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To officially notify OFA and change the Program Contact/Project Director (PI/PD) for your grant, you will need to do the following:

  • Log in to GrantSolutions Visit disclaimer page
  • Click on “Manage Amendments”
  • Click on “New”
  • On the page “Select Amendment Type,” you should choose “Change in PI/PD (Type 6)” and then hit “Create Amendment.”
  • Please provide the following information in the fields listed in the Application Control Checklist:
    • Change in Project Director — This is an online form that should be completed. Click “Enter Online.” Then, on the “New Project Director” line, click “Add Project Director” (if this person has not previously been a project director for this program. Otherwise, you can use the drop down menu to select them). Enter all of the required fields (denoted with a red asterisk) with the new Project Director’s information. After inputting all of this individual’s information, please validate the address by clicking “Validate Address.” Once the address is validated, please click on “Save.”
    • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance — This is an online form that should be completed. Click “Enter Online.” Complete all of the fields, remembering to update Section f “Name and contact information of person to be contacted on matters involving this application” with the name, telephone number and email address of the new Project Director. Then, click “Save.”
    • Cover Letter Upload — Upload a letter on your organization’s official letterhead that provides the name, phone number and email address of the new Project Director. This letter should be signed by the Authorized Representative. You will upload this by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions.
      • The resume of the new Project Director should also be uploaded in this section. You will upload this by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions.
  • Go to the Grant Solutions Getting Started page Visit disclaimer page and follow the “Recipient User” guidance. Complete the Recipient/ Grantee User Account Request Form and Security Compliance Statement, and upload as an attachment item by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions. In addition, please send via email to the Grant Solutions Support Center (help@grantsolutions.gov).
  • Once you have performed the above mentioned tasks, you will click on “Verify Submission.” Another box will pop up asking you to confirm that you want to complete this amendment, and you will select “yes” or “save.”
  • If you have any questions about this process, please contact your program specialist.

To officially notify OFA and change the Authorized Representative (AO) for your grant, you will need to do the following:

  • Log in to GrantSolutions Visit disclaimer page
  • Click on “Manage Amendments”
  • Click on “New”
  • On the page “Select Amendment Type,” you should choose “Change in Grantee Authorizing Official (Type 6)” and then hit “Create Amendment.”
  • Please provide the following information in the fields listed in the Application Control Checklist:
    • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance — This is an online form that should be completed. Click “Enter Online.” Complete all of the fields, remembering to update #21 Authorized Representative with the name, telephone number and email address of the new Authorized Representative. The Authorized Representative will need to sign this form by typing in their name in the “Signature of Authorized Representative” field and typing in the date. Then, click “Save.”
    • Cover Letter Upload — Upload a letter on your organization’s official letterhead that provides the name, phone number and email address of the new Authorized Representative. This letter should be signed by the Authorized Representative (or another official that is higher ranking than the Authorized Representative). You will upload this by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions.
  • Go to the Grant Solutions Getting Started page Visit disclaimer page and follow the “Recipient User” guidance. Complete the Recipient/ Grantee User Account Request Form and Security Compliance Statement, and upload as an attachment by clicking on “Upload Files” and following the instructions. In addition, please send via email to the Grant Solutions Support Center (help@grantsolutions.gov).
  • Once you have performed the above mentioned tasks, you will click on “Verify Submission.” Another box will pop up asking you to confirm that you want to complete this amendment, and you will select “yes” or “save.”
  • If you have any questions about this process, please contact your program specialist.

As part of a project supported by the HHS IDEA LAB Visit disclaimer page , OFA tested design thinking’s utility as a creative problem solving approach for social service organizations with three of its grantees. After introducing the grantees to design thinking, the organizations learned the methodology by using it to solve a challenge of their choice. The publication, “Creating Solutions Together:  Design Thinking, The Office of Family Assistance and 3 Grantees,” captures the process used and the grantees’ experience and reflections on the project. Not familiar with design thinking? At its heart, design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem-solving. It consists of a set of tools that focus on empathy for the end-user in the creation and consideration of any solution.

A program abstract of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce, an HPOG grantee.

A program abstract of Edmonds College, an HPOG grantee.

A program abstract of the Montefiore Medical Center, an HPOG grantee.

A program abstract of Project HOPE, an HPOG grantee.

A program abstract of Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, an HPOG grantee.

Our new HPOG By the Numbers infographic provides detail on wages, training, and employment of HPOG participants.

HPOG Carryover Webinar

January 6, 2017

The HPOG team hosted a Carryover Webinar for HPOG program directors on December 14, 2016. During this webinar, Kim Stupica-Dobbs, OFA Program Manager for HPOG, discussed the requirements of carryover requests, submission timelines, and answered questions with current HPOG grantees.

This document includes HPOG-specific guidance and information regarding Contracts and Request for Proposals (RFPs) submission.