Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau; Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Availability etc: Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects, 34131-34142 [05-11592]

Download as PDF 34131 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices NIS–4 ANNUAL BURDEN HOUR ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument CPS Maltreatment Data Form ......................................................................... CPS Summary Forms, hard copy c .................................................................. CPS Summary Forms, electronic c .................................................................. Sentinel Data Form .......................................................................................... CPS Screening Records Survey ..................................................................... Survey on CPS Structures and Policies .......................................................... Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response a 80 b .55 d 1,056 e .08 125 31 94 12,000 125 125 1 20 g .8 h .35 1 1 j 2.89 i1 Total burden hours 5,500 2,619 f 1,880 3,360 125 361 a Estimated by dividing 10,000 (estimated number of sampled cases) by 125 (number of CPS agencies). The actual sample sizes within the CPS agencies may diverge from this average of 80. b Based on CPS workers’ average estimate of 33 minutes per form. c Assumes that one-fourth of the 125 agencies will only be able to submit hard-copy forms while three-fourths will be capable of submitting the data electronically. (Note: electronic submission will be used with every agency that has the capability to do so.) d Based on NCANDS caseload data, we estimate that we will receive a total of 132,000 CPS Summary Forms, or an average of about 1,056 from each of the 125 agencies. e Based on CPS workers’ average estimate of 5 minutes per form. f Based on an estimated 20 hours per agency for working out the specifications, programming, review, and documentation to produce the files with the summary form information. g Using the NIS–3 average of .8 form per recruited sentinel. h Based on sentinels’ average estimate of 21 minutes per form. i Based on simulated interviews conducted by contractor staff. j Based on the contractor’s estimate of 2.25 hours for the administration, screening, and investigation modules (completed by 100 percent of agencies) and 1 hour for the alternative response module (completed by 64 percent of agencies, based on findings from the Local Agency Survey in the National Study of CPS Systems and Reforms Efforts). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 13,845. Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov. OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF. E-mail address: Katherine_T._Astrich@omb.eop.gov. Dated: June 7, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–11607 Filed 6–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau; Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Availability etc: Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects Funding Opportunity Title: Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: HHS– 2005–ACF–ACYF–CB–0088. CFDA Number: 93.551. Due Date for Applications: Application is due August 12, 2005. Executive Summary: The purposes of this funding announcement are as follows: (1) To develop and implement programs of comprehensive communitybased support services for the target population as described in Public Law 100–505, as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of these comprehensive support services; and (3) to develop these programs as identifiable sites that other States/ locales seeking to implement comprehensive support services for this population can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication. I. Funding Opportunity Description The purposes of this funding announcement are as follows: (1) To develop and implement programs of comprehensive community-based VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 support services for the target population as described in Public Law 100–505, as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of these comprehensive support services; and (3) to develop these programs as identifiable sites that other States/ locales seeking to implement comprehensive support services for this population can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication. Definitions Abandoned and Abandonment—The terms ‘abandoned’ and ‘abandonment,’ used with respect to infants and young children, mean that the infants and young children are medically cleared for discharge from acute-care hospital settings, but remain hospitalized because of a lack of appropriate out-ofhospital placement alternatives. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome—The term ‘acquired immune deficiency syndrome’ includes infection with the etiologic agent for such syndrome, any condition indicating that an individual is infected with such etiologic agent, and any condition arising from such etiologic agent. Dangerous Drug—The term ‘dangerous drug’ means a controlled substance, as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802). Natural Family—The term ‘‘natural family’’ shall be broadly interpreted to include natural parents, grandparents, family members, guardians, children residing in the household, and individuals residing in the household on a continuing basis who are in a care- E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34132 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices giving situation, with respect to infants and young children covered under this Act. Priority Area Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects 1. Description: The purposes of this funding announcement are as follows: (1) To develop and implement programs of comprehensive community-based support services for the target population as described in Public Law 100–505, as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of these comprehensive support services; and (3) to develop these programs as identifiable sites that other States/ locales seeking to implement comprehensive support services for this population can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication. Legislative Authority The purposes of Public Law 100–505, the Abandoned Infants Act of 1988, as amended, are to establish a program of local support services projects in order to prevent the abandonment in hospitals of infants and young children, particularly those who have been perinatally exposed to a dangerous drug, those with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or who have been perinatally exposed to the virus, or those who have a lifethreatening illness or other special medical need; to identify and address the needs of those infants and children who are, or might be, abandoned; to develop a program of comprehensive support services for these infants and young children and their natural families (see Definitions) that include, but are not limited to, foster family care services, case management services, family support services, respite and crisis intervention services, counseling services and group residential home services; and to recruit and train health and social services personnel, foster care families, and residential care providers to meet the needs of abandoned children and infants and children who are at risk of abandonment. The legislation also allows for the provision of a technical assistance training program to support the planning, development and operation of the local comprehensive support services projects. The reauthorized legislation requires the Secretary to give priority to applicants located in States that have developed and implemented procedures for expedited termination of parental rights and placement for adoption of infants VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 determined to be abandoned under State law. Projects funded under this announcement will be expected to: 1. Have the project fully functioning within 90 days following the notification of the grant award. 2. Participate if the Children’s Bureau chooses to do a national evaluation or a technical assistance contract that relates to this funding announcement. 3. Submit all performance indicator data, program and financial reports in a timely manner, in suggested format (to be provided), and submit the final report on disk or electronically using a standard word-processing program. 4. Submit a copy of the final report, the evaluation report, and any program products to the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447, within 90 days of project end date. This is in addition to the standard requirement that the final program and evaluation report must also be submitted to the Grants Management Specialist and the Federal Project Officer. 5. Allocate sufficient funds in the budget to: (a) Provide for the project director, the evaluator and other key partners to attend an annual 3-day grantees’ meeting in Washington, DC. (b) Provide for the project director, the evaluator and other key partners to attend an early kickoff meeting for grantees funded under this priority area to be held within the first three months of the project (first year only) in Washington, DC; and (c) Direct 10–15 percent of the proposed budget to project evaluation. In addition, projects funded under this announcement agree to the following assurances required by sections 101 (b) through (d) of the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act: 1. Give priority to abandoned infants and young children who are infected with, or have been perinatally exposed to, the human immunodeficiency virus, or have a life-threatening illness or other special medical need; or have been perinatally exposed to a dangerous drug. 2. If programs provide care to infants and young children in foster homes or in other residential non-medical settings away from their parents, assure that for each infant and young child, a case plan (as described in paragraph 1 of section 475 of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 675(1)]) and a case review system (of the type described in paragraph (5) of such section) are in place, to the extent that the infants and young children are not otherwise covered by such a plan or system. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3. Use the funds provided under this announcement only for the purposes specified in the application submitted to and approved by the Secretary. 4. Establish fiscal control and accounting procedures to ensure proper disbursement and accounting of Federal funds. 5. Submit reports on the utilization, cost, and outcome of activities conducted, and services furnished, as described in part VI.3. of this announcement (Award Administration Information.). Definitions Abandoned and Abandonment—The terms ‘abandoned’ and ‘abandonment,’ used with respect to infants and young children, mean that the infants and young children are medically cleared for discharge from acute-care hospital settings, but remain hospitalized because of a lack of appropriate out-ofhospital placement alternatives. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)—The term ‘acquired immune deficiency syndrome’ includes infection with the etiologic agent for such syndrome, any condition indicating that an individual is infected with such etiologic agent, and any condition arising from such etiologic agent. Dangerous Drug—The term ‘dangerous drug’ means a controlled substance, as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802). Natural Family—The term ‘‘natural family’’ shall be broadly interpreted to include natural parents, grandparents, family members, guardians, children residing in the household, and individuals residing in the household on a continuing basis who are in a caregiving situation, with respect to infants and young children covered under this Act. Program Requirements The services needed by these infants and their families are many. The needed services are likely to be provided by many different community-based agencies. Applicants must utilize an existing consortium of communitybased service providers or develop a consortium for the purpose of implementing this demonstration project. Qualified faith-based and community organizations may be part of the consortium delivering these services. The applicant must take a systemic approach to obtaining and providing a comprehensive set of services to this client population. In order to provide the needed services and efficiently use all the relevant E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices community resources, the applicant must develop a strong infrastructure of community-based collaboration in delivering the services. This collaborative should recognize and respect individualized care practices and deliver the services and program supports in a culturally competent manner. The role of the cooperating agencies must be specific and delineated in a letter that specifies the level and type of program commitment to the overall effort. A pro forma letter of support will not be considered responsive to this requirement. In developing its consortium of community-based service providers, the applicant could include the following entities: child welfare, legal services, substance abuse treatment, mental health, parent support programs, caregiver support programs, in-home visiting, respite care, housing assistance, and quality childcare support. In providing the necessary services to this client population, the applicant may also consider the provision of caregiver support services to those relatives who are the caretakers for the children of a substance-abusing and/or HIV/AIDS affected mother. Applicants may also consider the provision of therapeutic recreational services for the young children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Projects should demonstrate shared responsibility for case management (e.g., joint social servicesmedical case management) and integration of case plans for multiple agencies. These demonstration projects must address the relevant aspects of the State’s Program Improvement Plan developed under the Child and Family Services Review as they provide coordinated services to this population. Evaluation The Children’s Bureau requires an objective evaluation and recommends a third party evaluation of the project. Projects funded under this announcement must collect descriptive data on characteristics of individuals and families served, types and nature of needs identified and met, the services provided, measures of client outcomes, child development and well-being, client satisfaction, parenting skills, parent/child interaction, cost benefit, service utilization information, and any other such information as may be required by ACYF. Additional information on outcome measures, suggested data collection instruments, and specific data characteristics, can be found at http://aia.berkeley.edu/ direct_service_programs/UMKC.html. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 Projects should also collect process and outcome data for the project. The evaluation component of the application should describe methods of collecting descriptive data on the characteristics of the clients served and the services provided. This evaluation should be designed to collect systematic data to answer questions such as the following: What are the characteristics of families who abandon children? What are the service needs of children, mothers, fathers, and families of drug exposed infants? What are the service needs of HIV-positive infants? What are the barriers to comprehensive case management and to the coordination of service delivery? What changes have been most helpful in improving the delivery of services? What changes/ improvements have there been in the child’s well-being and the child’s development? What changes have there been in the family’s stability and ability to function? What are the permanency outcomes for children? Projects must also submit descriptive data on the clients served and the services provided to the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center annually. Timeframes for the submission of data on outcome measures will be negotiated within six months after grant award. II. Award Information Funding Instrument Type: Grant. Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $2,850,000. Anticipated Number of Awards: 0 to 6. Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards per Budget Period: $475,000. Average Projected Award Amount: $475,000. Length of Project Periods: 48 month project with four 12-month budget periods. Other. Explanation of Other: In the first budget period, the maximum Federal share of each project is not to exceed $475,000. The projects awarded will be for a project period of 48 months. The initial grant award will be for a 12month budget period. The award of continuation beyond each 12-month budget period will be subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress on the part of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the government. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants PO 00000 State governments. County governments. Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34133 City or township governments. State controlled institutions of higher education. Native American tribal governments (federally recognized). Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments). Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Private institutions of higher education. Additional Information on Eligibility: Collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts are acceptable, but applications should identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant. Faith-based and community organizations that meet all other eligibility requirements are eligible to apply. 2. Cost Sharing/Matching Yes. Matching/Cost-Sharing Grantees must provide at least 10 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project requesting $475,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $475,000 per budget period) must provide a match of at least $52,778 (10 percent of the total approved project costs). Grantees will be held accountable for commitments of non-Federal resources even if over the amount of the required match. Failure to provide the amount will result in disallowance of Federal dollars. Cost-sharing will not be used as a preference and/or evaluation criterion in the review of applications. 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 E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34134 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices the government-wide electronic portal (http://www.Grants.gov). A DUNS number will be required for every application for a new award or renewal/ continuation of an award, including applications or plans under formula, entitlement and block grant programs, submitted on or after October 1, 2003. Please ensure that your organization has a DUNS number. You may acquire a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line on 1–866–705–5711 or you may request a number on-line at http://www.dnb.com. Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their non-profit status. Proof of non-profit status is any one of the following: • A reference to the applicant organization’s listing in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code. • A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate. • A statement from a State taxing body, State attorney general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a 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. Disqualification Factors Applications that exceed the ceiling amount will be considered nonresponsive and will not be considered 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. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Inc. Attn: Children’s Bureau, 118 Q St., NE., Washington, DC 20002–2132. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission Each application must contain the following items in the order listed: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424). Follow the instructions below and those that accompany the form. In Item 5 of Form 424, put DUNS number in ‘‘Organizational DUNS:’’ box. In Item 5 of Form 424, include name, phone number, and, if available, e-mail and fax numbers of the contact person. In Item 8 of Form 424, check ‘New.’ In Item 10 of Form 424, clearly identify the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) program title and number for the program for which funds are being requested as stated in this funding opportunity announcement. In Item 11 of Form 424, identify the single funding opportunity the application addresses. In Item 12 of Form 424, identify the specific geographic area to be served. In Item 14 of Form 424, identify Congressional districts of both the applicant and project. Budget Information Non-Construction Programs (Form 424A) and Budget Justification. Follow the instructions provided here and those in Section V. Application Review Information. Note that Federal funds provided to States and services or other resources purchased with Federal funds may not be used to match project grants. Certifications/Assurances. Applicants requesting financial assistance for nonconstruction projects must file the Standard Form 424B, ‘Assurances: NonConstruction Programs.’ Applicants must sign and return the Standard Form 424B with their applications. Applicants must provide a certification regarding lobbying when applying for an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants must sign and return the certification with their applications. Applicants must disclose lobbying activities on the Standard Form LLL 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 to report lobbying. Applicants must sign PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and return the disclosure form, if applicable, with their applications. Applicants must make the appropriate certification regarding environmental tobacco smoke. By signing and submitting the application, the applicant is providing the certification and need not mail back the certification with the applications. If applicable, applicants must include a completed SPOC certification (Single Point of Contact) with the date of the SPOC contact entered in line 16, page 1 of the Form 424. In implementing their projects, grantees are expected to comply with all applicable administrative regulations regarding extent or types of costs. Applicable DHHS regulations can be found in 45 CFR part 74 or 92. Project Abstract/Summary (one page maximum, double spaced). Clearly mark this page with the applicant name as shown on item 5 of the Form 424, identify the competitive grant funding opportunity and the title of the proposed project as shown in item 11 and the service area as shown in item 12 of the Form 424. The summary description should not exceed 300 words. Care should be taken to produce an abstract/summary that accurately and concisely reflects the proposed project. It should describe the objectives of the project, the approach to be used and the results or benefits expected. Project Description for Evaluation. Applicants should organize their project description in this sequence: (1) Objectives and Need for Assistance; (2) Approach; (3) Organizational Profiles; (4) Budget and Budget Justification. Match. Provide a letter of commitment verifying the actual amount of the non-Federal share of project costs (see Section III.2). Indirect cost rate agreement. If claiming indirect costs, provide documentation that applicant currently has an indirect cost rate approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or another cognizant Federal agency. Letters of agreement and memoranda of understanding. If applicable, include a letter of commitment or Memorandum of Understanding from each partner and/or sub-contractor describing their role, detailing specific tasks to be performed, and expressing commitment to participate if the proposed project is funded. General Content and Form Information The application limit is 90 pages total including all forms and attachments. Pages over this page limit will be E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices removed from the application and will not be reviewed. The Children’s Bureau strongly prefers that the entire application (including all forms, assurances, and letters of commitment) be sent in one package. To be considered for funding, each application must be submitted with the Standard Federal Forms (provided at the end of this announcement or through the electronic links provided) and following the guidance provided. The application must be signed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency and to assume responsibility for the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant award. To be considered for funding, each applicant must submit one signed original and two additional copies of the application, including all forms and attachments, to the Application Receipt Point specified in the section titled Deadline at the beginning of the announcement. The original copy of the application must have original signatures. The application must be typed, double spaced, printed on only one side, with at least 1⁄2 inch margins on each side and 1 inch at the top and bottom, using standard 12 Point fonts (such as Times New Roman or Courier). Pages must be numbered. All copies of an application must be submitted in a single package, and a separate package must be submitted for each funding opportunity. The package must be clearly labeled for the specific funding opportunity it is addressing. Because each application will be duplicated, do not use or include separate covers, binders, clips, tabs, plastic inserts, maps, brochures, or any other items that cannot be processed easily on a photocopy machine with an automatic feed. Do not bind, clip, staple, or fasten in any way separate subsections of the application, including supporting documentation; however, each complete copy must be stapled securely in the upper left corner. Applicants are advised that the copies of the application submitted, not the original, will be reproduced by the Federal government for review. Tips for Preparing a Competitive Application. It is essential that applicants read the entire announcement package carefully before preparing an application and include all of the required application forms and attachments. The application must reflect a thorough understanding of the purpose and objectives of the applicable legislation. Reviewers expect applicants to understand the goals of the legislation VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 and the Children’s Bureau’s interest in each topic. A ‘‘responsive application’’ is one that addresses all of the evaluation criteria in ways that demonstrate this understanding. Applications that are considered to be ‘‘unresponsive’’ generally receive very low scores and are rarely funded. The Children’s Bureau’s Web site (http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb) provides a wide range of information and links to other relevant Web sites. Before you begin preparing an application, we suggest that you learn more about the mission and programs of the Children’s Bureau by exploring the Web site. Organizing Your Application. The specific evaluation criteria in Section V of this funding announcement will be used to review and evaluate each application. The applicant should address each of these specific evaluation criteria in the project description. Applicants should organize their project description in this sequence: (1) Objectives and Need for Assistance; (2) Approach; (3) Organizational Profiles; (4) Budget and Budget Justification; and should use the same headings as these criteria, so that reviewers can readily find information that directly addresses each of the specific review criteria. Project Evaluation Plan. Project evaluations are very important. If you do not have the in-house capacity to conduct an objective, comprehensive evaluation of the project, then the Children’s Bureau advises that you propose contracting with a third-party evaluator specializing in social science or evaluation, or a university or college, to conduct the evaluation. A skilled evaluator can assist you in designing a data collection strategy that is appropriate for the evaluation of your proposed project. Additional assistance may be found in a document titled ‘‘Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation.’’ A copy of this document can be accessed at http:// www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/ other_resrch/pm_guide_eval/reports/ pmguide/pmguide_toc.html. Logic Model. A logic model is a tool that presents the conceptual framework for a proposed project and explains the linkages among program elements. While there are many versions of the logic model, they generally summarize the logical connections among the needs that are the focus of the project, project goals and objectives, the target population, project inputs (resources), the proposed activities/processes/ outputs directed toward the target population, the expected short- and long-term outcomes the initiative is designed to achieve, and the evaluation PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34135 plan for measuring the extent to which proposed processes and outcomes actually occur. Information on the development of logic models is available on the Internet at http:// www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/ or http:// www.extension.iastate.edu/cyfar/ capbuilding/outcome/ outcome_logicmdir.html. Use of Human Subjects. If your evaluation plan includes gathering data from or about clients, there are specific procedures which must be followed in order to protect their privacy and ensure the confidentiality of the information about them. Applicants planning to gather such data are asked to describe their plans regarding an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review. If applicable, applicants must include a completed Form 310, Protection of Human Subjects. For more information about use of human subjects and IRB’s you can visit these Web sites: http:// www.hhs.gov/ohrp/irb/ irb_chapter2.htm#d2 and http:// www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/ guidance/ictips.htm. 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 e-mail 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 E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34136 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices 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 http:// www.Grants.gov. • You must search for the downloadable application package by the CFDA number. Applicants that are submitting their application in paper format should submit an original and two copies of the complete application. 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. Standard Forms and Certifications: The project description should include all the information requirements described in the specific evaluation criteria outlined in the program announcement under Section V Application Review Information. In addition to the project description, the applicant needs to complete all the standard forms required for making applications for awards under this announcement. Applicants seeking financial assistance under this announcement must file the Standard Form (SF) 424, Application for Federal Assistance; SF– 424A, Budget Information—NonConstruction Programs; SF–424B, Assurances—Non-Construction Programs. The forms may be reproduced for use in submitting applications. Applicants must sign and return the standard forms with their application. Applicants must furnish prior to award an executed copy of the Standard Form LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal funds for lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance under this announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if applicable, with their applications (approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0348–0046). Applicants must sign and return the certification with their application. Applicants must also understand they will be held accountable for the smoking prohibition included within Pub. L. 103–227, Title XII Environmental Tobacco Smoke (also known as the PRO–KIDS Act of 1994). A copy of the Federal Register notice which implements the smoking prohibition is included with the form. 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 Application is due August 12, 2005. Explanation of Due Dates: The closing time and date for receipt of applications is referenced above. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the closing date will be classified as late. Deadline: Applications shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline time and date referenced in Section IV.6. Applicants are responsible for ensuring applications are mailed or submitted electronically well in advance of the application due date. Applications hand carried by applicants, applicant couriers, other representatives of the applicant, or by overnight/express mail couriers shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline date, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., eastern time, at the address referenced in Section IV.6., between Monday and Friday (excluding Federal holidays). ACF cannot accommodate transmission of applications by facsimile. Therefore, applications transmitted to ACF by fax will not be accepted regardless of date or time of submission and time of receipt. Late Applications: Applications that do not meet the criteria above are considered late applications. ACF shall notify each late applicant that its application will not be considered in the current competition. Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date will not be considered for competition. Applicants using express/overnight mail services should allow two working days prior to the deadline date for receipt of applications. Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not always deliver as agreed. Extension of deadlines: ACF may extend application deadlines when circumstances such as acts of God (floods, hurricanes, etc.) occur, or when there are widespread disruptions of mail service, or in other rare cases. A determination to extend or waive deadline requirements rests with the Chief Grants Management Officer. 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. Checklist: You may use the checklist below as a guide when preparing your application package. What to submit Required content Required form or format When to submit Project Abstract ......................... See Sections IV.2 and V. Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................................... By application due date. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34137 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices What to submit Required content Required form or format When to submit Project Description ..................... See Sections IV.2 and V. See Sections IV.2 and V. See Section IV.2 ....... Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................................... SF–LLL Certification Regarding Lobbying. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Assurances ................................ SF 424A ..................................... See Section IV.2 ....... See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .................. By application due date. By application due date. By application due date. By date of award. See Section IV.2 ....... See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .................. By date of award. See Section IV.2 ....... See Section IV.2 ....... Found in Section IV ..................................................................... See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .................. SF 424B ..................................... See Section IV.2 ....... See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .................. Proof of Non-Profit Status ......... Indirect Cost rate Agreement, if applicable. Letters of commitment from partner organizations, if applicable. Non-Federal Commitment Letter See Section III.3 ........ See Section IV .......... Found in Section III.3 .................................................................. Format described in IV ................................................................ See Section IV .......... Format described in IV ................................................................ By date of award. By application due date. By application due date. By date of award. By application due date. By application due date. See Section III.2 ........ See Section III.2 .......................................................................... Budget Narrative/Justification .... SF 424 ....................................... Additional Forms: Private, non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit with their applications the survey located under ‘‘Grant Related What to submit Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants. 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm .................. Documents and Forms,’’ ‘‘Survey for Private, Non-Profit Grant Applicants,’’ titled, ‘‘Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants,’’ at: http:// Required content 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 VerDate jul<14>2003 Found in Sections IV.2 and V ..................................................... Jkt 205001 on Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 When to submit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ 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 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. PO 00000 www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/ forms.htm. Location May be found forms.htm. By date of award. By application due date. 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 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 Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs. Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this solicitation. 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 explanation of due dates. Applications should be mailed to: ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Inc., 118 Q St., NE., Washington, DC 20002–2132, Attention: Children’s Bureau. Hand Delivery: An applicant must provide an original application with all attachments signed by an authorized representative and two copies. The E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34138 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices 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: ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Inc., 118 Q St., NE., Washington, DC 20002–2132, Attention: Children’s Bureau. Electronic Submission: Please see Section IV.2 for guidelines and requirements when submitting applications electronically via http:// www.Grants.gov. 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 General Instructions ACF is particularly interested in specific project descriptions that focus on outcomes and convey strategies for achieving intended performance. Project descriptions are evaluated on the basis of substance and measurable outcomes, not length. Extensive exhibits are not required. Cross-referencing should be used rather than repetition. Supporting information concerning activities that will not be directly funded by the grant or information that does not directly pertain to an integral part of the grant funded activity should be placed in an appendix. Pages should be numbered and a table of contents should be included for easy reference. Introduction Applicants required to submit a full project description shall prepare the project description statement in accordance with the following instructions while being aware of the specified evaluation criteria. The text options give a broad overview of what your project description should include while the evaluation criteria identifies VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 the measures that will be used to evaluate applications. Project Summary/Abstract Provide a summary of the project description (a page or less) with reference to the funding request. Objectives and Need for Assistance Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, institutional, and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution. The need for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate objectives of the project must be clearly stated; supporting documentation, such as letters of support and testimonials from concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included. Any relevant data based on planning studies should be included or referred to in the endnotes/footnotes. Incorporate demographic data and participant/ beneficiary information, as needed. In developing the project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to provide information on the total range of projects currently being conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be outside the scope of the program announcement. Approach Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished. Account for all functions or activities identified in the application. Cite factors that might accelerate or decelerate the work and state your reason for taking the proposed approach rather than others. Describe any unusual features of the project such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement. Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity in such terms as the number of people to be served and the number of activities accomplished. When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or function, list them in chronological order to show the schedule of accomplishments and their target dates. If any data is to be collected, maintained, and/or disseminated, clearance may be required from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This clearance pertains to any ‘‘collection of information that is conducted or sponsored by ACF.’’ List organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 individuals who will work on the project along with a short description of the nature of their effort or contribution. 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 sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated. Also include a breakout by the funding sources identified in Block 15 of the SF–424. Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the categorical costs are derived. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, and allocability of the proposed costs. General Use the following guidelines for preparing the budget and budget E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices justification. Both Federal and nonFederal resources shall be detailed and justified in the budget and narrative justification. ‘‘Federal resources’’ refers only to the ACF grant for which you are applying. ‘‘Non Federal resources’’ are all other Federal and non-Federal resources. It is suggested that budget amounts and computations be presented in a columnar format: First column, object class categories; second column, Federal budget; next column(s), nonFederal budget(s), and last column, total budget. The budget justification should be a narrative. Personnel Description: Costs of employee salaries and wages. Justification: Identify the project director or principal investigator, if known. For each staff person, provide the title, time commitment to the project (in months), time commitment to the project (as a percentage or full-time equivalent), annual salary, grant salary, wage rates, etc. Do not include the costs of consultants or personnel costs of delegate agencies or of specific project(s) or businesses to be financed by the applicant. Fringe Benefits Description: Costs of employee fringe benefits unless treated as part of an approved indirect cost rate. Justification: Provide a breakdown of the amounts and percentages that comprise fringe benefit costs such as health insurance, FICA, retirement insurance, taxes, etc. Travel Description: Costs of project-related travel by employees of the applicant organization (does not include costs of consultant travel). Justification: For each trip, show the total number of traveler(s), travel destination, duration of trip, per diem, mileage allowances, if privately owned vehicles will be used, and other transportation costs and subsistence allowances. Travel costs for key staff to attend ACF-sponsored workshops should be detailed in the budget. Equipment Description: ‘‘Equipment’’ means an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of (a) the capitalization level established by the organization for the financial statement purposes, or (b) $5,000. (Note: Acquisition cost means the net invoice unit price of an item of equipment, including the cost of any modifications, VerDate jul<14>2003 17:39 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 attachments, accessories, or auxiliary apparatus necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it is acquired. Ancillary charges, such as taxes, duty, protective in-transit insurance, freight, and installation shall be included in or excluded from acquisition cost in accordance with the organization’s regular written accounting practices.) Justification: For each type of equipment requested, provide a description of the equipment, the cost per unit, the number of units, the total cost, and a plan for use on the project, as well as use or disposal of the equipment after the project ends. An applicant organization that uses its own definition for equipment should provide a copy of its policy or section of its policy which includes the equipment definition. Supplies Description: Costs of all tangible personal property other than that included under the Equipment category. Justification: Specify general categories of supplies and their costs. Show computations and provide other information which supports the amount requested. Contractual Description: Costs of all contracts for services and goods except for those that belong under other categories such as equipment, supplies, construction, etc. Include third party evaluation contracts (if applicable) and contracts with secondary recipient organizations, including delegate agencies and specific project(s) or businesses to be financed by the applicant. Justification: Demonstrate that all procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner to provide, to the maximum extent practical, open and free competition. Recipients and subrecipients, other than States that are required to use part 92 procedures, must justify any anticipated procurement action that is expected to be awarded without competition and exceed the simplified acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. 403(11) (currently set at $100,000). Recipients might be required to make available to ACF pre-award review and procurement documents, such as request for proposals or invitations for bids, independent cost estimates, etc. Note: Whenever the applicant intends to delegate part of the project to another agency, the applicant must provide a detailed budget and budget narrative for each delegate agency, by agency title, along with the required supporting information referred to in these instructions. PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34139 Other Enter the total of all other costs. Such costs, where applicable and appropriate, may include but are not limited to insurance, food, medical and dental costs (noncontractual), professional services costs, space and equipment rentals, printing and publication, computer use, training costs, such as tuition and stipends, staff development costs, and administrative costs. Justification: Provide computations, a narrative description and a justification for each cost under this category. Indirect Charges Description: Total amount of indirect costs. This category should be used only when the applicant currently has an indirect cost rate approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or another cognizant Federal agency. Justification: An applicant that will charge indirect costs to the grant must enclose a copy of the current rate agreement. If the applicant organization is in the process of initially developing or renegotiating a rate, upon notification that an award will be made, it should immediately develop a tentative indirect cost rate proposal based on its most recently completed fiscal year, in accordance with the cognizant agency’s guidelines for establishing indirect cost rates, and submit it to the cognizant agency. Applicants awaiting approval of their indirect cost proposals may also request indirect costs. When an indirect cost rate is requested, those costs included in the indirect cost pool should not also be charged as direct costs to the grant. Also, if the applicant is requesting a rate which is less than what is allowed under the program, the authorized representative of the applicant organization must submit a signed acknowledgement that the applicant is accepting a lower rate than allowed. Nonfederal Resources Description: Amounts of non-Federal resources that will be used to support the project as identified in Block 15 of the SF–424. Justification: The firm commitment of these resources must be documented and submitted with the application so the applicant is given credit in the review process. A detailed budget must be prepared for each funding source. Evaluation Criteria The following evaluation criteria appear in weighted descending order. The corresponding score values indicate the relative importance that ACF places on each evaluation criterion; however, E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34140 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices applicants need not develop their applications precisely according to the order presented. Application components may be organized such that a reviewer will be able to follow a seamless and logical flow of information (e.g., from a broad overview of the project to more detailed information about how it will be conducted). In considering how applicants will carry out the responsibilities addressed under this announcement, competing applications for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: Approach (50 Points) In reviewing the approach, the following factors will be considered: (50 points). (1) The extent to which the timeline for implementing the proposed project, including major milestones and target dates, is comprehensive and reasonable. The extent to which the proposed project would develop the range of community-based, coordinated, comprehensive support services in a timely manner and conduct a thorough evaluation of its effectiveness within the four-year project period. (2) The extent to which the proposed project would enhance the capacity to provide community-based, collaborative, comprehensive support services to children and their families affected by substance abuse and/or HIV/ AIDS, develop knowledge, enhance skills and abilities of practitioners in providing these types of services and transfer this knowledge into practice. The extent to which specific measurable outcomes will occur as a result of the proposed collaborative, comprehensive services program. (3) The extent to which the approach establishes an infrastructure of community-based agencies and promotes a lasting change in the delivery of community-based services to this client population. The extent to which the applicant describes the roles and responsibilities of the collaborating agencies, and includes letters of commitment. (4) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates a thorough understanding of the challenges in providing community-based, collaborative comprehensive services to this target population with such complex needs. The extent to which the applicant provides a sound plan for overcoming these challenges. (5) The extent to which the applicant will work effectively with terminally ill parent(s), if present in the program, to make permanency planning arrangements, such as, stand-by VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 guardianship or stand-by adoption arrangements for their children to ensure the smooth transition to another caregiver and prevent a possible out-ofhome placement. (6) The extent to which the project will be culturally responsive to the target population. (7) The extent to which the specific services that would be provided under the proposed project are appropriate and are described in detail. The extent to which the project will be broad and comprehensive and will be implemented in a collaborative manner with other community-based agencies. The extent to which the project will effectively provide the wide range of assistance needed by the target population. (8) The extent to which the design of the proposed project reflects up-to-date knowledge from the substance-abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS treatment research and literature. The extent to which the proposed project is innovative and involves strategies that build on, or are an alternative to, existing strategies. (9) The extent to which the applicant describes appropriate procedures for conducting an effective evaluation effort. The extent to which the methods/ procedures used will effectively determine the extent to which the program has achieved the stated objectives. The extent to which the proposed evaluation plan would be likely to yield useful findings or results about effective strategies and contribute to and promote evaluation research and evidence-based practices that could be used to guide replication or testing in other settings. The extent to which the application provides a sound plan for collecting this data and securing informed consent. The extent to which the plan includes appropriate procedures for an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review, if applicable. (10) The extent to which there is a sound plan for developing useful products during the proposed project and a reasonable schedule for developing these products. The extent to which the intended audience (e.g., practitioners) for product dissemination is comprehensive and appropriate. The extent to which the dissemination plan includes appropriate mechanisms and forums that would effectively convey the information and support successful replication by other interested agencies. (11) The extent to which there is a sound plan for continuing this project beyond the period of Federal funding. PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Organizational Profiles (20 Points) In reviewing the organizational profiles, the following factors will be considered: (20 points). (1) The extent to which the applicant organization and its staff have sufficient experience in successfully providing comprehensive services to substanceabusing women and women who have HIV/AIDS and their infants and/or young children, and in collaborating effectively with community-based agencies. The extent to which the applicant’s history and relationship with the targeted community will assist in the effective implementation of the proposed project. The extent to which the applicant has experience in developing collaborative working agreements with other communitybased agencies in planning, developing and delivering services. The extent to which the applicant organization’s capabilities and experience relative to this project, including experience with administration, development, implementation, management, and evaluation of similar projects, will enable them to implement the proposed project effectively. (2) If the applicant represents a consortium of partner agencies, the extent to which their background and experience with children and families impacted by substance abuse and HIV/ AIDS will support the planning and implementation of the proposed project. The extent to which there are letters of commitment from each partner authorizing the applicant to apply on behalf of the consortium and agreeing to participate if the proposal is funded. (3) The extent to which the proposed project director and key project staff possess sufficient relevant knowledge, experience and capabilities to implement and manage a project of this size, scope and complexity effectively. The extent to which the role, responsibilities and time commitments of each proposed project staff position, including consultants, subcontractors and/or partners, are clearly defined and appropriate to the successful implementation of the proposed project. (4) The extent to which there is a sound management plan for achieving the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines and milestones for accomplishing project tasks and ensuring quality. The extent to which the plan clearly defines the role and responsibilities of the lead agency. The extent to which the plan clearly describes the effective management and coordination of activities carried out by E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices any partners, subcontractors and consultants (if appropriate). The extent to which there would be a mutually beneficial relationship between the proposed project and other work planned, anticipated or underway with Federal assistance by the applicant. Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 Points) In reviewing the objectives and need for assistance, the following factors will be considered: (20 points). (1) The extent to which the application clearly demonstrates an understanding of the requirements of the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act, as amended, and the extent to which the proposed project will contribute to meeting those requirements. The extent to which the applicant demonstrates a clear understanding of the issues impacting on substance abusing and/or HIV/AIDS-affected women and their children. (2) The extent to which the applicant presents a clear vision of the proposed comprehensive services project to be developed and implemented. The extent to which the applicant makes a clear statement of the goals (end results of an effective project) and objectives (measurable steps for reaching these goals) for the proposed comprehensive services project. The extent to which these goals and objectives will effectively address a community’s need to provide comprehensive support services to children and their families affected by substance-abuse and/or HIV/ AIDS by using a collaborative, integrated system of community-based, coordinated support services. (3) The extent to which the applicant clearly demonstrates a thorough understanding of the need for the program to provide community-based, comprehensive support services to children and their families affected by substance-abuse and /or HIV/AIDS (e.g., sharing the results of a thorough assessment of community needs, including letters of collaboration and letters of support for the proposed program from community-based agencies). (4) The extent to which the application presents a thorough review of the relevant literature that reflects a clear understanding of the research on best practices and promising approaches as it relates to the proposed project. The extent to which the review of the literature sets a sound context and rationale for the project. The extent to which it provides evidence that the proposed project is innovative and, if successfully implemented and evaluated, likely to contribute to the VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 knowledge base of providing community-based, coordinated, comprehensive support services to children and their families impacted by substance-abuse and/or HIV/AIDS. (5) The extent to which the applicant clearly identifies the population to be served by the project and thoroughly describes the needs of the target population. The extent to which the proposed project responds appropriately to needs of this target population. The extent to which the estimated number of infants and families to be served by the project is reasonable and appropriate. (6) The extent to which the geographic location to be served by the project is clearly defined and justified based on factors such as the key socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the targeted community as they relate to women of childbearing age, the needs of women and families who are affected by substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, and the current availability of needed services that serve substance-abusing and/or AIDS/HIV-infected women and their families in the community. (7) The extent to which the application describes significant results or benefits that can be expected for substance-abusing women and/or women with HIV/AIDS and their children. Budget and Budget Justification (10 Points) In reviewing the budget and budget justification, the following factors will be considered: (10 points). (1) The extent to which the costs of the proposed project are reasonable and programmatically justified, in view of the targeted population and community, the activities to be conducted and the expected results and benefits. The extent to which the justification includes appropriate communityspecific factors closely related to substance abuse and perinatal exposure to drugs or HIV. (2) The extent to which the applicant’s fiscal controls and accounting procedures would ensure prudent use, proper and timely disbursement, and accurate accounting of funds received under this program announcement. 2. Review and Selection Process No grant award will be made under this announcement on the basis of an incomplete application. Since ACF will be using non-Federal reviewers in the review process, applicants have the option of omitting from the application copies (not the original) of specific salary rates or PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34141 amounts for individuals specified in the application budget. A panel of at least three reviewers (primarily experts from outside the Federal government) will use the evaluation criteria described in this announcement to evaluate each application. The reviewers will determine the strengths and weaknesses of each application, provide comments about the strengths and weaknesses and give each application a numerical score. The results of the competitive review are a primary factor in making funding decisions. In addition, Federal staff conducts administrative reviews of the applications and, in light of the results of the competitive review, will recommend applications for funding to the ACYF Commissioner. ACYF reserves the option of discussing applications with other funding sources when this is in the best interest of the Federal government. ACYF may also solicit and consider comments from ACF Regional Office staff in making funding decisions. ACYF may take into consideration the involvement (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 underserved or inadequately served clients or service areas and programs addressing diverse ethnic populations. In selecting applicants for award under this announcement the ACYF Commissioner will give priority to applicants located in States that have developed and implemented procedures for expedited termination of parental rights and placement for adoption of infants determined to be abandoned under State law. E:\FR\FM\13JNN1.SGM 13JNN1 34142 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 112 / Monday, June 13, 2005 / Notices Approved but Unfunded Applications Applications that are approved but unfunded may be held over for funding in the next funding cycle, pending the availability of funds, for a period not to exceed one year. 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 will be given, the non-Federal share to be provided, and the total project period for which support is contemplated. The Financial Assistance Award will be signed by the Grants Officer and transmitted via postal mail. Organizations whose applications will not be funded will be notified in writing. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Grantees are subject to the requirements in 45 CFR part 74 (nongovernmental) or 45 CFR part 92 (governmental). 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. 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. VII. Agency Contacts Program Office Contact: Pat Campiglia, Children’s Bureau, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Phone: (202) 205–8060, e-mail: pcampiglia@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, e-mail: pathompson@acf.hhs.gov. VIII. Other Information 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. Notice: Beginning with FY 2005, 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: http:// www.Grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/ index.html. Please reference Section IV.3 for details about acknowledgement of received applications. Dated: June 2, 2005. Joan E. Ohl, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. [FR Doc. 05–11592 Filed 6–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families 3. Reporting Requirements Correction Program Progress Reports: SemiAnnually. Financial Reports: Semi-Annually. Grantees will be required to submit program progress and financial reports (SF 269) throughout the project period. Program progress and financial reports are due 30 days after the reporting period. In addition, final programmatic and financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period. The Office of Community Services Program Announcement HHS–2005– ACF–OCS–EN–0018 was published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2005. On page 32794 of this announcement, the due date for applications is July 21, 2005. On page 32800 of this announcement, the due date for applications is August 5, 2005. The correct due date for applications for this announcement is July 21, 2005. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:45 Jun 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: June 6, 2005. Josephine B. Robinson, Director, Office of Community Services. [FR Doc. 05–11591 Filed 6–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. 2005N–0217] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Cosmetic Product Voluntary Reporting Program AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's 
Bureau; Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Availability etc: Abandoned 
Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects

    Funding Opportunity Title: Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service 
Demonstration Projects.
    Announcement Type: Initial.
    Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2005-ACF-ACYF-CB-0088.
    CFDA Number: 93.551.
    Due Date for Applications: Application is due August 12, 2005.
    Executive Summary: The purposes of this funding announcement are as 
follows: (1) To develop and implement programs of comprehensive 
community-based support services for the target population as described 
in Public Law 100-505, as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation 
and outcomes of these comprehensive support services; and (3) to 
develop these programs as identifiable sites that other States/locales 
seeking to implement comprehensive support services for this population 
can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    The purposes of this funding announcement are as follows: (1) To 
develop and implement programs of comprehensive community-based support 
services for the target population as described in Public Law 100-505, 
as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of these 
comprehensive support services; and (3) to develop these programs as 
identifiable sites that other States/locales seeking to implement 
comprehensive support services for this population can look to for 
guidance, insight, and possible replication.

Definitions

    Abandoned and Abandonment--The terms `abandoned' and `abandonment,' 
used with respect to infants and young children, mean that the infants 
and young children are medically cleared for discharge from acute-care 
hospital settings, but remain hospitalized because of a lack of 
appropriate out-of-hospital placement alternatives.
    Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome--The term `acquired immune 
deficiency syndrome' includes infection with the etiologic agent for 
such syndrome, any condition indicating that an individual is infected 
with such etiologic agent, and any condition arising from such 
etiologic agent.
    Dangerous Drug--The term `dangerous drug' means a controlled 
substance, as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act 
(21 U.S.C. 802).
    Natural Family--The term ``natural family'' shall be broadly 
interpreted to include natural parents, grandparents, family members, 
guardians, children residing in the household, and individuals residing 
in the household on a continuing basis who are in a care-

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giving situation, with respect to infants and young children covered 
under this Act.

Priority Area

Abandoned Infants Comprehensive Service Demonstration Projects

    1. Description: The purposes of this funding announcement are as 
follows: (1) To develop and implement programs of comprehensive 
community-based support services for the target population as described 
in Public Law 100-505, as amended; (2) to evaluate the implementation 
and outcomes of these comprehensive support services; and (3) to 
develop these programs as identifiable sites that other States/locales 
seeking to implement comprehensive support services for this population 
can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication.

Legislative Authority

    The purposes of Public Law 100-505, the Abandoned Infants Act of 
1988, as amended, are to establish a program of local support services 
projects in order to prevent the abandonment in hospitals of infants 
and young children, particularly those who have been perinatally 
exposed to a dangerous drug, those with the human immunodeficiency 
virus (HIV) or who have been perinatally exposed to the virus, or those 
who have a life-threatening illness or other special medical need; to 
identify and address the needs of those infants and children who are, 
or might be, abandoned; to develop a program of comprehensive support 
services for these infants and young children and their natural 
families (see Definitions) that include, but are not limited to, foster 
family care services, case management services, family support 
services, respite and crisis intervention services, counseling services 
and group residential home services; and to recruit and train health 
and social services personnel, foster care families, and residential 
care providers to meet the needs of abandoned children and infants and 
children who are at risk of abandonment. The legislation also allows 
for the provision of a technical assistance training program to support 
the planning, development and operation of the local comprehensive 
support services projects. The reauthorized legislation requires the 
Secretary to give priority to applicants located in States that have 
developed and implemented procedures for expedited termination of 
parental rights and placement for adoption of infants determined to be 
abandoned under State law.
    Projects funded under this announcement will be expected to:
    1. Have the project fully functioning within 90 days following the 
notification of the grant award.
    2. Participate if the Children's Bureau chooses to do a national 
evaluation or a technical assistance contract that relates to this 
funding announcement.
    3. Submit all performance indicator data, program and financial 
reports in a timely manner, in suggested format (to be provided), and 
submit the final report on disk or electronically using a standard 
word-processing program.
    4. Submit a copy of the final report, the evaluation report, and 
any program products to the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and 
Neglect Information, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447, within 90 
days of project end date. This is in addition to the standard 
requirement that the final program and evaluation report must also be 
submitted to the Grants Management Specialist and the Federal Project 
Officer.
    5. Allocate sufficient funds in the budget to:
    (a) Provide for the project director, the evaluator and other key 
partners to attend an annual 3-day grantees' meeting in Washington, DC.
    (b) Provide for the project director, the evaluator and other key 
partners to attend an early kickoff meeting for grantees funded under 
this priority area to be held within the first three months of the 
project (first year only) in Washington, DC; and
    (c) Direct 10-15 percent of the proposed budget to project 
evaluation.
    In addition, projects funded under this announcement agree to the 
following assurances required by sections 101 (b) through (d) of the 
Abandoned Infants Assistance Act:
    1. Give priority to abandoned infants and young children who are 
infected with, or have been perinatally exposed to, the human 
immunodeficiency virus, or have a life-threatening illness or other 
special medical need; or have been perinatally exposed to a dangerous 
drug.
    2. If programs provide care to infants and young children in foster 
homes or in other residential non-medical settings away from their 
parents, assure that for each infant and young child, a case plan (as 
described in paragraph 1 of section 475 of the Social Security Act [42 
U.S.C. 675(1)]) and a case review system (of the type described in 
paragraph (5) of such section) are in place, to the extent that the 
infants and young children are not otherwise covered by such a plan or 
system.
    3. Use the funds provided under this announcement only for the 
purposes specified in the application submitted to and approved by the 
Secretary.
    4. Establish fiscal control and accounting procedures to ensure 
proper disbursement and accounting of Federal funds.
    5. Submit reports on the utilization, cost, and outcome of 
activities conducted, and services furnished, as described in part 
VI.3. of this announcement (Award Administration Information.).

Definitions

    Abandoned and Abandonment--The terms `abandoned' and `abandonment,' 
used with respect to infants and young children, mean that the infants 
and young children are medically cleared for discharge from acute-care 
hospital settings, but remain hospitalized because of a lack of 
appropriate out-of-hospital placement alternatives.
    Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)--The term `acquired 
immune deficiency syndrome' includes infection with the etiologic agent 
for such syndrome, any condition indicating that an individual is 
infected with such etiologic agent, and any condition arising from such 
etiologic agent.
    Dangerous Drug--The term `dangerous drug' means a controlled 
substance, as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act 
(21 U.S.C. 802).
    Natural Family--The term ``natural family'' shall be broadly 
interpreted to include natural parents, grandparents, family members, 
guardians, children residing in the household, and individuals residing 
in the household on a continuing basis who are in a care-giving 
situation, with respect to infants and young children covered under 
this Act.

Program Requirements

    The services needed by these infants and their families are many. 
The needed services are likely to be provided by many different 
community-based agencies. Applicants must utilize an existing 
consortium of community-based service providers or develop a consortium 
for the purpose of implementing this demonstration project. Qualified 
faith-based and community organizations may be part of the consortium 
delivering these services. The applicant must take a systemic approach 
to obtaining and providing a comprehensive set of services to this 
client population. In order to provide the needed services and 
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community resources, the applicant must develop a strong infrastructure 
of community-based collaboration in delivering the services. This 
collaborative should recognize and respect individualized care 
practices and deliver the services and program supports in a culturally 
competent manner. The role of the cooperating agencies must be specific 
and delineated in a letter that specifies the level and type of program 
commitment to the overall effort. A pro forma letter of support will 
not be considered responsive to this requirement.
    In developing its consortium of community-based service providers, 
the applicant could include the following entities: child welfare, 
legal services, substance abuse treatment, mental health, parent 
support programs, caregiver support programs, in-home visiting, respite 
care, housing assistance, and quality childcare support. In providing 
the necessary services to this client population, the applicant may 
also consider the provision of caregiver support services to those 
relatives who are the caretakers for the children of a substance-
abusing and/or HIV/AIDS affected mother. Applicants may also consider 
the provision of therapeutic recreational services for the young 
children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Projects should 
demonstrate shared responsibility for case management (e.g., joint 
social services-medical case management) and integration of case plans 
for multiple agencies.
    These demonstration projects must address the relevant aspects of 
the State's Program Improvement Plan developed under the Child and 
Family Services Review as they provide coordinated services to this 
population.

Evaluation

    The Children's Bureau requires an objective evaluation and 
recommends a third party evaluation of the project. Projects funded 
under this announcement must collect descriptive data on 
characteristics of individuals and families served, types and nature of 
needs identified and met, the services provided, measures of client 
outcomes, child development and well-being, client satisfaction, 
parenting skills, parent/child interaction, cost benefit, service 
utilization information, and any other such information as may be 
required by ACYF. Additional information on outcome measures, suggested 
data collection instruments, and specific data characteristics, can be 
found at http://aia.berkeley.edu/direct_service_programs/UMKC.html.
    Projects should also collect process and outcome data for the 
project. The evaluation component of the application should describe 
methods of collecting descriptive data on the characteristics of the 
clients served and the services provided. This evaluation should be 
designed to collect systematic data to answer questions such as the 
following: What are the characteristics of families who abandon 
children? What are the service needs of children, mothers, fathers, and 
families of drug exposed infants? What are the service needs of HIV-
positive infants? What are the barriers to comprehensive case 
management and to the coordination of service delivery? What changes 
have been most helpful in improving the delivery of services? What 
changes/improvements have there been in the child's well-being and the 
child's development? What changes have there been in the family's 
stability and ability to function? What are the permanency outcomes for 
children?
    Projects must also submit descriptive data on the clients served 
and the services provided to the National Abandoned Infants Assistance 
Resource Center annually. Timeframes for the submission of data on 
outcome measures will be negotiated within six months after grant 
award.

II. Award Information

    Funding Instrument Type: Grant.
    Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: $2,850,000.
    Anticipated Number of Awards: 0 to 6.
    Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards per Budget Period: $475,000.
    Average Projected Award Amount: $475,000.
    Length of Project Periods: 48 month project with four 12-month 
budget periods.
    Other.
    Explanation of Other: In the first budget period, the maximum 
Federal share of each project is not to exceed $475,000. The projects 
awarded will be for a project period of 48 months. The initial grant 
award will be for a 12-month budget period. The award of continuation 
beyond each 12-month budget period will be subject to the availability 
of funds, satisfactory progress on the part of the grantee, and a 
determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of 
the government.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    State governments.
    County governments.
    City or township governments.
    State controlled institutions of higher education.
    Native American tribal governments (federally recognized).
    Native American tribal organizations (other than federally 
recognized tribal governments).
    Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than 
institutions of higher education.
    Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other 
than institutions of higher education.
    Private institutions of higher education.
    Additional Information on Eligibility:
    Collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts are acceptable, but 
applications should identify a primary applicant responsible for 
administering the grant.
    Faith-based and community organizations that meet all other 
eligibility requirements are eligible to apply.

2. Cost Sharing/Matching

    Yes.
Matching/Cost-Sharing
    Grantees must provide at least 10 percent of the total approved 
cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum 
of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may 
be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are 
encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. 
Therefore, a project requesting $475,000 in Federal funds (based on an 
award of $475,000 per budget period) must provide a match of at least 
$52,778 (10 percent of the total approved project costs). Grantees will 
be held accountable for commitments of non-Federal resources even if 
over the amount of the required match. Failure to provide the amount 
will result in disallowance of Federal dollars.
    Cost-sharing will not be used as a preference and/or evaluation 
criterion in the review of applications.

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 
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the government-wide electronic portal (http://www.Grants.gov). A DUNS 
number will be required for every application for a new award or 
renewal/continuation of an award, including applications or plans under 
formula, entitlement and block grant programs, submitted on or after 
October 1, 2003.
    Please ensure that your organization has a DUNS number. You may 
acquire a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free 
DUNS number request line on 1-866-705-5711 or you may request a number 
on-line at http://www.dnb.com.
    Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to 
submit proof of their non-profit status.
    Proof of non-profit status is any one of the following:
     A reference to the applicant organization's listing in the 
Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt 
organizations described in the IRS Code.
     A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate.
     A statement from a State taxing body, State attorney 
general, or other appropriate State official certifying that the 
applicant organization has a non-profit status and that none of the net 
earning accrue to any private shareholders or individuals.
     A certified copy of the organization's certificate of 
incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit 
status.
     Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above 
for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by 
the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local non-
profit affiliate.
    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 considered 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. Attn: Children's 
Bureau, 118 Q St., NE., Washington, DC 20002-2132.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    Each application must contain the following items in the order 
listed:
    Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424). Follow the 
instructions below and those that accompany the form.
    In Item 5 of Form 424, put DUNS number in ``Organizational DUNS:'' 
box.
    In Item 5 of Form 424, include name, phone number, and, if 
available, e-mail and fax numbers of the contact person.
    In Item 8 of Form 424, check `New.'
    In Item 10 of Form 424, clearly identify the Catalog of Federal 
Domestic Assistance (CFDA) program title and number for the program for 
which funds are being requested as stated in this funding opportunity 
announcement.
    In Item 11 of Form 424, identify the single funding opportunity the 
application addresses.
    In Item 12 of Form 424, identify the specific geographic area to be 
served.
    In Item 14 of Form 424, identify Congressional districts of both 
the applicant and project.

    Budget Information Non-Construction Programs (Form 424A) and Budget 
Justification.
    Follow the instructions provided here and those in Section V. 
Application Review Information. Note that Federal funds provided to 
States and services or other resources purchased with Federal funds may 
not be used to match project grants.
    Certifications/Assurances. Applicants requesting financial 
assistance for non-construction projects must file the Standard Form 
424B, `Assurances: Non-Construction Programs.' Applicants must sign and 
return the Standard Form 424B with their applications. Applicants must 
provide a certification regarding lobbying when applying for an award 
in excess of $100,000. Applicants must sign and return the 
certification with their applications.
    Applicants must disclose lobbying activities on the Standard Form 
LLL 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 to report lobbying. Applicants must sign and return the 
disclosure form, if applicable, with their applications.
    Applicants must make the appropriate certification regarding 
environmental tobacco smoke. By signing and submitting the application, 
the applicant is providing the certification and need not mail back the 
certification with the applications.
    If applicable, applicants must include a completed SPOC 
certification (Single Point of Contact) with the date of the SPOC 
contact entered in line 16, page 1 of the Form 424.
    In implementing their projects, grantees are expected to comply 
with all applicable administrative regulations regarding extent or 
types of costs. Applicable DHHS regulations can be found in 45 CFR part 
74 or 92.
    Project Abstract/Summary (one page maximum, double spaced). Clearly 
mark this page with the applicant name as shown on item 5 of the Form 
424, identify the competitive grant funding opportunity and the title 
of the proposed project as shown in item 11 and the service area as 
shown in item 12 of the Form 424. The summary description should not 
exceed 300 words.
    Care should be taken to produce an abstract/summary that accurately 
and concisely reflects the proposed project. It should describe the 
objectives of the project, the approach to be used and the results or 
benefits expected.
    Project Description for Evaluation. Applicants should organize 
their project description in this sequence: (1) Objectives and Need for 
Assistance; (2) Approach; (3) Organizational Profiles; (4) Budget and 
Budget Justification.
    Match. Provide a letter of commitment verifying the actual amount 
of the non-Federal share of project costs (see Section III.2).
    Indirect cost rate agreement. If claiming indirect costs, provide 
documentation that applicant currently has an indirect cost rate 
approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or 
another cognizant Federal agency.
    Letters of agreement and memoranda of understanding. If applicable, 
include a letter of commitment or Memorandum of Understanding from each 
partner and/or sub-contractor describing their role, detailing specific 
tasks to be performed, and expressing commitment to participate if the 
proposed project is funded.

General Content and Form Information

    The application limit is 90 pages total including all forms and 
attachments. Pages over this page limit will be

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removed from the application and will not be reviewed.
    The Children's Bureau strongly prefers that the entire application 
(including all forms, assurances, and letters of commitment) be sent in 
one package.
    To be considered for funding, each application must be submitted 
with the Standard Federal Forms (provided at the end of this 
announcement or through the electronic links provided) and following 
the guidance provided. The application must be signed by an individual 
authorized to act for the applicant agency and to assume responsibility 
for the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant 
award.
    To be considered for funding, each applicant must submit one signed 
original and two additional copies of the application, including all 
forms and attachments, to the Application Receipt Point specified in 
the section titled Deadline at the beginning of the announcement. The 
original copy of the application must have original signatures.
    The application must be typed, double spaced, printed on only one 
side, with at least \1/2\ inch margins on each side and 1 inch at the 
top and bottom, using standard 12 Point fonts (such as Times New Roman 
or Courier). Pages must be numbered.
    All copies of an application must be submitted in a single package, 
and a separate package must be submitted for each funding opportunity. 
The package must be clearly labeled for the specific funding 
opportunity it is addressing.
    Because each application will be duplicated, do not use or include 
separate covers, binders, clips, tabs, plastic inserts, maps, 
brochures, or any other items that cannot be processed easily on a 
photocopy machine with an automatic feed. Do not bind, clip, staple, or 
fasten in any way separate subsections of the application, including 
supporting documentation; however, each complete copy must be stapled 
securely in the upper left corner. Applicants are advised that the 
copies of the application submitted, not the original, will be 
reproduced by the Federal government for review.
    Tips for Preparing a Competitive Application. It is essential that 
applicants read the entire announcement package carefully before 
preparing an application and include all of the required application 
forms and attachments. The application must reflect a thorough 
understanding of the purpose and objectives of the applicable 
legislation. Reviewers expect applicants to understand the goals of the 
legislation and the Children's Bureau's interest in each topic. A 
``responsive application'' is one that addresses all of the evaluation 
criteria in ways that demonstrate this understanding. Applications that 
are considered to be ``unresponsive'' generally receive very low scores 
and are rarely funded.
    The Children's Bureau's Web site (http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/
cb) provides a wide range of information and links to other relevant 
Web sites. Before you begin preparing an application, we suggest that 
you learn more about the mission and programs of the Children's Bureau 
by exploring the Web site.
    Organizing Your Application. The specific evaluation criteria in 
Section V of this funding announcement will be used to review and 
evaluate each application. The applicant should address each of these 
specific evaluation criteria in the project description. Applicants 
should organize their project description in this sequence: (1) 
Objectives and Need for Assistance; (2) Approach; (3) Organizational 
Profiles; (4) Budget and Budget Justification; and should use the same 
headings as these criteria, so that reviewers can readily find 
information that directly addresses each of the specific review 
criteria.
    Project Evaluation Plan. Project evaluations are very important. If 
you do not have the in-house capacity to conduct an objective, 
comprehensive evaluation of the project, then the Children's Bureau 
advises that you propose contracting with a third-party evaluator 
specializing in social science or evaluation, or a university or 
college, to conduct the evaluation. A skilled evaluator can assist you 
in designing a data collection strategy that is appropriate for the 
evaluation of your proposed project. Additional assistance may be found 
in a document titled ``Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation.'' A copy 
of this document can be accessed at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/
opre/other_resrch/pm_guide_eval/reports/pmguide/pmguide_toc.html.
    Logic Model. A logic model is a tool that presents the conceptual 
framework for a proposed project and explains the linkages among 
program elements. While there are many versions of the logic model, 
they generally summarize the logical connections among the needs that 
are the focus of the project, project goals and objectives, the target 
population, project inputs (resources), the proposed activities/
processes/outputs directed toward the target population, the expected 
short- and long-term outcomes the initiative is designed to achieve, 
and the evaluation plan for measuring the extent to which proposed 
processes and outcomes actually occur. Information on the development 
of logic models is available on the Internet at http://www.uwex.edu/
ces/pdande/ or http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cyfar/capbuilding/
outcome/outcome_logicmdir.html.
    Use of Human Subjects. If your evaluation plan includes gathering 
data from or about clients, there are specific procedures which must be 
followed in order to protect their privacy and ensure the 
confidentiality of the information about them. Applicants planning to 
gather such data are asked to describe their plans regarding an 
Institutional Review Board (IRB) review. If applicable, applicants must 
include a completed Form 310, Protection of Human Subjects. For more 
information about use of human subjects and IRB's you can visit these 
Web sites: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/irb/irb_chapter2.htm#d2 and http://
www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/ictips.htm.
    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 e-mail 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

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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 http://www.Grants.gov.
     You must search for the downloadable application package 
by the CFDA number.
    Applicants that are submitting their application in paper format 
should submit an original and two copies of the complete application. 
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.
    Standard Forms and Certifications:
    The project description should include all the information 
requirements described in the specific evaluation criteria outlined in 
the program announcement under Section V Application Review 
Information. In addition to the project description, the applicant 
needs to complete all the standard forms required for making 
applications for awards under this announcement.
    Applicants seeking financial assistance under this announcement 
must file the Standard Form (SF) 424, Application for Federal 
Assistance; SF-424A, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs; SF-
424B, Assurances--Non-Construction Programs. The forms may be 
reproduced for use in submitting applications. Applicants must sign and 
return the standard forms with their application.
    Applicants must furnish prior to award an executed copy of the 
Standard Form LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for 
an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal 
funds for lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance 
under this announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if 
applicable, with their applications (approved by the Office of 
Management and Budget under control number 0348-0046). Applicants must 
sign and return the certification with their application.
    Applicants must also understand they will be held accountable for 
the smoking prohibition included within Pub. L. 103-227, Title XII 
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (also known as the PRO-KIDS Act of 1994). A 
copy of the Federal Register notice which implements the smoking 
prohibition is included with the form. 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

    Application is due August 12, 2005.
    Explanation of Due Dates: The closing time and date for receipt of 
applications is referenced above. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. 
eastern time on the closing date will be classified as late.
    Deadline: Applications shall be considered as meeting an announced 
deadline if they are received on or before the deadline time and date 
referenced in Section IV.6. Applicants are responsible for ensuring 
applications are mailed or submitted electronically well in advance of 
the application due date.
    Applications hand carried by applicants, applicant couriers, other 
representatives of the applicant, or by overnight/express mail couriers 
shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are 
received on or before the deadline date, between the hours of 8 a.m. 
and 4:30 p.m., eastern time, at the address referenced in Section 
IV.6., between Monday and Friday (excluding Federal holidays).
    ACF cannot accommodate transmission of applications by facsimile. 
Therefore, applications transmitted to ACF by fax will not be accepted 
regardless of date or time of submission and time of receipt.
    Late Applications: Applications that do not meet the criteria above 
are considered late applications. ACF shall notify each late applicant 
that its application will not be considered in the current competition.
    Any application received after 4:30 p.m. eastern time on the 
deadline date will not be considered for competition.
    Applicants using express/overnight mail services should allow two 
working days prior to the deadline date for receipt of applications. 
Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not 
always deliver as agreed.
    Extension of deadlines: ACF may extend application deadlines when 
circumstances such as acts of God (floods, hurricanes, etc.) occur, or 
when there are widespread disruptions of mail service, or in other rare 
cases. A determination to extend or waive deadline requirements rests 
with the Chief Grants Management Officer.
    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.
    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 and V.....  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                                                and V.

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Project Description............  See Sections IV.2 and V.....  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                                                and V.
Budget Narrative/Justification.  See Sections IV.2 and V.....  Found in Sections IV.2  By application due date.
                                                                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 date of award.
 Lobbying.                                                      www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
Certification Regarding          See Section IV.2............  See http:// By date of award.
 Environmental Tobacco Smoke.                                   www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
Assurances.....................  See Section IV.2............  Found in Section IV...  By date of award.
SF 424A........................  See Section IV.2............  See http:// By application due date.
                                                                www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
SF 424B........................  See Section IV.2............  See http:// By application due date.
                                                                www.acf.hhs.gov/
programs/ofs/
forms.htm.
Proof of Non-Profit Status.....  See Section III.3...........  Found in Section III.3  By date of award.
Indirect Cost rate Agreement,    See Section IV..............  Format described in IV  By application due date.
 if applicable.
Letters of commitment from       See Section IV..............  Format described in IV  By application due date.
 partner organizations, if
 applicable.
Non-Federal Commitment Letter..  See Section III.2...........  See Section III.2.....  By date of award.
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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....................  May be found on 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 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 
federally-recognized Indian Tribes, need take no action in regard to 
E.O. 12372.
    The official list, including addresses, of the jurisdictions 
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

    Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs.
    Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this 
solicitation.

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 explanation 
of due dates. Applications should be mailed to: ACYF Operations Center, 
c/o The Dixon Group, Inc., 118 Q St., NE., Washington, DC 20002-2132, 
Attention: Children's Bureau.
    Hand Delivery: An applicant must provide an original application 
with all attachments signed by an authorized representative and two 
copies. The

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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: ACYF Operations Center, c/o The Dixon Group, Inc., 118 Q St., NE., 
Washington, DC 20002-2132, Attention: Children's Bureau.
    Electronic Submission: Please see Section IV.2 for guidelines and 
requirements when submitting applications electronically via http://
www.Grants.gov.

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

General Instructions
    ACF is particularly interested in specific project descriptions 
that focus on outcomes and convey strategies for achieving intended 
performance. Project descriptions are evaluated on the basis of 
substance and measurable outcomes, not length. Extensive exhibits are 
not required. Cross-referencing should be used rather than repetition. 
Supporting information concerning activities that will not be directly 
funded by the grant or information that does not directly pertain to an 
integral part of the grant funded activity should be placed in an 
appendix. Pages should be numbered and a table of contents should be 
included for easy reference.
Introduction
    Applicants required to submit a full project description shall 
prepare the project description statement in accordance with the 
following instructions while being aware of the specified evaluation 
criteria. The text options give a broad overview of what your project 
description should include while the evaluation criteria identifies the 
measures that will be used to evaluate applications.
Project Summary/Abstract
    Provide a summary of the project description (a page or less) with 
reference to the funding request.
Objectives and Need for Assistance
    Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, 
institutional, and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution. The need 
for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate 
objectives of the project must be clearly stated; supporting 
documentation, such as letters of support and testimonials from 
concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included. Any 
relevant data based on planning studies should be included or referred 
to in the endnotes/footnotes. Incorporate demographic data and 
participant/beneficiary information, as needed. In developing the 
project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to 
provide information on the total range of projects currently being 
conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be 
outside the scope of the program announcement.
Approach
    Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how 
the proposed work will be accomplished. Account for all functions or 
activities identified in the application. Cite factors that might 
accelerate or decelerate the work and state your reason for taking the 
proposed approach rather than others. Describe any unusual features of 
the project such as design or technological innovations, reductions in 
cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement.
    Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the 
accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity in such 
terms as the number of people to be served and the number of activities 
accomplished.
    When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or function, 
list them in chronological order to show the schedule of 
accomplishments and their target dates.
    If any data is to be collected, maintained, and/or disseminated, 
clearance may be required from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB). This clearance pertains to any ``collection of information that 
is conducted or sponsored by ACF.''
    List organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key 
individuals who will work on the project along with a short description 
of the nature of their effort or contribution.
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 sufficient for the 
calculation to be duplicated. Also include a breakout by the funding 
sources identified in Block 15 of the SF-424.
    Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the 
categorical costs are derived. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, 
and allocability of the proposed costs.
General
    Use the following guidelines for preparing the budget and budget

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justification. Both Federal and non-Federal resources shall be detailed 
and justified in the budget and narrative justification. ``Federal 
resources'' refers only to the ACF grant for which you are applying. 
``Non Federal resources'' are all other Federal and non-Federal 
resources. It is suggested that budget amounts and computations be 
presented in a columnar format: First column, object class categories; 
second column, Federal budget; next column(s), non-Federal budget(s), 
and last column, total budget. The budget justification should be a 
narrative.
Personnel
    Description: Costs of employee salaries and wages.
    Justification: Identify the project director or principal 
investigator, if known. For each staff person, provide the title, time 
commitment to the project (in months), time commitment to the project 
(as a percentage or full-time equivalent), annual salary, grant salary, 
wage rates, etc. Do not include the costs of consultants or personnel 
costs of delegate agencies or of specific project(s) or businesses to 
be financed by the applicant.
Fringe Benefits
    Description: Costs of employee fringe benefits unless treated as 
part of an approved indirect cost rate.
    Justification: Provide a breakdown of the amounts and percentages 
that comprise fringe benefit costs such as health insurance, FICA, 
retirement insurance, taxes, etc.
Travel
    Description: Costs of project-related travel by employees of the 
applicant organization (does not include costs of consultant travel).
    Justification: For each trip, show the total number of traveler(s), 
travel destination, duration of trip, per diem, mileage allowances, if 
privately owned vehicles will be used, and other transportation costs 
and subsistence allowances. Travel costs for key staff to attend ACF-
sponsored workshops should be detailed in the budget.
Equipment
    Description: ``Equipment'' means an article of nonexpendable, 
tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year 
and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of (a) the 
capitalization level established by the organization for the financial 
statement purposes, or (b) $5,000. (Note: Acquisition cost means the 
net invoice unit price of an item of equipment, including the cost of 
any modifications, attachments, accessories, or auxiliary apparatus 
necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it is acquired. 
Ancillary charges, such as taxes, duty, protective in-transit 
insurance, freight, and installation shall be included in or excluded 
from acquisition cost in accordance with the organization's regular 
written accounting practices.)
    Justification: For each type of equipment requested, provide a 
description of the equipment, the cost per unit, the number of units, 
the total cost, and a plan for use on the project, as well as use or 
disposal of the equipment after the project ends. An applicant 
organization that uses its own definition for equipment should provide 
a copy of its policy or section of its policy which includes the 
equipment definition.
Supplies
    Description: Costs of all tangible personal property other than 
that included under the Equipment category.
    Justification: Specify general categories of supplies and their 
costs. Show computations and provide other information which supports 
the amount requested.
Contractual
    Description: Costs of all contracts for services and goods except 
for those that belong under other categories such as equipment, 
supplies, construction, etc. Include third party evaluation contracts 
(if applicable) and contracts with secondary recipient organizations, 
including delegate agencies and specific project(s) or businesses to be 
financed by the applicant.
    Justification: Demonstrate that all procurement transactions will 
be conducted in a manner to provide, to the maximum extent practical, 
open and free competition. Recipients and subrecipients, other than 
States that are required to use part 92 procedures, must justify any 
anticipated procurement action that is expected to be awarded without 
competition and exceed the simplified acquisition threshold fixed at 41 
U.S.C. 403(11) (currently set at $100,000).
    Recipients might be required to make available to ACF pre-award 
review and procurement documents, such as request for proposals or 
invitations for bids, independent cost estimates, etc.

    Note: Whenever the applicant intends to delegate part of the 
project to another agency, the applicant must provide a detailed 
budget and budget narrative for each delegate agency, by agency 
title, along with the required supporting information referred to in 
these instructions.

Other
    Enter the total of all other costs. Such costs, where applicable 
and appropriate, may include but are not limited to insurance, food, 
medical and dental costs (noncontractual), professional services costs, 
space and equipment rentals, printing and publication, computer use, 
training costs, such as tuition and stipends, staff development costs, 
and administrative costs.
    Justification: Provide computations, a narrative description and a 
justification for each cost under this category.
Indirect Charges
    Description: Total amount of indirect costs. This category should 
be used only when the applicant currently has an indirect cost rate 
approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or 
another cognizant Federal agency.
    Justification: An applicant that will charge indirect costs to the 
grant must enclose a copy of the current rate agreement. If the 
applicant organization is in the process of initially developing or 
renegotiating a rate, upon notification that an award will be made, it 
should immediately develop a tentative indirect cost rate proposal 
based on its most recently completed fiscal year, in accordance with 
the cognizant agency's guidelines for establishing indirect cost rates, 
and submit it to the cognizant agency. Applicants awaiting approval of 
their indirect cost proposals may also request indirect costs. When an 
indirect cost rate is requested, those costs included in the indirect 
cost pool should not also be charged as direct costs to the grant. 
Also, if the applicant is requesting a rate which is less than what is 
allowed under the program, the authorized representative of the 
applicant organization must submit a signed acknowledgement that the 
applicant is accepting a lower rate than allowed.
Nonfederal Resources
    Description: Amounts of non-Federal resources that will be used to 
support the project as identified in Block 15 of the SF-424.
    Justification: The firm commitment of these resources must be 
documented and submitted with the application so the applicant is given 
credit in the review process. A detailed budget must be prepared for 
each funding source.

Evaluation Criteria

    The following evaluation criteria appear in weighted descending 
order. The corresponding score values indicate the relative importance 
that ACF places on each evaluation criterion; however,

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applicants need not develop their applications precisely according to 
the order presented. Application components may be organized such that 
a reviewer will be able to follow a seamless and logical flow of 
information (e.g., from a broad overview of the project to more 
detailed information about how it will be conducted).
    In considering how applicants will carry out the responsibilities 
addressed under this announcement, competing applications for financial 
assistance will be reviewed and evaluated against the following 
criteria:
Approach (50 Points)
    In reviewing the approach, the following factors will be 
considered: (50 points).
    (1) The extent to which the timeline for implementing the proposed 
project, including major milestones and target dates, is comprehensive 
and reasonable. The extent to which the proposed project would develop 
the range of community-based, coordinated, comprehensive support 
services in a timely manner and conduct a thorough evaluation of its 
effectiveness within the four-year project period.
    (2) The extent to which the proposed project would enhance the 
capacity to provide community-based, collaborative, comprehensive 
support services to children and their families affected by substance 
abuse and/or HIV/AIDS, develop knowledge, enhance skills and abilities 
of practitioners in providing these types of services and transfer this 
knowledge into practice. The extent to which specific measurable 
outcomes will occur as a result of the proposed collaborative, 
comprehensive services program.
    (3) The extent to which the approach establishes an infrastructure 
of community-based agencies and promotes a lasting change in the 
delivery of community-based services to this client population. The 
extent to which the applicant describes the roles and responsibilities 
of the collaborating agencies, and includes letters of commitment.
    (4) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates a thorough 
understanding of the challenges in providing community-based, 
collaborative comprehensive services to this target population with 
such complex needs. The extent to which the applicant provides a sound 
plan for overcoming these challenges.
    (5) The extent to which the applicant will work effectively with 
terminally ill parent(s), if present in the program, to make permanency 
planning arrangements, such as, stand-by guardianship or stand-by 
adoption arrangements for their children to ensure the smooth 
transition to another caregiver and prevent a possible out-of-home 
placement.
    (6) The extent to which the project will be culturally responsive 
to the target population.
    (7) The extent to which the specific services that would be 
provided under the proposed project are appropriate and are described 
in detail. The extent to which the project will be broad and 
comprehensive and will be implemented in a collaborative manner with 
other community-based agencies. The extent to which the project will 
effectively provide the wide range of assistance needed by the target 
population.
    (8) The extent to which the design of the proposed project reflects 
up-to-date knowledge from the substance-abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS 
treatment research and literature. The extent to which the proposed 
project is innovative and involves strategies that build on, or are an 
alternative to, existing strategies.
    (9) The extent to which the applicant describes appropriate 
procedures for conducting an effective evaluation effort. The extent to 
which the methods/procedures used will effectively determine the extent 
to which the program has achieved the stated objectives. The extent to 
which the proposed evaluation plan would be likely to yield useful 
findings or results about effective strategies and contribute to and 
promote evaluation research and evidence-based practices that could be 
used to guide replication or testing in other settings. The extent to