Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program, 41524-41531 [2020-14849]

Download as PDF 41524 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices Report Performance period Form SF–425, Federal Financial Report and Progress Report (Due Quarterly). 1 October thru 31 December ...... 1 January thru 31 March ............. 1 April thru 30 June 1 ................. July thru 30 September ............... Annual (for multi-year project) and Final Progress and Financial Reports ... Due date 12/31/2020 3/31/2021 6/30/2021 9/30/2021 Grace period 1/30/2021 4/30/2021 7/30/2021 10/30/2021 Earlier of December 30, 2021, or 90 days after project completion. * Dates subject to change at the discretion of the OPPE. Signed this 26 day of June 2020. Jacqueline Davis-Slay, Deputy Director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. [FR Doc. 2020–14325 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3412–89–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service [Docket #: RBS–20–CO–OP–0021] Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture (USDA). ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability. AGENCY: This Notice of Funding Availability (Notice) announces that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2020 applications for the Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program. Approximately $6.0 million is currently available for FY 2020. The Agency will publish the program funding level on the Rural Development website https:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and economic development entities in the Delta Region. DATES: Completed applications for grants must be submitted electronically by no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time August 24, 2020 through http://www.grants.gov to be eligible for grant funding. Please review the Grants.gov website at https:// www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/ organization-registration.html for instructions on the process of registering your organization as soon as possible to ensure you are able to meet the electronic application deadline. Late applications are not eligible for funding under this Notice and will not be evaluated. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 You are encouraged to contact your USDA Rural Development State Office well in advance of the application deadline to discuss your Project and ask any questions about the application process. Contact information for State Offices can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/ contact-us/state-offices. Program guidance as well as application templates may be obtained at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programsservices/delta-health-care-servicesgrants or by contacting your State Office. To submit an electronic application, follow the instructions for the DHCS funding announcement located at http://www.grants.gov. Please review the Grants.gov website at https:// www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/ organization-registration.html for instructions on the process of registering your organization as soon as possible to ensure you are able to meet the electronic application deadline. You are strongly encouraged to file your application early and allow sufficient time to manage any technical issues that may arise. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Honie Turner, Program Management Division, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mail Stop 3226, Room 4204-South, Washington, DC 20250–3226, 202–720– 1400 or email CPgrants@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Preface The Agency encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help improve life in rural America. https://www.usda.gov/topics/ rural/rural-prosperity. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Improving Quality of Life Overview Federal Agency Name: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Funding Opportunity Title: Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. Announcement Type: Initial Notice. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.874. Dates: Application Deadline. Your electronic application must be received by http://www.grants.gov no later than Midnight Eastern Standard Time August 24, 2020, or it will not be considered for funding. Hemp Related Projects Funding cannot be provided to a project involving hemp unless the Agency can verify that the hemp producer providing hemp to the project has a valid license issued from an approved State, Tribal or Federal plan as defined by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115–334. Verification will occur at the time of award. Persistent Poverty Counties The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, SEC. 740 designates funding for projects in Persistent Poverty Counties. Persistent Poverty Counties as defined in SEC. 740 is ‘‘any county that has had 20 percent or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses, and 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-year average, or any territory or possession of the United States’’. Another provision in Section 740 expands the eligible population in Persistent Poverty Counties to include any county seat of such a Persistent Poverty County that has a population that does not exceed the authorized population limit by more than 10 percent. Therefore, applications for projects in Persistent Poverty County seats with populations up to 55,000 (per the 2010 Census) are eligible. Funding of approximately $4.5 million is available to support Persistent Poverty Counties. COVID–19 Administrative Relief Exceptions: The Agency reviewed the E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices Office of Budget and Management’s (OMB) Memoranda M–20–11, ‘‘Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance directly impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID–19)’’ and M– 20–26, ‘‘Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID–19) due to Loss of Operations’’ and has made every attempt to reduce administrative burden with in our authority. Any reduction in burden will be discussed within the requirement. The Agency will not solicit or consider new scoring or eligibility information that is submitted after the application deadline. The Agency reserves the right to contact applicants to seek clarification on materials contained in the submitted application. See the Application Guide for a full discussion of each item. For requirements of completed grant applications, refer to Section D of this document. Executive Order (E.O.) 13175 Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments This Executive order imposes requirements on Rural Development in the development of regulatory policies that have tribal implications or preempt tribal laws. Rural Development has determined that this Notice does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribe(s) or on either the relationship or the distribution of powers and responsibilities between the Federal Government and the Indian tribes. Thus, this Notice is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 13175. Tribal Consultation inquiries and comments should be directed to RD’s Native American Coordinator at aian@ usda.gov or (720) 544–2911. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act requires Federal agencies to seek and obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval before undertaking a collection of information directed to ten or more persons. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Agency conducted an analysis to determine the number of applications the Agency estimates that it will receive under the DHCS grant program. It was determined that the estimated number of applications was fewer than nine and in accordance with 5 CFR part 1320, thus OMB approval is not necessary at this time. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 A. Program Description The DHCS program is authorized by Section 379G of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2008u), as amended by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115– 334). The primary objective of the program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other individuals and entities in the Delta Region. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum award amount per grant is $1,000,000. Definitions The definitions you need to understand are as follows: Academic Health and Research Institute—A combination of a medical school, one or more other health profession schools or educational training programs (such as allied health, dentistry, graduate studies, nursing, pharmacy, public health), and one or more owned or affiliated teaching hospitals or health systems; or a health care nonprofit organization or health system, including nonprofit medical and surgical hospitals, that conduct health related research. 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. Federal procurement standards prohibit transactions that involve a real or apparent conflict of interest for owners, employees, officers, agents, or their immediate family members having a financial or other interest in the outcome of the Project; or that restrict open and free competition for unrestrained trade. Specifically, Project Funds may not be used for services or goods going to, or coming from, a person or entity with a real or apparent conflict of interest, including, but not limited to, owner(s) and their immediate family members. An example of conflict of interest occurs when the consortium member’s employees, board of directors, or the immediate family of either, have the appearance of a professional or personal financial interest in the recipients receiving the benefits or services of the grant. Consortium—A group of three or more entities that are regional Institutions of Higher Education, Academic Health and Research Institutes, and/or Economic Development Entities located in the Delta Region that have at least one year PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41525 of prior experience in addressing the health care issues in the region. At least one of the consortium members must be legally organized as an incorporated organization or other legal entity and have legal authority to contract with the Federal Government. Delta Region—The 252 counties and parishes within the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee that are served by the Delta Regional Authority. (The Delta Region may be adjusted by future Federal statute.) To view the areas identified within the Delta Region, visit http://dra.gov/aboutdra/dra-states. Economic Development Entity—Any public or non-profit organization whose primary mission is to stimulate local and regional economies within the Delta Region by increasing employment opportunities and duration of employment, expanding or retaining existing employers, increasing labor rates or wage levels, reducing outmigration, and/or creating gains in other economic development-related variables such as land values. These activities shall primarily benefit lowand moderate-income individuals in the Delta Region. Health System—The complete network of agencies, facilities, and all providers of health care to meet the health needs of a specific geographical area or target populations. Institution of Higher Education—A postsecondary (post-high school) educational institution that awards a bachelor’s degree or provides not less than a two year program that is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree, or a postsecondary vocational institution that provides a program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Nonprofit Organization—An organization or institution, including an accredited institution of higher education, where no part of the net earnings of which may inure, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. Project—All activities funded by the DHCS grant. Project Funds—Grant funds requested plus any other contributions to the proposed Project. Rural and rural area—Any area of a State: • Not in a city or town that has a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants, according to the latest decennial census of the United States; and • The contiguous and adjacent urbanized area, E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 41526 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices • Urbanized areas that are rural in character as defined by 7 U.S.C. 1991(a)(13). • For the purposes of this definition, cities and towns are incorporated population centers with definite boundaries, local self-government, and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the State. State—Includes each of the 50 States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and, as may be determined by the Secretary to be feasible, appropriate and lawful, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. B. Federal Award Information Type of Award: Competitive Grant. Total Funding: $6,112,667. Maximum Award: $1,000,000. Minimum Award: $50,000. Project Period: Up to 24 months. Anticipated Award Date: September 30, 2020. C. Eligibility Information Applicants must meet all the following eligibility requirements. Your application will not be considered for funding if it does not provide sufficient information to determine eligibility or is missing required elements. Applicants that fail to submit the required elements by the application deadline will be deemed ineligible and will not be evaluated further. Information submitted after the application deadline will not be accepted. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 1. Eligible Applicants Grants funded through DHCS may be made to a Consortium as defined in Paragraph A of this Notice. One member of the Consortium must be designated as the lead entity by the other members of the Consortium and have legal authority to contract with the Federal Government. The lead entity is the recipient (see 2 CFR 200.86) of the DHCS grant funds and accountable for monitoring and reporting on the Project performance and financial management of the grant. It is expected that the recipient will make subawards in the form of a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract, as appropriate, to the other members of the Consortium. If a grant or cooperative agreement is awarded, the organization receiving the subaward is a subrecipient (see 2 CFR 200.93), and the recipient is responsible for complying with all applicable requirements of 2 CFR part 200, including provisions for making VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 and monitoring an award. If a contract is awarded, the organization receiving the subaward is a contractor, and the recipient is responsible for following its written procurement procedures and complying with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Both subrecipients and contractors are required to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including performance and financial reporting, as described in their award document. (a) An applicant is ineligible if they do not submit ‘‘Evidence of Eligibility’’ and ‘‘Consortium Agreements’’ as described in Section D.2. of this Notice. (b) An applicant is ineligible if they have been debarred or suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal assistance programs under Executive Order 12549, ‘‘Debarment and Suspension.’’ The Agency will check the System for Award Management (SAM) to determine if the applicant has been debarred or suspended. In addition, an applicant will be considered ineligible for a grant due to an outstanding judgment obtained by the U.S. in a Federal Court (other than U.S. Tax Court), is delinquent on the payment of Federal income taxes, or is delinquent on Federal debt. The applicant must certify as part of the application that they do not have an outstanding judgment against them. The Agency will check the DO NOT PAY System to verify this information. (c) Any corporation (i) that has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or (ii) that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for financial assistance provided with funds appropriated by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116–94), unless a Federal agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and has made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government. (d) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application includes any funding restrictions identified under Section D.6. (e) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application is not complete in accordance with the requirements stated in Section C.3. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2. Cost Sharing or Matching Matching funds are not required. However, if you are adding any other contributions to the proposed Project, you must provide documentation indicating who will be providing the matching funds, the amount of funds, when those funds will be provided, and how the funds will be used in the Project budget. Examples of acceptable documentation include: A signed letter from the source of funds stating the amount of funds, when the funds will be provided, and what the funds can be used for or a signed resolution from your governing board authorizing the use of a specified amount of funds for specific components of the Project. The matching funds you identify must be for eligible purposes and included in your work plan and budget. Additionally, expected program income may not be used as matching funds at the time you submit your application. If you choose, you may use a template to summarize the matching funds. The template is available either from your State Office or the program website at: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. 3. Other Eligibility Requirements (a) Use of Funds. Your application must propose to use Project Funds for eligible purposes. Eligible Project purposes include the development of: • Health care services; • health education programs; • health care job training programs; and • the development and expansion of public health-related facilities in the Delta Region. (b) Project Eligibility. The proposed Project must take place within the Delta Region as defined in this Notice. However, the applicant need not propose to serve the entire Delta Region. (c) Project Input. Your proposed Project must be developed based on input from local governments, public health care providers, and other entities in the Delta Region. (d) Grant Period Eligibility. All awards are limited to up to a 24-month grant period based upon the complexity of the Project. Your proposed grant period should begin no earlier than October 1, 2020 and should end no later than 24 months following that date. If you receive an award, your grant period will be revised to begin on the actual date of award—the date the grant agreement is executed by the Agency—and your grant period end date will be adjusted accordingly. Your Project activities must begin within 90 days of the date of award. If you request funds for a time E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices period beginning before October 1, 2020, and/or ending later than 24 months from that date, your application will be ineligible. The length of your grant period should be based on your Project’s complexity, as indicated in your application work plan. The Agency understands that fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019 recipients may have had loss of operations due to COVID–19 and will work with them to determine an acceptable grant period if they are awarded in fiscal year 2020 in accordance with OMB Memoranda M– 20–11, M–20–26 and 2 CFR 200.308. (e) Multiple Application Eligibility. The Consortium, including its members, is limited to submitting one application for funding under this Notice. We will not accept applications from Consortiums that include members who are also members of other Consortiums that have submitted applications for funding under this Notice. If we discover that a Consortium member is a member of multiple Consortiums with applications submitted for funding under this Notice, all applications will be considered ineligible for funding. (f) Satisfactory Performance Eligibility. If you have an existing DHCS award, you must be performing satisfactorily to be considered eligible for a new DHCS award. Satisfactory performance includes being up to date on all financial and performance reports as prescribed in the grant award, and current on tasks and timeframes for utilizing grant and matching funds as approved in the work plan and budget. If you have any unspent grant funds on DHCS awards prior to FY 2017, your application will not be considered for funding. If your FY 2018 or FY 2019 award has unspent funds of 50 percent or more than what your approved work plan and budget projected at the time your FY 2020 application is evaluated, your application may not be considered for funding. The Agency will verify the performance status of FY 2018 and 2019 awards and make a determination after the FY 2020 application period closes. The Agency understands that fiscal year 2019 recipients may have had a loss of operations due to COVID–19 and will consider providing flexibility in terms of fund utilization on FY 19 awards with acceptable justification of delays resulting from the COVID–19 pandemic in accordance with OMB Memorandum M–20–26 and 2 CFR 200.343. (g) Completeness Eligibility. Your application must provide all the information requested in Section D.2. of this Notice. Applications lacking sufficient information to determine eligibility and scoring will be deemed VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 ineligible and will not be considered for scoring. (h) Indirect Costs. Your negotiated indirect cost rate approval does not need to be included in your application, but you will be required to provide it if a grant is awarded. Approval for indirect costs that are requested in an application without an approved indirect cost rate agreement is at the discretion of the Agency. D. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package The application template for this funding opportunity is located at http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. Use of the application template is strongly recommended to assist you with the application process. You may also contact your State Office for more information. Contact information for State Offices is located at http:// www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/stateoffices. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission You must submit your application electronically through Grants.gov. Your application must contain all required information. To apply electronically, you must follow the instructions for this funding announcement at http:// www.grants.gov. Please note that we cannot accept applications through mail, courier delivery, in-person delivery, email or fax. You can locate the Grants.gov downloadable application package for this program by using a keyword, the program name, or the CFDA number for this program. When you enter the Grants.gov website, you will find information about applying electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. To use Grants.gov, you must already have a DUNS number and you must also be registered and maintain registration in SAM. We strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. You must submit all application documents electronically through Grants.gov. Applications must include electronic signatures. Original signatures may be required if funds are awarded. After applying electronically through Grants.gov, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41527 The organization submitting the application will be considered the lead entity. The Contact/Program Manager must be associated with the lead entity submitting the application. Your application must also contain the following required forms and proposal elements: (a) Form SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance.’’ The application for Federal assistance must be completed by the lead entity as described in Section C.1. of this Notice. Your application must include your DUNS number and SAM Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code and expiration date (or evidence that you have begun the SAM registration process). Because there are no specific fields for a CAGE code and expiration date, you may identify them anywhere you want to on the form. If you do not include the CAGE code and expiration date and the DUNS number in your application, it will not be considered for funding. The form must be signed by an authorized representative. In accordance with OMB Memoranda M–20–11 and M–20–26, the Agency can accept an application without an active SAM registration. However, the registration must be completed before an award is made. Current registrants in SAM with active registrations expiring before May 16, 2020 will be afforded a one-time extension of 60 days. (b) Form SF–424A, ‘‘Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs.’’ This form must be completed and submitted as part of the application package. You no longer must complete the Form SF 424B, ‘‘Assurances—Non-Construction Programs’’ as a part of your application. This information is now collected through your registration or annual recertification in SAM.gov through the Financial Assistance General Certifications and Representation. (c) Form SF–424C, ‘‘Budget Information—Construction Programs.’’ This form must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the application package for construction Projects. You no longer must complete the Form SF 424D, ‘‘Assurances—Construction Programs’’ as a part of your application. This information is now collected through your registration or annual recertification in SAM.gov. (d) Executive Summary. A summary of the proposal, not to exceed one page, briefly describing the Project, tasks to be completed, and other relevant information that provides a general overview of the Project must be provided. (e) Evidence of Eligibility. Evidence of the Consortium’s eligibility to apply E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 41528 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices under this Notice must be provided. This section must include a detailed summary demonstrating how each Consortium member meets the definition of an eligible entity as defined under Definitions of this Notice. (f) Consortium Agreements. The application must include a formal written agreement with each Consortium member that addresses the negotiated arrangements for administering the Project to meet Project goals, the Consortium member’s responsibilities to comply with administrative, financial, and reporting requirements of the grant, including those necessary to ensure compliance with all applicable Federal regulations and policies, and facilitate a smooth functioning collaborative venture. Under the agreement, each Consortium member must perform a substantive role in the Project and not merely serve as a conduit of funds to another party or parties. This agreement must be signed by an authorized representative of the lead entity and an authorized representative of each partnering consortium entity. (g) Scoring Criteria. Each of the scoring criteria in this Notice must be addressed in narrative form. Failure to address each scoring criterion will result in the application being determined ineligible. (h) Performance Measures. The Agency has established annual performance measures to evaluate the DHCS program. Estimates on the following performance measures, as part of your application, must be provided: • Number of businesses assisted; • Number of jobs created; • Number of jobs saved; • Number of individuals assisted/ trained. It is permissible to have a zero in a performance element. When calculating jobs created, estimates should be based upon actual jobs to be created by your organization as a result of the DHCS funding or actual jobs to be created by businesses as a result of assistance from your organization. When calculating jobs saved, estimates should be based only on actual jobs that would have been lost if your organization did not receive DHCS funding or actual jobs that would have been lost without assistance from your organization. You can also suggest additional performance elements for example where job creation or jobs saved may not be a relevant indicator. These additional elements should be specific, measurable performance elements that could be included in an award document. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 (i) Financial Information and Sustainability. Current financial statements and a narrative description demonstrating sustainability of the Project, all of which show sufficient resources and expertise to undertake and complete the Project and how the Project will be sustained following completion must be provided. Applicants must provide three years of pro-forma financial statements for the Project. (j) Evidence of Legal Authority and Existence. The lead entity must provide evidence of its legal existence and authority to enter into a grant agreement with the Agency and perform the activities proposed under the grant application. (k) Service Area Maps. Maps with sufficient detail to show the area that will benefit from the proposed facilities and services and the location of the facilities improved or purchased with grant funds, if applicable, must be provided. (l) You must certify that there are no current outstanding Federal judgments against your property and that you will not use grant funds to pay for any judgment obtained by the United States. You must also certify that you are not delinquent on the payment of Federal income taxes, or any Federal debt. To satisfy the Certification requirement, you should include this statement in your application: ‘‘[INSERT NAME OF APPLICANT] certifies that the United States has not obtained an unsatisfied judgment against its property, is not delinquent on the payment of Federal income taxes, or any Federal debt, and will not use grant funds to pay any judgments obtained by the United States.’’ A separate signature is not required. (m) Environmental information necessary to support the Agency’s environmental finding. Required information can be found in 7 CFR part 1970, specifically in subpart B, Exhibit C, and subpart C, Exhibit B. These documents can be found here: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/publications/ regulations-guidelines/instructions. Non-construction Projects applying under this Notice are hereby classified as Categorical Exclusions according to 7 CFR 1970.53(b), the award of financial assistance for planning purposes, management and feasibility studies, or environmental impact analyses, which do not require any additional documentation. 3. DUNS Number and SAM Registration To be eligible (unless you are exempted under 2 CFR 25.110(b), (c) or (d)), you are required to: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (a) Provide a valid DUNS number in your application, which can be obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at (866) 705–5711; (b) Register in SAM before submitting your application. You may register in SAM at no cost at https://www.sam.gov/ SAM/. You must provide your SAM CAGE Code and expiration date. When registering in SAM, you must indicate you are applying for a Federal financial assistance project or program or are currently the recipient of funding under any Federal financial assistance project or program; and (c) The SAM registration must remain active with current information at all times while the Agency is considering an application or while a Federal grant award or loan is active. To maintain the registration in the SAM database the applicant must review and update the information in the SAM database annually from date of initial registration or from the date of the last update. The applicant must ensure that the information in the database is current, accurate, and complete. Applicants must ensure they complete the Financial Assistance General Certifications and Representations in SAM. • If you have not fully complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements, the Agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and the Agency may use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. Please refer to Section F.2 for additional submission requirements that apply to grantees selected for this program. In accordance with OMB Memoranda M–20–11 and M–20–26, the Agency can accept an application without an active SAM registration. However, the registration must be completed before an award is made. Current registrants in SAM with active registrations expiring before May 16, 2020 will be afforded a one-time extension of 60 days. 4. Submission Date and Time Application Deadline Date. August 24, 2020. Explanation of Deadline: Electronic applications must be received by http:// www.grants.gov by midnight Eastern Standard Time August 24, 2020, to be eligible for funding. Please review the Grants.gov website at https:// www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/ organization-registration.html for instructions on the process of registering your organization as soon as possible to ensure you can meet the electronic application deadline. Grants.gov will E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices not accept applications submitted after the deadline. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 5. Intergovernmental Review Executive Order (E.O.) 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs, applies to this program. This E.O. requires that Federal agencies provide opportunities for consultation on proposed assistance with State and local governments. Many States have established a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to facilitate this consultation. For a list of States that maintain a SPOC, please see the White House website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wpcontent/uploads/2017/11/SPOC-Feb.2018.pdf. If your State has a SPOC, you may submit your application directly for review. Any comments obtained through the SPOC must be provided to your State Office for consideration as part of your application. If your State has not established a SPOC or you do not want to submit your application to the SPOC, your State Office will submit your application to the SPOC or other appropriate agency or agencies. You are also encouraged to contact Honie Turner, Program Management Division at 202–720–1400 or CPgrants@ usda.gov if you have questions about this process. 6. Funding Restrictions Project Funds may not be used for ineligible purposes. In addition, you may not use Project Funds for the following: (a) To duplicate current services or to replace or to substitute support previously provided. However, Project Funds may be used to expand the level of effort or a service beyond what is currently being provided; (b) To pay for costs to prepare the application for funding under this Notice; (c) To pay for costs of the Project incurred prior to the effective date of the period of performance; (d) To pay expenses for applicant employee training not directly related to the Project; (e) Fund political activities; (f) To pay for assistance to any private business enterprise which does not have at least 51 percent ownership by those who are either citizens of the United States or reside in the United States after being legally admitted for permanent residence; (g) To pay any judgment or debt owed to the United States; (h) Engage in any activities that are considered a Conflict of Interest, as defined by this Notice; or (i) Fund any activities prohibited by 2 CFR part 200; VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 In addition, your application will not be considered for funding if it does any of the following: i. Requests more than the maximum grant amount: or ii. Proposes ineligible costs that equal more than 10 percent of the Project Funds. We will consider your application for funding if it includes ineligible costs of 10 percent or less of total Project Funds, if it is determined eligible otherwise. However, if your application is successful, those ineligible costs must be removed and replaced with eligible costs before the Agency will make the grant award or the amount of the grant award will be reduced accordingly. If we cannot determine the percentage of ineligible costs, your application will not be considered for funding. 7. Other Submission Requirements (a) Applications will not be accepted if the text is less than 11-point font. You must submit your application electronically, through Grants.gov. You can find State Office contact information at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/ contact-us/state-offices. You must follow the instructions for this funding announcement at http:// www.grants.gov. A password is not required to access the website. (b) National Environmental Policy Act. This Notice has been reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 1970, ‘‘Environmental Policies and Procedures.’’ We have determined that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required because the issuance of regulations and instructions, as well as amendments to them, describing administrative and financial procedures for processing, approving, and implementing the Agency’s financial programs is categorically excluded in the Agency’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulation found at 7 CFR 1970.53(f). We have determined that this Notice does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. The Agency will review each grant application to determine its compliance with 7 CFR part 1970. The applicant may be asked to provide additional information or documentation to assist the Agency with this determination. (c) Civil Rights Compliance Requirements. All grants made under this Notice are subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as required by the USDA (7 CFR part 15, subpart A) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41529 E. Application Review Information The State Offices will review applications to determine if they are eligible for assistance based on requirements in this Notice, and other applicable Federal regulations. If determined eligible, your application will be scored by a panel of USDA employees in accordance with the point allocation specified in this Notice. Applications will be funded in rank order until the funding limitation has been reached. Applications that cannot be fully funded may be offered partial funding at the Agency’s discretion. 1. Scoring Criteria All eligible and complete applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Evaluators will base scores only on the information provided or crossreferenced by page number in each individual scoring criterion. DHCS is a competitive program, so you will receive scores based on the quality of your responses. Simply addressing the criteria will not guarantee higher scores. The total points possible for the criteria are 110. The minimum score requirement for funding is 60 points. It is at the Agency’s discretion to fund applications with a score of 59 points or less if it is in the best interest of the Federal Government. (a) Community Needs and Benefits Derived from the Project (maximum of 30 points). A panel of USDA employees will assess how the Project will benefit the residents in the Delta Region. This criterion will be scored based on the documentation in support of the community needs for health services and public health-related facilities and the benefits to people living in the Delta Region derived from the implementation of the proposed Project. It should lead clearly to the identification of the Project participant pool and the target population for the Project and provide convincing links between the Project and the benefits to the community to address its health needs. You must discuss the: (1) Health care needs/issues/ challenges facing the service area and explain how the identified needs/ issues/challenges were determined. Discussion should also identify problems faced by the residents in the region. (2) Proposed assistance to be provided to the service area and how the Project will benefit the residents in the region. (3) Implementation plan for the Project and provide milestones which are well-defined and can be realistically completed. (4) Expected outcomes of the proposed Project and how they will be E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 41530 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices tracked and monitored. You should attempt to quantify benefits in terms of outcomes from the Project; that is, ways in which peoples’ lives, or the community, will be improved. Provide estimates of the number of people affected by the benefits arising from the Project. (b) The Project Management and Organization Capability (maximum of 30 points). A panel of USDA employees will evaluate the Consortium’s experience, past performance, and accomplishments addressing health care issues to ensure effective Project implementation. This criterion will be scored based on the documentation of the Project’s management and organizational capability. You must discuss: (1) Your organization’s management and fiscal structure including welldefined roles for administrators, staff, and established financial management systems. (2) Relevant qualifications, capabilities, and educational background of the identified key personnel (at a minimum the Project Manager) who will manage and implement programs. (3) Your organization’s current successful and effective experience (or demonstrated experience within the past five years) addressing the health care issues in the Delta Region. (4) Your organization’s experience managing grant-funded programs. (5) The extent to which administrative/management costs are balanced with funds designated for the provision of programs and services. (6) The extent and diversity of eligible entity types within the applicant’s Consortium of regional institutions of higher education, academic health and research institutes, and economic development entities located in the Delta Region. (c) Work Plan and Budget (maximum of 30 points). You must provide a work plan and budget that includes the following: (1) The specific activities, such as programs, services, trainings, and/or construction-related activities for a facility to be performed under the Project; (2) the estimated line item costs associated with each activity, including grant funds and other necessary sources of funds; (3) the key personnel who will carry out each activity (including each Consortium member’s role); and (4) the specific time frames for completion of each activity. An eligible start and end date for the Project and for individual Project tasks must be clearly shown and may not exceed Agency specified timeframes for the grant period. You must show the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 source and use of both grant and other contributions for all tasks. Other contributions must be spent at a rate equal to, or in advance of, grant funds. A panel of USDA employees will evaluate your work plan for detailed actions and an accompanying timetable for implementing the proposal. Clear and comprehensive work plans detailing all project goals, tasks, timelines, costs, and responsible personnel in a logical and realistic manner will result in a higher score. (d) Local Support (maximum 10 points). A panel of USDA employees will evaluate your application for local support of the proposed Project. The application must include documentation detailing support solicited from local government, public health care providers, and other entities in the Delta Region. Evidence of support can include; but is not limited to surveys conducted amongst Delta Region residents and stakeholders, notes from focus groups, or letters of support from local entities. (e) Administrator Discretionary Points (maximum of 10 points). The Administrator may choose to award: i. Up to 5 points for projects with a primary purpose of providing treatment and counseling services for opioid abuse. Applicants who want to be considered for discretionary points must discuss how their workplan and budget addresses opioid misuse in the Delta Region; and ii. up to 5 points for projects that seek to help rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investment in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Eligible applicants who want to be considered for discretionary points must discuss how their workplan and budget supports one or more of the five following key strategies: • Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America; • Improving Quality of Life; • Supporting a Rural Workforce; • Harnessing Technological Innovation; and • Economic Development. 2. Review and Selection Process The State Offices will review applications to determine if they are eligible for assistance based on requirements in this Notice, and other applicable Federal regulations. If determined eligible, your application will be scored by a panel of USDA employees in accordance with the point allocation specified in this Notice. The review panel will convene to reach a consensus on the scores for each of the eligible applications. The Administrator PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 may choose to award up to 10 Administrator discretionary points based on criterion (e) in section E.1. of this Notice. These points will be added to the cumulative score for a total possible score of 110. Applications will be funded in highest ranking order until the funding limitation has been reached. Applications that cannot be fully funded may be offered partial funding at the Agency’s discretion. If your application is ranked and not funded, it will not be carried forward into the next competition. F. Federal Award Administration Information 1. Federal Award Notices If you are selected for funding, you will receive a signed notice of Federal award by postal or electronic mail, containing instructions on requirements necessary to proceed with execution and performance of the award. If you are not selected for funding, you will be notified in writing via postal or electronic mail and informed of any review and appeal rights. Funding of successfully appealed applications will be limited to available FY 2020 funding. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements Additional requirements that apply to grantees selected for this in program can be found in 2 CFR parts 25, 170, 180, 200, 400, 415, 417, 418, and 421; and 48 CFR 31.2, and successor regulations to these parts. All recipients of Federal financial assistance are required to report information about first tier subawards and executive compensation (see 2 CFR part 170). You will be required to have the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act reporting requirements (see 2 CFR 170.200(b), unless you are exempt under 2 CFR 170.110(b)). These regulations may be obtained at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgibin/ECFR?page=browse. The following additional requirements apply to grantees selected for this program: • Execution of an Agency approved Grant Agreement. • Acceptance of a written Letter of Conditions. • Submission of Form RD 1940–1, ‘‘Request for Obligation of Funds.’’ • Submission of Form RD 1942–46, ‘‘Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions.’’ • RD Instruction 1940–Q, Exhibit A– 1, ‘‘Certification for Contracts, Grants and Loans.’’ • SF–LLL, ‘‘Disclosure of Lobbying Activities’’ if applicable. E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES You no longer must complete the following five forms for acceptance of a Federal award. This information is now collected through your registration or annual recertification in SAM.gov in the Financial Assistance General Certifications and Representations section: • Form AD–1047, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters-Primary Covered Transactions.’’ • Form AD–1048, ‘‘Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary ExclusionLower Tier Covered Transactions.’’ • Form AD–1049, ‘‘Certification Regarding a Drug-Free Workplace Requirement (Grants).’’ • Form AD–3031, ‘‘Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants.’’ Must be signed by corporate applicants who receive an award under this Notice. • Form RD 400–4 ‘‘Assurance Statement.’’ 3. Reporting After grant approval and through grant completion, you will be required to provide the following: a. A SF–425, ‘‘Federal Financial Report,’’ and a project performance report will be required on a semiannual basis (due 30 working days after end of the semiannual period). For the purposes of this grant, semiannual periods end on June 30th and December 31st. The project performance reports shall include a comparison of actual accomplishments to the objectives established for that period; b. Reasons why established objectives were not met, if applicable; c. Reasons for any problems, delays, or adverse conditions, if any, which have affected or will affect attainment of overall project objectives, prevent meeting time schedules or objectives, or preclude the attainment of particular objectives during established time periods. This disclosure shall be accompanied by a statement of the action taken or planned to resolve the situation; and d. Objectives and timetable established for the next reporting period. e. Provide a final project and financial status report within 90 days after the expiration or termination of the grant. f. Provide outcome project performance reports and final deliverables. G. Agency Contacts For general questions about this announcement and for program VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 Technical Assistance, please contact the appropriate State Office at http:// www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/stateoffices. You may also contact Honie Turner, Program Management Division, Direct Programs Branch, Rural BusinessCooperative Service, USDA at (202) 720–1400 or email CPgrants@usda.gov. You are also encouraged to visit the application website for application tools, including an application template. The website address is: http:// www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ delta-health-care-services-grants. H. Other Information 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 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) 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 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41531 (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov. Mark Brodziski, Acting Administrator, Rural BusinessCooperative Service. [FR Doc. 2020–14849 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service [Docket No. RUS–20–ELECTRIC–0029] Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice; comment requested. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The intention is to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the RUS Electric Loan Application and Related Reporting Burdens. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 8, 2020 to be assured of consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin M. Jones, Rural Development Innovation Center—Regulations Management Division, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 2445, South Building, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 772–1172. email robin.m.jones@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RHS is submitting to OMB for extension. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service

[Docket #: RBS-20-CO-OP-0021]


Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant 
Program

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture 
(USDA).

ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability.

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SUMMARY: This Notice of Funding Availability (Notice) announces that 
the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting fiscal 
year (FY) 2020 applications for the Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) 
grant program. Approximately $6.0 million is currently available for FY 
2020. The Agency will publish the program funding level on the Rural 
Development website https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants. The purpose of this program is to provide 
financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the 
Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, 
institutions of higher education, research institutions, and economic 
development entities in the Delta Region.

DATES: Completed applications for grants must be submitted 
electronically by no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time August 
24, 2020 through http://www.grants.gov to be eligible for grant 
funding. Please review the Grants.gov website at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html for 
instructions on the process of registering your organization as soon as 
possible to ensure you are able to meet the electronic application 
deadline. Late applications are not eligible for funding under this 
Notice and will not be evaluated.

ADDRESSES: You are encouraged to contact your USDA Rural Development 
State Office well in advance of the application deadline to discuss 
your Project and ask any questions about the application process. 
Contact information for State Offices can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.
    Program guidance as well as application templates may be obtained 
at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants or by contacting your State Office. To submit an electronic 
application, follow the instructions for the DHCS funding announcement 
located at http://www.grants.gov. Please review the Grants.gov website 
at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html for instructions on the process of registering your 
organization as soon as possible to ensure you are able to meet the 
electronic application deadline. You are strongly encouraged to file 
your application early and allow sufficient time to manage any 
technical issues that may arise.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Honie Turner, Program Management 
Division, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, United States Department 
of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mail Stop 3226, Room 4204-
South, Washington, DC 20250-3226, 202-720-1400 or email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Preface

    The Agency encourages applications that will support 
recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help 
improve life in rural America. https://www.usda.gov/topics/rural/rural-prosperity. 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 Name: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
    Funding Opportunity Title: Delta Health Care Services Grant 
Program.
    Announcement Type: Initial Notice.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.874.
    Dates: Application Deadline. Your electronic application must be 
received by http://www.grants.gov no later than Midnight Eastern 
Standard Time August 24, 2020, or it will not be considered for 
funding.

Hemp Related Projects

    Funding cannot be provided to a project involving hemp unless the 
Agency can verify that the hemp producer providing hemp to the project 
has a valid license issued from an approved State, Tribal or Federal 
plan as defined by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 
115-334. Verification will occur at the time of award.

Persistent Poverty Counties

    The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, SEC. 740 
designates funding for projects in Persistent Poverty Counties. 
Persistent Poverty Counties as defined in
    SEC. 740 is ``any county that has had 20 percent or more of its 
population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 
1990 and 2000 decennial censuses, and 2007-2011 American Community 
Survey 5-year average, or any territory or possession of the United 
States''. Another provision in Section 740 expands the eligible 
population in Persistent Poverty Counties to include any county seat of 
such a Persistent Poverty County that has a population that does not 
exceed the authorized population limit by more than 10 percent. 
Therefore, applications for projects in Persistent Poverty County seats 
with populations up to 55,000 (per the 2010 Census) are eligible. 
Funding of approximately $4.5 million is available to support 
Persistent Poverty Counties.
    COVID-19 Administrative Relief Exceptions: The Agency reviewed the

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Office of Budget and Management's (OMB) Memoranda M-20-11, 
``Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal 
Financial Assistance directly impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-
19)'' and M-20-26, ``Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients 
and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the 
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations'' and has made 
every attempt to reduce administrative burden with in our authority. 
Any reduction in burden will be discussed within the requirement.
    The Agency will not solicit or consider new scoring or eligibility 
information that is submitted after the application deadline. The 
Agency reserves the right to contact applicants to seek clarification 
on materials contained in the submitted application. See the 
Application Guide for a full discussion of each item. For requirements 
of completed grant applications, refer to Section D of this document.

Executive Order (E.O.) 13175 Consultation and Coordination With Indian 
Tribal Governments

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

Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act requires Federal agencies to seek and 
obtain Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval before 
undertaking a collection of information directed to ten or more 
persons. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35), the Agency conducted an analysis to determine the 
number of applications the Agency estimates that it will receive under 
the DHCS grant program. It was determined that the estimated number of 
applications was fewer than nine and in accordance with 5 CFR part 
1320, thus OMB approval is not necessary at this time.

A. Program Description

    The DHCS program is authorized by Section 379G of the Consolidated 
Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2008u), as amended by the 
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-334). The primary 
objective of the program is to provide financial assistance to address 
the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through 
cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher 
education, research institutions, and other individuals and entities in 
the Delta Region. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The 
maximum award amount per grant is $1,000,000.

Definitions

    The definitions you need to understand are as follows:
    Academic Health and Research Institute--A combination of a medical 
school, one or more other health profession schools or educational 
training programs (such as allied health, dentistry, graduate studies, 
nursing, pharmacy, public health), and one or more owned or affiliated 
teaching hospitals or health systems; or a health care nonprofit 
organization or health system, including nonprofit medical and surgical 
hospitals, that conduct health related research.
    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. Federal 
procurement standards prohibit transactions that involve a real or 
apparent conflict of interest for owners, employees, officers, agents, 
or their immediate family members having a financial or other interest 
in the outcome of the Project; or that restrict open and free 
competition for unrestrained trade. Specifically, Project Funds may not 
be used for services or goods going to, or coming from, a person or 
entity with a real or apparent conflict of interest, including, but not 
limited to, owner(s) and their immediate family members. An example of 
conflict of interest occurs when the consortium member's employees, 
board of directors, or the immediate family of either, have the 
appearance of a professional or personal financial interest in the 
recipients receiving the benefits or services of the grant.
    Consortium--A group of three or more entities that are regional 
Institutions of Higher Education, Academic Health and Research 
Institutes, and/or Economic Development Entities located in the Delta 
Region that have at least one year of prior experience in addressing 
the health care issues in the region. At least one of the consortium 
members must be legally organized as an incorporated organization or 
other legal entity and have legal authority to contract with the 
Federal Government.
    Delta Region--The 252 counties and parishes within the states of 
Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, 
Missouri, and Tennessee that are served by the Delta Regional 
Authority. (The Delta Region may be adjusted by future Federal 
statute.) To view the areas identified within the Delta Region, visit 
http://dra.gov/about-dra/dra-states.
    Economic Development Entity--Any public or non-profit organization 
whose primary mission is to stimulate local and regional economies 
within the Delta Region by increasing employment opportunities and 
duration of employment, expanding or retaining existing employers, 
increasing labor rates or wage levels, reducing outmigration, and/or 
creating gains in other economic development-related variables such as 
land values. These activities shall primarily benefit low- and 
moderate-income individuals in the Delta Region.
    Health System--The complete network of agencies, facilities, and 
all providers of health care to meet the health needs of a specific 
geographical area or target populations.
    Institution of Higher Education--A postsecondary (post-high school) 
educational institution that awards a bachelor's degree or provides not 
less than a two year program that is acceptable for full credit toward 
such a degree, or a postsecondary vocational institution that provides 
a program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a 
recognized occupation.
    Nonprofit Organization--An organization or institution, including 
an accredited institution of higher education, where no part of the net 
earnings of which may inure, to the benefit of any private shareholder 
or individual.
    Project--All activities funded by the DHCS grant.
    Project Funds--Grant funds requested plus any other contributions 
to the proposed Project.
    Rural and rural area--Any area of a State:
     Not in a city or town that has a population of more than 
50,000 inhabitants, according to the latest decennial census of the 
United States; and
     The contiguous and adjacent urbanized area,

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     Urbanized areas that are rural in character as defined by 
7 U.S.C. 1991(a)(13).
     For the purposes of this definition, cities and towns are 
incorporated population centers with definite boundaries, local self-
government, and legal powers set forth in a charter granted by the 
State.
    State--Includes each of the 50 States, the Commonwealth of Puerto 
Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, 
the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and, as may be 
determined by the Secretary to be feasible, appropriate and lawful, the 
Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 
and the Republic of Palau.

B. Federal Award Information

    Type of Award: Competitive Grant.
    Total Funding: $6,112,667.
    Maximum Award: $1,000,000.
    Minimum Award: $50,000.
    Project Period: Up to 24 months.
    Anticipated Award Date: September 30, 2020.

C. Eligibility Information

    Applicants must meet all the following eligibility requirements. 
Your application will not be considered for funding if it does not 
provide sufficient information to determine eligibility or is missing 
required elements. Applicants that fail to submit the required elements 
by the application deadline will be deemed ineligible and will not be 
evaluated further. Information submitted after the application deadline 
will not be accepted.

1. Eligible Applicants

    Grants funded through DHCS may be made to a Consortium as defined 
in Paragraph A of this Notice. One member of the Consortium must be 
designated as the lead entity by the other members of the Consortium 
and have legal authority to contract with the Federal Government.
    The lead entity is the recipient (see 2 CFR 200.86) of the DHCS 
grant funds and accountable for monitoring and reporting on the Project 
performance and financial management of the grant. It is expected that 
the recipient will make subawards in the form of a grant, cooperative 
agreement, or contract, as appropriate, to the other members of the 
Consortium. If a grant or cooperative agreement is awarded, the 
organization receiving the subaward is a subrecipient (see 2 CFR 
200.93), and the recipient is responsible for complying with all 
applicable requirements of 2 CFR part 200, including provisions for 
making and monitoring an award. If a contract is awarded, the 
organization receiving the subaward is a contractor, and the recipient 
is responsible for following its written procurement procedures and 
complying with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Both subrecipients 
and contractors are required to comply with all applicable laws and 
regulations, including performance and financial reporting, as 
described in their award document.
    (a) An applicant is ineligible if they do not submit ``Evidence of 
Eligibility'' and ``Consortium Agreements'' as described in Section 
D.2. of this Notice.
    (b) An applicant is ineligible if they have been debarred or 
suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in 
Federal assistance programs under Executive Order 12549, ``Debarment 
and Suspension.'' The Agency will check the System for Award Management 
(SAM) to determine if the applicant has been debarred or suspended. In 
addition, an applicant will be considered ineligible for a grant due to 
an outstanding judgment obtained by the U.S. in a Federal Court (other 
than U.S. Tax Court), is delinquent on the payment of Federal income 
taxes, or is delinquent on Federal debt. The applicant must certify as 
part of the application that they do not have an outstanding judgment 
against them. The Agency will check the DO NOT PAY System to verify 
this information.
    (c) Any corporation (i) that has been convicted of a felony 
criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or 
(ii) that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, 
for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted 
or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant 
to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax 
liability, is not eligible for financial assistance provided with funds 
appropriated by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. 
L. 116-94), unless a Federal agency has considered suspension or 
debarment of the corporation and has made a determination that this 
further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the 
Government.
    (d) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application 
includes any funding restrictions identified under Section D.6.
    (e) Applications will be deemed ineligible if the application is 
not complete in accordance with the requirements stated in Section C.3.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

    Matching funds are not required. However, if you are adding any 
other contributions to the proposed Project, you must provide 
documentation indicating who will be providing the matching funds, the 
amount of funds, when those funds will be provided, and how the funds 
will be used in the Project budget. Examples of acceptable 
documentation include: A signed letter from the source of funds stating 
the amount of funds, when the funds will be provided, and what the 
funds can be used for or a signed resolution from your governing board 
authorizing the use of a specified amount of funds for specific 
components of the Project. The matching funds you identify must be for 
eligible purposes and included in your work plan and budget. 
Additionally, expected program income may not be used as matching funds 
at the time you submit your application. If you choose, you may use a 
template to summarize the matching funds. The template is available 
either from your State Office or the program website at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants.

3. Other Eligibility Requirements

    (a) Use of Funds. Your application must propose to use Project 
Funds for eligible purposes. Eligible Project purposes include the 
development of:
     Health care services;
     health education programs;
     health care job training programs; and
     the development and expansion of public health-related 
facilities in the Delta Region.
    (b) Project Eligibility. The proposed Project must take place 
within the Delta Region as defined in this Notice. However, the 
applicant need not propose to serve the entire Delta Region.
    (c) Project Input. Your proposed Project must be developed based on 
input from local governments, public health care providers, and other 
entities in the Delta Region.
    (d) Grant Period Eligibility. All awards are limited to up to a 24-
month grant period based upon the complexity of the Project. Your 
proposed grant period should begin no earlier than October 1, 2020 and 
should end no later than 24 months following that date. If you receive 
an award, your grant period will be revised to begin on the actual date 
of award--the date the grant agreement is executed by the Agency--and 
your grant period end date will be adjusted accordingly. Your Project 
activities must begin within 90 days of the date of award. If you 
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period beginning before October 1, 2020, and/or ending later than 24 
months from that date, your application will be ineligible. The length 
of your grant period should be based on your Project's complexity, as 
indicated in your application work plan. The Agency understands that 
fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019 recipients may have had loss of 
operations due to COVID-19 and will work with them to determine an 
acceptable grant period if they are awarded in fiscal year 2020 in 
accordance with OMB Memoranda M-20-11, M-20-26 and 2 CFR 200.308.
    (e) Multiple Application Eligibility. The Consortium, including its 
members, is limited to submitting one application for funding under 
this Notice. We will not accept applications from Consortiums that 
include members who are also members of other Consortiums that have 
submitted applications for funding under this Notice. If we discover 
that a Consortium member is a member of multiple Consortiums with 
applications submitted for funding under this Notice, all applications 
will be considered ineligible for funding.
    (f) Satisfactory Performance Eligibility. If you have an existing 
DHCS award, you must be performing satisfactorily to be considered 
eligible for a new DHCS award. Satisfactory performance includes being 
up to date on all financial and performance reports as prescribed in 
the grant award, and current on tasks and timeframes for utilizing 
grant and matching funds as approved in the work plan and budget. If 
you have any unspent grant funds on DHCS awards prior to FY 2017, your 
application will not be considered for funding. If your FY 2018 or FY 
2019 award has unspent funds of 50 percent or more than what your 
approved work plan and budget projected at the time your FY 2020 
application is evaluated, your application may not be considered for 
funding. The Agency will verify the performance status of FY 2018 and 
2019 awards and make a determination after the FY 2020 application 
period closes. The Agency understands that fiscal year 2019 recipients 
may have had a loss of operations due to COVID-19 and will consider 
providing flexibility in terms of fund utilization on FY 19 awards with 
acceptable justification of delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic 
in accordance with OMB Memorandum M-20-26 and 2 CFR 200.343.
    (g) Completeness Eligibility. Your application must provide all the 
information requested in Section D.2. of this Notice. Applications 
lacking sufficient information to determine eligibility and scoring 
will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered for scoring.
    (h) Indirect Costs. Your negotiated indirect cost rate approval 
does not need to be included in your application, but you will be 
required to provide it if a grant is awarded. Approval for indirect 
costs that are requested in an application without an approved indirect 
cost rate agreement is at the discretion of the Agency.

D. Application and Submission Information

1. Address To Request Application Package

    The application template for this funding opportunity is located at 
http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants. Use of the application template is strongly recommended to 
assist you with the application process. You may also contact your 
State Office for more information. Contact information for State 
Offices is located at http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    You must submit your application electronically through Grants.gov. 
Your application must contain all required information.
    To apply electronically, you must follow the instructions for this 
funding announcement at http://www.grants.gov. Please note that we 
cannot accept applications through mail, courier delivery, in-person 
delivery, email or fax.
    You can locate the Grants.gov downloadable application package for 
this program by using a keyword, the program name, or the CFDA number 
for this program.
    When you enter the Grants.gov website, you will find information 
about applying electronically through the site, as well as the hours of 
operation.
    To use Grants.gov, you must already have a DUNS number and you must 
also be registered and maintain registration in SAM. We strongly 
recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to 
begin the application process through Grants.gov.
    You must submit all application documents electronically through 
Grants.gov. Applications must include electronic signatures. Original 
signatures may be required if funds are awarded.
    After applying electronically through Grants.gov, you will receive 
an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov 
tracking number.
    The organization submitting the application will be considered the 
lead entity. The Contact/Program Manager must be associated with the 
lead entity submitting the application.
    Your application must also contain the following required forms and 
proposal elements:
    (a) Form SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance.'' The 
application for Federal assistance must be completed by the lead entity 
as described in Section C.1. of this Notice. Your application must 
include your DUNS number and SAM Commercial and Government Entity 
(CAGE) code and expiration date (or evidence that you have begun the 
SAM registration process). Because there are no specific fields for a 
CAGE code and expiration date, you may identify them anywhere you want 
to on the form. If you do not include the CAGE code and expiration date 
and the DUNS number in your application, it will not be considered for 
funding. The form must be signed by an authorized representative. In 
accordance with OMB Memoranda M-20-11 and M-20-26, the Agency can 
accept an application without an active SAM registration. However, the 
registration must be completed before an award is made. Current 
registrants in SAM with active registrations expiring before May 16, 
2020 will be afforded a one-time extension of 60 days.
    (b) Form SF-424A, ``Budget Information--Non-Construction 
Programs.'' This form must be completed and submitted as part of the 
application package. You no longer must complete the Form SF 424B, 
``Assurances--Non-Construction Programs'' as a part of your 
application. This information is now collected through your 
registration or annual recertification in SAM.gov through the Financial 
Assistance General Certifications and Representation.
    (c) Form SF-424C, ``Budget Information--Construction Programs.'' 
This form must be completed, signed, and submitted as part of the 
application package for construction Projects. You no longer must 
complete the Form SF 424D, ``Assurances--Construction Programs'' as a 
part of your application. This information is now collected through 
your registration or annual recertification in SAM.gov.
    (d) Executive Summary. A summary of the proposal, not to exceed one 
page, briefly describing the Project, tasks to be completed, and other 
relevant information that provides a general overview of the Project 
must be provided.
    (e) Evidence of Eligibility. Evidence of the Consortium's 
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under this Notice must be provided. This section must include a 
detailed summary demonstrating how each Consortium member meets the 
definition of an eligible entity as defined under Definitions of this 
Notice.
    (f) Consortium Agreements. The application must include a formal 
written agreement with each Consortium member that addresses the 
negotiated arrangements for administering the Project to meet Project 
goals, the Consortium member's responsibilities to comply with 
administrative, financial, and reporting requirements of the grant, 
including those necessary to ensure compliance with all applicable 
Federal regulations and policies, and facilitate a smooth functioning 
collaborative venture. Under the agreement, each Consortium member must 
perform a substantive role in the Project and not merely serve as a 
conduit of funds to another party or parties. This agreement must be 
signed by an authorized representative of the lead entity and an 
authorized representative of each partnering consortium entity.
    (g) Scoring Criteria. Each of the scoring criteria in this Notice 
must be addressed in narrative form. Failure to address each scoring 
criterion will result in the application being determined ineligible.
    (h) Performance Measures. The Agency has established annual 
performance measures to evaluate the DHCS program. Estimates on the 
following performance measures, as part of your application, must be 
provided:
     Number of businesses assisted;
     Number of jobs created;
     Number of jobs saved;
     Number of individuals assisted/trained.
    It is permissible to have a zero in a performance element. When 
calculating jobs created, estimates should be based upon actual jobs to 
be created by your organization as a result of the DHCS funding or 
actual jobs to be created by businesses as a result of assistance from 
your organization. When calculating jobs saved, estimates should be 
based only on actual jobs that would have been lost if your 
organization did not receive DHCS funding or actual jobs that would 
have been lost without assistance from your organization.
    You can also suggest additional performance elements for example 
where job creation or jobs saved may not be a relevant indicator. These 
additional elements should be specific, measurable performance elements 
that could be included in an award document.
    (i) Financial Information and Sustainability. Current financial 
statements and a narrative description demonstrating sustainability of 
the Project, all of which show sufficient resources and expertise to 
undertake and complete the Project and how the Project will be 
sustained following completion must be provided. Applicants must 
provide three years of pro-forma financial statements for the Project.
    (j) Evidence of Legal Authority and Existence. The lead entity must 
provide evidence of its legal existence and authority to enter into a 
grant agreement with the Agency and perform the activities proposed 
under the grant application.
    (k) Service Area Maps. Maps with sufficient detail to show the area 
that will benefit from the proposed facilities and services and the 
location of the facilities improved or purchased with grant funds, if 
applicable, must be provided.
    (l) You must certify that there are no current outstanding Federal 
judgments against your property and that you will not use grant funds 
to pay for any judgment obtained by the United States. You must also 
certify that you are not delinquent on the payment of Federal income 
taxes, or any Federal debt. To satisfy the Certification requirement, 
you should include this statement in your application: ``[INSERT NAME 
OF APPLICANT] certifies that the United States has not obtained an 
unsatisfied judgment against its property, is not delinquent on the 
payment of Federal income taxes, or any Federal debt, and will not use 
grant funds to pay any judgments obtained by the United States.'' A 
separate signature is not required.
    (m) Environmental information necessary to support the Agency's 
environmental finding. Required information can be found in 7 CFR part 
1970, specifically in subpart B, Exhibit C, and subpart C, Exhibit B. 
These documents can be found here: http://www.rd.usda.gov/publications/regulations-guidelines/instructions. Non-construction Projects applying 
under this Notice are hereby classified as Categorical Exclusions 
according to 7 CFR 1970.53(b), the award of financial assistance for 
planning purposes, management and feasibility studies, or environmental 
impact analyses, which do not require any additional documentation.

3. DUNS Number and SAM Registration

    To be eligible (unless you are exempted under 2 CFR 25.110(b), (c) 
or (d)), you are required to:
    (a) Provide a valid DUNS number in your application, which can be 
obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at (866) 705-5711;
    (b) Register in SAM before submitting your application. You may 
register in SAM at no cost at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/. You must 
provide your SAM CAGE Code and expiration date. When registering in 
SAM, you must indicate you are applying for a Federal financial 
assistance project or program or are currently the recipient of funding 
under any Federal financial assistance project or program; and
    (c) The SAM registration must remain active with current 
information at all times while the Agency is considering an application 
or while a Federal grant award or loan is active. To maintain the 
registration in the SAM database the applicant must review and update 
the information in the SAM database annually from date of initial 
registration or from the date of the last update. The applicant must 
ensure that the information in the database is current, accurate, and 
complete. Applicants must ensure they complete the Financial Assistance 
General Certifications and Representations in SAM.
     If you have not fully complied with all applicable DUNS 
and SAM requirements, the Agency may determine that the applicant is 
not qualified to receive a Federal award and the Agency may use that 
determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. 
Please refer to Section F.2 for additional submission requirements that 
apply to grantees selected for this program. In accordance with OMB 
Memoranda M-20-11 and M-20-26, the Agency can accept an application 
without an active SAM registration. However, the registration must be 
completed before an award is made. Current registrants in SAM with 
active registrations expiring before May 16, 2020 will be afforded a 
one-time extension of 60 days.

4. Submission Date and Time

    Application Deadline Date. August 24, 2020.
    Explanation of Deadline: Electronic applications must be received 
by http://www.grants.gov by midnight Eastern Standard Time August 24, 
2020, to be eligible for funding. Please review the Grants.gov website 
at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html for instructions on the process of registering your 
organization as soon as possible to ensure you can meet the electronic 
application deadline. Grants.gov will

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not accept applications submitted after the deadline.

5. Intergovernmental Review

    Executive Order (E.O.) 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs, applies to this program. This E.O. requires that Federal 
agencies provide opportunities for consultation on proposed assistance 
with State and local governments. Many States have established a Single 
Point of Contact (SPOC) to facilitate this consultation. For a list of 
States that maintain a SPOC, please see the White House website: 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/SPOC-Feb.-2018.pdf. If your State has a SPOC, you may submit your application 
directly for review. Any comments obtained through the SPOC must be 
provided to your State Office for consideration as part of your 
application. If your State has not established a SPOC or you do not 
want to submit your application to the SPOC, your State Office will 
submit your application to the SPOC or other appropriate agency or 
agencies.
    You are also encouraged to contact Honie Turner, Program Management 
Division at 202-720-1400 or [email protected] if you have questions 
about this process.

6. Funding Restrictions

    Project Funds may not be used for ineligible purposes. In addition, 
you may not use Project Funds for the following:
    (a) To duplicate current services or to replace or to substitute 
support previously provided. However, Project Funds may be used to 
expand the level of effort or a service beyond what is currently being 
provided;
    (b) To pay for costs to prepare the application for funding under 
this Notice;
    (c) To pay for costs of the Project incurred prior to the effective 
date of the period of performance;
    (d) To pay expenses for applicant employee training not directly 
related to the Project;
    (e) Fund political activities;
    (f) To pay for assistance to any private business enterprise which 
does not have at least 51 percent ownership by those who are either 
citizens of the United States or reside in the United States after 
being legally admitted for permanent residence;
    (g) To pay any judgment or debt owed to the United States;
    (h) Engage in any activities that are considered a Conflict of 
Interest, as defined by this Notice; or
    (i) Fund any activities prohibited by 2 CFR part 200;
    In addition, your application will not be considered for funding if 
it does any of the following:
    i. Requests more than the maximum grant amount: or
    ii. Proposes ineligible costs that equal more than 10 percent of 
the Project Funds.
    We will consider your application for funding if it includes 
ineligible costs of 10 percent or less of total Project Funds, if it is 
determined eligible otherwise. However, if your application is 
successful, those ineligible costs must be removed and replaced with 
eligible costs before the Agency will make the grant award or the 
amount of the grant award will be reduced accordingly. If we cannot 
determine the percentage of ineligible costs, your application will not 
be considered for funding.

7. Other Submission Requirements

    (a) Applications will not be accepted if the text is less than 11-
point font. You must submit your application electronically, through 
Grants.gov. You can find State Office contact information at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices. You must follow the 
instructions for this funding announcement at http://www.grants.gov. A 
password is not required to access the website.
    (b) National Environmental Policy Act. This Notice has been 
reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 1970, ``Environmental Policies 
and Procedures.'' We have determined that an Environmental Impact 
Statement is not required because the issuance of regulations and 
instructions, as well as amendments to them, describing administrative 
and financial procedures for processing, approving, and implementing 
the Agency's financial programs is categorically excluded in the 
Agency's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulation found at 7 
CFR 1970.53(f). We have determined that this Notice does not constitute 
a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human 
environment.
    The Agency will review each grant application to determine its 
compliance with 7 CFR part 1970. The applicant may be asked to provide 
additional information or documentation to assist the Agency with this 
determination.
    (c) Civil Rights Compliance Requirements. All grants made under 
this Notice are subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as 
required by the USDA (7 CFR part 15, subpart A) and Section 504 of the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

E. Application Review Information

    The State Offices will review applications to determine if they are 
eligible for assistance based on requirements in this Notice, and other 
applicable Federal regulations. If determined eligible, your 
application will be scored by a panel of USDA employees in accordance 
with the point allocation specified in this Notice. Applications will 
be funded in rank order until the funding limitation has been reached. 
Applications that cannot be fully funded may be offered partial funding 
at the Agency's discretion.

1. Scoring Criteria

    All eligible and complete applications will be evaluated based on 
the following criteria. Evaluators will base scores only on the 
information provided or cross-referenced by page number in each 
individual scoring criterion. DHCS is a competitive program, so you 
will receive scores based on the quality of your responses. Simply 
addressing the criteria will not guarantee higher scores. The total 
points possible for the criteria are 110. The minimum score requirement 
for funding is 60 points. It is at the Agency's discretion to fund 
applications with a score of 59 points or less if it is in the best 
interest of the Federal Government.
    (a) Community Needs and Benefits Derived from the Project (maximum 
of 30 points). A panel of USDA employees will assess how the Project 
will benefit the residents in the Delta Region. This criterion will be 
scored based on the documentation in support of the community needs for 
health services and public health-related facilities and the benefits 
to people living in the Delta Region derived from the implementation of 
the proposed Project. It should lead clearly to the identification of 
the Project participant pool and the target population for the Project 
and provide convincing links between the Project and the benefits to 
the community to address its health needs. You must discuss the:
    (1) Health care needs/issues/challenges facing the service area and 
explain how the identified needs/issues/challenges were determined. 
Discussion should also identify problems faced by the residents in the 
region.
    (2) Proposed assistance to be provided to the service area and how 
the Project will benefit the residents in the region.
    (3) Implementation plan for the Project and provide milestones 
which are well-defined and can be realistically completed.
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tracked and monitored. You should attempt to quantify benefits in terms 
of outcomes from the Project; that is, ways in which peoples' lives, or 
the community, will be improved. Provide estimates of the number of 
people affected by the benefits arising from the Project.
    (b) The Project Management and Organization Capability (maximum of 
30 points). A panel of USDA employees will evaluate the Consortium's 
experience, past performance, and accomplishments addressing health 
care issues to ensure effective Project implementation. This criterion 
will be scored based on the documentation of the Project's management 
and organizational capability. You must discuss:
    (1) Your organization's management and fiscal structure including 
well-defined roles for administrators, staff, and established financial 
management systems.
    (2) Relevant qualifications, capabilities, and educational 
background of the identified key personnel (at a minimum the Project 
Manager) who will manage and implement programs.
    (3) Your organization's current successful and effective experience 
(or demonstrated experience within the past five years) addressing the 
health care issues in the Delta Region.
    (4) Your organization's experience managing grant-funded programs.
    (5) The extent to which administrative/management costs are 
balanced with funds designated for the provision of programs and 
services.
    (6) The extent and diversity of eligible entity types within the 
applicant's Consortium of regional institutions of higher education, 
academic health and research institutes, and economic development 
entities located in the Delta Region.
    (c) Work Plan and Budget (maximum of 30 points). You must provide a 
work plan and budget that includes the following: (1) The specific 
activities, such as programs, services, trainings, and/or construction-
related activities for a facility to be performed under the Project; 
(2) the estimated line item costs associated with each activity, 
including grant funds and other necessary sources of funds; (3) the key 
personnel who will carry out each activity (including each Consortium 
member's role); and (4) the specific time frames for completion of each 
activity.
    An eligible start and end date for the Project and for individual 
Project tasks must be clearly shown and may not exceed Agency specified 
timeframes for the grant period. You must show the source and use of 
both grant and other contributions for all tasks. Other contributions 
must be spent at a rate equal to, or in advance of, grant funds.
    A panel of USDA employees will evaluate your work plan for detailed 
actions and an accompanying timetable for implementing the proposal. 
Clear and comprehensive work plans detailing all project goals, tasks, 
timelines, costs, and responsible personnel in a logical and realistic 
manner will result in a higher score.
    (d) Local Support (maximum 10 points). A panel of USDA employees 
will evaluate your application for local support of the proposed 
Project. The application must include documentation detailing support 
solicited from local government, public health care providers, and 
other entities in the Delta Region. Evidence of support can include; 
but is not limited to surveys conducted amongst Delta Region residents 
and stakeholders, notes from focus groups, or letters of support from 
local entities.
    (e) Administrator Discretionary Points (maximum of 10 points). The 
Administrator may choose to award:
    i. Up to 5 points for projects with a primary purpose of providing 
treatment and counseling services for opioid abuse. Applicants who want 
to be considered for discretionary points must discuss how their 
workplan and budget addresses opioid misuse in the Delta Region; and
    ii. up to 5 points for projects that seek to help rural communities 
build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investment in 
infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Eligible applicants who 
want to be considered for discretionary points must discuss how their 
workplan and budget supports one or more of the five following key 
strategies:
     Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America;
     Improving Quality of Life;
     Supporting a Rural Workforce;
     Harnessing Technological Innovation; and
     Economic Development.

2. Review and Selection Process

    The State Offices will review applications to determine if they are 
eligible for assistance based on requirements in this Notice, and other 
applicable Federal regulations. If determined eligible, your 
application will be scored by a panel of USDA employees in accordance 
with the point allocation specified in this Notice. The review panel 
will convene to reach a consensus on the scores for each of the 
eligible applications. The Administrator may choose to award up to 10 
Administrator discretionary points based on criterion (e) in section 
E.1. of this Notice. These points will be added to the cumulative score 
for a total possible score of 110. Applications will be funded in 
highest ranking order until the funding limitation has been reached. 
Applications that cannot be fully funded may be offered partial funding 
at the Agency's discretion. If your application is ranked and not 
funded, it will not be carried forward into the next competition.

F. Federal Award Administration Information

1. Federal Award Notices

    If you are selected for funding, you will receive a signed notice 
of Federal award by postal or electronic mail, containing instructions 
on requirements necessary to proceed with execution and performance of 
the award.
    If you are not selected for funding, you will be notified in 
writing via postal or electronic mail and informed of any review and 
appeal rights. Funding of successfully appealed applications will be 
limited to available FY 2020 funding.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    Additional requirements that apply to grantees selected for this in 
program can be found in 2 CFR parts 25, 170, 180, 200, 400, 415, 417, 
418, and 421; and 48 CFR 31.2, and successor regulations to these 
parts. All recipients of Federal financial assistance are required to 
report information about first tier subawards and executive 
compensation (see 2 CFR part 170). You will be required to have the 
necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the Federal 
Funding Accountability and Transparency Act reporting requirements (see 
2 CFR 170.200(b), unless you are exempt under 2 CFR 170.110(b)). These 
regulations may be obtained at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/ECFR?page=browse.
    The following additional requirements apply to grantees selected 
for this program:
     Execution of an Agency approved Grant Agreement.
     Acceptance of a written Letter of Conditions.
     Submission of Form RD 1940-1, ``Request for Obligation of 
Funds.''
     Submission of Form RD 1942-46, ``Letter of Intent to Meet 
Conditions.''
     RD Instruction 1940-Q, Exhibit A-1, ``Certification for 
Contracts, Grants and Loans.''
     SF-LLL, ``Disclosure of Lobbying Activities'' if 
applicable.

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    You no longer must complete the following five forms for acceptance 
of a Federal award. This information is now collected through your 
registration or annual recertification in SAM.gov in the Financial 
Assistance General Certifications and Representations section:
     Form AD-1047, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, 
Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters-Primary Covered 
Transactions.''
     Form AD-1048, ``Certification Regarding Debarment, 
Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion-Lower Tier Covered 
Transactions.''
     Form AD-1049, ``Certification Regarding a Drug-Free 
Workplace Requirement (Grants).''
     Form AD-3031, ``Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or 
Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants.'' Must be signed by 
corporate applicants who receive an award under this Notice.
     Form RD 400-4 ``Assurance Statement.''

3. Reporting

    After grant approval and through grant completion, you will be 
required to provide the following:
    a. A SF-425, ``Federal Financial Report,'' and a project 
performance report will be required on a semiannual basis (due 30 
working days after end of the semiannual period). For the purposes of 
this grant, semiannual periods end on June 30th and December 31st. The 
project performance reports shall include a comparison of actual 
accomplishments to the objectives established for that period;
    b. Reasons why established objectives were not met, if applicable;
    c. Reasons for any problems, delays, or adverse conditions, if any, 
which have affected or will affect attainment of overall project 
objectives, prevent meeting time schedules or objectives, or preclude 
the attainment of particular objectives during established time 
periods. This disclosure shall be accompanied by a statement of the 
action taken or planned to resolve the situation; and
    d. Objectives and timetable established for the next reporting 
period.
    e. Provide a final project and financial status report within 90 
days after the expiration or termination of the grant.
    f. Provide outcome project performance reports and final 
deliverables.

G. Agency Contacts

    For general questions about this announcement and for program 
Technical Assistance, please contact the appropriate State Office at 
http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices. You may also contact 
Honie Turner, Program Management Division, Direct Programs Branch, 
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA at (202) 720-1400 or email 
[email protected]. You are also encouraged to visit the application 
website for application tools, including an application template. The 
website address is: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/delta-health-care-services-grants.

H. Other Information

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 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) 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].

Mark Brodziski,
Acting Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-14849 Filed 7-9-20; 8:45 am]
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