Household Water Well System Grant Program Announcement of Application Deadlines and Funding, 40679-40685 [2011-17317]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices The meeting will be held July 22, 2011, 9 a.m. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Mineral County Library, located at 110 1st Street, Hawthorne, NV 89415. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at Bridgeport Ranger Station, Bridgeport, CA. Please call ahead to 760–932–5853 to facilitate entry into the building to view comments. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherri Lisius, RAC Coordinator, Bridgeport Ranger District, 760–932– 5853, sherrilisius@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. Requests for reasonable accomodation for access to the facility or procedings may be made by contacting the person listed For Further Information. The following business will be conducted: The following business will be conducted: Acceptance of notes from 06/17/11 meeting, review of and vote on projects, and public comments. A full agenda may be found at https:// fsplaces.fs.fed.us/fsfiles/unit/wo/ secure_rural_schools.nsf, by selecting the Lyon-Mineral RAC at the bottom of the Web page. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by July 15, 2011 to be scheduled on the agenda. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Sherri Lisius, Forest Service, HC 62 Box 1000, Bridgeport, CA 93517, or by e-mail to sherrilisius@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 760–932–5899. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 1, 2011. Jeanne Higgins, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2011–17145 Filed 7–8–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Household Water Well System Grant Program Announcement of Application Deadlines and Funding Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture. ACTION: Notice of funding availability and solicitation of applications. AGENCY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability of $2,173,662 in grant funds to be competitively awarded for the Household Water Well System (HWWS) Grant Program for fiscal year 2011 (FY 2011). RUS will make grants to qualified private non-profit organizations to establish lending programs for homeowners to borrow up to $11,000 to construct or repair household water wells for an existing home. The HWWS Grant Program regulations are contained in 7 CFR part 1776. DATES: The deadline for completed applications for a HWWS grant is August 10, 2011. Applications in either paper or electronic format must be postmarked or time-stamped electronically on or before the deadline. Late applications will be ineligible for grant consideration. ADDRESSES: Submit applications to the following addresses: 1. Electronic applications. https:// www.grants.gov (Grants.gov). Submit electronic applications through Grants.gov, following the instructions on that Web site. 2. Paper applications. Water Programs Division, Rural Utilities Service, STOP: 1570, Room 2233–S, 1400 IndependenceAve., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1570. Obtain application guides and materials for the HWWS Grant Program electronically or in paper format from the following addresses: 1. Electronic copies: https:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWPindividualwellsystems.htm. 2. Paper copies: Write Water Programs Division, Rural Utilities Service, STOP: 1570, Room 2233–S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1570 or call (202) 720–9589. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Francis, Community Programs Specialist, Water Programs Division, Water and Environmental Programs. Telephone: (202) 720–1937, fax: (202) 690–0649, e-mail: cheryl.francis@wdc.usda.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40679 Overview Federal Agency: Rural Utilities Service. Funding Opportunity Title: HWWS Grant Program. Announcement Type: Grant—Initial. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.862. Due Date for Applications: August 10, 2011. Items in Supplementary Information I. Funding Opportunity: Description of the HWWS Grant Program. II. Award Information: Available funds. III. Eligibility Information: Who is eligible, what kinds of projects are eligible, what criteria determine basic eligibility. IV. Application and Submission Information: Where to get application materials, what constitutes a completed application, how and where to submit applications, deadlines, items that are eligible. V. Application Review Information: Considerations and preferences, scoring criteria, review standards, selection information. VI. Award Administration Information: Award notice information, award recipient reporting requirements. VII. Agency Contacts: Web, phone, fax, e-mail, contact name. I. Funding Opportunity A. Program Description The HWWS Grant Program has been established to help individuals with low to moderate incomes finance the costs of household water wells that they own or will own. The HWWS Grant Program is authorized under Section 306E of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT), 7 U.S.C. 1926e. The CONACT authorizes the RUS to make grants to qualified private non-profit organizations to establish lending programs for household water wells. As the grant recipients, private nonprofit organizations will receive HWWS grants to establish lending programs that will provide water well loans to individuals. The individuals, as loan recipients, may use the loans to construct, refurbish, and service their household well systems. A loan may not exceed $11,000 and will have a term up to 20 years at a one percent annual interest rate. B. Background The RUS supports the sound development of rural communities and the growth of our economy without endangering the environment. The RUS E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 40680 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices provides financial and technical assistance to help communities bring safe drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound waste disposal facilities to Rural Americans in greatest need. Central water systems may not be the only or best solution to drinking water problems. Distance or physical barriers make public central water systems costly to deploy in remote areas. A significant number of geographically isolated households without water service might require individual wells rather than connections to new or existing community systems. The goal of the RUS is not only to make funds available to those communities most in need of potable water but also to ensure that facilities used to deliver drinking water are safe and affordable. There is a role for private wells in reaching this goal. (1) A state within the United States (2) The District of Columbia (3) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (4) A United States territory d. Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose; e. Has sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities; f. Has sufficient expertise and experience in promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned HWWS and ground water; g. Has no delinquent debt to the Federal Government or no outstanding judgments to repay a Federal debt; h. Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with Federal and State laws and requirements. 2. An individual is ineligible to receive a Household Water Well grant. An individual may receive a loan from an organization receiving a grant award. C. Purpose The purpose of the HWWS Grant Program is to provide funds to private non-profit organizations to assist them in establishing loan programs from which individuals may borrow money for HWWS. Faith-based organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for this program. Applicants must show that the project will provide technical and financial assistance to eligible individuals to remedy household well problems. Due to the limited amount of funds available under the HWWS Grant Program, 10 applications may be funded from FY 2011 funds. Applications from existing HWWS grant recipients are acceptable and will be evaluated as new applications. B. What are the basic eligibility requirements for a project? II. Award Information Funding Instrument Type: Grant. Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: Undetermined at this time. Anticipated Number of Awards: 10. Length of Project Periods: 12-month project. Assistance Instrument: Grant Agreement with successful applicants before any grant funds are disbursed. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES III. Eligibility Information A. Who is eligible for grants? 1. An organization is eligible to receive a HWWS grant if it: a. Has an active registration with current information in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database and has a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. b. Is a private, non-profit organization. c. Is legally established and located within one of the following: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 1. Project Eligibility. To be eligible for a grant, the project must: a. Be a revolving loan fund created to provide loans to eligible individuals to construct, refurbish, and service individually-owned HWWS (see 7 CFR 1776.11 and 1776.12). Loans may not be provided for home sewer or septic system projects. b. Be established and maintained by a private, non-profit organization. c. Be located in a rural area. Rural area is defined as locations other than cities or towns of more than 50,000 people and the contiguous and adjacent urbanized area of such towns and cities. 2. Required Matching Contributions. Grant applicants must provide written evidence of a matching contribution of at least 10 percent from sources other than the proceeds of a HWWS grant. Inkind contributions will not be considered for the matching requirement. Please see 7 CFR 1776.9 for the requirement. 3. Other—Requirements. a. DUNS numbers and CCR Registration. Applicants must have Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers and be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to submitting an electronic or a paper application. The DUNS numbers and CCR requirements are contained in 2 CFR part 25. CCR is the repository for standard information about applicants and recipients. b. DUNS Number. An organization must have a DUNS number and include the number in its Application for Federal Assistance. A DUNS number will be required whether an applicant is PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 submitting a paper application or an electronic application through Grants.gov. To verify that your organization has a DUNS number or to receive one from D&B at no cost, call the dedicated toll-free request line at 1– 866–705–5711 or visit https:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ on the Internet. c. Central Contractor Registry (CCR). (1) In accordance with 2 CFR part 25, applicants, whether applying electronically or by paper, must be registered in the CCR prior to submitting an application. Applicants may register for the CCR at https:// www.uscontractorregistration.com/ or by calling 1–877–252–2700. Completing the CCR registration process takes up to five business days, and applicants are strongly encourage to begin the process well in advance of the deadline specified in this notice. (2) The CCR registration must remain active, with current information, at all times during which an entity has an application under consideration by an agency or has an active Federal Award. To remain registered in the CCR database after the initial registration, the applicant is required to review and update on an annual basis from the date of initial registration or subsequent updates its information in the CCR database to ensure it is current, accurate and complete. d. Eligibility for Loans Provided by Grant Recipients. Individuals are not eligible for grants but are eligible for loans from organizations receiving grant awards under the HWWS Program. Eligibility to receive a HWWS loan will be based on the following criteria: (1) An individual must be a member of a household of which the combined household income of all members does not exceed 100 percent of the median non-metropolitan household income for the State or territory in which the individual resides. Household income is the total income from all sources received by each adult household member for the most recent 12-month period for which the information is available. It does not include income earned or received by dependent children under 18 years old or other benefits that are excluded by Federal law. The non-metropolitan household income must be based on the most recent decennial census of the United States. RUS publishes a list of income exclusions in 7 CFR 3550.54(b). Also, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a list of income exclusions in the Federal Register on April 20, 2001 at 66 FR 20318 (See ‘‘Federally Mandated Exclusions’’). E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices (2) The loan recipient must own and occupy the home being improved with the proceeds of the Household Water Well loan or be purchasing the home to occupy under a legally enforceable land purchase contract which is not in default by either the seller or the purchaser. (3) The home being improved with the water well system must be located in a rural area. (4) The loan for a water well system must not be associated with the construction of a new dwelling. (5) The loan must not be used to substitute a water well system for water service available from collective water systems. (For example, a loan may not be used to restore an old well abandoned when a dwelling was connected to a water district’s water line.) (6) Not be suspended or debarred from participation in Federal programs. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Where To Get Application Information The Household Water Well System Grant Application Guide (Application Guide), copies of necessary forms and samples, and the HWWS Grant Program regulation are available from these sources: 1. Internet for electronic copies: https://www.grants.gov or https:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWPindividualwellsystems.htm; 2. Water and Environmental Programs for paper copies: RUS, Water Programs Division, STOP 1570, Room 2233–S, 1400 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20250–1570, Telephone: (202) 720–9589, Fax: (202) 690–0649. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES B. Content and Form of Application Submission 1. Rules and Guidelines: a. Detailed information on each item required can be found in the HWWS Grant Program regulation (7 CFR part 1776) and the Application Guide. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read and apply both the regulation and the application guide. This Notice does not change the requirements for a completed application for any form of HWWS financial assistance specified in the regulation. The regulation and application guide provide specific guidance on each of the items listed. b. Applications should be prepared in conformance with the provisions in 7 CFR part 1776, subpart B, and applicable regulations including 7 CFR parts 3015 and 3019. Applicants should VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 use the application guide which contains instructions and other important information in preparing their application. Completed applications must include the items found in the checklist in the next paragraph. 2. Checklist of Items in Completed Application Packages: a. The application process—electronic or paper—requires a DUNS number and an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). (1) You will need a DUNS number first to access or register at any of the services. To verify that your organization has a DUNS number or to receive one from D&B at no cost, call the dedicated toll-free request line at 1–866–705–5711 or visit https:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ on the Internet. (2) Your organization must be listed in the CCR. If you have not used Grants.gov before, you will need to register with the CCR and the Credential Provider. You may register for the CCR by calling the CCR Assistance Center at 1–888–227–2423 or you may register online at https://www.ccr.gov. New registrations can take 3–5 business days to process in CCR. Updating or renewing an active registration has a shorter turnaround, 24 hours. Setting up a CCR listing is a one-time procedure with annual updates. Registrations in CCR are active for one year. The CCR registers your organization, housing your organizational information and allowing Grants.gov to use the information to verify your identity. The DUNS number, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and name and address of the applicant organization must match CCR data files. RUS strongly recommends obtaining a DUNS number and listing the applicant organization in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) well in advance of the deadline specified in this notice. b. The electronic and paper application process requires forms with the prefixes RD and SF as well as supporting documents and certifications. Application Items 1. SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance’’. 2. SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information— Non-Construction Programs’’. 3. SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances—NonConstruction Programs’’. 4. SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure of Lobbying Activity’’. 5. Form RD 400–1, ‘‘Equal Opportunity Agreement’’. 6. Form RD 400–4, ‘‘Assurance Agreement (Under Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964). PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40681 7. Project Proposal, Project Summary, Needs Assessment, Project Goals and Objectives, Project Narrative. 8. Work Plan. 9. Budget and Budget Justification. 10. Evidence of Legal Authority and Existence. 11. Documentation of private nonprofit status and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Exempt Status. 12. List of Directors and Officers. 13. Financial information and sustainability (narrative). 14. Assurances and Certifications of Compliance with Other Federal Statutes. The forms in items 1 through 6 must be completed and signed where appropriate by an official of your organization who has authority to obligate the organization legally. RD forms are used by programs under the Rural Development mission area. Standard forms (SF) are used Government-wide. In addition to the sources listed in section A, the forms may be accessed electronically through the Rural Development Web site at https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ FormsAndPublications.html. See section V, ‘‘Application Review Information,’’ for instructions and guidelines on preparing Items 7 through 13. 3. Compliance with Other Federal Statutes. The applicant must provide evidence of compliance with other Federal statutes and regulations, including, but not limited to the following: a. 7 CFR part 15, subpart A— Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs of the Department of Agriculture—Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. b. 7 CFR part 3015—Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations. c. 7 CFR part 3017—Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement). d. 7 CFR part 3018—New Restrictions on Lobbying. e. 7 CFR part 3019—Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Non-profit Organizations. f. 7 CFR part 3021—Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance). g. Executive Order 13166, ‘‘Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.’’ For information on limited English proficiency and agency-specific guidance, go to https://www.LEP.gov. h. Federal Obligation Certification on Delinquent Debt. E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 40682 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES C. How many copies of an application are required? 1. Applications Submitted on Paper. Submit one signed original and two additional copies. The original and each of the two copies must include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, be signed by an authorized representative, and have original signatures. Do not include organizational brochures or promotional materials. 2. Applications Submitted Electronically. Additional paper copies are unnecessary if the application is submitted electronically through https:// www.grants.gov. D. How and Where To Submit an Application 1. Submitting Paper Applications. a. For paper applications mail or ensure delivery of an original paper application (no stamped, photocopied, or initialed signatures) and two copies by the deadline date to: RUS, Water Programs Division, STOP 1570, Room 2233–S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1570, Telephone: (202) 720–9589. Submit paper applications marked ‘‘Attention: Water and Environmental Programs.’’ b. Applications must show proof of mailing or shipping by one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service (USPS) postmark; (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the USPS; or (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier. c. If a deadline date falls on a weekend, it will be extended to the following Monday. If the date falls on a Federal holiday, it will be extended to the next business day. d. Due to screening procedures at the Department of Agriculture, packages arriving via the USPS are irradiated, which can damage the contents and delay delivery. RUS encourages applicants to consider the impact of this procedure in selecting an application delivery method. 2. Submitting Electronic Applications. a. Applications will not be accepted by fax or electronic mail. b. Electronic applications for grants will be accepted if submitted through Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov. c. Applicants must preregister successfully with Grants.gov to use the electronic applications option. Application information may be downloaded from Grants.gov without preregistration. d. Applicants who apply through Grants.gov should submit their VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 electronic applications before the deadline. e. Grants.gov contains full instructions on all required passwords, credentialing, and software. Follow the instructions at Grants.gov for registering and submitting an electronic application. f. Grants.gov has two preregistration requirements: A DUNS number and an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). See the ‘‘Checklist of Items in Completed Application Packages’’ for instructions on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in the CCR. g. You must be registered with Grants.gov before you can submit an electronic grant application. (1) You must register at https:// apply.grants.gov/OrcRegister. (2) Organization registration user guides and checklists are available at https://www.grants.gov/applicants/ get_registered.jsp. (3) Grants.gov requires some credentialing and online authentication procedures. When an applicant organization is registered with CCR, the organization designates a point of contact who receives a password authorizing the person to designate staff members who are allowed to submit applications electronically through Grants.gov. These authorized organization representatives must be registered with Grants.gov to receive a username and password to submit applications. These procedures may take several business days to complete. (4) Some or all of the CCR and Grants.gov registration, credentialing and authorizations require updates. If you have previously registered at Grants.gov to submit applications electronically, please ensure that your registration, credentialing and authorizations are up to date well in advance of the grant application deadline. h. To use Grants.gov: (1) Follow the instructions on the Web site to find grant information. (2) Download a copy of an application package. (3) Complete the package off-line. (4) Upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov Web site. (5) If a system problem or technical difficulty occurs with an electronic application, please use the customer support resources available at the Grants.gov Web site. (6) Again, RUS encourages applicants to take early action to complete the signup, credentialing and authorization procedures at Grants.gov before submitting an application at the Web site. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E. Deadlines The deadline for paper and electronic submissions is August 10, 2011. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than the closing date to be considered for FY 2011 grant funding. Electronic applications must have an electronic date and time stamp by midnight of August 10, 2011 to be considered on time. RUS will not accept applications by fax or e-mail. Applications that do not meet the criteria above are considered late applications and will not be considered. RUS will notify each late applicant that its application will not be considered. F. Funding Restrictions 1. Eligible Grant Purposes a. Grant funds must be used to establish and maintain a revolving loan fund to provide loans to eligible individuals for household water well systems. b. Individuals may use the loans to construct, refurbish, rehabilitate, or replace household water well systems up to the point of entry of a home. Point of entry for the well system is the junction where water enters into a home water delivery system after being pumped from a well. c. Grant funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing Household Water Well loans. 2. Ineligible Grant Purposes. a. Administrative expenses incurred in any calendar year that exceeds 10 percent of the household water well loans made during the same period do not qualify for reimbursement. b. Administrative expenses incurred before RUS executes a grant agreement with the recipient do not qualify for reimbursement. c. Delinquent debt owed to the Federal Government does not qualify for reimbursement. d. Grant funds may not be used to provide loans for household sewer or septic systems. e. Household Water Well loans may not be used to pay the costs of water well systems for the construction of a new house. f. Household Water Well loans may not be used to pay the costs of a home plumbing system. V. Application Review Information A. Criteria This section contains instructions and guidelines on preparing the project proposal, work plan, and budget sections of the application. Also, guidelines are provided on the additional information required for RUS E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices to determine eligibility and financial feasibility. 1. Project Proposal. The project proposal should outline the project in sufficient detail to provide a reader with a complete understanding of the loan program. Explain what will be accomplished by lending funds to individual well owners. Demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed loan program in meeting the objectives of this grant program. The proposal should include the following elements: a. Project Summary. Present a brief project overview. Explain the purpose of the project, how it relates to RUS’ purposes, how the project will be executed, what the project will produce, and who will direct it. b. Needs Assessment. To show why the project is necessary, clearly identify the economic, social, financial, or other problems that require solutions. Demonstrate the well owners’ need for financial and technical assistance. Quantify the number of prospective borrowers or provide statistical or narrative evidence that a sufficient number of borrowers will exist to justify the grant award. Describe the service area. Provide information on the household income of the area and other demographical information. Address community needs. c. Project Goals and Objectives. Clearly state the project goals. The objectives should clearly describe the goals and be concrete and specific enough to be quantitative or observable. They should also be feasible and relate to the purpose of the grant and loan program. d. Project Narrative. The narrative should cover in more detail the items briefly described in the Project Summary. Demonstrate the grant applicant’s experience and expertise in promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water well systems. The narrative should address the following points: (1) Document the grant applicant’s ability to manage and service a revolving fund. The narrative may describe the systems that are in place for the full life cycle of a loan from loan origination through servicing. If a servicing contractor will service the loan portfolio, the arrangement and services provided must be discussed. (2) Show evidence of the availability of funds from sources other than the HWWS grant. Describe the contributions the project will receive from your organization, state agencies, local government, other Federal agencies, non-government organizations, private industry, and individuals. The documentation should describe how the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 contributions will be used to pay your operational costs and provide financial assistance for projects. (3) Demonstrate that the organization has secured commitments of significant financial support from other funding sources. (4) List the fees and charges that borrowers will be assessed. 2. Work Plan. The work plan or scope of work must describe the tasks and activities that will be accomplished with available resources during the grant period. It must include who will carry out the activities and services to be performed and specific timeframes for completion. Describe any unusual or unique features of the project such as innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary community involvement. 3. Budget and Budget Justification. Use the Form SF–424A, Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs, to show your budget cost elements. The form summarizes resources as Federal and non-Federal funds and costs. ‘‘Federal’’ refers only to the HWWS Grant Program for which you are applying. ‘‘Non-Federal’’ refers to resources from your organization, state agencies, local government, other Federal agencies, non-government organizations, private industry, and individuals. Both Federal and nonFederal resources shall be detailed and justified in the budget and narrative justification. a. Provide a budget with line item detail and detailed calculations for each budget object class identified in section B of the Budget Information form (SF– 424A). Detailed calculations must include estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated. Also include a breakout by the funding sources identified in Block 15 of the SF–424. b. Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the categorical costs are derived for all capital and administrative expenditures, the matching contribution, and other sources of funds necessary to complete the project. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness, and allocability of the proposed costs. Consult OMB Circular A–122: ‘‘Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations’’ for information about appropriate costs for each budget category. c. If the grant applicant will use a servicing contractor, the fees may be reimbursed as an administrative expense as provided in 7 CFR 1776.13. These fees must be discussed in the budget narrative. If the grant applicant will hire a servicing contractor, it must PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40683 demonstrate that all procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner to provide, to the maximum extent practical, open and free competition. Recipients must justify any anticipated procurement action that is expected to be awarded without competition and exceed the simplified acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. 403(11) (currently set at $100,000). d. The indirect cost category should be used only when the grant applicant currently has an indirect cost rate approved by the Department of Agriculture or another cognizant Federal agency. A grant applicant that will charge indirect costs to the grant must enclose a copy of the current rate agreement. If the grant applicant is in the process of initially developing or renegotiating a rate, the grant applicant shall submit its indirect cost proposal to the cognizant agency immediately after the applicant is advised that an award will be made. In no event, shall the indirect cost proposal be submitted later than three months after the effective date of the award. Consult OMB Circular A–122 for information about indirect costs. 4. Evidence of Legal Authority and Existence. The applicant must provide satisfactory documentation that it is legally recognized under state and Federal law as a private non-profit organization. The documentation also must show that it has the authority to enter into a grant agreement with the RUS and to perform the activities proposed under the grant application. Satisfactory documentation includes, but is not limited to, certificates from the Secretary of State, copies of state statutes or laws establishing your organization, and copies of your organization’s articles of incorporation and bylaws. Letters from IRS awarding tax-exempt status are not considered adequate evidence. 5. List of Directors and Officers. The applicant must submit a certified list of directors and officers with their respective terms. 6. IRS Tax Exempt Status. The applicant must submit evidence of tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. 7. Financial Information and Sustainability. The applicant must submit pro forma balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements for the last three years and projections for three years. Additionally, the most recent audit of the applicant’s organization must be submitted. B. Evaluation Criteria Grant applications that are complete and eligible will be scored E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 40684 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices competitively based on the following scoring criteria: Scoring criteria Points Degree of expertise and experience in promoting the safe and productive use of individually-owned household water well systems and ground water. Degree of expertise and successful experience in making and servicing loans to individuals .............................................. Percentage of applicant contributions. Points allowed under this paragraph will be based on written evidence of the availability of funds from sources other than the proceeds of a HWWS grant to pay part of the cost of a loan recipient’s project. In-kind contributions will not be considered. Funds from other sources as a percentage of the HWWS grant and points corresponding to such percentages are as follows: 0 to 9 percent ................................................................................................................................................................... 10 to 25 percent ............................................................................................................................................................... 26 to 30 percent ............................................................................................................................................................... 31 to 50 percent ............................................................................................................................................................... 51 percent or more ........................................................................................................................................................... Extent to which the work plan demonstrates a well thought out, comprehensive approach to accomplishing the objectives of this part, clearly defines who will be served by the project, and appears likely to be sustainable. Extent to which the goals and objectives are clearly defined, tied to the work plan, and measurable. ................................ Lowest ratio of projected administrative expenses to loans advanced .................................................................................. Administrator’s discretion, considering such factors as: Creative outreach ideas for marketing HWWS loans to rural residents; ......................................................................... The amount of needs demonstrated in the work plan; Previous experiences demonstrating excellent utilization of a revolving loan fund grant; and Optimizing the use of agency resources. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES C. Review Standards 1. Incomplete applications as of the deadline for submission will not be considered. If an application is determined to be incomplete, the applicant will be notified in writing and the application will be returned with no further action. 2. Ineligible applications will be returned to the applicant with an explanation. 3. Complete, eligible applications will be evaluated competitively by a review team, composed of at least two RUS employees selected from the Water Programs Division. They will make overall recommendations based on the program elements found in 7 CFR part 1776 and the review criteria presented in this notice. They will award points as described in the scoring criteria in 7 CFR 1776.9 and this notice. Each application will receive a score based on the averages of the reviewers’ scores and discretionary points awarded by the RUS Administrator. 4. Applications will be ranked and grants awarded in rank order until all grant funds are expended. 5. Regardless of the score an application receives, if RUS determines that the project is technically infeasible, RUS will notify the applicant, in writing, and the application will be returned with no further action. VI. Award Administration Information A. Award Notices RUS will notify a successful applicant by an award letter accompanied by a grant agreement. The grant agreement will contain the terms and conditions for the grant. The applicant must VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 execute and return the grant agreement, accompanied by any additional items required by the award letter or grant agreement. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements 1. This notice, the 7 CFR part 1776, and the application guide implement the appropriate administrative and national policy requirements. Grant recipients are subject to the requirements in 7 CFR part 1776. 2. Direct Federal grants, sub-award funds, or contracts under the HWWS Grant Program shall not be used to fund inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization. Therefore, organizations that receive direct assistance should take steps to separate, in time or location, their inherently religious activities from the services funded under the HWWS Grant Program. Regulations for the Equal Treatment for Faith-based Organizations are contained in 7 CFR part 16, which includes the prohibition against Federal funding of inherently religious activities. C. Reporting 1. Performance Reporting. All recipients of HWWS Grant Program financial assistance must provide quarterly performance activity reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are expended. A final performance report is also required. The final report may serve as the last annual report. The final report must include an evaluation of the success of the project. 2. Financial Reporting. All recipients of HWWS Grant Program financial assistance must provide an annual PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Up to 30 points. Up to 20 points. ineligible. 5 points. 10 points. 15 points. 20 points. Up to 20 points. Up to 10 points Up to 10 points. Up to 10 points. audit, beginning with the first year a portion of the financial assistance is expended. The grantee will provide an audit report or financial statements as follows: a. Grantees expending $500,000 or more Federal funds per fiscal year will submit an audit conducted in accordance with OMB Circular A–133. The audit will be submitted within 9 months after the grantee’s fiscal year. Additional audits may be required if the project period covers more than one fiscal year. b. Grantees expending less than $500,000 will provide annual financial statements covering the grant period, consisting of the organization’s statement of income and expense and balance sheet signed by an appropriate official of the organization. Financial statements will be submitted within 90 days after the grantee’s fiscal year. 3. Recipient and Subrecipient Reporting. The applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the reporting requirements for first-tier sub-awards and executive compensation under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 in the event the applicant receives funding unless such applicant is exempt from such reporting requirements pursuant to 2 CFR part 170 Section 170.110(b). The reporting requirements under the Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR part 170 are as follows: a. First Tier Sub-Awards of $25,000 or more in non-Recovery Act funds (unless they are exempt under 2 CFR part 170) must be reported by the Recipient to https://www.fsrs.gov no later than the E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 132 / Monday, July 11, 2011 / Notices end of the month following the month the obligation was made. b. The Total Compensation of the Recipient’s Executives (5 most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to https://www.ccr.gov by the end of the month following the month in which the award was made. c. The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient’s Executives (5 most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Subrecipient (if the Subrecipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to the Recipient by the end of the month following the month in which the subaward was made. VII. Agency Contacts A. Web site: https:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWPindividualwellsystems.htm. B. Phone: 202–720–9589. C. Fax: 202–690–0649. D. E-mail: cheryl.francis@wdc.usda.gov. E. Main point of contact: Cheryl Francis, Community Programs Specialist, Water Programs Division, Water and Environmental Programs, RUS, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dated: June 16, 2011. Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2011–17317 Filed 7–8–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that a planning meeting of the of the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene by conference call at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The purpose of the meeting is for the Maryland Advisory Committee to discuss and select a topic for its civil rights project. This conference call is available to the public through the following call-in number: (800) 399–0013 followed by the conference ID No.: 80874419. Any interested member of the public may call this number and listen to the meeting. Callers can expect to incur charges made over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund those VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:30 Jul 08, 2011 Jkt 223001 incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls using the call-in number over land-line connections. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by dialing 711 for relay services and entering (800) 399–0013 followed by the Conference ID No.: 80874419. To ensure that the Commission secures an appropriate number of lines for the public, persons are asked to contact the Eastern Regional Office 10 days before the meeting date either by e-mail at ero@usccr.gov or by phone at (202) 376– 7533. Members of the public are entitled to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office by August 26, 2011. Comments may be mailed to the Eastern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 624 9th Street, NW., Suite 740, Washington, DC 20425, faxed to (202) 376–7548, or e-mailed to ero@usccr.gov. In addition, persons who desire additional information may contact Ivy L. Davis, Director, Eastern Regional Office, at (202) 376–7533. Records generated from this meeting may be inspected and reproduced at the Eastern Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this advisory committee are advised to go to the Commission’s Web site, https://www.usccr.gov, or to contact the Eastern Regional Office at the above email or street address. The meeting will be conducted pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Commission and FACA. Dated in Washington, DC, July 6, 2011. Peter Minarik, Acting Chief, Regional Programs Coordination Unit. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Utilities Service


Household Water Well System Grant Program Announcement of 
Application Deadlines and Funding

AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture.

ACTION: Notice of funding availability and solicitation of 
applications.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability 
of $2,173,662 in grant funds to be competitively awarded for the 
Household Water Well System (HWWS) Grant Program for fiscal year 2011 
(FY 2011). RUS will make grants to qualified private non-profit 
organizations to establish lending programs for homeowners to borrow up 
to $11,000 to construct or repair household water wells for an existing 
home. The HWWS Grant Program regulations are contained in 7 CFR part 
1776.

DATES: The deadline for completed applications for a HWWS grant is 
August 10, 2011. Applications in either paper or electronic format must 
be postmarked or time-stamped electronically on or before the deadline. 
Late applications will be ineligible for grant consideration.

ADDRESSES: Submit applications to the following addresses:
    1. Electronic applications. https://www.grants.gov (Grants.gov). 
Submit electronic applications through Grants.gov, following the 
instructions on that Web site.
    2. Paper applications. Water Programs Division, Rural Utilities 
Service, STOP: 1570, Room 2233-S, 1400 IndependenceAve., SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-1570.
    Obtain application guides and materials for the HWWS Grant Program 
electronically or in paper format from the following addresses:
    1. Electronic copies: https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-individualwellsystems.htm.
    2. Paper copies: Write Water Programs Division, Rural Utilities 
Service, STOP: 1570, Room 2233-S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-1570 or call (202) 720-9589.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Francis, Community Programs 
Specialist, Water Programs Division, Water and Environmental Programs. 
Telephone: (202) 720-1937, fax: (202) 690-0649, e-mail: 
cheryl.francis@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Overview

    Federal Agency: Rural Utilities Service.
    Funding Opportunity Title: HWWS Grant Program.
    Announcement Type: Grant--Initial.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.862.
    Due Date for Applications: August 10, 2011.

Items in Supplementary Information

    I. Funding Opportunity: Description of the HWWS Grant Program.
    II. Award Information: Available funds.
    III. Eligibility Information: Who is eligible, what kinds of 
projects are eligible, what criteria determine basic eligibility.
    IV. Application and Submission Information: Where to get 
application materials, what constitutes a completed application, how 
and where to submit applications, deadlines, items that are eligible.
    V. Application Review Information: Considerations and preferences, 
scoring criteria, review standards, selection information.
    VI. Award Administration Information: Award notice information, 
award recipient reporting requirements.
    VII. Agency Contacts: Web, phone, fax, e-mail, contact name.

I. Funding Opportunity

A. Program Description

    The HWWS Grant Program has been established to help individuals 
with low to moderate incomes finance the costs of household water wells 
that they own or will own. The HWWS Grant Program is authorized under 
Section 306E of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act 
(CONACT), 7 U.S.C. 1926e. The CONACT authorizes the RUS to make grants 
to qualified private non-profit organizations to establish lending 
programs for household water wells.
    As the grant recipients, private non-profit organizations will 
receive HWWS grants to establish lending programs that will provide 
water well loans to individuals. The individuals, as loan recipients, 
may use the loans to construct, refurbish, and service their household 
well systems. A loan may not exceed $11,000 and will have a term up to 
20 years at a one percent annual interest rate.

B. Background

    The RUS supports the sound development of rural communities and the 
growth of our economy without endangering the environment. The RUS

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provides financial and technical assistance to help communities bring 
safe drinking water and sanitary, environmentally sound waste disposal 
facilities to Rural Americans in greatest need.
    Central water systems may not be the only or best solution to 
drinking water problems. Distance or physical barriers make public 
central water systems costly to deploy in remote areas. A significant 
number of geographically isolated households without water service 
might require individual wells rather than connections to new or 
existing community systems. The goal of the RUS is not only to make 
funds available to those communities most in need of potable water but 
also to ensure that facilities used to deliver drinking water are safe 
and affordable. There is a role for private wells in reaching this 
goal.

C. Purpose

    The purpose of the HWWS Grant Program is to provide funds to 
private non-profit organizations to assist them in establishing loan 
programs from which individuals may borrow money for HWWS. Faith-based 
organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for this program. 
Applicants must show that the project will provide technical and 
financial assistance to eligible individuals to remedy household well 
problems.
    Due to the limited amount of funds available under the HWWS Grant 
Program, 10 applications may be funded from FY 2011 funds. Applications 
from existing HWWS grant recipients are acceptable and will be 
evaluated as new applications.

II. Award Information

    Funding Instrument Type: Grant.
    Anticipated Total Priority Area Funding: Undetermined at this time.
    Anticipated Number of Awards: 10.
    Length of Project Periods: 12-month project.
    Assistance Instrument: Grant Agreement with successful applicants 
before any grant funds are disbursed.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Who is eligible for grants?

    1. An organization is eligible to receive a HWWS grant if it:
    a. Has an active registration with current information in the 
Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database and has a Dun and 
Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
    b. Is a private, non-profit organization.
    c. Is legally established and located within one of the following:
    (1) A state within the United States
    (2) The District of Columbia
    (3) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    (4) A United States territory
    d. Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant 
purpose;
    e. Has sufficient expertise and experience in lending activities;
    f. Has sufficient expertise and experience in promoting the safe 
and productive use of individually-owned HWWS and ground water;
    g. Has no delinquent debt to the Federal Government or no 
outstanding judgments to repay a Federal debt;
    h. Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and 
managerial capability to comply with Federal and State laws and 
requirements.
    2. An individual is ineligible to receive a Household Water Well 
grant. An individual may receive a loan from an organization receiving 
a grant award.

B. What are the basic eligibility requirements for a project?

    1. Project Eligibility. To be eligible for a grant, the project 
must:
    a. Be a revolving loan fund created to provide loans to eligible 
individuals to construct, refurbish, and service individually-owned 
HWWS (see 7 CFR 1776.11 and 1776.12). Loans may not be provided for 
home sewer or septic system projects.
    b. Be established and maintained by a private, non-profit 
organization.
    c. Be located in a rural area. Rural area is defined as locations 
other than cities or towns of more than 50,000 people and the 
contiguous and adjacent urbanized area of such towns and cities.
    2. Required Matching Contributions. Grant applicants must provide 
written evidence of a matching contribution of at least 10 percent from 
sources other than the proceeds of a HWWS grant. In-kind contributions 
will not be considered for the matching requirement. Please see 7 CFR 
1776.9 for the requirement.
    3. Other--Requirements.
    a. DUNS numbers and CCR Registration. Applicants must have Dun and 
Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numbers and be 
registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior 
to submitting an electronic or a paper application. The DUNS numbers 
and CCR requirements are contained in 2 CFR part 25. CCR is the 
repository for standard information about applicants and recipients.
    b. DUNS Number. An organization must have a DUNS number and include 
the number in its Application for Federal Assistance. A DUNS number 
will be required whether an applicant is submitting a paper application 
or an electronic application through Grants.gov. To verify that your 
organization has a DUNS number or to receive one from D&B at no cost, 
call the dedicated toll-free request line at 1-866-705-5711 or visit 
https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ on the Internet.
    c. Central Contractor Registry (CCR).
    (1) In accordance with 2 CFR part 25, applicants, whether applying 
electronically or by paper, must be registered in the CCR prior to 
submitting an application. Applicants may register for the CCR at 
https://www.uscontractorregistration.com/ or by calling 1-877-252-2700. 
Completing the CCR registration process takes up to five business days, 
and applicants are strongly encourage to begin the process well in 
advance of the deadline specified in this notice.
    (2) The CCR registration must remain active, with current 
information, at all times during which an entity has an application 
under consideration by an agency or has an active Federal Award. To 
remain registered in the CCR database after the initial registration, 
the applicant is required to review and update on an annual basis from 
the date of initial registration or subsequent updates its information 
in the CCR database to ensure it is current, accurate and complete.
    d. Eligibility for Loans Provided by Grant Recipients. Individuals 
are not eligible for grants but are eligible for loans from 
organizations receiving grant awards under the HWWS Program. 
Eligibility to receive a HWWS loan will be based on the following 
criteria:
    (1) An individual must be a member of a household of which the 
combined household income of all members does not exceed 100 percent of 
the median non-metropolitan household income for the State or territory 
in which the individual resides. Household income is the total income 
from all sources received by each adult household member for the most 
recent 12-month period for which the information is available. It does 
not include income earned or received by dependent children under 18 
years old or other benefits that are excluded by Federal law. The non-
metropolitan household income must be based on the most recent 
decennial census of the United States.
    RUS publishes a list of income exclusions in 7 CFR 3550.54(b). 
Also, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a list 
of income exclusions in the Federal Register on April 20, 2001 at 66 FR 
20318 (See ``Federally Mandated Exclusions'').

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    (2) The loan recipient must own and occupy the home being improved 
with the proceeds of the Household Water Well loan or be purchasing the 
home to occupy under a legally enforceable land purchase contract which 
is not in default by either the seller or the purchaser.
    (3) The home being improved with the water well system must be 
located in a rural area.
    (4) The loan for a water well system must not be associated with 
the construction of a new dwelling.
    (5) The loan must not be used to substitute a water well system for 
water service available from collective water systems. (For example, a 
loan may not be used to restore an old well abandoned when a dwelling 
was connected to a water district's water line.)
    (6) Not be suspended or debarred from participation in Federal 
programs.

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Where To Get Application Information

    The Household Water Well System Grant Application Guide 
(Application Guide), copies of necessary forms and samples, and the 
HWWS Grant Program regulation are available from these sources:
    1. Internet for electronic copies: https://www.grants.gov or https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-individualwellsystems.htm;
    2. Water and Environmental Programs for paper copies: RUS, Water 
Programs Division, STOP 1570, Room 2233-S, 1400 Independence Ave SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-1570, Telephone: (202) 720-9589, Fax: (202) 690-
0649.

B. Content and Form of Application Submission

    1. Rules and Guidelines:
    a. Detailed information on each item required can be found in the 
HWWS Grant Program regulation (7 CFR part 1776) and the Application 
Guide. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read and apply both the 
regulation and the application guide. This Notice does not change the 
requirements for a completed application for any form of HWWS financial 
assistance specified in the regulation. The regulation and application 
guide provide specific guidance on each of the items listed.
    b. Applications should be prepared in conformance with the 
provisions in 7 CFR part 1776, subpart B, and applicable regulations 
including 7 CFR parts 3015 and 3019. Applicants should use the 
application guide which contains instructions and other important 
information in preparing their application. Completed applications must 
include the items found in the checklist in the next paragraph.
    2. Checklist of Items in Completed Application Packages:
    a. The application process--electronic or paper--requires a DUNS 
number and an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry 
(CCR).
    (1) You will need a DUNS number first to access or register at any 
of the services. To verify that your organization has a DUNS number or 
to receive one from D&B at no cost, call the dedicated toll-free 
request line at 1-866-705-5711 or visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/ 
on the Internet.
    (2) Your organization must be listed in the CCR. If you have not 
used Grants.gov before, you will need to register with the CCR and the 
Credential Provider. You may register for the CCR by calling the CCR 
Assistance Center at 1-888-227-2423 or you may register online at 
https://www.ccr.gov. New registrations can take 3-5 business days to 
process in CCR. Updating or renewing an active registration has a 
shorter turnaround, 24 hours. Setting up a CCR listing is a one-time 
procedure with annual updates. Registrations in CCR are active for one 
year. The CCR registers your organization, housing your organizational 
information and allowing Grants.gov to use the information to verify 
your identity. The DUNS number, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), 
and name and address of the applicant organization must match CCR data 
files.
    RUS strongly recommends obtaining a DUNS number and listing the 
applicant organization in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) well in 
advance of the deadline specified in this notice.
    b. The electronic and paper application process requires forms with 
the prefixes RD and SF as well as supporting documents and 
certifications.
Application Items
    1. SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance''.
    2. SF-424A, ``Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs''.
    3. SF-424B, ``Assurances--Non-Construction Programs''.
    4. SF-LLL, ``Disclosure of Lobbying Activity''.
    5. Form RD 400-1, ``Equal Opportunity Agreement''.
    6. Form RD 400-4, ``Assurance Agreement (Under Title VI, Civil 
Rights Act of 1964).
    7. Project Proposal, Project Summary, Needs Assessment, Project 
Goals and Objectives, Project Narrative.
    8. Work Plan.
    9. Budget and Budget Justification.
    10. Evidence of Legal Authority and Existence.
    11. Documentation of private non-profit status and Internal Revenue 
Service (IRS) Tax Exempt Status.
    12. List of Directors and Officers.
    13. Financial information and sustainability (narrative).
    14. Assurances and Certifications of Compliance with Other Federal 
Statutes.
    The forms in items 1 through 6 must be completed and signed where 
appropriate by an official of your organization who has authority to 
obligate the organization legally. RD forms are used by programs under 
the Rural Development mission area. Standard forms (SF) are used 
Government-wide. In addition to the sources listed in section A, the 
forms may be accessed electronically through the Rural Development Web 
site at https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/FormsAndPublications.html.
    See section V, ``Application Review Information,'' for instructions 
and guidelines on preparing Items 7 through 13.
    3. Compliance with Other Federal Statutes. The applicant must 
provide evidence of compliance with other Federal statutes and 
regulations, including, but not limited to the following:
    a. 7 CFR part 15, subpart A--Nondiscrimination in Federally 
Assisted Programs of the Department of Agriculture--Effectuation of 
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
    b. 7 CFR part 3015--Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations.
    c. 7 CFR part 3017--Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Non-
procurement).
    d. 7 CFR part 3018--New Restrictions on Lobbying.
    e. 7 CFR part 3019--Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants 
and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, 
and Non-profit Organizations.
    f. 7 CFR part 3021--Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free 
Workplace (Financial Assistance).
    g. Executive Order 13166, ``Improving Access to Services for 
Persons with Limited English Proficiency.'' For information on limited 
English proficiency and agency-specific guidance, go to https://www.LEP.gov.
    h. Federal Obligation Certification on Delinquent Debt.

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C. How many copies of an application are required?

    1. Applications Submitted on Paper. Submit one signed original and 
two additional copies. The original and each of the two copies must 
include all required forms, certifications, assurances, and appendices, 
be signed by an authorized representative, and have original 
signatures. Do not include organizational brochures or promotional 
materials.
    2. Applications Submitted Electronically. Additional paper copies 
are unnecessary if the application is submitted electronically through 
https://www.grants.gov.

D. How and Where To Submit an Application

    1. Submitting Paper Applications.
    a. For paper applications mail or ensure delivery of an original 
paper application (no stamped, photocopied, or initialed signatures) 
and two copies by the deadline date to: RUS, Water Programs Division, 
STOP 1570, Room 2233-S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 
20250-1570, Telephone: (202) 720-9589.
    Submit paper applications marked ``Attention: Water and 
Environmental Programs.''
    b. Applications must show proof of mailing or shipping by one of 
the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service (USPS) postmark;
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
USPS; or
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    c. If a deadline date falls on a weekend, it will be extended to 
the following Monday. If the date falls on a Federal holiday, it will 
be extended to the next business day.
    d. Due to screening procedures at the Department of Agriculture, 
packages arriving via the USPS are irradiated, which can damage the 
contents and delay delivery. RUS encourages applicants to consider the 
impact of this procedure in selecting an application delivery method.
    2. Submitting Electronic Applications.
    a. Applications will not be accepted by fax or electronic mail.
    b. Electronic applications for grants will be accepted if submitted 
through Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov.
    c. Applicants must preregister successfully with Grants.gov to use 
the electronic applications option. Application information may be 
downloaded from Grants.gov without preregistration.
    d. Applicants who apply through Grants.gov should submit their 
electronic applications before the deadline.
    e. Grants.gov contains full instructions on all required passwords, 
credentialing, and software. Follow the instructions at Grants.gov for 
registering and submitting an electronic application.
    f. Grants.gov has two preregistration requirements: A DUNS number 
and an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). 
See the ``Checklist of Items in Completed Application Packages'' for 
instructions on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in the CCR.
    g. You must be registered with Grants.gov before you can submit an 
electronic grant application.
    (1) You must register at https://apply.grants.gov/OrcRegister.
    (2) Organization registration user guides and checklists are 
available at https://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.
    (3) Grants.gov requires some credentialing and online 
authentication procedures. When an applicant organization is registered 
with CCR, the organization designates a point of contact who receives a 
password authorizing the person to designate staff members who are 
allowed to submit applications electronically through Grants.gov. These 
authorized organization representatives must be registered with 
Grants.gov to receive a username and password to submit applications. 
These procedures may take several business days to complete.
    (4) Some or all of the CCR and Grants.gov registration, 
credentialing and authorizations require updates. If you have 
previously registered at Grants.gov to submit applications 
electronically, please ensure that your registration, credentialing and 
authorizations are up to date well in advance of the grant application 
deadline.
    h. To use Grants.gov:
    (1) Follow the instructions on the Web site to find grant 
information.
    (2) Download a copy of an application package.
    (3) Complete the package off-line.
    (4) Upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov Web site.
    (5) If a system problem or technical difficulty occurs with an 
electronic application, please use the customer support resources 
available at the Grants.gov Web site.
    (6) Again, RUS encourages applicants to take early action to 
complete the sign-up, credentialing and authorization procedures at 
Grants.gov before submitting an application at the Web site.

E. Deadlines

    The deadline for paper and electronic submissions is August 10, 
2011. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or 
sent overnight no later than the closing date to be considered for FY 
2011 grant funding. Electronic applications must have an electronic 
date and time stamp by midnight of August 10, 2011 to be considered on 
time. RUS will not accept applications by fax or e-mail. Applications 
that do not meet the criteria above are considered late applications 
and will not be considered. RUS will notify each late applicant that 
its application will not be considered.

F. Funding Restrictions

    1. Eligible Grant Purposes
    a. Grant funds must be used to establish and maintain a revolving 
loan fund to provide loans to eligible individuals for household water 
well systems.
    b. Individuals may use the loans to construct, refurbish, 
rehabilitate, or replace household water well systems up to the point 
of entry of a home. Point of entry for the well system is the junction 
where water enters into a home water delivery system after being pumped 
from a well.
    c. Grant funds may be used to pay administrative expenses 
associated with providing Household Water Well loans.
    2. Ineligible Grant Purposes.
    a. Administrative expenses incurred in any calendar year that 
exceeds 10 percent of the household water well loans made during the 
same period do not qualify for reimbursement.
    b. Administrative expenses incurred before RUS executes a grant 
agreement with the recipient do not qualify for reimbursement.
    c. Delinquent debt owed to the Federal Government does not qualify 
for reimbursement.
    d. Grant funds may not be used to provide loans for household sewer 
or septic systems.
    e. Household Water Well loans may not be used to pay the costs of 
water well systems for the construction of a new house.
    f. Household Water Well loans may not be used to pay the costs of a 
home plumbing system.

V. Application Review Information

A. Criteria

    This section contains instructions and guidelines on preparing the 
project proposal, work plan, and budget sections of the application. 
Also, guidelines are provided on the additional information required 
for RUS

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to determine eligibility and financial feasibility.
    1. Project Proposal. The project proposal should outline the 
project in sufficient detail to provide a reader with a complete 
understanding of the loan program. Explain what will be accomplished by 
lending funds to individual well owners. Demonstrate the feasibility of 
the proposed loan program in meeting the objectives of this grant 
program. The proposal should include the following elements:
    a. Project Summary. Present a brief project overview. Explain the 
purpose of the project, how it relates to RUS' purposes, how the 
project will be executed, what the project will produce, and who will 
direct it.
    b. Needs Assessment. To show why the project is necessary, clearly 
identify the economic, social, financial, or other problems that 
require solutions. Demonstrate the well owners' need for financial and 
technical assistance. Quantify the number of prospective borrowers or 
provide statistical or narrative evidence that a sufficient number of 
borrowers will exist to justify the grant award. Describe the service 
area. Provide information on the household income of the area and other 
demographical information. Address community needs.
    c. Project Goals and Objectives. Clearly state the project goals. 
The objectives should clearly describe the goals and be concrete and 
specific enough to be quantitative or observable. They should also be 
feasible and relate to the purpose of the grant and loan program.
    d. Project Narrative. The narrative should cover in more detail the 
items briefly described in the Project Summary. Demonstrate the grant 
applicant's experience and expertise in promoting the safe and 
productive use of individually-owned household water well systems. The 
narrative should address the following points:
    (1) Document the grant applicant's ability to manage and service a 
revolving fund. The narrative may describe the systems that are in 
place for the full life cycle of a loan from loan origination through 
servicing. If a servicing contractor will service the loan portfolio, 
the arrangement and services provided must be discussed.
    (2) Show evidence of the availability of funds from sources other 
than the HWWS grant. Describe the contributions the project will 
receive from your organization, state agencies, local government, other 
Federal agencies, non-government organizations, private industry, and 
individuals. The documentation should describe how the contributions 
will be used to pay your operational costs and provide financial 
assistance for projects.
    (3) Demonstrate that the organization has secured commitments of 
significant financial support from other funding sources.
    (4) List the fees and charges that borrowers will be assessed.
    2. Work Plan. The work plan or scope of work must describe the 
tasks and activities that will be accomplished with available resources 
during the grant period. It must include who will carry out the 
activities and services to be performed and specific timeframes for 
completion. Describe any unusual or unique features of the project such 
as innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary community 
involvement.
    3. Budget and Budget Justification. Use the Form SF-424A, Budget 
Information--Non-Construction Programs, to show your budget cost 
elements. The form summarizes resources as Federal and non-Federal 
funds and costs. ``Federal'' refers only to the HWWS Grant Program for 
which you are applying. ``Non-Federal'' refers to resources from your 
organization, state agencies, local government, other Federal agencies, 
non-government organizations, private industry, and individuals. Both 
Federal and non-Federal resources shall be detailed and justified in 
the budget and narrative justification.
    a. Provide a budget with line item detail and detailed calculations 
for each budget object class identified in section B of the Budget 
Information form (SF-424A). Detailed calculations must include 
estimation methods, quantities, unit costs, and other similar 
quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to be duplicated. 
Also include a breakout by the funding sources identified in Block 15 
of the SF-424.
    b. Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the 
categorical costs are derived for all capital and administrative 
expenditures, the matching contribution, and other sources of funds 
necessary to complete the project. Discuss the necessity, 
reasonableness, and allocability of the proposed costs. Consult OMB 
Circular A-122: ``Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations'' for 
information about appropriate costs for each budget category.
    c. If the grant applicant will use a servicing contractor, the fees 
may be reimbursed as an administrative expense as provided in 7 CFR 
1776.13. These fees must be discussed in the budget narrative. If the 
grant applicant will hire a servicing contractor, it must demonstrate 
that all procurement transactions will be conducted in a manner to 
provide, to the maximum extent practical, open and free competition. 
Recipients must justify any anticipated procurement action that is 
expected to be awarded without competition and exceed the simplified 
acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. 403(11) (currently set at 
$100,000).
    d. The indirect cost category should be used only when the grant 
applicant currently has an indirect cost rate approved by the 
Department of Agriculture or another cognizant Federal agency. A grant 
applicant that will charge indirect costs to the grant must enclose a 
copy of the current rate agreement. If the grant applicant is in the 
process of initially developing or renegotiating a rate, the grant 
applicant shall submit its indirect cost proposal to the cognizant 
agency immediately after the applicant is advised that an award will be 
made. In no event, shall the indirect cost proposal be submitted later 
than three months after the effective date of the award. Consult OMB 
Circular A-122 for information about indirect costs.
    4. Evidence of Legal Authority and Existence. The applicant must 
provide satisfactory documentation that it is legally recognized under 
state and Federal law as a private non-profit organization. The 
documentation also must show that it has the authority to enter into a 
grant agreement with the RUS and to perform the activities proposed 
under the grant application. Satisfactory documentation includes, but 
is not limited to, certificates from the Secretary of State, copies of 
state statutes or laws establishing your organization, and copies of 
your organization's articles of incorporation and bylaws. Letters from 
IRS awarding tax-exempt status are not considered adequate evidence.
    5. List of Directors and Officers. The applicant must submit a 
certified list of directors and officers with their respective terms.
    6. IRS Tax Exempt Status. The applicant must submit evidence of tax 
exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
    7. Financial Information and Sustainability. The applicant must 
submit pro forma balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow 
statements for the last three years and projections for three years. 
Additionally, the most recent audit of the applicant's organization 
must be submitted.

B. Evaluation Criteria

    Grant applications that are complete and eligible will be scored

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competitively based on the following scoring criteria:

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           Scoring criteria                          Points
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Degree of expertise and experience in  Up to 30 points.
 promoting the safe and productive
 use of individually-owned household
 water well systems and ground water.
Degree of expertise and successful     Up to 20 points.
 experience in making and servicing
 loans to individuals.
Percentage of applicant
 contributions. Points allowed under
 this paragraph will be based on
 written evidence of the availability
 of funds from sources other than the
 proceeds of a HWWS grant to pay part
 of the cost of a loan recipient's
 project. In-kind contributions will
 not be considered. Funds from other
 sources as a percentage of the HWWS
 grant and points corresponding to
 such percentages are as follows:
    0 to 9 percent...................  ineligible.
    10 to 25 percent.................  5 points.
    26 to 30 percent.................  10 points.
    31 to 50 percent.................  15 points.
    51 percent or more...............  20 points.
Extent to which the work plan          Up to 20 points.
 demonstrates a well thought out,
 comprehensive approach to
 accomplishing the objectives of this
 part, clearly defines who will be
 served by the project, and appears
 likely to be sustainable.
Extent to which the goals and          Up to 10 points
 objectives are clearly defined, tied
 to the work plan, and measurable..
Lowest ratio of projected              Up to 10 points.
 administrative expenses to loans
 advanced.
Administrator's discretion,
 considering such factors as:
    Creative outreach ideas for        Up to 10 points.
     marketing HWWS loans to rural
     residents;.
    The amount of needs demonstrated
     in the work plan; Previous
     experiences demonstrating
     excellent utilization of a
     revolving loan fund grant; and
     Optimizing the use of agency
     resources.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

C. Review Standards

    1. Incomplete applications as of the deadline for submission will 
not be considered. If an application is determined to be incomplete, 
the applicant will be notified in writing and the application will be 
returned with no further action.
    2. Ineligible applications will be returned to the applicant with 
an explanation.
    3. Complete, eligible applications will be evaluated competitively 
by a review team, composed of at least two RUS employees selected from 
the Water Programs Division. They will make overall recommendations 
based on the program elements found in 7 CFR part 1776 and the review 
criteria presented in this notice. They will award points as described 
in the scoring criteria in 7 CFR 1776.9 and this notice. Each 
application will receive a score based on the averages of the 
reviewers' scores and discretionary points awarded by the RUS 
Administrator.
    4. Applications will be ranked and grants awarded in rank order 
until all grant funds are expended.
    5. Regardless of the score an application receives, if RUS 
determines that the project is technically infeasible, RUS will notify 
the applicant, in writing, and the application will be returned with no 
further action.

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Notices

    RUS will notify a successful applicant by an award letter 
accompanied by a grant agreement. The grant agreement will contain the 
terms and conditions for the grant. The applicant must execute and 
return the grant agreement, accompanied by any additional items 
required by the award letter or grant agreement.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    1. This notice, the 7 CFR part 1776, and the application guide 
implement the appropriate administrative and national policy 
requirements. Grant recipients are subject to the requirements in 7 CFR 
part 1776.
    2. Direct Federal grants, sub-award funds, or contracts under the 
HWWS Grant Program shall not be used to fund inherently religious 
activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization. 
Therefore, organizations that receive direct assistance should take 
steps to separate, in time or location, their inherently religious 
activities from the services funded under the HWWS Grant Program. 
Regulations for the Equal Treatment for Faith-based Organizations are 
contained in 7 CFR part 16, which includes the prohibition against 
Federal funding of inherently religious activities.

C. Reporting

    1. Performance Reporting. All recipients of HWWS Grant Program 
financial assistance must provide quarterly performance activity 
reports to RUS until the project is complete and the funds are 
expended. A final performance report is also required. The final report 
may serve as the last annual report. The final report must include an 
evaluation of the success of the project.
    2. Financial Reporting. All recipients of HWWS Grant Program 
financial assistance must provide an annual audit, beginning with the 
first year a portion of the financial assistance is expended. The 
grantee will provide an audit report or financial statements as 
follows:
    a. Grantees expending $500,000 or more Federal funds per fiscal 
year will submit an audit conducted in accordance with OMB Circular A-
133. The audit will be submitted within 9 months after the grantee's 
fiscal year. Additional audits may be required if the project period 
covers more than one fiscal year.
    b. Grantees expending less than $500,000 will provide annual 
financial statements covering the grant period, consisting of the 
organization's statement of income and expense and balance sheet signed 
by an appropriate official of the organization. Financial statements 
will be submitted within 90 days after the grantee's fiscal year.
    3. Recipient and Subrecipient Reporting. The applicant must have 
the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the 
reporting requirements for first-tier sub-awards and executive 
compensation under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency 
Act of 2006 in the event the applicant receives funding unless such 
applicant is exempt from such reporting requirements pursuant to 2 CFR 
part 170 Section 170.110(b). The reporting requirements under the 
Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR part 170 are as follows:
    a. First Tier Sub-Awards of $25,000 or more in non-Recovery Act 
funds (unless they are exempt under 2 CFR part 170) must be reported by 
the Recipient to https://www.fsrs.gov no later than the

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end of the month following the month the obligation was made.
    b. The Total Compensation of the Recipient's Executives (5 most 
highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if 
the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to https://www.ccr.gov by the end of the month following the month in which the 
award was made.
    c. The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient's Executives (5 most 
highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Subrecipient (if 
the Subrecipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to the 
Recipient by the end of the month following the month in which the 
subaward was made.

VII. Agency Contacts

    A. Web site: https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-individualwellsystems.htm.
    B. Phone: 202-720-9589.
    C. Fax: 202-690-0649.
    D. E-mail: cheryl.francis@wdc.usda.gov.
    E. Main point of contact: Cheryl Francis, Community Programs 
Specialist, Water Programs Division, Water and Environmental Programs, 
RUS, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dated: June 16, 2011.
Jonathan Adelstein,
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-17317 Filed 7-8-11; 8:45 am]
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