Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2020, 12761-12771 [2020-04430]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices (b) Public Call Information—Listen Only: Dial: 866–816–7252 Conference ID: 6188761 (c) Comments may be sent to: ACBeginningFarmersandRanchers@ usda.gov correspondent to the address listed above. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist. [FR Doc. 2020–04385 Filed 3–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–GL–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ACTION: Announcement of public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and rules and regulations of the USDA, the Office of Partnership and Public Engagement (OPPE) announces a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). The purpose of the ACBFR meeting is to deliberate upon matters concerning beginning farmers and ranchers that provide advice and recommendations through OPPE for the Secretary. During this public meeting, the ACBFR will deliberate upon matters focused on, including but not limited to, the following: (A) The development of the program of coordinated assistance to qualified beginning farmers and ranchers under section 309(i) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act; (B) methods of maximizing the number of new farming and ranching opportunities created through the program; (C) methods of encouraging States to participate in the program; (D) the administration of the program; and E) other methods of creating new farming or ranching opportunities. The most up-to-date agenda details and documents will be made available to the public before and after the meeting at: https:// www.outreach.usda.gov/committees/ ACBFR.htm. SUMMARY: The ACBFR meeting will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone). ADDRESSES: (a) Attendance in-person: Omni Louisville Hotel, Olmstead Ballroom 4, 400 S 2nd Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 Designated Federal Officer (DFO) Maria Goldberg, OPPE, 202–720–6350, or email: maria.goldberg@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the public are entitled to make comments during the public comment session. Commenters will be allowed a maximum of three minutes and will be scheduled on a first-come basis. If the number of persons requesting to speak is greater than what can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public meeting timeframe; written comments may be submitted. Written comments for the Committee’s consideration may be submitted to Ms. Maria Goldberg, Designated Federal Officer, USDA OPPE, 1400 Independence Avenue, Room 533–A, Washington, DC 20250– 0170; Fax (202) 720–7136; or email: ACBeginningFarmersandRanchers@ usda.gov. Written comments must be received by OPPE within 30 days after the scheduled meeting. Meeting Accommodations: USDA is committed to ensuring that all persons are included in our programs and events. If you are a person with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact Maria Goldberg, 202–720- 6350 or email: maria.goldberg@usda.gov. [FR Doc. 2020–04383 Filed 3–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2020 Rural Housing Service. Notice of solicitation of applications. AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Housing Service (Agency), an Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. These PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community. This Notice announces that the Agency is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2020 applications for the RCDI program. Successful applications will be selected by the Agency for funding and subsequently awarded from funds appropriated for the RCDI program. The Agency will publish the amount of funding on its website at https:// www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/noticessolicitation-applications-nosas. Completed applications must be submitted on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines: The Agency must receive a paper application by 4 p.m. local time, May 18, 2020. Electronic applications must be submitted via Grants.gov by Midnight Eastern time on May 13, 2020. The application dates and times are firm. The Agency will not consider any application received after the deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United States Postal Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX), electronic mail, and postage due applications will not be accepted. DATES: Entities wishing to apply for assistance may download the application documents and requirements delineated in this Notice from the RCDI website: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ rural-community-developmentinitiative-grants. Application information for electronic submissions may be found at http:// www.Grants.gov. Applicants may also request paper application packages from the Rural Development office in their state. A list of Rural Development State offices contacts can be found via https:// www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_ Contacts.pdf. ADDRESSES: Dated: February 27, 2020. Cikena V. Reid, Committee Management Officer. SUMMARY: 12761 The Rural Development office for the state in which the applicant is located. A list of Rural Development State Office contacts is provided at the following link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_ Office_Contacts.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12762 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Paperwork Reduction Act The paperwork burden has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0575–0180. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency encourages applications that will support the Agency’s overall goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address one or more of the following focus areas at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels See >https://www.cdc.gov/pwid/vulnerablecounties-data.html<: • Prevention: Reducing the occurrence of Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) among new and at-risk users as well as fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider education, and harm reduction measures including the strategic placement of overdose reversing devices, such as naloxone; • Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) treatment such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT); and • Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery. Administrator discretionary points will be awarded to applications that address this Agency Goal. The Agency encourages applications that will help improve life in rural America. (See information on the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity found at www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity.) Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include: • Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America • Developing the Rural Economy • Harnessing Technological Innovation • Supporting a Rural Workforce • Improving Quality of Life Overview Federal Agency: Rural Housing Service. Funding Opportunity Title: Rural Community Development Initiative. Announcement Type: Notice of Solicitation of Applications. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.446. Dates: The deadline for receipt of a paper application is 4 p.m. local time, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 May 18, 2020. The deadline for receipt of an electronic applications via Grants.gov is Midnight Eastern time on May 13, 2020. The application dates and times are firm. The Agency will not consider any application received after the deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United States Postal Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX), electronic mail and postage due applications will not be accepted. Prior to official submission of applications, applicants may request technical assistance or other application guidance from the Agency, as long as such requests are made prior to May 8, 2020. Technical assistance is not meant to be an analysis or assessment of the quality of the materials submitted, a substitute for agency review of completed applications, nor a determination of eligibility, if such determination requires in-depth analysis. The Agency will not solicit or consider scoring or eligibility information that is submitted after the application deadline. The Agency reserves the right to contact applicants to seek clarification information on materials contained in the submitted application. A. Program Description Congress first authorized the RCDI in 1999 (Pub. L. 106–78, which was amended most recently by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116–6) to develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American Tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Strengthening the recipient’s capacity in these areas will benefit the communities they serve. The RCDI structure requires the intermediary (grantee) to provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients. The recipients will, in turn, provide programs to their communities (beneficiaries). B. Federal Award Information The Agency will publish the amount of funding received in the FY 2020 Appropriations Act on its website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/ notices-solicitation-applications-nosas. Qualified private organizations, nonprofit organizations and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations proposing to carry out PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the grant funding. The intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. A grant will be the type of assistance instrument awarded to successful applications. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per intermediary is $50,000 and $250,000. Grant funds must be utilized within 3 years from date of the award. A grantee that has an outstanding RCDI grant over 3 years old, as of the application due date in this Notice, is not eligible to apply for this round of funding. The intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to one or more of the following: A private, nonprofit community-based housing and development organization, a lowincome rural community or a federally recognized tribe. (a) Restrictions substantially similar to Sections 743, 744, 745, and 746 outlined in Title VII, ‘‘General Provisions—Government-Wide’’ of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116–6) will apply unless noted on the rural development website. 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, 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. In addition, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this or any other Act may be available for a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with an entity that requires employees or contractors of such entity seeking to report fraud, waste, or abuse to sign internal confidentiality agreements or statements prohibiting or otherwise restricting such employees or contractors from lawfully reporting such waste, fraud, or abuse to a designated investigative or law enforcement representative of a Federal department or agency authorized to receive such information. Additionally, no funds appropriated in this or any other Act may be used to implement or E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices enforce the agreements in Standard Forms 312 and 4414 of the Government or any other nondisclosure policy, form, or agreement if such policy, form, or agreement does not contain the following provisions: ‘‘These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities created by existing statute or Executive order relating to (1) classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the reporting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection.’’ (b) A nondisclosure agreement may continue to be implemented and enforced notwithstanding subsection (a) if it complies with the requirements for such agreement that were in effect when the agreement was entered into. (c) No funds appropriated in this or any other Act may be used to implement or enforce any agreement entered into during fiscal year 2014 which does not contain substantially similar language to that required in subsection (a). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES C. Eligibility Information Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements by the application deadline. Applications which fail to meet any of these requirements by the application deadline will be deemed ineligible and will not be evaluated further and will not receive a Federal award. 1. Eligible Applicants (a) Qualified private organizations, nonprofit organizations (including faithbased and community organizations and philanthropic foundations), in accordance with 7 CFR part 16, and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations are eligible applicants. Definitions that describe eligible organizations and other key terms are listed below. (b) The recipient must be a nonprofit community-based housing and development organization, low-income rural community, or federally recognized tribe based on the RCDI definitions of these groups. (c) Private nonprofit, faith or community-based organizations must provide a certificate of incorporation and good standing from the Secretary of the State of incorporation, or other similar and valid documentation of current nonprofit status. For lowincome rural community recipients, the Agency requires evidence that the entity VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 is a public body and census data verifying that the median household income of the community where the office receiving the financial and technical assistance is located is at, or below, 80 percent of the State or national median household income, whichever is higher. For federally recognized tribes, the Agency needs the page listing their name from the current Federal Register list of tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding services (see the definition of federally recognized tribes in this Notice for details on this list). (d) Any corporation that: (1) Has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months; or (2) 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 full-year appropriated funds for Fiscal Year 2020, 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. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching There is a matching requirement of at least equal to the amount of the grant. If this matching fund requirement is not met, the application will be deemed ineligible. See section D, Application and Submission Information, for required pre-award and post award matching funds documentation submission. Matching funds are cash or confirmed funding commitments that must be at least equal to the grant amount and committed for a period of not less than the grant performance period. These funds can only be used for eligible RCDI activities and must be used to support the overall purpose of the RCDI program. In-kind contributions such as salaries, donated time and effort, real and nonexpendable personal property and goods and services cannot be used as matching funds. Grant funds and matching funds must be used in equal proportions. This does not mean funds have to be used equally by line item. The request for advance or reimbursement and supporting documentation must show that RCDI fund usage does not exceed the PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12763 cumulative amount of matching funds used. Grant funds will be disbursed pursuant to relevant provisions of 2 CFR parts 200 and 400. See Section D, Application and Submission Information, for matching funds documentation and pre-award requirements. The intermediary is responsible for demonstrating that matching funds are available and committed for a period of not less than the grant performance period to the RCDI proposal. Matching funds may be provided by the intermediary or a third party. Other Federal funds may be used as matching funds if authorized by statute and the purpose of the funds is an eligible RCDI purpose. RCDI funds will be disbursed on an advance or reimbursement basis. Matching funds cannot be expended prior to execution of the RCDI Grant Agreement. 3. Other Program Requirements (a) The recipient and beneficiary, but not the intermediary, must be located in an eligible rural area. The physical location of the recipient’s office that will be receiving the financial and technical assistance must be in an eligible rural area. If the recipient is a low-income community, the median household income of the area where the office is located must be at or below 80 percent of the State or national median household income, whichever is higher. The applicable Rural Development State Office can assist in determining the eligibility of an area. A listing of Rural Development State Office contacts can be found at the following link: https:// www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_ Contacts.pdf. A map showing eligible rural areas can be found at the following link: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/ eligibility/welcome Action.do?pageAction= RBSmenu&NavKey=property@13. (b) RCDI grantees that have an outstanding grant over 3 years old, as of the application due date in this Notice, will not be eligible to apply for this round of funding. Grant and matching funds must be utilized in a timely manner to ensure that the goals and objectives of the program are met. (c) Individuals cannot be recipients. (d) The intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to the recipient. (e) The intermediary organization must have been legally organized for a minimum of 3 years and have at least 3 years prior experience working with private nonprofit community-based E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12764 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices housing and development organizations, low-income rural communities, or tribal organizations in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. (f) Proposals must be structured to utilize the grant funds within 3 years from the date of the award. (g) Each applicant, whether singularly or jointly, may only submit one application for RCDI funds under this Notice. This restriction does not preclude the applicant from providing matching funds for other applications. (h) Recipients can benefit from more than one RCDI application; however, after grant selections are made, the recipient can only benefit from multiple RCDI grants if the type of financial and technical assistance the recipient will receive is not duplicative. The services described in multiple RCDI grant applications must have separate and identifiable accounts for compliance purposes. (i) The intermediary and the recipient cannot be the same entity. The recipient can be a related entity to the intermediary, if it meets the definition of a recipient, provided the relationship does not create a Conflict of Interest that cannot be resolved to Rural Development’s satisfaction. (j) If the recipient is a low-income rural community, identify the unit of government to which the financial and technical assistance will be provided, e.g., town council or village board. The financial and technical assistance must be provided to the organized unit of government representing that community, not the community at large. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 4. Eligible Grant Purposes Fund uses must be consistent with the RCDI purpose. A nonexclusive list of eligible grant uses includes the following: (a) Provide technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development, e.g., the intermediary hires a staff person to provide technical assistance to the recipient or the recipient hires a staff person, under the supervision of the intermediary, to carry out the technical assistance provided by the intermediary. (b) Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs, e.g., homeownership education or training for business entrepreneurs. (c) Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 (d) Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing. (e) Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects. (f) Assist recipients in completing predevelopment requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal. (g) Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and information technology. (h) Purchase of computers, software, and printers, limited to $10,000 per award, at the recipient level when directly related to the technical assistance program being undertaken by the intermediary. (i) Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs and training expenses related to RCDI. 5. Ineligible Fund Uses The following is a list of ineligible grant uses: (a) Pass-through grants, and any funds provided to the recipient in a lump sum that are not reimbursements. (b) Funding a revolving loan fund (RLF). (c) Construction (in any form). (d) Salaries for positions involved in construction, renovations, rehabilitation, and any oversight of these types of activities. (e) Intermediary preparation of strategic plans for recipients. (f) Funding prostitution, gambling, or any illegal activities. (g) Grants to individuals. (h) Funding a grant where there may be a conflict of interest, or an appearance of a conflict of interest, involving any action by the Agency. (i) Paying obligations incurred before the beginning date without prior Agency approval or after the ending date of the grant agreement. (j) Purchasing real estate. (k) Improvement or renovation of the grantee’s or recipient’s office space or for the repair or maintenance of privately-owned vehicles. (l) Any purpose prohibited in 2 CFR part 200 or 400. (m) Using funds for recipient’s general operating costs. (n) Using grant or matching funds for Individual Development Accounts. (o) Purchasing vehicles. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6. Program Examples and Restrictions The following are examples of eligible and ineligible purposes under the RCDI program. (These examples are illustrative and are not meant to limit the activities proposed in the application. Activities that meet the objectives of the RCDI program and meet the criteria outlined in this Notice will be considered eligible.) (a) The intermediary must work directly with the recipient, not the ultimate beneficiaries. For example: The intermediary provides training and technical assistance to the recipients on developing and updating materials related to the prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder and ensures that high-quality training is provided to communities affected by the opioid epidemic. (b) The intermediary provides training to the recipient on how to conduct homeownership education classes. The recipient then provides ongoing homeownership education to the residents of the community—the ultimate beneficiaries. This ‘‘train the trainer’’ concept fully meets the intent of this initiative. The intermediary is providing technical assistance that will build the recipient’s capacity by enabling them to conduct homeownership education classes for the public. This is an eligible purpose. However, if the intermediary directly provided homeownership education classes to individuals in the recipient’s service area, this would not be an eligible purpose because the recipient would be bypassed. (c) If the intermediary is working with a low-income community as the recipient, the intermediary must provide the technical assistance to the entity that represents the low-income community and is identified in the application. Examples of entities representing a low-income community are a village board or a town council. If the intermediary provides technical assistance to the Board of the lowincome community on how to establish a cooperative, this would be an eligible purpose. However, if the intermediary works directly with individuals from the community to establish the cooperative, this is not an eligible purpose. The recipient’s capacity is built by learning skills that will enable them to support sustainable economic development in their communities on an ongoing basis. (d) The intermediary may provide technical assistance to the recipient on E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices how to create and operate a revolving loan fund. The intermediary may not monitor or operate the revolving loan fund. RCDI funds, including matching funds, cannot be used to fund revolving loan funds. (e) The intermediary may work with recipients in building their capacity to provide planning and leadership development training. The recipients of this training would be expected to assume leadership roles in the development and execution of regional strategic plans. The intermediary would work with multiple recipients in helping communities recognize their connections to the greater regional and national economies. (f) The intermediary could provide training and technical assistance to the recipients on developing emergency shelter and feeding, short-term housing, search and rescue, and environmental accident, prevention, and cleanup program plans. For longer term disaster and economic crisis responses, the intermediary could work with the recipients to develop job placement and training programs and develop coordinated transit systems for displaced workers. D. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package Entities wishing to apply for assistance may download the application documents and requirements delineated in this Notice from the RCDI website: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ rural-community-developmentinitiative-grants. Application information for electronic submissions may be found at http:// www.Grants.gov. Applicants may also request paper application packages from the Rural Development office in their state. A list of Rural Development State office contacts can be found via https:// www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_ Contacts.pdf. You may also obtain a copy by calling 202–205–9685. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 2. Content and Form of Application Submission If the applicant is ineligible or the application is incomplete, the Agency will inform the applicant in writing of the decision, reasons therefore, and its appeal rights and no further evaluation of the application will occur. A complete application for RCDI funds must include the following: (a) A summary page, double-spaced between items, listing the following: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 (This information should not be presented in narrative form.) (1) Applicant’s name, (2) Applicant’s address, (3) Applicant’s telephone number, (4) Name of applicant’s contact person, email address and telephone number, (5) County where applicant is located, (6) Congressional district number where applicant is located, (7) Amount of grant request, and (8) Number of recipients. (b) A detailed Table of Contents containing page numbers for each component of the application. (c) A project overview, no longer than one page, including the following items, which will also be addressed separately and in detail under ‘‘Building Capacity and Expertise’’ of the ‘‘Evaluation Criteria.’’ (1) The type of technical assistance to be provided to the recipients and how it will be implemented. (2) How the capacity and ability of the recipients will be improved. (3) The overall goals to be accomplished. (4) The benchmarks to be used to measure the success of the program. Benchmarks should be specific and quantifiable. (d) Organizational documents, such as a certificate of incorporation and a current good standing certification from the Secretary of State where the applicant is incorporated and other similar and valid documentation of current non-profit status, from the intermediary that confirms it has been legally organized for a minimum of 3 years as the applicant entity. (e) Verification of source and amount of matching funds, e.g., a copy of a bank statement if matching funds are in cash or a copy of the confirmed funding commitment from the funding source. The verification must show that matching funds are available for the duration of the grant performance period. The verification of matching funds must be submitted with the application or the application will be considered incomplete. The applicant will be contacted by the Agency prior to grant award to verify that the matching funds provided with the application continue to be available. The applicant will have 15 days from the date contacted to submit verification that matching funds continue to be available. If the applicant is unable to provide the verification within that timeframe, the application will be considered ineligible. The applicant must maintain bank statements on file or other documentation for a period of at least 3 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12765 years after grant closing except that the records shall be retained beyond the 3year period if audit findings have not been resolved. (f) The following information for each recipient: (1) Recipient’s entity name, (2) Complete address (mailing and physical location, if different), (3) County where located, (4) Number of Congressional district where recipient is located, (5) Contact person’s name, email address and telephone number and, (6) Form RD 400–4, ‘‘Assurance Agreement.’’ If the Form RD 400–4 is not submitted for the applicant and each recipient, the recipient will be considered ineligible. No information pertaining to that recipient will be included in the income or population scoring criteria and the requested funding may be adjusted due to the deletion of the recipient. (g) Submit evidence that each recipient entity is eligible. Documentation must be submitted to verify recipient eligibility. Acceptable documentation varies depending on the type of recipient: (1) Nonprofits—provide a current valid letter confirming non-profit status from the Secretary of the State of incorporation, a current good standing certification from the Secretary of the State of incorporation, or other valid documentation of current nonprofit status of each recipient. A nonprofit recipient must provide evidence that it is a valid nonprofit when the intermediary applies for the RCDI grant. Organizations with pending requests for nonprofit designations are not eligible. (2) Low-income rural community— provide evidence the entity is a public body (copy of Charter, relevant Acts of Assembly, relevant court orders (if created judicially) or other valid documentation), a copy of the 2010 census data to verify the population, and 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates (2006–2010 data set) data as evidence that the median household income is at, or below, 80 percent of either the State or national median household income. We will only accept data and printouts from https://factfinder.census.gov. (3) Federally recognized tribes— provide the page listing their name from the Federal Register list of tribal entities published most recently by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The 2019 list is available at 84 FR 1200 pages 1200– 1205 and https:// www.federalregister.gov/documents/ 2019/02/01/2019-00897/indian-entitiesrecognized-by-and-eligible-to-receive- E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 12766 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices services-from-the-united-states-bureauof. For Tribes that received federal recognition after the most recent publication, statutory citations and additional documentation may suffice. (h) Each of the ‘‘Evaluation Criteria’’ must be addressed specifically and individually by category. Present these criteria in narrative form. Narrative (not including attachments) must be limited to five pages per criterion. The ‘‘Population and Income’’ criteria for recipient locations can be provided in the form of a list; however, the source of the data must be included on the page(s). (i) A timeline identifying specific activities and proposed dates for completion. (j) A detailed project budget that includes the RCDI grant amount and matching funds. This should be a lineitem budget, by category. Categories such as salaries, administrative, other, and indirect costs that pertain to the proposed project must be clearly defined. Supporting documentation listing the components of these categories must be included. The budget should be dated: Year 1, year 2, and year 3, as applicable. (k) The indirect cost category in the project budget should be used only when a grant applicant has a federally negotiated indirect cost rate. A copy of the current rate agreement must be provided with the application. Nonfederal entities that have never received a negotiated indirect cost rate, except for those non-Federal entities described in Appendix VII to Part 200-States and Local Government and Indian Tribe Indirect Cost Proposals, paragraph (d)(1)(B), may use the de minimis rate of 10 percent of modified total direct costs (MTDC). (l) Form SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance.’’ (Do not complete Form SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information.’’ A separate lineitem budget should be presented as described in Letter (j) of this section.) (m) Form SF–424B, ‘‘Assurances— Non-Construction Programs.’’ (n) Form AD–1047, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters—Primary Covered Transactions.’’ (o) Form AD–1048, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion— Lower Tier Covered Transactions.’’ (p) Form AD–1049, ‘‘Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements.’’ (q) Certification of Non-Lobbying Activities. (r) Standard Form LLL, ‘‘Disclosure of Lobbying Activities,’’ if applicable. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 (s) Form RD 400–4, ‘‘Assurance Agreement,’’ for the applicant and each recipient. The applicant and each prospective recipient must sign Form RD 400–4, Assurance Agreement, which assures USDA that the recipient is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 7 CFR part 15, and other Agency regulations: That no person will be discriminated against based on race, color or national origin, in regard to any program or activity for which the recipient receives Federal financial assistance; That nondiscrimination statements are in advertisements and brochures. Applicants must collect and maintain data provided by recipients on race, sex, and national origin and ensure Ultimate Recipients collect and maintain this data. Race and ethnicity data will be collected in accordance with OMB Federal Register notice, ‘‘Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity’’ (62 FR 58782), October 30, 1997. Sex data will be collected in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. These items should not be submitted with the application but should be available upon request by the Agency. The applicant and the recipient must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Executive Order 12250, Executive Order 13166 Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and 7 CFR part 1901, subpart E. (t) Identify and report any association or relationship with Rural Development employees. (A statement acknowledging whether or not a relationship exists is required.) (u) 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, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Corporations include both for profit and non-profit entities. 3. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Awards Management (SAM) Grant applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Numbering System (DUNS) number and register in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application pursuant to 2 CFR 25.200(b). In addition, an entity applicant must maintain registration in SAM at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by the Agency. Similarly, all recipients of Federal financial assistance are required to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation in accordance to 2 CFR part 170. So long as an entity applicant does not have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b), the applicant must have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the reporting requirements should the applicant receive funding. See 2 CFR 170.200(b). An applicant, unless excepted under 2 CFR 25.110(b), (c), or (d), is required to: (a) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (b) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. The Federal awarding agency (RHS) may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. As required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), all grant applications must provide a DUNS number when applying for Federal grants, on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free number at 1–866– 705–5711 or via internet at http:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Additional information concerning this requirement can be obtained on the Grants.gov website at http:// www.Grants.gov. Similarly, applicants may register for SAM at https:// www.sam.gov or by calling 1–866–606– 8220. The applicant must provide documentation that they are registered in SAM and their DUNS number. If the applicant does not provide E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices documentation that they are registered in SAM and their DUNS number, the application will not be considered for funding. The required forms and certifications can be downloaded from the RCDI website at: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ rural-community-developmentinitiative-grants. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 4. Submission Dates and Times The deadline for receipt of a paper application is 4 p.m. local time, May 18, 2020. The deadline for electronic applications via Grants.gov is Midnight Eastern time on May 13, 2020. The application dates and times are firm. The Agency will not consider any application received after the deadline. You may submit your application in paper form or electronically through Grants.gov. Applicants intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United States Postal Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX), electronic mail, and postage due applications will not be accepted. To submit a paper application, the original application package must be submitted to the Rural Development State Office where the applicant’s headquarters is located. A listing of Rural Development State Offices contacts can be found via https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_ Office_Contacts.pdf. Applications will not be accepted via FAX or electronic mail. Applicants may file an electronic application at http://www.Grants.gov. Grants.gov contains full instructions on all required passwords, credentialing, and software. Follow the instructions at Grants.gov for registering and submitting an electronic application. If a system problem or technical difficulty occurs with an electronic application, please use the customer support resources available at the Grants.gov website. Technical difficulties submitting an application through Grants.gov will not be a reason to extend the application deadline. If an application is unable to be submitted through Grants.gov, a paper application must be received in the appropriate Rural Development State Office by the deadline noted previously. First time Grants.gov users should carefully read and follow the registration steps listed on the website. These steps need to be initiated early in the application process to avoid delays in submitting your application online. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 In order to register with System for Award Management (SAM), your organization will need a DUNS number. Be sure to complete the Marketing Partner ID (MPID) and Electronic Business Primary Point of Contact fields during the SAM registration process. These are mandatory fields that are required when submitting grant applications through Grants.gov. Additional application instructions for submitting an electronic application can be found by selecting this funding opportunity on Grants.gov. 5. Funding Restrictions Meeting expenses. In accordance with 31 U.S.C. 1345, ‘‘Expenses of Meetings,’’ appropriations may not be used for travel, transportation, and subsistence expenses for a meeting. RCDI grant funds cannot be used for these meetingrelated expenses. Matching funds may, however, be used to pay for these expenses. RCDI funds may be used to pay for a speaker as part of a program, equipment to facilitate the program, and the actual room that will house the meeting. RCDI funds cannot be used for meetings; they can, however, be used for travel, transportation, or subsistence expenses for program-related training and technical assistance purposes. Any training not delineated in the application must be approved by the Agency to verify compliance with 31 U.S.C. 1345. Travel and per diem expenses (including meals and incidental expenses) will be allowed in accordance with 2 CFR parts 200 and 400. E. Application Review Information 1. Evaluation Criteria Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria and weights: (a) Building Capacity and Expertise— Maximum 40 Points The applicant must demonstrate how they will improve the recipients’ capacity, through a program of financial and technical assistance, as it relates to the RCDI purposes. Capacity-building financial and technical assistance should provide new functions to the recipients or expand existing functions that will enable the recipients to undertake projects in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will benefit the community. Capacity-building financial and technical assistance may include, but is not limited to: Training to conduct community development programs, e.g., homeownership PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12767 education, or the establishment of minority business entrepreneurs, cooperatives, or micro-enterprises; organizational development, e.g., assistance to develop or improve board operations, management, and financial systems; instruction on how to develop and implement a strategic plan; instruction on how to access alternative funding sources to increase leveraging opportunities; staffing, e.g., hiring a person at intermediary or recipient level to provide technical assistance to recipients. The program of financial and technical assistance that is to be provided, its delivery, and the measurability of the program’s effectiveness will determine the merit of the application. All applications will be competitively ranked with the applications providing the most improvement in capacity development and measurable activities being ranked the highest. The narrative response must contain the following items. This list also contains the points for each item. (1) Describe the nature of financial and technical assistance to be provided to the recipients and the activities that will be conducted to deliver the technical assistance; (10 Points) (2) Explain how financial and technical assistance will develop or increase the recipient’s capacity. Indicate whether a new function is being developed or if existing functions are being expanded or performed more effectively; (7 Points) (3) Identify which RCDI purpose areas will be addressed with this assistance: Housing, community facilities, or community and economic development; (3 Points) (4) Describe how the results of the technical assistance will be measured. What benchmarks will be used to measure effectiveness? Benchmarks should be specific and quantifiable; (5 Points) (5) Demonstrate that the applicant/ intermediary has conducted programs of financial and technical assistance and achieved measurable results in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. (10 Points) (6) Provide in a chart or excel spreadsheet, the organization name, point of contact, address, phone number, email address, and the type and amount of the financial and technical assistance the applicant organization has provided to the following for the last 3 years: (5 Points) (i) Nonprofit organizations in rural areas. E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12768 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices (ii) Low-income communities in rural areas (also include the type of entity, e.g., city government, town council, or village board). (iii) Federally recognized tribes or any other culturally diverse organizations. (b) Soundness of Approach—Maximum 15 Points The applicant can receive up to 15 points for soundness of approach. The overall proposal will be considered under this criterion. The maximum 15 points for this criterion will be based on the following: (1) The proposal fits the objectives for which applications were invited, is clearly stated, and the applicant has defined how this proposal will be implemented. (7 Points) (2) The ability to provide the proposed financial and technical assistance based on prior accomplishments. (6 Points) (3) Cost effectiveness will be evaluated based on the budget in the application. The proposed grant amount and matching funds should be utilized to maximize capacity building at the recipient level. (2 Points) (c) Population and Income—Maximum 15 Points Population is based on the average population from the 2010 census data for the communities in which the recipients are located. The physical address, not mailing address, for each recipient must be used for this criterion. Community is defined for scoring purposes as a city, town, village, county, parish, borough, Indian reservation or census-designated place where the recipient’s office is physically located. The applicant must submit the census data from the following website in the form of a printout of the applicable ‘‘Fact Sheet’’ to verify the population figures used for each recipient. The data can be accessed on the internet at https://factfinder.census.gov fill in field and click ‘‘Go’’; the name and population data for each recipient location must be listed in this section. The average population of the recipient locations will be used and will be scored as follows: Scoring (points) Population 10,000 10,001 20,001 30,001 40,001 or less ............................... to 20,000 .......................... to 30,000 .......................... to 40,000 .......................... to 50,000 .......................... 5 4 3 2 1 The average of the median household income for the communities where the recipients are physically located will determine the points awarded. The physical address, not mailing address, for each recipient must be used for this criterion. Applicants may compare the average recipient median household income to the State median household income or the national median household income, whichever yields the most points. The national median household income to be used is $51,914. The applicant must submit the income data in the form of a printout of the applicable information from the following website to verify the income for each recipient. The data being used is from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates (2006– 2010 data set). The data can be accessed on the internet at https:// factfinder.census.gov; click on ‘‘Advanced Search,’’ (click on ‘‘Show Me All’’ tab), ‘‘Topics,’’ ‘‘Dataset,’’ locate 2010 ACS 5 year estimates, close table, check the ‘‘Median Income’’ table (S1903 on page 2), fill in the ‘‘state, county or place’’ field (at top of page), select ‘‘Go’’ and click ‘‘View’’; the name and income data for each recipient location must be listed in this section (use the Household and Median Income column). Points will be awarded as follows: Scoring (points) Average recipient median income Less than or equal to 70 percent of state or national median household income ................................................................................... Greater than 70, but less than or equal to 80 percent of state or national median household income .................................................. In excess of 80 percent of state or national median household income .................................................................................................. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES (d) State Director’s Points Based on Project Merit—Maximum 10 Points (1) This criterion will be addressed by the Agency, not the applicant. (2) Up to 10 points may be awarded by the Rural Development State Director to any application(s) that benefits their State regardless of whether the applicant is headquartered in their State. The total points awarded under this criterion, to all applications, will not exceed 10. (3) When an intermediary submits an application that will benefit a State that is not the same as the State in which the intermediary is headquartered, it is the intermediary’s responsibility to notify the State Director of the State which is receiving the benefit of their application. In such cases, State Directors awarding points to applications benefiting their state must notify the reviewing State in writing. (4) Assignment of any points under this criterion requires a written VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 justification and must be tied to and awarded based on how closely the application aligns with the Rural Development State Office’s strategic goals. (e) Administrator Discretionary Points— Maximum 20 Points The Administrator may award up to 20 discretionary points for projects to address geographic distribution of funds, emergency conditions caused by economic problems, natural disasters and other initiatives identified by the Secretary. The Administrator will award points to any application that supports the Agency’s overall goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address one or more of the following focus areas at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels: 1. Prevention: Reducing the occurrence of PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10 5 0 Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) among new and at-risk users as well as fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider education, and harm reduction measures including the strategic placement of overdose reversing devices, such as naloxone; 2. Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-based practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) treatment such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT); and 3. Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help people start and stay in recovery. 2. Review and Selection Process (a) Rating and ranking. Applications will be rated and ranked on a national basis by a review panel based on the ‘‘Evaluation Criteria’’ contained in this Notice. If there is a tied score after the applications have been rated and ranked, the tie will be resolved by E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices reviewing the scores for ‘‘Building Capacity and Expertise’’ and the applicant with the highest score in that category will receive a higher ranking. If the scores for ‘‘Building Capacity and Expertise’’ are the same, the scores will be compared for the next criterion, in sequential order, until one highest score can be determined. (b) Initial screening. The Agency will screen each application to determine eligibility during the period immediately following the application deadline. Listed below are examples of reasons for rejection from previous funding rounds. The following reasons for rejection are not all inclusive; however, they represent the majority of the applications previously rejected. (1) Recipients were not located in eligible rural areas based on the definition in this Notice. (2) Applicants failed to provide evidence of recipient’s status, i.e., documentation supporting nonprofit evidence of organization. (3) Applicants failed to provide evidence of committed matching funds or matching funds were not committed for a period at least equal to the grant performance period. (4) Application did not follow the RCDI structure with an intermediary and recipients. (5) Recipients were not identified in the application. (6) Intermediary did not provide evidence it had been incorporated for at least 3 years as the applicant entity. (7) Applicants failed to address the ‘‘Evaluation Criteria.’’ (8) The purpose of the proposal did not qualify as an eligible RCDI purpose. (9) Inappropriate use of funds (e.g., construction or renovations). (10) The applicant proposed providing financial and technical assistance directly to individuals. (11) The application package was not received by closing date and time. F. Federal Award Administration Information jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 1. Federal Award Notice Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the awarding official of the Agency shall make grants in ranked order to eligible applicants under the procedures set forth in this Notice. Successful applicants will receive a selection letter by mail containing instructions on requirements necessary to proceed with execution and performance of the award. This letter is not an authorization to begin performance. In addition, selected applicants will be requested to verify VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 that components of the application have not changed at the time of selection and on the award obligation date, if requested by the Agency. The award is not approved until all information has been verified, and the awarding official of the Agency has signed Form RD 1940–1, ‘‘Request for Obligation of Funds’’ and the grant agreement. Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification including appeal rights by mail. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Grantees will be required to do the following: (a) Execute a Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Agreement. (b) Execute Form RD 1940–1, ‘‘Request for Obligation of Funds.’’ (c) Use Form SF 270, ‘‘Request for Advance or Reimbursement,’’ to request reimbursements. Provide receipts for expenditures, timesheets and any other documentation to support the request for reimbursement. (d) Provide financial status and project performance reports on a quarterly basis starting with the first full quarter after the grant award. (e) Maintain a financial management system that is acceptable to the Agency. (f) Ensure that records are maintained to document all activities and expenditures utilizing RCDI grant funds and matching funds. Receipts for expenditures will be included in this documentation. (g) Provide annual audits or management reports on Form RD 442– 2, ‘‘Statement of Budget, Income and Equity,’’ and Form RD 442–3, ‘‘Balance Sheet,’’ depending on the amount of Federal funds expended and the outstanding balance. (h) Collect and maintain data provided by recipients on race, sex, and national origin and ensure recipients collect and maintain the same data on beneficiaries. Race and ethnicity data will be collected in accordance with OMB Federal Register notice, ‘‘Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity,’’ (62 FR 58782), October 30, 1997. Sex data will be collected in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. These items should not be submitted with the application but should be available upon request by the Agency. (i) Provide a final project performance report. (j) Identify and report any association or relationship with Rural Development employees. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12769 (k) The intermediary and recipient must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Executive Order 12250, Age Act of 1975, Executive Order 13166 Limited English Proficiency, and 7 CFR part 1901, subpart E. (l) The grantee must comply with policies, guidance, and requirements as described in the following applicable Code of Federal Regulations, and any successor regulations: (i) 2 CFR parts 200 and 400 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements For Federal Awards). (ii) 2 CFR parts 417 and 180 (Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)). (m) Form AD–3031, ‘‘Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants,’’ must be signed by corporate applicants who receive an award under this Notice. 3. Reporting After grant approval and through grant completion, you will be required to provide the following, as indicated in the Grant Agreement: (a) SF–425, ‘‘Federal Financial Report’’ and SF–PPR, ‘‘Performance Progress Report’’ will be required on a quarterly basis (due 30 working days after each calendar quarter). The Performance Progress Report shall include the elements described in the grant agreement. (b) Final financial and performance reports will be due 90 calendar days after the period of performance end date. (c) A summary at the end of the final report with elements as described in the grant agreement to assist in documenting the annual performance goals of the RCDI program for Congress. G. Federal Awarding Agency Contact Contact the Rural Development office in the State where the applicant’s headquarters is located. A list of Rural Development State Offices contacts can be found via https://www.rd.usda.gov/ files/CF_State_Office_Contacts.pdf. H. Other Information Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants, OMB No. 1894–0010 (applies to nonprofit applicants only—submission is optional). No reimbursement will be made for any funds expended prior to execution of the RCDI Grant Agreement unless the intermediary is a non-profit or E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12770 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES educational entity and has requested and received written Agency approval of the costs prior to the actual expenditure. This exception is applicable for up to 90 days prior to grant closing and only applies to grantees that have received written approval but have not executed the RCDI Grant Agreement. The Agency cannot retroactively approve reimbursement for expenditures prior to execution of the RCDI Grant Agreement. Program Definitions Agency—The Rural Housing Service or its successor. Beneficiary—Entities or individuals that receive benefits from assistance provided by the recipient. Capacity—The ability of a recipient to implement housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects. Conflict of interest—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 matching funds, 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 grantee’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. Federally recognized tribes—Tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, based on the most recent notice in the Federal Register published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribes that received federal recognition after the most recent publication. Tribally Designated Housing Entities are eligible RCDI recipients. Financial assistance—Funds, not to exceed $10,000 per award, used by the intermediary to purchase supplies and equipment to build the recipient’s capacity. Funds—The RCDI grant and matching money. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 Intermediary—A qualified private organization, nonprofit organization (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic organizations), or public (including tribal) organization that provides financial and technical assistance to multiple recipients. Low-income rural community—An authority, district, economic development authority, regional council, federally recognized tribe, or unit of government representing an incorporated city, town, village, county, township, parish, Indian reservation or borough whose income is at or below 80 percent of either the state or national Median Household Income as measured by the 2010 Census. Matching funds—Cash or confirmed funding commitments. Matching funds must be at least equal to the grant amount and committed for a period of not less than the grant performance period. Recipient—The entity that receives the financial and technical assistance from the Intermediary. The recipient must be a nonprofit community-based housing and development organization, a low-income rural community or a federally recognized Tribe. Rural and rural area—Any area other than (i) a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and (ii) the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town. Technical assistance—Skilled help in improving the recipient’s abilities in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. Non-Discrimination Statement In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD– 3027, found online at http:// www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_ cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632–9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) By mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690–7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov. Persons With Disabilities Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and you 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). Appeal Process All adverse determinations regarding applicant eligibility and the awarding of points as part of the selection process are appealable pursuant to 7 CFR part 11. Instructions on the appeal process will be provided at the time an applicant is notified of the adverse decision. In the event the applicant is awarded a grant that is less than the amount requested, the applicant will be required to modify its application to conform to the reduced amount before execution of the grant agreement. The Agency reserves the right to reduce or withdraw the award if acceptable modifications are not submitted by the awardee within 15 working days from the date the request for modification is made. Any E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 4, 2020 / Notices modifications must be within the scope of the original application. Justin R. Domer, Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–04430 Filed 3–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket No. 200227–0067] RIN 0605–XD005 Announcement of Departmental Web Portal for Guidance Documents Commerce. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with Executive Order 13891, ‘‘Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents’’ (84 FR 55235), the Department of Commerce (Department) announces the launch of a dedicated web page for the Department’s guidance documents. DATES: The Department of Commerce’s web page for guidance documents was launched on February 28, 2020. ADDRESSES: The Department of Commerce’s web page for guidance documents is located at www.commerce.gov/guidance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Xenia Kler, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulation, 202–482–5354, or via email xkler1@doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Background On October 9, 2019, the President issued Executive Order 13891, which addresses the issuance and treatment of agency guidance documents. The Executive Order seeks to ensure that when federal agencies issue guidance documents, the agencies: Do not treat those guidance documents as imposing binding obligations on the public; take public input into account in formulating significant guidance documents; and make the guidance documents readily available to the public. The Executive Order defines ‘‘guidance document’’ as ‘‘an agency statement of general applicability, intended to have future effect on the behavior of regulated parties, that sets forth a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or technical issue, or an interpretation of a statute or regulation.’’ It further distinguishes guidance documents from, among other things, rules promulgated under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553), which, as VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Mar 03, 2020 Jkt 250001 authorized by statute, may bind the public, and agency adjudications conducted under the APA (5 U.S.C. 554), which may bind parties on a caseby-case basis. Guidance documents may help clarify existing obligations, but unlike statutes, regulations, and adjudications, cannot themselves impose obligations on the public. As part of the government-wide effort to ensure the availability of agency guidance documents, Executive Order 13891 and an associated implementing memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB Memorandum M–20–02) direct agencies to establish a single website containing, or linking to, all of an agency’s guidance documents currently in effect. Accordingly, the Department announces that it is now providing access to its guidance documents through a centralized web portal at www.commerce.gov/guidance. The Department, through its component bureaus, issues a variety of guidance documents in an effort to assist businesses and the public in understanding their obligations, as well as agency procedures, under existing statutes and regulations. These documents are intended to provide information and be helpful to the public and none are intended to impose new or additional obligations. The Department’s new web portal will serve as a central hub for information on the Department’s guidance documents and provides links to the corresponding guidance web pages maintained by individual bureaus of the Department. The Department will, to the greatest extent possible, make all of the guidance documents currently in effect across the Department and its bureaus accessible through this web portal. Note that many of these guidance documents have been, and to ensure maximum public accessibility will continue to be, also available through the relevant subject matter section of the website of the bureau that issued them. Dated: February 27, 2020. Beth M. Grossman, Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulation. [FR Doc. 2020–04386 Filed 3–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–12–P PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12771 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket No.: 200130–0038] RIN 0690–XC008 Commerce Alternative Personnel System Office of Administration, Office of Human Resources Management, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of modifications to the Commerce Alternative Personnel System project plan. AGENCY: This notice announces modifications of the provisions of the Commerce Alternative Personnel System, formerly the Department of Commerce Personnel Management Demonstration Project, published in the Federal Register on December 24, 1997. This notice makes permanent the threeyear probationary period, a hallmark of the original Department of Commerce Demonstration Project and later the Commerce Alternative Personnel System. SUMMARY: The modified Commerce Alternative Personnel System is effective March 4, 2020. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 43 (Wednesday, March 4, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12761-12771]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Housing Service


Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 
2020

AGENCY: Rural Housing Service.

ACTION: Notice of solicitation of applications.

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SUMMARY: The Rural Housing Service (Agency), an Agency of the United 
States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the acceptance of 
applications under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) 
program. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least 
equal to the Federal grant. These grants will be made to qualified 
intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical 
assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to 
undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or 
community and economic development that will support the community.
    This Notice announces that the Agency is accepting fiscal year (FY) 
2020 applications for the RCDI program. Successful applications will be 
selected by the Agency for funding and subsequently awarded from funds 
appropriated for the RCDI program. The Agency will publish the amount 
of funding on its website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-nosas.

DATES: Completed applications must be submitted on paper or 
electronically according to the following deadlines:
    The Agency must receive a paper application by 4 p.m. local time, 
May 18, 2020. Electronic applications must be submitted via Grants.gov 
by Midnight Eastern time on May 13, 2020. The application dates and 
times are firm. The Agency will not consider any application received 
after the deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications must 
provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing 
deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United States Postal Service 
or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX), 
electronic mail, and postage due applications will not be accepted.

ADDRESSES: Entities wishing to apply for assistance may download the 
application documents and requirements delineated in this Notice from 
the RCDI website: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants.
    Application information for electronic submissions may be found at 
http://www.Grants.gov.
    Applicants may also request paper application packages from the 
Rural Development office in their state. A list of Rural Development 
State offices contacts can be found via https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_Contacts.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Rural Development office for the 
state in which the applicant is located. A list of Rural Development 
State Office contacts is provided at the following link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_Contacts.pdf.

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Paperwork Reduction Act

    The paperwork burden has been approved by the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0575-0180.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency encourages applications that will 
support the Agency's overall goal to reduce the morbidity and mortality 
associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) in 
high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address 
one or more of the following focus areas at the community, county, 
state, and/or regional levels See https://www.cdc.gov/pwid/vulnerable-counties-data.html<:
     Prevention: Reducing the occurrence of Substance Use 
Disorder (including opioid misuse) among new and at-risk users as well 
as fatal substance-related overdoses through community and provider 
education, and harm reduction measures including the strategic 
placement of overdose reversing devices, such as naloxone;
     Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to evidence-
based practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) 
treatment such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT); and
     Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options 
that help people start and stay in recovery.
    Administrator discretionary points will be awarded to applications 
that address this Agency Goal.
    The Agency encourages applications that will help improve life in 
rural America. (See information on the Interagency Task Force on 
Agriculture and Rural Prosperity found at www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity.) Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that 
provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust 
and sustainable economies through strategic investments in 
infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include:

 Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
 Developing the Rural Economy
 Harnessing Technological Innovation
 Supporting a Rural Workforce
 Improving Quality of Life

Overview

    Federal Agency: Rural Housing Service.
    Funding Opportunity Title: Rural Community Development Initiative.
    Announcement Type: Notice of Solicitation of Applications.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.446.
    Dates: The deadline for receipt of a paper application is 4 p.m. 
local time, May 18, 2020. The deadline for receipt of an electronic 
applications via Grants.gov is Midnight Eastern time on May 13, 2020. 
The application dates and times are firm. The Agency will not consider 
any application received after the deadline. Applicants intending to 
mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or 
before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United 
States Postal Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. 
Facsimile (FAX), electronic mail and postage due applications will not 
be accepted. Prior to official submission of applications, applicants 
may request technical assistance or other application guidance from the 
Agency, as long as such requests are made prior to May 8, 2020. 
Technical assistance is not meant to be an analysis or assessment of 
the quality of the materials submitted, a substitute for agency review 
of completed applications, nor a determination of eligibility, if such 
determination requires in-depth analysis. The Agency will not solicit 
or consider scoring or eligibility information that is submitted after 
the application deadline. The Agency reserves the right to contact 
applicants to seek clarification information on materials contained in 
the submitted application.

A. Program Description

    Congress first authorized the RCDI in 1999 (Pub. L. 106-78, which 
was amended most recently by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 
(Pub. L. 116-6) to develop the capacity and ability of private, 
nonprofit community-based housing and community development 
organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized 
Native American Tribes to undertake projects related to housing, 
community facilities, or community and economic development in rural 
areas. Strengthening the recipient's capacity in these areas will 
benefit the communities they serve. The RCDI structure requires the 
intermediary (grantee) to provide a program of financial and technical 
assistance to recipients. The recipients will, in turn, provide 
programs to their communities (beneficiaries).

B. Federal Award Information

    The Agency will publish the amount of funding received in the FY 
2020 Appropriations Act on its website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-nosas.
    Qualified private organizations, nonprofit organizations and public 
(including tribal) intermediary organizations proposing to carry out 
financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive 
the grant funding.
    The intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an 
amount at least equal to the RCDI grant.
    A grant will be the type of assistance instrument awarded to 
successful applications.
    The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per intermediary is 
$50,000 and $250,000.
    Grant funds must be utilized within 3 years from date of the award.
    A grantee that has an outstanding RCDI grant over 3 years old, as 
of the application due date in this Notice, is not eligible to apply 
for this round of funding.
    The intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical 
assistance to one or more of the following: A private, nonprofit 
community-based housing and development organization, a low-income 
rural community or a federally recognized tribe.
    (a) Restrictions substantially similar to Sections 743, 744, 745, 
and 746 outlined in Title VII, ``General Provisions--Government-Wide'' 
of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116-6) will apply 
unless noted on the rural development website. 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, 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. In addition, none of the funds 
appropriated or otherwise made available by this or any other Act may 
be available for a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement with an 
entity that requires employees or contractors of such entity seeking to 
report fraud, waste, or abuse to sign internal confidentiality 
agreements or statements prohibiting or otherwise restricting such 
employees or contractors from lawfully reporting such waste, fraud, or 
abuse to a designated investigative or law enforcement representative 
of a Federal department or agency authorized to receive such 
information. Additionally, no funds appropriated in this or any other 
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enforce the agreements in Standard Forms 312 and 4414 of the Government 
or any other nondisclosure policy, form, or agreement if such policy, 
form, or agreement does not contain the following provisions: ``These 
provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or 
otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities 
created by existing statute or Executive order relating to (1) 
classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the 
reporting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule, or 
regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of 
authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or 
safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection.''
    (b) A nondisclosure agreement may continue to be implemented and 
enforced notwithstanding subsection (a) if it complies with the 
requirements for such agreement that were in effect when the agreement 
was entered into.
    (c) No funds appropriated in this or any other Act may be used to 
implement or enforce any agreement entered into during fiscal year 2014 
which does not contain substantially similar language to that required 
in subsection (a).

C. Eligibility Information

    Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements 
by the application deadline. Applications which fail to meet any of 
these requirements by the application deadline will be deemed 
ineligible and will not be evaluated further and will not receive a 
Federal award.

1. Eligible Applicants

    (a) Qualified private organizations, nonprofit organizations 
(including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic 
foundations), in accordance with 7 CFR part 16, and public (including 
tribal) intermediary organizations are eligible applicants. Definitions 
that describe eligible organizations and other key terms are listed 
below.
    (b) The recipient must be a nonprofit community-based housing and 
development organization, low-income rural community, or federally 
recognized tribe based on the RCDI definitions of these groups.
    (c) Private nonprofit, faith or community-based organizations must 
provide a certificate of incorporation and good standing from the 
Secretary of the State of incorporation, or other similar and valid 
documentation of current nonprofit status. For low-income rural 
community recipients, the Agency requires evidence that the entity is a 
public body and census data verifying that the median household income 
of the community where the office receiving the financial and technical 
assistance is located is at, or below, 80 percent of the State or 
national median household income, whichever is higher. For federally 
recognized tribes, the Agency needs the page listing their name from 
the current Federal Register list of tribal entities recognized and 
eligible for funding services (see the definition of federally 
recognized tribes in this Notice for details on this list).
    (d) Any corporation that:
    (1) Has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any 
Federal law within the past 24 months; or
    (2) 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 full-
year appropriated funds for Fiscal Year 2020, 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.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

    There is a matching requirement of at least equal to the amount of 
the grant. If this matching fund requirement is not met, the 
application will be deemed ineligible. See section D, Application and 
Submission Information, for required pre-award and post award matching 
funds documentation submission.
    Matching funds are cash or confirmed funding commitments that must 
be at least equal to the grant amount and committed for a period of not 
less than the grant performance period. These funds can only be used 
for eligible RCDI activities and must be used to support the overall 
purpose of the RCDI program.
    In-kind contributions such as salaries, donated time and effort, 
real and nonexpendable personal property and goods and services cannot 
be used as matching funds.
    Grant funds and matching funds must be used in equal proportions. 
This does not mean funds have to be used equally by line item.
    The request for advance or reimbursement and supporting 
documentation must show that RCDI fund usage does not exceed the 
cumulative amount of matching funds used.
    Grant funds will be disbursed pursuant to relevant provisions of 2 
CFR parts 200 and 400. See Section D, Application and Submission 
Information, for matching funds documentation and pre-award 
requirements.
    The intermediary is responsible for demonstrating that matching 
funds are available and committed for a period of not less than the 
grant performance period to the RCDI proposal. Matching funds may be 
provided by the intermediary or a third party. Other Federal funds may 
be used as matching funds if authorized by statute and the purpose of 
the funds is an eligible RCDI purpose.
    RCDI funds will be disbursed on an advance or reimbursement basis. 
Matching funds cannot be expended prior to execution of the RCDI Grant 
Agreement.

3. Other Program Requirements

    (a) The recipient and beneficiary, but not the intermediary, must 
be located in an eligible rural area. The physical location of the 
recipient's office that will be receiving the financial and technical 
assistance must be in an eligible rural area. If the recipient is a 
low-income community, the median household income of the area where the 
office is located must be at or below 80 percent of the State or 
national median household income, whichever is higher. The applicable 
Rural Development State Office can assist in determining the 
eligibility of an area.
    A listing of Rural Development State Office contacts can be found 
at the following link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_Contacts.pdf. A map showing eligible rural areas can be 
found at the following link: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/[email protected].
    (b) RCDI grantees that have an outstanding grant over 3 years old, 
as of the application due date in this Notice, will not be eligible to 
apply for this round of funding. Grant and matching funds must be 
utilized in a timely manner to ensure that the goals and objectives of 
the program are met.
    (c) Individuals cannot be recipients.
    (d) The intermediary must provide a program of financial and 
technical assistance to the recipient.
    (e) The intermediary organization must have been legally organized 
for a minimum of 3 years and have at least 3 years prior experience 
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housing and development organizations, low-income rural communities, or 
tribal organizations in the areas of housing, community facilities, or 
community and economic development.
    (f) Proposals must be structured to utilize the grant funds within 
3 years from the date of the award.
    (g) Each applicant, whether singularly or jointly, may only submit 
one application for RCDI funds under this Notice. This restriction does 
not preclude the applicant from providing matching funds for other 
applications.
    (h) Recipients can benefit from more than one RCDI application; 
however, after grant selections are made, the recipient can only 
benefit from multiple RCDI grants if the type of financial and 
technical assistance the recipient will receive is not duplicative. The 
services described in multiple RCDI grant applications must have 
separate and identifiable accounts for compliance purposes.
    (i) The intermediary and the recipient cannot be the same entity. 
The recipient can be a related entity to the intermediary, if it meets 
the definition of a recipient, provided the relationship does not 
create a Conflict of Interest that cannot be resolved to Rural 
Development's satisfaction.
    (j) If the recipient is a low-income rural community, identify the 
unit of government to which the financial and technical assistance will 
be provided, e.g., town council or village board. The financial and 
technical assistance must be provided to the organized unit of 
government representing that community, not the community at large.

4. Eligible Grant Purposes

    Fund uses must be consistent with the RCDI purpose. A nonexclusive 
list of eligible grant uses includes the following:
    (a) Provide technical assistance to develop recipients' capacity 
and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community 
facilities, or community and economic development, e.g., the 
intermediary hires a staff person to provide technical assistance to 
the recipient or the recipient hires a staff person, under the 
supervision of the intermediary, to carry out the technical assistance 
provided by the intermediary.
    (b) Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community 
development programs, e.g., homeownership education or training for 
business entrepreneurs.
    (c) Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development 
initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and 
sustainable development.
    (d) Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging 
ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training 
and staffing.
    (e) Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical 
assistance component for essential community facilities projects.
    (f) Assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements 
for housing, community facilities, or community and economic 
development projects by providing resources for professional services, 
e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal.
    (g) Improve recipient's organizational capacity by providing 
training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board 
operations, management, financial systems, and information technology.
    (h) Purchase of computers, software, and printers, limited to 
$10,000 per award, at the recipient level when directly related to the 
technical assistance program being undertaken by the intermediary.
    (i) Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs 
and training expenses related to RCDI.

5. Ineligible Fund Uses

    The following is a list of ineligible grant uses:
    (a) Pass-through grants, and any funds provided to the recipient in 
a lump sum that are not reimbursements.
    (b) Funding a revolving loan fund (RLF).
    (c) Construction (in any form).
    (d) Salaries for positions involved in construction, renovations, 
rehabilitation, and any oversight of these types of activities.
    (e) Intermediary preparation of strategic plans for recipients.
    (f) Funding prostitution, gambling, or any illegal activities.
    (g) Grants to individuals.
    (h) Funding a grant where there may be a conflict of interest, or 
an appearance of a conflict of interest, involving any action by the 
Agency.
    (i) Paying obligations incurred before the beginning date without 
prior Agency approval or after the ending date of the grant agreement.
    (j) Purchasing real estate.
    (k) Improvement or renovation of the grantee's or recipient's 
office space or for the repair or maintenance of privately-owned 
vehicles.
    (l) Any purpose prohibited in 2 CFR part 200 or 400.
    (m) Using funds for recipient's general operating costs.
    (n) Using grant or matching funds for Individual Development 
Accounts.
    (o) Purchasing vehicles.

6. Program Examples and Restrictions

    The following are examples of eligible and ineligible purposes 
under the RCDI program. (These examples are illustrative and are not 
meant to limit the activities proposed in the application. Activities 
that meet the objectives of the RCDI program and meet the criteria 
outlined in this Notice will be considered eligible.)
    (a) The intermediary must work directly with the recipient, not the 
ultimate beneficiaries. For example:
    The intermediary provides training and technical assistance to the 
recipients on developing and updating materials related to the 
prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder 
and ensures that high-quality training is provided to communities 
affected by the opioid epidemic.
    (b) The intermediary provides training to the recipient on how to 
conduct homeownership education classes. The recipient then provides 
ongoing homeownership education to the residents of the community--the 
ultimate beneficiaries. This ``train the trainer'' concept fully meets 
the intent of this initiative. The intermediary is providing technical 
assistance that will build the recipient's capacity by enabling them to 
conduct homeownership education classes for the public.
    This is an eligible purpose. However, if the intermediary directly 
provided homeownership education classes to individuals in the 
recipient's service area, this would not be an eligible purpose because 
the recipient would be bypassed.
    (c) If the intermediary is working with a low-income community as 
the recipient, the intermediary must provide the technical assistance 
to the entity that represents the low-income community and is 
identified in the application. Examples of entities representing a low-
income community are a village board or a town council.
    If the intermediary provides technical assistance to the Board of 
the low-income community on how to establish a cooperative, this would 
be an eligible purpose. However, if the intermediary works directly 
with individuals from the community to establish the cooperative, this 
is not an eligible purpose.
    The recipient's capacity is built by learning skills that will 
enable them to support sustainable economic development in their 
communities on an ongoing basis.
    (d) The intermediary may provide technical assistance to the 
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how to create and operate a revolving loan fund. The intermediary may 
not monitor or operate the revolving loan fund. RCDI funds, including 
matching funds, cannot be used to fund revolving loan funds.
    (e) The intermediary may work with recipients in building their 
capacity to provide planning and leadership development training. The 
recipients of this training would be expected to assume leadership 
roles in the development and execution of regional strategic plans. The 
intermediary would work with multiple recipients in helping communities 
recognize their connections to the greater regional and national 
economies.
    (f) The intermediary could provide training and technical 
assistance to the recipients on developing emergency shelter and 
feeding, short-term housing, search and rescue, and environmental 
accident, prevention, and cleanup program plans. For longer term 
disaster and economic crisis responses, the intermediary could work 
with the recipients to develop job placement and training programs and 
develop coordinated transit systems for displaced workers.

D. Application and Submission Information

1. Address To Request Application Package

    Entities wishing to apply for assistance may download the 
application documents and requirements delineated in this Notice from 
the RCDI website: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants.
    Application information for electronic submissions may be found at 
http://www.Grants.gov.
    Applicants may also request paper application packages from the 
Rural Development office in their state. A list of Rural Development 
State office contacts can be found via https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_Contacts.pdf. You may also obtain a copy by calling 
202-205-9685.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    If the applicant is ineligible or the application is incomplete, 
the Agency will inform the applicant in writing of the decision, 
reasons therefore, and its appeal rights and no further evaluation of 
the application will occur.
    A complete application for RCDI funds must include the following:
    (a) A summary page, double-spaced between items, listing the 
following: (This information should not be presented in narrative 
form.)
    (1) Applicant's name,
    (2) Applicant's address,
    (3) Applicant's telephone number,
    (4) Name of applicant's contact person, email address and telephone 
number,
    (5) County where applicant is located,
    (6) Congressional district number where applicant is located,
    (7) Amount of grant request, and
    (8) Number of recipients.
    (b) A detailed Table of Contents containing page numbers for each 
component of the application.
    (c) A project overview, no longer than one page, including the 
following items, which will also be addressed separately and in detail 
under ``Building Capacity and Expertise'' of the ``Evaluation 
Criteria.''
    (1) The type of technical assistance to be provided to the 
recipients and how it will be implemented.
    (2) How the capacity and ability of the recipients will be 
improved.
    (3) The overall goals to be accomplished.
    (4) The benchmarks to be used to measure the success of the 
program. Benchmarks should be specific and quantifiable.
    (d) Organizational documents, such as a certificate of 
incorporation and a current good standing certification from the 
Secretary of State where the applicant is incorporated and other 
similar and valid documentation of current non-profit status, from the 
intermediary that confirms it has been legally organized for a minimum 
of 3 years as the applicant entity.
    (e) Verification of source and amount of matching funds, e.g., a 
copy of a bank statement if matching funds are in cash or a copy of the 
confirmed funding commitment from the funding source.
    The verification must show that matching funds are available for 
the duration of the grant performance period. The verification of 
matching funds must be submitted with the application or the 
application will be considered incomplete.
    The applicant will be contacted by the Agency prior to grant award 
to verify that the matching funds provided with the application 
continue to be available. The applicant will have 15 days from the date 
contacted to submit verification that matching funds continue to be 
available.
    If the applicant is unable to provide the verification within that 
timeframe, the application will be considered ineligible. The applicant 
must maintain bank statements on file or other documentation for a 
period of at least 3 years after grant closing except that the records 
shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not 
been resolved.
    (f) The following information for each recipient:
    (1) Recipient's entity name,
    (2) Complete address (mailing and physical location, if different),
    (3) County where located,
    (4) Number of Congressional district where recipient is located,
    (5) Contact person's name, email address and telephone number and,
    (6) Form RD 400-4, ``Assurance Agreement.'' If the Form RD 400-4 is 
not submitted for the applicant and each recipient, the recipient will 
be considered ineligible. No information pertaining to that recipient 
will be included in the income or population scoring criteria and the 
requested funding may be adjusted due to the deletion of the recipient.
    (g) Submit evidence that each recipient entity is eligible. 
Documentation must be submitted to verify recipient eligibility. 
Acceptable documentation varies depending on the type of recipient:
    (1) Nonprofits--provide a current valid letter confirming non-
profit status from the Secretary of the State of incorporation, a 
current good standing certification from the Secretary of the State of 
incorporation, or other valid documentation of current nonprofit status 
of each recipient.
    A nonprofit recipient must provide evidence that it is a valid 
nonprofit when the intermediary applies for the RCDI grant. 
Organizations with pending requests for nonprofit designations are not 
eligible.
    (2) Low-income rural community--provide evidence the entity is a 
public body (copy of Charter, relevant Acts of Assembly, relevant court 
orders (if created judicially) or other valid documentation), a copy of 
the 2010 census data to verify the population, and 2010 American 
Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates (2006-2010 data set) data as 
evidence that the median household income is at, or below, 80 percent 
of either the State or national median household income. We will only 
accept data and printouts from https://factfinder.census.gov.
    (3) Federally recognized tribes--provide the page listing their 
name from the Federal Register list of tribal entities published most 
recently by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The 2019 list is available at 
84 FR 1200 pages 1200-1205 and https://www.federalregister.gov/
documents/2019/02/01/2019-00897/indian-entities-recognized-by-and-
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services-from-the-united-states-bureau-of. For Tribes that received 
federal recognition after the most recent publication, statutory 
citations and additional documentation may suffice.
    (h) Each of the ``Evaluation Criteria'' must be addressed 
specifically and individually by category. Present these criteria in 
narrative form. Narrative (not including attachments) must be limited 
to five pages per criterion. The ``Population and Income'' criteria for 
recipient locations can be provided in the form of a list; however, the 
source of the data must be included on the page(s).
    (i) A timeline identifying specific activities and proposed dates 
for completion.
    (j) A detailed project budget that includes the RCDI grant amount 
and matching funds. This should be a line-item budget, by category. 
Categories such as salaries, administrative, other, and indirect costs 
that pertain to the proposed project must be clearly defined. 
Supporting documentation listing the components of these categories 
must be included. The budget should be dated: Year 1, year 2, and year 
3, as applicable.
    (k) The indirect cost category in the project budget should be used 
only when a grant applicant has a federally negotiated indirect cost 
rate. A copy of the current rate agreement must be provided with the 
application. Non-federal entities that have never received a negotiated 
indirect cost rate, except for those non-Federal entities described in 
Appendix VII to Part 200-States and Local Government and Indian Tribe 
Indirect Cost Proposals, paragraph (d)(1)(B), may use the de minimis 
rate of 10 percent of modified total direct costs (MTDC).
    (l) Form SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance.''
    (Do not complete Form SF-424A, ``Budget Information.'' A separate 
line-item budget should be presented as described in Letter (j) of this 
section.)
    (m) Form SF-424B, ``Assurances--Non-Construction Programs.''
    (n) Form AD-1047, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, 
and Other Responsibility Matters--Primary Covered Transactions.''
    (o) Form AD-1048, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, 
Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion--Lower Tier Covered 
Transactions.''
    (p) Form AD-1049, ``Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace 
Requirements.''
    (q) Certification of Non-Lobbying Activities.
    (r) Standard Form LLL, ``Disclosure of Lobbying Activities,'' if 
applicable.
    (s) Form RD 400-4, ``Assurance Agreement,'' for the applicant and 
each recipient. The applicant and each prospective recipient must sign 
Form RD 400-4, Assurance Agreement, which assures USDA that the 
recipient is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 
1964, 7 CFR part 15, and other Agency regulations: That no person will 
be discriminated against based on race, color or national origin, in 
regard to any program or activity for which the recipient receives 
Federal financial assistance; That nondiscrimination statements are in 
advertisements and brochures.
    Applicants must collect and maintain data provided by recipients on 
race, sex, and national origin and ensure Ultimate Recipients collect 
and maintain this data. Race and ethnicity data will be collected in 
accordance with OMB Federal Register notice, ``Revisions to the 
Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and 
Ethnicity'' (62 FR 58782), October 30, 1997. Sex data will be collected 
in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. These 
items should not be submitted with the application but should be 
available upon request by the Agency.
    The applicant and the recipient must comply with Title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Executive 
Order 12250, Executive Order 13166 Limited English Proficiency (LEP), 
and 7 CFR part 1901, subpart E.
    (t) Identify and report any association or relationship with Rural 
Development employees. (A statement acknowledging whether or not a 
relationship exists is required.)
    (u) 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, Northern Mariana 
Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Corporations include 
both for profit and non-profit entities.

3. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System 
for Awards Management (SAM)

    Grant applicants must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal 
Numbering System (DUNS) number and register in the System for Award 
Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application pursuant to 2 CFR 
25.200(b). In addition, an entity applicant must maintain registration 
in SAM at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an 
application or plan under consideration by the Agency. Similarly, all 
recipients of Federal financial assistance are required to report 
information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation in 
accordance to 2 CFR part 170. So long as an entity applicant does not 
have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b), the applicant must have the 
necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the reporting 
requirements should the applicant receive funding. See 2 CFR 
170.200(b).
    An applicant, unless excepted under 2 CFR 25.110(b), (c), or (d), 
is required to:
    (a) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application;
    (b) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and
    (c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current 
information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or 
an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding 
agency.
    The Federal awarding agency (RHS) may not make a federal award to 
an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS 
and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with 
the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to 
make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that 
the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that 
determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another 
applicant.
    As required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), all grant 
applications must provide a DUNS number when applying for Federal 
grants, on or after October 1, 2003. Organizations can receive a DUNS 
number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free number at 1-866-
705-5711 or via internet at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Additional 
information concerning this requirement can be obtained on the 
Grants.gov website at http://www.Grants.gov. Similarly, applicants may 
register for SAM at https://www.sam.gov or by calling 1-866-606-8220.
    The applicant must provide documentation that they are registered 
in SAM and their DUNS number. If the applicant does not provide

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documentation that they are registered in SAM and their DUNS number, 
the application will not be considered for funding. The required forms 
and certifications can be downloaded from the RCDI website at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants.

4. Submission Dates and Times

    The deadline for receipt of a paper application is 4 p.m. local 
time, May 18, 2020. The deadline for electronic applications via 
Grants.gov is Midnight Eastern time on May 13, 2020. The application 
dates and times are firm. The Agency will not consider any application 
received after the deadline. You may submit your application in paper 
form or electronically through Grants.gov. Applicants intending to mail 
applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or 
before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United 
States Postal Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. 
Facsimile (FAX), electronic mail, and postage due applications will not 
be accepted.
    To submit a paper application, the original application package 
must be submitted to the Rural Development State Office where the 
applicant's headquarters is located.
    A listing of Rural Development State Offices contacts can be found 
via https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_Contacts.pdf.
    Applications will not be accepted via FAX or electronic mail.
    Applicants may file an electronic application at http://www.Grants.gov. Grants.gov contains full instructions on all required 
passwords, credentialing, and software. Follow the instructions at 
Grants.gov for registering and submitting an electronic application. If 
a system problem or technical difficulty occurs with an electronic 
application, please use the customer support resources available at the 
Grants.gov website.
    Technical difficulties submitting an application through Grants.gov 
will not be a reason to extend the application deadline. If an 
application is unable to be submitted through Grants.gov, a paper 
application must be received in the appropriate Rural Development State 
Office by the deadline noted previously.
    First time Grants.gov users should carefully read and follow the 
registration steps listed on the website. These steps need to be 
initiated early in the application process to avoid delays in 
submitting your application online.
    In order to register with System for Award Management (SAM), your 
organization will need a DUNS number. Be sure to complete the Marketing 
Partner ID (MPID) and Electronic Business Primary Point of Contact 
fields during the SAM registration process.
    These are mandatory fields that are required when submitting grant 
applications through Grants.gov. Additional application instructions 
for submitting an electronic application can be found by selecting this 
funding opportunity on Grants.gov.

5. Funding Restrictions

    Meeting expenses. In accordance with 31 U.S.C. 1345, ``Expenses of 
Meetings,'' appropriations may not be used for travel, transportation, 
and subsistence expenses for a meeting. RCDI grant funds cannot be used 
for these meeting-related expenses. Matching funds may, however, be 
used to pay for these expenses.
    RCDI funds may be used to pay for a speaker as part of a program, 
equipment to facilitate the program, and the actual room that will 
house the meeting.
    RCDI funds cannot be used for meetings; they can, however, be used 
for travel, transportation, or subsistence expenses for program-related 
training and technical assistance purposes. Any training not delineated 
in the application must be approved by the Agency to verify compliance 
with 31 U.S.C. 1345. Travel and per diem expenses (including meals and 
incidental expenses) will be allowed in accordance with 2 CFR parts 200 
and 400.

E. Application Review Information

1. Evaluation Criteria

    Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria and 
weights:
(a) Building Capacity and Expertise--Maximum 40 Points
    The applicant must demonstrate how they will improve the 
recipients' capacity, through a program of financial and technical 
assistance, as it relates to the RCDI purposes.
    Capacity-building financial and technical assistance should provide 
new functions to the recipients or expand existing functions that will 
enable the recipients to undertake projects in the areas of housing, 
community facilities, or community and economic development that will 
benefit the community. Capacity-building financial and technical 
assistance may include, but is not limited to: Training to conduct 
community development programs, e.g., homeownership education, or the 
establishment of minority business entrepreneurs, cooperatives, or 
micro-enterprises; organizational development, e.g., assistance to 
develop or improve board operations, management, and financial systems; 
instruction on how to develop and implement a strategic plan; 
instruction on how to access alternative funding sources to increase 
leveraging opportunities; staffing, e.g., hiring a person at 
intermediary or recipient level to provide technical assistance to 
recipients.
    The program of financial and technical assistance that is to be 
provided, its delivery, and the measurability of the program's 
effectiveness will determine the merit of the application.
    All applications will be competitively ranked with the applications 
providing the most improvement in capacity development and measurable 
activities being ranked the highest.
    The narrative response must contain the following items. This list 
also contains the points for each item.
    (1) Describe the nature of financial and technical assistance to be 
provided to the recipients and the activities that will be conducted to 
deliver the technical assistance; (10 Points)
    (2) Explain how financial and technical assistance will develop or 
increase the recipient's capacity. Indicate whether a new function is 
being developed or if existing functions are being expanded or 
performed more effectively; (7 Points)
    (3) Identify which RCDI purpose areas will be addressed with this 
assistance: Housing, community facilities, or community and economic 
development; (3 Points)
    (4) Describe how the results of the technical assistance will be 
measured. What benchmarks will be used to measure effectiveness? 
Benchmarks should be specific and quantifiable; (5 Points)
    (5) Demonstrate that the applicant/intermediary has conducted 
programs of financial and technical assistance and achieved measurable 
results in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community and 
economic development in rural areas. (10 Points)
    (6) Provide in a chart or excel spreadsheet, the organization name, 
point of contact, address, phone number, email address, and the type 
and amount of the financial and technical assistance the applicant 
organization has provided to the following for the last 3 years: (5 
Points)
    (i) Nonprofit organizations in rural areas.

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    (ii) Low-income communities in rural areas (also include the type 
of entity, e.g., city government, town council, or village board).
    (iii) Federally recognized tribes or any other culturally diverse 
organizations.
(b) Soundness of Approach--Maximum 15 Points
    The applicant can receive up to 15 points for soundness of 
approach. The overall proposal will be considered under this criterion.
    The maximum 15 points for this criterion will be based on the 
following:
    (1) The proposal fits the objectives for which applications were 
invited, is clearly stated, and the applicant has defined how this 
proposal will be implemented. (7 Points)
    (2) The ability to provide the proposed financial and technical 
assistance based on prior accomplishments. (6 Points)
    (3) Cost effectiveness will be evaluated based on the budget in the 
application. The proposed grant amount and matching funds should be 
utilized to maximize capacity building at the recipient level. (2 
Points)
(c) Population and Income--Maximum 15 Points
    Population is based on the average population from the 2010 census 
data for the communities in which the recipients are located. The 
physical address, not mailing address, for each recipient must be used 
for this criterion. Community is defined for scoring purposes as a 
city, town, village, county, parish, borough, Indian reservation or 
census-designated place where the recipient's office is physically 
located.
    The applicant must submit the census data from the following 
website in the form of a printout of the applicable ``Fact Sheet'' to 
verify the population figures used for each recipient. The data can be 
accessed on the internet at https://factfinder.census.gov fill in field 
and click ``Go''; the name and population data for each recipient 
location must be listed in this section.
    The average population of the recipient locations will be used and 
will be scored as follows:

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                                                                Scoring
                          Population                            (points)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
10,000 or less...............................................          5
10,001 to 20,000.............................................          4
20,001 to 30,000.............................................          3
30,001 to 40,000.............................................          2
40,001 to 50,000.............................................          1
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The average of the median household income for the communities 
where the recipients are physically located will determine the points 
awarded. The physical address, not mailing address, for each recipient 
must be used for this criterion. Applicants may compare the average 
recipient median household income to the State median household income 
or the national median household income, whichever yields the most 
points. The national median household income to be used is $51,914.
    The applicant must submit the income data in the form of a printout 
of the applicable information from the following website to verify the 
income for each recipient. The data being used is from the 2010 
American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates (2006-2010 data set). 
The data can be accessed on the internet at https://factfinder.census.gov; click on ``Advanced Search,'' (click on ``Show 
Me All'' tab), ``Topics,'' ``Dataset,'' locate 2010 ACS 5 year 
estimates, close table, check the ``Median Income'' table (S1903 on 
page 2), fill in the ``state, county or place'' field (at top of page), 
select ``Go'' and click ``View''; the name and income data for each 
recipient location must be listed in this section (use the Household 
and Median Income column). Points will be awarded as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                Scoring
               Average recipient median income                 (points)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Less than or equal to 70 percent of state or national median          10
 household income...........................................
Greater than 70, but less than or equal to 80 percent of               5
 state or national median household income..................
In excess of 80 percent of state or national median                    0
 household income...........................................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

(d) State Director's Points Based on Project Merit--Maximum 10 Points
    (1) This criterion will be addressed by the Agency, not the 
applicant.
    (2) Up to 10 points may be awarded by the Rural Development State 
Director to any application(s) that benefits their State regardless of 
whether the applicant is headquartered in their State. The total points 
awarded under this criterion, to all applications, will not exceed 10.
    (3) When an intermediary submits an application that will benefit a 
State that is not the same as the State in which the intermediary is 
headquartered, it is the intermediary's responsibility to notify the 
State Director of the State which is receiving the benefit of their 
application. In such cases, State Directors awarding points to 
applications benefiting their state must notify the reviewing State in 
writing.
    (4) Assignment of any points under this criterion requires a 
written justification and must be tied to and awarded based on how 
closely the application aligns with the Rural Development State 
Office's strategic goals.
(e) Administrator Discretionary Points--Maximum 20 Points
    The Administrator may award up to 20 discretionary points for 
projects to address geographic distribution of funds, emergency 
conditions caused by economic problems, natural disasters and other 
initiatives identified by the Secretary.
    The Administrator will award points to any application that 
supports the Agency's overall goal to reduce the morbidity and 
mortality associated with Substance Use Disorder (including opioid 
misuse) in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to 
address one or more of the following focus areas at the community, 
county, state, and/or regional levels: 1. Prevention: Reducing the 
occurrence of Substance Use Disorder (including opioid misuse) among 
new and at-risk users as well as fatal substance-related overdoses 
through community and provider education, and harm reduction measures 
including the strategic placement of overdose reversing devices, such 
as naloxone; 2. Treatment: Implementing or expanding access to 
evidence-based practices for Substance Use Disorder (including opioid 
misuse) treatment such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT); and 3. 
Recovery: Expanding peer recovery and treatment options that help 
people start and stay in recovery.

2. Review and Selection Process

    (a) Rating and ranking.
    Applications will be rated and ranked on a national basis by a 
review panel based on the ``Evaluation Criteria'' contained in this 
Notice.
    If there is a tied score after the applications have been rated and 
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reviewing the scores for ``Building Capacity and Expertise'' and the 
applicant with the highest score in that category will receive a higher 
ranking. If the scores for ``Building Capacity and Expertise'' are the 
same, the scores will be compared for the next criterion, in sequential 
order, until one highest score can be determined.
    (b) Initial screening.
    The Agency will screen each application to determine eligibility 
during the period immediately following the application deadline. 
Listed below are examples of reasons for rejection from previous 
funding rounds. The following reasons for rejection are not all 
inclusive; however, they represent the majority of the applications 
previously rejected.
    (1) Recipients were not located in eligible rural areas based on 
the definition in this Notice.
    (2) Applicants failed to provide evidence of recipient's status, 
i.e., documentation supporting nonprofit evidence of organization.
    (3) Applicants failed to provide evidence of committed matching 
funds or matching funds were not committed for a period at least equal 
to the grant performance period.
    (4) Application did not follow the RCDI structure with an 
intermediary and recipients.
    (5) Recipients were not identified in the application.
    (6) Intermediary did not provide evidence it had been incorporated 
for at least 3 years as the applicant entity.
    (7) Applicants failed to address the ``Evaluation Criteria.''
    (8) The purpose of the proposal did not qualify as an eligible RCDI 
purpose.
    (9) Inappropriate use of funds (e.g., construction or renovations).
    (10) The applicant proposed providing financial and technical 
assistance directly to individuals.
    (11) The application package was not received by closing date and 
time.

F. Federal Award Administration Information

1. Federal Award Notice

    Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the awarding 
official of the Agency shall make grants in ranked order to eligible 
applicants under the procedures set forth in this Notice.
    Successful applicants will receive a selection letter by mail 
containing instructions on requirements necessary to proceed with 
execution and performance of the award.
    This letter is not an authorization to begin performance. In 
addition, selected applicants will be requested to verify that 
components of the application have not changed at the time of selection 
and on the award obligation date, if requested by the Agency.
    The award is not approved until all information has been verified, 
and the awarding official of the Agency has signed Form RD 1940-1, 
``Request for Obligation of Funds'' and the grant agreement.
    Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification including appeal 
rights by mail.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    Grantees will be required to do the following:
    (a) Execute a Rural Community Development Initiative Grant 
Agreement.
    (b) Execute Form RD 1940-1, ``Request for Obligation of Funds.''
    (c) Use Form SF 270, ``Request for Advance or Reimbursement,'' to 
request reimbursements. Provide receipts for expenditures, timesheets 
and any other documentation to support the request for reimbursement.
    (d) Provide financial status and project performance reports on a 
quarterly basis starting with the first full quarter after the grant 
award.
    (e) Maintain a financial management system that is acceptable to 
the Agency.
    (f) Ensure that records are maintained to document all activities 
and expenditures utilizing RCDI grant funds and matching funds. 
Receipts for expenditures will be included in this documentation.
    (g) Provide annual audits or management reports on Form RD 442-2, 
``Statement of Budget, Income and Equity,'' and Form RD 442-3, 
``Balance Sheet,'' depending on the amount of Federal funds expended 
and the outstanding balance.
    (h) Collect and maintain data provided by recipients on race, sex, 
and national origin and ensure recipients collect and maintain the same 
data on beneficiaries. Race and ethnicity data will be collected in 
accordance with OMB Federal Register notice, ``Revisions to the 
Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and 
Ethnicity,'' (62 FR 58782), October 30, 1997. Sex data will be 
collected in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 
1972. These items should not be submitted with the application but 
should be available upon request by the Agency.
    (i) Provide a final project performance report.
    (j) Identify and report any association or relationship with Rural 
Development employees.
    (k) The intermediary and recipient must comply with Title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Executive Order 12250, 
Age Act of 1975, Executive Order 13166 Limited English Proficiency, and 
7 CFR part 1901, subpart E.
    (l) The grantee must comply with policies, guidance, and 
requirements as described in the following applicable Code of Federal 
Regulations, and any successor regulations:
    (i) 2 CFR parts 200 and 400 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, 
Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements For Federal Awards).
    (ii) 2 CFR parts 417 and 180 (Government-wide Debarment and 
Suspension (Nonprocurement)).
    (m) Form AD-3031, ``Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or Tax 
Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants,'' must be signed by 
corporate applicants who receive an award under this Notice.

3. Reporting

    After grant approval and through grant completion, you will be 
required to provide the following, as indicated in the Grant Agreement:
    (a) SF-425, ``Federal Financial Report'' and SF-PPR, ``Performance 
Progress Report'' will be required on a quarterly basis (due 30 working 
days after each calendar quarter). The Performance Progress Report 
shall include the elements described in the grant agreement.
    (b) Final financial and performance reports will be due 90 calendar 
days after the period of performance end date.
    (c) A summary at the end of the final report with elements as 
described in the grant agreement to assist in documenting the annual 
performance goals of the RCDI program for Congress.

G. Federal Awarding Agency Contact

    Contact the Rural Development office in the State where the 
applicant's headquarters is located. A list of Rural Development State 
Offices contacts can be found via https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CF_State_Office_Contacts.pdf.

H. Other Information

    Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants, OMB No. 1894-
0010 (applies to nonprofit applicants only--submission is optional).
    No reimbursement will be made for any funds expended prior to 
execution of the RCDI Grant Agreement unless the intermediary is a non-
profit or

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educational entity and has requested and received written Agency 
approval of the costs prior to the actual expenditure.
    This exception is applicable for up to 90 days prior to grant 
closing and only applies to grantees that have received written 
approval but have not executed the RCDI Grant Agreement.
    The Agency cannot retroactively approve reimbursement for 
expenditures prior to execution of the RCDI Grant Agreement.

Program Definitions

    Agency--The Rural Housing Service or its successor.
    Beneficiary--Entities or individuals that receive benefits from 
assistance provided by the recipient.
    Capacity--The ability of a recipient to implement housing, 
community facilities, or community and economic development projects.
    Conflict of interest--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 matching funds, 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 grantee'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.
    Federally recognized tribes--Tribal entities recognized and 
eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 
based on the most recent notice in the Federal Register published by 
the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribes that received federal 
recognition after the most recent publication. Tribally Designated 
Housing Entities are eligible RCDI recipients.
    Financial assistance--Funds, not to exceed $10,000 per award, used 
by the intermediary to purchase supplies and equipment to build the 
recipient's capacity.
    Funds--The RCDI grant and matching money.
    Intermediary--A qualified private organization, nonprofit 
organization (including faith-based and community organizations and 
philanthropic organizations), or public (including tribal) organization 
that provides financial and technical assistance to multiple 
recipients.
    Low-income rural community--An authority, district, economic 
development authority, regional council, federally recognized tribe, or 
unit of government representing an incorporated city, town, village, 
county, township, parish, Indian reservation or borough whose income is 
at or below 80 percent of either the state or national Median Household 
Income as measured by the 2010 Census.
    Matching funds--Cash or confirmed funding commitments. Matching 
funds must be at least equal to the grant amount and committed for a 
period of not less than the grant performance period.
    Recipient--The entity that receives the financial and technical 
assistance from the Intermediary. The recipient must be a nonprofit 
community-based housing and development organization, a low-income 
rural community or a federally recognized Tribe.
    Rural and rural area--Any area other than (i) a city or town that 
has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and (ii) the 
urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town.
    Technical assistance--Skilled help in improving the recipient's 
abilities in the areas of housing, community facilities, or community 
and economic development.

Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its 
Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or 
administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on 
race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including 
gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital 
status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance 
program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil 
rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA 
(not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing 
deadlines vary by program or incident.
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of 
communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible 
Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 
contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. 
Additionally, program information may be made available in languages 
other than English.
    To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA 
Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or 
write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the 
information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint 
form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA 
by:
    (1) By mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20250-9410;
    (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
    (3) Email: [email protected].

Persons With Disabilities

    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech 
disabilities and you 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).

Appeal Process

    All adverse determinations regarding applicant eligibility and the 
awarding of points as part of the selection process are appealable 
pursuant to 7 CFR part 11. Instructions on the appeal process will be 
provided at the time an applicant is notified of the adverse decision.
    In the event the applicant is awarded a grant that is less than the 
amount requested, the applicant will be required to modify its 
application to conform to the reduced amount before execution of the 
grant agreement. The Agency reserves the right to reduce or withdraw 
the award if acceptable modifications are not submitted by the awardee 
within 15 working days from the date the request for modification is 
made. Any

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modifications must be within the scope of the original application.

Justin R. Domer,
Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
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