Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 23198-23216 [05-8896]

Download as PDF 23198 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices (financial and/or programmatic) of the private sector, national, or State or community foundations; a favorable balance between Federal and nonFederal funds for the proposed project; or the potential for high benefit from low Federal investment. ACYF may elect not to fund any applicants having known management, fiscal, reporting, programmatic, or other problems which make it unlikely that they would be able to provide effective services or effectively complete the proposed activity. With the results of the peer review and the information from Federal staff, the Commissioner of ACYF makes the final funding decisions. The Commissioner may give special consideration to applications proposing services of special interest to the Government and to achieve geographic distributions of grant awards. Applications of special interest may include, but are not limited to, applications focusing on unserved or inadequately served clients or service areas and programs addressing diverse ethnic populations. will be given, the non-Federal share to be provided (if applicable), 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. Available Funds Applicants should note that grants to be awarded under this program announcement are subject to the availability of funds. VII. Agency Contacts 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. 3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates Applications will be reviewed during the Summer 2005. Grant awards will have a start date no later than September 30, 2005. 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 VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (nongovernmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental). 3. Reporting Requirements Programmatic Reports: SemiAnnually. Financial Reports: Semi-Annually. Programmatic Reports and Financial Reports are required semi-annually. All required reports will be submitted in a timely manner, in recommended formats (to be provided), and the final report will also be submitted on disk or electronically using a standard wordprocessing program. Program Office Contact Melissa Brodowski, Children’s Bureau, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202–205–2629. Email: mbrodowski@acf.hhs.gov. Grants Management Office Contact Peter Thompson, Grants Officer, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, 330 C Street, SW., Room 2070, Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202–401–4608. Email: pathompson@acf.hhs.gov. VIII. Other Information Notice: Beginning with FY 2006, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will no longer publish grant announcements in the Federal Register. Beginning October 1, 2005 applicants will be able to find a synopsis of all ACF grant opportunities and apply electronically for opportunities via: www.Grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of all ACF grant announcements on the ACF Web site located at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grants/index.html. Direct federal grants, sub-award funds, or contracts under this program shall not be used to support inherently religious activities such as religious instruction, worship, or proselytization. Therefore, organizations must take steps to separate, in time or location, their inherently religious activities from the services funded under this program. PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Regulations pertaining to the prohibition of Federal funds for inherently religious activities can be found on the HHS Web site at http:// www.os.dhhs.gov/fbci/waisgate21.pdf. Additional information about this program and its purpose can be located on the following Web sites: http:// www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/. For general information regarding this announcement please contact: ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Inc., ATTN: Children’s Bureau, 118 Q St., NE., Washington, DC 20002– 2132. Telephone: 866–796–1591. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgements of received applications. Dated: April 27, 2005. Joan E. Ohl, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. [FR Doc. 05–8897 Filed 5–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Funding Opportunity Title: FY2005 Discretionary Grants for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program; Specialized Outreach Demo.; Domestic Violence/Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaboration on the Prevention of Adolescent Dating Violence; and, Minority Training Grant Stipends in Domestic Violence for Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2005–ACF–ACYF–EV–0077. CFDA Number: 93.592. Due Date for Applications: Application is due July 5, 2005. Executive Summary: Specialized Outreach Demonstration Projects for Services to Underserved and Diverse Populations: In order to further the commitment to bring diverse voices and approaches to the discussions on the elimination of domestic violence, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families announces grant funds to support projects that convene researchers, activists, survivors of domestic violence, and practitioners who have been advocates of a more culturally appropriate and familial orientation to the elimination of domestic violence. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices The Administration on Children, Youth and Families seeks to support coordinated outreach efforts to underserved and diverse communities, of which each effort is staffed and/or supported by expert and multidisciplined teams that are culturally responsive and competent in regard to the issue of domestic violence in their particular communities. On a nationwide basis the expertise assembled within the Special Outreach projects will offer assistance on resource accumulation and information, capacity building within community organizations, policy analysis and review, training, and technical assistance for public and private organizations providing service in the domestic violence community. This assistance will be available to the entire domestic violence community as well as the specific communities to be served by these demonstration projects. Domestic Violence/Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaborations on the Prevention of Adolescent Dating Violence: The collaboration of the Runaway Youth and Domestic Violence communities will foster the development and implementation of effective strategies and program requirements for the use of domestic violence prevention services concurrently with services provided through Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Projects. These collaborations will help to eliminate adolescent dating violence. These collaborative efforts will focus on the youth who are identified within the domestic violence and runaway and homeless youth communities as individuals that may be responsive to a collaborative set of interventions that are useful as effective prevention and intervention strategies. Minority Training Grant Stipends in Domestic Violence for Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities: The Minority Training Grant Stipends to Historically Black, Hispanic Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities will assist in generating skill-building and training opportunities in domestic violence prevention and services. These projects will be particularly responsive to issues of cultural content and designed to increase the extent to which minority groups participate in the domestic violence service community. A substantial proportion of the domestic violence that occurs in the general population involves underserved populations, including populations that are underserved because of ethnic, racial, cultural, language diversity or geographic VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 23199 Funding Opportunity Description In order to further the commitment to bring diverse voices and approaches to the discussions on the elimination of domestic violence, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families announces grant funds to support projects that convene researchers, activists, survivors of domestic violence, and practitioners who have been advocates of a more culturally appropriate and familial orientation to the elimination of domestic violence. On a nationwide basis the expertise assembled within the Special Outreach projects will offer assistance on resource accumulation and information, capacity building within community organizations, policy analysis and review, training, and technical assistance for public and private organizations providing service in the domestic violence community. This assistance will be available to the entire domestic violence community as well as the specific communities to be served by these demonstration projects. • Description of the immediacy of needs to be addressed as an outreach demonstration and the description of information on the specific assistance your organization currently provides; and a general description of the activities and assistance to be provided as a demonstration; • Technical assistance, training and consultation to be provided to improve the cultural relevancy of service delivery, resource utilization, and stateof-the-art techniques related to program implementation, service delivery and evaluation; • Development of a network of young adult, culturally competent professionals in domestic violence and the coordination of their input, experiences and professional expertise to assist persons, programs, or agencies requesting information or assistance; • Presentation of the technical approach and specific strategies for assistance to the field that is national in scope, culturally specific in emphasis, and includes the use of expert panels and/or working groups; • Description of efforts that will be initiated with other national advocacy and domestic violence organizations, other national technical assistance resource centers and clearinghouses, and articulate how the continued coordination with them will enhance the demonstration efforts; • Provision of a detailed plan that proposes the implementation of special projects related to policy issues, training, curricula development, service delivery models or other aspects of services, related to the prevention of domestic violence; • Provision of a work plan and evaluation schedule, and a plan for a report on the effectiveness of the project one year after the effective date of the grant award; • Description of the outreach staff and supportive expertise including a steering committee, organizational or institutional affiliations, capability, and experience in the area of domestic violence; • Description of the organizational and administrative structure, the management plan, and the cost structure within which the project will operate; and • A description of the administrative, operational and organizational relationships that are current, and those that will be established with other centers and technical assistance entities for an effective national network. Minimum Requirements Areas of emphasis to be developed in the applicants’ proposals are the: II. Award Information Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement. isolation. The purpose of this effort and priority area is to increase the numbers and the capacity of the advocates and allies to do the work that is needed in these communities to prevent domestic violence. I. Funding Opportunity Description The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (the Act) was originally enacted in sections 301–313 of Title III of the ‘‘Child Abuse Amendments of 1984’’ (Pub. L. 98–457, 10/9/84). The Act was reauthorized and otherwise amended by the ‘‘Child Abuse Prevention, Adoptions, and Family Services Act of 1988’’ (Pub. L. 100–294, 4/25/88); the ‘‘Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1992’’ (Pub. L. 102–295, 5/2/92); the ‘‘Safe Homes for Women of 1994,’’ Subtitle B of the ‘‘Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994’’ (Pub. L. 103–322, 9/13/94); and the ‘‘Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act of 1996’’ (Pub. L. 104– 235, 10/3/96); and the ‘‘Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000’’ (Pub. L. 106–386, 10/28/00). The Act was most recently amended by the ‘‘Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003’’ (Pub. L. 108–36). Priority Area 1: Specialized Outreach Demonstration Projects for Services to Underserved and Diverse Populations 1. Description PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23200 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices Federal Substantial Involvement with Cooperative Agreement: The ACYF intends to support the Special Outreach Demonstrations through Cooperative Agreement Awards. A cooperative agreement is an award instrument of financial assistance when substantial involvement is anticipated between the awarding office and the recipient during performance of the contemplated project. The ACYF will outline a plan of action with the grantee for implementation under the cooperative agreement. The ACYF anticipates collaboration that facilitates outreach activities with local and non-profit community organizations. Assistance by ACYF will also be characterized by assuring that information on community based resources and activities are available to the grantee. The ACYF, in support of the Special Outreach Demonstration grantees, will sponsor a peer-to-peer information exchange workshop to facilitate and identify technical assistance issues and related information requirements of the grantee. The respective responsibilities of the ACYF and the successful applicant will be identified and incorporated in to the agreement during the pre-award negotiations. It is anticipated that the cooperative agreement will not change the project requirements for the grantee in this announcement. The plan under the cooperative agreement will prescribe the general and specific responsibilities of the grantee as well as the grantor as well as foreseeable joint responsibilities. A schedule of tasks will be developed and agreed upon in addition to any special conditions relating to the implementation of the project. Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $1,600,000. Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 to 4. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period:$400,000. Average Projected Award Amount Per Budget Period:$400,000. Length of Project Periods: 36 month project with three 12 month budget periods. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants State-controlled institutions of higher education; Non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education;Private institutions of higher education; Others (see Additional Information on Eligibility below.) Additional Information on Eligibility Eligibility includes: Faith-based community organizations, domestic VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 2. Cost Sharing/Matching None. 3. Other Awards, on a competitive basis, will be for a one-year budget period, although project periods may be for 3 years. Applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the one-year period will be considered in subsequent years on a non-competitive basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the government. Total funds available for the first 12 months of the project are subject to the availability of funds. 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 (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 earnings 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. When applying electronically we strongly suggest you attach your proof of non-profit status with your electronic application. 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 violence advocacy organizations, and public and private non-profit disability organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Public or private non-profit educational institutions that have domestic violence institutes, centers or programs related to culturally specific issues in domestic violence; private non-profit organizations and/or collaborations that focus primarily on issues of domestic violence in racial and ethnic underserved communities. All applicants must have documented experience in the areas of domestic violence prevention and services, and experience and relevance to the specific underserved populations to whom assistance, outreach and information would be provided. Each applicant must have an advisory board/steering committee and staffing that is reflective of the targeted underserved community. PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered nonresponsive and will not be eligible for funding under this announcement. Any application that fails to satisfy the deadline requirements referenced in Section IV.3 will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered for funding under this announcement. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Inc., Attention FV–FYSB, 118 Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002–2132. Phone: 866–796–1591, Email: FYSB@dixongroup.com. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices 2. Content and Form of Application Submission You may submit your application to us in either electronic or paper format. To submit an application electronically, please use the http://www.Grants.gov/ Apply site. If you use Grants.gov, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov site. ACF will not accept grant applications via email or facsimile transmission. Please note the following if you plan to submit your application electronically via Grants.gov • Electronic submission is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. • We recommend you visit Grants.gov at least 30 days prior to filing your application to fully understand the process and requirements. We encourage applicants who submit electronically to submit well before the closing date and time so that if difficulties are encountered an applicant can still send in a hard copy overnight. If you encounter difficulties, please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at 1– 800–518–4276 to report the problem and obtain assistance with the system. • To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a DUNS Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You should allow a minimum of five days to complete the CCR registration. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit a grant application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you submit an application in paper format. • You may submit all documents electronically, including all information typically included on the SF 424 and all necessary assurances and certifications. • Your application must comply with any page limitation requirements described in this program announcement. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The Administration for Children and Families will retrieve your application from Grants.gov. • We may request that you provide original signatures on forms at a later date. VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 • You may access the electronic application for this program on www.Grants.gov. • You must search for the downloadable application package by the CFDA number. An original and two copies of the complete application are required. The original and each of the two copies must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, be signed by an authorized representative, have original signatures, and be submitted unbound. 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. Receipt acknowledgement for application packages will not be provided to applicants who submit their package via mail, courier services, or by hand delivery. However, applicants will receive an electronic acknowledgement for applications that are submitted via http://www.Grants.gov. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23201 Applicants must also understand they will be held accountable for the smoking prohibition included within Public Law 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. Those organizations required to provide proof of non-profit status, please refer to Section III.3. Please see Section V.1, for instructions on preparing the full project description. 3. Submission Dates and Times Explanation of Application 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. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgement of applications received in hard-copy through the mail. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23202 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices Applicants that submit applications via Grants.gov will receive electronic acknowledgement. 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. What to submit Required content Required form or format Project Abstract ................ Project Description ............ Budget Narrative/Justification. SF 424 .............................. SF LLL Certification Regarding Lobbying. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Assurances ....................... SF 424A ............................ Support Letters ................. Proof of Non-Profit Status Abstract ............................. See Sections IV.2 and V .. See Sections IV.2 and V .. See Sections IV.2 and V .. Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... By application due date. By application due date. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section IV.2 .............. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. By application due date. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section IV.2 .............. ...................................................................................... See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. By application due date. By application due date. See Section III.3 ............... Found in Section III.3 .................................................. By application due date. By application due date. 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:// What to submit Required content Survey for Private, NonProfit Grant Applicants. See form ........................... 4. Intergovernmental Review State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) This program is covered under Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,’’ and 45 CFR Part 100, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities.’’ Under the Order, States may design their own processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed Federal assistance under covered programs. As of October 1, 2004, the following jurisdictions have elected to participate in the Executive Order process: Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, American Samoa, Guam, North Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. As these jurisdictions have elected to participate VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. Location Found in forms.htm. Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 When to submit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ in the Executive Order process, they have established SPOCs. Applicants from participating jurisdictions should contact their SPOC, as soon as possible, to alert them of prospective applications and receive instructions. Applicants must submit all required materials, if any, to the SPOC and indicate the date of this submittal (or the date of contact if no submittal is required) on the Standard Form 424, item 16a. Under 45 CFR 100.8(a)(2). A SPOC has 60 days from the application deadline to comment on proposed new or competing continuation awards. SPOCs are encouraged to eliminate the submission of routine endorsements as official recommendations. Additionally, SPOCs are requested to clearly differentiate between mere advisory comments and those official State process recommendations that may trigger the ‘‘accommodate or explain’’ rule. When comments are submitted directly to ACF, they should be addressed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, PO 00000 When to submit Sfmt 4703 By application due date. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW., 4th floor, Washington, DC 20447. Although the remaining jurisdictions have chosen not to participate in the process, entities that meet the eligibility requirements of the program are still eligible to apply for a grant even if a State, Territory, Commonwealth, etc. does not have a SPOC. Therefore, applicants from these jurisdictions, or for projects administered by federally recognized Indian Tribes, need take no action in regard to E.O. 12372. The official list, including addresses, of the jurisdictions that have elected to participate in E.O. 12372 can be found on the following URL: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ spoc.html. 5. Funding Restrictions ACYF will not fund any project where the role of the applicant is to serve as a conduit for funds to organizations other than the applicant. The applicant E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices must have a substantive role in the implementation for the project for which the funding is requested. This prohibition does not bar the making of sub-grants or sub-contracting for specific services or activities needed to conduct the project. 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. Please see Section IV.3 for an explanation of due dates. Applications should be mailed to: ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Attention: FV–FYSB Funding, 118 Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002–2132. 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: Electronic Submission: http:// www.Grants.gov. Please see Section IV.2 for guidelines and requirements when submitting applications electronically. 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 40 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 The following are instructions and guidelines on how to prepare the ‘‘project summary/abstract’’ and ‘‘full project description’’ sections of the application. Under the evaluation criteria section, note that each criterion is preceded by the generic evaluation requirement under the ACF Uniform Project Description (UPD). VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 Part I—The Project Description Overview 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. 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. Identify the methodology, quantitative or qualitative, which will be used to determine the outcomes of the project. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23203 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. 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 organization that the applicant organization is a local non-profit affiliate. 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 E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23204 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices 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. 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 (i.e., 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 (30 Points) The extent to which the application outlines a sound and workable plan of action pertaining to the scope of the project, and details how the proposed work will be accomplished; relates each task to the objectives and identifies the key staff member who will be the lead person; provides a chart indicating the timetable for completing each task, the lead person, and the time committed; cites factors that might accelerate or decelerate the work, giving acceptable reasons for taking this approach as opposed to others; describes and supports any unusual features of the project, such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement; and provides for projections of the accomplishments to be achieved. The extent to which the application describes the evaluation methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved. Results or Benefits Expected (20 Points) The extent to which the application identifies the results and benefits to be derived, the extent to which they are consistent with the objectives of the applications, the extent to which the application indicates the anticipated contributions to policy, practice, and theory, and the extent to which the VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 proposed project costs are reasonable in view of the expected results. Identify, in specific terms, the results and benefits, for target groups and human service providers, to be derived from implementing the proposed project. Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 Points) The extent to which the need for the project and the problems it will address have national and local significance; the applicability of the project to coordination efforts by national, Tribal, State and local governmental and nonprofit agencies, and its ultimate impact on domestic violence prevention services and intervention efforts, policies and practice; the relevance of other documentation as it relates to the applicant’s knowledge of the need for the project; and the identification of the specific topic or area to be served by the project. Maps and other graphic aids may be attached. The extent to which, when applicable, the application describes the evaluation methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved. Budget and Budget Justification (15 Points) Relate the proposed budget to the level of effort required to obtain the project’s objectives and provide a cost/ benefit analysis. Demonstrate that the project’s costs are reasonable in view of the anticipated results. Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which they include a budget that is concise and provides a detailed justification of the amount of Federal funds that are requested. Organizational Profiles (15 Points) The extent to which the participating organizations and entities have discussed, through letters and other documentation, the proposed collaboration and cooperation. Assess the extent to which the financial and physical resources provided by the participating entities will be adequate and to what extent will the coordinating organizations participate in the day to day operations of the project. 2. Review and Selection Process No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. Approved but Unfunded Applications In cases where more applications are approved for funding than ACF can fund with the money available, the PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. Since ACF will be using non-Federal reviewers in the process, 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 and Social Security Numbers, if otherwise required for individuals. The copies may include summary salary information. 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, 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 Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (nongovernmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental). 3. Reporting Requirements All grantees are required to submit semi-annual program reports; grantees are also required to submit semi-annual expenditure reports using the required financial standard form (SF 269) which can be found at the following URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm Final reports are due 90 days after the end of the grant period. Programmatic Reports: SemiAnnually. Financial Reports: Semi-Annually. Programmatic Reports: Semi-annually and a final report is due 90 days after the grant period. Financial Reports: Semi-annually and a final report is due 90 days after the grant period. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices All grantees are required to submit semi-annual financial status reports using the required financial standard form (SF 269). A format for the program report will be sent to all grantees after the awards are made. VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Contact: William D. Riley, Director, Family Violence Division, Room 2117, Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202–401–5229. E-mail: wriley@acf.hhs.gov. Grants Management Office Contact: Peter Thompson, Grants Officer, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Room 2070, Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202–401–4608. E-mail: pthompson@acf.hhs.gov. VIII. Other Information Notice: Beginning with FY 2006, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will no longer publish family violence discretionary grant announcements in the Federal Register. Beginning October 1, 2005 applicants will be able to find a synopsis of all ACF grant opportunities and apply electronically for opportunities via: www.Grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of all ACF grant announcements on the ACF web site located at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grnts/index.html. Additional Information on this program and its purpose can be located on the following web site: http:// www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgements of received applications. Priority Area 2 I. Domestic Violence/Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaboration on the Prevention of Adolescent Dating Violence 1. Description This announcement would offer the applicant organization, through a letter of agreement, the opportunity to design, develop, and collaborate in a service intersection area that has languished from the lack of concentrated attention. The approaches to the needs of this intersection are many and varied, for example: collaborative efforts that may accommodate informational needs; the development of training materials and curricula to be used in a learning environment; the collection of mutually useful data that may lead to more intensive service approaches; and the development of protocols for effective strategies of prevention/intervention VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 that may lead to an improved pattern of service delivery. Adolescent dating violence exhibits similar characteristics as adult violence in terms of its being a continuing and escalating form of abuse. As such, these behaviors range from verbal abuse to physical and sexual assaults. The cycle of abuse is also displayed in these early relationships as the violence may escalate over time. Moreover, a high percentage of disconnected youth come from homes where domestic violence occurs while 40 to 60 percent of men in court ordered treatment for domestic violence have witnessed it as a child. It also is recognized, however, that perpetrators of adolescent dating violence can be either male or female. As teenagers lack the experience of intimate relationships, the abuse they may be experiencing may be interpreted as jealousy of their partner’s commitment to them. There is a need to raise the awareness of adolescent dating violence and send the message that it is not wrong or ‘‘uncool’’ to talk about or report the violence in a relationship. To encourage healthy relationships we need to promote programs to reduce adolescent violence through community awareness activities, education and prevention programs, and information and supportive opportunities. Minimum Requirements Applicants must submit a signed interagency agreement between the organization representing the interest of Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs and the organization or coalition representing the domestic violence advocacy interests. The agreement that is submitted will specifically indicate the roles and responsibilities that each agency and participating organizations will have in the planning and implementation of the proposed project. Moreover, the agreement will indicate the collaborative commitment to cultural sensitivity in the proposed project. Applicants may propose to do one or more of the following, or may propose other related project activities that maintain the focus of the priority area: • Plan and implement cross-training activities between domestic violence service providers and advocates, youth workers, supervisors, and other social service providers on the relationships of adolescent dating violence and disconnected youth; • Develop and implement model intervention responses of youth workers to identified adolescent dating violence; • Support the development and adoption of model collaborative PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23205 protocols for domestic violence service providers and youth workers; and • The compilation of service data correlating adolescent dating violence with youth who are serviced through Basic Center, Transitional Living Programs, and Street Outreach projects. II. Award Information Funding Instrument Type: Grant. Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $300,000. Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 to 4. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Project Period: $75,000. Average Projected Award Amount Per Project Period: $75,000. Length of Project Periods: 36 month project with three 12 month budget periods. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants Non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Non-profit organizations not having 501(c)3 status. Others (See Additional Information on Eligibility below). Additional Information on Eligibility Eligibility includes local public agencies and non-profit communitybased organizations; faith-based and community-bsed organizations who are recipients, or have been recipients, of grant awards for Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Family and Youth Services Bureaufunded projects; and non-profit domestic violence advocacy organizations and domestic violence State Coalitions who are or have been recipients of Family Violence Prevention and Services grant awards. 2. Cost Sharing/Matching No. 3. Other Awards, on a competitive basis, will be for a one-year budget period, although project periods may be for 3 years. Applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the one-year period will be considered in subsequent years on a non-competitive basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the government. Total funds available for the first 12 months of the project are subject to the availability of funds. All applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet number. On June 27, 2003 the E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23206 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices 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 (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 organization is a local non-profit affiliate. When applying electronically we strongly suggest you attach your proof of non-profit status with your electronic application. 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. VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 Disqualification Factors Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered nonresponsive and will not be eligible for funding under this announcement. Any application that fails to satisfy the deadline requirements referenced in Section IV.3 will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered for funding under this announcement. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package ACYF Operations Center, c/o Dixon Group, FV–FYSB Funding; 118 Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002–2132. Phone: 866–769–1591. E-mail: fysb@dixongroup.com. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission You may submit your application to us in either electronic or paper format. To submit an application electronically, please use the http:// www.Grants.gov/Apply site. If you use Grants.gov, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it off-line, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov site. ACF will not accept grant applications via email or facsimile transmission. Please note the following if you plan to submit your application electronically via Grants.gov • Electronic submission is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. • We recommend you visit Grants.gov at least 30 days prior to filing your application to fully understand the process and requirements. We encourage applicants who submit electronically to submit well before the closing date and time so that if difficulties are encountered an applicant can still send in a hard copy overnight. If you encounter difficulties, please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at 1– 800–518–4276 to report the problem and obtain assistance with the system. • To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a DUNS Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You should allow a minimum of five days to complete the CCR registration. PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • You will not receive additional point value because you submit a grant application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you submit an application in paper format. • You may submit all documents electronically, including all information typically included on the SF 424 and all necessary assurances and certifications. • Your application must comply with any page limitation requirements described in this program announcement. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The Administration for Children and Families will retrieve your application from Grants.gov. • We may request that you provide original signatures on forms at a later date. • You may access the electronic application for this program on www.Grants.gov. • You must search for the downloadable application package by the CFDA number. An original and two copies of the complete application are required. The original and each of the two copies must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, be signed by an authorized representative, have original signatures, and be submitted unbound. 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. Receipt acknowledgement for application packages will not be provided to applicants who submit their package via mail, courier services, or by hand delivery. However, applicants will receive an electronic acknowledgement for applications that are submitted via http://www.Grants.gov. 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 E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices 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 Public Law 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. Those organizations required to provide proof of non-profit status, please refer to Section III.3. Please see Section V.1, for instructions on preparing the full project description. Receipt acknowledgement for application packages will not be provided to applicants who submit their package via mail, courier services, or by hand delivery. However, applicants will receive an electronic acknowledgement for applications that are submitted via http//:www.Grants.gov. 3. Submission Dates and Times Explanation of Application 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 23207 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. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgement of applications received in hard-copy through the mail. Applicants that submit applications via Grants.gov will receive electronic acknowledgement. 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. What to submit Required content Required form or format Project Abstract ................ Project Description ............ Budget Narrative/Justification. SF 424 .............................. SF LLL Certification Regarding Lobbying. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Assurances ....................... SF 424A ............................ Proof of Non-Profit Status See Sections IV.2 and V .. See Sections IV.2 and V .. See Sections IV.2 and V .. Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... By application due date. By application due date. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section IV.2 .............. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. By application due date. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section III.3 ............... ...................................................................................... See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. Found in Section III.3 .................................................. By application due date. By application due date. By application due date. Additional Forms Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 When to submit Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23208 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices What to submit Required content See form ................................. Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants. Location Found in http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ ofs/forms.htm. 4. Intergovernmental Review State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) This program is covered under Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,’’ and 45 CFR Part 100, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities.’’ Under the Order, States may design their own processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed Federal assistance under covered programs. As of October 1, 2004, the following jurisdictions have elected to participate in the Executive Order process: Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, American Samoa, Guam, North Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. As these jurisdictions have elected to participate in the Executive Order process, they have established SPOCs. Applicants from participating jurisdictions should contact their SPOC, as soon as possible, to alert them of prospective applications and receive instructions. Applicants must submit all required materials, if any, to the SPOC and indicate the date of this submittal (or the date of contact if no submittal is required) on the Standard Form 424, item 16a. Under 45 CFR 100.8(a)(2). A SPOC has 60 days from the application deadline to comment on proposed new or competing continuation awards. SPOCs are encouraged to eliminate the submission of routine endorsements as official recommendations. Additionally, SPOCs are requested to clearly differentiate between mere advisory comments and those official State process recommendations that may trigger the ‘‘accommodate or explain’’ rule. When comments are submitted directly to ACF, they should be addressed to the 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., 4th floor, Washington, DC 20447. Although the remaining jurisdictions have chosen not to participate in the VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 process, entities that meet the eligibility requirements of the program are still eligible to apply for a grant even if a State, Territory, Commonwealth, etc. does not have a SPOC. Therefore, applicants from these jurisdictions, or for projects administered by federally recognized Indian Tribes, need take no action in regard to E.O. 12372. The official list, including addresses, of the jurisdictions that have elected to participate in E.O. 12372 can be found on the following URL: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ spoc.html. 5. Funding Restrictions None. 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. Please see Section IV.3 for an explanation of due dates. Applications should be mailed to: The Dixon Group, Attention: FV–FYSB Funding, 118 Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002– 2132. 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: Electronic Submission: http:// www.Grants.gov Please see Section IV.2 for guidelines and requirements when submitting applications electronically. 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 40 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 PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 When to submit By application due date. respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. 1. Criteria The following are instructions and guidelines on how to prepare the ‘‘project summary/abstract’’ and ‘‘full project description’’ sections of the application. Under the evaluation criteria section, note that each criterion is preceded by the generic evaluation requirement under the ACF Uniform Project Description (UPD). PART I—THE PROJECT DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW 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. 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 in a quantifiable manner. 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/ E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices 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. Identify the methodology, quantitative or qualitative, which will be used to determine the outcome of the project. 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. 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 VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 23209 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. innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement; and provides for projections of the accomplishments to be achieved. The extent to which the application describes the evaluation methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved. 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. 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 (i.e., 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: Results or Benefits Expected (20 Points) Approach (30 Points) The extent to which the application outlines a sound and workable plan of action pertaining to the scope of the project, and details how the proposed work will be accomplished; relates each task to the objectives and identifies the key staff member who will be the lead person; provides a chart indicating the timetable for completing each task, the lead person, and the time committed; cites factors that might accelerate or decelerate the work, giving acceptable reasons for taking this approach as opposed to others; describes and supports any unusual features of the project, such as design or technological PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The extent to which the application identifies the results and benefits to be derived, the extent to which they are consistent with the objectives of the applications, the extent to which the application indicates the anticipated contributions to policy, practice, and theory, and the extent to which the proposed project costs are reasonable in view of the expected results. Identify, in specific terms, the results and benefits, for target groups and human service providers, to be derived from implementing the proposed project. Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 Points) The extent to which the need for the project and the problems it will address have national and local significance; the applicability of the project to coordination efforts by national, Tribal, State and local governmental and nonprofit agencies, and its ultimate impact on domestic violence prevention services and intervention efforts, policies and practice; the relevance of other documentation as it relates to the applicant’s knowledge of the need for the project; and the identification of the specific topic or area to be served by the project. Maps and other graphic aids may be attached. The extent to which the application describes the evaluation methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved. Budget and Budget Justification (15 Points) Relate the proposed budget to the level of effort required to obtain the project’s objectives and provide a cost/ benefit analysis. Demonstrate that the project’s costs are reasonable in view of the anticipated results. Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which they include a budget that is concise and provide a detailed justification of the amount of Federal funds that are requested. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23210 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices Organizational Profiles (15 Points) The extent to which the participating organizations and entities have discussed, through letters and other documentation, the proposed collaboration and cooperation. Assess the extent to which the financial and physical resources provided by the participating entities will be adequate and to what extent will the coordinating organizations participate in the day to day operations of the project. 2. Review and Selection Process No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. 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. Since ACF will be using non-Federal reviewers in the process, 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 and Social Security Numbers, if otherwise required for individuals. The copies may include summary salary information. 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, 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 Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (non- VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 governmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental). 3. Reporting Requirements All grantees are required to submit semi-annual program reports; grantees are also required to submit semi-annual expenditure reports using the required financial standard form (SF 269) which can be found at the following URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm Final reports are due 90 days after the end of the grant period. Programmatic Reports: SemiAnnually. Financial Reports: Semi-Annually. Programmatic Reports: Semi-annually and a final report is due 90 days after the grant period. Financial Reports: Semi-annually and a final report is due 90 days after the grant period. VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Contact William D. Riley, Director, Family Violence Division, Room 2117, Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202– 401–5529. Email: wriley@acf.hhs.gov. Grants Management Office Contact Peter Thompson, Grants Officer, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Room 2070, Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202–401–4608. Email: pthompson@acf.hhs.gov. VIII. Other Information Notice: Beginning with FY 2006, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will no longer publish family violence discretionary grant announcements in the Federal Register. Beginning October 1, 2005 applicants will be able to find a synopsis of all ACF grant opportunities and apply electronically for opportunities via: www.Grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of all ACF grant announcements on the ACF web site located at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grnts/index.html. Please see Section IV.3 for details about acknowledgement of received applications. Priority Area 3 I. Minority Training Grant Stipends in Domestic Violence for Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities 1. Description The Minority Training Grant Stipends to Historically Black, Hispanic Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will assist in generating skill-building and training opportunities in domestic violence prevention and services. The skill-building and training opportunities will be provided through field placements of the participating students. The field placements will occur in local domestic violence programs that may provide residential and non-residential services. These projects will be particularly responsive to issues of cultural content and designed to increase the extent to which minority groups participate in the domestic violence service community. A substantial proportion of the of the domestic violence that occurs in the general population involves underserved populations, including populations that are underserved because of ethnic, racial, cultural, language diversity or geographic isolation. The purpose of this effort and priority area is to increase the numbers and the capacity of the advocates and allies to do the work that is needed in these communities to prevent domestic violence. There are three Executive orders that support the provision of training grants to the educational institutions targeted in this priority area: • Executive Order 13021 of October 19, 1969, Tribal Colleges and Universities; • Executive Order 12900 of December 5, 1994, Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans; and • Executive Order 12876 of November 1, 1993, Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Executive Order 13021 reaffirms the special relationship of the Federal Government to the American Indians and identifies several purposes that support access to opportunities and resources, and that support educational opportunities of economically disadvantaged students; Executive Order 12900 requires the provision of quality education and increased opportunities for Hispanic Americans; and Executive Order 12876 requires strengthening the capacity of Historical Black Colleges and Universities to provide quality education and increased opportunities to participate in and benefit from Federal programs. This priority area is intended to provide support for graduate and undergraduate students who show promise and demonstrate serious interest and commitment to domestic violence in underserved populations. Historically Black, Hispanic, and American Indian colleges and universities will be given consideration in order to generate skill building and training opportunities particularly E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices responsive to issues of cultural content. This area also will support the growth of college and university-based practice knowledge about domestic violence and encourage social work students to pursue careers that will address these experiences and underscore the need for new social workers; and ultimately the identification of the potential for different approaches to prevention, identification of, and the treatment efforts for domestic violence in underserved populations. II. Award Information Minimum Requirements III. Eligibility Information A field placement should provide stipends for individuals pursuing degrees in social work with a special interest in domestic violence. The stipend should provide one-year undergraduate or graduate support for skill-building and training for students interested in treatment and services to underserved racial and ethnic minority populations. Stipends should not exceed a 12-month period. All field placements will be at a minimum of 400 hours for a one-year period. Placements must provide a structured learning environment enabling students to compare field experiences, integrate knowledge from the classroom, and expand knowledge beyond the scope of the practicum setting. (Baccalaureate and Master’s Program Evaluative Standards, Interpretive Guidelines, Curriculum Policy Statement, and the Accreditation Standards and Self-Study Guides). Proposals must include content about the differential assessment and intervention skills that will enable the practitioners to serve diverse populations. Placements should focus on the following general and specific areas: Information on domestic violence services in the community; interventions with shelters; batterers’ groups and other treatment services; medical services to families experiencing domestic violence; legal advocacy; TANF relationships; crisis intervention services; community service centers; faith community interaction; and the families of prisoners. Faculty must indicate the use of professional supervision, coordinate and monitor the practicum placements. Proposals must define the social work setting and practice, field instructor assignments and activities, and student learning expectations and responsibilities. Clear practice and evaluation goals for the field practicum must be articulated including an orientation plan for the student to the practicum policy and agency’s policy. 1. Eligible Applicants VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 Funding Instrument Type: Grant. Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $1,000,000. Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 to 10. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Project Period: $100,000. Average Projected Award Amount Per Budget Period: $100,000. Length of Project Periods: 36 month project with three 12 month budget periods. State controlled institutions of higher education; Private institutions of higher education; Others (See Additional Information on Eligibility below.) Additional Information on Eligibility: Participating students are qualified undergraduate or graduate social work students. All of the applicant’s students must be enrolled in the institution, be full-time students, and maintain satisfactory academic records. Awards will be made only to eligible institutions on behalf of their qualified student candidates. 2. Cost Sharing/Matching No 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 (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. Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their applications the survey located under PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23211 ‘‘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 Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered nonresponsive and will not be eligible for funding under this announcement. Any application that fails to satisfy the deadline requirements referenced in Section IV.3 will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered for funding under this announcement. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package ACYF Operations Center, c/o Dixon Group, FV–FYSB Funding, 118 Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002–2132. Phone: 866–796–1591. Email: fysb@dixongroup.com. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission You may submit your application to us in either electronic or paper format. To submit an application electronically, please use the http:// www.Grants.gov/Apply site. If you use Grants.gov, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it off-line, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov site. ACF will not accept grant applications via email or facsimile transmission. Please note the following if you plan to submit your application electronically via Grants.gov • Electronic submission is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. • We recommend you visit Grants.gov at least 30 days prior to filing your application to fully understand the process and requirements. We encourage applicants who submit electronically to submit well before the closing date and time so that if difficulties are encountered an applicant can still send in a hard copy overnight. If you encounter difficulties, please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at 1– 800–518–4276 to report the problem and obtain assistance with the system. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23212 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices • To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a DUNS Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You should allow a minimum of five days to complete the CCR registration. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit a grant application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you submit an application in paper format. • You may submit all documents electronically, including all information typically included on the SF 424 and all necessary assurances and certifications. • Your application must comply with any page limitation requirements described in this program announcement. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The Administration for Children and Families will retrieve your application from Grants.gov. • We may request that you provide original signatures on forms at a later date. • You may access the electronic application for this program on www.Grants.gov • You must search for the downloadable application package by the CFDA number. An original and two copies of the complete application are required. The original and each of the two copies must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, be signed by an authorized representative, have original signatures, and be submitted unbound. 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. Receipt acknowledgement for application packages will not be provided to applicants who submit their package via mail, courier services, or by hand delivery. However, applicants will receive an electronic acknowledgement for applications that are submitted via http://www.Grants.gov. 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 VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 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 Public Law 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. Those organizations required to provide proof of non-profit status, please refer to Section III.3. Please see Section V.1, for instructions on preparing the full project description. 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 8:00 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. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgement of applications received in hard-copy through the mail. Applicants that submit applications via Grants.gov will receive electronic acknowledgement. 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. 3. Submission Dates and Times Checklist Explanation of Application Due Dates The closing time and date for receipt of applications is referenced above. You may use the checklist below as a guide when preparing your application package. PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23213 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices What to submit Required content Required form or format Project Abstract ................ Project Description ............ Budget Narrative/Justification. SF424 ............................... SF–LLL Certification Regarding Lobbying. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Assurances ....................... SF424A ............................. Proof of Non-Profit Status Abstract ............................. See Sections IV.2 and V .. See Sections IV.2 and V .. See Sections IV.2 and V .. Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................... By application due date. By application due date. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section IV.2 .............. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. By application due date. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. By application due date. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section IV.2 .............. See Section III.3 ............... ........................................... ...................................................................................... See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .. Found in Section III.3 .................................................. ...................................................................................... By By By By 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 What to submit Required content Survey for Private, NonProfit Grant Applicants. See form ........................... 4. Intergovernmental Review State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) This program is covered under Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,’’ and 45 CFR Part 100, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities.’’ Under the Order, States may design their own processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed Federal assistance under covered programs. As of October 1, 2004, the following jurisdictions have elected to participate in the Executive Order process: Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, American Samoa, Guam, North Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. As these jurisdictions have elected to participate in the Executive Order process, they have established SPOCs. Applicants from participating jurisdictions should contact their SPOC, as soon as possible, to alert them of prospective applications and receive instructions. Applicants must submit all required materials, if any, to the SPOC and indicate the date of this submittal (or the date of contact if no submittal is required) on the Standard Form 424, item 16a. Under 45 CFR 100.8(a)(2). VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 Found in forms.htm. Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 due due due due date. date. date. date. When to submit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ Sfmt 4703 application application application application Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ofs/forms.htm. Location A SPOC has 60 days from the application deadline to comment on proposed new or competing continuation awards. SPOCs are encouraged to eliminate the submission of routine endorsements as official recommendations. Additionally, SPOCs are requested to clearly differentiate between mere advisory comments and those official State process recommendations which may trigger the ‘‘accommodate or explain’’ rule. When comments are submitted directly to ACF, they should be addressed to the 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., 4th floor, Washington, DC 20447. Although the remaining jurisdictions have chosen not to participate in the process, entities that meet the eligibility requirements of the program are still eligible to apply for a grant even if a State, Territory, Commonwealth, etc. does not have a SPOC. Therefore, applicants from these jurisdictions, or for projects administered by federallyrecognized Indian Tribes, need take no action in regard to E.O. 12372. The official list, including addresses, of the jurisdictions that have elected to participate in E.O. 12372 can be found on the following URL: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ spoc.html. PO 00000 When to submit By application due date. 5. Funding Restrictions ACYF will not fund any project where the role of the application is to serve as a conduit for funds to organizations other than the applicant. The applicant must have a substantive role in the implementation of the project for which the funding is requested. This prohibition does not bar the making of subgrants or subcontracting for specific services or activities needed to conduct the project. 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. Please see Section IV.3 for an explanation of due dates. Applications should be mailed to: c/o Dixon Group, Attention: FV–FYSB Funding, 118 Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002– 2132. 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: Electronic Submission: http:// www.Grants.gov. Please see Section IV.2 for guidelines and requirements when submitting applications electronically. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23214 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices 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 40 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 The following are instructions and guidelines on how to prepare the ‘‘project summary/abstract’’ and ‘‘full project description’’ sections of the application. Under the evaluation criteria section, note that each criterion is preceded by the generic evaluation requirement under the ACF Uniform Project Description (UPD). Part I—The Project Description Overview 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. 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 in a quantifiable manner. The need for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate objectives of the project VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 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. Identify the methodology, quantitative or qualitative, which will be used to determine the outcomes of the project. 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. 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. 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 (i.e., 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 (30 points) The extent to which the application outlines a sound and workable plan of action pertaining to the scope of the project, and details how the proposed work will be accomplished; relates each E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices task to the objectives and identifies the key staff member who will be the lead person; provides a chart indicating the timetable for completing each task, the lead person, and the time committed; cites factors which might accelerate or decelerate the work, giving acceptable reasons for taking this approach as opposed to others; describes and supports any unusual features of the project, such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement; and provides for projections of the accomplishments to be achieved. The extent to which, as applicable, the application describes the evaluation methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved. Results or Benefits Expected (20 points) The extent to which the application identifies the results and benefits to be derived, the extent to which they are consistent with the objectives of the applications, the extent to which the application indicates the anticipated contributions to policy, practice, and theory, and the extent to which the proposed project costs are reasonable in view of the expected results. Identify, in specific terms, the results and benefits, for target groups and human service providers, to be derived from implementing the proposed project. Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 points) The extent to which the need for the project and the problems it will address have national and local significance; the applicability of the project to coordination efforts by national, Tribal, State and local governmental and nonprofit agencies, and its ultimate impact on domestic violence prevention services and intervention efforts, policies and practice; the relevance of other documentation as it relates to the applicant’s knowledge of the need for the project; and the identification of the specific topic or area to be served by the project. Maps and other graphic aids may be attached. The extent to which, when applicable, the application describes the evaluation methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved. Budget and Budget Justification (15 Points) Relate the proposed budget to the level of effort required to obtain the project’s objectives and provide a cost/ VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 23215 benefit analysis. Demonstrate that the project’s costs are reasonable in view of the anticipated results. Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which they include a budget that is concise and provides a detailed justification of the amount of Federal funds that are requested. will be given, 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. Organizational Profiles (15 Points) Describe the staffing/faculty pattern for the proposed project, clearly linking responsibilities to project task and specifying the roles and contributions of key associated staff. Describe the qualifications of the project team including their experiences working on similar projects in an institutional setting and providing assistance and guidance to participating students. Also describe the relevant educational background and the demonstrated ability to produce results in the project that have potential for replication and are usable. One or two pertinent paragraphs on each key member of the project team are preferred to resumes. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements 2. Review and Selection Process No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (nongovernmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental). 45 CFR Part 1050 3. Reporting Requirements All grantees are required to submit semi-annual program reports; grantees are also required to submit semi-annual expenditure reports using the required financial standard form (SF–269) which can be found at the following URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. Final reports are due 90 days after the end of the grant period. Programmatic Reports: SemiAnnually; Financial Reports: SemiAnnually; Programmatic Reports: Semiannually and a final report is due 90 days after the grant period. Financial Reports: Semi-annually and a final report is due 90 days after the grant period. All grantees are required to submit semi-annual financial status reports using the required financial standard form (SF–269). A format for the program report will be sent to all grantees after the awards are made. 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. Since ACF will be using non-Federal reviewers in the process, 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 and Social Security Numbers, if otherwise required for individuals. The copies may include summary salary information. Peter Thompson, Grants Officer, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Room 2070, Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202–401–4608. E-mail: pthompson@acf.hhs.gov. VI. Award Administration Information VIII. Other 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 Notice: Beginning with FY 2006, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will no longer publish family violence discretionary grant announcements in the Federal Register. Beginning October 1, 2005 applicants will be able to find a synopsis of all ACF grant opportunities and apply PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Contact William D. Riley, Director, Family Violence Division, Room 2117, Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202– 401–5529. E-mail: wriley@acf.hhs.gov. Grants Management Office Contact E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 23216 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices electronically for opportunities via: www.Grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of all ACF grant announcements on the ACF Web site located at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ grnts/index.html. Additional information on this program and its purpose can be located on the following web site: http:// www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb. Applicants will not be sent acknowledgements of received applications. Dated: April 28, 2005. Joan E. Ohl, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. [FR Doc. 05–8896 Filed 5–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee Resettlement; Discretionary Funds for Refugee Microenterprise Development Projects Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2005–ACF–ORR–RG–0094. CFDA Number: 93.576. Due Date for Applications: Application is due July 5, 2005. Executive Summary: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has supported the field of microenterprise development since 1991 with discretionary grants to various State governments, community economic development agencies, community action and other human service agencies, local mutual assistance associations, and voluntary agencies. Organizations with successful programs have typically been those with a longterm commitment to microenterprise, particularly access to lending, and to its adaptation to the refugee experience. They have committed agency resources to support refugee programs; and their work in refugee microenterprise development has been consistent with the overall agency mission. A public or private non-profit agency interested in receiving funding under this announcement must have the organizational capacity to work with refugees who have low incomes, limited English-language proficiency, and neither assets nor American business experience. Many newly arrived refugees do not qualify for commercial loans or for admission into mainstream microenterprise development programs for these reasons. Organizations that VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 cannot support in-house lending and essential loan-servicing responsibilities may experience difficulties in implementing a microenterprise project. Refugees bring positive attributes to microenterprise development projects, including a diverse and rich array of business ideas, skills, experiences, and ambitions. These characteristics have been largely responsible for the success of the ORR program. During the last 14 years, refugees have started or expanded more than 1,800 micro-businesses (with a business survival rate of over 88 percent). ORR grantees have provided over $4 million in financing to these entrepreneurs and clients have used these loans to leverage an additional $4,500,000 in loans from other sources. The loan repayment rate is close to 100 percent. Additionally, 2,666 new jobs have been created. Over 10,500 refugees have gained new entrepreneurial skills and knowledge; and the additional business income is helping refugee families to achieve economic selfsufficiency. By commonly accepted measures of performance (business survival rates, loan default rates, etc.), the ORR-funded programs have excelled and frequently led the field in achievement. Building on the experience of the last 14 years, ORR seeks in this announcement to continue support to this field, particularly on behalf of those refugees who, because of language and cultural barriers, are unlikely to gain access to commercial loans or business training through other programs. To be successful in this competition, refugeeserving organizations must demonstrate their organization’s capacity to provide the technical expertise necessary to help refugees start, expand, or strengthen businesses, and to provide access to credit. Economic development agencies must show how they will modify their existing programs to serve refugees effectively. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for microenterprise development projects for refugees.1 Applications will be 1 Eligibility for refugee social services includes: (1) Refugees; (2) asylees; (3) Cuban and Haitian entrants under section 501 of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96–422); (4) certain Amerasians from Vietnam who are admitted to the U.S. as immigrants under section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, as included in the FY 1988 Continuing Resolution (Pub. L. 100–202); (5) certain Amerasians from Vietnam who are U.S. citizens under Title II of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 1989 (Pub. L. 100–461), 1990 (Pub. L. 101–167), and 1991 (Pub. L. 101–513); and (6) victims of a severe form of trafficking who receive certification or eligibility letters from ORR PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 accepted pursuant to the Director’s discretionary authority under section 412(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1522(c)), as amended. Applications will be screened and evaluated as indicated in this program announcement. Awards will be contingent on the outcome of the competition and the availability of funds. I. Funding Opportunity Description Legislative Authority: Section 412(c)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)(8 U.S.C. 1522(c)(1)(A)) authorizes the Director ‘‘to make grants to, and enter into contracts with, public or private nonprofit agencies for projects specifically designed—(i) to assist refugees in obtaining the skills that are necessary for economic self-sufficiency, including projects for job training, employment services, day care, professional refresher training, and other recertification services; (ii) to provide training in English where necessary (regardless of whether the refugees are employed or receiving cash or other assistance); and (iii) to provide where specific needs have been shown and recognized by the Director, health (including mental health) services, social services, educational and other services’’. In addition, section 412(a)(4)(A)(i) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1522(a)(4)(A)(i)) authorizes the Director to make loans for the purpose of carrying out this section. Discretionary Funds for Refugee Microenterprise Development Projects 1. Description Purpose and Scope: The purpose of microenterprise development is to assist refugees in becoming economically selfsufficient and to help refugee communities in developing employment and capital resources. To achieve this purpose, applicants for microenterprise development projects may request funds for business technical assistance, short-term training, credit in the form of microloans, a revolving microloan fund or loan loss reserve fund, and post-loan technical assistance. Funds may also be requested to cover administrative costs associated and certain family members who have been granted derivative T visas (see 45 CFR 400.43 and ORR State Letters Number 01–13 as modified by State Letter Number 02–01 and Number 04–12 on trafficking victims). For convenience, the term ‘‘refugee’’ is used in this notice to encompass all such eligible persons. Additional information on eligibility is available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/orr/policy/s101–13.htm; http:// www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/policy/s102–01.htm; and http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/policy/ s104–12.htm. E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Administration on Children, Youth and Families

    Funding Opportunity Title: FY2005 Discretionary Grants for the 
Family Violence Prevention and Services Program; Specialized Outreach 
Demo.; Domestic Violence/Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaboration on 
the Prevention of Adolescent Dating Violence; and, Minority Training 
Grant Stipends in Domestic Violence for Historically Black, Hispanic-
Serving and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
    Announcement Type: Initial.
    Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2005-ACF-ACYF-EV-0077.
    CFDA Number: 93.592.
    Due Date for Applications: Application is due July 5, 2005.
    Executive Summary: Specialized Outreach Demonstration Projects for 
Services to Underserved and Diverse Populations: In order to further 
the commitment to bring diverse voices and approaches to the 
discussions on the elimination of domestic violence, the Administration 
on Children, Youth and Families announces grant funds to support 
projects that convene researchers, activists, survivors of domestic 
violence, and practitioners who have been advocates of a more 
culturally appropriate and familial orientation to the elimination of 
domestic violence.

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    The Administration on Children, Youth and Families seeks to support 
coordinated outreach efforts to underserved and diverse communities, of 
which each effort is staffed and/or supported by expert and multi-
disciplined teams that are culturally responsive and competent in 
regard to the issue of domestic violence in their particular 
communities.
    On a nationwide basis the expertise assembled within the Special 
Outreach projects will offer assistance on resource accumulation and 
information, capacity building within community organizations, policy 
analysis and review, training, and technical assistance for public and 
private organizations providing service in the domestic violence 
community. This assistance will be available to the entire domestic 
violence community as well as the specific communities to be served by 
these demonstration projects.
    Domestic Violence/Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaborations on the 
Prevention of Adolescent Dating Violence: The collaboration of the 
Runaway Youth and Domestic Violence communities will foster the 
development and implementation of effective strategies and program 
requirements for the use of domestic violence prevention services 
concurrently with services provided through Basic Center, Transitional 
Living and Street Outreach Projects. These collaborations will help to 
eliminate adolescent dating violence.
    These collaborative efforts will focus on the youth who are 
identified within the domestic violence and runaway and homeless youth 
communities as individuals that may be responsive to a collaborative 
set of interventions that are useful as effective prevention and 
intervention strategies.
    Minority Training Grant Stipends in Domestic Violence for 
Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and 
Universities: The Minority Training Grant Stipends to Historically 
Black, Hispanic Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities will 
assist in generating skill-building and training opportunities in 
domestic violence prevention and services. These projects will be 
particularly responsive to issues of cultural content and designed to 
increase the extent to which minority groups participate in the 
domestic violence service community.
    A substantial proportion of the domestic violence that occurs in 
the general population involves underserved populations, including 
populations that are underserved because of ethnic, racial, cultural, 
language diversity or geographic isolation. The purpose of this effort 
and priority area is to increase the numbers and the capacity of the 
advocates and allies to do the work that is needed in these communities 
to prevent domestic violence.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (the Act) was 
originally enacted in sections 301-313 of Title III of the ``Child 
Abuse Amendments of 1984'' (Pub. L. 98-457, 10/9/84). The Act was 
reauthorized and otherwise amended by the ``Child Abuse Prevention, 
Adoptions, and Family Services Act of 1988'' (Pub. L. 100-294, 4/25/
88); the ``Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family 
Services Act of 1992'' (Pub. L. 102-295, 5/2/92); the ``Safe Homes for 
Women of 1994,'' Subtitle B of the ``Violent Crime Control and Law 
Enforcement Act of 1994'' (Pub. L. 103-322, 9/13/94); and the ``Child 
Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act of 1996'' (Pub. L. 104-235, 10/3/
96); and the ``Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 
2000'' (Pub. L. 106-386, 10/28/00). The Act was most recently amended 
by the ``Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003'' (Pub. L. 108-
36).
Priority Area 1: Specialized Outreach Demonstration Projects for 
Services to Underserved and Diverse Populations

1. Description

Funding Opportunity Description

    In order to further the commitment to bring diverse voices and 
approaches to the discussions on the elimination of domestic violence, 
the Administration on Children, Youth and Families announces grant 
funds to support projects that convene researchers, activists, 
survivors of domestic violence, and practitioners who have been 
advocates of a more culturally appropriate and familial orientation to 
the elimination of domestic violence.
    On a nationwide basis the expertise assembled within the Special 
Outreach projects will offer assistance on resource accumulation and 
information, capacity building within community organizations, policy 
analysis and review, training, and technical assistance for public and 
private organizations providing service in the domestic violence 
community. This assistance will be available to the entire domestic 
violence community as well as the specific communities to be served by 
these demonstration projects.

Minimum Requirements

    Areas of emphasis to be developed in the applicants' proposals are 
the:
     Description of the immediacy of needs to be addressed as 
an outreach demonstration and the description of information on the 
specific assistance your organization currently provides; and a general 
description of the activities and assistance to be provided as a 
demonstration;
     Technical assistance, training and consultation to be 
provided to improve the cultural relevancy of service delivery, 
resource utilization, and state-of-the-art techniques related to 
program implementation, service delivery and evaluation;
     Development of a network of young adult, culturally 
competent professionals in domestic violence and the coordination of 
their input, experiences and professional expertise to assist persons, 
programs, or agencies requesting information or assistance;
     Presentation of the technical approach and specific 
strategies for assistance to the field that is national in scope, 
culturally specific in emphasis, and includes the use of expert panels 
and/or working groups;
     Description of efforts that will be initiated with other 
national advocacy and domestic violence organizations, other national 
technical assistance resource centers and clearinghouses, and 
articulate how the continued coordination with them will enhance the 
demonstration efforts;
     Provision of a detailed plan that proposes the 
implementation of special projects related to policy issues, training, 
curricula development, service delivery models or other aspects of 
services, related to the prevention of domestic violence;
     Provision of a work plan and evaluation schedule, and a 
plan for a report on the effectiveness of the project one year after 
the effective date of the grant award;
     Description of the outreach staff and supportive expertise 
including a steering committee, organizational or institutional 
affiliations, capability, and experience in the area of domestic 
violence;
     Description of the organizational and administrative 
structure, the management plan, and the cost structure within which the 
project will operate; and
     A description of the administrative, operational and 
organizational relationships that are current, and those that will be 
established with other centers and technical assistance entities for an 
effective national network.

II. Award Information

    Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement.

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    Federal Substantial Involvement with Cooperative Agreement: The 
ACYF intends to support the Special Outreach Demonstrations through 
Cooperative Agreement Awards. A cooperative agreement is an award 
instrument of financial assistance when substantial involvement is 
anticipated between the awarding office and the recipient during 
performance of the contemplated project.
    The ACYF will outline a plan of action with the grantee for 
implementation under the cooperative agreement. The ACYF anticipates 
collaboration that facilitates outreach activities with local and non-
profit community organizations. Assistance by ACYF will also be 
characterized by assuring that information on community based resources 
and activities are available to the grantee. The ACYF, in support of 
the Special Outreach Demonstration grantees, will sponsor a peer-to-
peer information exchange workshop to facilitate and identify technical 
assistance issues and related information requirements of the grantee.
    The respective responsibilities of the ACYF and the successful 
applicant will be identified and incorporated in to the agreement 
during the pre-award negotiations. It is anticipated that the 
cooperative agreement will not change the project requirements for the 
grantee in this announcement. The plan under the cooperative agreement 
will prescribe the general and specific responsibilities of the grantee 
as well as the grantor as well as foreseeable joint responsibilities. A 
schedule of tasks will be developed and agreed upon in addition to any 
special conditions relating to the implementation of the project.
    Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $1,600,000.
    Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 to 4.
    Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Budget Period:$400,000.
    Average Projected Award Amount Per Budget Period:$400,000.
    Length of Project Periods: 36 month project with three 12 month 
budget periods.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    State-controlled institutions of higher education; Non-profits 
having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of 
higher education;Private institutions of higher education; Others (see 
Additional Information on Eligibility below.)

Additional Information on Eligibility

    Eligibility includes: Faith-based community organizations, domestic 
violence advocacy organizations, and public and private non-profit 
disability organizations with 501(c)(3) status.
    Public or private non-profit educational institutions that have 
domestic violence institutes, centers or programs related to culturally 
specific issues in domestic violence; private non-profit organizations 
and/or collaborations that focus primarily on issues of domestic 
violence in racial and ethnic underserved communities. All applicants 
must have documented experience in the areas of domestic violence 
prevention and services, and experience and relevance to the specific 
underserved populations to whom assistance, outreach and information 
would be provided. Each applicant must have an advisory board/steering 
committee and staffing that is reflective of the targeted underserved 
community.

2. Cost Sharing/Matching

    None.

3. Other

    Awards, on a competitive basis, will be for a one-year budget 
period, although project periods may be for 3 years. Applications for 
continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the one-year 
period will be considered in subsequent years on a non-competitive 
basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of 
the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the 
best interest of the government. Total funds available for the first 12 
months of the project are subject to the availability of funds.
    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 (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 
earnings 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.
    When applying electronically we strongly suggest you attach your 
proof of non-profit status with your electronic application.
    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
    Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered non-
responsive and will not be eligible for funding under this 
announcement.
    Any application that fails to satisfy the deadline requirements 
referenced in Section IV.3 will be considered non-responsive and will 
not be considered for funding under this announcement.

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Address to Request Application Package

    ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Inc., Attention FV-
FYSB, 118 Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002-2132. Phone: 866-796-
1591, Email: FYSB@dixongroup.com.

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2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    You may submit your application to us in either electronic or paper 
format. To submit an application electronically, please use the http://
www.Grants.gov/Apply site. If you use Grants.gov, you will be able to 
download a copy of the application package, complete it off-line, and 
then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov site. ACF 
will not accept grant applications via email or facsimile transmission.
    Please note the following if you plan to submit your application 
electronically via Grants.gov
     Electronic submission is voluntary, but strongly 
encouraged.
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation. We strongly recommend that you 
do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the 
application process through Grants.gov.
     We recommend you visit Grants.gov at least 30 days prior 
to filing your application to fully understand the process and 
requirements. We encourage applicants who submit electronically to 
submit well before the closing date and time so that if difficulties 
are encountered an applicant can still send in a hard copy overnight. 
If you encounter difficulties, please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk 
at 1-800-518-4276 to report the problem and obtain assistance with the 
system.
     To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a DUNS 
Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You 
should allow a minimum of five days to complete the CCR registration.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit a grant application in electronic format, nor will we penalize 
you if you submit an application in paper format.
     You may submit all documents electronically, including all 
information typically included on the SF 424 and all necessary 
assurances and certifications.
     Your application must comply with any page limitation 
requirements described in this program announcement.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a 
Grants.gov tracking number. The Administration for Children and 
Families will retrieve your application from Grants.gov.
     We may request that you provide original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
     You may access the electronic application for this program 
on www.Grants.gov.
     You must search for the downloadable application package 
by the CFDA number.
    An original and two copies of the complete application are 
required. The original and each of the two copies must include all 
required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, be signed 
by an authorized representative, have original signatures, and be 
submitted unbound.
    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.
    Receipt acknowledgement for application packages will not be 
provided to applicants who submit their package via mail, courier 
services, or by hand delivery. However, applicants will receive an 
electronic acknowledgement for applications that are submitted via 
http://www.Grants.gov.
    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 Public Law 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.
    Those organizations required to provide proof of non-profit status, 
please refer to Section III.3.
    Please see Section V.1, for instructions on preparing the full 
project description.

3. Submission Dates and Times

    Explanation of Application 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.
    Applicants will not be sent acknowledgement of applications 
received in hard-copy through the mail.

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Applicants that submit applications via Grants.gov will receive 
electronic acknowledgement.
    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.

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                                                      Required form or
        What to submit           Required content          format                      When to submit
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Project Abstract..............  See Sections IV.2  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                 and V.             and V.
Project Description...........  See Sections IV.2  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                 and V.             and V.
Budget Narrative/Justification  See Sections IV.2  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                 and V.             and V.
SF 424........................  See Section IV.2.  See http:// By application due date.
                                                    www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
SF LLL Certification Regarding  See Section IV.2.  See http:// By application due date.
 Lobbying.                                          www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
Certification Regarding         See Section IV.2.  See http:// By application due date.
 Environmental Tobacco Smoke.                       www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
Assurances....................  See Section IV.2.  ......................  By application due date.
SF 424A.......................  See Section IV.2.  See http:// By application due date.
                                                    www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
Support Letters...............
Proof of Non-Profit Status....  See Section III.3  Found in Section III.3  By application due date.
Abstract......................                                             By application due date.
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    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.

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        What to submit           Required content         Location                     When to submit
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Survey for Private, Non-Profit  See form.........  Found in http:// By application due date.
 Grant Applicants.                                  www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
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4. Intergovernmental Review

State Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
    This program is covered under Executive Order 12372, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,'' and 45 CFR Part 100, 
``Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services 
Programs and Activities.'' Under the Order, States may design their own 
processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed Federal assistance 
under covered programs.
    As of October 1, 2004, the following jurisdictions have elected to 
participate in the Executive Order process: Arkansas, California, 
Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, 
Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New 
Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South 
Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, American Samoa, Guam, 
North Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. As these 
jurisdictions have elected to participate in the Executive Order 
process, they have established SPOCs. Applicants from participating 
jurisdictions should contact their SPOC, as soon as possible, to alert 
them of prospective applications and receive instructions. Applicants 
must submit all required materials, if any, to the SPOC and indicate 
the date of this submittal (or the date of contact if no submittal is 
required) on the Standard Form 424, item 16a. Under 45 CFR 100.8(a)(2).
    A SPOC has 60 days from the application deadline to comment on 
proposed new or competing continuation awards. SPOCs are encouraged to 
eliminate the submission of routine endorsements as official 
recommendations. Additionally, SPOCs are requested to clearly 
differentiate between mere advisory comments and those official State 
process recommendations that may trigger the ``accommodate or explain'' 
rule.
    When comments are submitted directly to ACF, they should be 
addressed to the 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., 4th 
floor, Washington, DC 20447.
    Although the remaining jurisdictions have chosen not to participate 
in the process, entities that meet the eligibility requirements of the 
program are still eligible to apply for a grant even if a State, 
Territory, Commonwealth, etc. does not have a SPOC. Therefore, 
applicants from these jurisdictions, or for projects administered by 
federally recognized Indian Tribes, need take no action in regard to 
E.O. 12372.
    The official list, including addresses, of the jurisdictions that 
have elected to participate in E.O. 12372 can be found on the following 
URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/spoc.html.

5. Funding Restrictions

    ACYF will not fund any project where the role of the applicant is 
to serve as a conduit for funds to organizations other than the 
applicant. The applicant

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must have a substantive role in the implementation for the project for 
which the funding is requested. This prohibition does not bar the 
making of sub-grants or sub-contracting for specific services or 
activities needed to conduct the project.

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. Please see Section IV.3 for an 
explanation of due dates. Applications should be mailed to: ACYF 
Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Attention: FV-FYSB Funding, 118 
Q Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002-2132.
    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:
    Electronic Submission: http://www.Grants.gov. Please see Section 
IV.2 for guidelines and requirements when submitting applications 
electronically.

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 40 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

    The following are instructions and guidelines on how to prepare the 
``project summary/abstract'' and ``full project description'' sections 
of the application. Under the evaluation criteria section, note that 
each criterion is preceded by the generic evaluation requirement under 
the ACF Uniform Project Description (UPD).

Part I--The Project Description Overview

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.
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. Identify the 
methodology, quantitative or qualitative, which will be used to 
determine the outcomes of the project.
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.
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 non-profit 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.
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

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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.
    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 (i.e., 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 (30 Points)
    The extent to which the application outlines a sound and workable 
plan of action pertaining to the scope of the project, and details how 
the proposed work will be accomplished; relates each task to the 
objectives and identifies the key staff member who will be the lead 
person; provides a chart indicating the timetable for completing each 
task, the lead person, and the time committed; cites factors that might 
accelerate or decelerate the work, giving acceptable reasons for taking 
this approach as opposed to others; describes and supports any unusual 
features of the project, such as design or technological innovations, 
reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community 
involvement; and provides for projections of the accomplishments to be 
achieved. The extent to which the application describes the evaluation 
methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and 
discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are 
being achieved.
Results or Benefits Expected (20 Points)
    The extent to which the application identifies the results and 
benefits to be derived, the extent to which they are consistent with 
the objectives of the applications, the extent to which the application 
indicates the anticipated contributions to policy, practice, and 
theory, and the extent to which the proposed project costs are 
reasonable in view of the expected results. Identify, in specific 
terms, the results and benefits, for target groups and human service 
providers, to be derived from implementing the proposed project.
Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 Points)
    The extent to which the need for the project and the problems it 
will address have national and local significance; the applicability of 
the project to coordination efforts by national, Tribal, State and 
local governmental and non-profit agencies, and its ultimate impact on 
domestic violence prevention services and intervention efforts, 
policies and practice; the relevance of other documentation as it 
relates to the applicant's knowledge of the need for the project; and 
the identification of the specific topic or area to be served by the 
project. Maps and other graphic aids may be attached.
    The extent to which, when applicable, the application describes the 
evaluation methodology that will be used to determine if the needs 
identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits 
identified are being achieved.
Budget and Budget Justification (15 Points)
    Relate the proposed budget to the level of effort required to 
obtain the project's objectives and provide a cost/benefit analysis. 
Demonstrate that the project's costs are reasonable in view of the 
anticipated results. Applications will be evaluated on the extent to 
which they include a budget that is concise and provides a detailed 
justification of the amount of Federal funds that are requested.
Organizational Profiles (15 Points)
    The extent to which the participating organizations and entities 
have discussed, through letters and other documentation, the proposed 
collaboration and cooperation. Assess the extent to which the financial 
and physical resources provided by the participating entities will be 
adequate and to what extent will the coordinating organizations 
participate in the day to day operations of the project.

2. Review and Selection Process

    No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of 
an incomplete application.
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.
    Since ACF will be using non-Federal reviewers in the process, 
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 and Social Security Numbers, if 
otherwise required for individuals. The copies may include summary 
salary information.

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, 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

    Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR Part 74 (non-
governmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental).

3. Reporting Requirements

    All grantees are required to submit semi-annual program reports; 
grantees are also required to submit semi-annual expenditure reports 
using the required financial standard form (SF 269) which can be found 
at the following URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm
    Final reports are due 90 days after the end of the grant period.
    Programmatic Reports: Semi-Annually.
    Financial Reports: Semi-Annually.
    Programmatic Reports: Semi-annually and a final report is due 90 
days after the grant period.
    Financial Reports: Semi-annually and a final report is due 90 days 
after the grant period.

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    All grantees are required to submit semi-annual financial status 
reports using the required financial standard form (SF 269). A format 
for the program report will be sent to all grantees after the awards 
are made.

VII. Agency Contacts

    Program Office Contact: William D. Riley, Director, Family Violence 
Division, Room 2117, Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, 
DC 20447. Phone: 202-401-5229. E-mail: wriley@acf.hhs.gov.
    Grants Management Office Contact: Peter Thompson, Grants Officer, 
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Room 2070, Switzer 
Building, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Phone: 202-401-4608. 
E-mail: pthompson@acf.hhs.gov.

VIII. Other Information

    Notice: Beginning with FY 2006, the Administration for Children and 
Families (ACF) will no longer publish family violence discretionary 
grant announcements in the Federal Register. Beginning October 1, 2005 
applicants will be able to find a synopsis of all ACF grant 
opportunities and apply electronically for opportunities via: 
www.Grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text 
of all ACF grant announcements on the ACF web site located at: http://
www.acf.hhs.gov/grnts/index.html.
    Additional Information on this program and its purpose can be 
located on the following web site: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/
fysb.
    Applicants will not be sent acknowledgements of received 
applications.

Priority Area 2

I. Domestic Violence/Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaboration on the 
Prevention of Adolescent Dating Violence

1. Description

    This announcement would offer the applicant organization, through a 
letter of agreement, the opportunity to design, develop, and 
collaborate in a service intersection area that has languished from the 
lack of concentrated attention. The approaches to the needs of this 
intersection are many and varied, for example: collaborative efforts 
that may accommodate informational needs; the development of training 
materials and curricula to be used in a learning environment; the 
collection of mutually useful data that may lead to more intensive 
service approaches; and the development of protocols for effective 
strategies of prevention/intervention that may lead to an improved 
pattern of service delivery.
    Adolescent dating violence exhibits similar characteristics as 
adult violence in terms of its being a continuing and escalating form 
of abuse. As such, these behaviors range from verbal abuse to physical 
and sexual assaults. The cycle of abuse is also displayed in these 
early relationships as the violence may escalate over time. Moreover, a 
high percentage of disconnected youth come from homes where domestic 
violence occurs while 40 to 60 percent of men in court ordered 
treatment for domestic violence have witnessed it as a child. It also 
is recognized, however, that perpetrators of adolescent dating violence 
can be either male or female. As teenagers lack the experience of 
intimate relationships, the abuse they may be experiencing may be 
interpreted as jealousy of their partner's commitment to them. There is 
a need to raise the awareness of adolescent dating violence and send 
the message that it is not wrong or ``uncool'' to talk about or report 
the violence in a relationship. To encourage healthy relationships we 
need to promote programs to reduce adolescent violence through 
community awareness activities, education and prevention programs, and 
information and supportive opportunities.
Minimum Requirements
    Applicants must submit a signed interagency agreement between the 
organization representing the interest of Runaway and Homeless Youth 
(RHY) programs and the organization or coalition representing the 
domestic violence advocacy interests.
    The agreement that is submitted will specifically indicate the 
roles and responsibilities that each agency and participating 
organizations will have in the planning and implementation of the 
proposed project. Moreover, the agreement will indicate the 
collaborative commitment to cultural sensitivity in the proposed 
project.
    Applicants may propose to do one or more of the following, or may 
propose other related project activities that maintain the focus of the 
priority area:
     Plan and implement cross-training activities between 
domestic violence service providers and advocates, youth workers, 
supervisors, and other social service providers on the relationships of 
adolescent dating violence and disconnected youth;
     Develop and implement model intervention responses of 
youth workers to identified adolescent dating violence;
     Support the development and adoption of model 
collaborative protocols for domestic violence service providers and 
youth workers; and
     The compilation of service data correlating adolescent 
dating violence with youth who are serviced through Basic Center, 
Transitional Living Programs, and Street Outreach projects.

II. Award Information

    Funding Instrument Type: Grant.
    Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $300,000.
    Anticipated Number of Awards: 1 to 4.
    Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards Per Project Period: $75,000.
    Average Projected Award Amount Per Project Period: $75,000.
    Length of Project Periods: 36 month project with three 12 month 
budget periods.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    Non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than 
institutions of higher education.
    Non-profit organizations not having 501(c)3 status.
    Others (See Additional Information on Eligibility below).
Additional Information on Eligibility
    Eligibility includes local public agencies and non-profit 
community-based organizations; faith-based and community-bsed 
organizations who are recipients, or have been recipients, of grant 
awards for Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Family 
and Youth Services Bureau-funded projects; and non-profit domestic 
violence advocacy organizations and domestic violence State Coalitions 
who are or have been recipients of Family Violence Prevention and 
Services grant awards.

2. Cost Sharing/Matching

    No.

3. Other

    Awards, on a competitive basis, will be for a one-year budget 
period, although project periods may be for 3 years. Applications for 
continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the one-year 
period will be considered in subsequent years on a non-competitive 
basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of 
the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the 
best interest of the government. Total funds available for the first 12 
months of the project are subject to the availability of funds.
    All applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet number. On June 27, 
2003 the

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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 
(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.
    When applying electronically we strongly suggest you attach your 
proof of non-profit status with your electronic application.
    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
    Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered non-
responsive and will not be eligible for funding under this 
announcement.
    Any application that fails to satisfy the deadline requirements 
referenced in Section IV.3 will be considered non-responsive and will 
not be considered for funding under this announcement.

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Address to Request Application Package

    ACYF Operations Center, c/o Dixon Group, FV-FYSB Funding; 118 Q 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002-2132. Phone: 866-769-1591. E-mail: 
fysb@dixongroup.com.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    You may submit your application to us in either electronic or paper 
format.
    To submit an application electronically, please use the http://
www.Grants.gov/Apply site. If you use Grants.gov, you will be able to 
download a copy of the application package, complete it off-line, and 
then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov site. ACF 
will not accept grant applications via email or facsimile transmission.
    Please note the following if you plan to submit your application 
electronically via Grants.gov
     Electronic submission is voluntary, but strongly 
encouraged.
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation. We strongly recommend that you 
do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the 
application process through Grants.gov.
     We recommend you visit Grants.gov at least 30 days prior 
to filing your application to fully understand the process and 
requirements. We encourage applicants who submit electronically to 
submit well before the closing date and time so that if difficulties 
are encountered an applicant can still send in a hard copy overnight. 
If you encounter difficulties, please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk 
at 1-800-518-4276 to report the problem and obtain assistance with the 
system.
     To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a DUNS 
Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You 
should allow a minimum of five days to complete the CCR registration.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit a grant application in electronic format, nor will we penalize 
you if you submit an application in paper format.
     You may submit all documents electronically, including all 
information typically included on the SF 424 and all necessary 
assurances and certifications.
     Your application must comply with any page limitation 
requirements described in this program announcement.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a 
Grants.gov tracking number. The Administration for Children and 
Families will retrieve your application from Grants.gov.
     We may request that you provide original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
     You may access the electronic application for this program 
on www.Grants.gov.
     You must search for the downloadable application package 
by the CFDA number.
    An original and two copies of the complete application are 
required. The original and each of the two copies must include all 
required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, be signed 
by an authorized representative, have original signatures, and be 
submitted unbound.
    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.
    Receipt acknowledgement for application packages will not be 
provided to applicants who submit their package via mail, courier 
services, or by hand delivery. However, applicants will receive an 
electronic acknowledgement for applications that are submitted via 
http://www.Grants.gov.
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

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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 Public Law 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.
    Those organizations required to provide proof of non-profit status, 
please refer to Section III.3.
    Please see Section V.1, for instructions on preparing the full 
project description.
    Receipt acknowledgement for application packages will not be 
provided to applicants who submit their package via mail, courier 
services, or by hand delivery. However, applicants will receive an 
electronic acknowledgement for applications that are submitted via 
http//:www.Grants.gov.

3. Submission Dates and Times

Explanation of Application 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.
    Applicants will not be sent acknowledgement of applications 
received in hard-copy through the mail. Applicants that submit 
applications via Grants.gov will receive electronic acknowledgement.
    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.

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                                                      Required form or
        What to submit           Required content          format                      When to submit
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Project Abstract..............  See Sections IV.2  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                 and V.             and V.
Project Description...........  See Sections IV.2  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                 and V.             and V.
Budget Narrative/Justification  See Sections IV.2  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.