Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program, 53765-53773 [2015-22546]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices The meeting will be held at Umpqua National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon. 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 Umpqua National Forest Supervisor’s Office. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Caplan, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 541–957–3270 or via email at ccaplan@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 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. The purpose of the meeting is to: 1. Review projects proposals; and 2. Make project recommendations for Title II funding. The meeting is open to the public. 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 October 13, 2015, to be scheduled on the agenda. 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. Written comments and requests for time to make oral comments must be sent to Cheryl Caplan, RAC Coordinator, Umpqua National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, Oregon 97471; by email to ccaplan@ fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 541–957– 3495. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accommodation for access to the facility or proceedings by contacting the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 1, 2015. Steven T. Marchi, Acting Umpqua Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2015–22527 Filed 9–4–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This Notice announces that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2015 applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant (DHCS) Program as authorized by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 (Pub.L. 113–235). Approximately $5 million is available to be competitively awarded. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions and economic development entities in the Delta Region. The Agency is encouraging applications that grants to projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent. This emphasis will support Rural Development’s (RD) mission of improving the quality of life for Rural Americans and its commitment to directing resources to those who most need them. DATES: You must submit completed applications for grants according to the following deadlines: • Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than December 7, 2015. • Electronic copies must be received by December 2, 2015. Late applications are not eligible for funding under this Notice and will not be evaluated. ADDRESSES: You should contact your USDA Rural Development State Office (State Office) if you have questions about eligibility or submission requirements. You are encouraged to contact your State Office well in advance of the application deadline to discuss your project and to ask any questions regarding the application process. A list of State Office contacts can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/ contact-us/state-offices. A supplementary application guide has also been created for your assistance. You may obtain application guides and materials for this Notice in the following ways: • Through the Internet at the RBS Cooperative Programs Web site: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53765 • By requesting application guides and materials from your local State Office. A list of State Office contacts can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/ contact-us/state-offices. Alabama USDA Rural Development State Office, Sterling Centre, Suite 601, 4121 Carmichael Road, Suite 601, Montgomery, AL 36106–3683, (334) 279–3400/TDD (334) 279–3495. Arkansas USDA Rural Development State Office, 700 West Capitol Avenue, Room 3416, Little Rock, AR 72201–3225, (501) 301–3200/TDD (501) 301–3279. Illinois USDA Rural Development State Office, 2118 West Park Court, Suite A, Champaign, IL 61821, (217) 403– 6200/TDD (217) 403–6240. Kentucky USDA Rural Development State Office, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40503, (859) 224–7435/ TDD (859) 224–7422. Louisiana USDA Rural Development State Office, 3727 Government Street, Alexandria, LA 71302, (318) 473–7960/TDD (318) 473–7655. Mississippi USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Suite 831, 100 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39269, (601) 965–5457/TDD (601) 965–5850. Missouri USDA Rural Development State Office, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Parkade Center, Suite 235, Columbia, MO 65203, (573) 876–9321/TDD (573) 876–9480. Tennessee USDA Rural Development State Office, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 300, Nashville, TN 37203–1084, (615) 783– 1321. You must submit either: • A complete paper application to the State Office located in the State where the project will primarily take place, http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/ state-offices (see list above), or • A complete electronic grant application at http://www.grants.gov/ (Grants.gov). Please review the Grants.gov Web site at http://grants.gov/ applicants/organization_ registration.jsp, for instructions on the process of registering your organization as soon as possible to ensure you are able to meet the application deadline. E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 53766 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Grants Division, Cooperative Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Programs, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 3253, Washington, DC 20250–3253; or call (202) 690–1376. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Overview Federal Agency: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS). Funding Opportunity Title: Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. Announcement Type: Initial funding announcement. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.874. Dates: You must submit your complete application by December 7, 2015 or it will not be considered for funding. Electronic copies must be received by www.grants.gov no later than midnight Eastern time December 2, 2015 or it will not be considered for funding. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Executive Order (EO) 13175 Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments This Executive Order imposes requirements on RD in the development of regulatory policies that have tribal implications or preempt tribal laws. RD has determined that this Notice does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribe(s) or on either the relationship or the distribution of powers and responsibilities between the Federal Government and the Indian tribes. Thus, this Notice is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 13175. Tribal Consultation inquiries and comments should be directed to RD’s Native American Coordinator at aian@ wdc.usda.gov or (720) 544–2911. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act requires Federal agencies to seek and obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval before undertaking a collection of information directed to ten or more persons. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Agency conducted an analysis to determine the number of applications the Agency estimates that it will receive under the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. It was determined that the estimated number of applications was fewer than nine and in accordance with 5 CFR 1320, thus no OMB approval is necessary at this time. A. Program Description This Notice announces the availability of funds for the DHCS grant program, which is authorized under VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 Section 379G of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2008u). The primary objective of the program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other individuals and entities in the Delta Region. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum award amount per grant is $500,000. Definitions The terms and conditions provided in this Notice are applicable to this Notice only. In addition, the term ‘‘you’’ referenced throughout this Notice should be understood to mean the applicant and the terms ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us,’’ and ‘‘our’’ should be understood to mean Rural Business-Cooperative Services, Rural Development, USDA. Academic Health and Research Institute means one of the following: • A combination of a medical school, one or more other health profession schools or educational training programs (such as allied health, dentistry, graduate studies, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine), and one or more owned or affiliated teaching hospitals or health systems; or • A health care nonprofit organization or health system, including nonprofit medical and surgical hospitals, that conduct health related research exclusively for scientific or educational purposes. Conflict of Interest means a situation in which a person or entity has competing personal, professional, or financial interests that make it difficult for the person or business to act impartially. Regarding use of both grant and Federal procurement standards prohibit transactions that involve a real or apparent conflict of interest for owners, employees, officers, agents, or their immediate family members having a financial or other interest in the outcome of the project; or that restrict open and free competition for unrestrained trade. Specifically, project funds may not be used for services or goods going to, or coming from, a person or entity with a real or apparent conflict of interest, including, but not limited to, owner(s) and their immediate family members. An example of conflict of interest occurs when the consortium member’s employees, board of directors, or the immediate family of either, have the appearance of a professional or personal financial interest in the recipients receiving the benefits or services of the grant. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Consortium means a group of three or more entities that are regional Institutions of Higher Education, Academic Health and Research Institutes, and/or Economic Development Entities located in the Delta Region that have at least one year of prior experience in addressing the health care issues in the region. At least one of the consortium members must be legally organized as an incorporated organization or other legal entity and have legal authority to contract with the Federal government. Delta Region means the 252 counties and parishes within the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee that are served by the Delta Regional Authority. (The Delta Region may be adjusted by future Federal statute.) To view the areas identified within the Delta Region visit http:// dra.gov/about-dra/dra-states. Economic Development Entity means any public or non-profit organization whose primary mission is to stimulate local and regional economies within the Delta Region by increasing employment opportunities and duration of employment, expanding or retaining existing employers, increasing labor rates or wage levels, reducing outmigration, and/or creating gains in other economic development-related variables such as land values. These activities shall primarily benefit lowand moderate-income individuals in the Delta Region. Health System means the complete network of agencies, facilities, and all providers of health care to meet the health needs of a specific geographical area or target populations. Institution of Higher Education means either a postsecondary (post-high school) educational institution that awards a bachelor’s degree or provides not less than a 2-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree, or a postsecondary vocational institution that provides a program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Nonprofit Organization means any organization or institution, including an accredited institution of higher education, no part of the net earnings of which may inure, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. Project Funds means grant funds requested plus any other contributions to the proposed project. Rural and rural area means any area of a State: • Not in a city or town that has a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants, according to the latest E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices decennial census of the United States; and • The contiguous and adjacent urbanized area, • Urbanized areas that are rural in character as defined by 7 U.S.C. 1991 (a) (13), as amended by Section 6018 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 110–246 (June 18, 2008). • For the purposes of this definition, cities and towns are incorporated population centers with definite boundaries, local self-government, and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the State. State means each of the 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and, as may be determined by the Secretary to be feasible, appropriate and lawful, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. B. Federal Award Information Type of Award: Grant Total Funding for DHCS: $5,312,610.00 Maximum DHCS Award: $500,000 Minimum DHCS Award: $50,000 Project Period: Up to 24 months Anticipated Award Date: March 1, 2016 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES C. Eligibility Information Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements. Your application will not be considered for funding if it does not provide sufficient information to determine eligibility or is missing required elements. Applicants that fail to submit the required elements by the application deadline will be deemed ineligible and will not be evaluated further. Information submitted after the application deadline will not be accepted. 1. Eligible Applicants Grants funded through DHCS may be made to a Consortium as defined in Paragraph A of this Notice. Consortiums are eligible to receive funding through this Notice. One member of the Consortium must be designated as the lead entity by the other members of the Consortium and have legal authority to contract with the Federal government. The lead entity is the recipient (See 2 CFR 200.86) of the DHCS grant funds and accountable for monitoring and reporting on the project performance and financial management of the grant. In addition, the lead entity (recipient) is responsible for subrecipient monitoring and management in accordance with 2 CFR 200.330 and 200.331, respectively. The remaining consortium members are subrecipients (See 2 CFR 200.93). They VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:04 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 may receive subawards (See 2 CFR 200.94) from the recipient and are responsible for monitoring and reporting the project performance and financial management of their subaward to the recipient. (a) An applicant is ineligible if they do not submit ‘‘Evidence of Eligibility’’ and ‘‘Consortium Agreements’’ as described in Section D.2. of this Notice. (b) An applicant is ineligible if they have been debarred or suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal assistance programs under Executive Order 12549, ‘‘Debarment and Suspension.’’ The Agency will check the System for Award Management (SAM) to determine if the applicant has been debarred or suspended. In addition, an applicant will be considered ineligible for a grant due to an outstanding judgment obtained by the U.S. in a Federal Court (other than U.S. Tax Court), is delinquent on the payment of Federal income taxes, or is delinquent on Federal debt. The applicant must certify as part of the application that they do not have an outstanding judgement against them. The Agency will check the Credit Alert Interactive Voice Response System (CAIVRS) to verify this. (c) Any corporation (i) that has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or (ii) that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for financial assistance provided with funds appropriated by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, unless a Federal agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government. (d) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application includes any funding restrictions identified under Section D.6. (e) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application is not complete in accordance with the requirements stated in Section C.3.g. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching Matching funds are not required. However, if you are adding any other contributions to the proposed Project, you must provide documentation indicating who will be providing the matching funds, the amount of funds, when those funds will be provided, and PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53767 how the funds will be used in the project budget. Examples of acceptable documentation include: A signed letter from the source of funds stating the amount of funds, when the funds will be provided, and what the funds can be used for or a signed resolution from your governing board authorizing the use of a specified amount of funds for specific components of the project. The matching funds you identify must be specifically dedicated to the project and cannot include your organization’s general operating budget. No credit will be given for in-kind donations of time, goods, and/or services from any organization, including the applicant organization. Additionally, we will not consider program income or expected revenue as other contributions, unless a commitment letter from the organization that will be paying the fees provides a letter stating the amount of the funds that will be paid, when they will be paid, and what they can be used for, if applicable. If you choose, you may use a template to summarize the matching funds. The template is available either from your Rural Development State Office or the program Web site at: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. 3. Other Eligibility Requirements The following additional eligibility requirements apply to this program: (a) Use of Funds. An application must propose to use Project funds, including grant and other contributions committed under the evaluation criteria for eligible purposes. Eligible Project purposes include the development of: • Health care services; • health education programs; • health care job training programs; and • the development and expansion of public health-related facilities in the Delta Region. (b) Project Area. The proposed Project must take place in a Rural Area within the Delta Region as defined in this Notice. However, the applicant need not propose to serve the entire Delta Region. (c) Project Input. Your proposed Project must be developed based on input from local governments, public health care providers, and other entities in the Delta Region. (d) Grant Period. All grant funds are limited to a 24-month performance period. Your proposed grant period should begin no earlier than the anticipated award announcement date, March 1, 2016, and should end no later than 24 months following that date. If you receive an award, your grant period E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 53768 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES will be revised to begin on the actual date of award—the date the grant agreement is executed by the Agency— and your grant period end date will be adjusted accordingly. Your Project activities must begin within 90 days of the date of award. If you request funds for a time period beginning before March 1, 2016, and/or ending later than 24 months from that date, your application will be ineligible. The length of your grant period should be based on your Project’s complexity, as indicated in your application work plan. (e) Multiple Grant Requests. The Consortium, including its members, is limited to submitting one application for funding under this Notice. We will not accept applications from Consortiums that include members who are also members of other Consortiums that have submitted applications for funding under this Notice. If we discover that a Consortium member is a member of multiple Consortiums with applications submitted for funding under this Notice, all applications will be considered ineligible for funding. (f) Performance on Existing DHCS Awards. If the lead entity, or any of its Consortium members, has an existing DHCS award, they must be performing satisfactorily to be considered eligible for a funding under this Notice. Satisfactory performance includes, but is not limited to, being up-to-date on all financial and performance reports and being current on all tasks as approved in the work plan. The Agency will use its discretion to make this determination. (g) Completeness. Your application must provide all of the information requested in Section D.2. of this Notice. Applications lacking sufficient information to determine eligibility and scoring will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered for scoring. (h) Indirect Costs. Your negotiated indirect cost rate approval does not need to be included in your application, but you will be required to provide it if a grant is awarded. Approval for indirect costs that are requested in an application without an approved indirect cost rate agreement is at the discretion of the Agency. D. Application and Submission Information Please see instructions below on how to access and submit a complete application for this funding opportunity. 1. Address To Request Application Package The application guide and copies of necessary forms for the DHCS Grant VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 Program are available from these sources: • The Internet at http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants, http:// www.grants.gov, or • For paper copies of these materials, please call (202) 690–1376. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission You may submit your application in paper form or electronically through Grants.gov. Your application must contain all required information. To submit an application electronically, you must follow the instructions for this funding announcement at http:// www.grants.gov. Please note that we cannot accept emailed or faxed applications. You can locate the Grants.gov downloadable application package for this program by using a keyword, the program name, or the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number for this program. When you enter the Grants.gov Web site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. To use Grants.gov, you must already have a DUNS number and you must also be registered and maintain registration in SAM. We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. You must submit all of your application documents electronically through Grants.gov. Applications must include electronic signatures. Original signatures may be required if funds are awarded. After electronically submitting an application through Grants.gov, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. If you want to submit a paper application, send it to the State Office located in the State where you are headquartered. You can find State Office contact information at: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/stateoffices. You are strongly encouraged, but not required, to utilize the DHCS Application Guide found at http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. The guide provides specific guidance on each of the items listed and also provides all necessary forms and sample worksheets. The organization submitting the application will be considered the lead PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 entity. The Contact/Program Manager must be associated with the lead entity submitting the application. A completed application must include the following: (a) Form SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance.’’—The application for federal assistance must be completed by the lead entity as described in Section C.1. of this Notice. Your application must include your DUNS number and SAM (CAGE) code and expiration date. Because there are no specific fields for a CAGE code and expiration date, you may identify them anywhere you want to on the form. If you do not include the CAGE code and expiration date and DUNS number in your application, it will not be considered for funding. The form must be signed by an authorized representative. (b) Form SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs.’’ This form must be completed and submitted as part of the application package for nonconstruction projects. (c) Form SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances— Non-Construction Programs.’’ This form must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the application package for non-construction projects. (d) Form SF–424C, ‘‘Budget Information—Construction Programs.’’ This form must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the application package for construction projects. (e) Form SF–424D, ‘‘Assurances— Construction Programs.’’ This form must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the application package for construction projects. (f) A project abstract. You must provide a brief summary of the proposed Project, not to exceed 250 words, suitable for dissemination to the public and to Congress. (g) Executive summary. You must provide a more detailed description of your project containing the following information; (1) Legal name of lead applicant, (2) consortium members, (3) applicant type (including consortium members) (4) application type (development of health care services, health education programs, health care job care training programs, or the development and/or expansion of health related facilities, (5) a summary of your project, (6) project goals and (7) how you intend to use the grant funds. Limit two pages. (h) Evidence of eligibility. You must provide evidence of the Consortium’s eligibility to apply under this Notice. This section must include a detailed summary demonstrating how each Consortium member meets the E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices definition of an eligible entity as defined under Definitions of this Notice. (i) Consortium agreements. The application must include a formal written agreement with each Consortium member that addresses the negotiated arrangements for administering the Project to meet Project goals, the Consortium member’s responsibilities to comply with administrative, financial, and reporting requirements of the grant, including those necessary to ensure compliance with all applicable Federal regulations and policies, and facilitate a smooth functioning collaborative venture. Under the agreement, each Consortium member must perform a substantive role in the Project and not merely serve as a conduit of funds to another party or parties. This agreement must be signed by an authorized representative of the lead entity and an authorized representative of each partnering consortium entity. (j) Scoring documentation. You must address and provide documentation for each scoring criterion, specifically (1) the rurality of the project area and communities served, (2) the community needs and benefits derived from the project, (3) and project management and organization capability. See Section E.1. (k) Work Plan and Budget. You must provide a work plan and budget that includes the following: (1) The specific activities; such as programs, services, trainings, and/or construction-related activities for a facility to be performed under the Project, (2) the estimated line item costs associated with each activity, including grant funds and other necessary sources of funds; (3) the key personnel who will carry out each activity (including each Consortium member’s role), and (4) the specific time frames for completion of each activity. An eligible start and end date for the project and for individual project tasks must be clearly shown and may not exceed Agency specified timeframes for the grant period. You must show the source and use of both grant and other contributions for all tasks. Other contributions must be spent at a rate equal to, or in advance of, grant funds. (l) Financial information and sustainability. You must provide current financial statements and a narrative description demonstrating sustainability of the project, all of which show sufficient resources and expertise to undertake and complete the project and how the project will be sustained following completion. Applicants must provide 3 years of pro-forma financial statements for the project. (m) Evidence of legal authority and existence. The lead entity must provide VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 evidence of its legal existence and authority to enter into a grant agreement with the Agency and perform the activities proposed under the grant application. (n) Evidence of input solicited from local stakeholders. The application must include documentation detailing support solicited from local government, public health care providers and other entities in the Delta Region. Evidence of support can include; but is not limited to surveys conducted amongst rural residents and stakeholders, notes from focus groups, or letters of support from local entities. (o) Service area maps. You must provide maps with sufficient detail to show the area that will benefit from the proposed facilities and services and the location of the facilities improved or purchased with grant funds if applicable. (p) Form AD–3030. Form AD–3030, ‘‘Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants,’’ if you are a corporation. A corporation is any entity that has filed articles of incorporation in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the various territories of the United States including American Samoa, Guam, Midway Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Corporations include both for profit and non-profit entities. (q) Certification of no current outstanding Federal judgment. You must certify that there are no current outstanding Federal judgments against your property and that you will not use grant funds to pay for any judgment obtained by the United States. To satisfy the Certification requirement, you should include this statement in your application: ‘‘[INSERT NAME OF APPLICANT] certifies that the United States has not obtained an unsatisfied judgment against its property and will not use grant funds to pay any judgments obtained by the United States.’’ A separate signature is not required. (r) Form RD–1940–20, ‘‘Request for Environmental Information.’’ You must submit a completed Form RD 1940–20, ‘‘Request for Environmental Information,’’ and a description of anticipated environmental issues or concerns for all construction related applications. The form can be found at: http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/ efcommon/eFileServices/eForms/ RD1940-20.PDF. Additional environmental documentation may be PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53769 requested in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940 Exhibit H. The submission of the Form RD 1940–20 alone does not constitute compliance with 7 CFR part 1940. 3. DUNS Number and SAM Registration In order to be eligible (unless you are exempted under 2 CFR 25.110(b), (c) or (d), you are required to: (a) Provide a valid DUNS number in your application, which can be obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at (866) 705–5711; (b) Register in SAM before submitting your application. You may register in SAM at no cost at https://www.sam.gov/ portal/public/SAM/; and (c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which you have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. The Agency may not make a Federal award to you until you have complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements. If you have not fully complied with requirements by the time the Agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and the Agency may use this determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. 4. Submission Date and Time Application Deadline Date: December 7, 2015. Explanation of Deadlines: Complete paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight by December 7, 2015. The Agency will determine whether your application is late based on the date shown on the postmark or shipping invoice. You may also hand carry your application to one of our field offices, but it must be received by close of business on the deadline date. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, the reporting package is due the next business day. Late applications are not eligible for funding. Electronic applications must be RECEIVED by http://www.grants.gov by midnight Eastern time December 2, 2015, to be eligible for funding. Please review the Grants.gov Web site at http:// grants.gov/applicants/organization_ registration.jsp for instructions on the process of registering your organization as soon as possible to ensure you are able to meet the electronic application deadline. Grants.gov will not accept applications submitted after the deadline. E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 53770 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices 5. Intergovernmental Review Executive Order (EO) 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs, applies to this program. This EO requires that Federal agencies provide opportunities for consultation on proposed assistance with State and local governments. Many States have established a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to facilitate this consultation. A list of States that maintain a SPOC may be obtained at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc. If your State has a SPOC, you may submit your application directly for review. Any comments obtained through the SPOC must be provided to Rural Development for consideration as part of your application. If your State has not established a SPOC or you do not want to submit your application to the SPOC, Rural Development will submit your application to the SPOC or other appropriate agency or agencies. You are also encouraged to contact Cooperative Programs at 202–690–1376 or cpgrants@wdc.usda.gov if you have questions about this process. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 6. Funding Restrictions The use of project funds, including grant funds and other contributions, cannot be used for ineligible purposes. In addition, you shall not use project funds for the following: (a) To duplicate current services or to replace or to substitute support previously provided. If the current service is inadequate, however, project funds may be used to expand the level of effort or a service beyond what is currently being provided; (b) To pay for costs to prepare the application for funding under this Notice; (c) To pay for costs of the project incurred prior to the effective date of the period of performance; (d) To pay expenses for applicant employee training; (e) Fund political activities; (f) To pay for assistance to any private business enterprise which does not have at least 51 percent ownership by those who are either citizens of the United States or reside in the United States after being legally admitted for permanent residence; (g) To pay any judgment or debt owed to the United States. (h) Engage in any activities that are considered a Conflict of Interest, as defined by this Notice; or (i) Fund any activities prohibited by 2 CFR 200. In addition, your application will not be considered for funding if it does any of the following: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 • Requests more than the maximum grant amount: or • Proposes ineligible costs that equal more than 10 percent of the project funds. If you include funds in your budget that are for ineligible purposes, we will consider the application for funding if the ineligible purposes total 10 percent or less of an applicant’s project funds. However, if the application is successful, those ineligible costs must be removed from the work plan and budget and replaced with eligible costs before we will make the grant award, or the grant award will be reduced accordingly. If we cannot determine the percentage of ineligible costs, the application will not be considered for funding. 7. Other Submission Requirements (a) You should not submit your application in more than one format. You must choose whether to submit your application in hard copy or electronically. Applications submitted in hard copy should be mailed or handdelivered to the State Office where the project will primarily take place. You can find State Office contact information at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/ contact-us/state-offices. To submit an application electronically, you must follow the instructions for this funding announcement at http:// www.grants.gov. A password is not required to access the Web site. (b) National Environmental Policy Act. This Notice has been reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G, ‘‘Environmental Program.’’ We have determined that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required because the issuance of regulations and instructions, as well as amendments to them, describing administrative and financial procedures for processing, approving, and implementing the Agency’s financial programs is categorically excluded in the Agency’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulation found at 7 CFR 1940.310(e)(3) of subpart G, ‘‘Environmental Program.’’ We have determined that this Notice does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Non-construction projects applying under this Notice are hereby classified as Categorical Exclusions according to 7 CFR 1940.310(e), the award of financial assistance for planning purposes, management and feasibility studies, or environmental impact analyses, which do not require any additional documentation. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (c) Civil Rights Compliance Requirements. All grants made under this Notice are subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as required by the USDA (7 CFR part 15, subpart A) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. E. Application Review Information We will review your application to determine if it is complete and eligible. If at any time we determine that your application is ineligible, you will be notified in writing as to the reasons it was determined ineligible and you will be informed of your review and appeal rights. We will only score applications in which the lead entity, partnering Consortium member entities, and the project are eligible. The applications must also be complete and sufficiently responsive to program requirements. We will review each application to determine if it is eligible for funding and complete, based on the requirements of this Notice as well as other applicable Federal regulations. Applications that are determined to be eligible and complete will be evaluated based on the criteria described below. 1. Criteria For each criterion, you must show how the Project has merit and why it is likely to be successful. If you do not address all parts of a criterion your application will be deemed ineligible. If you do not sufficiently communicate relevant Project information, you will receive lower scores. DHCS is a competitive program, so you will receive scores based on the quality of your responses. Simply addressing the criteria will not guarantee higher scores. The maximum number of points that can be awarded to your application is 100. For this announcement, the minimum score requirement for funding is 60 points. It is at the Agency’s discretion to fund applications with a score of 59 or less if it is in the best interest of the Federal government. The evaluation criteria are detailed in the DHCS Grant Application Guide which can be found at http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. You must address each evaluation criterion outlined in this Notice. Any criterion not substantively addressed will receive zero points. There are three criteria totaling 100 points. They are listed below: (a) Rurality of the Project and communities served (maximum of 30 points)—The rurality of the communities served by the Project is an E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 53771 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices objective criterion that measures the rurality of the Project’s service area. It is determined by the population of the community. The rurality calculation provided in the application will be checked and, if necessary, corrected by us. Community Having a Population Level Over asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1 2 3 4 .................................................................... .................................................................... .................................................................... .................................................................... (b) The Community Needs and Benefits derived from the Project (maximum of 30 points)—We will assess how the Project’s purpose and goals benefit the residents in the Delta Region. This criterion will be scored based on the documentation in support of the community needs for health services and public health-related facilities and the benefits to people living in Delta Regional derived from the implementation of the proposed Project. It should lead clearly to the identification of the Project participant pool and the target population for the Project, and provide convincing links between the Project and the benefits to the community to address its health needs. RBS will consider: (1) The extent of the applicant’s documentation explaining the health care needs, issues, and challenges facing the service area. Include what problems the residents face and how the Project will benefit the residents in the region. (2) The extent to which the applicant is able to show the relationship between the Project’s design, outcome, and benefits. (3) The extent to which the applicant explains the Project and its implementation and provides milestones which are well-defined and can be realistically completed. (4) The extent to which the applicant clearly outlines a plan to track, report, and evaluate performance outcomes. Applicants should attempt to quantify benefits in terms of outcomes from the Project; that is, ways in which peoples’ lives, or the community, will be improved. Provide estimates of the number of people affected by the benefits arising from the project. The Agency has also established annual performance measures to evaluate the DHCS program. Use this section to provide estimates on the following performance measures as part of your narrative: • Number of businesses assisted; • Number of jobs created; • Number of jobs saved; VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 Not in excess of 0 ................................................................................................ 5,001 ......................................................................................... 20,001 ....................................................................................... 50,001 or located in an Urbanized Area .................................. 5,000 20,000 50,000 ............................ • Number of individuals assisted/ trained. It is permissible to have a zero in a performance element. When you calculate jobs created, estimates should be based upon actual jobs to be created by your organization as a result of the DHCS funding or actual jobs to be created by businesses as a result of assistance from your organization. When you calculate jobs saved, estimates should be based only on actual jobs that would have been lost if your organization did not receive DHCS funding or actual jobs that would have been lost without assistance from your organization. You can also suggest additional performance elements for example where job creation or jobs saved may not be a relevant indicator. These additional criteria should be specific, measurable performance elements that could be included in an award document. (c) The Project Management and Organization Capability (maximum of 40 points)—We will evaluate the Consortium’s experience, past performance, and accomplishments addressing health care issues to ensure effective Project implementation. This criterion will be scored based on the documentation of the Project’s management and organizational capability. RBS will consider: (1) The degree to which the organization has a sound management and fiscal structure including: welldefined roles for administrators, staff, and established financial management systems. (2) The extent to which the applicant identifies and demonstrates that qualifications, capabilities, and educational background of the identified key personnel (at a minimum the Project Manager) who will manage and implement programs are relevant and will contribute to the success of the Project. (3) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates current successful and effective experience (or recent past PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Points 30 20 10 0 experience) addressing the health care issues in the Delta Region. (4) The extent to which the applicant has experience managing grant-funded programs. (5) The extent to which the applicant is able to correlate and support the budget to the project phases and implementation timeline. (6) The extent to which administrative/management costs are balanced with funds designated for the provision of programs and services. (7) The extent and depth of membership in the applicant’s Consortium of regional institutions of higher education, academic health and research institutes and economic development entities located in the Delta Region. 2. Review and Selection Process The State Offices will review applications to determine if they are eligible for assistance based on requirements in this Notice and other applicable Federal regulations. If determined eligible, your application will be scored by a panel of National and State Office employees in accordance with the point allocation specified in this Notice. A recommendation will be submitted to the Administrator to fund applications in highest ranking order, subject to availability of funds. It is at the Agency’s discretion to fund applications with a score of 59 or less if it is in the best interest of the Federal government. If your application is evaluated, but not funded, it will not be carried forward into the next competition. F. Federal Award Administration Information 1. Federal Award Notices If you are selected for funding, you will receive a signed notice of Federal award by postal mail from the State Office where your application was submitted, containing instructions on requirements necessary to proceed with execution and performance of the E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 53772 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices award. You must comply with all applicable statutes, regulations, and notice requirements before the grant award will be approved. We recognize that each funded Project is unique and therefore the terms and conditions of each award may vary. We will notify applicants whose applications are selected for funding by sending a letter of conditions, which must be met before the award can be finalized. Once the conditions of the award are met, we will issue a grant agreement, which must be signed by the lead entity and us before the period of performance can begin. The lead entity may administer the award using the traditional subaward approach to the other Consortium members. If you are not selected for funding, you will be notified in writing via postal mail and informed of any review and appeal rights. See 7 CFR part 11 for USDA National Appeals Division procedures. Funding of successfully appealed applications will be limited to available FY 2015 funding. You must comply with all applicable statutes, regulations, and notice requirements before the grant will be approved. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Additional requirements that apply to grantees selected for this in program can be found in 2 CFR parts 180, 200, 400, 415, 417, 418, 421, 25, and 170; and 48 CFR 31.2, and successor regulations to these parts. In addition, all recipients of Federal financial assistance are required to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 and must report information about sub-awards and executive compensation (see 2 CFR part 170). These recipients must also maintain their registration in the SAM database as long as their grants are active. These regulations may be obtained at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ cfr/index.html. The following additional requirements apply to grantees selected for this program: • Agency-approved Grant Agreement. • Letter of Conditions. • Form RD 1940–1, ‘‘Request for Obligation of Funds.’’ • Form RD 1942–46, ‘‘Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions.’’ • Form AD–1047, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters—Primary Covered Transactions.’’ • Form AD–1048, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion— Lower Tier Covered Transactions.’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 • Form AD–1049, ‘‘Certification Regarding a Drug-Free Workplace Requirement (Grants).’’ • Form AD–3031, ‘‘Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants.’’ • Form RD 400–4, ‘‘Assurance Agreement.’’ • RD Instruction 1940–Q, Exhibit A– 1, ‘‘Certification for Contracts, Grants and Loans’’ • SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure of Lobbying Activities’’ if applicable. 3. Reporting (a) Federal Financial Reports. (1) An SF–425, ‘‘Federal Financial Report,’’ must be submitted listing expenditures according to agreed upon budget categories, on a semiannual basis. Reporting periods end each August 31 and February 28. Reports are due 30 days after the reporting period ends. (2) A final project and financial status report within 90 days after the expiration or termination of the grant. (3) Provide outcome project performance reports and final deliverables. (b) Performance Reports. Semiannual performance reports should compare accomplishments to the objectives stated in the proposal. Identify all tasks completed to date and provide documentation supporting the reported results. If the original schedule provided in the work plan is not being met, the report should discuss the problems or delays that may affect completion of the project. Objectives for the next reporting period should be listed. Compliance with any special condition on the use of award funds should be discussed. Reports are due as provided in paragraph 3.a. of this section. (c) Subrecipient Reporting. The lead entity 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 170.110(b). The reporting requirements under the Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR part 170 are as follows: (1) 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 http://www.fsrs.gov no later PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 than the end of the month following the month the obligation was made. (2) The Total Compensation of the Recipient’s Executives (five most highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to http://www.sam.gov by the end of the month following the month in which the award was made. (3) The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient’s Executives (five 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 sub-award was made. Further details regarding these requirements can be obtained at http:// www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr170_main_ 02.tpl. (d) Closeout. Grant closeout activities include a letter to the grantee with final instructions and reminders for amounts to be de-obligated for any unexpended grant funds, final project performance reports due, submission of outstanding deliverables, audit requirements, or other outstanding items of closure. (e) Report for Public Distribution. You must provide a report suitable for public distribution that describes the accomplishments made during this project. We may use this report as a success story to promote this program. G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts If you have questions about this Notice, please contact the State Office as identified in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. You are also encouraged to visit the application Web site for application tools, including an application guide and templates. The Web site address is: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. H. Other Information Nondiscrimination Statement USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 173 / Tuesday, September 8, 2015 / Notices USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF) found online at http:// www.ascr.usda.gov/complain_filing_ cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632–9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 9410, by fax (202) 690–7442, or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and who wish to file either an EEO or program complaint, please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339 or (800) 845– 6136 (in Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Dated: August 28, 2015. Samuel H. Rikkers, Acting Administrator, Rural BusinessCooperative Programs. BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Sunshine Act Meeting United States Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Notice of Commission Business Meeting. AGENCY: Date and Time: Friday, September 11, 2015; 10:00 a.m. EST. ADDRESSES: Place: 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 1150, Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lenore Ostrowsky, Acting Chief, Public Affairs Unit (202) 376–8591. Hearing-impaired persons who will attend the briefing and require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pamela Dunston at (202) 376–8105 or at signlanguage@usccr.gov at least seven business days before the scheduled date of the meeting. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Sep 04, 2015 Jkt 235001 This meeting is open to the public. I. Approval of Agenda II. Program Planning • Status on Commission Reports and hiring of contractors by OCRE • Discussion on hearing dates for 2016 Statutory Enforcement Report • Discussion On Changing October 16 and November 6 Commission Business Meeting Dates • Discussion and vote on part A of Peaceful Coexistence report III. Management and Operations • Staff Director Report IV. State Advisory Committee (SAC) Appointments • Ohio V. Adjourn Meeting Dated: September 3, 2015. David Mussatt, Chief, Regional Programs Unit U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. [FR Doc. 2015–22652 Filed 9–3–15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6335–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Aerospace Executive Service Trade Mission at Singapore Airshow; February 15–19, 2016 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Mission Description [FR Doc. 2015–22546 Filed 9–4–15; 8:45 am] DATES: Meeting Agenda The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration is organizing an Aerospace Executive Service Trade Mission (AESTM) to Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow 2016 (http:// www.singaporeairshow.com). The AESTM will include representatives from a variety of U.S. aerospace-industry manufacturers and service providers. The mission participants will be introduced to international agents, distributors and end-users whose capabilities are targeted to each participant’s needs. This year a key mission goal is to recruit U.S. firms that have not previously participated in this AESTM to the Singapore Airshow. Mission participants will also be briefed by key local industry leaders who can advise on local market conditions and opportunities. In addition, the Commercial Service will offer its AsiaNow Showtime program during the Singapore Airshow, PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53773 where mission participants can meet one-on-one with Commercial Service aerospace and defense industry specialists from various markets in Asia. The industry specialists will be on-hand to discuss market trends and opportunities in their respective markets. Mission Goals The mission’s goal for the Aerospace Executive Service (AES) at the Singapore Airshow is to facilitate an effective presence for small to mediumsized U.S. companies without the major expenses associated with purchasing and staffing exhibition space. The AES will enable U.S. aerospace companies to familiarize themselves with this important air show, conduct market research, and explore export opportunities through pre-screened meetings with potential partners. It will give the U.S. companies a small presence at the show, with an office infrastructure environment and the support of knowledgeable U.S. Commercial Service staff focused on furthering company-specific objectives. This mission also seeks to recruit a minimum of six participants new to the AESTM at the Singapore Airshow. Mission Scenario Within the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Singapore Airshow, the Commercial Service will maintain a 66-square-meter booth that will include 48 square meters of kiosk space for the mission participants, where each participant may display company literature and conduct meetings with visitors to the air show, including buyer delegations from the Asia-Pacific region recruited by Commercial Service staff as part of the AsiaNow program. The Commercial Service booth will also house an area for meetings with Commercial Service staff and a Business Information Office (BIO) reception area (18 square meters). Commercial Service staff will be available to provide market information and offer logistical assistance to AESTM participants throughout the trade mission duration at the Singapore Airshow. • In summary, participation in the AESTM includes: • Pre-show breakfast briefing on February 15; • Daily transportation to and from the designated hotel and Singapore Airshow; • Pre-scheduled meetings with potential partners, distributors, and end users recruited by the Commercial Service; • One show entry pass per company representative; E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 173 (Tuesday, September 8, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 53765-53773]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-22546]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service


Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant 
Program

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Notice announces that the Rural Business-Cooperative 
Service (Agency) is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2015 applications for 
the Delta Health Care Services Grant (DHCS) Program as authorized by 
the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 
(Pub.L. 113-235). Approximately $5 million is available to be 
competitively awarded. The purpose of this program is to provide 
financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the 
Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, 
institutions of higher education, research institutions and economic 
development entities in the Delta Region. The Agency is encouraging 
applications that grants to projects based in or serving census tracts 
with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent. This emphasis 
will support Rural Development's (RD) mission of improving the quality 
of life for Rural Americans and its commitment to directing resources 
to those who most need them.

DATES: You must submit completed applications for grants according to 
the following deadlines:
     Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or 
sent overnight no later than December 7, 2015.
     Electronic copies must be received by December 2, 2015. 
Late applications are not eligible for funding under this Notice and 
will not be evaluated.

ADDRESSES: You should contact your USDA Rural Development State Office 
(State Office) if you have questions about eligibility or submission 
requirements. You are encouraged to contact your State Office well in 
advance of the application deadline to discuss your project and to ask 
any questions regarding the application process. A list of State Office 
contacts can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.
    A supplementary application guide has also been created for your 
assistance. You may obtain application guides and materials for this 
Notice in the following ways:
     Through the Internet at the RBS Cooperative Programs Web 
site: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants
     By requesting application guides and materials from your 
local State Office. A list of State Office contacts can be found at 
http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.

Alabama

USDA Rural Development State Office, Sterling Centre, Suite 601, 4121 
Carmichael Road, Suite 601, Montgomery, AL 36106-3683, (334) 279-3400/
TDD (334) 279-3495.

Arkansas

USDA Rural Development State Office, 700 West Capitol Avenue, Room 
3416, Little Rock, AR 72201-3225, (501) 301-3200/TDD (501) 301-3279.

Illinois

USDA Rural Development State Office, 2118 West Park Court, Suite A, 
Champaign, IL 61821, (217) 403-6200/TDD (217) 403-6240.

Kentucky

USDA Rural Development State Office, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 200, 
Lexington, KY 40503, (859) 224-7435/TDD (859) 224-7422.

Louisiana

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3727 Government Street, 
Alexandria, LA 71302, (318) 473-7960/TDD (318) 473-7655.

Mississippi

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Suite 831, 100 
West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39269, (601) 965-5457/TDD (601) 965-
5850.

Missouri

USDA Rural Development State Office, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Parkade 
Center, Suite 235, Columbia, MO 65203, (573) 876-9321/TDD (573) 876-
9480.

Tennessee

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 300, 
Nashville, TN 37203-1084, (615) 783-1321.

    You must submit either:
     A complete paper application to the State Office located 
in the State where the project will primarily take place, http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices (see list above), or
     A complete electronic grant application at http://www.grants.gov/ (Grants.gov). Please review the Grants.gov Web site at 
http://grants.gov/applicants/organization_registration.jsp, for 
instructions on the process of registering your organization as soon as 
possible to ensure you are able to meet the application deadline.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Grants Division, Cooperative Programs, 
Rural Business-Cooperative Programs, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 
3253, Washington, DC 20250-3253; or call (202) 690-1376.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Overview

    Federal Agency: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS).
    Funding Opportunity Title: Delta Health Care Services Grant 
Program.
    Announcement Type: Initial funding announcement.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.874.
    Dates: You must submit your complete application by December 7, 
2015 or it will not be considered for funding. Electronic copies must 
be received by www.grants.gov no later than midnight Eastern time 
December 2, 2015 or it will not be considered for funding.

Executive Order (EO) 13175 Consultation and Coordination With Indian 
Tribal Governments

    This Executive Order imposes requirements on RD in the development 
of regulatory policies that have tribal implications or preempt tribal 
laws. RD has determined that this Notice does not have a substantial 
direct effect on one or more Indian tribe(s) or on either the 
relationship or the distribution of powers and responsibilities between 
the Federal Government and the Indian tribes. Thus, this Notice is not 
subject to the requirements of Executive Order 13175. Tribal 
Consultation inquiries and comments should be directed to RD's Native 
American Coordinator at aian@wdc.usda.gov or (720) 544-2911.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act requires Federal agencies to seek and 
obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval before 
undertaking a collection of information directed to ten or more 
persons. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Agency conducted an analysis to determine the 
number of applications the Agency estimates that it will receive under 
the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. It was determined that 
the estimated number of applications was fewer than nine and in 
accordance with 5 CFR 1320, thus no OMB approval is necessary at this 
time.

A. Program Description

    This Notice announces the availability of funds for the DHCS grant 
program, which is authorized under Section 379G of the Consolidated 
Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2008u). The primary objective 
of the program is to provide financial assistance to address the 
continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation 
among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, 
research institutions, and other individuals and entities in the Delta 
Region. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum award 
amount per grant is $500,000.
Definitions
    The terms and conditions provided in this Notice are applicable to 
this Notice only. In addition, the term ``you'' referenced throughout 
this Notice should be understood to mean the applicant and the terms 
``we,'' ``us,'' and ``our'' should be understood to mean Rural 
Business-Cooperative Services, Rural Development, USDA.
    Academic Health and Research Institute means one of the following:
     A combination of a medical school, one or more other 
health profession schools or educational training programs (such as 
allied health, dentistry, graduate studies, nursing, pharmacy, public 
health, veterinary medicine), and one or more owned or affiliated 
teaching hospitals or health systems; or
     A health care nonprofit organization or health system, 
including nonprofit medical and surgical hospitals, that conduct health 
related research exclusively for scientific or educational purposes.
    Conflict of Interest means a situation in which a person or entity 
has competing personal, professional, or financial interests that make 
it difficult for the person or business to act impartially. Regarding 
use of both grant and Federal procurement standards prohibit 
transactions that involve a real or apparent conflict of interest for 
owners, employees, officers, agents, or their immediate family members 
having a financial or other interest in the outcome of the project; or 
that restrict open and free competition for unrestrained trade. 
Specifically, project funds may not be used for services or goods going 
to, or coming from, a person or entity with a real or apparent conflict 
of interest, including, but not limited to, owner(s) and their 
immediate family members. An example of conflict of interest occurs 
when the consortium member's employees, board of directors, or the 
immediate family of either, have the appearance of a professional or 
personal financial interest in the recipients receiving the benefits or 
services of the grant.
    Consortium means a group of three or more entities that are 
regional Institutions of Higher Education, Academic Health and Research 
Institutes, and/or Economic Development Entities located in the Delta 
Region that have at least one year of prior experience in addressing 
the health care issues in the region. At least one of the consortium 
members must be legally organized as an incorporated organization or 
other legal entity and have legal authority to contract with the 
Federal government.
    Delta Region means the 252 counties and parishes within the states 
of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, 
Missouri, and Tennessee that are served by the Delta Regional 
Authority. (The Delta Region may be adjusted by future Federal 
statute.) To view the areas identified within the Delta Region visit 
http://dra.gov/about-dra/dra-states.
    Economic Development Entity means any public or non-profit 
organization whose primary mission is to stimulate local and regional 
economies within the Delta Region by increasing employment 
opportunities and duration of employment, expanding or retaining 
existing employers, increasing labor rates or wage levels, reducing 
outmigration, and/or creating gains in other economic development-
related variables such as land values. These activities shall primarily 
benefit low- and moderate-income individuals in the Delta Region.
    Health System means the complete network of agencies, facilities, 
and all providers of health care to meet the health needs of a specific 
geographical area or target populations.
    Institution of Higher Education means either a postsecondary (post-
high school) educational institution that awards a bachelor's degree or 
provides not less than a 2-year program that is acceptable for full 
credit toward such a degree, or a postsecondary vocational institution 
that provides a program of training to prepare students for gainful 
employment in a recognized occupation.
    Nonprofit Organization means any organization or institution, 
including an accredited institution of higher education, no part of the 
net earnings of which may inure, to the benefit of any private 
shareholder or individual.
    Project Funds means grant funds requested plus any other 
contributions to the proposed project.
    Rural and rural area means any area of a State:
     Not in a city or town that has a population of more than 
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decennial census of the United States; and
     The contiguous and adjacent urbanized area,
     Urbanized areas that are rural in character as defined by 
7 U.S.C. 1991 (a) (13), as amended by Section 6018 of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 110-246 (June 18, 
2008).
     For the purposes of this definition, cities and towns are 
incorporated population centers with definite boundaries, local self-
government, and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the 
State.
    State means each of the 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 
the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and, as may be determined 
by the Secretary to be feasible, appropriate and lawful, the Federated 
States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the 
Republic of Palau.

B. Federal Award Information

Type of Award: Grant
Total Funding for DHCS: $5,312,610.00
Maximum DHCS Award: $500,000
Minimum DHCS Award: $50,000
Project Period: Up to 24 months
Anticipated Award Date: March 1, 2016

C. Eligibility Information

    Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements. 
Your application will not be considered for funding if it does not 
provide sufficient information to determine eligibility or is missing 
required elements. Applicants that fail to submit the required elements 
by the application deadline will be deemed ineligible and will not be 
evaluated further. Information submitted after the application deadline 
will not be accepted.
1. Eligible Applicants
    Grants funded through DHCS may be made to a Consortium as defined 
in Paragraph A of this Notice. Consortiums are eligible to receive 
funding through this Notice. One member of the Consortium must be 
designated as the lead entity by the other members of the Consortium 
and have legal authority to contract with the Federal government.
    The lead entity is the recipient (See 2 CFR 200.86) of the DHCS 
grant funds and accountable for monitoring and reporting on the project 
performance and financial management of the grant. In addition, the 
lead entity (recipient) is responsible for subrecipient monitoring and 
management in accordance with 2 CFR 200.330 and 200.331, respectively. 
The remaining consortium members are subrecipients (See 2 CFR 200.93). 
They may receive subawards (See 2 CFR 200.94) from the recipient and 
are responsible for monitoring and reporting the project performance 
and financial management of their subaward to the recipient.
    (a) An applicant is ineligible if they do not submit ``Evidence of 
Eligibility'' and ``Consortium Agreements'' as described in Section 
D.2. of this Notice.
    (b) An applicant is ineligible if they have been debarred or 
suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in 
Federal assistance programs under Executive Order 12549, ``Debarment 
and Suspension.'' The Agency will check the System for Award Management 
(SAM) to determine if the applicant has been debarred or suspended. In 
addition, an applicant will be considered ineligible for a grant due to 
an outstanding judgment obtained by the U.S. in a Federal Court (other 
than U.S. Tax Court), is delinquent on the payment of Federal income 
taxes, or is delinquent on Federal debt. The applicant must certify as 
part of the application that they do not have an outstanding judgement 
against them. The Agency will check the Credit Alert Interactive Voice 
Response System (CAIVRS) to verify this.
    (c) Any corporation (i) that has been convicted of a felony 
criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or 
(ii) that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, 
for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted 
or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant 
to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax 
liability, is not eligible for financial assistance provided with funds 
appropriated by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations 
Act, 2015, unless a Federal agency has considered suspension or 
debarment of the corporation and has made a determination that this 
further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the 
Government.
    (d) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application 
includes any funding restrictions identified under Section D.6.
    (e) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application is 
not complete in accordance with the requirements stated in Section 
C.3.g.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching
    Matching funds are not required. However, if you are adding any 
other contributions to the proposed Project, you must provide 
documentation indicating who will be providing the matching funds, the 
amount of funds, when those funds will be provided, and how the funds 
will be used in the project budget. Examples of acceptable 
documentation include: A signed letter from the source of funds stating 
the amount of funds, when the funds will be provided, and what the 
funds can be used for or a signed resolution from your governing board 
authorizing the use of a specified amount of funds for specific 
components of the project. The matching funds you identify must be 
specifically dedicated to the project and cannot include your 
organization's general operating budget. No credit will be given for 
in-kind donations of time, goods, and/or services from any 
organization, including the applicant organization. Additionally, we 
will not consider program income or expected revenue as other 
contributions, unless a commitment letter from the organization that 
will be paying the fees provides a letter stating the amount of the 
funds that will be paid, when they will be paid, and what they can be 
used for, if applicable. If you choose, you may use a template to 
summarize the matching funds. The template is available either from 
your Rural Development State Office or the program Web site at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants.
3. Other Eligibility Requirements
    The following additional eligibility requirements apply to this 
program:
    (a) Use of Funds. An application must propose to use Project funds, 
including grant and other contributions committed under the evaluation 
criteria for eligible purposes. Eligible Project purposes include the 
development of:
     Health care services;
     health education programs;
     health care job training programs; and
     the development and expansion of public health-related 
facilities in the Delta Region.
    (b) Project Area. The proposed Project must take place in a Rural 
Area within the Delta Region as defined in this Notice. However, the 
applicant need not propose to serve the entire Delta Region.
    (c) Project Input. Your proposed Project must be developed based on 
input from local governments, public health care providers, and other 
entities in the Delta Region.
    (d) Grant Period. All grant funds are limited to a 24-month 
performance period. Your proposed grant period should begin no earlier 
than the anticipated award announcement date, March 1, 2016, and should 
end no later than 24 months following that date. If you receive an 
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will be revised to begin on the actual date of award--the date the 
grant agreement is executed by the Agency--and your grant period end 
date will be adjusted accordingly. Your Project activities must begin 
within 90 days of the date of award. If you request funds for a time 
period beginning before March 1, 2016, and/or ending later than 24 
months from that date, your application will be ineligible. The length 
of your grant period should be based on your Project's complexity, as 
indicated in your application work plan.
    (e) Multiple Grant Requests. The Consortium, including its members, 
is limited to submitting one application for funding under this Notice. 
We will not accept applications from Consortiums that include members 
who are also members of other Consortiums that have submitted 
applications for funding under this Notice. If we discover that a 
Consortium member is a member of multiple Consortiums with applications 
submitted for funding under this Notice, all applications will be 
considered ineligible for funding.
    (f) Performance on Existing DHCS Awards. If the lead entity, or any 
of its Consortium members, has an existing DHCS award, they must be 
performing satisfactorily to be considered eligible for a funding under 
this Notice. Satisfactory performance includes, but is not limited to, 
being up-to-date on all financial and performance reports and being 
current on all tasks as approved in the work plan. The Agency will use 
its discretion to make this determination.
    (g) Completeness. Your application must provide all of the 
information requested in Section D.2. of this Notice. Applications 
lacking sufficient information to determine eligibility and scoring 
will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered for scoring.
    (h) Indirect Costs. Your negotiated indirect cost rate approval 
does not need to be included in your application, but you will be 
required to provide it if a grant is awarded. Approval for indirect 
costs that are requested in an application without an approved indirect 
cost rate agreement is at the discretion of the Agency.

D. Application and Submission Information

    Please see instructions below on how to access and submit a 
complete application for this funding opportunity.
1. Address To Request Application Package
    The application guide and copies of necessary forms for the DHCS 
Grant Program are available from these sources:
     The Internet at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants, http://www.grants.gov, or
     For paper copies of these materials, please call (202) 
690-1376.
2. Content and Form of Application Submission
    You may submit your application in paper form or electronically 
through Grants.gov. Your application must contain all required 
information.
    To submit an application electronically, you must follow the 
instructions for this funding announcement at http://www.grants.gov. 
Please note that we cannot accept emailed or faxed applications.
    You can locate the Grants.gov downloadable application package for 
this program by using a keyword, the program name, or the Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance Number for this program.
    When you enter the Grants.gov Web site, you will find information 
about submitting an application electronically through the site, as 
well as the hours of operation.
    To use Grants.gov, you must already have a DUNS number and you must 
also be registered and maintain registration in SAM. We strongly 
recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to 
begin the application process through Grants.gov.
    You must submit all of your application documents electronically 
through Grants.gov. Applications must include electronic signatures. 
Original signatures may be required if funds are awarded.
    After electronically submitting an application through Grants.gov, 
you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number.
    If you want to submit a paper application, send it to the State 
Office located in the State where you are headquartered. You can find 
State Office contact information at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.
    You are strongly encouraged, but not required, to utilize the DHCS 
Application Guide found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants. The guide provides specific guidance 
on each of the items listed and also provides all necessary forms and 
sample worksheets.
    The organization submitting the application will be considered the 
lead entity. The Contact/Program Manager must be associated with the 
lead entity submitting the application.
    A completed application must include the following:
    (a) Form SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance.''--The 
application for federal assistance must be completed by the lead entity 
as described in Section C.1. of this Notice. Your application must 
include your DUNS number and SAM (CAGE) code and expiration date. 
Because there are no specific fields for a CAGE code and expiration 
date, you may identify them anywhere you want to on the form. If you do 
not include the CAGE code and expiration date and DUNS number in your 
application, it will not be considered for funding. The form must be 
signed by an authorized representative.
    (b) Form SF-424A, ``Budget Information--Non-Construction 
Programs.'' This form must be completed and submitted as part of the 
application package for non-construction projects.
    (c) Form SF-424B, ``Assurances--Non-Construction Programs.'' This 
form must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the 
application package for non-construction projects.
    (d) Form SF-424C, ``Budget Information--Construction Programs.'' 
This form must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the 
application package for construction projects.
    (e) Form SF-424D, ``Assurances--Construction Programs.'' This form 
must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the application 
package for construction projects.
    (f) A project abstract. You must provide a brief summary of the 
proposed Project, not to exceed 250 words, suitable for dissemination 
to the public and to Congress.
    (g) Executive summary. You must provide a more detailed description 
of your project containing the following information; (1) Legal name of 
lead applicant, (2) consortium members, (3) applicant type (including 
consortium members) (4) application type (development of health care 
services, health education programs, health care job care training 
programs, or the development and/or expansion of health related 
facilities, (5) a summary of your project, (6) project goals and (7) 
how you intend to use the grant funds. Limit two pages.
    (h) Evidence of eligibility. You must provide evidence of the 
Consortium's eligibility to apply under this Notice. This section must 
include a detailed summary demonstrating how each Consortium member 
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definition of an eligible entity as defined under Definitions of this 
Notice.
    (i) Consortium agreements. The application must include a formal 
written agreement with each Consortium member that addresses the 
negotiated arrangements for administering the Project to meet Project 
goals, the Consortium member's responsibilities to comply with 
administrative, financial, and reporting requirements of the grant, 
including those necessary to ensure compliance with all applicable 
Federal regulations and policies, and facilitate a smooth functioning 
collaborative venture. Under the agreement, each Consortium member must 
perform a substantive role in the Project and not merely serve as a 
conduit of funds to another party or parties. This agreement must be 
signed by an authorized representative of the lead entity and an 
authorized representative of each partnering consortium entity.
    (j) Scoring documentation. You must address and provide 
documentation for each scoring criterion, specifically (1) the rurality 
of the project area and communities served, (2) the community needs and 
benefits derived from the project, (3) and project management and 
organization capability. See Section E.1.
    (k) Work Plan and Budget. You must provide a work plan and budget 
that includes the following: (1) The specific activities; such as 
programs, services, trainings, and/or construction-related activities 
for a facility to be performed under the Project, (2) the estimated 
line item costs associated with each activity, including grant funds 
and other necessary sources of funds; (3) the key personnel who will 
carry out each activity (including each Consortium member's role), and 
(4) the specific time frames for completion of each activity.
    An eligible start and end date for the project and for individual 
project tasks must be clearly shown and may not exceed Agency specified 
timeframes for the grant period. You must show the source and use of 
both grant and other contributions for all tasks. Other contributions 
must be spent at a rate equal to, or in advance of, grant funds.
    (l) Financial information and sustainability. You must provide 
current financial statements and a narrative description demonstrating 
sustainability of the project, all of which show sufficient resources 
and expertise to undertake and complete the project and how the project 
will be sustained following completion. Applicants must provide 3 years 
of pro-forma financial statements for the project.
    (m) Evidence of legal authority and existence. The lead entity must 
provide evidence of its legal existence and authority to enter into a 
grant agreement with the Agency and perform the activities proposed 
under the grant application.
    (n) Evidence of input solicited from local stakeholders. The 
application must include documentation detailing support solicited from 
local government, public health care providers and other entities in 
the Delta Region. Evidence of support can include; but is not limited 
to surveys conducted amongst rural residents and stakeholders, notes 
from focus groups, or letters of support from local entities.
    (o) Service area maps. You must provide maps with sufficient detail 
to show the area that will benefit from the proposed facilities and 
services and the location of the facilities improved or purchased with 
grant funds if applicable.
    (p) Form AD-3030. Form AD-3030, ``Representations Regarding Felony 
Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants,'' if you 
are a corporation. A corporation is any entity that has filed articles 
of incorporation in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the 
Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic 
of the Marshall Islands, or the various territories of the United 
States including American Samoa, Guam, Midway Islands, the Commonwealth 
of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin 
Islands. Corporations include both for profit and non-profit entities.
    (q) Certification of no current outstanding Federal judgment. You 
must certify that there are no current outstanding Federal judgments 
against your property and that you will not use grant funds to pay for 
any judgment obtained by the United States. To satisfy the 
Certification requirement, you should include this statement in your 
application: ``[INSERT NAME OF APPLICANT] certifies that the United 
States has not obtained an unsatisfied judgment against its property 
and will not use grant funds to pay any judgments obtained by the 
United States.'' A separate signature is not required.
    (r) Form RD-1940-20, ``Request for Environmental Information.'' You 
must submit a completed Form RD 1940-20, ``Request for Environmental 
Information,'' and a description of anticipated environmental issues or 
concerns for all construction related applications. The form can be 
found at: http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/eFileServices/eForms/RD1940-20.PDF. Additional environmental documentation may be requested 
in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940 Exhibit H. The submission of the 
Form RD 1940-20 alone does not constitute compliance with 7 CFR part 
1940.
3. DUNS Number and SAM Registration
    In order to be eligible (unless you are exempted under 2 CFR 
25.110(b), (c) or (d), you are required to:
    (a) Provide a valid DUNS number in your application, which can be 
obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at (866) 705-5711;
    (b) Register in SAM before submitting your application. You may 
register in SAM at no cost at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/; 
and
    (c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current 
information at all times during which you have an active Federal award 
or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding 
agency.
    The Agency may not make a Federal award to you until you have 
complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements. If you have not 
fully complied with requirements by the time the Agency is ready to 
make a Federal award, the Agency may determine that the applicant is 
not qualified to receive a Federal award and the Agency may use this 
determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant.
4. Submission Date and Time
    Application Deadline Date: December 7, 2015.
    Explanation of Deadlines: Complete paper applications must be 
postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight by December 7, 2015. 
The Agency will determine whether your application is late based on the 
date shown on the postmark or shipping invoice. You may also hand carry 
your application to one of our field offices, but it must be received 
by close of business on the deadline date. If the due date falls on a 
Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday, the reporting package is due the 
next business day. Late applications are not eligible for funding.
    Electronic applications must be RECEIVED by http://www.grants.gov 
by midnight Eastern time December 2, 2015, to be eligible for funding. 
Please review the Grants.gov Web site at http://grants.gov/applicants/organization_registration.jsp for instructions on the process of 
registering your organization as soon as possible to ensure you are 
able to meet the electronic application deadline. Grants.gov will not 
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5. Intergovernmental Review
    Executive Order (EO) 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs, applies to this program. This EO requires that Federal 
agencies provide opportunities for consultation on proposed assistance 
with State and local governments. Many States have established a Single 
Point of Contact (SPOC) to facilitate this consultation. A list of 
States that maintain a SPOC may be obtained at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc. If your State has a SPOC, you may 
submit your application directly for review. Any comments obtained 
through the SPOC must be provided to Rural Development for 
consideration as part of your application. If your State has not 
established a SPOC or you do not want to submit your application to the 
SPOC, Rural Development will submit your application to the SPOC or 
other appropriate agency or agencies.
    You are also encouraged to contact Cooperative Programs at 202-690-
1376 or cpgrants@wdc.usda.gov if you have questions about this process.
6. Funding Restrictions
    The use of project funds, including grant funds and other 
contributions, cannot be used for ineligible purposes. In addition, you 
shall not use project funds for the following:
    (a) To duplicate current services or to replace or to substitute 
support previously provided. If the current service is inadequate, 
however, project funds may be used to expand the level of effort or a 
service beyond what is currently being provided;
    (b) To pay for costs to prepare the application for funding under 
this Notice;
    (c) To pay for costs of the project incurred prior to the effective 
date of the period of performance;
    (d) To pay expenses for applicant employee training;
    (e) Fund political activities;
    (f) To pay for assistance to any private business enterprise which 
does not have at least 51 percent ownership by those who are either 
citizens of the United States or reside in the United States after 
being legally admitted for permanent residence;
    (g) To pay any judgment or debt owed to the United States.
    (h) Engage in any activities that are considered a Conflict of 
Interest, as defined by this Notice; or
    (i) Fund any activities prohibited by 2 CFR 200.
    In addition, your application will not be considered for funding if 
it does any of the following:
     Requests more than the maximum grant amount: or
     Proposes ineligible costs that equal more than 10 percent 
of the project funds.
    If you include funds in your budget that are for ineligible 
purposes, we will consider the application for funding if the 
ineligible purposes total 10 percent or less of an applicant's project 
funds. However, if the application is successful, those ineligible 
costs must be removed from the work plan and budget and replaced with 
eligible costs before we will make the grant award, or the grant award 
will be reduced accordingly. If we cannot determine the percentage of 
ineligible costs, the application will not be considered for funding.
7. Other Submission Requirements
    (a) You should not submit your application in more than one format. 
You must choose whether to submit your application in hard copy or 
electronically. Applications submitted in hard copy should be mailed or 
hand-delivered to the State Office where the project will primarily 
take place. You can find State Office contact information at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices. To submit an application 
electronically, you must follow the instructions for this funding 
announcement at http://www.grants.gov. A password is not required to 
access the Web site.
    (b) National Environmental Policy Act.
    This Notice has been reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940, 
subpart G, ``Environmental Program.'' We have determined that an 
Environmental Impact Statement is not required because the issuance of 
regulations and instructions, as well as amendments to them, describing 
administrative and financial procedures for processing, approving, and 
implementing the Agency's financial programs is categorically excluded 
in the Agency's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulation 
found at 7 CFR 1940.310(e)(3) of subpart G, ``Environmental Program.'' 
We have determined that this Notice does not constitute a major Federal 
action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. 
Non-construction projects applying under this Notice are hereby 
classified as Categorical Exclusions according to 7 CFR 1940.310(e), 
the award of financial assistance for planning purposes, management and 
feasibility studies, or environmental impact analyses, which do not 
require any additional documentation.
    (c) Civil Rights Compliance Requirements.
    All grants made under this Notice are subject to Title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964 as required by the USDA (7 CFR part 15, 
subpart A) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

E. Application Review Information

    We will review your application to determine if it is complete and 
eligible. If at any time we determine that your application is 
ineligible, you will be notified in writing as to the reasons it was 
determined ineligible and you will be informed of your review and 
appeal rights.
    We will only score applications in which the lead entity, 
partnering Consortium member entities, and the project are eligible. 
The applications must also be complete and sufficiently responsive to 
program requirements.
    We will review each application to determine if it is eligible for 
funding and complete, based on the requirements of this Notice as well 
as other applicable Federal regulations.
    Applications that are determined to be eligible and complete will 
be evaluated based on the criteria described below.
1. Criteria
    For each criterion, you must show how the Project has merit and why 
it is likely to be successful. If you do not address all parts of a 
criterion your application will be deemed ineligible. If you do not 
sufficiently communicate relevant Project information, you will receive 
lower scores. DHCS is a competitive program, so you will receive scores 
based on the quality of your responses. Simply addressing the criteria 
will not guarantee higher scores. The maximum number of points that can 
be awarded to your application is 100. For this announcement, the 
minimum score requirement for funding is 60 points. It is at the 
Agency's discretion to fund applications with a score of 59 or less if 
it is in the best interest of the Federal government.
    The evaluation criteria are detailed in the DHCS Grant Application 
Guide which can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants. You must address each evaluation 
criterion outlined in this Notice. Any criterion not substantively 
addressed will receive zero points. There are three criteria totaling 
100 points. They are listed below:
    (a) Rurality of the Project and communities served (maximum of 30 
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objective criterion that measures the rurality of the Project's service 
area. It is determined by the population of the community. The rurality 
calculation provided in the application will be checked and, if 
necessary, corrected by us.

 
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                                                                 Community Having a Population
                    Level                     ------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Over               Not in excess of      Points
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1............................................  0..............................             5,000              30
2............................................  5,001..........................            20,000              20
3............................................  20,001.........................            50,000              10
4............................................  50,001 or located in an          ................               0
                                                Urbanized Area.
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    (b) The Community Needs and Benefits derived from the Project 
(maximum of 30 points)--We will assess how the Project's purpose and 
goals benefit the residents in the Delta Region. This criterion will be 
scored based on the documentation in support of the community needs for 
health services and public health-related facilities and the benefits 
to people living in Delta Regional derived from the implementation of 
the proposed Project. It should lead clearly to the identification of 
the Project participant pool and the target population for the Project, 
and provide convincing links between the Project and the benefits to 
the community to address its health needs. RBS will consider:
    (1) The extent of the applicant's documentation explaining the 
health care needs, issues, and challenges facing the service area. 
Include what problems the residents face and how the Project will 
benefit the residents in the region.
    (2) The extent to which the applicant is able to show the 
relationship between the Project's design, outcome, and benefits.
    (3) The extent to which the applicant explains the Project and its 
implementation and provides milestones which are well-defined and can 
be realistically completed.
    (4) The extent to which the applicant clearly outlines a plan to 
track, report, and evaluate performance outcomes.
    Applicants should attempt to quantify benefits in terms of outcomes 
from the Project; that is, ways in which peoples' lives, or the 
community, will be improved. Provide estimates of the number of people 
affected by the benefits arising from the project. The Agency has also 
established annual performance measures to evaluate the DHCS program. 
Use this section to provide estimates on the following performance 
measures as part of your narrative:
     Number of businesses assisted;
     Number of jobs created;
     Number of jobs saved;
     Number of individuals assisted/trained.
    It is permissible to have a zero in a performance element. When you 
calculate jobs created, estimates should be based upon actual jobs to 
be created by your organization as a result of the DHCS funding or 
actual jobs to be created by businesses as a result of assistance from 
your organization. When you calculate jobs saved, estimates should be 
based only on actual jobs that would have been lost if your 
organization did not receive DHCS funding or actual jobs that would 
have been lost without assistance from your organization.
    You can also suggest additional performance elements for example 
where job creation or jobs saved may not be a relevant indicator. These 
additional criteria should be specific, measurable performance elements 
that could be included in an award document.
    (c) The Project Management and Organization Capability (maximum of 
40 points)--We will evaluate the Consortium's experience, past 
performance, and accomplishments addressing health care issues to 
ensure effective Project implementation. This criterion will be scored 
based on the documentation of the Project's management and 
organizational capability. RBS will consider:
    (1) The degree to which the organization has a sound management and 
fiscal structure including: well-defined roles for administrators, 
staff, and established financial management systems.
    (2) The extent to which the applicant identifies and demonstrates 
that qualifications, capabilities, and educational background of the 
identified key personnel (at a minimum the Project Manager) who will 
manage and implement programs are relevant and will contribute to the 
success of the Project.
    (3) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates current 
successful and effective experience (or recent past experience) 
addressing the health care issues in the Delta Region.
    (4) The extent to which the applicant has experience managing 
grant-funded programs.
    (5) The extent to which the applicant is able to correlate and 
support the budget to the project phases and implementation timeline.
    (6) The extent to which administrative/management costs are 
balanced with funds designated for the provision of programs and 
services.
    (7) The extent and depth of membership in the applicant's 
Consortium of regional institutions of higher education, academic 
health and research institutes and economic development entities 
located in the Delta Region.
2. Review and Selection Process
    The State Offices will review applications to determine if they are 
eligible for assistance based on requirements in this Notice and other 
applicable Federal regulations. If determined eligible, your 
application will be scored by a panel of National and State Office 
employees in accordance with the point allocation specified in this 
Notice. A recommendation will be submitted to the Administrator to fund 
applications in highest ranking order, subject to availability of 
funds. It is at the Agency's discretion to fund applications with a 
score of 59 or less if it is in the best interest of the Federal 
government. If your application is evaluated, but not funded, it will 
not be carried forward into the next competition.

F. Federal Award Administration Information

1. Federal Award Notices
    If you are selected for funding, you will receive a signed notice 
of Federal award by postal mail from the State Office where your 
application was submitted, containing instructions on requirements 
necessary to proceed with execution and performance of the

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award. You must comply with all applicable statutes, regulations, and 
notice requirements before the grant award will be approved. We 
recognize that each funded Project is unique and therefore the terms 
and conditions of each award may vary. We will notify applicants whose 
applications are selected for funding by sending a letter of 
conditions, which must be met before the award can be finalized.
    Once the conditions of the award are met, we will issue a grant 
agreement, which must be signed by the lead entity and us before the 
period of performance can begin. The lead entity may administer the 
award using the traditional subaward approach to the other Consortium 
members.
    If you are not selected for funding, you will be notified in 
writing via postal mail and informed of any review and appeal rights. 
See 7 CFR part 11 for USDA National Appeals Division procedures. 
Funding of successfully appealed applications will be limited to 
available FY 2015 funding. You must comply with all applicable 
statutes, regulations, and notice requirements before the grant will be 
approved.
2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements
    Additional requirements that apply to grantees selected for this in 
program can be found in 2 CFR parts 180, 200, 400, 415, 417, 418, 421, 
25, and 170; and 48 CFR 31.2, and successor regulations to these parts. 
In addition, all recipients of Federal financial assistance are 
required to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and 
Transparency Act of 2006 and must report information about sub-awards 
and executive compensation (see 2 CFR part 170). These recipients must 
also maintain their registration in the SAM database as long as their 
grants are active. These regulations may be obtained at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html.
    The following additional requirements apply to grantees selected 
for this program:
     Agency-approved Grant Agreement.
     Letter of Conditions.
     Form RD 1940-1, ``Request for Obligation of Funds.''
     Form RD 1942-46, ``Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions.''
     Form AD-1047, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, 
Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters--Primary Covered 
Transactions.''
     Form AD-1048, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, 
Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion--Lower Tier Covered 
Transactions.''
     Form AD-1049, ``Certification Regarding a Drug-Free 
Workplace Requirement (Grants).''
     Form AD-3031, ``Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or 
Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants.''
     Form RD 400-4, ``Assurance Agreement.''
     RD Instruction 1940-Q, Exhibit A-1, ``Certification for 
Contracts, Grants and Loans''
     SF-LLL, ``Disclosure of Lobbying Activities'' if 
applicable.
3. Reporting
    (a) Federal Financial Reports.
    (1) An SF-425, ``Federal Financial Report,'' must be submitted 
listing expenditures according to agreed upon budget categories, on a 
semiannual basis. Reporting periods end each August 31 and February 28. 
Reports are due 30 days after the reporting period ends.
    (2) A final project and financial status report within 90 days 
after the expiration or termination of the grant.
    (3) Provide outcome project performance reports and final 
deliverables.
    (b) Performance Reports.
    Semiannual performance reports should compare accomplishments to 
the objectives stated in the proposal. Identify all tasks completed to 
date and provide documentation supporting the reported results. If the 
original schedule provided in the work plan is not being met, the 
report should discuss the problems or delays that may affect completion 
of the project. Objectives for the next reporting period should be 
listed. Compliance with any special condition on the use of award funds 
should be discussed. Reports are due as provided in paragraph 3.a. of 
this section.
    (c) Subrecipient Reporting.
    The lead entity 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 170.110(b). The reporting requirements 
under the Transparency Act pursuant to 2 CFR part 170 are as follows:
    (1) 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 http://www.fsrs.gov no later than the end of the month 
following the month the obligation was made.
    (2) The Total Compensation of the Recipient's Executives (five most 
highly compensated executives) must be reported by the Recipient (if 
the Recipient meets the criteria under 2 CFR part 170) to http://www.sam.gov by the end of the month following the month in which the 
award was made.
    (3) The Total Compensation of the Subrecipient's Executives (five 
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 sub-award was made. Further details regarding these 
requirements can be obtained at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr170_main_02.tpl.
    (d) Closeout.
    Grant closeout activities include a letter to the grantee with 
final instructions and reminders for amounts to be de-obligated for any 
unexpended grant funds, final project performance reports due, 
submission of outstanding deliverables, audit requirements, or other 
outstanding items of closure.
    (e) Report for Public Distribution.
    You must provide a report suitable for public distribution that 
describes the accomplishments made during this project. We may use this 
report as a success story to promote this program.

G. Federal Awarding Agency Contacts

    If you have questions about this Notice, please contact the State 
Office as identified in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. You are 
also encouraged to visit the application Web site for application 
tools, including an application guide and templates. The Web site 
address is: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants.

H. Other Information

Nondiscrimination Statement
    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where 
applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, 
religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, 
reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived 
from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to 
all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means 
for communication of program information (Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact

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USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of 
discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form 
(PDF) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complain_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 
to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the 
information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form 
or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, 
Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442, or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech 
disabilities and who wish to file either an EEO or program complaint, 
please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 
or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
    Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, 
please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or 
by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program 
information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), please 
contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Dated: August 28, 2015.
Samuel H. Rikkers,
Acting Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Programs.
[FR Doc. 2015-22546 Filed 9-4-15; 8:45 am]
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