Administration for Native Americans (ANA); FY 2005 Funds for New Community-Based Activities, 5864-5888 [05-1899]

Download as PDF 5864 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements 45 CFR Part 74. 45 CFR Part 92. 45 CFR part 1336, subpart C, and 42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq.—Native American Programs Act of 1974. 3. Reporting Requirements Programmatic Reports: Quarterly. Financial Reports: Quarterly. Special Reporting Requirements: An original and one copy of each performance report and financial status report must be submitted to the Grants Officer. Failure to submit these reports when required will mean the grantee is non-compliant with the terms and conditions of the grant award and subject to administrative action or termination. Performance reports are submitted 30 days after each quarter (3month intervals) of the budget period. The final performance report, due 90 days after the project period end date, shall cover grantee performance during the entire project period. All grantees shall use the SF 269 (Long Form) to report the status of funds. Financial Status Reports are submitted 30 days after each quarter (3-month intervals) of the budget period. The final SF 269 report shall be due 90 days after the end of the project period. VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Contact: ANA Applicant Help Desk, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Aerospace Building 8th Floor–West, Washington, DC 20447– 0002. Phone: 1–877–922–9262. E-mail: ana@acf.dhhs.gov. Grants Management Office Contact: Tim Chappelle, ACF, Office of Grants Management, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Aerospace Building 8th Floor– West, Washington, DC 20447–0002. Phone: 202–401–2344. E-mail: tichappelle@acf.hhs.gov. VIII. Other Information Training and Technical Assistance: All potential ANA applicants are eligible to receive T&TA in the SEDS, Language, or Environmental program areas. Prospective applicants should check ANA’s Web site for training and technical assistance dates and locations, or contact the ANA Help Desk at 1–877– 922–9262. Due to the new application and program additions and modifications, ANA strongly encourages all prospective applicants to participate in free pre-application training. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgements of received applications. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: January 26, 2005. Quanah Crossland Stamps, Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans. [FR Doc. 05–1898 Filed 2–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Administration for Native Americans (ANA); FY 2005 Funds for New Community-Based Activities Funding Opportunity Title: Native Language Preservation and Maintenance. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2005–ACF–ANA–NL–0016. CFDA Number: 93.587. Due Date for Applications: April 1, 2005. Executive Summary: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), within the Administration for Children and Families, announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2005 funds for new community-based activities under ANA’s Native Language program. Financial assistance is provided utilizing a competitive process in accordance with the Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended. ANA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants for the purpose of assisting Native Americans in assuring the survival and continuing vitality of their languages. Grants are provided under the following two categories: Category I Assessment Grants are used to conduct the assessment needed to identify the current status of the Native American language(s) to be addressed and to establish community long-range language goals; and, Category II Design and/or Implementation Grants are to design and/or implement a preservation language project that will contribute to the achievement of the community’s long-range language goal(s). The Program Areas of Interest are projects that ANA considers supportive to Native American communities. Although eligibility for funding is not restricted to projects of the type listed in this program announcement, these Areas of Interest are ones which ANA sees as particularly beneficial to the development of healthy Native American communities. I. Funding Opportunity Description In 1992, Congressional testimony provided estimates that of the several hundred languages that once existed PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 only about 150 are still spoken or remembered today. Furthermore, only 20 are spoken by persons of all ages, 30 are spoken by adults of all ages, about 60 are spoken by middle-aged adults, and 45 are spoken by the most elderly. In response to this testimony, the Congress passed the Native American Languages Act of 1992 (the Act), Pub. L. 102–524, to assist Native Americans in assuring the survival and continuing vitality of their languages. Passage of the Act was an important step in an attempt to ensure the survival and continuation of Native languages. It provided the foundation upon which tribal nations can rebuild their economic strength and enhance the rich cultural diversity. The Federal government recognizes the substantial loss of Native American languages over the past several hundred years, and acknowledges the nature and magnitude of the status of Native American languages will be better defined when eligible applicants under the Act have completed language assessments. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) believes that the responsibility for achieving selfsufficiency rests with the governing bodies of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and in the leadership of Native American groups. This belief supports the ANA principle that the local community and its leadership are responsible for determining goals, setting priorities, and planning and implementing programs that support the community’s long-range goals. Therefore, since preserving a language and ensuring its continuation is generally one of the first steps taken toward strengthening a group’s identity; activities proposed under this program announcement will contribute to the social development of Native communities and significantly contribute to their efforts toward selfsufficiency. The Administration for Native Americans recognizes that eligible applicants must have the opportunity to develop their own language plans, improve technical capabilities, and have access to the necessary financial and technical resources in order to assess, plan, develop and implement programs to assure the survival and continuing vitality of their languages. ANA also recognizes that potential applicants may have specialized knowledge and capabilities to address specific language concerns at various levels. This program announcement reflects these special needs and circumstances. In support of the Presidential Executive Orders on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Community-based E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities, and Faith-based and Community Organizations, ANA encourages Native communities to address the needs of people with disabilities, and invites eligible faithbased and community organizations to apply. This program announcement will emphasize community-based, locally designed projects. This emphasis will increase the number of grants to local community organizations and expand the number of partnerships among locally based non-profit organizations. ANA will accept applications from multiple organizations in the same geographic area. Although Tribes are limited to three simultaneous ANA grants (one each under SEDS, Language and Environmental programs) at any one time, this clarification allows other community-based organizations to apply for ANA funding, provided the objectives and activities do not duplicate currently funded projects serving the same geographic area. In response to this announcement, ANA encourages Native American tribes and organizational leaders to propose, coordinate and implement communitybased projects to meet the needs of its community members and develop options and opportunities for future generations. The Program Areas of Interest are projects that ANA considers supportive to Native American communities. Although eligibility for funding is not restricted to projects of the type listed under this program announcement, these Areas of Interest are ones which ANA sees as particularly beneficial to the preservation and maintenance of Native American languages. Financial assistance under the Native Language program is provided utilizing a competitive process in accordance with the Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended. This program is authorized by the Native American Programs Act, 42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq. ANA Administrative Policies Applicants must comply with the following ANA Administrative Policies: • An applicant must provide a 20% non-Federal match of the approved project costs. Applications originating from American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are covered under section 501(d) of Public Law 95–134, as amended (48 U.S.C. 1469a), under which HHS waives any requirement for matching funds under $200,000 (including in-kind contributions). VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 • An application from a tribe, Alaska Native Village or Native American organization must be from the governing body. • A non-profit organization submitting an application must submit proof of its non-profit status at the time of submission. The non-profit organization can accomplish this by providing one of the following verifiable documents: (i) A reference to the applicant organization’s listing in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code; or (ii) a copy of the currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate; or (iii) a statement from a State taxing body, State Attorney General, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a non-profit status and none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals; or (iv) a certified copy of the organization’s certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status; or (v) any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local nonprofit affiliate. Organizations incorporating in American Samoa are cautioned that the Samoan government relies exclusively upon IRS determination of non-profit status; therefore, articles of incorporation approved by the Samoan government do not establish non-profit status for the purpose of ANA eligibility. • If the applicant, other than a tribe or an Alaska Native Village government, is proposing a project benefiting Native Americans, Alaska Natives, or both, it must provide assurance that its duly elected or appointed board of directors is representative of the community to be served. Applicants must provide information that at least a majority of the individuals serving on a non-profit applicant’s board fall into one or more of the following categories: (1) A current or past member of the community to be served; (2) a prospective participant or beneficiary of the project to be funded; or (3) have a cultural relationship with the community to be served. • Applicants must describe how the proposed project objectives and activities relate to a locally determined strategy. • ANA will review proposed projects to ensure applicants have considered all resources available to the community to support the project. • Proposed projects must present a strategy to overcome the challenges that PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5865 hinder movement toward selfsufficiency in the community. • All funded applications will be reviewed to ensure that the applicant has provided a positive statement to give credit to ANA on all materials developed using ANA funds. • ANA will not accept applications from tribal components that are tribally authorized divisions unless the ANA application includes a tribal resolution. • ANA will only accept one application per eligible entity. The first application received by ANA shall be the application considered for competition unless ANA is notified in writing which application should be considered for competitive review. • An applicant can have only one active ANA Native Language grant operating at any given time. • ANA funds short-term projects, not programs. Projects must have definitive goals and objectives that will be achieved by the end of the project period. All projects funded by ANA must be completed, self-sustaining, or supported by other than ANA funding at the end of the project period. • Prior to funding the second or third year of a multi-year grant, ANA will require verification and support documentation from the grantee that objectives and outcomes proposed in the proceeding year were accomplished, and the non-Federal share requirement has been met. • ANA reviews the quarterly and annual reports of grantees to determine if the grantee is meeting its goals, objectives and activities identified in the OWP. • Applications from National and Regional organizations must clearly demonstrate a need for the project, explain how the project originated, and discuss the community-based delivery strategy of the project, identify and describe the intended beneficiaries, describe and relate the actual project benefits to the community and organization, and describe a community-based delivery system. National and Regional organizations must describe their membership, define how the organization operates, and demonstrate Native community and/or tribal government support for the project. The type of community to be served will determine the type of documentation necessary to support the project. Definitions Program specific terms and concepts are defined and should be used as a guide in writing and submitting the proposed project. The funding for allowable projects in this program E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5866 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices announcement is based on the following definitions: Authorized Representative: The person or person(s) authorized by tribal or Organizational resolution to execute documents and other actions required by outside agencies. Budget Period: The interval of time into which the project period is divided for budgetary or funding purposes, and for which a grant is made. A budget period usually lasts one year in a multiyear project period. Community: A group of people residing in the same geographic area that can apply their own cultural and socio-economic values in implementing ANA’s program objectives and goals. In discussing the applicant’s community, the following information should be provided: (1) A description of the population segment within the community to be served or impacted; (2) the size of the community; (3) geographic description or location, including the boundaries of the community; (4) demographic data on the target population; and (5) the relationship of the community to any larger group or tribe. Community Involvement: How the community participated in the development of the proposed project, how the community will be involved during the project implementation and after the project is completed. Evidence of community involvement can include, but is not limited to, certified petitions, public meeting minutes, surveys, needs assessments, newsletters, special meetings, public Council meetings, public committee meetings, public hearings, and annual meetings with representatives from the community. Completed Project: A project funded by ANA is finished, self-sustaining, or funded by other than ANA funds, and the results and outcomes are achieved by the end of the project period. Consortium—Tribe/Village: A group of tribes or Villages that join together either for long-term purposes or for the purpose of an ANA project. Construction: The initial building of a facility. Core Administration: Salaries and other expenses for those functions that support the applicant’s organization as a whole or for purposes that are unrelated to the actual management or implementation of the ANA project. Equipment: Tangible, non-expendable personal property, including exempt property, charged directly to the award having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit. However, consistent with recipient policy, lower limits may be established. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Impact Indicators: Measurement descriptions used to identify the outcomes or results of the project. Outcomes or results must be quantifiable, measurable, verifiable and related to the outcome of the project to determine that the project has achieved its desired objective and can be independently verified through ANA monitoring and evaluation. In-kind Contributions: In-kind contributions are property or services which benefit a federally assisted project or program and which are contributed by the grantee, non-Federal third parties without charge to the grantee, or a cost-type contractor under the grant agreement. Any proposed inkind match must meet the applicable requirements found in 45 CFR parts 74 and 92. Letter of Commitment: A third party statement to document the intent to provide specific in-kind contributions or cash to support the applicant. The Letter of Commitment must state the dollar amount (if applicable), the length of time the commitment will be honored, and the conditions under which the organization will support the proposed ANA project. If a dollar amount is included, the amount must be based on market and historical rates charged and paid. The resources to be committed may be human, natural, physical, or financial, and may include other Federal and non-Federal resources. Statements about resources which have been committed to support a proposed project made in the application without supporting documentation will be disregarded. Leveraged Resources: The total dollar value of all non-ANA resources that are committed to a proposed ANA project and are supported by documentation that exceed the 20% non-Federal match required for an ANA grant. Such resources may include any natural, financial, and physical resources available within the tribe, organization, or community to assist in the successful completion of the project. An example would be a letter from an organization that agrees to provide a supportive action, product, and service, human or financial contribution that will add to the potential success of the project. Minor Renovation or Alteration: Work required to change the interior arrangements or other physical characteristics of an existing facility, or install equipment so that it may be more effectively used for the project. Minor alteration and renovation may include work referred to as improvements, conversion, rehabilitation, remodeling, or modernization, but is distinguished from construction and major PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 renovations. A minor alteration and or renovation must be incidental and essential for the project (‘‘incidental’’ meaning the total alteration and renovation budget must not exceed the lesser of $150,000 or 25 percent of total direct costs approved for the entire project period.). Multi-purpose Organization: A community-based corporation whose charter specifies that the community designates the Board of Directors and/or officers of the organization through an elective procedure and that the organization functions in several different areas of concern to the members of the local Native American community. These areas are specified in the by-laws and/or policies adopted by the organization. They may include, but need not be limited to, economic, artistic, cultural, and recreational activities, and the delivery of human services such as day care, education, and training. Multi-year Project: Encompasses a single theme and requires more than 12 or 17 months and up to 24 or 36 months to complete. A multi-year project affords the applicant an opportunity to develop and address more complex and in-depth strategies that cannot be completed in one year. A multi-year project is a series of related objectives with activities presented in chronological order over a two or three-year period. Objective(s): Specific outcomes or results to be achieved within the proposed project period that are specified in the Objective Work Plan. Completion of objectives must result in specific, measurable outcomes that would benefit the community and directly contribute to the achievement of the stated community goals. Applicants should relate their proposed project objectives to outcomes that support the community’s long-range goals. Objectives are an important component of Criterion III and are the foundation for the Objective Work Plans. Objective Work Plan (OWP): The project plan the applicant will use in meeting the results and benefits expected for the project. The results and benefits are directly related to the Impact Indicators. The OWP provides detailed descriptions of how, when, where, by whom and why activities are proposed for the project and is complemented and condensed in the Objective Work Plan. ANA will require separate OWPs for each year of the project. (Form OMB# 0980–0204 exp 10/31/2006) Partnerships: Agreements between two or more parties that will support the development and implementation of the E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices proposed project. Partnerships include other faith-based or community-based organizations or associations, tribes, Federal and State agencies and private or non-profit organizations, which may include faith-based organizations. Real Property: Land, including land improvements, structures, and appurtenances thereto, excluding movable machinery and equipment. Resolution: Applicants are required to include a current signed and dated Resolution (a formal decision voted on by the official governing body) in support of the project for the entire project period. The Resolution should indicate who is authorized to sign documents and negotiate on behalf of the tribe or organization. The Resolution should indicate that the community was involved in the project planning process, and indicate the specific dollar amount of any non-Federal matching funds (if applicable). Sustainable Project: A sustainable project is an ongoing program or service that can be maintained without additional ANA funds. Self-Sufficiency: The ability to generate resources to meet a community’s needs in a sustainable manner. A community’s progress toward self-sufficiency is based on its efforts to plan, organize, and direct resources in a comprehensive manner that is consistent with its established long-range goals. For a community to be self-sufficient, it must have local access to, control of, and coordination of services and programs that safeguard the health, well being, and culture of the people that reside and work in the community. Total Approved Project Costs: The sum of the Federal request and the nonFederal share. Please note that this announcement is divided into two program areas. The first program area is: Category I Assessment Grants and the second program area is: Category II Design and/ or Implementation Grants. Information on the second program area immediately follows section VIII of program area one. The SF 424 must clearly indicate the correct program area you are applying for. Priority Area 1 Native Language Preservation and Maintenance: Category I Assessment Grants Description The purpose of an Assessment Grant is to conduct an assessment of the current status of the language(s) to be addressed in order to establish VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 community long-range goal(s) to ensure its survival. Program Area of Interest under Category I: • A project for data collection and compilation that surveys the current language status through a ‘‘formal’’ method (e.g., work performed by a linguist, and/or a language survey conducted by community members) or an ‘‘informal’’ method (e.g., a community consensus of the language status based on information provided by elders, tribal scholars, and/or other community members) with the development of long range language preservation goals and uses elders in the development of these goals. The assessment data should capture, at a minimum, the following data: Number of speakers; Age of speakers; Gender of speakers; Level(s) of fluency; Number of first language speakers (Native language as the first language acquired); Number of second language speakers (Native language as the second language acquired); Where Native language is used (e.g., home, court system, religious ceremonies, church, media, school, governance and cultural activities); Source of data (formal and/or informal); and, Rate of language loss or gain. II. Award Information Funding Instrument Type: Grant. Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $1,000,000. Anticipated Number of Awards: 10– 15. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period: $100,000. Floor on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period: $25,000. Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered for competition. Average Projected Award Amount: $50,000. Length of Project Periods: 12 month project and budget period. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants Native American tribal governments (federally recognized). Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments). Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Others (see Additional Information on Eligibility below). Additional Information on Eligibility PO 00000 • Federally recognized Indian tribes. • Consortia of Indian tribes. Frm 00017 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5867 • Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes. • Incorporated non-profit multipurpose community-based Indian organizations. • Urban Indian Centers. • National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives. • Alaska Native villages, as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or non-profit village consortia. • Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose community-based organizations. • Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village specific projects. • Non-profit Native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects. • Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians. • Public and non-profit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (the populations served may be located on these islands or in the United States). • Tribally-controlled Community Colleges, tribally-controlled PostSecondary Vocational Institutions, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serve Native peoples. • Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Please refer to Section I. Funding Opportunity Description, to review general ANA Administrative Policies and Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. 2. Cost Sharing/Matching Yes. Matching/Cost-Sharing Grantees are required to meet a nonFederal share of the project costs, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2991(b)(3)(e)(1). Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project requesting $100,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $100,000 per budget period) must provide a match of at least $25,000 (20% of the total E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5868 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices approved project costs). Grantees will be held accountable for commitments of non-Federal resources even if over the amount of the required match. Failure to provide the amount will result in disallowance of Federal dollars. Lack of supporting documentation at the time of application will not impact the responsiveness of the application for competitive review. 3. Other All Applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Number. On June 27, 2003, the Office of Management and Budget published in the Federal Register a new Federal policy applicable to all Federal grant applicants. The policy requires Federal grant applicants to provide a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. The DUNS number will be required whether an applicant is submitting a paper application or using the government-wide electronic portal (http://www.Grants.gov). A DUNS number will be required for every application for a new award or renewal/ continuation of an award, including applications or plans under formula, entitlement and block grant programs, submitted on or after October 1, 2003. Please ensure that your organization has a DUNS number. You may acquire a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line on 1–866–705–5711 or you may request a number on-line at http://www.dnb.com. Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their non-profit status. Proof of nonprofit status is any one of the following: • A reference to the applicant organization’s listing in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code. • A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate. • A statement from a State taxing body, State attorney general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a nonprofit status and that none of the net earning accrue to any private shareholders or individuals. • A certified copy of the organization’s certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit status. • Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 organization is a local non-profit affiliate. Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Disqualification Factors Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date will not be considered for competition. Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered for competition. Applications that do not include a current signed and dated Resolution (a formal decision voted on by the official governing body) in support of the project for the entire project period will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered for competition. If the applicant is not a tribe or Alaska Native Village government, applications that do not include proof that a majority of the governing board is representative of the community to be served will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered for competition (see Section I. Funding Opportunity Description-Definitions, for information on resolutions). Please see Section III.2 Other, concerning requirements for the cost matching which do not impact the responsiveness of an application for competitive review. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package To learn more about ANA and receive information about Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) contact the regional T/TA providers at: Region I: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO,MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV Native American Management Services, Inc., 6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 302, McLean, VA 22101. Phone: 888–221–9686; Fax: 703–821–368. E-mail: kking@namsinc.org. URL: http:// www.anaeastern.org. Region II: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY ACKCO, Inc., 1326 N. Central, Suite 208, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. TollFree: 800–525–2859; Direct: 602– PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 253–9211; Fax 602–253–9135. Theron Wauneka, Project Manager. E-mail: theron.wauneka@ackco.com. URL: http://www.anawestern.org. Region III: Alaska. Native American Management Services, Inc., 11723 Old Glenn Highway, Suite 201, Eagle River, Alaska 99577. Toll-Free 877–770– 6230; Direct: 907–694–5711; Fax 907–694–5775. P.J. Bell, Project Manager. E-mail: region3@gci.net. URL: http://www.anaalaska.org. Region IV: American Samoa (AS), Guam, HI, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, 33 South King Street, Suite 513, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Toll-Free 800–709–2642; Local 808–521–5011; Fax: 808–521– 4111. Lilia Kapuniai, Vice President, Community Development. E-mail: info@anapacific.org. URL: http:// www.anapacific.org. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission Please refer to Section I, ‘‘Funding Opportunity Description’’ to review general ANA Administrative Policies and Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Application Submission: Each application should include one signed original and two additional copies of the complete application are required. The original copy must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, an original signature by an authorized representative, have original signatures, and be submitted unbound. The two additional copies of the complete application must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices and must also be submitted unbound. Applicants have the option of omitting from the application copies (not the original) specific salary rates or amounts for individuals specified in the application budget. A complete application for assistance under this Program Announcement consists of Three Parts. Part One is the SF 424, Required Government Forms, and other required documentation. Part Two of the application is the project narrative. This section of the application may not exceed 40 pages. The line-item budgets, budget justifications and the OWP form (OMB Control Number 0980–0204, exp 10/31/2006) will be exempt from the page limitation. Part Three of the application is the Appendix. This section of the application may not exceed 20 pages (the exception to this 20 page limit applies only to projects E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices that require, if relevant to the project, a Business Plan or any Third-Party Agreements). Electronic Submission: While ACF does have the capability to receive program announcement applications electronically through Grants.gov, electronic submission of applications will not be available for this particular announcement. There are required application form(s) specific to ANA that have not yet received clearance from Grants.gov. While electronic submission of applications may be available in the next fiscal year for this program, no electronic submission of applications will be accepted for this announcement this year as they would be missing those required ANA forms and be considered incomplete. Organization and Preparation of Application: Due to the intensity and pace of the application review and evaluation process, ANA strongly recommends applicants organize, label, and insert required information in accordance with Part One, Part Two and Part Three as presented in the table below. ANA strongly suggests applicants label the application for ease of reviewing. The application must begin with the information requested in Part One in the prescribed order of the following table. Utilizing this format will insure all information submitted to support an applicant’s request for funding is thoroughly reviewed. Submitting information in this format will assist the panel reviewer in locating and evaluating the information. Deviation from this suggested format will reduce the applicant’s ability to receive maximum points, which are directly related to ANA’s funding decisions. ANA Application Format: ANA requires all applications to be labeled in compliance with the format provided in this program announcement. This format applies to all applicants submitting applications for funding. All pages submitted (including Government Forms, certifications and assurances) must be numbered consecutively (for example, the first page of the application is the SF 424 and must be labeled as page one). The paper size shall be 81⁄2 x 11 inches, line spacing shall be a space and a half (1.5 line spacing), printed only on one side, and have a half-inch margin on all sides of the paper. (Note: the 1.5 line spacing does not apply to the Project Abstract Form, Appendices, the Table of Contents, the Objective Work Plans, and the Budget.) The font size shall be 12point and the font type shall be Times New Roman. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Standard Forms and Certifications The project description should include all the information requirements described in the specific evaluation criteria outlined in the program announcement under Section V Application Review Information. In addition to the project description, the applicant needs to complete all the standard forms required for making applications for awards under this announcement. Applicants seeking financial assistance under this announcement must file the Standard Form (SF) 424, Application for Federal Assistance; SF– 424A, Budget Information—NonConstruction Programs; SF–424B, Assurances—Non-Construction Programs. The forms may be reproduced for use in submitting applications. Applicants must sign and return the standard forms with their application. Applicants must furnish prior to award an executed copy of the Standard Form LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal funds for lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance under this announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if applicable, with their applications (approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0348–0046). Applicants must sign and return the certification with their application. Applicants must also understand they will be held accountable for the smoking prohibition included within Pub. L. 103–227, Title XII Environmental Tobacco Smoke (also known as the PRO–KIDS Act of 1994). A copy of the Federal Register notice which implements the smoking prohibition is included with forms. By signing and submitting the application, applicants are providing the certification and need not mail back the certification with the application. Applicants must make the appropriate certification of their compliance with all Federal statutes relating to nondiscrimination. By signing and submitting the applications, applicants are providing the certification and need not mail back the certification form. Complete the standard forms and the PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5869 associated certifications and assurances based on the instructions on the forms. The forms and certifications may be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Please see Section V.1. Criteria, for instructions on preparing the full project description. 3. Submission Dates and Times Due Date: April 1, 2005. Explanation of Due Dates The closing time and date for receipt of applications is referenced above. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the closing date will be classified as late. Deadline: Applications shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline time and date referenced in Section IV.6. Applicants are responsible for ensuring applications are mailed or submitted electronically well in advance of the application due date. Applications hand carried by applicants, applicant couriers, other representatives of the applicant, or by overnight/express mail couriers shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline date, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., eastern time, at the address referenced in Section IV.6., between Monday and Friday (excluding Federal holidays). ACF cannot accommodate transmission of applications by facsimile. Therefore, applications transmitted to ACF by fax will not be accepted regardless of date or time of submission and time of receipt. Late Applications: Applications that do not meet the criteria above are considered late applications. ACF shall notify each late applicant that its application will not be considered in the current competition. Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date will not be considered for competition. Applicants using express/overnight mail services should allow two working days prior to the deadline date for receipt of applications. Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not always deliver as agreed. Extension of deadlines: ACF may extend application deadlines when circumstances such as acts of God (floods, hurricanes, etc.) occur, or when there are widespread disruptions of mail service, or in other rare cases. A determination to extend or waive deadline requirements rests with the Chief Grants Management Officer. E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5870 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices Checklist You may use the checklist below as a guide when preparing your application package. PART ONE.—FEDERAL FORMS AND OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS What to submit Required content Required form or format Table of Contents ............... See Section IV .................. SF424 ................................. See Section IV .................. Applicant must include a table of contents that accurately identifies the page number and where the information can be located. Table of Contents does not count against application page limit. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm ........... SF424A ............................... See Section IV .................. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm ........... SF424B ............................... See Section IV .................. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm ........... Grant Application Data Summary (GADS) form— Native Language. Proof of Non-Profit Status .. See Section I ..................... Resolution ........................... See Section I ..................... Board of Directors Documentation. Audit Letter ......................... See Section I ..................... Indirect Cost Agreement ..... See Section V ................... Non-Federal Share of Waiver Request, per CFR 1336.50(b). See Section III ................... Certification regarding Maintenance of Effort. Certification regarding Lobbying Disclosure of Lobbying Activities—SF LLL. Environmental Tobacco Smoke Certification. See Section I ..................... ANA Form: OMB Clearance Number 0970–0263 exp. 3/31/07 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana (Go to Forms link to obtain the document). As described in this announcement under Section III ‘‘Additional Information on Eligibility’’. As described in this announcement under Section I ‘‘ Definitions’’. As described in this announcement under Section I ‘‘ANA Administrative Policies’’. A Certified Public Accountant’s ‘‘Independent Auditors’ Report on Financial Statement.’’ This is usually only a two to three page document. (This requirement applies only to applicants with annual expenditures of $500,000 or more of federal funds). Applicant must also include only that portion of the audit document titled ‘‘Supplemental Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards’’. Organizations and Tribes must submit a current indirect cost agreement (if claiming in-direct costs) that aligns with the approved ANA project period. The In-direct Cost Agreement must identify the individual components and percentages that make up the indirect cost rate. A request for a waiver of the non-Federal share requirement may be submitted in accordance with 45 CFR 1336.50(b) (3) of the Native American Program regulations. (if applicable). May be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. May be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. See Section III ................... See Section I ..................... See Section IV .................. See Section IV .................. When to submit May be found at: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. By announcement closing date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. closing closing closing closing closing closing closing closing By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. PART TWO.—APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA What to submit Criteria one (10 pts) ........... See Section V ................... Criteria two (20 pts) ............ See Section V ................... Criteria three (25 pts) ......... See Section V ................... Criteria four (15 pts) ........... See Section V ................... Required form or format ANA application review criteria This section may not exceed 40 pages Required content VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Introduction and Project Summary/Application Format Use the Project Abstract Form (OMB #0980–0204 exp. 10/31/2006). Need for Assistance ...................................................... Project Approach Include an Objective Work Plan form (OMB #0980–0204 exp. 10/31/2006) for each 12month budget period. A 17-month project period requires only one OWP. Note: The OWP is not included in the page count for this Part. Organizational Capacity ................................................ Frm 00020 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 When to submit By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices 5871 PART TWO.—APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA—Continued What to submit Required content Required form or format ANA application review criteria This section may not exceed 40 pages Criteria five (15 pts) ............ See Section V ................... Project Impact/Evaluation .............................................. Criteria six (15 pts) ............. See Section V ................... Budget and Budget Justification/Cost Effectiveness .... Note: The Budget and Budget Justification are not included in the page count for this Part. When to submit By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. PART THREE.—APPENDIX What to submit Required content Required form or format This section may not exceed 20 pages Support Documentation ...... See Section V ................... Part Three includes only supplemental information or required support documentation that addresses the applicant’s capacity to carry out and fulfill the proposed project. These items include: letters of agreement with cooperating entities, in-kind commitment and support letters, business plans, and a summary of the Third Party Agreements. Do not include books, videotapes, studies or published reports and articles, as they will not be made available to the reviewers or returned to the applicant. Additional Forms Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their What to submit Survey for Private, NonProfit Grant Applicants. Location See form ............................ May be found on www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. Applications are not subject to Executive Order 12372. 5. Funding Restrictions ANA does not fund: • Activities in support of any foreseeable litigation against the United States Government that are unallowable under OMB Circulars A–87 and A–122. • ANA does not fund duplicative projects or allow any one community or region to receive a disproportionate share of the funds available for award. When making decisions on awards of grants, the Agency will consider whether the project is essentially identical or similar, in whole or significant part, to projects in the same community previously funded or being funded under the same competition. The Agency will also consider whether the grantee is already receiving funding for a SEDS, Language, or Environmental project from ANA. The Agency will also take into account in making funding decisions whether a proposed project would require funding on an indefinite 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 or recurring basis. This determination will be made after it is determined whether the application meets the requirements for eligibility as set forth in 45 C.F.R. 1336, Subpart C, but before funding decisions are complete (See Section I. Funding Opportunity Description—ANA Administrative Policies regarding short-term projects). • Projects in which a grantee would provide training and/or technical assistance (T/TA) to other tribes or Native American organizations that are otherwise eligible to apply for ANA funding. However, ANA will fund T/TA requested by a grantee for its own use or for its members’ use (as in the case of a consortium), when the T/TA is necessary to carry out project objectives. • The purchase of real property or construction because these activities are not authorized by the Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended. • Core administration (see Definition) functions, or other activities, that essentially support only the applicant’s ongoing administrative functions and are not related to the proposed project. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 By announcement closing date. Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Required content 4. Intergovernmental Review VerDate jul<14>2003 applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on When to submit When to submit By announcement closing date. • Costs associated with fund-raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable under an ANA grant award. • Projects originated and designed by consultants who provide a major role for themselves and are not members of the applicant organization, Tribe, or village. • Activities that are not responsive to the purpose of this Native Language Program Announcement. • Major renovations or alterations are prohibited activities because these activities are not authorized under the Native American Programs Act of 1974 as amended. Minor alterations, as defined in this announcement, may be allowable. • ANA will not fund activities by a consortium of tribes that duplicate activities for which a consortium member tribe also receives funding from ANA E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5872 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices 6. Other Submission Requirements Submission by Mail: An applicant must provide an original application with all attachments, signed by an authorized representative and two copies. The application must be received at the address below by 4:30 p.m. eastern time on or before the closing date. Applications should be mailed to: Attention: Tim Chappelle, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Hand Delivery: An applicant must provide an original application with all attachments signed by an authorized representative and two copies. The application must be received at the address below by 4:30 p.m. eastern time on or before the closing date. Applications that are hand delivered will be accepted between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. Applications should be delivered to: Attention: Tim Chappelle, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grant, ACF Mail Room, Second Floor Loading Dock, Aerospace Center, 901 D Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. V. Application Review Information The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 120 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed and reviewing the collection information. The project description is approved under OMB control number 0970–0139 which expires 4/30/2007. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. 1. Criteria Purpose The project description provides a major means by which an application is evaluated and ranked to compete with other applications for available assistance. The project description should be concise and complete and should address the activity for which Federal funds are being requested. Supporting documents should be included where they can present information clearly and succinctly. In VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 preparing your project description, information responsive to each of the requested evaluation criteria must be provided. Awarding offices use this and other information in making their funding recommendations. It is important, therefore, that this information be included in the application in a manner that is clear and complete. General Instructions ACF is particularly interested in specific project descriptions that focus on outcomes and convey strategies for achieving intended performance. Project descriptions are evaluated on the basis of substance and measurable outcomes, not length. Extensive exhibits are not required. Cross-referencing should be used rather than repetition. Supporting information concerning activities that will not be directly funded by the grant or information that does not directly pertain to an integral part of the grant funded activity should be placed in an appendix. Pages should be numbered and a table of contents should be included for easy reference. Introduction Applicants required to submit a full project description shall prepare the project description statement in accordance with the following instructions while being aware of the specified evaluation criteria. The text options give a broad overview of what your project description should include while the evaluation criteria identifies the measures that will be used to evaluate applications. Project Summary/Abstract Provide a summary of the project description (a page or less) with reference to the funding request. Objectives and Need for Assistance Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, institutional, and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution. The need for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate objectives of the project must be clearly stated; supporting documentation, such as letters of support and testimonials from concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included. Any relevant data based on planning studies should be included or referred to in the endnotes/footnotes. Incorporate demographic data and participant/ beneficiary information, as needed. In developing the project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to provide information on the total range of projects currently being PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be outside the scope of the program announcement. Results or Benefits Expected Identify the results and benefits to be derived. Applicants are encouraged to describe the qualitative and quantitative data collected, how this data will measure progress towards the stated results or benefits, and how performance indicators under economic and social development and governance projects can be monitored, evaluated and verified. Approach Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished. Account for all functions or activities identified in the application. Cite factors that might accelerate or decelerate the work and state your reason for taking the proposed approach rather than others. Describe any unusual features of the project such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement. Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity in such terms as the number of people to be served and the number of activities accomplished. When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or function, list them in chronological order to show the schedule of accomplishments and their target dates. If any data is to be collected, maintained, and/or disseminated, clearance may be required from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This clearance pertains to any ‘‘collection of information that is conducted or sponsored by ACF.’’ List organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key individuals who will work on the project along with a short description of the nature of their effort or contribution. Examples of these activities would be the number of businesses started or expanded, the number of jobs created or retained, the number of people trained, the number of youth, couples or families assisted or the number elders participating in the activity during that reporting period. Organizational Profiles Provide information on the applicant organization(s) and cooperating partners, such as organizational charts, E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices financial statements, audit reports or statements from CPAs/Licensed Public Accountants, Employer Identification Numbers, names of bond carriers, contact persons and telephone numbers, child care licenses and other documentation of professional accreditation, information on compliance with Federal/State/local government standards, documentation of experience in the program area, and other pertinent information. If the applicant is a non-profit organization, submit proof of non-profit status in its application. The non-profit agency can accomplish this by providing: (a) A reference to the applicant organization’s listing in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code; (b) a copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate; (c) a statement from a State taxing body, State attorney general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a non-profit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals; (d) a certified copy of the organization’s certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status; (e) any of the items immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local non-profit affiliate. Third-Party Agreements Provide written and signed agreements between grantees and subgrantees or subcontractors or other cooperating entities. These agreements must detail scope of work to be performed, work schedules, remuneration, and other terms and conditions that structure or define the relationship. Budget and Budget Justification Provide a budget with line item detail and detailed calculations for each budget object class identified on the Budget Information form. Detailed calculations must include estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated. Also include a breakout by the funding sources identified in Block 15 of the SF–424. Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the categorical costs are derived. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, and allocability of the proposed costs. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 General Use the following guidelines for preparing the budget and budget justification. Both Federal and nonFederal resources shall be detailed and justified in the budget and narrative justification. ‘‘Federal resources’’ refers only to the ACF grant for which you are applying. ‘‘Non Federal resources’’ are all other Federal and non-Federal resources. It is suggested that budget amounts and computations be presented in a columnar format: First column, object class categories; second column, Federal budget; next column(s), nonFederal budget(s), and last column, total budget. The budget justification should be a narrative. Personnel Description: Costs of employee salaries and wages. Justification: Identify the project director or principal investigator, if known. For each staff person, provide the title, time commitment to the project (in months), time commitment to the project (as a percentage or full-time equivalent), annual salary, grant salary, wage rates, etc. Do not include the costs of consultants or personnel costs of delegate agencies or of specific project(s) or businesses to be financed by the applicant. Fringe Benefits Description: Costs of employee fringe benefits unless treated as part of an approved indirect cost rate. Justification: Provide a breakdown of the amounts and percentages that comprise fringe benefit costs such as health insurance, FICA, retirement insurance, taxes, etc. Travel Description: Costs of project-related travel by employees of the applicant organization (does not include costs of consultant travel). Justification: For each trip, show the total number of traveler(s), travel destination, duration of trip, per diem, mileage allowances, if privately owned vehicles will be used, and other transportation costs and subsistence allowances. Travel costs for key staff to attend ACF-sponsored workshops should be detailed in the budget. Equipment Description: ‘‘Equipment’’ means an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of (a) the capitalization level established by the organization for the financial statement purposes, or (b) $5,000. (Note: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5873 Acquisition cost means the net invoice unit price of an item of equipment, including the cost of any modifications, attachments, accessories, or auxiliary apparatus necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it is acquired. Ancillary charges, such as taxes, duty, protective in-transit insurance, freight, and installation shall be included in or excluded from acquisition cost in accordance with the organization’s regular written accounting practices.) Justification: For each type of equipment requested, provide a description of the equipment, the cost per unit, the number of units, the total cost, and a plan for use on the project, as well as use or disposal of the equipment after the project ends. An applicant organization that uses its own definition for equipment should provide a copy of its policy or section of its policy which includes the equipment definition. Supplies Description: Costs of all tangible personal property other than that included under the Equipment category. Justification: Specify general categories of supplies and their costs. Show computations and provide other information which supports the amount requested. Contractual Description: Costs of all contracts for services and goods except for those that belong under other categories such as equipment, supplies, construction, etc. Include third party evaluation contracts (if applicable) and contracts with secondary recipient organizations, including delegate agencies and specific project(s) or businesses to be financed by the applicant. Justification: Demonstrate that all procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner to provide, to the maximum extent practical, open and free competition. Recipients and subrecipients, other than States that are required to use part 92 procedures, must justify any anticipated procurement action that is expected to be awarded without competition and exceed the simplified acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. 403(11) (currently set at $100,000). Recipients might be required to make available to ACF pre-award review and procurement documents, such as request for proposals or invitations for bids, independent cost estimates, etc. Note: Whenever the applicant intends to delegate part of the project to another agency, the applicant must provide a detailed budget and budget narrative for each delegate agency, by agency title, along with the E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5874 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices required supporting information referred to in these instructions. Other Enter the total of all other costs. Such costs, where applicable and appropriate, may include but are not limited to insurance, food, medical and dental costs (noncontractual), professional services costs, space and equipment rentals, printing and publication, computer use, training costs, such as tuition and stipends, staff development costs, and administrative costs. Justification: Provide computations, a narrative description and a justification for each cost under this category. Indirect Charges Description: Total amount of indirect costs. This category should be used only when the applicant currently has an indirect cost rate approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or another cognizant Federal agency. Justification: An applicant that will charge indirect costs to the grant must enclose a copy of the current rate agreement. If the applicant organization is in the process of initially developing or renegotiating a rate, upon notification that an award will be made, it should immediately develop a tentative indirect cost rate proposal based on its most recently completed fiscal year, in accordance with the cognizant agency’s guidelines for establishing indirect cost rates, and submit it to the cognizant agency. Applicants awaiting approval of their indirect cost proposals may also request indirect costs. When an indirect cost rate is requested, those costs included in the indirect cost pool should not also be charged as direct costs to the grant. Also, if the applicant is requesting a rate which is less than what is allowed under the program, the authorized representative of the applicant organization must submit a signed acknowledgement that the applicant is accepting a lower rate than allowed. Program Income Description: The estimated amount of income, if any, expected to be generated from this project. Justification: Describe the nature, source and anticipated use of program income in the budget or refer to the pages in the application which contain this information. Nonfederal Resources Description: Amounts of non-Federal resources that will be used to support the project as identified in Block 15 of the SF–424. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Justification: The firm commitment of these resources must be documented and submitted with the application so the applicant is given credit in the review process. A detailed budget must be prepared for each funding source. Evaluation Criteria The following evaluation criteria appear in weighted descending order. The corresponding score values indicate the relative importance that ACF places on each evaluation criterion; however, applicants need not develop their applications precisely according to the order presented. Application components may be organized such that a reviewer will be able to follow a seamless and logical flow of information (e.g. from a broad overview of the project to more detailed information about how it will be conducted). In considering how applicants will carry out the responsibilities addressed under this announcement, competing applications for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: Approach Project Approach (25 Points): The Project Approach narrative must be clear and concise. The narrative must include a detailed project description with goals and objectives. It must discuss the project strategy and implementation plan over the project period. The applicant must use the Objective Work Plan (OWP) form to identify the project objectives, time frames, proposed activities, results and benefits expected and criteria for evaluating results and benefits, as well as the individuals responsible for completing the objectives and performing the activities. Within the results and benefits section of the OWP, the applicant must provide quantitative quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity. In this criterion, the applicant describes how the project description, objective(s), approach, and strategy are inter-related. The applicant must also include the names and activities of any organizations, partners, consultants, or other key individuals who will contribute to the project, utilizing the OWP column for ‘‘Non-Salaried Personnel’’ to list the hours incurred for these activities. The applicant explains how elders and other community members are involved in the development of the language goals and strategies. The applicant must discuss any Leveraged Resources (see Definitions) used to strengthen and broaden the impact of the proposed PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 project. The applicant must discuss how commitments and contributions from other entities will enhance the project. Applicants must discuss the relationship of non-ANA funded activities to those objectives and activities that will be funded with ANA grant funds. Objectives and Need for Assistance Need for Assistance (20 Points): Applicant must show a clear relationship between the proposed project, the strategy and community’s long-range goals. The need for assistance must clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, governmental, and institutional challenges requiring a solution that supports the funding request. Describe the community (see Definitions) to be affected by the project and the community involvement in the project. The applicant must describe the community’s long-range goals, and the community planning process and how the project supports these goals. The applicant must document the community’s support of the proposed project. Discuss the geographic location of the project and where the project and grant will be administered. The applicant fully describes the status of Native American language(s) in the community. Since obtaining this data may be part of the proposed project being reviewed, applicants can meet this requirement by explaining their current language status and providing a detailed description of any circumstances or barriers, which have prevented the collection of community language data. If documentation exists, describe it in terms of current language status. Applicants must discuss and present objectives and activities to be achieved and evaluated at the end of the project period. Applicants must describe how the proposed project objectives and activities relate to a locally determined strategy. The applicant must provide documentation of the community’s support for the proposed project. Applications from National and Regional organizations must clearly demonstrate a need for the project, explain how the project originated, identify the intended beneficiaries, describe and relate the actual project benefits to the community and organization, and describe a community-based project delivery strategy. National and Regional organizations must also identify their membership and specifically discuss how the organization operates and impacts Native American people and communities. Proposed project E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices objectives support the identified need and must be measurable. Budget and Budget Justification Budget and Budget Justification/Cost Effectiveness (15 Points): An applicant must submit an itemized budget detailing the applicant’s Federal and non-Federal share and cite source(s) of funding. The applicant must provide a detailed line-item Federal and nonFederal share budget by year for each year of project funds requested. A budget justification narrative to support the line-item budget must be included for each year of project funds requested. The budget request must include a lineitem justification for each Object Class Category listed under Section B— ‘‘Budget Categories’’ on SF 424 ‘‘Budget Information-Non Construction Programs’’ form. The line-item budget and budget justification narrative must include the necessary details to facilitate the determination of allowable costs and the relevance of these costs to the proposed project. The non-Federal budget share must identify the source and be supported by letters of commitment (see Definitions). Letters of commitment are binding when they specifically state the nature, the amount, and conditions under which another agency or organization or individual will support a project. These resources may be human, natural, or financial, and may include other Federal and non-Federal resources. Statements that additional funding will be sought from other specific sources are not considered a binding commitment of outside resources. Letters of Support merely express another organization’s endorsement of a proposed project. Support letters are not binding commitment letters, as they do not factually establish the authenticity of other resources and do not offer or bind specific resources to the project. If an applicant plans to charge or otherwise seek credit for indirect costs in its ANA application, a copy of its current Indirect Cost Rate Agreement must be included in the application, with all costs broken down by category so ANA reviewers can be certain that no budgeted line items are included in the indirect cost pool. Applicants that do not submit a current Indirect Cost Rate Agreement, may not be able to claim the allowable cost, may have the grant award amount reduced, or may experience a delay in grant award. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include sufficient funds for principal representatives, such as the applicant’s chief financial officer or project director to travel to one ANA post-award grant training and technical assistance VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 workshop. This expenditure is allowable for new grant recipients and optional for grantees that have had previous ANA grant awards. Applicants may also include costs for two staff persons to attend the ACF National Native American Conference. Cost Effectiveness: This section of the criterion reflects ANA’s concern with ensuring that the expenditure of its limited resources yields the greatest benefit possible in achieving the preservation of Native American languages. Applicants demonstrate this by: summarizing partnerships and the efficient use of leveraged resources; explaining the impact on the identified community through measurable project outcomes, and presenting a project that is completed, self-sustaining or supported by other than ANA funds by the end of the project period. Organizational Profiles Organizational Capacity (15 Points): In this criterion, the application provides information on the management structure of the applicant and the organizational relationships with its cooperating partners. Include an organizational chart that indicates where the proposed project will fit in the existing structure. Demonstrate experience in the program area. Describe the administrative structure, and the applicant’s ability to administer and implement a project of the proposed scope. If the applicant proposes to enter into a partnership arrangement with a school, college or university, documentation of this commitment must be included in the application. Applicants are required to affirm that they will credit the Administration for Native Americans, and reference the ANA funded project on any audio, video, and/or printed materials developed in whole or in part with ANA funds. Applicants must list all current sources of Federal funding, the agency, purpose, amount, and provide the most recent certified signed audit letter for the organization to be included in Part One of the application. If the applicant has audit exceptions, these issues must be discussed in this criterion. Applicants must provide ‘‘staffing and position data’’ to include a proposed staffing pattern for the project where the applicant highlights the new project staff. Positions discussed in this section must match the positions identified in the Objective Work Plan and in the proposed budget. Applicants must provide a paragraph of the duties and skills required for the proposed staff and a paragraph on qualifications and experience of current staff. Full position PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5875 descriptions are required to be submitted and included in the Appendix. Applicants must explain how the current and future staff will manage the proposed project. Brief biographies of key positions or individuals must be included. Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to give preference to qualified Native Americans in hiring project staff and in contracting services under an approved ANA grant. If applicable, applicant must identify consortium membership. The consortium applicant must be the recipient of the funds. A consortium applicant must be an ‘‘eligible entity’’ as defined by this Program Announcement and the ANA regulations. Consortium applicants must include documentation (a resolution adopted pursuant to the organization’s established procedures and signed by an authorized representative) from all consortium members supporting the ANA application. An application from a consortium must have goals and objectives that will create positive impacts and outcomes in the communities of its members. ANA will not fund activities by a consortium of tribes which duplicates activities for which member Tribes also receive funding from ANA. The consortium application must identify the role and responsibility of each participating consortium member and a copy of the consortia legal agreement or Memoranda of Agreement to support the proposed project. Results or Benefits Expected Project Impact/Evaluation (15 Points): In this criterion, the applicant will discuss the ‘‘Impact Indicators’’ (see Definitions) and the benefits expected as a result of this project. Impact indicators identify qualitative and quantitative data directly associated with the project. Each applicant must submit five impact indicators to support the applicant’s project. Two of the five are standard and required across all ANA programs. For each impact indicator submitted the applicant must discuss the relevance of the impact indicator to the project, the method used to track the indicator, and the method used to determine project success. Impact indicators will be reported to ANA in the grantee’s quarterly report. The applicant must indicate a target number to be achieved for the required standard impact indicators. In addition to the two standard required impact indicators, an applicant must also submit three additional impact indicators. These three impact indicators may be selected from the suggested list below, or they E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5876 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices may be developed for the specific proposed project, or the applicant may submit a combination of both the ANA suggested indicators and project specific indicators. The two standard required impact indicators are: (a) Number of partnerships formed; and (b) amount of dollars leveraged beyond the required NFS match. The ANA suggested impact indicators are: (1) Number of surveys completed; (2) percent and number of community members assessed; (3) the rate of language loss or gain; (4) the number of elders consulted; (5) number of language experts consulted; (6) number of community goals developed to preserve the Native language or (7) number of infrastructure and administrative systems, including policies and procedures developed and implemented. The applicant should discuss the projects value and long-term impact to the participants and the community and explain how the information relates to the proposed project goals, objectives and outcomes. The applicant should discuss how the project will be completed, selfsustaining, or supported by other than ANA funds at the end of the project period. Applicants should discuss and present objectives and goals to be achieved and evaluated at the end of each budget period or quarter (if applicable). Project outcomes should support the identified need and should be measurable and quantifiable. Introduction—Project Summary/ Abstract Introduction and Project Summary/ Application Format (10 Points): Introduction and Project Summary: Using the ANA Project Abstract form (OMB Control Number 0980–0204, exp 10/31/2006), the applicant must include: the name of the applicant, the project title, the Federal amount requested, the amount of matching funds to be provided, length of time required to accomplish the project, the goal of the project, a list of the project objectives (not activities), the estimated number of people to be served, and the expected outcomes of the project. In addition to the Project Abstract form, the applicant will provide an introductory summary narrative that includes: An overview of the project, a description of the community to be served, the location of the identified community, a declarative statement identifying the need for the project, and a brief overview of the project objectives, strategy and community or organizational impact. Application Format: Applicants are required to submit applications in a standard format, following the ANA VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 requirements on application length, font, numbering, line spacing, etc. Please refer to Section IV Part 2, ‘‘Content and Form of Application Submission’’ for detailed formatting instructions. 2. Review and Selection Process No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. Initial Screening: Each application submitted under an ANA program announcement will undergo a prereview screening to determine (a) timeliness—the application was received by 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the closing date; (b) the Federal request does not exceed the upper value of the dollar range specified; (c) the applicant has submitted a current dated and signed resolution from the governing body; and, (d) if the applicant is not a Tribe or Alaska Native Village government, the applicant has submitted proof a majority of the board of directors is representative of the community to be served. An application that does not meet one of the above elements will be determined to be incomplete and excluded from the competitive review process. Applicants, with incomplete applications, will be notified by mail within 30 business days from the closing date of this program announcement. ANA staff cannot respond to requests for information regarding funding decisions prior to the official applicant notification. After the Commissioner has made decisions on all applications, unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing within 90 days. The notification will include the reviewer comments. Applicants are not ranked based on general financial need. Applicants who are initially excluded from competition because of ineligibility may appeal the Agency’s decision. Applicants may also appeal an ANA decision that an applicant’s proposed activities are ineligible for funding consideration. The appeals process is stated in the final rule published in the Federal Register on August 19, 1996 (61 FR 42817 and 45 CFR part 1336, subpart C). Competitive Review Process: Applications that pass the initial ANA screening process will be analyzed, evaluated and rated by an independent peer review panel on the basis of the ANA Evaluation Criteria. The evaluation criteria were designed to analyze and assess the quality of a proposed community-based project, the likelihood of its success, and the ability of ANA to monitor and evaluate community impact and long-term results. The evaluation criteria and PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 analysis are closely related and are wholly considered in judging the overall quality of an application. In addition, the evaluation criteria standardizes the review of each application and distributes the number of points more equitably. Applications will be evaluated in accordance with the program announcement criteria and ANA’s program areas of interest. A determination will be made as to whether the project is an effective use of Federal funds. Application Review Criteria: Applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria: ANA’s criteria categories are Introduction and Project Summary/Application Format; Need for Assistance; Project Approach; Organizational Capacity; Project Impact/ Evaluation; and Budget and Budget Narrative/Cost Effectiveness. Application Consideration: The Commissioner’s funding decision is based on an analysis of the application by the review panel, panel review scores and recommendations; an analysis by ANA staff and review of previous ANA grantee’s past performance; comments from State and Federal agencies having contract and grant performance related information and other interested parties and geographic distribution. The Commissioner makes grant awards consistent with the purpose of the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, this program announcement, and the availability of appropriated funds. The Commissioner reserves the right to award more, or less, than the funds described or under such circumstances as may be deemed to be in the best interest of the Federal government. Applicants may be required to reduce the scope of projects based on the amount of approved award. Approved But Unfunded Applications In cases where more applications are approved for funding than ACF can fund with the money available, the Grants Officer shall fund applications in their order of approval until funds run out. In this case, ACF has the option of carrying over the approved applications up to a year for funding consideration in a later competition of the same program. These applications need not be reviewed and scored again if the program’s evaluation criteria have not changed. However, they must then be placed in rank order along with other applications in later competition. E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices 3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates Approximately 120 days after the application due date, the successful applicants will be notified by mail through the issuance of a Financial Assistance Award document which will set forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the grant, the effective date of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, the non-Federal share to be provided and the total project period for which support is contemplated. The Financial Assistance Award will be signed by the Grants Officer and sent to the applicant’s Authorizing Official. Applications not funded in this competition will be notified in writing. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices The successful applicants will be notified through the issuance of a Financial Assistance Award document which sets forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the grant, the effective date of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, the non-Federal share to be provided, and the total project period for which support is contemplated. The Financial Assistance Award will be signed by the Grants Officer and transmitted via postal mail. Organizations whose applications will not be funded will be notified in writing. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements 45 CFR part 74. 45 CFR part 92. 45 CFR part 1336, subpart C and 42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq.—Native American Programs Act of 1974. 3. Reporting Requirements Programmatic Reports: Quarterly. Financial Reports: Quarterly. Special Reporting Requirements: An original and one copy of each performance report and financial status report must be submitted to the Grants Officer. Failure to submit these reports when required will mean the grantee is non-compliant with the terms and conditions of the grant award and subject to administrative action or termination. Performance reports are submitted 30 days after each quarter (3month intervals) of the budget period. The final performance report, due 90 days after the project period end date, shall cover grantee performance during the entire project period. All grantees shall use the SF 269 (Long Form) to report the status of funds. Financial VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Status Reports are submitted 30 days after each quarter (3-month intervals) of the budget period. The final SF 269 report shall be due 90 days after the end of the project period. VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Contact: ANA Applicant Help Desk, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Aerospace Building 8th Floor-West, Washington, DC 20447–0002. Phone: 1–877–922–9262. E-mail: ana@acf.hhs.gov. Grants Management Office Contact: Tim Chappelle, ACF, Office of Grants Management, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Aerospace Building 8th Floor-West, Washington, DC 20447–0002. Phone: 202–401–2344. E-mail: tichappelle@acf.hhs.gov. VIII. Other Information Training and Technical Assistance: All potential ANA applicants are eligible to receive free T&TA in the SEDS, Language, or Environmental program areas. Prospective applicants must check ANA’s Web site for training and technical assistance dates and locations, or contact the ANA Help Desk at 1–877–922–9262. ANA strongly encourages all prospective applicants to participate in free pre-application training. For regional T/TA provider contact information, please refer to Section IV. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgement of received applications. Priority Area 2 Native Language Preservation and Maintenance: Category II: Design and/or Implementation Grants Description: The purposes of Design and/or Implementation Grants are so Tribes or Native communities may design and/or implement a language program to achieve their long-range goal(s) and to accommodate the Tribe or Native community in reaching their long-term language goal(s). Program Areas of Interest under Category II include: • Projects that produce culturally relevant printed stories for children on mental and physical disabilities using the Native language of the community. • Establish and/or support of a community language project to bring older and younger Native Americans together to facilitate and encourage the teaching of Native American language skills from one generation to another; • Establish and/or support training projects to teach Native American PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5877 languages or to serve as interpreters or translators of Native languages; • Projects that develop, print, and/or disseminate materials to be used for the teaching and enhancement of Native American languages; • Projects that implement an immersion model, mentor, or incorporate distance learning for the teaching of the Native language. • Projects to distribute or broadcast Native languages; • Establish and/or support training projects to produce or participate in, television, radio or other media forms, to be broadcast in Native American languages; • Projects that compile, transcribe and perform analysis of oral testimony in order to record and preserve the language; and, • Projects that purchase specialized equipment (including audio and video recording equipment, computers, and software) necessary to achieve the project objectives. The applicant must fully justify the need for this equipment and explain how it will be used to achieve the project objectives. II. Award Information Funding Instrument Type: Grant. Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $1,000,000. Anticipated Number of Awards: 10– 20. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period: $175,000. Floor on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period: $25,000. Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered for competition. Average Projected Award Amount: $100,000. Length of Project Periods: 12 month project and budget period. 17 project and budget period. 24 month project and two budget periods. 36 month project and three budget periods. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants Native American tribal governments (federally recognized). Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments). Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Others (see Additional Information on Eligibility below). Additional Information on Eligibility • Federally recognized Indian tribes; • Consortia of Indian tribes; E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5878 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices • Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes. • Incorporated non-profit multipurpose community-based Indian organizations; • Urban Indian Centers; • National and regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives; • Alaska Native Villages, as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or non-profit village consortia; • Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose community-based organizations; • Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village specific projects; • Non-profit Native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects; • Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians; • Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (the populations served may be located on these islands or in the United States); • Tribally controlled Community Colleges, tribally controlled PostSecondary Vocational Institutions, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serve Native Pacific Islanders; and • Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Please refer to Section I. Funding Opportunity Description to review general ANA Administrative Policies and Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. 2. Cost Sharing/Matching Yes. Matching/Cost-Sharing Grantees are required to meet a nonFederal share of the project costs, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2991(b)(3)(e)(1). Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project requesting $100,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $100,000 per budget period) must provide a match of VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 at least $25,000 (20% of the total approved project costs). Grantees will be held accountable for commitments of non-Federal resources even if over the amount of the required match. Failure to provide the amount will result in disallowance of Federal dollars. Lack of supporting documentation at the time of application will not impact the responsiveness of the application for competitive review. organization is a local non-profit affiliate. Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. 3. Other All Applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Number. On June 27, 2003 the Office of Management and Budget published in the Federal Register a new Federal policy applicable to all Federal grant applicants. The policy requires Federal grant applicants to provide a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. The DUNS number will be required whether an applicant is submitting a paper application or using the government-wide electronic portal (http://www.Grants.gov). A DUNS number will be required for every application for a new award or renewal/ continuation of an award, including applications or plans under formula, entitlement and block grant programs, submitted on or after October 1, 2003. Please ensure that your organization has a DUNS number. You may acquire a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line on 1–866–705–5711 or you may request a number on-line at http://www.dnb.com. Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their non-profit status. Proof of nonprofit status is any one of the following: • A reference to the applicant organization’s listing in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code. • A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate. • A statement from a State taxing body, State attorney general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a nonprofit status and that none of the net earning accrue to any private shareholders or individuals. • A certified copy of the organization’s certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit status. • Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant Disqualification Factors PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date will not be considered for competition. Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for competition. Applications that do not include a current signed and dated Resolution (a formal decision voted on by the official governing body) in support of the project for the entire project period will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered for competition. If applicant is not a tribe or Alaska Native Village government, applications that do not include proof a majority of the governing board of directors is representative of the community to be served, will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered for competition (see Section I. Funding Opportunity Description-Definitions, for information on resolutions). Please see Section III.2 Other, concerning requirements for the cost matching which do not impact the responsiveness of an application for competitive review. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package To learn more about ANA and receive information about Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) contact the regional T/TA providers at: Region I: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV Native American Management Services, Inc., 6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 302, McLean, VA 22101. Phone: 888–221–9686. Fax: 703–821–368. E-mail: kking@namsinc.org. URL: http:// www.anaeastern.org. Region II: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY ACKCO, Inc., 1326 N. Central, Suite 208, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. TollFree: 800–525–2859; Direct: 602– E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices 253–9211; Fax 602–253–9135. Theron Wauneka, Project Manager. E-mail: theron.wauneka@ackco.com. URL: http://www.anawestern.org. Region III: Alaska. Native American Management Services, Inc., 11723 Old Glenn Highway, Suite 201, Eagle River, Alaska 99577. Toll-Free 877–770–6230; Direct: 907–694– 5711; Fax 907–694–5775. P.J. Bell, Project Manager. E-mail: region 3@gci.net. URL: http:// www.anaalaska.org. Region IV: American Samoa (AS), Guam, HI, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, 33 South King Street, Suite 513, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Toll-Free 800–709–2642; Local 808–521–5011; Fax: 808–521– 4111. Lilia Kapuniai, Vice President, Community Development. E-mail: info@anapacific.org. URL: http:// www.anapacific.org. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission Please refer to Section I, Funding Opportunity Description to review general ANA Administrative Policies and Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Application Submission: Each application should include one signed original and two additional copies of the complete application are required. The original copy must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, an original signature by an authorized representative, and be submitted unbound. The two additional copies of the complete application must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices and must also be submitted unbound. Applicants have the option of omitting from the application copies (not the original) specific salary rates or amounts for individuals specified in the application budget. A complete application for assistance under this Program Announcement consists of three Parts. Part One is the SF 424, Required Government Forms, and other required documentation. Part Two of the application is the project substance of the application. This section of the application may not exceed 40 pages. The line-item budgets, budget justifications and the OWP form (OMB Control Number 0980–0204, exp 10/31/ 2006) will be exempt from the page limitation. Part Three of the application is the Appendix. This section of the application may not exceed 20 pages (the exception to this 20 page limit applies only to projects that require, if VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 relevant to the project, a Business Plan or any Third-Party Agreements). Electronic Submission: While ACF does have the capability to receive program announcement applications electronically through Grants.gov, electronic submission of applications will not be available for this particular announcement. There are required application form(s) specific to ANA that have not yet received clearance from Grants.gov. While electronic submission of applications may be available in the next fiscal year for this program, no electronic submission of applications will be accepted for this announcement this year as they would be missing those required ANA forms and be considered incomplete. Organization and Preparation of Application: Due to the intensity and pace of the application review and evaluation process, ANA strongly recommends applicants organize, label, and insert required information in accordance with Part One, Part Two, and Part Three requirements. The application must begin with the information requested in Part One. Utilizing this format will insure all information submitted to support an applicant’s request for funding is thoroughly reviewed. Submitting information in this format will assist the panel reviewer in locating and evaluating the information. Deviation from this suggested format will reduce the applicant’s ability to receive maximum points, which are directly related to ANA’s funding review decisions. ANA Application Format: ANA requires all applications to be labeled in compliance with the format provided in this program announcement. This format applies to all applicants submitting applications for funding. All pages submitted (including Government Forms, certifications and assurances) must be numbered consecutively (for example, the first page of the application is the SF 424 and must be labeled as page one). The paper size shall be 81⁄2 x 11 inches, line spacing shall be a space and a half (1.5 line spacing), printed only on one side, and have a half-inch margin on all sides of the paper. (Note: the 1.5 line spacing does not apply to the Project Abstract Form, Appendices, the Table of Contents, the Objective Work Plans, and the Budget.) The font size shall be 12point and the font type shall be Times New Roman. Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5879 Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Standard Forms and Certifications The project description should include all the information requirements described in the specific evaluation criteria outlined in the program announcement under Section V Application Review Information. In addition to the project description, the applicant needs to complete all the standard forms required for making applications for awards under this announcement. Applicants seeking financial assistance under this announcement must file the Standard Form (SF) 424, Application for Federal Assistance; SF– 424A, Budget Information-NonConstruction Programs; SF–424B, Assurances-Non-Construction Programs. The forms may be reproduced for use in submitting applications. Applicants must sign and return the standard forms with their application. Applicants must furnish prior to award an executed copy of the Standard Form LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal funds for lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance under this announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if applicable, with their applications (approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0348–0046). Applicants must sign and return the certification with their application. Applicants must also understand they will be held accountable for the smoking prohibition included within Pub. L. 103–227, Title XII Environmental Tobacco Smoke (also known as the PRO–KIDS Act of 1994). A copy of the Federal Register notice which implements the smoking prohibition is included with forms. By signing and submitting the application, applicants are providing the certification and need not mail back the certification with the application. Applicants must make the appropriate certification of their compliance with all Federal statutes relating to nondiscrimination. By signing and submitting the applications, applicants are providing the certification and need not mail back the certification form. Complete the standard forms and the associated certifications and assurances based on the instructions on the forms. The forms and certifications may be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Please see E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5880 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices Section V.1. Criteria, for instructions on preparing the full project description. 3. Submission Dates and Times Due Date: April 1, 2005. Explanation of Due Dates The closing time and date for receipt of applications is referenced above. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the closing date will be classified as late. Deadline: Applications shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline time and date referenced in Section IV.6. Applicants are responsible for ensuring applications are mailed or submitted electronically well in advance of the application due date. Applications hand carried by applicants, applicant couriers, other representatives of the applicant, or by overnight/express mail couriers shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline date, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., eastern time, at the address referenced in Section IV.6., between Monday and Friday (excluding Federal holidays). ACF cannot accommodate transmission of applications by facsimile. Therefore, applications transmitted to ACF by fax will not be accepted regardless of date or time of submission and time of receipt. Late Applications: Applications that do not meet the criteria above are considered late applications. ACF shall notify each late applicant that its application will not be considered in the current competition. Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date will not be considered for competition. Applicants using express/overnight mail services should allow two working days prior to the deadline date for receipt of applications. Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not always deliver as agreed. Extension of deadlines: ACF may extend application deadlines when circumstances such as acts of God (floods, hurricanes, etc.) occur, or when there are widespread disruptions of mail service, or in other rare cases. A determination to extend or waive deadline requirements rests with the Chief Grants Management Officer. Checklist You may use the checklist below as a guide when preparing your application package. PART ONE.—FEDERAL FORMS AND OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS What to submit Required content Required form or format Table of Contents ............... See Section IV .................. SF424 ................................. See Section IV .................. Applicant must include a table of contents that accurately identifies the page number and where the information can be located. Table of Contents does not count against application page limit. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm ........... SF424A ............................... See Section IV .................. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm ........... SF424B ............................... See Section IV .................. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm ........... Grant Application Data Summary (GADS) form Native Language. Proof of Non-Profit Status .. See Section I ..................... Resolution ........................... See Section I ..................... Board of Directors Documentation. Audit Letter ......................... See Section I ..................... Indirect Cost Agreement ..... See Section V ................... Non-Federal Share of Waiver Request, per CFR 1336.50(b). See Section III ................... Certification regarding Maintenance of Effort. Certification regarding Lobbying Disclosure of Lobbying Activities—SF LLL. Environmental Tobacco Smoke Certification. See Section I ..................... ANA Form: OMB # 0970–0263 exp. 3/31/07 http:// www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana (Go to Forms link to obtain the document). As described in this announcement under Section III ‘‘Additional Information on Eligibility’’. As described in this announcement under Section I ‘‘Definitions’’. As described in this announcement under Section I ‘‘ANA Administrative Policies’’. A Certified Public Accountant’s ‘‘Independent Auditors’ Report on Financial Statement.’’ This is usually only a two to three page document. (This requirement applies only to applicants with annual expenditures of $500,000 or more of federal funds). Applicant must also include only that portion of the audit document titled ‘‘Supplemental Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards’’. Organizations and Tribes must submit a current indirect cost agreement (if claiming in-direct costs) that aligns with the approved ANA project period. The In-direct Cost Agreement must identify the individual components and percentages that make up the indirect cost rate. A request for a waiver of the non-Federal share requirement may be submitted in accordance with 45 CFR 1336.50(b) (3) of the Native American Program regulations. (if applicable). May be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. May be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 See Section III ................... See Section I ..................... See Section IV .................. See Section IV .................. Jkt 205001 PO 00000 When to submit May be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. Frm 00030 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 By announcement closing date. By announcement date. By announcement date By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. By announcement date. closing closing closing closing closing closing closing closing By announcement closing date By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices 5881 PART TWO.—APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA Required form or format ANA application review criteria, This section may not exceed 40 pages What to submit Required content Criteria One (10 pts) ........... See Section V ................... Criteria Two (20 pts) ........... See Section V ................... Criteria Three (25 pts) ........ See Section V ................... Criteria Four (15 pts) .......... See Section V ................... Project Approach ........................................................... Include an Objective Work Plan (OWP) form (OMB# 0980–0204) for each 12-month project period. A 17month project period requires only one OWP. Note: The OWP is not included in the page count for this Part. Organizational Capacity ................................................ Criteria Five (15 pts) ........... See Section V ................... Project Impact/Evaluation .............................................. Criteria Six (15 pts) ............ See Section V ................... Budget and Budget Justification/Cost Effectiveness .... Note: The Budget and Budget Justification are not included in the page count for this Part. Introduction and Project Summary/Application Format. Use the ANA Abstract form (OMB#. Need for Assistance ...................................................... When to submit By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. By announcement closing date. PART THREE.—APPENDIX What to submit Required content Required form or format, this section may not exceed 20 pages Support Documentation ...... See Section V ................... Part Three includes only supplemental information or required support documentation that addresses the applicant’s capacity to carry out and fulfill the proposed project. These items include: letters of agreement with cooperating entities, in-kind commitment and support letters, business plans, and a summary of the Third Party Agreements. Do not include books, videotapes, studies or published reports and articles, as they will not be made available to the reviewers or returned to the applicant. Additional Forms Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their What to submit Survey for Private, NonProfit Grant Applicants. Location See form ............................ May be found on http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. Applications are not subject to Executive Order 12372. 5. Funding Restrictions ANA does not fund: • Activities in support of any foreseeable litigation against the United States Government that are unallowable under OMB Circulars A–87 and A–122. • ANA does not fund duplicative projects or allow any one community or region to receive a disproportionate share of the funds available for award. When making decisions on awards of grants, the Agency will consider whether the project is essentially 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 identical or similar, in whole or significant part, to projects in the same community previously funded or being funded under the same competition. The Agency will also consider whether the grantee is already receiving funding for a SEDS, Language, or Environmental project from ANA. The Agency will also take into account in making funding decisions whether a proposed project would require funding on an indefinite or recurring basis. This determination will be made after it is determined whether the application meets the requirements for eligibility as set forth in 45 C.F.R. 1336, Subpart C, but before funding decisions are complete (see PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 By announcement closing date. Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Required content 4. Intergovernmental Review VerDate jul<14>2003 applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on When to submit When to submit By announcement closing date. Section I. Funding Opportunity Description-ANA Administrative Policies regarding short-term projects). • Projects in which a grantee would provide training and/or technical assistance (T/TA) to other tribes or Native American organizations that are otherwise eligible to apply for ANA funding. However, ANA will fund T/TA requested by a grantee for its own use or for its members’ use (as in the case of a consortium), when the T/TA is necessary to carry out project objectives. • The purchase of real property or construction because these activities are not authorized by the Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended. E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5882 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices • Core administration (see Definition) functions, or other activities, that essentially support only the applicant’s ongoing administrative functions and are not related to the proposed project. • Costs associated with fund-raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable under an ANA grant award. • Projects originated and designed by consultants who provide a major role for themselves and are not members of the applicant organization, Tribe, or village. • Activities that are not responsive to the purpose of this Native Language Program Announcement. • Major renovations or alterations are prohibited activities because these activities are not authorized under the Native American Programs Act of 1974 as amended. Minor alterations, as defined in this announcement, may be allowable. • ANA will not fund activities by a consortium of tribes that duplicate activities for which a consortium member tribe also receives funding from ANA 6. Other Submission Requirements Submission by Mail: An applicant must provide an original application with all attachments, signed by an authorized representative and two copies. The application must be received at the address below by 4:30 p.m. eastern time on or before the closing date. Applications should be mailed to: Attention: Tim Chappelle, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Hand Delivery: An applicant must provide an original application with all attachments signed by an authorized representative and two copies. The application must be received at the address below by 4:30 p.m. eastern time on or before the closing date. Applications that are hand delivered will be accepted between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. Applications should be delivered to: Attention: Tim Chappelle, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grant, ACF Mail Room, Second Floor Loading Dock, Aerospace Center, 901 D Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 V. Application Review Information The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 120 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed and reviewing the collection information. The project description is approved under OMB control number 0970–0139 which expires 4/30/2007. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. 1. Criteria Purpose The project description provides a major means by which an application is evaluated and ranked to compete with other applications for available assistance. The project description should be concise and complete and should address the activity for which Federal funds are being requested. Supporting documents should be included where they can present information clearly and succinctly. In preparing your project description, information responsive to each of the requested evaluation criteria must be provided. Awarding offices use this and other information in making their funding recommendations. It is important, therefore, that this information be included in the application in a manner that is clear and complete. General Instructions ACF is particularly interested in specific project descriptions that focus on outcomes and convey strategies for achieving intended performance. Project descriptions are evaluated on the basis of substance and measurable outcomes, not length. Extensive exhibits are not required. Cross-referencing should be used rather than repetition. Supporting information concerning activities that will not be directly funded by the grant or information that does not directly pertain to an integral part of the grant funded activity should be placed in an appendix. Pages should be numbered and a table of contents should be included for easy reference. Introduction Applicants required to submit a full project description shall prepare the project description statement in accordance with the following instructions while being aware of the PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 specified evaluation criteria. The text options give a broad overview of what your project description should include while the evaluation criteria identifies the measures that will be used to evaluate applications. Project Summary/Abstract Provide a summary of the project description (a page or less) with reference to the funding request. Objectives and Need for Assistance Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, institutional, and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution. The need for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate objectives of the project must be clearly stated; supporting documentation, such as letters of support and testimonials from concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included. Any relevant data based on planning studies should be included or referred to in the endnotes/footnotes. Incorporate demographic data and participant/ beneficiary information, as needed. In developing the project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to provide information on the total range of projects currently being conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be outside the scope of the program announcement. Results or Benefits Expected Identify the results and benefits to be derived. Applicants are encouraged to describe the qualitative and quantitative data collected, how this data will measure progress towards the stated results or benefits, and how performance indicators under economic and social development and governance projects can be monitored, evaluated and verified. Approach Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished. Account for all functions or activities identified in the application. Cite factors that might accelerate or decelerate the work and state your reason for taking the proposed approach rather than others. Describe any unusual features of the project such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement. Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity in such terms E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices as the number of people to be served and the number of activities accomplished. When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or function, list them in chronological order to show the schedule of accomplishments and their target dates. If any data is to be collected, maintained, and/or disseminated, clearance may be required from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This clearance pertains to any ‘‘collection of information that is conducted or sponsored by ACF.’’ List organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key individuals who will work on the project along with a short description of the nature of their effort or contribution. Examples of these activities would be the number of businesses started or expanded, the number of jobs created or retained, the number of people trained, the number of youth, couples or families assisted or the number of elders participating in the activity during that reporting period. Organizational Profiles Provide information on the applicant organization(s) and cooperating partners, such as organizational charts, financial statements, audit reports or statements from CPAs/Licensed Public Accountants, Employer Identification Numbers, names of bond carriers, contact persons and telephone numbers, child care licenses and other documentation of professional accreditation, information on compliance with Federal/State/local government standards, documentation of experience in the program area, and other pertinent information. If the applicant is a non-profit organization, submit proof of non-profit status in its application. The non-profit agency can accomplish this by providing: (a) A reference to the applicant organization’s listing in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code; (b) a copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate; (c) a statement from a State taxing body, State attorney general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a non-profit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals; (d) a certified copy of the organization’s certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status; (e) any of the items immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 organization that the applicant organization is a local non-profit affiliate. Third-Party Agreements Provide written and signed agreements between grantees and subgrantees or subcontractors or other cooperating entities. These agreements must detail scope of work to be performed, work schedules, remuneration, and other terms and conditions that structure or define the relationship. Budget and Budget Justification Provide a budget with line item detail and detailed calculations for each budget object class identified on the Budget Information form. Detailed calculations must include estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated. Also include a breakout by the funding sources identified in Block 15 of the SF–424. Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the categorical costs are derived. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, and allocability of the proposed costs. General Use the following guidelines for preparing the budget and budget justification. Both Federal and nonFederal resources shall be detailed and justified in the budget and narrative justification. ‘‘Federal resources’’ refers only to the ACF grant for which you are applying. ‘‘Non Federal resources’’ are all other Federal and non-Federal resources. It is suggested that budget amounts and computations be presented in a columnar format: First column, object class categories; second column, Federal budget; next column(s), nonFederal budget(s), and last column, total budget. The budget justification should be a narrative. Personnel Description: Costs of employee salaries and wages. Justification: Identify the project director or principal investigator, if known. For each staff person, provide the title, time commitment to the project (in months), time commitment to the project (as a percentage or full-time equivalent), annual salary, grant salary, wage rates, etc. Do not include the costs of consultants or personnel costs of delegate agencies or of specific project(s) or businesses to be financed by the applicant. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5883 Fringe Benefits Description: Costs of employee fringe benefits unless treated as part of an approved indirect cost rate. Justification: Provide a breakdown of the amounts and percentages that comprise fringe benefit costs such as health insurance, FICA, retirement insurance, taxes, etc. Travel Description: Costs of project-related travel by employees of the applicant organization (does not include costs of consultant travel). Justification: For each trip, show the total number of traveler(s), travel destination, duration of trip, per diem, mileage allowances, if privately owned vehicles will be used, and other transportation costs and subsistence allowances. Travel costs for key staff to attend ACF-sponsored workshops should be detailed in the budget. Equipment Description: ‘‘Equipment’’ means an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of (a) the capitalization level established by the organization for the financial statement purposes, or (b) $5,000. (Note: Acquisition cost means the net invoice unit price of an item of equipment, including the cost of any modifications, attachments, accessories, or auxiliary apparatus necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it is acquired. Ancillary charges, such as taxes, duty, protective in-transit insurance, freight, and installation shall be included in or excluded from acquisition cost in accordance with the organization’s regular written accounting practices.) Justification: For each type of equipment requested, provide a description of the equipment, the cost per unit, the number of units, the total cost, and a plan for use on the project, as well as use or disposal of the equipment after the project ends. An applicant organization that uses its own definition for equipment should provide a copy of its policy or section of its policy which includes the equipment definition. Supplies Description: Costs of all tangible personal property other than that included under the Equipment category. Justification: Specify general categories of supplies and their costs. Show computations and provide other information which supports the amount requested. E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5884 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices Contractual Description: Costs of all contracts for services and goods except for those that belong under other categories such as equipment, supplies, construction, etc. Include third party evaluation contracts (if applicable) and contracts with secondary recipient organizations, including delegate agencies and specific project(s) or businesses to be financed by the applicant. Justification: Demonstrate that all procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner to provide, to the maximum extent practical, open and free competition. Recipients and subrecipients, other than States that are required to use Part 92 procedures, must justify any anticipated procurement action that is expected to be awarded without competition and exceed the simplified acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. 403(11) (currently set at $100,000). Recipients might be required to make available to ACF pre-award review and procurement documents, such as request for proposals or invitations for bids, independent cost estimates, etc. Note: Whenever the applicant intends to delegate part of the project to another agency, the applicant must provide a detailed budget and budget narrative for each delegate agency, by agency title, along with the required supporting information referred to in these instructions. Other Enter the total of all other costs. Such costs, where applicable and appropriate, may include but are not limited to insurance, food, medical and dental costs (noncontractual), professional services costs, space and equipment rentals, printing and publication, computer use, training costs, such as tuition and stipends, staff development costs, and administrative costs. Justification: Provide computations, a narrative description and a justification for each cost under this category. Indirect Charges Description: Total amount of indirect costs. This category should be used only when the applicant currently has an indirect cost rate approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or another cognizant Federal agency. Justification: An applicant that will charge indirect costs to the grant must enclose a copy of the current rate agreement. If the applicant organization is in the process of initially developing or renegotiating a rate, upon notification that an award will be made, it should immediately develop a tentative indirect VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 cost rate proposal based on its most recently completed fiscal year, in accordance with the cognizant agency’s guidelines for establishing indirect cost rates, and submit it to the cognizant agency. Applicants awaiting approval of their indirect cost proposals may also request indirect costs. When an indirect cost rate is requested, those costs included in the indirect cost pool should not also be charged as direct costs to the grant. Also, if the applicant is requesting a rate which is less than what is allowed under the program, the authorized representative of the applicant organization must submit a signed acknowledgement that the applicant is accepting a lower rate than allowed. Program Income Description: The estimated amount of income, if any, expected to be generated from this project. Justification: Describe the nature, source and anticipated use of program income in the budget or refer to the pages in the application which contain this information. Nonfederal Resources Description: Amounts of non-Federal resources that will be used to support the project as identified in Block 15 of the SF–424. Justification: The firm commitment of these resources must be documented and submitted with the application so the applicant is given credit in the review process. A detailed budget must be prepared for each funding source. Evaluation Criteria The following evaluation criteria appear in weighted descending order. The corresponding score values indicate the relative importance that ACF places on each evaluation criterion; however, applicants need not develop their applications precisely according to the order presented. Application components may be organized such that a reviewer will be able to follow a seamless and logical flow of information (e.g. from a broad overview of the project to more detailed information about how it will be conducted). In considering how applicants will carry out the responsibilities addressed under this announcement, competing applications for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: Approach Project Approach (25 Points): The Project Approach narrative must be clear and concise. The narrative must include a detailed project description PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 with goals and objectives. It must discuss the project strategy and implementation plan over the project period. The applicant must use the Objective Work Plan (OWP) form to identify the project objectives, time frames, proposed activities, results and benefits expected and criteria for evaluating results and benefits, as well as the individuals responsible for completing the objectives and performing the activities. Within the results and benefits section of the OWP, the applicant must provide quantitative quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity. In this criterion, the applicant must summarize how the project description, objective(s), approach and strategy are inter-related. The applicant must also include the names and activities of any organizations, consultants, or other key individuals who will contribute to the project, utilizing the column for NonSalaried Personnel to list the hours incurred for these activities. The applicant explains how elders and other community members are involved in the development of the language goals and strategy. The applicant must discuss the leveraged resources (see Definitions) used to strengthen and broaden the impact of the proposed project. The Applicant must discuss how commitments and contributions from other entities will enhance the project. Applicants must discuss the relationship of non-ANA funded activities to those objectives and activities that will be funded with ANA grant funds. Provide quantitative quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity. Applicants must discuss the relationship of nonANA funded activities to those objectives and activities that will be funded with ANA grant funds. The application includes the following three plans: (1) ‘‘Evaluation Plan’’ with a baseline to measure project outcomes, including, but not limited to, describing effective language growth in the community (e.g., an increase of Native American language use). This plan will be the basis for evaluating the community’s progress in achieving its language goals and objectives. (2) ‘‘Sharing Plan’’ that identifies how the project’s methodology, research data, outcomes or other products can be shared and modified for use by other Tribes or communities. If this is not feasible or culturally appropriate, provide the reasons. The goal is to provide opportunities to ensure the survival and the continuing vitality of E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices Native languages. (3) ‘‘Preservation Plan’’ to preserve project products describes how the products of the project will be preserved through archival or other culturally appropriate methods, for the benefit of future generations. Native Language projects that produce audio or print media will now include a stipulation that a copy of the product(s) will be provided to ANA for the Language Repository. Federallyrecognized Tribes have the option to not submit projects. Objectives and Need for Assistance Need for Assistance (20 Points): Applicant must show a clear relationship between the proposed project, the strategy and community’s long-range goals. The need for assistance must clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, governmental, and institutional challenges and problem(s) requiring a solution that supports the funding request. Describe the community (see Definitions) to be affected by the project and the community involvement in the project. The Applicant must describe the community’s long-range goals, and the community planning process and how the project supports these goals. Discuss the geographic location of the project and where the project and grant will be administered. Category II applicants must be able to document: That language information has been collected and analyzed, and the community has established longrange language goals. The application fully describes the current status of the Native American language to be addressed; current status is defined as data compiled within the previous 36 months. The description of the current status minimally includes the following information: • Number of speakers. • Age of speakers. • Gender of speakers. • Level(s) of fluency. • Number of first language speakers (Native language as the first language acquired). • Number of second language speakers (Native language as the second language acquired). • Where Native language is used (e.g. home, court system, religious ceremonies; church, media, school, governance and cultural activities). • Source of data (formal and/or informal). • Rate of language loss or gain. The applicant fully describes existing community language or language training programs and projects, if any, in support of the Native American language to be addressed by the VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 proposed project. The applicant must include the following: if the applicant had a community language or language training program within the last 36 months? Within the last 10 years? If so, fully describe the program(s), and include the following: (1) Program goals; (2) number of program participants; (3) number of speakers; (4) age range of participants (e.g.,, 0–5, 6–10, 11–18, etc.); (5) number of language teachers; (6) criteria used to acknowledge competency of language teachers; (7) resources available to the applicant (e.g., valid grammars, dictionaries, and orthographies or describe other suitable resources); and, (8) program achievements. If applicant has never had a language program, a detailed explanation of what barriers or circumstances prevented the establishment of a community language program must be included. The application describes the proposed project’s long-range goals and strategies, including: (1) How the specific Native American long-range community goal(s) relate to the proposed project. (2) How the goal(s) fit within the context of the current language status. (3) A clearly delineated strategy to assist in assuring the survival and continued vitality of the Native American languages addressed in the community. (4) The application explains how the community and the tribal government (where one exists) intend to achieve these goals. (5) All tribes and communities, however, must indicate in their application how they intend to involve elders and other community members in development of language goals and strategies, and in evaluation of project outcomes. The applicant must provide documentation of the community’s support for the proposed project. The type of community served will determine the type of documentation necessary to demonstrate participation. Applications from National and Regional organizations must clearly demonstrate a need for the project, explain how the project originated, identify the intended beneficiaries, describe and relate the actual project benefits to the community and organization, and describe a community-based project delivery strategy. National and Regional organizations must also identify their membership and specifically discuss how the organization operates and impacts Native American people and communities. Proposed project objectives support the identified need and must be measurable. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5885 Budget and Budget Justification Budget and Budget Justification/Cost Effectiveness (15 Points): An applicant must submit an itemized budget detailing the applicant’s Federal and non-Federal share and cite source(s) of funding. The applicant must provide a detailed line-item Federal and nonFederal share budget by year for each year of project funds requested. A budget justification narrative to support the line-item budget request must be included for each year of project funds requested. The budget must include a line-item justification for each Object Class Category listed under Section B— ‘‘Budget Categories’’ of the ‘‘Budget Information-Non Construction Programs’’ on the SF 424A form. The line-item budget and budget justification narrative must include the necessary details to facilitate the determination of allowable costs and the relevance of these costs to the proposed project. The non-Federal budget share must identify the source and be supported by letters of commitment (see Definitions). Letters of commitment are binding when they specifically state the nature, the amount, and conditions under which another agency or organization or individual will support a project. These resources may be human, natural, or financial, and may include other Federal and non-Federal resources. Statements that additional funding will be sought from other specific sources are not considered a binding commitment of outside resources. Letters of Support merely express another organization’s endorsement of a proposed project. Support letters are not binding commitment letters, as they do not factually establish the authenticity of other resources and do not offer or bind specific resources to the project. If an applicant plans to charge or otherwise seek credit for indirect costs in its ANA application, a copy of its current Indirect Cost Rate Agreement must be included in the application, with all cost broken down by category so ANA reviewers can be certain that no budgeted line items are included in the indirect cost pool. Applicants that do not submit a current Indirect Cost Rate Agreement, may not be able to claim the allowable cost, may have the grant award amount reduced, or may experience a delay in grant award. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include sufficient funds for principal representatives, such as the applicant’s chief financial officer or project director to travel to one ANA post-award grant training and technical assistance workshop. This expenditure is E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5886 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices allowable for new grant recipients and optional for grantees that have had previous ANA grant awards, and will be negotiated upon award. Applicants may also include costs for two staff persons to attend the ACF National Native American conference. Cost Effectiveness: This section of the criterion reflects ANA’s concern with ensuring that the expenditure of its limited resources yields the greatest benefit possible in achieving the preservation of Native American languages. Applicants demonstrate this by: summarizing partnerships and the efficient use of leveraged resources; explaining the impact on the identified community through measurable project outcomes, and presenting a project that is completed, self-sustaining or supported by other than ANA funds by the end of the project period. Organizational Profile Organizational Capacity (15 Points): Provide information on the management structure of the Applicant and the organizational relationships with its cooperating partners. Include organizational charts that indicate how the proposed project will fit in the existing structure. Demonstrate experience in the program area. Describe the applicant’s capabilities such as the administrative structure, and its ability to administer a project of the proposed scope. If the applicant proposes to enter into a partnership arrangement with a school, college or university, documentation of this commitment must be included in the application. Applicants are required to affirm that they will credit the Administration for Native Americans, and reference the ANA funded project on any audio, video, and/or printed materials developed in whole or in part with ANA funds. Applicants must list all current sources of Federal funding, the agency, purpose, amount, and provide the most recent certified signed audit letter for the organization to be included in Part One of the application. If the applicant has audit exceptions, these issues must be discussed in this criterion. Applicants must provide ‘‘staffing and position data’’ to include a proposed staffing pattern for the project where the applicant highlights the new project staff. Positions discussed in this section must match the positions identified in the Objective Work Plan and in the proposed budget. Applicant must provide a paragraph of the duties and skills required for the proposed staff and a paragraph on qualifications and experience of current staff Full position descriptions are required to be VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 submitted and included in the Appendix. Applicant must explain how the current and future staff will manage the proposed project. Brief biographies of key positions or individuals must be included. Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to give preference to qualified Native Americans in hiring project staff and in contracting services under an approved ANA grant. If applicable, applicant must identify consortium membership. The consortium applicant must be the recipient of the funds. A consortium applicant must be an ‘‘eligible entity’’ as defined by this Program Announcement and the ANA regulations. Consortium applicants must include documentation (a resolution adopted pursuant to the organization’s established procedures and signed by an authorized representative) from all consortium members supporting the ANA application. An application from a consortium must have goals and objectives that will create positive impacts and outcomes in the communities of its members. ANA will not fund activities by a consortium of tribes which duplicates activities for which member tribes also receive funding from ANA. The consortium application must identify the role and responsibility of each participating consortia member and a copy of the consortia legal agreement or Memoranda of Agreement to support the proposed project. Results or Benefits Expected Project Impact/Evaluation (15 Points): In this criterion, the applicant will discuss the ‘‘Impact Indicators’’ (see Definitions) and the benefits expected as a result of this project. Impact indicators identify qualitative and quantitative data directly associated with the project. Each applicant must submit five impact indicators to support the applicant’s project. Two of the five are standard and required across all ANA programs. For each impact indicator submitted the applicant must discuss the relevance of the impact indicator to the project, the method used to track the indicator; and the method used to determine project success. Impact indicators will be reported to ANA in the grantee’s quarterly report. The applicant must indicate a target number to be achieved for the required standard impact indicators. In addition to the standard required impact indicators, an applicant must also submit three additional impact indicators. These three impact indicators may be selected from the suggested ANA list below, or they may be developed for the specific proposed project, or the applicant may submit a PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 combination of both the ANA suggested indicators and project specific indicators. The two standard required impact indicators are: (a) Number of partnerships formed; and (b) amount of dollars leveraged beyond the required NFS match. The ANA suggested impact indicators are: (1) The number of people involved in establishment or operation of project; (2) number of training classes or workshops held to teach language; (3) number and type of materials developed; (4) number of media products developed; (5) number of translations achieved; (6) number of individuals who increased in ability to speak the language; (7) number of participants who achieve fluency; (8) number of settings the language is spoken in; or (9) number of infrastructure and administrative systems, including policies and procedures developed and implemented. The applicant should discuss the projects value and long-tem impact to the participants and the community and explain how the information relates to the proposed project goals, objectives and outcomes. The applicant should discuss how the project will be completed, self-sustaining, or supported by other than ANA funds at the end of the project period. Applicants should discuss and present objectives and goals to be achieved and evaluated at the end of each budget period or quarter (if applicable). Project outcomes should support the identified need and should be measurable and quantifiable. Introduction—Project Summary/ Abstract Introduction and Project Summary/ Application Format (10 Points): Introduction and Project Summary: Using the ANA Project Abstract form (OMB Control Number 0980–0204, Exp. 10/31/2006), the applicant must include: the name of the applicant, the project title, the Federal amount requested, the amount of matching funds to be provided, length of time required to accomplish the project, the goal of the project, a list of the project objectives (not activities), the estimated number of people to be served and the expected outcomes of the project. In addition to the Project Abstract form, the applicant will provide an introductory summary narrative that includes: an overview of the project, a description of the community to be served, the location of the identified community, a declarative statement identifying the need for the project, and a brief overview of the project’s objectives, strategy and community or organizational impact. E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices Application Format: Applicants are required to submit applications in a standard format, following the ANA requirements on application length, font, numbering, line spacing, etc. Please refer to Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission, for detailed formatting instructions. 2. Review and Selection Process No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. Initial Screening: Each application submitted under this ANA program announcement will undergo a prereview screening to determine: (a) Timeliness—the application was received by 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the closing date; (b) the Federal request does not exceed the upper value of the dollar range specified; (c) the applicant has submitted a current signed and dated resolution from the governing body; and (d) if the applicant is not a tribe or Alaska Native village government, the applicant has submitted proof a majority of the board of directors is representative of the community to be served. An application that does not meet one of the above elements will be determined to be incomplete and excluded from the competitive review process. Applicants with an incomplete application will be notified by mail within 30 business days from the closing date of this program announcement. ANA staff cannot respond to requests for information regarding funding decisions prior to the official applicant notification. After the Commissioner has made funding decisions on all applications, unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing within 90 days. The notification will include the reviewer comments. Applicants are not ranked based on general financial need. Applicants who are initially excluded from competition because of ineligibility may appeal the Agency’s decision. Applicants may also appeal an ANA decision that an applicant’s proposed activities are ineligible for funding consideration. The appeals process is stated in the final rule published in the Federal Register on August 19, 1996 (61 FR 42817 and 45 CFR part 1336, subpart C). Competitive Review Process: Applications that pass the initial ANA screening process will be analyzed, evaluated and rated by an independent review panel on the basis of the Evaluation Criteria. The evaluation criteria are designed to analyze and assess the quality of a proposed community-based project, the likelihood of its success, and the ability of ANA to VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 monitor and evaluate community impact and long-term results. The evaluation criteria and analysis are closely related and are wholly considered in judging the overall quality of an application. In addition, the evaluation criteria standardizes the review of each application and distributes the number of points more equitably. Applications will be evaluated in accordance with the program announcement criteria and ANA’s program areas of interest. A determination will be made as to whether the proposed project is an effective use of Federal funds. Application Review Criteria: Applicants will be reviewed based on the following criteria and points: ANA’s six criteria categories are Introduction and Project Summary/Application Format; Need for Assistance; Project Approach; Organizational Capacity; Project Impact/Evaluation; and Budget and Budget Narrative/Cost Effectiveness. Application Consideration: The Commissioner’s funding decision is based on an analysis of the application by the review panel, the panel review scores; an analysis by the ANA staff, review of previous ANA grant past performance; comments from State and Federal agencies having contract and grant performance related information, other interested parties and geographic distribution. The Commissioner makes grant awards consistent with the purpose of the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, this program announcement, and the availability of appropriated funds. The Commissioner reserves the right to award more, or less, than the funds described or under such circumstances as may be deemed to be in the best interest of the Federal government. Applicants may be required to reduce the scope of projects based on the amount of approved award. Approved but Unfunded Applications In cases where more applications are approved for funding than ACF can fund with the money available, the Grants Officer shall fund applications in their order of approval until funds run out. In this case, ACF has the option of carrying over the approved applications up to a year for funding consideration in a later competition of the same program. These applications need not be reviewed and scored again if the program’s evaluation criteria have not changed. However, they must then be placed in rank order along with other applications in later competition. PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 5887 3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates Approximately 120 days after the application due date, the successful applicants will be notified by mail through the issuance of a Financial Assistance Award document which will set forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the grant, the effective date of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, the non-Federal share to be provided and the total project period for which support is contemplated. The Financial Assistance Award will be signed by the Grants Officer and sent to the applicant’s Authorizing Official. Applications not funded in this competition will be notified in writing. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices The successful applicants will be notified through the issuance of a Financial Assistance Award document which sets forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the grant, the effective date of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, the non-Federal share to be provided, and the total project period for which support is contemplated. The Financial Assistance Award will be signed by the Grants Officer and transmitted via postal mail. Organizations whose applications will not be funded will be notified in writing. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements 45 CFR part 74 45 CFR part 92 45 CFR part 1336, subpart C and 42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq.—Native American Programs Act of 1974 3. Reporting Requirements Programmatic Reports: Quarterly. Financial Reports: Quarterly. Special Reporting Requirements: An original and one copy of each performance report and financial status report must be submitted to the Grants Officer. Failure to submit these reports when required will mean the grantee is non-compliant with the terms and conditions of the grant award and subject to administrative action or termination. Performance reports are submitted 30 days after each quarter (3month intervals) of the budget period. The final performance report, due 90 days after the project period end date, shall cover grantee performance during the entire project period. All grantees shall use the SF 269 (Long Form) to report the status of funds. Financial E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2 5888 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 22 / Thursday, February 3, 2005 / Notices Status Reports are submitted 30 days after each quarter (3-month intervals) of each budget period. The final SF 269 report shall be due 90 days after the end of the project period. VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Contact: ANA Applicant Help Desk, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Aerospace Building 8th Floor— West, Washington, DC 20447–0002. Phone: 1–877–922–9262. E-mail: ana@acf.dhhs.gov. Grants Management Office Contact: Tim Chappelle, ACF, Office of Grants Management, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Aerospace Building 8th Floor—West, Washington, DC 20447–0002. Phone: 202–401–2344. E-mail: tichappelle@acf.hhs.gov. VIII. Other Information Training and Technical Assistance: All potential ANA applicants are eligible to receive free T&TA in the SEDS, Language, or Environmental program areas. Prospective applicants must check ANA’s web site for training and technical assistance dates and locations, or contact the ANA Help Desk at 1–877–922–9262. ANA strongly encourages all prospective applicants to participate in free pre-application training. For regional T/TA provider contact information, please refer to Section IV. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgement of received applications. Dated: January 26, 2005. Quanah Crossland Stamps, Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans. [FR Doc. 05–1899 Filed 2–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Administration for Native Americans (ANA); FY 2005 for New CommunityBased Projects Funding Opportunity Title: Social and Economic Development Strategies for Native Americans. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2005–ACF–ANA–NA–0003. CFDA Number: 93.612. Due Date for Applications: April 19, 2005. Executive Summary: The Administration for Native Americans VerDate jul<14>2003 18:38 Feb 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 (ANA), within the Administration for Children and Families, announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2005 funds for new community-based projects under ANA’s Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) for Native Americans program. ANA’s FY 2005 SEDS goals and areas of interest are focused on strengthening children, families, and communities through community-based organizations, tribes, and Village governments. The Program Areas of Interest are projects that ANA considers supportive to Native American communities. Although eligibility for funding is not restricted to projects of the type listed in this program announcement, these Areas of Interest are ones which ANA sees as particularly beneficial to the development of healthy Native American communities. Financial assistance under the SEDS program is provided utilizing a competitive process in accordance with the Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of this Act is to promote the goal of economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and other Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa natives. I. Funding Opportunity Description This program announcement emphasizes community-based partnerships and projects. This emphasis will increase the number of grants to local community organizations and expand the number of partnerships among locally based non-profit organizations. In support of the Presidential Executive Orders on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Community-based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities, and Faith-based and Community Organizations, ANA encourages Native communities to address the needs of people with disabilities, and invites eligible faithbased and community organizations to apply. This program announcement will emphasize community-based, locally designed projects. This emphasis will increase the number of grants to local community organizations and expand the number of partnerships among locally based non-profit organizations. ANA will accept applications from multiple organizations in the same geographic area. Although tribes are limited to three simultaneous ANA grants (one each under SEDS, Language and Environmental programs) at any one time, this clarification allows other PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 community-based organizations to apply for ANA funding, provided the objectives and activities do not duplicate currently funded projects serving the same geographic area. The ANA SEDS Programs support the fundamental principle that economic development, social development and governance are interrelated, and that with effective economic, social and governance policies and development strategies, Native American people and communities can achieve selfsufficiency. In order to move toward self-sufficiency, development in one area should be balanced with the development in the others. Accordingly, community-based economic, social and governance development programs and activities proposed in response to this announcement must take into consideration the elements necessary to build healthy self-sufficient communities. ANA’s Program Announcements are goal-category specific. ANA will release separate program announcements for funding opportunities under SEDS, for Language Preservation and Maintenance, Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, and for special initiatives. ANA’s policy is based on three interrelated goals: (1) Economic Development: To foster the development of stable diversified local economies and economic activities that provide jobs, options and opportunities that promote economic well-being in Native American communities. (2) Social Development: To support local access to, control of, and coordination with, programs and services that safeguard the health, well-being, and culture of native peoples and (3) Governance: To assist Tribes and Alaska Native village governments to build capacity that results in local control and decision-making over their resources. The Administration for Children and Families through the Administration for Native Americans supports and fosters strong Native American families and healthy communities under three initiatives. (1) Projects that support rural communities; (2) projects that provide prevention and intervention programs for youth and families; and (3) projects that promote healthy relationships to strengthen families in concert with ACF’s goals and objectives. Eligible community and faith-based organizations are invited to submit applications that provide services directly to Native American people. ANA’s FY 2005 program goals and areas of interest are focused on expanding community-based, culturally appropriate economic development, E:\FR\FM\03FEN2.SGM 03FEN2

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Administration for Native Americans (ANA); FY 2005 Funds for New 
Community-Based Activities

    Funding Opportunity Title: Native Language Preservation and 
Maintenance.
    Announcement Type: Initial.
    Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2005-ACF-ANA-NL-0016.
    CFDA Number: 93.587.
    Due Date for Applications: April 1, 2005.
    Executive Summary: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), 
within the Administration for Children and Families, announces the 
availability of fiscal year (FY) 2005 funds for new community-based 
activities under ANA's Native Language program. Financial assistance is 
provided utilizing a competitive process in accordance with the Native 
American Programs Act of 1974, as amended. ANA provides financial 
assistance to eligible applicants for the purpose of assisting Native 
Americans in assuring the survival and continuing vitality of their 
languages. Grants are provided under the following two categories: 
Category I Assessment Grants are used to conduct the assessment needed 
to identify the current status of the Native American language(s) to be 
addressed and to establish community long-range language goals; and, 
Category II Design and/or Implementation Grants are to design and/or 
implement a preservation language project that will contribute to the 
achievement of the community's long-range language goal(s).
    The Program Areas of Interest are projects that ANA considers 
supportive to Native American communities. Although eligibility for 
funding is not restricted to projects of the type listed in this 
program announcement, these Areas of Interest are ones which ANA sees 
as particularly beneficial to the development of healthy Native 
American communities.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    In 1992, Congressional testimony provided estimates that of the 
several hundred languages that once existed only about 150 are still 
spoken or remembered today. Furthermore, only 20 are spoken by persons 
of all ages, 30 are spoken by adults of all ages, about 60 are spoken 
by middle-aged adults, and 45 are spoken by the most elderly. In 
response to this testimony, the Congress passed the Native American 
Languages Act of 1992 (the Act), Pub. L. 102-524, to assist Native 
Americans in assuring the survival and continuing vitality of their 
languages. Passage of the Act was an important step in an attempt to 
ensure the survival and continuation of Native languages. It provided 
the foundation upon which tribal nations can rebuild their economic 
strength and enhance the rich cultural diversity. The Federal 
government recognizes the substantial loss of Native American languages 
over the past several hundred years, and acknowledges the nature and 
magnitude of the status of Native American languages will be better 
defined when eligible applicants under the Act have completed language 
assessments.
    The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) believes that the 
responsibility for achieving self-sufficiency rests with the governing 
bodies of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and in the leadership 
of Native American groups. This belief supports the ANA principle that 
the local community and its leadership are responsible for determining 
goals, setting priorities, and planning and implementing programs that 
support the community's long-range goals.
    Therefore, since preserving a language and ensuring its 
continuation is generally one of the first steps taken toward 
strengthening a group's identity; activities proposed under this 
program announcement will contribute to the social development of 
Native communities and significantly contribute to their efforts toward 
self-sufficiency. The Administration for Native Americans recognizes 
that eligible applicants must have the opportunity to develop their own 
language plans, improve technical capabilities, and have access to the 
necessary financial and technical resources in order to assess, plan, 
develop and implement programs to assure the survival and continuing 
vitality of their languages. ANA also recognizes that potential 
applicants may have specialized knowledge and capabilities to address 
specific language concerns at various levels. This program announcement 
reflects these special needs and circumstances.
    In support of the Presidential Executive Orders on Asian American 
and Pacific Islanders, Community-based

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Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities, and Faith-based and 
Community Organizations, ANA encourages Native communities to address 
the needs of people with disabilities, and invites eligible faith-based 
and community organizations to apply.
    This program announcement will emphasize community-based, locally 
designed projects. This emphasis will increase the number of grants to 
local community organizations and expand the number of partnerships 
among locally based non-profit organizations. ANA will accept 
applications from multiple organizations in the same geographic area. 
Although Tribes are limited to three simultaneous ANA grants (one each 
under SEDS, Language and Environmental programs) at any one time, this 
clarification allows other community-based organizations to apply for 
ANA funding, provided the objectives and activities do not duplicate 
currently funded projects serving the same geographic area.
    In response to this announcement, ANA encourages Native American 
tribes and organizational leaders to propose, coordinate and implement 
community-based projects to meet the needs of its community members and 
develop options and opportunities for future generations.
    The Program Areas of Interest are projects that ANA considers 
supportive to Native American communities. Although eligibility for 
funding is not restricted to projects of the type listed under this 
program announcement, these Areas of Interest are ones which ANA sees 
as particularly beneficial to the preservation and maintenance of 
Native American languages.
    Financial assistance under the Native Language program is provided 
utilizing a competitive process in accordance with the Native American 
Programs Act of 1974, as amended.
    This program is authorized by the Native American Programs Act, 42 
U.S.C. 2991 et seq.

ANA Administrative Policies

    Applicants must comply with the following ANA Administrative 
Policies:
     An applicant must provide a 20% non-Federal match of the 
approved project costs. Applications originating from American Samoa, 
Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are covered 
under section 501(d) of Public Law 95-134, as amended (48 U.S.C. 
1469a), under which HHS waives any requirement for matching funds under 
$200,000 (including in-kind contributions).
     An application from a tribe, Alaska Native Village or 
Native American organization must be from the governing body.
     A non-profit organization submitting an application must 
submit proof of its non-profit status at the time of submission. The 
non-profit organization can accomplish this by providing one of the 
following verifiable documents: (i) A reference to the applicant 
organization's listing in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most 
recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code; or 
(ii) a copy of the currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate; or 
(iii) a statement from a State taxing body, State Attorney General, or 
other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant 
organization has a non-profit status and none of the net earnings 
accrue to any private shareholders or individuals; or (iv) a certified 
copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar 
document that clearly establishes non-profit status; or (v) any of the 
items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a State or national 
parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization 
that the applicant organization is a local non-profit affiliate. 
Organizations incorporating in American Samoa are cautioned that the 
Samoan government relies exclusively upon IRS determination of non-
profit status; therefore, articles of incorporation approved by the 
Samoan government do not establish non-profit status for the purpose of 
ANA eligibility.
     If the applicant, other than a tribe or an Alaska Native 
Village government, is proposing a project benefiting Native Americans, 
Alaska Natives, or both, it must provide assurance that its duly 
elected or appointed board of directors is representative of the 
community to be served. Applicants must provide information that at 
least a majority of the individuals serving on a non-profit applicant's 
board fall into one or more of the following categories: (1) A current 
or past member of the community to be served; (2) a prospective 
participant or beneficiary of the project to be funded; or (3) have a 
cultural relationship with the community to be served.
     Applicants must describe how the proposed project 
objectives and activities relate to a locally determined strategy.
     ANA will review proposed projects to ensure applicants 
have considered all resources available to the community to support the 
project.
     Proposed projects must present a strategy to overcome the 
challenges that hinder movement toward self-sufficiency in the 
community.
     All funded applications will be reviewed to ensure that 
the applicant has provided a positive statement to give credit to ANA 
on all materials developed using ANA funds.
     ANA will not accept applications from tribal components 
that are tribally authorized divisions unless the ANA application 
includes a tribal resolution.
     ANA will only accept one application per eligible entity. 
The first application received by ANA shall be the application 
considered for competition unless ANA is notified in writing which 
application should be considered for competitive review.
     An applicant can have only one active ANA Native Language 
grant operating at any given time.
     ANA funds short-term projects, not programs. Projects must 
have definitive goals and objectives that will be achieved by the end 
of the project period. All projects funded by ANA must be completed, 
self-sustaining, or supported by other than ANA funding at the end of 
the project period.
     Prior to funding the second or third year of a multi-year 
grant, ANA will require verification and support documentation from the 
grantee that objectives and outcomes proposed in the proceeding year 
were accomplished, and the non-Federal share requirement has been met.
     ANA reviews the quarterly and annual reports of grantees 
to determine if the grantee is meeting its goals, objectives and 
activities identified in the OWP.
     Applications from National and Regional organizations must 
clearly demonstrate a need for the project, explain how the project 
originated, and discuss the community-based delivery strategy of the 
project, identify and describe the intended beneficiaries, describe and 
relate the actual project benefits to the community and organization, 
and describe a community-based delivery system. National and Regional 
organizations must describe their membership, define how the 
organization operates, and demonstrate Native community and/or tribal 
government support for the project. The type of community to be served 
will determine the type of documentation necessary to support the 
project.

Definitions

    Program specific terms and concepts are defined and should be used 
as a guide in writing and submitting the proposed project. The funding 
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announcement is based on the following definitions:
    Authorized Representative: The person or person(s) authorized by 
tribal or Organizational resolution to execute documents and other 
actions required by outside agencies.
    Budget Period: The interval of time into which the project period 
is divided for budgetary or funding purposes, and for which a grant is 
made. A budget period usually lasts one year in a multi-year project 
period.
    Community: A group of people residing in the same geographic area 
that can apply their own cultural and socio-economic values in 
implementing ANA's program objectives and goals. In discussing the 
applicant's community, the following information should be provided: 
(1) A description of the population segment within the community to be 
served or impacted; (2) the size of the community; (3) geographic 
description or location, including the boundaries of the community; (4) 
demographic data on the target population; and (5) the relationship of 
the community to any larger group or tribe.
    Community Involvement: How the community participated in the 
development of the proposed project, how the community will be involved 
during the project implementation and after the project is completed. 
Evidence of community involvement can include, but is not limited to, 
certified petitions, public meeting minutes, surveys, needs 
assessments, newsletters, special meetings, public Council meetings, 
public committee meetings, public hearings, and annual meetings with 
representatives from the community.
    Completed Project: A project funded by ANA is finished, self-
sustaining, or funded by other than ANA funds, and the results and 
outcomes are achieved by the end of the project period.
    Consortium--Tribe/Village: A group of tribes or Villages that join 
together either for long-term purposes or for the purpose of an ANA 
project.
    Construction: The initial building of a facility.
    Core Administration: Salaries and other expenses for those 
functions that support the applicant's organization as a whole or for 
purposes that are unrelated to the actual management or implementation 
of the ANA project.
    Equipment: Tangible, non-expendable personal property, including 
exempt property, charged directly to the award having a useful life of 
more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit. 
However, consistent with recipient policy, lower limits may be 
established.
    Impact Indicators: Measurement descriptions used to identify the 
outcomes or results of the project. Outcomes or results must be 
quantifiable, measurable, verifiable and related to the outcome of the 
project to determine that the project has achieved its desired 
objective and can be independently verified through ANA monitoring and 
evaluation.
    In-kind Contributions: In-kind contributions are property or 
services which benefit a federally assisted project or program and 
which are contributed by the grantee, non-Federal third parties without 
charge to the grantee, or a cost-type contractor under the grant 
agreement. Any proposed in-kind match must meet the applicable 
requirements found in 45 CFR parts 74 and 92.
    Letter of Commitment: A third party statement to document the 
intent to provide specific in-kind contributions or cash to support the 
applicant. The Letter of Commitment must state the dollar amount (if 
applicable), the length of time the commitment will be honored, and the 
conditions under which the organization will support the proposed ANA 
project. If a dollar amount is included, the amount must be based on 
market and historical rates charged and paid. The resources to be 
committed may be human, natural, physical, or financial, and may 
include other Federal and non-Federal resources. Statements about 
resources which have been committed to support a proposed project made 
in the application without supporting documentation will be 
disregarded.
    Leveraged Resources: The total dollar value of all non-ANA 
resources that are committed to a proposed ANA project and are 
supported by documentation that exceed the 20% non-Federal match 
required for an ANA grant. Such resources may include any natural, 
financial, and physical resources available within the tribe, 
organization, or community to assist in the successful completion of 
the project. An example would be a letter from an organization that 
agrees to provide a supportive action, product, and service, human or 
financial contribution that will add to the potential success of the 
project.
    Minor Renovation or Alteration: Work required to change the 
interior arrangements or other physical characteristics of an existing 
facility, or install equipment so that it may be more effectively used 
for the project. Minor alteration and renovation may include work 
referred to as improvements, conversion, rehabilitation, remodeling, or 
modernization, but is distinguished from construction and major 
renovations. A minor alteration and or renovation must be incidental 
and essential for the project (``incidental'' meaning the total 
alteration and renovation budget must not exceed the lesser of $150,000 
or 25 percent of total direct costs approved for the entire project 
period.).
    Multi-purpose Organization: A community-based corporation whose 
charter specifies that the community designates the Board of Directors 
and/or officers of the organization through an elective procedure and 
that the organization functions in several different areas of concern 
to the members of the local Native American community. These areas are 
specified in the by-laws and/or policies adopted by the organization. 
They may include, but need not be limited to, economic, artistic, 
cultural, and recreational activities, and the delivery of human 
services such as day care, education, and training.
    Multi-year Project: Encompasses a single theme and requires more 
than 12 or 17 months and up to 24 or 36 months to complete. A multi-
year project affords the applicant an opportunity to develop and 
address more complex and in-depth strategies that cannot be completed 
in one year. A multi-year project is a series of related objectives 
with activities presented in chronological order over a two or three-
year period.
    Objective(s): Specific outcomes or results to be achieved within 
the proposed project period that are specified in the Objective Work 
Plan. Completion of objectives must result in specific, measurable 
outcomes that would benefit the community and directly contribute to 
the achievement of the stated community goals. Applicants should relate 
their proposed project objectives to outcomes that support the 
community's long-range goals. Objectives are an important component of 
Criterion III and are the foundation for the Objective Work Plans.
    Objective Work Plan (OWP): The project plan the applicant will use 
in meeting the results and benefits expected for the project. The 
results and benefits are directly related to the Impact Indicators. The 
OWP provides detailed descriptions of how, when, where, by whom and why 
activities are proposed for the project and is complemented and 
condensed in the Objective Work Plan. ANA will require separate OWPs 
for each year of the project. (Form OMB 0980-0204 exp 10/31/
2006)
    Partnerships: Agreements between two or more parties that will 
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proposed project. Partnerships include other faith-based or community-
based organizations or associations, tribes, Federal and State agencies 
and private or non-profit organizations, which may include faith-based 
organizations.
    Real Property: Land, including land improvements, structures, and 
appurtenances thereto, excluding movable machinery and equipment.
    Resolution: Applicants are required to include a current signed and 
dated Resolution (a formal decision voted on by the official governing 
body) in support of the project for the entire project period. The 
Resolution should indicate who is authorized to sign documents and 
negotiate on behalf of the tribe or organization. The Resolution should 
indicate that the community was involved in the project planning 
process, and indicate the specific dollar amount of any non-Federal 
matching funds (if applicable).
    Sustainable Project: A sustainable project is an ongoing program or 
service that can be maintained without additional ANA funds.
    Self-Sufficiency: The ability to generate resources to meet a 
community's needs in a sustainable manner. A community's progress 
toward self-sufficiency is based on its efforts to plan, organize, and 
direct resources in a comprehensive manner that is consistent with its 
established long-range goals. For a community to be self-sufficient, it 
must have local access to, control of, and coordination of services and 
programs that safeguard the health, well being, and culture of the 
people that reside and work in the community.
    Total Approved Project Costs: The sum of the Federal request and 
the non-Federal share.
    Please note that this announcement is divided into two program 
areas. The first program area is: Category I Assessment Grants and the 
second program area is: Category II Design and/or Implementation 
Grants. Information on the second program area immediately follows 
section VIII of program area one. The SF 424 must clearly indicate the 
correct program area you are applying for.

Priority Area 1

Native Language Preservation and Maintenance: Category I Assessment 
Grants

Description

    The purpose of an Assessment Grant is to conduct an assessment of 
the current status of the language(s) to be addressed in order to 
establish community long-range goal(s) to ensure its survival.
    Program Area of Interest under Category I:
     A project for data collection and compilation that surveys 
the current language status through a ``formal'' method (e.g., work 
performed by a linguist, and/or a language survey conducted by 
community members) or an ``informal'' method (e.g., a community 
consensus of the language status based on information provided by 
elders, tribal scholars, and/or other community members) with the 
development of long range language preservation goals and uses elders 
in the development of these goals. The assessment data should capture, 
at a minimum, the following data: Number of speakers; Age of speakers; 
Gender of speakers; Level(s) of fluency; Number of first language 
speakers (Native language as the first language acquired); Number of 
second language speakers (Native language as the second language 
acquired); Where Native language is used (e.g., home, court system, 
religious ceremonies, church, media, school, governance and cultural 
activities); Source of data (formal and/or informal); and, Rate of 
language loss or gain.

II. Award Information

    Funding Instrument Type: Grant.
    Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $1,000,000.
    Anticipated Number of Awards: 10-15.
    Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period: $100,000.
    Floor on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period: $25,000.
    Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered non-
responsive and will not be considered for competition.
    Average Projected Award Amount: $50,000.
    Length of Project Periods: 12 month project and budget period.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    Native American tribal governments (federally recognized).
    Native American tribal organizations (other than federally 
recognized tribal governments).
    Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than 
institutions of higher education.
    Others (see Additional Information on Eligibility below).
Additional Information on Eligibility
     Federally recognized Indian tribes.
     Consortia of Indian tribes.
     Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes.
     Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based 
Indian organizations.
     Urban Indian Centers.
     National or regional incorporated non-profit Native 
American organizations with Native American community-specific 
objectives.
     Alaska Native villages, as defined in the Alaska Native 
Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or non-profit village consortia.
     Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose 
community-based organizations.
     Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/
Associations in Alaska with village specific projects.
     Non-profit Native organizations in Alaska with village 
specific projects.
     Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native 
Hawaiians.
     Public and non-profit private agencies serving native 
peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands (the populations served may be located on these islands 
or in the United States).
     Tribally-controlled Community Colleges, tribally-
controlled Post-Secondary Vocational Institutions, and colleges and 
universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa or the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serve Native 
peoples.
     Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal 
governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as 
recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    Please refer to Section I. Funding Opportunity Description, to 
review general ANA Administrative Policies and Section IV.5. Funding 
Restrictions.

2. Cost Sharing/Matching

    Yes.
Matching/Cost-Sharing
    Grantees are required to meet a non-Federal share of the project 
costs, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2991(b)(3)(e)(1). Grantees must 
provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. 
The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and 
the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-
kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their 
match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project 
requesting $100,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $100,000 per 
budget period) must provide a match of at least $25,000 (20% of the 
total

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approved project costs). Grantees will be held accountable for 
commitments of non-Federal resources even if over the amount of the 
required match. Failure to provide the amount will result in 
disallowance of Federal dollars. Lack of supporting documentation at 
the time of application will not impact the responsiveness of the 
application for competitive review.

3. Other

    All Applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Number. On June 27, 
2003, the Office of Management and Budget published in the Federal 
Register a new Federal policy applicable to all Federal grant 
applicants. The policy requires Federal grant applicants to provide a 
Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when 
applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after 
October 1, 2003. The DUNS number will be required whether an applicant 
is submitting a paper application or using the government-wide 
electronic portal (http://www.Grants.gov). A DUNS number will be 
required for every application for a new award or renewal/continuation 
of an award, including applications or plans under formula, entitlement 
and block grant programs, submitted on or after October 1, 2003.
    Please ensure that your organization has a DUNS number. You may 
acquire a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free 
DUNS number request line on 1-866-705-5711 or you may request a number 
on-line at http://www.dnb.com.
    Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to 
submit proof of their non-profit status. Proof of non-profit status is 
any one of the following:
     A reference to the applicant organization's listing in the 
Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt 
organizations described in the IRS Code.
     A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate.
     A statement from a State taxing body, State attorney 
general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the 
applicant organization has a non-profit status and that none of the net 
earning accrue to any private shareholders or individuals.
     A certified copy of the organization's certificate of 
incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit 
status.
     Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above 
for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by 
the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local non-
profit affiliate.
    Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with 
their applications the survey located under ``Grant Related Documents 
and Forms,'' ``Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,'' 
titled, ``Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,'' at: 
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm.
Disqualification Factors
    Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the 
deadline date will not be considered for competition.
    Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered non-
responsive and will not be considered for competition.
    Applications that do not include a current signed and dated 
Resolution (a formal decision voted on by the official governing body) 
in support of the project for the entire project period will be 
considered non-responsive and will not be considered for competition.
    If the applicant is not a tribe or Alaska Native Village 
government, applications that do not include proof that a majority of 
the governing board is representative of the community to be served 
will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered for 
competition (see Section I. Funding Opportunity Description-
Definitions, for information on resolutions).
    Please see Section III.2 Other, concerning requirements for the 
cost matching which do not impact the responsiveness of an application 
for competitive review.

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Address To Request Application Package

    To learn more about ANA and receive information about Training and 
Technical Assistance (T/TA) contact the regional T/TA providers at:

Region I: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, 
ME, MI, MN, MO,MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, 
TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
    Native American Management Services, Inc., 6858 Old Dominion Drive, 
Suite 302, McLean, VA 22101. Phone: 888-221-9686; Fax: 703-821-368. E-
mail: kking@namsinc.org. URL: http://www.anaeastern.org.
Region II: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
    ACKCO, Inc., 1326 N. Central, Suite 208, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. 
Toll-Free: 800-525-2859; Direct: 602-253-9211; Fax 602-253-9135. Theron 
Wauneka, Project Manager. E-mail: theron.wauneka@ackco.com. URL: http:/
/www.anawestern.org.
Region III: Alaska.
    Native American Management Services, Inc., 11723 Old Glenn Highway, 
Suite 201, Eagle River, Alaska 99577. Toll-Free 877-770-6230; Direct: 
907-694-5711; Fax 907-694-5775. P.J. Bell, Project Manager. E-mail: 
region3@gci.net. URL: http://www.anaalaska.org.
Region IV: American Samoa (AS), Guam, HI, Commonwealth of Northern 
Mariana Islands (CNMI).
    Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, 33 South King Street, 
Suite 513, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Toll-Free 800-709-2642; Local 808-
521-5011; Fax: 808-521-4111. Lilia Kapuniai, Vice President, Community 
Development. E-mail: info@anapacific.org. URL: http://
www.anapacific.org.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    Please refer to Section I, ``Funding Opportunity Description'' to 
review general ANA Administrative Policies and Section IV.5. Funding 
Restrictions.
    Application Submission: Each application should include one signed 
original and two additional copies of the complete application are 
required. The original copy must include all required forms, 
certifications, assurances, and appendices, an original signature by an 
authorized representative, have original signatures, and be submitted 
unbound. The two additional copies of the complete application must 
include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices 
and must also be submitted unbound. Applicants have the option of 
omitting from the application copies (not the original) specific salary 
rates or amounts for individuals specified in the application budget. A 
complete application for assistance under this Program Announcement 
consists of Three Parts. Part One is the SF 424, Required Government 
Forms, and other required documentation. Part Two of the application is 
the project narrative. This section of the application may not exceed 
40 pages. The line-item budgets, budget justifications and the OWP form 
(OMB Control Number 0980-0204, exp 10/31/2006) will be exempt from the 
page limitation. Part Three of the application is the Appendix. This 
section of the application may not exceed 20 pages (the exception to 
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that require, if relevant to the project, a Business Plan or any Third-
Party Agreements).
    Electronic Submission: While ACF does have the capability to 
receive program announcement applications electronically through 
Grants.gov, electronic submission of applications will not be available 
for this particular announcement. There are required application 
form(s) specific to ANA that have not yet received clearance from 
Grants.gov. While electronic submission of applications may be 
available in the next fiscal year for this program, no electronic 
submission of applications will be accepted for this announcement this 
year as they would be missing those required ANA forms and be 
considered incomplete.
    Organization and Preparation of Application: Due to the intensity 
and pace of the application review and evaluation process, ANA strongly 
recommends applicants organize, label, and insert required information 
in accordance with Part One, Part Two and Part Three as presented in 
the table below. ANA strongly suggests applicants label the application 
for ease of reviewing. The application must begin with the information 
requested in Part One in the prescribed order of the following table. 
Utilizing this format will insure all information submitted to support 
an applicant's request for funding is thoroughly reviewed. Submitting 
information in this format will assist the panel reviewer in locating 
and evaluating the information. Deviation from this suggested format 
will reduce the applicant's ability to receive maximum points, which 
are directly related to ANA's funding decisions.
    ANA Application Format: ANA requires all applications to be labeled 
in compliance with the format provided in this program announcement. 
This format applies to all applicants submitting applications for 
funding. All pages submitted (including Government Forms, 
certifications and assurances) must be numbered consecutively (for 
example, the first page of the application is the SF 424 and must be 
labeled as page one). The paper size shall be 8\1/2\ x 11 inches, line 
spacing shall be a space and a half (1.5 line spacing), printed only on 
one side, and have a half-inch margin on all sides of the paper. (Note: 
the 1.5 line spacing does not apply to the Project Abstract Form, 
Appendices, the Table of Contents, the Objective Work Plans, and the 
Budget.) The font size shall be 12-point and the font type shall be 
Times New Roman.
    Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with 
their applications the survey located under ``Grant Related Documents 
and Forms,'' ``Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,'' 
titled, ``Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,'' at: 
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm.
Standard Forms and Certifications
    The project description should include all the information 
requirements described in the specific evaluation criteria outlined in 
the program announcement under Section V Application Review 
Information. In addition to the project description, the applicant 
needs to complete all the standard forms required for making 
applications for awards under this announcement.
    Applicants seeking financial assistance under this announcement 
must file the Standard Form (SF) 424, Application for Federal 
Assistance; SF-424A, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs; SF-
424B, Assurances--Non-Construction Programs. The forms may be 
reproduced for use in submitting applications. Applicants must sign and 
return the standard forms with their application.
    Applicants must furnish prior to award an executed copy of the 
Standard Form LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for 
an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal 
funds for lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance 
under this announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if 
applicable, with their applications (approved by the Office of 
Management and Budget under control number 0348-0046). Applicants must 
sign and return the certification with their application.
    Applicants must also understand they will be held accountable for 
the smoking prohibition included within Pub. L. 103-227, Title XII 
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (also known as the PRO-KIDS Act of 1994). A 
copy of the Federal Register notice which implements the smoking 
prohibition is included with forms. By signing and submitting the 
application, applicants are providing the certification and need not 
mail back the certification with the application.
    Applicants must make the appropriate certification of their 
compliance with all Federal statutes relating to nondiscrimination. By 
signing and submitting the applications, applicants are providing the 
certification and need not mail back the certification form. Complete 
the standard forms and the associated certifications and assurances 
based on the instructions on the forms. The forms and certifications 
may be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm.
    Please see Section V.1. Criteria, for instructions on preparing the 
full project description.

3. Submission Dates and Times

    Due Date: April 1, 2005.
Explanation of Due Dates
    The closing time and date for receipt of applications is referenced 
above. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the 
closing date will be classified as late.
    Deadline: Applications shall be considered as meeting an announced 
deadline if they are received on or before the deadline time and date 
referenced in Section IV.6. Applicants are responsible for ensuring 
applications are mailed or submitted electronically well in advance of 
the application due date.
    Applications hand carried by applicants, applicant couriers, other 
representatives of the applicant, or by overnight/express mail couriers 
shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are 
received on or before the deadline date, between the hours of 8 a.m. 
and 4:30 p.m., eastern time, at the address referenced in Section 
IV.6., between Monday and Friday (excluding Federal holidays).
    ACF cannot accommodate transmission of applications by facsimile. 
Therefore, applications transmitted to ACF by fax will not be accepted 
regardless of date or time of submission and time of receipt.
    Late Applications: Applications that do not meet the criteria above 
are considered late applications. ACF shall notify each late applicant 
that its application will not be considered in the current competition.
    Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the 
deadline date will not be considered for competition.
    Applicants using express/overnight mail services should allow two 
working days prior to the deadline date for receipt of applications. 
Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not 
always deliver as agreed.
    Extension of deadlines: ACF may extend application deadlines when 
circumstances such as acts of God (floods, hurricanes, etc.) occur, or 
when there are widespread disruptions of mail service, or in other rare 
cases. A determination to extend or waive deadline requirements rests 
with the Chief Grants Management Officer.

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Checklist
    You may use the checklist below as a guide when preparing your 
application package.

                              Part One.--Federal Forms and Other Required Documents
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                        Required form or
         What to submit           Required content           format                     When to submit
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Table of Contents..............  See Section IV....  Applicant must include  By announcement closing date.
                                                      a table of contents
                                                      that accurately
                                                      identifies the page
                                                      number and where the
                                                      information can be
                                                      located. Table of
                                                      Contents does not
                                                      count against
                                                      application page
                                                      limit.
SF424..........................  See Section IV....  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ By announcement closing date.
                                                      programs/ofs/
                                                      forms.htm.
SF424A.........................  See Section IV....  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ By announcement closing date.
                                                      programs/ofs/
                                                      forms.htm.
SF424B.........................  See Section IV....  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ By announcement closing date.
                                                      programs/ofs/
                                                      forms.htm.
Grant Application Data Summary   See Section I.....  ANA Form: OMB           By announcement closing date.
 (GADS) form--Native Language.                        Clearance Number 0970-
                                                      0263 exp. 3/31/07
                                                      http://
www.acf.hhs.gov/
 programs/ana (Go to
                                                      Forms link to obtain
                                                      the document).
Proof of Non-Profit Status.....  See Section III...  As described in this    By announcement closing date.
                                                      announcement under
                                                      Section III
                                                      ``Additional
                                                      Information on
                                                      Eligibility''.
Resolution.....................  See Section I.....  As described in this    By announcement closing date.
                                                      announcement under
                                                      Section I ``
                                                      Definitions''.
Board of Directors               See Section I.....  As described in this    By announcement closing date.
 Documentation.                                       announcement under
                                                      Section I ``ANA
                                                      Administrative
                                                      Policies''.
Audit Letter...................  See Section I.....  A Certified Public      By announcement closing date.
                                                      Accountant's
                                                      ``Independent
                                                      Auditors' Report on
                                                      Financial
                                                      Statement.'' This is
                                                      usually only a two to
                                                      three page document.
                                                      (This requirement
                                                      applies only to
                                                      applicants with
                                                      annual expenditures
                                                      of $500,000 or more
                                                      of federal funds).
                                                      Applicant must also
                                                      include only that
                                                      portion of the audit
                                                      document titled
                                                      ``Supplemental
                                                      Schedule of
                                                      Expenditures of
                                                      Federal Awards''.
Indirect Cost Agreement........  See Section V.....  Organizations and       By announcement closing date.
                                                      Tribes must submit a
                                                      current indirect cost
                                                      agreement (if
                                                      claiming in-direct
                                                      costs) that aligns
                                                      with the approved ANA
                                                      project period. The
                                                      In-direct Cost
                                                      Agreement must
                                                      identify the
                                                      individual components
                                                      and percentages that
                                                      make up the indirect
                                                      cost rate.
Non-Federal Share of Waiver      See Section III...  A request for a waiver  By announcement closing date.
 Request, per CFR 1336.50(b).                         of the non-Federal
                                                      share requirement may
                                                      be submitted in
                                                      accordance with 45
                                                      CFR 1336.50(b) (3) of
                                                      the Native American
                                                      Program regulations.
                                                      (if applicable).
Certification regarding          See Section I.....  May be found at: http:/ By announcement closing date.
 Maintenance of Effort.                               /www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
Certification regarding          See Section IV....  May be found at: http:/ By announcement closing date.
 Lobbying Disclosure of                               /www.acf.hhs.gov/
 Lobbying Activities--SF LLL.                         programs/ofs/
                                                      forms.htm.
Environmental Tobacco Smoke      See Section IV....  May be found at:        By announcement closing date.
 Certification.                                       www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
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                                     Part Two.--Application Review Criteria
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                        Required form or
                                                           format  ANA
                                                       application review
         What to submit           Required content   criteria  This section             When to submit
                                                        may not exceed 40
                                                              pages
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Criteria one (10 pts)..........  See Section V.....  Introduction and        By announcement closing date.
                                                      Project Summary/
                                                      Application Format
                                                      Use the Project
                                                      Abstract Form (OMB
                                                      0980-0204
                                                      exp. 10/31/2006).
Criteria two (20 pts)..........  See Section V.....  Need for Assistance...  By announcement closing date.
Criteria three (25 pts)........  See Section V.....  Project Approach        By announcement closing date.
                                                      Include an Objective
                                                      Work Plan form (OMB
                                                      0980-0204
                                                      exp. 10/31/2006) for
                                                      each 12-month budget
                                                      period. A 17-month
                                                      project period
                                                      requires only one OWP.
                                                     Note: The OWP is not
                                                      included in the page
                                                      count for this Part..
Criteria four (15 pts).........  See Section V.....  Organizational          By announcement closing date.
                                                      Capacity.

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Criteria five (15 pts).........  See Section V.....  Project Impact/         By announcement closing date.
                                                      Evaluation.
Criteria six (15 pts)..........  See Section V.....  Budget and Budget       By announcement closing date.
                                                      Justification/Cost
                                                      Effectiveness.
                                                     Note: The Budget and
                                                      Budget Justification
                                                      are not included in
                                                      the page count for
                                                      this Part..
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                                              Part Three.--Appendix
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                        Required form or
                                                      format  This section
         What to submit           Required content      may not exceed 20               When to submit
                                                              pages
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Support Documentation..........  See Section V.....  Part Three includes     By announcement closing date.
                                                      only supplemental
                                                      information or
                                                      required support
                                                      documentation that
                                                      addresses the
                                                      applicant's capacity
                                                      to carry out and
                                                      fulfill the proposed
                                                      project. These items
                                                      include: letters of
                                                      agreement with
                                                      cooperating entities,
                                                      in-kind commitment
                                                      and support letters,
                                                      business plans, and a
                                                      summary of the Third
                                                      Party Agreements. Do
                                                      not include books,
                                                      videotapes, studies
                                                      or published reports
                                                      and articles, as they
                                                      will not be made
                                                      available to the
                                                      reviewers or returned
                                                      to the applicant.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Additional Forms
    Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with 
their applications the survey located under ``Grant Related Documents 
and Forms,'' ``Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,'' 
titled, ``Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,'' at: 
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm.

 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         What to submit           Required content          Location                    When to submit
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Survey for Private, Non-Profit   See form..........  May be found on         By announcement closing date.
 Grant Applicants.                                    www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4. Intergovernmental Review

    Applications are not subject to Executive Order 12372.

5. Funding Restrictions

    ANA does not fund:
     Activities in support of any foreseeable litigation 
against the United States Government that are unallowable under OMB 
Circulars A-87 and A-122.
     ANA does not fund duplicative projects or allow any one 
community or region to receive a disproportionate share of the funds 
available for award. When making decisions on awards of grants, the 
Agency will consider whether the project is essentially identical or 
similar, in whole or significant part, to projects in the same 
community previously funded or being funded under the same competition. 
The Agency will also consider whether the grantee is already receiving 
funding for a SEDS, Language, or Environmental project from ANA. The 
Agency will also take into account in making funding decisions whether 
a proposed project would require funding on an indefinite or recurring 
basis. This determination will be made after it is determined whether 
the application meets the requirements for eligibility as set forth in 
45 C.F.R. 1336, Subpart C, but before funding decisions are complete 
(See Section I. Funding Opportunity Description--ANA Administrative 
Policies regarding short-term projects).
     Projects in which a grantee would provide training and/or 
technical assistance (T/TA) to other tribes or Native American 
organizations that are otherwise eligible to apply for ANA funding. 
However, ANA will fund T/TA requested by a grantee for its own use or 
for its members' use (as in the case of a consortium), when the T/TA is 
necessary to carry out project objectives.
     The purchase of real property or construction because 
these activities are not authorized by the Native American Programs Act 
of 1974, as amended.
     Core administration (see Definition) functions, or other 
activities, that essentially support only the applicant's ongoing 
administrative functions and are not related to the proposed project.
     Costs associated with fund-raising, including financial 
campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and 
similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain 
contributions are unallowable under an ANA grant award.
     Projects originated and designed by consultants who 
provide a major role for themselves and are not members of the 
applicant organization, Tribe, or village.
     Activities that are not responsive to the purpose of this 
Native Language Program Announcement.
     Major renovations or alterations are prohibited activities 
because these activities are not authorized under the Native American 
Programs Act of 1974 as amended. Minor alterations, as defined in this 
announcement, may be allowable.
     ANA will not fund activities by a consortium of tribes 
that duplicate activities for which a consortium member tribe also 
receives funding from ANA

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6. Other Submission Requirements

    Submission by Mail: An applicant must provide an original 
application with all attachments, signed by an authorized 
representative and two copies. The application must be received at the 
address below by 4:30 p.m. eastern time on or before the closing date. 
Applications should be mailed to: Attention: Tim Chappelle, U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children 
and Families, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary 
Grants, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447.
    Hand Delivery: An applicant must provide an original application 
with all attachments signed by an authorized representative and two 
copies. The application must be received at the address below by 4:30 
p.m. eastern time on or before the closing date. Applications that are 
hand delivered will be accepted between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. Applications should be 
delivered to: Attention: Tim Chappelle, U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary 
Grant, ACF Mail Room, Second Floor Loading Dock, Aerospace Center, 901 
D Street, SW., Washington, DC 20024.

V. Application Review Information

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13)

    Public reporting burden for this collection of information is 
estimated to average 120 hours per response, including the time for 
reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed and 
reviewing the collection information.
    The project description is approved under OMB control number 0970-
0139 which expires 4/30/2007.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.

1. Criteria

Purpose
    The project description provides a major means by which an 
application is evaluated and ranked to compete with other applications 
for available assistance. The project description should be concise and 
complete and should address the activity for which Federal funds are 
being requested. Supporting documents should be included where they can 
present information clearly and succinctly. In preparing your project 
description, information responsive to each of the requested evaluation 
criteria must be provided. Awarding offices use this and other 
information in making their funding recommendations. It is important, 
therefore, that this information be included in the application in a 
manner that is clear and complete.
General Instructions
    ACF is particularly interested in specific project descriptions 
that focus on outcomes and convey strategies for achieving intended 
performance. Project descriptions are evaluated on the basis of 
substance and measurable outcomes, not length. Extensive exhibits are 
not required. Cross-referencing should be used rather than repetition. 
Supporting information concerning activities that will not be directly 
funded by the grant or information that does not directly pertain to an 
integral part of the grant funded activity should be placed in an 
appendix. Pages should be numbered and a table of contents should be 
included for easy reference.
Introduction
    Applicants required to submit a full project description shall 
prepare the project description statement in accordance with the 
following instructions while being aware of the specified evaluation 
criteria. The text options give a broad overview of what your project 
description should include while the evaluation criteria identifies the 
measures that will be used to evaluate applications.
Project Summary/Abstract
    Provide a summary of the project description (a page or less) with 
reference to the funding request.
Objectives and Need for Assistance
    Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, 
institutional, and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution. The need 
for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate 
objectives of the project must be clearly stated; supporting 
documentation, such as letters of support and testimonials from 
concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included. Any 
relevant data based on planning studies should be included or referred 
to in the endnotes/footnotes. Incorporate demographic data and 
participant/beneficiary information, as needed. In developing the 
project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to 
provide information on the total range of projects currently being 
conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be 
outside the scope of the program announcement.
Results or Benefits Expected
    Identify the results and benefits to be derived.
    Applicants are encouraged to describe the qualitative and 
quantitative data collected, how this data will measure progress 
towards the stated results or benefits, and how performance indicators 
under economic and social development and governance projects can be 
monitored, evaluated and verified.
Approach
    Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how 
the proposed work will be accomplished. Account for all functions or 
activities identified in the application. Cite factors that might 
accelerate or dec