Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects

 

To provide federal funds for information dissemination and technical assistance to states, training of federal and state staff to improve state child support programs, and research, demonstration, and special projects of regional or national significance relating to the operation of child support programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.601
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Five grants were awarded and five continuation grant awards to support existing programs. Fiscal Year 2015: OCSE does not anticipate any new awards. Five continuation grant awards to support existing programs. Fiscal Year 2016: OCSE does not anticipate any new awards in FY 2016.
Authorization
Social Security, Title IV, Part D, Section 452(j), Public Law 104-193, 42 U.S.C 652j.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility for these grants is open to state (including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) Title IV-D agencies, county, city or township, special district Title IV-D agencies, and umbrella agencies of Title IV-D agencies. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible for awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligibility for these grants is open to state (including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) Title IV-D agencies, county, city or township, special district Title IV-D agencies, and umbrella agencies of Title IV-D agencies. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible for awards.
Credentials/Documentation
When appropriate, applicants should present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the project involves their cooperation or the utilization of their facilities or service. For other grantees, costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 220 for educational institutions, 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit organizations, and any amendments to the aforementioned. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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. Application forms and supplemental descriptive information on the priority projects are available from: Administration for Children and Families, Child Support Enforcement Program, 4th floor, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Applications may be submitted to this address or via grants.gov. See the actual program announcement for details. The application shall be executed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or organization and to assume for the agency or organization the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant. The application must clearly indicate whether the application submitted is in response to a program announcement (e.g. CFDA 93.601) and must reference the announcement number for which the application is to compete. Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a review panel of not less than three knowledgeable people. Written assessment of each application is made.
Award Procedure
Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award. This provides the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the term and conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the total project period for which support is contemplated, and the total grantee participation.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants will be acted upon within 90 days.
Appeals
There are no formal appeals procedures. If an application for a grant is disapproved, the reasons for disapproval will be fully stated, applicatns may request the reasons for disapproval. In the case of unsolicited proposals, applicants are free to resubmit applications with attention to the changes suggested by the reasons for disapproval in the future. If an applicant is not awarded a grant, the applicant can request a written response that will address: (1) Weak and deficient areas of the proposal; (2) impact of weaknesses or deficiencies in not being selected; and (3) factors that were the basis of the selection of the successful grantee.
Renewals
Generally, project and budget periods vary according to priority area (up to 3 years). Projects of a longer duration will be considered if unique circumstances warrant. If projects are approved for a period longer than 12 months, funding will be provided in discrete 12-month increments, or "budget periods." Funding beyond the first 12- month budget period is not guaranteed. Future funding will depend on the grantee's satisfactory performance and the availability of future appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
1) Program Design; 2) Program Management; 3) Evaluation Design; and 4) Budget and Budget Justification.
How may assistance be used?
All grants must follow the program requirements and restrictions outlined in the funding opportunity announcement HHS-2012-ACF-OCSE-FI-0298 and follow all of the standard terms and conditions for ACF grant awards, not limited to what is described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Semi-annual program narrative reports and semi-annual expenditure reports are required. Periodic monitoring is conducted by the federal project office when progress reports are reviewed. Semi-annual expenditure reports are required. Quarterly narrative progress reports are required. Semi-annual reports of expenditures are required. Periodic monitoring is conducted by the Federal Project Officer when progress reports are reviewed.
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. All fiscal transactions identifiable to Federal financial assistance are subject to audit by the HHS agency, and other Federal officials.
Records
Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. Subsequent to an audit they must be maintained until all questions are resolved, or at the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, project and budget periods vary according to the priority area (up to 3 years). For multi-year projects, support beyond the first year is contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress and availability of funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact Regional Administrators. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices).
Headquarters Office
Michelle Jadczak 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W., Washingon, District of Columbia 20447 Email: michelle.jadczak@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202 401-4578
Website Address
http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cse/grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1553-0-1-609.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $709,979; FY 15 est $498,747; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$30,000 to $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"Grants Administration Policies," and application kits may be obtained from the ACF, Office of Child Support Enforcement, 4th Floor, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.