Head Start Family Literacy Program
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Head Start Bureau, under the authority of Sections 640(a)(2)(C) and 648(c)(4) (42 U.S.C. 9843), is making available $3 million annually for each of the next five years, to support a cooperative agreement to provide family literacy training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start programs based on proven effective practices substantiated by research findings. This project will help grantees and delegate agencies nationwide to improve the quality and positive outcomes of family literacy services they provide. This includes programs serving American Indians, Alaska Natives, migrant and seasonal workers, and English language learners.
Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Availability, etc.: Child Development Associate Credentialing Program
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) announces the availability of $1,000,000 annually for each of five years to support staff development for all individuals employed in local Head Start, Early Head Start, and other child care programs to increase the understanding and skills necessary to carry out their jobs, as well as professional development leading to credentials and degrees. A cooperative agreement is a form of Federal financial assistance that allows substantial Federal involvement in the activities for which funds are awarded.
Office of Community Services; Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) Program
The Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) Program is authorized under Section 505 of the Family Support Act of 1988, Public Law 100-485, as amended by Section 112 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193, as amended. The Act authorizes the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enter into agreements with non-profit organizations (including faith-based organizations and community development corporations) for the purpose of conducting projects designed to create employment opportunities for certain low-income individuals (42 U.S.C. 9926).
Notice of Issuance of Final Policy Directive
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) herein issues final 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 rules 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.
Office of Community Services; CSBG T&TA Promoting Healthy Marriages
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 678(A) 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). These activities must fund training and technical assistance resources for the Community Services Network to ensure that the needs of eligible entities and programs relating to improving program quality (including quality of financial management practices) are addressed to the maximum extent feasible; and incorporate mechanisms to ensure responsiveness to local needs. The proposed grants will fund training and technical assistance resources for the Community Services Network focusing on improving the quality of programs carried out under the CSBG act and the delivery of healthy marriage strategies among low income people served by local community action agencies. Specifically, OCS will offer one-year grants to fund a one year project period for the creation and dissemination of ``best practice'' technical assistance materials from local community organizations, including those that are faith-based, that have demonstrated success in promoting or sustaining healthy marriages among clients as part of an overall strategy to help low-income people achieve family and child development, and/or self-sufficiency goals. Special emphasis is being placed on the development and dissemination of ``best practice'' materials that focus on a wide range of low-income populations, including racial and ethnic minorities.
Notice of Correction to Availability of Funds for the Projects To Establish Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) State Partnership Grants
This notice is to inform interested parties of changes made to the Funding Opportunity for Projects to Establish Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) State Partnership Grants published on Monday, April 25, 2005, with a due date for applications of June 24, 2005, which is now extended until August 8, 2005. 1. The following changes are made to Section I, ``Funding Opportunity Description'': a. There will be separate grants awarded to each Member and Partner State, such that a Member State will no longer have fiduciary responsibility for its Partner State [page 21222]; b. The following paragraph is struck: ``After evaluation of all grant applications, and if chosen for an award, the Member state will be awarded a grant under which it will act as a fiduciary agent to the Partner state. The Member state will be responsible for all funding that is provided to its Partner state and will reimburse funding provided hereunder, as costs are incurred, for specific items delineated in its approved grant application budget and in accordance with HHS fiscal and grants management requirements.'' [page 21222] and replaced with: ``Separate applications for a partnership agreement must be submitted by both the Member State and the Partner State with separate budget requests. An application from a Partner State must identify its Member State and an application from a Member State must identify its Partner State. As costs are incurred for specific items delineated in the approved grant application budgets, States must adhere to HHS fiscal and grants management requirements.''; c. The phrase ``Member State'' is struck and replaced with ``State'' in the paragraph that reads: ``This list is meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive of the type of issues the Member state should address when preparing the application.'' [page 21222]; 2. The following changes are made to Section I, ``Funding Opportunity Description,'' under the ``parameters'' list [page 21222]: a. In the first sentence in paragraph (3), the phrase ``the Member State'' is replaced with ``each applicant'' so that the sentence reads, ``Each applicant must provide a proposed budget that includes the resources and associated costs it believes are necessary to participate in the match process.'' The second sentence is revised to read: ``The proposed budgets will be evaluated for adequacy, reasonableness, and to ensure that implementation of the partnership will be both operationally effective and successful''; b. The language in paragraph (5) is struck and replaced with: ``For Member States to be eligible for this funding opportunity they must have participated in at least two of the last six PARIS matches from (February 2004 through May 2005)''; c. The language in paragraph (6) is struck and replaced with: ``Applicants are cautioned that the ceiling for each grant award is $200,000 for a Partner State and $100,000 for a Member State. Applications exceeding the $200,000/$100,000 threshold will be considered non-responsive and will not be eligible for funding under this announcement''; d. The first sentence in paragraph (7) is struck and replaced with: ``Two applications must be submitted for each identified partnership One from a Member State and one from a Partner State.''; e. The language in paragraph (8) is struck and replaced with: ``The Partner State must enroll in the PARIS Project and provide a copy of the PARIS agreement to ACF prior to the grant award issuance in order to document the Partner State's consent to the project. The following link shows the PARIS Agreement: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/nhsitrc/paris/ agreepar.html ''; f. The language in paragraph (10) is struck and replaced with: ``Besides the Interstate and Veterans matches, States are encouraged to participate in any additional matches available, such as the Federal match.''; 3. The following changes are made to Section II, ``Award Information'': The ``Ceiling on the Amount of Individual Awards Per Project Period'' and the ``Average Projected Award Amount Per Project Period'' are revised as follows: ``$200,000 for a Partner State and $100,000 for a Member State'' [page 21223]; 4. The following changes are made to Section III.1, ``Eligibility Information, Additional Information on Eligibility'' [page 21223]: a. The first sentence is struck and replaced with, ``In the context of this grant announcement, eligible applicants include both Member States of PARIS and proposed Partner States as defined in Section I, ``Funding Opportunity Description.'' To be considered an eligible Member State, the State must have participated in at least two of the last six quarterly matches from February 2004 through May 2005.''; b. The sentence reading: ``The following States meet this eligibility factor'' now includes Oregon in the list of eligible Member States; c. The sentence that reads ``* * * and only these Member States may submit applications under this grant'' is struck and replaced with ``only these eligible Member States may qualify to submit applications under this grant announcement as Member States defined in this grant announcement.''; d. The sentence reading, ``The application must include the Partnership agreement as well as the appropriate signed PARIS agreement for the Partner State,'' is struck and replaced with: ``The application need only identify the other State in the Partnership in lieu of attaching the actual agreement; however, a signed PARIS agreement and Partnership agreement must both be provided to ACF prior to the grant award issuance.'' 5. The following changes are made to Section III (3), ``Eligibility Information, Other, Disqualification Factors'' [page 21223]: a. The sentence stating, ``Applications that are not submitted by a Member state,'' is struck and replaced with: ``Applications that are not submitted by a State.'' ; b. The following sentence is struck: ``Applications that fail to include a written Partnership agreement between the Member state and Partner state.''; c. The following sentence is struck: ``Applications that fail to provide a signed PARIS agreement by the Partner state.''; d. In the sentence that reads, ``Applications that fail to specify at least two of the last six quarterly PARIS matches from November 2003 through February 2005 in which the Member state has participated,'' the dates are struck and replaced with ``February 2004'' and ``May 2005'' respectively. 6. The following changes are made to IV.2, ``Application and Submission Information, Content and Form of Application Submission'': a. The sentence, ``Applications must contain a partnership agreement from the Partner State indicating its agreement to team with the Member State for purposes of this grant'' is struck and replaced with: ``Applications should identify what other State, be they a Member State or a Partner State, they are teaming with. The teaming or partnership agreement must be submitted to ACF prior to grant award issuance.'' [page 21223]; b. The sentence, ``Note that the application requires proof of an agreement between the PARIS Member State and its Partner State as well as a signed PARIS agreement (available on the PARIS website)'' is struck and replaced with: ``The proof of agreement between the PARIS Member State and its Partner State, as well as a signed PARIS agreement (available on the PARIS website), must both be submitted to ACF prior to grant award issuance.'' [page 21224]; 7. The following changes are made to Section IV. 3, ``Submission Dates and Times, Due Date for Applications'': The due date for applications is extended from June 24, 2005 to August 8, 2005. [page 21224]; 8. The following changes are made to Section IV.3, the ``Checklist'': Under the ``When to Submit'' column, the language for the PARIS Agreement and Partnership Agreement is replaced with, ``By date of award.'' [page 21225]; 9. The following changes are made to Section V, ``Application Review Information, Evaluation Criteria'' [page 21228]: a. The paragraph under the criterion ``Approach'' is struck and replaced with: ``Applications will be evaluated in terms of the extent to which they include a plan that (1) reflects the understanding of the characteristics, needs and services that are available from the PARIS Project and the potential for a Partnership agreement achieving the provision of services that directly address the fulfillment of the PARIS Project; (2) is appropriate and feasible; (3) can be reliably evaluated; (4) if successfully implemented, can be sustained after Federal funding has ceased.''; b. The point value for the criterion ``Budget and Budget Justification'' is revised from 10 points to 15 points; c. The entire criterion ``Third-Party Agreements'' worth 5 points is struck. 10. The second full paragraph in Section V(2), ``Review and Selection Process'' is revised to read: ``If an insufficient number of acceptable applications, as determined by ACF, are received under this program announcement ACF has the option of negotiating and awarding grant amounts higher than the $200,000 award ceiling for Partner States and $100,000 award ceiling for Member States, set forth in this announcement among those applicants who have submitted acceptable applications.''
Notice of Correction for Demonstration Projects That Improve Child Well-Being by Fostering Healthy Marriages Within Underserved Communities
This notice is to inform interested parties of corrections made to the Demonstration Projects that Improve Child Well-Being by Fostering Healthy Marriages Within Underserved Communities program announcement that published on June 8, 2005. The following corrections should be noted: Under Section III. 1 Eligible Applicants, following `Non-profits that do not have 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education please add the following eligible applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments). The final list of eligible applicants for this announcement should read: ``1. Eligible Applicants:
Administration on Developmental Disabilities; Family Support Initiative 2005
Objectives: To provide funds to States to create or expand statewide systems change for Family Support. To allow for the award of competitive grants to conduct training, technical assistance, and other activities designed to address the problems that impede the self-sufficiency of individuals with developmental disabilities and families of children with developmental disabilities. This program announcement will provide funds for the development phase of the Family Support Initiative. This is the last program announcement related to statewide systems change begun in 1999. This is not a funding opportunity related to Family Support 360. Eligible States and territorial entities under this announcement are: Alabama, Iowa, California and Puerto Rico. States and territories not listed above are not eligible to apply. I. Funding Opportunity Description
Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau; Consortium for Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN)
The purpose of these grants is to support a fourth implementation phase of the Consortium for Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect, which is conducting and coordinating prospective studies of young children who are at risk or who have already experienced maltreatment. These studies are expected to contribute to the knowledge of the etiology and consequences of child maltreatment, and provide new insights into the prevention, identification and treatment of maltreatment.