Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Grants
To improve and expand the capacity for linguistic and cultural competence of health care professionals and paraprofessionals working with Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) minority communities and improve the accessibility and utilization of health care services among the LEP minority populations.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of Minority Health
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Office of Minority Health (OMH) is authorized to conduct this program under 42 U.S.C. Section 300 u-6, section 1707 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Public and private nonprofit minority community-based organizations or health care facilities serving a targeted LEP minority community may apply.
Members of the minority groups whose native language is other than English: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, or a subgroup of any of these groups.
Proof of nonprofit status is required as part of the application submission. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. All open grant opportunities are posted on www.grants.gov. Additional information and application kits may be requested by calling 240-453-8822 or writing to: Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) Office of Grants Management, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852.
Accepted applications will be reviewed by a review panel that will make recommendations on the technical merit based on the published criteria. After considering the recommendations of the panel, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, will make a final decision on funding projects and a notice of grant award will be issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Approximately 90 days from the application deadline date.
> 180 Days. Grant projects can have a 3-year project period, with 12-month budget periods.
How are proposals selected?
Complete review criteria are published in the Federal Register Notice or can be obtained from the Program contact. Listed below are some criteria used to review applications: (1) consistency of project's goals and objectives with the Office of Minority Health's mission; (2) coherence and feasibility of methodology and activities selected to address the problem as evidence in the proposed implementation plan; (3) strength of proposed grant organization's management capability; (4) adequacy of qualifications, experience and cultural competence of proposed personnel; and (5) strength of analysis of potential impact or innovation the project proposes to generate.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be used to support projects that provide bilingual/bicultural assistance in the delivery of health services for minority populations. Funds are not to be used for the provision of health care services, construction, augmentation of ongoing Office of Minority Health (OMH) supported demonstrations, or supplantation of on-going project activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual Program reports are required. Cash Reports are due on a minimum basis of quarterly. Progress reports are required for each budget period. Financial status reports are due at the end of each budget period. A final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. In accordance with 45 CFR Part 74.53 and 45 CFR Part 92, grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant projects can have a 3-year project period, with 12-month budget periods. Following the initial budget period, continued funding is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance. Payments will be made either on a monthly cash basis or under a letter of credit. Necessary instructions regarding procedures will be provided at the time the Notice of Grant Award is issued. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Program Management Contact:
Office of Minority Health, Division of Program Operations,
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-8444.
Grants Management Contact:
Office of Grants Management,
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-8822.
Eric C. West, Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: email@example.com
Phone: (240) 453-8822.
(Salaries) FY 10 $2,200,000; FY 11 $0; FY 12 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 74 and 92. Specific program requirements are contained in the Federal Register Notice, the application instructions, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: Thirteen organizations were funded through this 5 year program, the grantees supported partnerships between community-based, minority serving organizations and health care facilities and addressed: cultural and linguistic barriers to effective health care service delivery; and access to quality and comprehensive health care for limited English-proficient (LEP) populations, particularly individuals who are racial and ethnic minorities. This program has concluded. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available