Office of Refugee Resettlement; Proposed Notice of Allocations to States of FY 2005 Funds for Refugee Social Services
This notice establishes the proposed allocations to States of FY 2005 funds for refugee \1\ social services under the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP). The final notice will reflect amounts adjusted based upon final adjustments to FY 2002, FY 2003 and FY 2004 (October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2004) data submitted to ORR by States.
Administration for Native Americans; Funding Opportunity
The Administration for Native Americans, within the Administration for Children and Families, announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2005 funds for projects that include approaches to improve child well-being by removing barriers associated with forming and sustaining healthy families and marriages in Native American communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA's) FY 2005 goals and program areas of interest are focused on strengthening children, families, and communities through financial assistance to community-based organizations including faith-based organizations, Tribes, and Village governments. The Program Areas of Interest are projects that ANA considers supportive to Native American communities. Eligibility for funding is restricted to projects of the type listed in this program announcement and these Program Areas of Interest are ones which ANA sees as particularly beneficial to the development of healthy Native American communities. The primary objectives of these projects are pre-marital education, marriage education and relationship skills for youth, adults, and couples. Project components may include but are not limited to: Healthy relationship skills, communication skills, conflict resolution, foster parenting, marital counseling, abstinence education, and fatherhood accountability. Financial assistance under this program is provided utilizing a competitive process in accordance with the Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of this Act is to promote the goal of social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and other Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa natives.
Notice of Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of ANA Program; Policies and Procedures
Pursuant to section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974; as amended, 42 U.S.C., 2991b-1, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) herein describes its proposed interpretive rules, general statement of policy and rules of agency procedure or practice in relation to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) project SMART NA Communities (Strengthening Marriages and Relationships in Tribal and Native American Communities). For FY 2005, ANA reserved an amount of funding under the SEDS program to fund projects that are beneficial to the development of healthy Native American communities. ANA has decided to participate in ACF's Healthy Marriage Initiative, and intends to use the reserved SEDS funds to support projects that improve child well-being by removing barriers associated with forming and retaining healthy families and marriages in Native American communities. Under the statute, ANA is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules, statements of general policy, and rule of agency procedure or practice and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least 30 days before the changes become effective. The notice also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs.
Family and Youth Services Bureau Administration on Children, Youth and Families
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting applications to provide support to public and private entities for the development and implementation of the Community-Based Abstinence Education Program for adolescents, ages 12 through 18, in communities across the country. This funding opportunity targets the implementation of community-based abstinence educational programs designed to: (a) Reduce the proportion of adolescents who engage in premarital sexual activity, including but not limited to sexual intercourse; (b) reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies among adolescents; and (c) reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents. Priority funding will be given to those entities that demonstrate a strong record of providing abstinence education among adolescents as defined by Section 510(b)(2) of Title V of the Social Security Act, which promotes a strong abstinence until marriage message to youth.
OCS; Notice of Correction for the CCF Demonstration Program Announcement
This notice is to inform interested parties of corrections made to the CCF Demonstration Program published on Friday, April 29, 2005. The following corrections should be noted: Under IV.6 Other Submission Requirements, the correct address to mail and hand deliver applications is: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Attention: Eduardo Hernandez, Administration for Children and Families Office of Community Services, Operations Center, Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Program, 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22209. Phone: 1-800-281-9519. E-mail: OCS@lcgnet.com. The only changes to the CCF Demonstration Program Announcement are explicitly stated in this Notice of Correction. All applications must still be sent on or before the deadline date of June 13, 2005. For further information contact the OCS Grants Operations Center at the above phone number or address.
Office of Community Services: Notice of Correction for the CCF Targeted Capacity Building Program Announcement
This notice is to inform interested parties of corrections made to the CCF Targeted Capacity Building Program published on Friday, April 29, 2005. The following corrections should be noted: Under IV.6 Other Submission Requirements, the correct address to mail and hand deliver applications is: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Attention: Eduardo Hernandez, Administration for Children and Families Office of Community Services, Operations Center, Compassion Capital Fund Targeted Capacity Building Program, 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22209, Phone: 1-800-281-9519, E-mail: OCS@lcgnet.com. The only changes to the CCF Targeted Capacity Building Program Announcement are explicitly stated in this Notice of Correction. All applications must still be sent on or before the deadline date of May 31, 2005.
Office of Community Services; Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program: Special State Technical Assistance
The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces that competing applications will be accepted for a new grant pursuant to the Secretary's authority under section 674(b) of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act, as amended, by the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services (COATES) Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-285). The proposed grant program, the Special State Technical Assistance Program,will fund 12 to 15 State CSBG Lead Agenciesand/or State Community Action Associations to develop and support interventions in cases where an eligible entity is in a crisis situation.
Administration on Developmental Disabilities; University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs)
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces the availability of fiscal year 2005 funds to award grants to support the expansion of the National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDDs). The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-402) section 152(d) (42 U.S.C. 15062) authorizes the expansion of the National Network of UCEDDs, ``* * * for States or populations that are unserved or underserved by Centers due to such factors as (1) population; (2) a high concentration of rural or urban areas; or (3) a high concentration of unserved or underserved populations.'' Applicants should have expertise in addressing the health disparities and education issues of ethnic and racial minority groups. This funding opportunity will support the administration and operation of up to three new UCEDDs that are interdisciplinary education, research, and public service units of universities, or public or not- for-profit entities associated with universities that engage in core functions (e.g., provision of interdisciplinary pre-service preparation and continuing education of students and fellows; provision of community services, including training and/or technical assistance; conduct of research; and dissemination of information) addressing, directly or indirectly, one or more of the areas of emphasis (e.g., quality assurance, education and early intervention, child care, health, employment, housing, transportation, recreation, and other services available or offered to individuals in a community, including formal and informal community supports, that affect their quality of life). This program announcement contains instructions for the submission of the fiscal year 2005 grant applications for core funding.
Administration on Developmental Disabilities; Help America Vote Act Training and Technical Assistance To Assist Protection and Advocacy Systems To Establish or Improve Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2005 funds for grants authorized under title II, subtitle D, part 2, section 291 (42 U.S.C. 15461) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Under this subtitle, funds will be awarded to provide training and technical assistance to Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&A's) in: Promoting full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote, and accessing polling places; Developing proficiency in the use of voting systems and technologies as they affect individuals with disabilities; Demonstrating and evaluating the use of such systems and technologies by individuals with disabilities (including blindness) in order to assess the availability and use of such systems and technologies for such individuals; and, Providing training and technical assistance for non-visual access. (At least one grant recipient will be expected to provide training and technical assistance in this area.) Objectives: This announcement pertains to discretionary funds available for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to the Protection and Advocacy (P & A) Systems in their promotion of self-sufficiency and protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities as this affects the establishment or improvement of access to full participation in the voting process.
Deviation From Competition To Award a Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement From the Office of Child Support Enforcement to the Community Services for Children, Inc.
Notice is hereby given that a program expansion supplement in the amount of $99,227 is being award to the Community Services for Children, Incorporated CSC) by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). CSC has requested additional funds and a one-year extension to build on the success of its program by offering the Family Formation and Development Project (FFDP) to 40 additional unwed, low-income couples. The current project has shown promising results. During the past two years CSC has administered a successful Special Improvement Project (SIP) project. It has served 40 couples, meeting all stated objectives. The project serves only unwed couples with children. The majority of these families are Hispanic and are enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs to ensure comprehensive family services. CSC's objectives are: To improve family formation and development including marriage as a choice. CSC will provide an 8-week family formation and development course called ``Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education'' to 40 low-income, unwed couples with children in Head Start or Early Head Start programs. To promote stable families. CSC will present through course materials, other resources and home visits, information on the long-term benefits of two-parent families on the health and success of their children. To increase awareness of the importance of providing financial and medical support of children. CSC will collaborate with the Office of Child Support Enforcement to provide training and referral on the benefits of paternity establishment and child support services. Section 452(j) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 652(j), provides Federal funds for information dissemination and technical assistance to States, training of Federal and State staff to improve child support programs, and research, demonstration, and special projects of regional or national significance relating to the operation of State child support enforcement programs.
Office of Community Services; CSBG T/TA Program Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Other Asset Formation Opportunities
The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces that competing applications will be accepted for a new grant pursuant to the Secretary's authority under section 674(b) of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act, as amended, by the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services (COATES) Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998, (Pub. L. 105-285). The proposed grant will fund up to 10 capacity-building collaborations that create or expand asset formation and financial literacy services offered by eligible entities funded under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program in support of national community action Goal 1 (``Low Income People Become More Self- sufficient'').
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); Head Start-University Partnership Research Grants: Curriculum Development and Enhancement for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
Funds are provided for Head Start-University Partnership Research Grants: Curriculum Development and Enhancement for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, for research activities to develop and test curricular approaches, adaptations or targeted curriculum enhancements for use by Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This grant program is part of a larger Head Start research effort. Three other grant funding mechanisms are being offered concurrently with the one described in this announcement. They include: (1) American Indian-Alaska Native Head Start Research Center, (2) Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants, and (3) Head Start Graduate Student Research Partnership Development Grants. For more information, please see these other Head Start Research announcements listed in the Federal Register or listed on http://www.Grants.Gov, or send an e-mail inquiry to email@example.com. Priority Area: Head Start-University Partnership Research Grants: Curriculum Development and Enhancement for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.
American Indian-Alaska Native Head Start Research Center
Funds are provided for the creation of an American Indian Alaska Native (AI-AN) Head Start Research Center that will provide leadership and collaborate with researchers with diverse areas of expertise in order to facilitate early childhood research within the Head Start AI-AN context, engage in capacity building, and establish model research partnerships between local researchers, Head Start American Indian Alaska Native program staff and members of tribal communities. This cooperative agreement is part of a larger Head Start research effort. Three other grant funding mechanisms are being offered concurrently with the one described in this announcement. They include: (1) American Indian-Alaska Native Head Start Research Center, (2) Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants, and (3) Head Start Graduate Student Research Partnership Development Grants. For more information, please see these other Head Start Research announcements listed in the Federal Register or listed on http://www.Grants.gov.
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program
This document corrects the two notices that were published in the Federal Register on Monday, May 2, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 83, Pages 22663 and 22664. It corrects the information on page 22663 under Notice of Computer Matching Program; the information beginning with ``A. Participating Agencies and ending with E. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program'' should be placed on page 22664 under Notice of Computer Matching Program and the information on page 22664 under Notice of Computer Matching Program beginning with ``A. Participating Agencies and ending with E. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program'' should be placed on page 22663 under Notice of Computer Matching Program. On page 22664 under Notice of Computer Matching Program. A. Participating Agencies please correct the transposed letters from ``OSCE'' to read ``OCSE.'' This transposition occurred at the Federal Register.
Office of Refugee Resettlement; Discretionary Funds for Refugee Microenterprise Development Projects
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has supported the field of microenterprise development since 1991 with discretionary grants to various State governments, community economic development agencies, community action and other human service agencies, local mutual assistance associations, and voluntary agencies. Organizations with successful programs have typically been those with a long-term commitment to microenterprise, particularly access to lending, and to its adaptation to the refugee experience. They have committed agency resources to support refugee programs; and their work in refugee microenterprise development has been consistent with the overall agency mission. A public or private non-profit agency interested in receiving funding under this announcement must have the organizational capacity to work with refugees who have low incomes, limited English-language proficiency, and neither assets nor American business experience. Many newly arrived refugees do not qualify for commercial loans or for admission into mainstream microenterprise development programs for these reasons. Organizations that cannot support in-house lending and essential loan-servicing responsibilities may experience difficulties in implementing a microenterprise project. Refugees bring positive attributes to microenterprise development projects, including a diverse and rich array of business ideas, skills, experiences, and ambitions. These characteristics have been largely responsible for the success of the ORR program. During the last 14 years, refugees have started or expanded more than 1,800 micro- businesses (with a business survival rate of over 88 percent). ORR grantees have provided over $4 million in financing to these entrepreneurs and clients have used these loans to leverage an additional $4,500,000 in loans from other sources. The loan repayment rate is close to 100 percent. Additionally, 2,666 new jobs have been created. Over 10,500 refugees have gained new entrepreneurial skills and knowledge; and the additional business income is helping refugee families to achieve economic self-sufficiency. By commonly accepted measures of performance (business survival rates, loan default rates, etc.), the ORR-funded programs have excelled and frequently led the field in achievement. Building on the experience of the last 14 years, ORR seeks in this announcement to continue support to this field, particularly on behalf of those refugees who, because of language and cultural barriers, are unlikely to gain access to commercial loans or business training through other programs. To be successful in this competition, refugee- serving organizations must demonstrate their organization's capacity to provide the technical expertise necessary to help refugees start, expand, or strengthen businesses, and to provide access to credit. Economic development agencies must show how they will modify their existing programs to serve refugees effectively. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for microenterprise development projects for refugees.\1\ Applications will be accepted pursuant to the Director's discretionary authority under section 412(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1522(c)), as amended. Applications will be screened and evaluated as indicated in this program announcement. Awards will be contingent on the outcome of the competition and the availability of funds.
Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau; Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs
The primary purpose of this funding announcement is to provide financial support to selected tribes, tribal organizations, and migrant programs for child abuse prevention programs and activities that are consistent with the goals outlined by Title II of CAPTA. The goal of the programs and activities supported by these funds is to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of abuse or neglect within the tribal and migrant populations. The funds must support more effective and comprehensive child abuse prevention activities and family support services, including an emphasis on strengthening marriages and reaching out to include fathers, that will enhance the lives and ensure the safety and well-being of migrant and Native American children and their families. Some examples of programs that may be funded include, but are not limited to, voluntary home visiting, respite care, parenting education, mutual support, family resource centers, marriage education, and other family support services. The funds must also be used to support an evaluation of the programs and services funded by the grant. Finally, programs funded should develop stronger linkages with the Community-based Child Abuse Prevention Program (CBCAP) State Lead Agency funded under Title II of CAPTA. It is anticipated that three grants (one each to a tribe, a tribal organization, and a migrant program) will be funded under this announcement for $143,000 per grantee for FY 2005. This amount reflects the maximum Federal share of this project not exceeding one-third (\1/ 3\) of one percent (1%) of the Federal appropriation for Title II for each 12-month budget period.
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Specialized Outreach Demonstration Projects for Services to Underserved and Diverse Populations: In order to further the commitment to bring diverse voices and approaches to the discussions on the elimination of domestic violence, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families announces grant funds to support projects that convene researchers, activists, survivors of domestic violence, and practitioners who have been advocates of a more culturally appropriate and familial orientation to the elimination of domestic violence. The Administration on Children, Youth and Families seeks to support coordinated outreach efforts to underserved and diverse communities, of which each effort is staffed and/or supported by expert and multi- disciplined teams that are culturally responsive and competent in regard to the issue of domestic violence in their particular communities. On a nationwide basis the expertise assembled within the Special Outreach projects will offer assistance on resource accumulation and information, capacity building within community organizations, policy analysis and review, training, and technical assistance for public and private organizations providing service in the domestic violence community. This assistance will be available to the entire domestic violence community as well as the specific communities to be served by these demonstration projects. Domestic Violence/Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaborations on the Prevention of Adolescent Dating Violence: The collaboration of the Runaway Youth and Domestic Violence communities will foster the development and implementation of effective strategies and program requirements for the use of domestic violence prevention services concurrently with services provided through Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Projects. These collaborations will help to eliminate adolescent dating violence. These collaborative efforts will focus on the youth who are identified within the domestic violence and runaway and homeless youth communities as individuals that may be responsive to a collaborative set of interventions that are useful as effective prevention and intervention strategies. Minority Training Grant Stipends in Domestic Violence for Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities: The Minority Training Grant Stipends to Historically Black, Hispanic Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities will assist in generating skill-building and training opportunities in domestic violence prevention and services. These projects will be particularly responsive to issues of cultural content and designed to increase the extent to which minority groups participate in the domestic violence service community. A substantial proportion of the domestic violence that occurs in the general population involves underserved populations, including populations that are underserved because of ethnic, racial, cultural, language diversity or geographic isolation. The purpose of this effort and priority area is to increase the numbers and the capacity of the advocates and allies to do the work that is needed in these communities to prevent domestic violence.
Family and Youth Services Bureau; Basic Center Program
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The Basic Center Program is one of the programs authorized under Part A of the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Act of 1974 to address runaway and homeless youth problems. Basic Center Programs provide an alternative to involving runaway and homeless youth in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. Each program must provide a safe and appropriate shelter and individual, family, and group counseling, as appropriate. Optional services that programs may provide are: Street-based services; Home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family; Drug abuse education and prevention services; and At the request of runaway and homeless youth, testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Each BCP is required to provide to runaway and homeless youth; temporary shelter for up to fifteen (15) days including room and board; individual, group and family counseling (as appropriate); and aftercare and referrals, as appropriate. Some programs also provide some or all of their services through host homes (usually private homes under contract to the centers) with counseling and referrals being provided. Basic Center programs shelter youth through 18 years of age.
Privacy Act of 1974, as amended; Computer Matching Program
In compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by Public Law 100-503, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, we are publishing a notice of a computer matching program that OCSE will conduct on behalf of itself and State Agencies administering Unemployment Compensation programs under Federal or State law to facilitate the administration of such programs. The match will utilize National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) records and State Unemployment Compensation (UC) records.
Privacy Act of 1974, as amended; Computer Matching Program
In compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by Public Law 100-503, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, we are publishing a notice of a computer matching program that OCSE will conduct on behalf of itself and State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs to facilitate the verification of eligibility of TANF recipients. The match will utilize National Directory of New Hires (NDNH) records and State TANF records.