Child Safety and Child Booster Seats Incentive Grants

 

To encourage States to enact and enforce a child restraint law that requires children up to 65 pounds and under 8 years of age to be properly retrained in a child restraint, unless they are 4' 9' tall.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.613
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: States spent no more than 50% of these funds for purchasing and distributing child safety seats and restraints to low income families. Remaining funds were used for enforcement of child restraint laws, training child passenger safety professionals, fire and emergency personnel, educators and parents about child passenger safety; and conducting awareness classes for the general public about the proper use and installation of child safety seats. Fiscal Year 2015: States continued to spend remaining funds on enforcement of child restraint laws, training of child passenger safety professionals and the purchase of child restraint systems for low-income families. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 2011, Public Law 109-59, 23 U.S.C 402.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The grant program was available to the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State Highway Safety Agencies.
Credentials/Documentation
States submitted certifications that met eligibility requirements no later than July 1 of each fiscal year. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Certifications, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, are due no later than July 1 of each fiscal year to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator. To apply for grant funds in a fiscal year, a New or Changed Law State must submit the certification required by Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 20, Tuesday, January 31, 2006, Appendix 1 and an Unchanged Law State must submit the certification required by Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 20, Tuesday, January 31, 2006, Appendix 2, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator.
Award Procedure
A State submitted certification met eligibility requirements; after being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds. Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. NHTSA notifies the Governor in a letter that the State has met the requirements for a Section 2011 grant. The letter also described the amount of the grant award.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Certifications must be submitted each year no later than July 1 of that fiscal year.
How are proposals selected?
A certification from the Governor's Representative that the State is enforcing a child restraint law that conforms to the criteria established in Section 2011.
How may assistance be used?
No more than 50 percent of the grant a State received in a fiscal year was used to fund programs for purchasing and distributing child safety seats and restraints to low income families. The remaining amounts can be used to carry out child safety seat and child restraint program, including the following: enforcement of child restraint laws; training child passenger safety professionals, police officers, fire and emergency medical personnel, educators and parents concerning child safety seats and child restraints; and educating the public concerning the proper use and installation of child safety seats and child restraints. No more than 50 percent of the grant a State received in a fiscal year was used to fund programs for purchasing and distributing child safety seats and restraints to low income families.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. Grants Tracking System. The Annual Evaluation Report required under the Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety formula grant program must include a progrfess report on the prior year's program and accomplishments of the Section 2011 grant program. Grants Tracking System. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Records
Project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years, following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables, all product contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents pending resolution of audit findings.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 23, Chapter 402.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering the eligible costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Headquarters Office
Mary D. Gunnels, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NTI-200, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: maggi.gunnels@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-2121.
Website Address
http://nhtsa.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8020-0-7-401.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - No SAFETEA-LU grants awarded .MAP-21 replaced SAFETEA-LU.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range was normally $100,000 -$700,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Section 2011, Public Law 109-59, as amended, 23 U.S.C. 402. Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 20, Tuesday, January 31, 2006.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: States are spending down their Section 2011 SAFETEA-LU funds by providing training for law enforcement, health care professionals, fire and rescue and others on the proper use of child restraint systems. It also provided funds for the purchase of child restraints for families that meet the low income criteria. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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