Notice of Funds Availability for FY 2010, 30908-30914 [2010-13182]

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[FR Doc. 2010–13235 Filed 6–1–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Community Development Financial Institutions Fund sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Notice of Funds Availability for FY 2010 Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) inviting applications for the FY 2010 funding round of the Financial Education and Counseling (FEC) Pilot Program. Announcement Type: Announcement of funding opportunity. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 21.010. DATES: Applications for financial assistance through the FY 2010 funding round of FEC Pilot Program must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), July 8, 2010. Applications received after the applicable deadline will be rejected. Executive Summary: This NOFA is issued in connection with the FY 2010 funding round of the FEC Pilot Program. Through the FEC Pilot Program, the Community Development Financial VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 Institutions (CDFI) Fund awards grants to Eligible Organizations to provide a range of Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers. The goals of grants that are awarded through the FEC Pilot Program are to identify successful methods of Financial Education and Counseling Services that result in Positive Behavioral Change for financial empowerment, and to establish program models for organizations to implement measurably effective Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers. I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Through the FEC Pilot Program, authorized pursuant to section 1132 of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–289), the CDFI Fund provides financial assistance awards to Eligible Organizations to provide a range of Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers. B. Definitions: For the purposes of this NOFA, the following terms shall have the following definitions: 1. Act means section 1132(c) of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–289). 2. Affiliate means any company or entity that Controls, is Controlled by, or is under common Control with another company. 3. Applicant means any Eligible Organization. 4. Application means the CDFI Fund’s funding application form, including any written or verbal information in connection therewith and any attachments, appendices and/or written or verbal supplements thereto, submitted by the Awardee to the CDFI Fund in response to this NOFA. 5. Assistance Agreement means the formal agreement between the CDFI Fund and an Awardee that includes the terms and conditions of the FEC Pilot Program award. 6. Awardee means an Applicant selected by the CDFI Fund to receive an FEC Pilot Program grant. 7. Collaborative Effort means a joint effort by two or more Eligible Organizations to carry out Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers, as described in the Application and as evidenced by a written agreement among the entities for the Performance Period. The Collaborative Effort must designate the entity that will serve as the primary FEC Pilot Program point of contact for the CDFI Fund, and that will serve as signatory to the Assistance Agreement, receive and allocate award PO 00000 Frm 00139 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 disbursements, and report on behalf of the collaborative. 8. Community Development Financial Institution (or CDFI) means an entity certified as a CDFI by the CDFI Fund pursuant to the CDFI Program regulations set forth at 12 CFR 1805.201. 9. Control means: (i) Ownership, control, or power to vote 25 percent or more of the outstanding shares of any class of voting securities of any company, directly or indirectly or acting through one or more other persons; (ii) control in any manner over the election of a majority of the directors, trustees, or general partners (or individuals exercising similar functions) of any company; or (iii) the power to exercise, directly or indirectly, a controlling influence over the management, credit or investment decisions, or policies of any company. 10. Credit Union means any credit union that is: (i) Regulated by, and/or the member accounts of which are insured by, a State agency or instrumentality; or (ii) a cooperative association organized in accordance with provisions of the Federal Credit Union Act, chapter 14 of title 12 of the United States Code (12 U.S.C. 1751). 11. Eligible Organization means an entity that: (i) Is certified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as Housing Counseling Agencies, in accordance with section 106(e)(1) of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, (12 U.S.C. 1701x(e)), or is certified by the Office of Financial Education (OFE) of the Department of the Treasury, in accordance with section 1132(c)(2) of the Act; (ii) meets the criteria in Section III.A.1–2 of this NOFA; and (iii) meets the minimum threshold requirements, as specified in Section III.A.4. of this NOFA, necessary to demonstrate that it has the experience and ability to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers that result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes. 12. Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program (or FEC Pilot Program) means the program created pursuant to the Act, as implemented through this NOFA. 13. Financial Education and Counseling Services means activities that increase the financial knowledge and decision-making capabilities of Prospective Homebuyers. Such education and counseling services shall prepare or assist Prospective Homebuyers to develop monthly budgets, build personal savings, finance or plan for major purchases, reduce personal debt, improve financial stability, and set and reach financial E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices goals. Such services may include: Helping Prospective Homebuyers to improve their credit scores by understanding the relationship between credit histories and credit scores; and educating Prospective Homebuyers about the options available to build savings for short- and long-term goals. 14. HUD Housing Counseling Agency means an entity that is currently certified and maintains its certified status in accordance with section 106(e)(1) of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701x(e)) through the Performance Period. 15. Intermediary Organization means an Eligible Organization whose strategy for delivering Financial Education and Counseling services to Prospective Homebuyers is to provide support, through financial or technical assistance, to other organizations that will, in turn, provide Financial Education and Counseling services directly to Prospective Homebuyers. 16. Local government means a city, town, township, county, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a State or Federal Territory, or a general purpose political subdivision thereof that is established pursuant to legislation and designated by the chief executive to act on behalf of the jurisdiction. 17. Low-income means a family or individual income that does not exceed 50 percent of the median income of the area in which they reside, as determined by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, with adjustments for smaller and larger families pursuant to section 102(a)(20) of the Housing and Community Development Act, the pertinent provisions of which are codified at 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(20). 18. Low-wealth means a Net Worth below the national median as defined by the Federal Reserve Board’s most recently published Survey of Consumer Finances. For more information concerning the Survey of Consumer Finances, please refer to http:// www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/oss/oss2/ scfindex.html. 19. Moderate-income means a family or individual income that exceeds 50 percent, but does not exceed 80 percent, of the median income of the area in which they reside, as determined by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, with adjustments for smaller and larger families pursuant to section 102(a)(20) of the Housing and Community Development Act, the pertinent provisions of which are codified at 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(20). 20. Net Worth means assets less liabilities. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 21. Performance Period means the period beginning with the effective date of the Assistance Agreement and includes an Awardee’s three full consecutive fiscal years after such effective date, during which the Awardee must meet performance goals set forth in the Assistance Agreement, or such other period as may be established by the CDFI Fund. 22. Positive Behavioral Changes means changes in activities, especially measurable changes, reflecting increased financial knowledge (what consumers know) and management skills (what consumers do). Such changes include, but are not limited to, increasing savings, engaging in short- or long-term financial planning, tracking expenses and income, and better managing credit. 23. Prospective Homebuyer means an individual of at least 18 years of age who, at the time of initial receipt of Financial Education and Counseling Services funded in whole or in part through an award under the FEC Pilot Program: (i) Is Low-Income, ModerateIncome, and/or Low-Wealth; and (ii) does not currently own, hold title to, or pay a mortgage on a residence. 24. State government means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or any Federal territory, or any agency or instrumentality thereof that is established pursuant to legislation and designated by the chief executive officer to act on behalf of the jurisdiction. 25. Subsidiary means any company which is owned or Controlled directly or indirectly by another company. 26. Tribal government means a unit of local government that is established to act on behalf of Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian people, or is a political subdivision that is designated by the chief executive of the jurisdiction to act on behalf of the rights associated with residents of a federally recognized Indian Reservation or of Hawaiian Home Lands as defined by the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (42 Stat. 108) or members of corporations designated under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601). II. Award Information A. Funding Availability: Through this NOFA, the CDFI Fund expects that it will award: (i) One grant in the aggregate amount of $3.15 million in FY 2010 appropriated funds to an Eligible Organization whose headquarters is located in the State of Hawaii (Hawaii Applicants) and (ii) not more than five grants in the aggregate amount of $1 million in FY 2010 appropriated funds PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30909 to Eligible Organizations headquartered outside the State of Hawaii. The CDFI Fund expects that each FY 2010 FEC Pilot Program grant made to an Eligible Organization that is headquartered outside the State of Hawaii will be made in the approximate amount of $200,000 to $400,000; however, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to provide a grant to an Eligible Organization that is headquartered outside of the State of Hawaii in an amount other than specified above or in an amount other than that which the Applicant requests. The FY 2010 FEC Pilot Program grant made to a Hawaii Applicant will be made in the approximate amount of $3.15 million. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all, or none of the Applications submitted in response to this NOFA. B. Detailed Application content requirements are found in the FEC Pilot Program Application and related guidance materials: C. The primary purposes of the FEC Pilot Program are: (i) To identify successful methods of Financial Education and Counseling Services that result in Positive Behavioral Changes for financial empowerment of Prospective Homebuyers; and (ii) to establish program models for organizations to implement measurably effective Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers. D. To achieve such purposes, the CDFI Fund will award FEC Pilot Program grants to Eligible Organizations that provide Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers with the goals of: (i) Increasing the financial knowledge and decision-making capabilities of Prospective Homebuyers; (ii) assisting Prospective Homebuyers to develop monthly budgets, build personal savings, finance or plan for major purchases, reduce personal debt, improve financial stability, and set and reach financial goals; (iii) helping Prospective Homebuyers to improve their credit scores by understanding the relationship between credit histories and credit scores; and (iv) educating Prospective Homebuyers about the options available to build savings for short- and long-term goals. For Hawaii Applicants, the Prospective Homebuyers must reside in the State of Hawaii. E. Awardees will be selected based upon factors which include, but are not limited to, their experience and ability to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers which result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes (see Section V. B.–C., below, for E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 30910 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices Criteria and Review and Selection Process). F. Uses of Funds: In general, eligible uses of FEC Pilot Program awards include all allowable expenses as defined by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–122, ‘‘Cost Principles For Non-Profit Organizations,’’ and OMB Circular A– 87, ‘‘Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments,’’ related to the administration, operation, and implementation of a Financial Education and Counseling Services program. For example, eligible uses may include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Personnel (Salary): An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program grant funds to cover the salary paid currently or accrued for services rendered by permanent or temporary staff in carrying out a distinct project or for a set period during the Performance Period. The CDFI Fund will only cover salary for duties that are related to the purpose of the award. Compensation paid for employees engaged in activities funded with a FEC Pilot Program grant must be consistent with that paid for similar work for other Awardee employees. 2. Personnel (Fringe Benefits): An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program grant funds to cover the fringe benefits paid currently or accrued for services rendered by permanent or temporary staff in carrying out a distinct project or for a set period during the Performance Period. Fringe benefits are for personnel listed in Personnel (Salary) and only for the percentage of time devoted to the FEC Pilot Program-related activities during the Performance Period. Fringe benefits on overtime hours are limited to FICA, Workers’ Compensation, and Unemployment Compensation. Fringe benefits provided to employees engaged in activities funded with a FEC Pilot Program grant must be consistent with that paid for similar work for other Awardee employees. 3. Professional Service Costs (Consulting and Contracts): An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program grant funds to acquire external expertise that will directly further the purposes and activities of its Financial Education and Counseling Services. 4. Materials and Supplies: An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program grant funds to purchase supplies and/or to produce materials that will directly further the purposes and activities of its Financial Education and Counseling Services. Generally, supplies include any materials that are expended or consumed over time. 5. Equipment and Other Capital Expenditures: An Awardee may use FEC VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 Pilot Program grant funds to acquire new equipment or to enhance existing equipment that will directly further the purposes and activities of its Financial Education and Counseling Services. 6. Other Program Expenses: An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program grant funds to cover other direct expenses allowable under OMB Circular A–122 and OMB Circular A–87, including direct payments made to the recipients of the Awardee’s Financial Education and Counseling Services (e.g., contributions to a matched savings account; compensation for participating in follow-on surveys; reimbursement for expenses associated with attending training sessions; etc.). For all other costs outlined in OMB Circular A–122 and OMB Circular A–87, the Awardee must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the CDFI Fund that the activity will be directly linked to its Financial Education and Counseling Services. Awardees are expected to use a portion of FEC Pilot Program grant funds to finance costs related to evaluating the impact of the Financial Education and Counseling Services on the financial knowledge, and change of skills and behavior, of Prospective Homebuyers. Such uses may include development and implementation of assessment tools, including both short-term and longitudinal assessments, and other research on effectiveness of particular program activities. 7. Indirect Costs: An Awardee may use no more than fifteen percent (15%) of FEC Pilot Program grant funds to cover indirect expenses allowable under OMB Circular A–122 and OMB Circular A–87. G. FEC Pilot Program grant funds must be used to support the Awardee’s activities: Grant funds cannot be used to support the activities of, or otherwise be ‘‘passed through’’ to third-party entities, including Affiliates or Subsidiaries, without the prior written permission of the CDFI Fund. Notwithstanding this general prohibition against passing through funds to other entities, Intermediary Organizations shall be permitted to apply for FEC Pilot Program grant funds in furtherance of their strategy to support other providers of Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers, provided that such funds are not used to provide financial or technical assistance to any other organization (or its Affiliates) that receives a FEC Pilot Program grant through the FY 2009 funding round. H. Assistance Agreement: Each Awardee under this NOFA must sign an Assistance Agreement in order to receive a disbursement of award PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proceeds from the CDFI Fund. The Assistance Agreement contains the terms and conditions of the award. For further information, see Section VI.A. of this NOFA. III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants: An Applicant must be an Eligible Organization in order to be eligible to receive an FEC Pilot Program award. The following sets forth additional detail and dates that relate to the submission of applications under this NOFA: 1. Eligibility of Hawaii Applicants: Any Eligible Organization headquartered in the State of Hawaii is eligible to apply for an award of $3.15 million in the FY 2010 Funding Round. Any such organization that applied for an award in the FY 2009 Funding Round must submit a new Application under this NOFA in order to be considered for the $3.15 million award available in the FY 2010 Funding Round. For purposes of this NOFA, a Hawaii Applicant must demonstrate that its headquarters is located in the State of Hawaii. 2. Eligibility of Applicants Located outside of the State of Hawaii: With respect to the $1 million in funding that is available to non-Hawaii Applicants in the FY 2010 Funding Round, only Applicants headquartered outside the State of Hawaii that applied for funding in the FY 2009 Funding Round will be considered for these awards. The CDFI Fund is not soliciting, nor will it review, any new applications from Applicants located outside the state of Hawaii. Rather, the CDFI Fund anticipates making between three to five awards, in amounts ranging from $200,000 to $400,000, to Eligible Organizations that submitted applications under the FY 2009 Funding Round and were ranked and reviewed by the selection committee, but were not selected to receive awards under the FY 2009 Funding Round. In addition, as described further below, in order to be deemed eligible for an FEC Pilot Program award, an Eligible Organization must demonstrate that it meets certain minimum threshold requirements with respect to its experience and ability to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers that result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes. 3. Eligibility Specifications: (a) HUD Housing Counseling Agencies: To be eligible for an award through this NOFA, a HUD Housing Counseling Agency must be certified as such in accordance with section 106(e)(1) of the Housing and Urban E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices Development Act of 1968 (912 U.S.C. 1701x(e)), as of the Application deadline under this NOFA and must maintain its status as a HUD Housing Counseling Agency through the Performance Period. (b) State, Local, and Tribal governments: To be eligible for an award through this NOFA, State, Local, and Tribal governments must provide applicable documentation in the form specified in the Application. (c) CDFIs: To be eligible for an award through this NOFA, a CDFI must be certified as a CDFI by the CDFI Fund as of the Application deadline under this NOFA and must maintain its CDFI certification throughout the Performance Period. (d) Credit Unions: To be eligible for an award through this NOFA, a Credit Union must have received its Credit Union charter by or before the Application deadline under this NOFA and must maintain its status as a Credit Union throughout the Performance Period. (e) Hawaii Applicants: Approximately $3.15 million in appropriated funds under this NOFA are available for an award to an Eligible Organization whose headquarters is located in the State of Hawaii. For purposes of this NOFA, a Hawaii Applicant must demonstrate that its headquarters is located in the State of Hawaii. 4. Experience and Ability: In order to be deemed an Eligible Organization by the Office of Financial Education (OFE), an organization must demonstrate that, at the time of Application submission, it has the requisite experience and ability to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers that result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes. As specified further in the Application, an entity must demonstrate that: (i) It has been providing Financial Education and Counseling Services for a period of at least three years immediately prior to the Application deadline; (ii) it has at least two full-time equivalent positions dedicated to the development and/or delivery of Financial Education and Counseling Services (this may include the time of more than two staff persons, board members, or outside contractors totaling 75.0 hours or more per week); (iii) it has provided Financial Education and Counseling Services (either directly or, in the case of an Intermediary Organization, indirectly) to at least 100 Potential Homebuyers in calendar year 2009 or to an average of at least 150 Potential Homebuyers per year over the three calendar years prior to the Application deadline, and tracked Positive Behavioral Change outcomes VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 with respect to such services; and (iv) at the time of Application, it has budget resources of at least $50,000 dedicated to the provision of Financial Education and Counseling Services. Entities that cannot satisfy each of these four requirements do not meet the minimum requisite experience and ability to administer an FEC Pilot Program award, and will not be eligible for FEC Pilot Program awards. 5. Intermediary Organizations: An Intermediary Organization must be one of the following: (a) A HUD Housing Counseling Agency; (b) a State, Local or Tribal government; (c) a CDFI; or (d) a Credit Union. Additionally, an Intermediary Organization must certify that it meets the minimum threshold criteria described above in Section III.A.4. An Intermediary Organization may satisfy the requirements of Section III.A.4. based on the Intermediary Organization’s direct activities or the activities of Financial Education and Counseling Services providers supported by the Intermediary Organization. 6. Eligibility Reviews: Eligibility reviews will be completed at the time of Application submission, based on the Application. 7. Applications Submitted as Part of a Collaborative Effort: In such circumstances, the Collaborative Effort must identify in the Application the lead organization that will serve as the primary administrator of the FEC Pilot Program award. This entity is hereinafter deemed the ‘‘Lead Applicant’’ for purposes of the Application. The Lead Applicant must be able to assert that it (individually and separately from the combined accomplishments of the Collaborative Effort members) can satisfy each of the four threshold criteria identified in Section III.A.4., above. Other members of the Collaborative Effort are not required to meet the minimum threshold criteria. 8. Entities that Submit Applications Together with Affiliates or Subsidiaries; Applications from Common Enterprises: If an Applicant and its Affiliates or Subsidiaries wish to submit Applications, they must do so collectively, in one Application; an Applicant and its Affiliates or Subsidiaries may not submit separate Applications. If Affiliated or Subsidiary entities submit multiple Applications, the CDFI Fund reserves the right either to reject all such Applications received or to select a single Application as the only Application considered for a grant. For purposes of this NOFA, in addition to assessing whether Applicants are Affiliates or Subsidiaries, PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30911 the CDFI Fund will consider whether Applicants constitute a common enterprise. For the purposes of this NOFA, a common enterprise may exist: (i) Where the activities described in Applications submitted by separate entities are, or will be, operated and/or managed such that, in fact or effect, they may be viewed as a single entity; (ii) where the Applications submitted by separate entities contain significant narrative, textual or other similarities; or (iii) where the strategies and/or activities described in Applications submitted by separate entities are so closely related, in fact or effect, they may be viewed as substantially identical Applications. In such cases, the CDFI Fund reserves the right: To reject all Applications received from all such entities; to select a single Application as the only one that will be considered for an award; and/or, in the event that an Application is selected to receive an award, to deem certain activities ineligible. B. Limitations on Awards: Awardees are required to account for the use of all FEC Pilot Program award dollars. FEC Pilot Program award funds cannot be used to cover expenses of any same activities for which the Awardee has received, or will receive, awards from other sources of federal financial assistance; notwithstanding this limitation, FEC Pilot Program award funds can be used to increase the population served by the Awardee, and/ or to increase the scope of the Awardee’s Financial Education and Counseling Services. Intermediary Organizations that receive FEC Pilot Program awards may not use those dollars to provide assistance to other FEC Pilot Program awardees (or their Affiliates) that receive awards through either the FY 2009 or FY 2010 Funding Rounds. C. Matching Funds: There are no matching fund requirements for the FEC Pilot Program. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Applications Submitted via Grants.gov: Hawaii Applicants must submit Applications under this NOFA electronically, through via Grants.gov. In order to submit an application via Grants.gov, Applicants must complete a multi-step registration process. Applicants are encouraged to allow at least two to three weeks to complete the registration process. No paper submittals or attachments will be accepted. Applications sent by mail, facsimile or other form will generally not be accepted, except in circumstances approved in advance by E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 30912 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices the CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion. The CDFI Fund will post to its Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov instructions for accessing and submitting Applications as soon as they become available. Applicants may use the following link for information on getting started on Grants.gov: http://grants.gov/ assets/GrantsgovCoBrandBrochure 8X11.pdf. B. MyCDFIFund Accounts: All Hawaii Applicants must register User and Organization accounts in myCDFIFund, the CDFI Fund’s Internet-based interface. A Hawaii Applicant must be registered as both a User and an Organization in myCDFIFund as of the Application deadline in order to be considered to have submitted a complete Application. As myCDFIFund is the CDFI Fund’s primary means of communication with Applicants and Awardees, organizations must make sure that they update the contact information in their myCDFIFund accounts before the Application deadline. For more information on myCDFIFund, please see the ‘‘Frequently Asked Questions’’ link posted at https://www.cdfifund.gov/ myCDFI/Help/Help.asp. C. Application Content Requirements: Detailed Application content requirements, including instructions relating to the submission of the application via Grants.gov, are found in the Application materials. Please note that, each Applicant must provide, as part of its Application, a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number pursuant to OMB guidance (68 FR 38402). In addition, each Application must include a valid and current Employer Identification Number (EIN) with a letter or other documentation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirming the EIN. Hawaii Applicants should allow sufficient time for the IRS and/or Dun and Bradstreet to respond to inquiries and/or requests for identification numbers. An Application that does not include an EIN is incomplete and cannot be transmitted to the CDFI Fund. The preceding sentences do not limit the CDFI Fund’s ability to contact any Applicant for the purpose of obtaining clarifying or confirming application information such as a DUNS number or EIN information. Once an Application is submitted, the Applicant will not be allowed to change any element of the Application. D. Application Deadlines: The FEC Pilot Program Application must be submitted to Grants.gov in accordance with the instructions provided in the Application guidance materials, by no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on July 8, 2010. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 In addition, Applicants must separately submit, via their myCDFIFund account, the application signature page, signed by the Applicant’s Authorized Representative by no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on July 8, 2010. Authorized Representative, and all other Hawaii Applicants and potential Hawaii Applicants with technical or programmatic questions must contact the CDFI Fund by 5 p.m. ET on July 6, 2010 in order to receive a response to their inquiries. The CDFI Fund will not respond to Hawaii Applicants and potential Hawaii Applicants that submit questions after this date until after the Application deadline. E. Paperwork Reduction Act: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and an individual is not required to respond to a collection of information, unless it displays a valid OMB control number. Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Application has been assigned the following control number: 1559–0034. F. Late Delivery: The CDFI Fund will neither accept a late Application nor any portion of an Application that is late; an Application that is late, or for which any portion is late, will be rejected. An application submitted via Grants.gov and all required submissions via Applicant’s myCDFIFund account must be received by the applicable time and date set forth above. The CDFI Fund will not grant exceptions or waivers for late delivery of documents including, but not limited to, late delivery that is caused by third parties. Any Application that is deemed ineligible will not be returned to the Applicant. G. Intergovernmental Review: Not applicable. H. Funding Restrictions: For allowable uses of FEC Pilot Program award proceeds, please see Section II.F., above. V. Application Review Information A. Format: Applications must be single-spaced and use a 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Each section in the Application that is reviewed has recommended page limitations. Hawaii Applicants are encouraged to read each section carefully and to remain within the page limitations for each section. There is also an absolute page limitation of 25 pages for the entire Application. The CDFI Fund will not consider responses beyond the 25 page limitation. Also, the CDFI Fund will read only information requested in the Application and will not read attachments that have not been PO 00000 Frm 00143 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 specifically requested in this NOFA or the Application. B. Criteria: Applicants will be evaluated across several key areas: 1. Implementation Plan: The Applicant must provide a detailed, successful strategy for developing and delivering innovative Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers. The Applicant is required to identify and describe, among other things: (i) Its particular target market; (ii) the types of Financial Education and Counseling Services that the Applicant will provide to its target market, including any proposed innovations that will enhance the likelihood of success within the Performance Period; (iii) the need and demand for such services among the target market; and (iv) the delivery strategy for providing such services to the target market, including how it collaborates with other entities, and any proposed innovations that will enhance the likelihood of success within the Performance Period. Hawaii Applicants will be scored more favorably to the extent that they identify a plan to serve the entire State of Hawaii, including rural communities and populations that may be harder to serve due to geographic isolation, language and cultural barriers, or other reasons. 2. Proposed Impacts: The Applicant must be able to demonstrate that the effective delivery of its proposed Financial and Education Counseling Services will result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes among Prospective Homebuyers. To this end, the Applicant must identify and describe, among other things: (i) Its benchmarks for measuring Positive Behavioral Changes; (ii) its strategy for tracking and documenting Positive Behavioral Changes over time; and (iii) the extent to which it believes its model, if successful, can be readily replicated by other providers of Financial Education and Counseling Services. 3. Organizational Capacity: The Applicant must demonstrate the ability and capacity to undertake its proposed delivery of the Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers, to measure and report on outcomes, and to manage its FEC Pilot Program award dollars. To this end, the Applicant will be required to identify and describe, among other things: (i) Its key personnel and staffing resources (current and proposed); (ii) its track record of providing Financial Education and Counseling Services and tracking program outcomes; (iii) its current financial condition, including results of recent audits; and (iv) its experience administering other federal government E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices grant awards, if applicable. Hawaii Applicants will be asked specifically to identify and describe their track record of providing Financial Education and Counseling Services and tracking program outcomes in Hawaii, including their track record of serving various parts of the State of Hawaii, including rural and urban areas, and populations that may be harder to serve due to geographic isolation, language and cultural barriers, or other reasons. 4. Budget/Sources and Use of Funds: The Applicant must demonstrate that it has a strategy to effectively and efficiently make use of the FEC Pilot Program award dollars. To this end, the Applicant will be required to complete a table outlining its proposed sources and uses of funds, and to provide a narrative explanation of how its award dollars will be used to: (i) Further the development and delivery of its Financial Education and Counseling Services; (ii) track customer performance; (iii) evaluate program effectiveness; and/or (iv) facilitate program replication. C. Review and Selection Process: 1. Eligibility and Completeness Review: The CDFI Fund will review each Application for completeness. The OFE will review each Application to determine whether the Applicant meets the eligibility requirements set forth in this NOFA. An incomplete Application does not meet eligibility requirements and will be rejected. Any Application that does not meet eligibility requirements will not be returned to the Applicant. 2. Substantive Review: If an Application is determined to be complete and the Applicant is determined to be an Eligible Organization, the CDFI Fund will conduct the substantive review of the Application in accordance with the criteria and procedures described in this NOFA, the Application, and any Application guidance. As part of the review process, the CDFI Fund may contact the Applicant by telephone, email, mail, or through an on-site visit for the sole purpose of obtaining clarifying or confirming Application information. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to collect such additional information from Applicants as it deems appropriate including, but not limited to, copies of financial education curricula, organizational information, and audited financial statements. After submitting its Application, the Applicant will not be permitted to revise or modify its Application in any way. If contacted for clarifying or confirming information, the Applicant must respond within the time parameters set by the CDFI Fund. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 3. Application Review; Selection: Awards will be made based on Applicants’ experience and ability to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers that result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes, in accordance with the criteria set forth above in Section V.B. Awards pursuant to the $1 million in funding available for non-Hawaii Applicants will be made to Applicants that submitted applications under the FY 2009 Funding Round and were ranked and reviewed by the selection committee. Awards pursuant to the $3.15 million in funding available to Hawaii Applicants will be made as set forth in Section V.C.3(a)–(c) below. (a) Application Review: To the extent possible, based primarily on the number of Applications received, Applications submitted by Hawaii Applicants will be reviewed in the manner specified below. Applications will be sorted into peer groupings based on factors such as the delivery strategy used to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services and the target market (geographic or otherwise) that is identified. To the extent possible, based primarily on the number of Applications received, Applications will be reviewed by multiple reviewers. Reviewers will be assigned a set number of Applications within each peer grouping. With respect to each Application reviewed, the reviewer will give equal weight to all elements of the Application proposal (i.e., each plan will be reviewed holistically—no one element will be scored higher or lower than any other element). Once the reviewer has completed all of his/her review assignments, he/she will provide a ranking of each Application relative to the other Applications that were reviewed. (b) Application Selection: Once all Applications have been reviewed, those Applications that were ranked the highest by the reviewers will be reviewed by a selection committee. Each member of the selection committee will review and rate each of these Applications, and based upon their ratings, will select a single organization to receive an award of up to $3.15 million. (c) Evaluating Prior Award Performance: In the case of an Applicant that has received awards from any Federal programs, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to contact officials from the appropriate federal agency or agencies to determine whether the Awardee is in compliance with current or prior award agreements, and to take PO 00000 Frm 00144 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30913 such information into consideration before making an award under the FEC Pilot Program. 4. Award Notification: Each Applicant will be informed of the CDFI Fund’s award decision either through a notification from the CDFI Fund if selected for an award or written declination if not selected for an award. The CDFI Fund will notify Awardees by e-mail using the addresses maintained in the Awardee’s myCDFIFund account. 5. Information and Updates: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject an Application if information (including administrative errors) comes to the attention of the CDFI Fund that either adversely affects an Applicant’s eligibility for an award, or adversely affects the CDFI Fund’s evaluation or scoring of an Application, or indicates fraud or mismanagement on the part of an Applicant. If the CDFI Fund determines that any portion of the Application is incorrect in any material respect, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject the Application. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to change its eligibility and evaluation criteria and procedures, if the CDFI Fund deems it appropriate; if said changes materially affect the CDFI Fund’s award decisions, the CDFI Fund will provide information regarding the changes through the CDFI Fund’s Web site. There is no right to appeal the CDFI Fund’s award decisions. The CDFI Fund’s award decisions are final. VI. Award Administration Information A. Assistance Agreement: Each Applicant that is selected to receive an award under this NOFA must enter into an Assistance Agreement with the CDFI Fund in order to receive disbursement of award proceeds. The Assistance Agreement will set forth certain required terms and conditions of the award, which will include but not be limited to: (i) The amount of the award; (ii) the type of award; (iii) the approved uses of the award; (iv) the approved target market to which the funded activity must be directed; (v) performance goals and measures; and (vi) reporting requirements for all Awardees. Assistance Agreements under this NOFA generally will have three-year performance periods. B. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Assistance Agreement and rescind an award if the Awardee fails to return the Assistance Agreement, signed by the authorized representative of the Awardee, and/or provide the CDFI Fund with any other requested documentation, within the deadlines set by the CDFI Fund. Each Awardee must E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 30914 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices provide the CDFI Fund with a certificate of good standing (or equivalent documentation) from its State (or jurisdiction) of incorporation. C. Reporting: 1. Reporting requirements: The CDFI Fund will collect information, on at least an annual basis, from each Awardee which may include, but shall not be limited to: (i) Use of FEC Pilot Program award dollars; (ii) aggregated characteristics of individuals that received Financial Education and Counseling Services funded by FEC Pilot Program award dollars; and (iii) the extent to which the Awardee satisfied its performance goals and measures, to include measures of the effectiveness of the Awardee’s strategy and ability to create Positive Behavioral Change among Prospective Homebuyers. Each Awardee is responsible for the timely and complete submission of such reports, even if all or a portion of the documents actually is completed by another entity or signatory to the Assistance Agreement. If such other entities or signatories are required to provide reports or other documentation that the CDFI Fund may require, the Awardee is responsible for ensuring that the information is submitted timely and complete. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to contact such additional entities or signatories to the Assistance Agreement and require that additional information and documentation be provided. The CDFI Fund will use such information to monitor each Awardee’s compliance with the requirements set forth in the Assistance Agreement and to assess the impact of the FEC Pilot Program. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify these reporting requirements if it determines it to be appropriate and necessary; however, such reporting requirements will be modified only after notice to Awardees. 2. Accounting: The CDFI Fund will require each Awardee that receives an award through this NOFA to account for and track the use of the grant award. This means that for every dollar of an award received from the CDFI Fund, the Awardee will be required to inform the CDFI Fund of its uses. This will require Awardees to separately account for the proceeds and use of the award, subject to the applicable OMB Circulars. The CDFI Fund will provide guidance to Awardees outlining the format and content of the information to be provided on an annual basis, outlining and describing how the funds were used. Each Awardee that receives an award must provide the CDFI Fund with the required complete and accurate Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) form for its bank account prior to award closing and disbursement. VII. Agency Contacts A. The CDFI Fund will respond to questions and provide support concerning this NOFA and the Application between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, starting the date of the publication of this NOFA through two days prior to the Application deadline. The CDFI Fund will not respond to questions or provide support concerning the Applications that are received after 5 p.m. ET on said dates, until after the Application deadline. Applications and other information regarding the CDFI Fund and its programs may be obtained from the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http:// www.cdfifund.gov. The CDFI Fund will post responses on its Web site to questions of general applicability regarding the FEC Pilot Program. B. The CDFI Fund’s contact information is as follows: TABLE 4—CONTACT INFORMATION [Fax number for all offices: 202–622–7754] Telephone number (not toll free) Type of question sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES FEC Pilot Program ............................................................................................................................. Certification, Compliance, Monitoring and Evaluation ....................................................................... Information Technology Support ........................................................................................................ C. Communication with the CDFI Fund: The CDFI Fund will use the myCDFIFund Internet interface to communicate with Applicants and Awardees, using the contact information maintained in their respective myCDFIFund accounts. Therefore, the Applicant and any Subsidiaries, signatories, and Affiliates must maintain accurate contact information (including contact person and authorized representative, e-mail addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and office addresses) in its myCDFIFund account(s). For more information about myCDFIFund (which includes information about the CDFI Fund’s Community Investment Impact System), please see the Help documents posted at http://www.cdfifund.gov/ciis/ accessingciis.pdf. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 202–622–6355 202–622–6330 202–622–2455 E-mail addresses cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov. cme@cdfi.treas.gov. IThelp@cdfi.treas.gov. VIII. Information Sessions and Outreach DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The CDFI Fund may conduct Webinars or host information sessions for organizations interested in applying to, or learning about, the CDFI Fund’s programs. For further information, please visit the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. [OMB Control No. 2900–New (VA Form 10– 0487)] Authority: Pub. L. 110–289, Pub. L. 111– AGENCY: Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. 8. Dated: May 26, 2010. Scott Berman, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund


Notice of Funds Availability for FY 2010

    Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) 
inviting applications for the FY 2010 funding round of the Financial 
Education and Counseling (FEC) Pilot Program.
    Announcement Type: Announcement of funding opportunity.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 21.010.

DATES: Applications for financial assistance through the FY 2010 
funding round of FEC Pilot Program must be received by 11:59 p.m. 
Eastern Time (ET), July 8, 2010. Applications received after the 
applicable deadline will be rejected.
    Executive Summary: This NOFA is issued in connection with the FY 
2010 funding round of the FEC Pilot Program. Through the FEC Pilot 
Program, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund 
awards grants to Eligible Organizations to provide a range of Financial 
Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers. The goals 
of grants that are awarded through the FEC Pilot Program are to 
identify successful methods of Financial Education and Counseling 
Services that result in Positive Behavioral Change for financial 
empowerment, and to establish program models for organizations to 
implement measurably effective Financial Education and Counseling 
Services to Prospective Homebuyers.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    A. Through the FEC Pilot Program, authorized pursuant to section 
1132 of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-
289), the CDFI Fund provides financial assistance awards to Eligible 
Organizations to provide a range of Financial Education and Counseling 
Services to Prospective Homebuyers.
    B. Definitions: For the purposes of this NOFA, the following terms 
shall have the following definitions:
    1. Act means section 1132(c) of the Housing and Economic Recovery 
Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-289).
    2. Affiliate means any company or entity that Controls, is 
Controlled by, or is under common Control with another company.
    3. Applicant means any Eligible Organization.
    4. Application means the CDFI Fund's funding application form, 
including any written or verbal information in connection therewith and 
any attachments, appendices and/or written or verbal supplements 
thereto, submitted by the Awardee to the CDFI Fund in response to this 
NOFA.
    5. Assistance Agreement means the formal agreement between the CDFI 
Fund and an Awardee that includes the terms and conditions of the FEC 
Pilot Program award.
    6. Awardee means an Applicant selected by the CDFI Fund to receive 
an FEC Pilot Program grant.
    7. Collaborative Effort means a joint effort by two or more 
Eligible Organizations to carry out Financial Education and Counseling 
Services to Prospective Homebuyers, as described in the Application and 
as evidenced by a written agreement among the entities for the 
Performance Period. The Collaborative Effort must designate the entity 
that will serve as the primary FEC Pilot Program point of contact for 
the CDFI Fund, and that will serve as signatory to the Assistance 
Agreement, receive and allocate award disbursements, and report on 
behalf of the collaborative.
    8. Community Development Financial Institution (or CDFI) means an 
entity certified as a CDFI by the CDFI Fund pursuant to the CDFI 
Program regulations set forth at 12 CFR 1805.201.
    9. Control means: (i) Ownership, control, or power to vote 25 
percent or more of the outstanding shares of any class of voting 
securities of any company, directly or indirectly or acting through one 
or more other persons; (ii) control in any manner over the election of 
a majority of the directors, trustees, or general partners (or 
individuals exercising similar functions) of any company; or (iii) the 
power to exercise, directly or indirectly, a controlling influence over 
the management, credit or investment decisions, or policies of any 
company.
    10. Credit Union means any credit union that is: (i) Regulated by, 
and/or the member accounts of which are insured by, a State agency or 
instrumentality; or (ii) a cooperative association organized in 
accordance with provisions of the Federal Credit Union Act, chapter 14 
of title 12 of the United States Code (12 U.S.C. 1751).
    11. Eligible Organization means an entity that: (i) Is certified by 
the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as Housing 
Counseling Agencies, in accordance with section 106(e)(1) of the 
Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, (12 U.S.C. 1701x(e)), or is 
certified by the Office of Financial Education (OFE) of the Department 
of the Treasury, in accordance with section 1132(c)(2) of the Act; (ii) 
meets the criteria in Section III.A.1-2 of this NOFA; and (iii) meets 
the minimum threshold requirements, as specified in Section III.A.4. of 
this NOFA, necessary to demonstrate that it has the experience and 
ability to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services to 
Prospective Homebuyers that result in documented Positive Behavioral 
Changes.
    12. Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program (or FEC Pilot 
Program) means the program created pursuant to the Act, as implemented 
through this NOFA.
    13. Financial Education and Counseling Services means activities 
that increase the financial knowledge and decision-making capabilities 
of Prospective Homebuyers. Such education and counseling services shall 
prepare or assist Prospective Homebuyers to develop monthly budgets, 
build personal savings, finance or plan for major purchases, reduce 
personal debt, improve financial stability, and set and reach financial

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goals. Such services may include: Helping Prospective Homebuyers to 
improve their credit scores by understanding the relationship between 
credit histories and credit scores; and educating Prospective 
Homebuyers about the options available to build savings for short- and 
long-term goals.
    14. HUD Housing Counseling Agency means an entity that is currently 
certified and maintains its certified status in accordance with section 
106(e)(1) of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 
1701x(e)) through the Performance Period.
    15. Intermediary Organization means an Eligible Organization whose 
strategy for delivering Financial Education and Counseling services to 
Prospective Homebuyers is to provide support, through financial or 
technical assistance, to other organizations that will, in turn, 
provide Financial Education and Counseling services directly to 
Prospective Homebuyers.
    16. Local government means a city, town, township, county, parish, 
village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a State or 
Federal Territory, or a general purpose political subdivision thereof 
that is established pursuant to legislation and designated by the chief 
executive to act on behalf of the jurisdiction.
    17. Low-income means a family or individual income that does not 
exceed 50 percent of the median income of the area in which they 
reside, as determined by the Secretary of Housing and Urban 
Development, with adjustments for smaller and larger families pursuant 
to section 102(a)(20) of the Housing and Community Development Act, the 
pertinent provisions of which are codified at 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(20).
    18. Low-wealth means a Net Worth below the national median as 
defined by the Federal Reserve Board's most recently published Survey 
of Consumer Finances. For more information concerning the Survey of 
Consumer Finances, please refer to http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/oss/oss2/scfindex.html.
    19. Moderate-income means a family or individual income that 
exceeds 50 percent, but does not exceed 80 percent, of the median 
income of the area in which they reside, as determined by the Secretary 
of Housing and Urban Development, with adjustments for smaller and 
larger families pursuant to section 102(a)(20) of the Housing and 
Community Development Act, the pertinent provisions of which are 
codified at 42 U.S.C. 5302(a)(20).
    20. Net Worth means assets less liabilities.
    21. Performance Period means the period beginning with the 
effective date of the Assistance Agreement and includes an Awardee's 
three full consecutive fiscal years after such effective date, during 
which the Awardee must meet performance goals set forth in the 
Assistance Agreement, or such other period as may be established by the 
CDFI Fund.
    22. Positive Behavioral Changes means changes in activities, 
especially measurable changes, reflecting increased financial knowledge 
(what consumers know) and management skills (what consumers do). Such 
changes include, but are not limited to, increasing savings, engaging 
in short- or long-term financial planning, tracking expenses and 
income, and better managing credit.
    23. Prospective Homebuyer means an individual of at least 18 years 
of age who, at the time of initial receipt of Financial Education and 
Counseling Services funded in whole or in part through an award under 
the FEC Pilot Program: (i) Is Low-Income, Moderate-Income, and/or Low-
Wealth; and (ii) does not currently own, hold title to, or pay a 
mortgage on a residence.
    24. State government means any State of the United States, the 
District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or any Federal 
territory, or any agency or instrumentality thereof that is established 
pursuant to legislation and designated by the chief executive officer 
to act on behalf of the jurisdiction.
    25. Subsidiary means any company which is owned or Controlled 
directly or indirectly by another company.
    26. Tribal government means a unit of local government that is 
established to act on behalf of Native American, Alaskan Native, and 
Native Hawaiian people, or is a political subdivision that is 
designated by the chief executive of the jurisdiction to act on behalf 
of the rights associated with residents of a federally recognized 
Indian Reservation or of Hawaiian Home Lands as defined by the Hawaiian 
Homes Commission Act (42 Stat. 108) or members of corporations 
designated under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 
1601).

II. Award Information

    A. Funding Availability: Through this NOFA, the CDFI Fund expects 
that it will award: (i) One grant in the aggregate amount of $3.15 
million in FY 2010 appropriated funds to an Eligible Organization whose 
headquarters is located in the State of Hawaii (Hawaii Applicants) and 
(ii) not more than five grants in the aggregate amount of $1 million in 
FY 2010 appropriated funds to Eligible Organizations headquartered 
outside the State of Hawaii. The CDFI Fund expects that each FY 2010 
FEC Pilot Program grant made to an Eligible Organization that is 
headquartered outside the State of Hawaii will be made in the 
approximate amount of $200,000 to $400,000; however, the CDFI Fund 
reserves the right to provide a grant to an Eligible Organization that 
is headquartered outside of the State of Hawaii in an amount other than 
specified above or in an amount other than that which the Applicant 
requests. The FY 2010 FEC Pilot Program grant made to a Hawaii 
Applicant will be made in the approximate amount of $3.15 million. The 
CDFI Fund reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all, or 
none of the Applications submitted in response to this NOFA.
    B. Detailed Application content requirements are found in the FEC 
Pilot Program Application and related guidance materials:
    C. The primary purposes of the FEC Pilot Program are: (i) To 
identify successful methods of Financial Education and Counseling 
Services that result in Positive Behavioral Changes for financial 
empowerment of Prospective Homebuyers; and (ii) to establish program 
models for organizations to implement measurably effective Financial 
Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers.
    D. To achieve such purposes, the CDFI Fund will award FEC Pilot 
Program grants to Eligible Organizations that provide Financial 
Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers with the 
goals of: (i) Increasing the financial knowledge and decision-making 
capabilities of Prospective Homebuyers; (ii) assisting Prospective 
Homebuyers to develop monthly budgets, build personal savings, finance 
or plan for major purchases, reduce personal debt, improve financial 
stability, and set and reach financial goals; (iii) helping Prospective 
Homebuyers to improve their credit scores by understanding the 
relationship between credit histories and credit scores; and (iv) 
educating Prospective Homebuyers about the options available to build 
savings for short- and long-term goals. For Hawaii Applicants, the 
Prospective Homebuyers must reside in the State of Hawaii.
    E. Awardees will be selected based upon factors which include, but 
are not limited to, their experience and ability to provide Financial 
Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers which 
result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes (see Section V. B.-C., 
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Criteria and Review and Selection Process).
    F. Uses of Funds: In general, eligible uses of FEC Pilot Program 
awards include all allowable expenses as defined by Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-122, ``Cost Principles For Non-
Profit Organizations,'' and OMB Circular A-87, ``Cost Principles for 
State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments,'' related to the 
administration, operation, and implementation of a Financial Education 
and Counseling Services program. For example, eligible uses may 
include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Personnel (Salary): An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program grant 
funds to cover the salary paid currently or accrued for services 
rendered by permanent or temporary staff in carrying out a distinct 
project or for a set period during the Performance Period. The CDFI 
Fund will only cover salary for duties that are related to the purpose 
of the award. Compensation paid for employees engaged in activities 
funded with a FEC Pilot Program grant must be consistent with that paid 
for similar work for other Awardee employees.
    2. Personnel (Fringe Benefits): An Awardee may use FEC Pilot 
Program grant funds to cover the fringe benefits paid currently or 
accrued for services rendered by permanent or temporary staff in 
carrying out a distinct project or for a set period during the 
Performance Period. Fringe benefits are for personnel listed in 
Personnel (Salary) and only for the percentage of time devoted to the 
FEC Pilot Program-related activities during the Performance Period. 
Fringe benefits on overtime hours are limited to FICA, Workers' 
Compensation, and Unemployment Compensation. Fringe benefits provided 
to employees engaged in activities funded with a FEC Pilot Program 
grant must be consistent with that paid for similar work for other 
Awardee employees.
    3. Professional Service Costs (Consulting and Contracts): An 
Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program grant funds to acquire external 
expertise that will directly further the purposes and activities of its 
Financial Education and Counseling Services.
    4. Materials and Supplies: An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program 
grant funds to purchase supplies and/or to produce materials that will 
directly further the purposes and activities of its Financial Education 
and Counseling Services. Generally, supplies include any materials that 
are expended or consumed over time.
    5. Equipment and Other Capital Expenditures: An Awardee may use FEC 
Pilot Program grant funds to acquire new equipment or to enhance 
existing equipment that will directly further the purposes and 
activities of its Financial Education and Counseling Services.
    6. Other Program Expenses: An Awardee may use FEC Pilot Program 
grant funds to cover other direct expenses allowable under OMB Circular 
A-122 and OMB Circular A-87, including direct payments made to the 
recipients of the Awardee's Financial Education and Counseling Services 
(e.g., contributions to a matched savings account; compensation for 
participating in follow-on surveys; reimbursement for expenses 
associated with attending training sessions; etc.). For all other costs 
outlined in OMB Circular A-122 and OMB Circular A-87, the Awardee must 
demonstrate to the satisfaction of the CDFI Fund that the activity will 
be directly linked to its Financial Education and Counseling Services. 
Awardees are expected to use a portion of FEC Pilot Program grant funds 
to finance costs related to evaluating the impact of the Financial 
Education and Counseling Services on the financial knowledge, and 
change of skills and behavior, of Prospective Homebuyers. Such uses may 
include development and implementation of assessment tools, including 
both short-term and longitudinal assessments, and other research on 
effectiveness of particular program activities.
    7. Indirect Costs: An Awardee may use no more than fifteen percent 
(15%) of FEC Pilot Program grant funds to cover indirect expenses 
allowable under OMB Circular A-122 and OMB Circular A-87.
    G. FEC Pilot Program grant funds must be used to support the 
Awardee's activities: Grant funds cannot be used to support the 
activities of, or otherwise be ``passed through'' to third-party 
entities, including Affiliates or Subsidiaries, without the prior 
written permission of the CDFI Fund. Notwithstanding this general 
prohibition against passing through funds to other entities, 
Intermediary Organizations shall be permitted to apply for FEC Pilot 
Program grant funds in furtherance of their strategy to support other 
providers of Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective 
Homebuyers, provided that such funds are not used to provide financial 
or technical assistance to any other organization (or its Affiliates) 
that receives a FEC Pilot Program grant through the FY 2009 funding 
round.
    H. Assistance Agreement: Each Awardee under this NOFA must sign an 
Assistance Agreement in order to receive a disbursement of award 
proceeds from the CDFI Fund. The Assistance Agreement contains the 
terms and conditions of the award. For further information, see Section 
VI.A. of this NOFA.

III. Eligibility Information

    A. Eligible Applicants: An Applicant must be an Eligible 
Organization in order to be eligible to receive an FEC Pilot Program 
award. The following sets forth additional detail and dates that relate 
to the submission of applications under this NOFA:
    1. Eligibility of Hawaii Applicants: Any Eligible Organization 
headquartered in the State of Hawaii is eligible to apply for an award 
of $3.15 million in the FY 2010 Funding Round. Any such organization 
that applied for an award in the FY 2009 Funding Round must submit a 
new Application under this NOFA in order to be considered for the $3.15 
million award available in the FY 2010 Funding Round. For purposes of 
this NOFA, a Hawaii Applicant must demonstrate that its headquarters is 
located in the State of Hawaii.
    2. Eligibility of Applicants Located outside of the State of 
Hawaii: With respect to the $1 million in funding that is available to 
non-Hawaii Applicants in the FY 2010 Funding Round, only Applicants 
headquartered outside the State of Hawaii that applied for funding in 
the FY 2009 Funding Round will be considered for these awards. The CDFI 
Fund is not soliciting, nor will it review, any new applications from 
Applicants located outside the state of Hawaii. Rather, the CDFI Fund 
anticipates making between three to five awards, in amounts ranging 
from $200,000 to $400,000, to Eligible Organizations that submitted 
applications under the FY 2009 Funding Round and were ranked and 
reviewed by the selection committee, but were not selected to receive 
awards under the FY 2009 Funding Round.
    In addition, as described further below, in order to be deemed 
eligible for an FEC Pilot Program award, an Eligible Organization must 
demonstrate that it meets certain minimum threshold requirements with 
respect to its experience and ability to provide Financial Education 
and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers that result in 
documented Positive Behavioral Changes.
    3. Eligibility Specifications:
    (a) HUD Housing Counseling Agencies: To be eligible for an award 
through this NOFA, a HUD Housing Counseling Agency must be certified as 
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Development Act of 1968 (912 U.S.C. 1701x(e)), as of the Application 
deadline under this NOFA and must maintain its status as a HUD Housing 
Counseling Agency through the Performance Period.
    (b) State, Local, and Tribal governments: To be eligible for an 
award through this NOFA, State, Local, and Tribal governments must 
provide applicable documentation in the form specified in the 
Application.
    (c) CDFIs: To be eligible for an award through this NOFA, a CDFI 
must be certified as a CDFI by the CDFI Fund as of the Application 
deadline under this NOFA and must maintain its CDFI certification 
throughout the Performance Period.
    (d) Credit Unions: To be eligible for an award through this NOFA, a 
Credit Union must have received its Credit Union charter by or before 
the Application deadline under this NOFA and must maintain its status 
as a Credit Union throughout the Performance Period.
    (e) Hawaii Applicants: Approximately $3.15 million in appropriated 
funds under this NOFA are available for an award to an Eligible 
Organization whose headquarters is located in the State of Hawaii. For 
purposes of this NOFA, a Hawaii Applicant must demonstrate that its 
headquarters is located in the State of Hawaii.
    4. Experience and Ability: In order to be deemed an Eligible 
Organization by the Office of Financial Education (OFE), an 
organization must demonstrate that, at the time of Application 
submission, it has the requisite experience and ability to provide 
Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers 
that result in documented Positive Behavioral Changes. As specified 
further in the Application, an entity must demonstrate that: (i) It has 
been providing Financial Education and Counseling Services for a period 
of at least three years immediately prior to the Application deadline; 
(ii) it has at least two full-time equivalent positions dedicated to 
the development and/or delivery of Financial Education and Counseling 
Services (this may include the time of more than two staff persons, 
board members, or outside contractors totaling 75.0 hours or more per 
week); (iii) it has provided Financial Education and Counseling 
Services (either directly or, in the case of an Intermediary 
Organization, indirectly) to at least 100 Potential Homebuyers in 
calendar year 2009 or to an average of at least 150 Potential 
Homebuyers per year over the three calendar years prior to the 
Application deadline, and tracked Positive Behavioral Change outcomes 
with respect to such services; and (iv) at the time of Application, it 
has budget resources of at least $50,000 dedicated to the provision of 
Financial Education and Counseling Services. Entities that cannot 
satisfy each of these four requirements do not meet the minimum 
requisite experience and ability to administer an FEC Pilot Program 
award, and will not be eligible for FEC Pilot Program awards.
    5. Intermediary Organizations: An Intermediary Organization must be 
one of the following: (a) A HUD Housing Counseling Agency; (b) a State, 
Local or Tribal government; (c) a CDFI; or (d) a Credit Union. 
Additionally, an Intermediary Organization must certify that it meets 
the minimum threshold criteria described above in Section III.A.4. An 
Intermediary Organization may satisfy the requirements of Section 
III.A.4. based on the Intermediary Organization's direct activities or 
the activities of Financial Education and Counseling Services providers 
supported by the Intermediary Organization.
    6. Eligibility Reviews: Eligibility reviews will be completed at 
the time of Application submission, based on the Application.
    7. Applications Submitted as Part of a Collaborative Effort: In 
such circumstances, the Collaborative Effort must identify in the 
Application the lead organization that will serve as the primary 
administrator of the FEC Pilot Program award. This entity is 
hereinafter deemed the ``Lead Applicant'' for purposes of the 
Application. The Lead Applicant must be able to assert that it 
(individually and separately from the combined accomplishments of the 
Collaborative Effort members) can satisfy each of the four threshold 
criteria identified in Section III.A.4., above. Other members of the 
Collaborative Effort are not required to meet the minimum threshold 
criteria.
    8. Entities that Submit Applications Together with Affiliates or 
Subsidiaries; Applications from Common Enterprises: If an Applicant and 
its Affiliates or Subsidiaries wish to submit Applications, they must 
do so collectively, in one Application; an Applicant and its Affiliates 
or Subsidiaries may not submit separate Applications. If Affiliated or 
Subsidiary entities submit multiple Applications, the CDFI Fund 
reserves the right either to reject all such Applications received or 
to select a single Application as the only Application considered for a 
grant.
    For purposes of this NOFA, in addition to assessing whether 
Applicants are Affiliates or Subsidiaries, the CDFI Fund will consider 
whether Applicants constitute a common enterprise. For the purposes of 
this NOFA, a common enterprise may exist: (i) Where the activities 
described in Applications submitted by separate entities are, or will 
be, operated and/or managed such that, in fact or effect, they may be 
viewed as a single entity; (ii) where the Applications submitted by 
separate entities contain significant narrative, textual or other 
similarities; or (iii) where the strategies and/or activities described 
in Applications submitted by separate entities are so closely related, 
in fact or effect, they may be viewed as substantially identical 
Applications. In such cases, the CDFI Fund reserves the right: To 
reject all Applications received from all such entities; to select a 
single Application as the only one that will be considered for an 
award; and/or, in the event that an Application is selected to receive 
an award, to deem certain activities ineligible.
    B. Limitations on Awards: Awardees are required to account for the 
use of all FEC Pilot Program award dollars. FEC Pilot Program award 
funds cannot be used to cover expenses of any same activities for which 
the Awardee has received, or will receive, awards from other sources of 
federal financial assistance; notwithstanding this limitation, FEC 
Pilot Program award funds can be used to increase the population served 
by the Awardee, and/or to increase the scope of the Awardee's Financial 
Education and Counseling Services. Intermediary Organizations that 
receive FEC Pilot Program awards may not use those dollars to provide 
assistance to other FEC Pilot Program awardees (or their Affiliates) 
that receive awards through either the FY 2009 or FY 2010 Funding 
Rounds.
    C. Matching Funds: There are no matching fund requirements for the 
FEC Pilot Program.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    A. Applications Submitted via Grants.gov: Hawaii Applicants must 
submit Applications under this NOFA electronically, through via 
Grants.gov. In order to submit an application via Grants.gov, 
Applicants must complete a multi-step registration process. Applicants 
are encouraged to allow at least two to three weeks to complete the 
registration process. No paper submittals or attachments will be 
accepted. Applications sent by mail, facsimile or other form will 
generally not be accepted, except in circumstances approved in advance 
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the CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion. The CDFI Fund will post to its 
Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov instructions for accessing and 
submitting Applications as soon as they become available. Applicants 
may use the following link for information on getting started on 
Grants.gov: http://grants.gov/assets/GrantsgovCoBrandBrochure8X11.pdf.
    B. MyCDFIFund Accounts: All Hawaii Applicants must register User 
and Organization accounts in myCDFIFund, the CDFI Fund's Internet-based 
interface. A Hawaii Applicant must be registered as both a User and an 
Organization in myCDFIFund as of the Application deadline in order to 
be considered to have submitted a complete Application. As myCDFIFund 
is the CDFI Fund's primary means of communication with Applicants and 
Awardees, organizations must make sure that they update the contact 
information in their myCDFIFund accounts before the Application 
deadline. For more information on myCDFIFund, please see the 
``Frequently Asked Questions'' link posted at https://www.cdfifund.gov/myCDFI/Help/Help.asp.
    C. Application Content Requirements: Detailed Application content 
requirements, including instructions relating to the submission of the 
application via Grants.gov, are found in the Application materials. 
Please note that, each Applicant must provide, as part of its 
Application, a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System 
(DUNS) number pursuant to OMB guidance (68 FR 38402). In addition, each 
Application must include a valid and current Employer Identification 
Number (EIN) with a letter or other documentation from the Internal 
Revenue Service (IRS) confirming the EIN. Hawaii Applicants should 
allow sufficient time for the IRS and/or Dun and Bradstreet to respond 
to inquiries and/or requests for identification numbers. An Application 
that does not include an EIN is incomplete and cannot be transmitted to 
the CDFI Fund. The preceding sentences do not limit the CDFI Fund's 
ability to contact any Applicant for the purpose of obtaining 
clarifying or confirming application information such as a DUNS number 
or EIN information. Once an Application is submitted, the Applicant 
will not be allowed to change any element of the Application.
    D. Application Deadlines: The FEC Pilot Program Application must be 
submitted to Grants.gov in accordance with the instructions provided in 
the Application guidance materials, by no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on 
July 8, 2010. In addition, Applicants must separately submit, via their 
myCDFIFund account, the application signature page, signed by the 
Applicant's Authorized Representative by no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on 
July 8, 2010.
    Authorized Representative, and all other Hawaii Applicants and 
potential Hawaii Applicants with technical or programmatic questions 
must contact the CDFI Fund by 5 p.m. ET on July 6, 2010 in order to 
receive a response to their inquiries. The CDFI Fund will not respond 
to Hawaii Applicants and potential Hawaii Applicants that submit 
questions after this date until after the Application deadline.
    E. Paperwork Reduction Act: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35), an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection 
of information, and an individual is not required to respond to a 
collection of information, unless it displays a valid OMB control 
number. Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Application has 
been assigned the following control number: 1559-0034.
    F. Late Delivery: The CDFI Fund will neither accept a late 
Application nor any portion of an Application that is late; an 
Application that is late, or for which any portion is late, will be 
rejected. An application submitted via Grants.gov and all required 
submissions via Applicant's myCDFIFund account must be received by the 
applicable time and date set forth above. The CDFI Fund will not grant 
exceptions or waivers for late delivery of documents including, but not 
limited to, late delivery that is caused by third parties. Any 
Application that is deemed ineligible will not be returned to the 
Applicant.
    G. Intergovernmental Review: Not applicable.
    H. Funding Restrictions: For allowable uses of FEC Pilot Program 
award proceeds, please see Section II.F., above.

V. Application Review Information

    A. Format: Applications must be single-spaced and use a 12-point 
font with 1-inch margins. Each section in the Application that is 
reviewed has recommended page limitations. Hawaii Applicants are 
encouraged to read each section carefully and to remain within the page 
limitations for each section. There is also an absolute page limitation 
of 25 pages for the entire Application. The CDFI Fund will not consider 
responses beyond the 25 page limitation. Also, the CDFI Fund will read 
only information requested in the Application and will not read 
attachments that have not been specifically requested in this NOFA or 
the Application.
    B. Criteria: Applicants will be evaluated across several key areas:
    1. Implementation Plan: The Applicant must provide a detailed, 
successful strategy for developing and delivering innovative Financial 
Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers. The 
Applicant is required to identify and describe, among other things: (i) 
Its particular target market; (ii) the types of Financial Education and 
Counseling Services that the Applicant will provide to its target 
market, including any proposed innovations that will enhance the 
likelihood of success within the Performance Period; (iii) the need and 
demand for such services among the target market; and (iv) the delivery 
strategy for providing such services to the target market, including 
how it collaborates with other entities, and any proposed innovations 
that will enhance the likelihood of success within the Performance 
Period. Hawaii Applicants will be scored more favorably to the extent 
that they identify a plan to serve the entire State of Hawaii, 
including rural communities and populations that may be harder to serve 
due to geographic isolation, language and cultural barriers, or other 
reasons.
    2. Proposed Impacts: The Applicant must be able to demonstrate that 
the effective delivery of its proposed Financial and Education 
Counseling Services will result in documented Positive Behavioral 
Changes among Prospective Homebuyers. To this end, the Applicant must 
identify and describe, among other things: (i) Its benchmarks for 
measuring Positive Behavioral Changes; (ii) its strategy for tracking 
and documenting Positive Behavioral Changes over time; and (iii) the 
extent to which it believes its model, if successful, can be readily 
replicated by other providers of Financial Education and Counseling 
Services.
    3. Organizational Capacity: The Applicant must demonstrate the 
ability and capacity to undertake its proposed delivery of the 
Financial Education and Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers, 
to measure and report on outcomes, and to manage its FEC Pilot Program 
award dollars. To this end, the Applicant will be required to identify 
and describe, among other things: (i) Its key personnel and staffing 
resources (current and proposed); (ii) its track record of providing 
Financial Education and Counseling Services and tracking program 
outcomes; (iii) its current financial condition, including results of 
recent audits; and (iv) its experience administering other federal 
government

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grant awards, if applicable. Hawaii Applicants will be asked 
specifically to identify and describe their track record of providing 
Financial Education and Counseling Services and tracking program 
outcomes in Hawaii, including their track record of serving various 
parts of the State of Hawaii, including rural and urban areas, and 
populations that may be harder to serve due to geographic isolation, 
language and cultural barriers, or other reasons.
    4. Budget/Sources and Use of Funds: The Applicant must demonstrate 
that it has a strategy to effectively and efficiently make use of the 
FEC Pilot Program award dollars. To this end, the Applicant will be 
required to complete a table outlining its proposed sources and uses of 
funds, and to provide a narrative explanation of how its award dollars 
will be used to: (i) Further the development and delivery of its 
Financial Education and Counseling Services; (ii) track customer 
performance; (iii) evaluate program effectiveness; and/or (iv) 
facilitate program replication.
    C. Review and Selection Process:
    1. Eligibility and Completeness Review: The CDFI Fund will review 
each Application for completeness. The OFE will review each Application 
to determine whether the Applicant meets the eligibility requirements 
set forth in this NOFA. An incomplete Application does not meet 
eligibility requirements and will be rejected. Any Application that 
does not meet eligibility requirements will not be returned to the 
Applicant.
    2. Substantive Review: If an Application is determined to be 
complete and the Applicant is determined to be an Eligible 
Organization, the CDFI Fund will conduct the substantive review of the 
Application in accordance with the criteria and procedures described in 
this NOFA, the Application, and any Application guidance. As part of 
the review process, the CDFI Fund may contact the Applicant by 
telephone, e-mail, mail, or through an on-site visit for the sole 
purpose of obtaining clarifying or confirming Application information. 
The CDFI Fund reserves the right to collect such additional information 
from Applicants as it deems appropriate including, but not limited to, 
copies of financial education curricula, organizational information, 
and audited financial statements. After submitting its Application, the 
Applicant will not be permitted to revise or modify its Application in 
any way. If contacted for clarifying or confirming information, the 
Applicant must respond within the time parameters set by the CDFI Fund.
    3. Application Review; Selection: Awards will be made based on 
Applicants' experience and ability to provide Financial Education and 
Counseling Services to Prospective Homebuyers that result in documented 
Positive Behavioral Changes, in accordance with the criteria set forth 
above in Section V.B. Awards pursuant to the $1 million in funding 
available for non-Hawaii Applicants will be made to Applicants that 
submitted applications under the FY 2009 Funding Round and were ranked 
and reviewed by the selection committee. Awards pursuant to the $3.15 
million in funding available to Hawaii Applicants will be made as set 
forth in Section V.C.3(a)-(c) below.
    (a) Application Review:
    To the extent possible, based primarily on the number of 
Applications received, Applications submitted by Hawaii Applicants will 
be reviewed in the manner specified below. Applications will be sorted 
into peer groupings based on factors such as the delivery strategy used 
to provide Financial Education and Counseling Services and the target 
market (geographic or otherwise) that is identified. To the extent 
possible, based primarily on the number of Applications received, 
Applications will be reviewed by multiple reviewers. Reviewers will be 
assigned a set number of Applications within each peer grouping. With 
respect to each Application reviewed, the reviewer will give equal 
weight to all elements of the Application proposal (i.e., each plan 
will be reviewed holistically--no one element will be scored higher or 
lower than any other element). Once the reviewer has completed all of 
his/her review assignments, he/she will provide a ranking of each 
Application relative to the other Applications that were reviewed.
    (b) Application Selection: Once all Applications have been 
reviewed, those Applications that were ranked the highest by the 
reviewers will be reviewed by a selection committee. Each member of the 
selection committee will review and rate each of these Applications, 
and based upon their ratings, will select a single organization to 
receive an award of up to $3.15 million.
    (c) Evaluating Prior Award Performance: In the case of an Applicant 
that has received awards from any Federal programs, the CDFI Fund 
reserves the right to contact officials from the appropriate federal 
agency or agencies to determine whether the Awardee is in compliance 
with current or prior award agreements, and to take such information 
into consideration before making an award under the FEC Pilot Program.
    4. Award Notification: Each Applicant will be informed of the CDFI 
Fund's award decision either through a notification from the CDFI Fund 
if selected for an award or written declination if not selected for an 
award. The CDFI Fund will notify Awardees by e-mail using the addresses 
maintained in the Awardee's myCDFIFund account.
    5. Information and Updates: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to 
reject an Application if information (including administrative errors) 
comes to the attention of the CDFI Fund that either adversely affects 
an Applicant's eligibility for an award, or adversely affects the CDFI 
Fund's evaluation or scoring of an Application, or indicates fraud or 
mismanagement on the part of an Applicant. If the CDFI Fund determines 
that any portion of the Application is incorrect in any material 
respect, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to 
reject the Application. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to change its 
eligibility and evaluation criteria and procedures, if the CDFI Fund 
deems it appropriate; if said changes materially affect the CDFI Fund's 
award decisions, the CDFI Fund will provide information regarding the 
changes through the CDFI Fund's Web site. There is no right to appeal 
the CDFI Fund's award decisions. The CDFI Fund's award decisions are 
final.

VI. Award Administration Information

    A. Assistance Agreement: Each Applicant that is selected to receive 
an award under this NOFA must enter into an Assistance Agreement with 
the CDFI Fund in order to receive disbursement of award proceeds. The 
Assistance Agreement will set forth certain required terms and 
conditions of the award, which will include but not be limited to: (i) 
The amount of the award; (ii) the type of award; (iii) the approved 
uses of the award; (iv) the approved target market to which the funded 
activity must be directed; (v) performance goals and measures; and (vi) 
reporting requirements for all Awardees. Assistance Agreements under 
this NOFA generally will have three-year performance periods.
    B. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to 
terminate the Assistance Agreement and rescind an award if the Awardee 
fails to return the Assistance Agreement, signed by the authorized 
representative of the Awardee, and/or provide the CDFI Fund with any 
other requested documentation, within the deadlines set by the CDFI 
Fund. Each Awardee must

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provide the CDFI Fund with a certificate of good standing (or 
equivalent documentation) from its State (or jurisdiction) of 
incorporation.
    C. Reporting:
    1. Reporting requirements: The CDFI Fund will collect information, 
on at least an annual basis, from each Awardee which may include, but 
shall not be limited to: (i) Use of FEC Pilot Program award dollars; 
(ii) aggregated characteristics of individuals that received Financial 
Education and Counseling Services funded by FEC Pilot Program award 
dollars; and (iii) the extent to which the Awardee satisfied its 
performance goals and measures, to include measures of the 
effectiveness of the Awardee's strategy and ability to create Positive 
Behavioral Change among Prospective Homebuyers. Each Awardee is 
responsible for the timely and complete submission of such reports, 
even if all or a portion of the documents actually is completed by 
another entity or signatory to the Assistance Agreement. If such other 
entities or signatories are required to provide reports or other 
documentation that the CDFI Fund may require, the Awardee is 
responsible for ensuring that the information is submitted timely and 
complete. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to contact such additional 
entities or signatories to the Assistance Agreement and require that 
additional information and documentation be provided. The CDFI Fund 
will use such information to monitor each Awardee's compliance with the 
requirements set forth in the Assistance Agreement and to assess the 
impact of the FEC Pilot Program. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in 
its sole discretion, to modify these reporting requirements if it 
determines it to be appropriate and necessary; however, such reporting 
requirements will be modified only after notice to Awardees.
    2. Accounting: The CDFI Fund will require each Awardee that 
receives an award through this NOFA to account for and track the use of 
the grant award. This means that for every dollar of an award received 
from the CDFI Fund, the Awardee will be required to inform the CDFI 
Fund of its uses. This will require Awardees to separately account for 
the proceeds and use of the award, subject to the applicable OMB 
Circulars. The CDFI Fund will provide guidance to Awardees outlining 
the format and content of the information to be provided on an annual 
basis, outlining and describing how the funds were used. Each Awardee 
that receives an award must provide the CDFI Fund with the required 
complete and accurate Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) form for its bank 
account prior to award closing and disbursement.

VII. Agency Contacts

    A. The CDFI Fund will respond to questions and provide support 
concerning this NOFA and the Application between the hours of 9 a.m. 
and 5 p.m. ET, starting the date of the publication of this NOFA 
through two days prior to the Application deadline. The CDFI Fund will 
not respond to questions or provide support concerning the Applications 
that are received after 5 p.m. ET on said dates, until after the 
Application deadline. Applications and other information regarding the 
CDFI Fund and its programs may be obtained from the CDFI Fund's Web 
site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. The CDFI Fund will post responses on 
its Web site to questions of general applicability regarding the FEC 
Pilot Program.
    B. The CDFI Fund's contact information is as follows:

                                          Table 4--Contact Information
                                   [Fax number for all offices: 202-622-7754]
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                                               Telephone number
               Type of question                 (not toll free)                  E-mail addresses
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FEC Pilot Program............................      202-622-6355  cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov.
Certification, Compliance, Monitoring and          202-622-6330  cme@cdfi.treas.gov.
 Evaluation.
Information Technology Support...............      202-622-2455  IThelp@cdfi.treas.gov.
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     C. Communication with the CDFI Fund: The CDFI Fund will use the 
myCDFIFund Internet interface to communicate with Applicants and 
Awardees, using the contact information maintained in their respective 
myCDFIFund accounts. Therefore, the Applicant and any Subsidiaries, 
signatories, and Affiliates must maintain accurate contact information 
(including contact person and authorized representative, e-mail 
addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and office addresses) in its 
myCDFIFund account(s). For more information about myCDFIFund (which 
includes information about the CDFI Fund's Community Investment Impact 
System), please see the Help documents posted at http://www.cdfifund.gov/ciis/accessingciis.pdf.

VIII. Information Sessions and Outreach

    The CDFI Fund may conduct Webinars or host information sessions for 
organizations interested in applying to, or learning about, the CDFI 
Fund's programs. For further information, please visit the CDFI Fund's 
Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov.

    Authority:  Pub. L. 110-289, Pub. L. 111-8.

    Dated: May 26, 2010.
Scott Berman,
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Community Development Financial 
Institutions Fund.
[FR Doc. 2010-13182 Filed 6-1-10; 8:45 am]
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