer page and in the FFR section of the PMS User’s Guide. Note that the SF-425 is called the FFR Financial Status Report in PMS.
ACF Discretionary Post-Award Requirements
This page provides information regarding the post-award requirements for discretionary grants awarded through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Subpages address topics, including terms and conditions, reporting, requesting payment of Federal awards, single audit requirements, and grants management contacts.
HHS Grants Policy Statement (PDF) Visit disclaimer page
The HHS Grants Policy Statement (GPS) is the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) new single policy guide for discretionary grants and cooperative agreements. Unlike previous HHS policy documents, the GPS is intended to be shared with and used by grantees. It became effective October 1, 2006 and is applicable to all Operating Divisions (OPDIVS), such as ACF, except the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The GPS covers basic grants processes, standard terms and conditions and points of contact as well as important OPDIV-specific requirements. Appendices include a glossary of terms and a list of standard abbreviations for ease of reference. (PDF) Visit disclaimer page
HHS/ACF Uniform Guidance 45 CFR § 75
The Uniform Guidance: Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (“Uniform Guidance”) has been issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). HHS/ACF has implemented the Uniform Guidance at 45 CFR § 75.
Reading and Understanding the Notice of Award (NoA) for RCD Grantees (PDF)
The Notice of Award (NoA) is the official legal document issued to the grantee that indicates a federal grant award has been made and funds may be requested to be used, and reported on, in the approved manner. It is sometimes called a Notice of Grant Award (NGA). This reference document provides detailed information about each field of the NoA.
Data Collection Projects Serving Persistent and High-Poverty Areas (February 21, 2021)
This Action Transmittal shares that RCD grantees are to provide a list of all projects in persistent poverty areas where FY 2019 or FY 2020 RCD grant funding was used, or will be used, to provide technical assistance.
Terminology Changes (August 9, 2021)
This guidance shares updated terms used in official documents, correspondence, and other communications to align with terminology used in 2 CFR Part 200 and 45 CFR Part 75.
Programmatic Reporting Requirements (August 14, 2018)
This guidance is intended to clearly outline programmatic reporting requirements and process for grant recipients under the Rural Community Development (RCD) program. Grant recipients under the RCD program are required to submit RCD program-specific Performance Progress Reports (PPRs) on a semi-annual basis for the duration of their project period. Grant recipients are also required to submit other non-programmatic reports, including SF-425 Federal Financial Reports (FFRs).
Dear Colleague Letters
OCS Events to Commemorate World Water Week, August 23-27, 2021
This DCL provides the registration links for the Office of Community Services’ (OCS) 2021 World Water Week events. As indicated in the World Water Week Save-the-Date announcement that went out on August 11, 2021, OCS will host Building Resilience Faster: Partnering to Increase Availability, Affordability, and Access to Quality Water and Wastewater Services, a series of events in observance of World Water Week 2021, August 23 - 27, 2021.
You’re invited to comment on the Council on Economic Mobility’s Request for Information (August 5, 2020)
The Council on Economic Mobility published a request for information (RFI) to gather feedback from all of its stakeholders to create an accountable and effective structure for interagency collaboration and to use federal authorities to promote family-sustaining careers and economic mobility for low-income Americans. As one of ACF’s key stakeholders, we encourage you to review the RFI and submit your comments before October 2, 2020.
ACF grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19 (March 30, 2020)
This Dear Colleague letter discusses information from IM-ACF-OA-2020-01 regarding ACF grant flexibilities in conducting human service activities related to or affected by COVID-19.
Partnership to Address the Spread of COVID-19 (March 12, 2020)
This Dear Colleague Letter notifies Rural Community Development grantees of key issues regarding COVID-19.
Office of Community Services New Standard Template (January 16, 2019)
In order to communicate more clearly and effectively with grantees and other stakeholders, the Office of Community Services (OCS) is rolling out a fresh look for its communication documents and a defined use for Action Transmittals (AT), Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), and Information Memoranda (IM). Beginning January 7, 2019, OCS will use our new OCS letterhead and a standard template for all AT, DCL, and IM across OCS programs, including Community Economic Development, Community Services Block Grant, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Rural Community Development, Social Services Block Grant, and the Assets for Independence programs.
Sequestration Notice Letter (March 4, 2013)
In accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011, a series of spending cuts, called sequestration, will cancel approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal government for the remainder of the Federal fiscal year. As a partner with you in accomplishing the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) mission, we are writing to provide you with information about what this reduction means for the funds provided to your organization.