Community Services Block Grant_Discretionary Awards
To support program activities to alleviate the causes of poverty in distressed communities which: (1) assist businesses in creating jobs for low-income individuals, i.e., develop employment and business development opportunities for low-income individuals; (2) a better standard of living for rural low-income individuals in terms of water and waste water treatment.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: 31 grants were award for CED and 8 grants awarded for RCD. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 35 grants will be awarded for CED and 8 grants awarded for RCD programs in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: Not requested any funding for the CED or RCD programs.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
For Community Economic Development and CED Healthy Food Financing Inititive, eligibility is restricted to private, locally initiated, nonprofit community development corporations (or affiliates of such corporations) governed by a board consisting of residents of the community and business and civic leaders. This includes faith based community development corporations. For Rural Community Development Activity projects, eligibllty is restricted to multi-state, regional private, non-profit organizations that can provide training and technical assistance to small, rural communities interested in safe water and waste water treatment needs.
A project must be targeted to address the needs of a specific segment of low-income individuals or families. The official poverty line established by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, published annually by the Department of Health and Human Services is used as a criterion of eligibility in the Community Economic Development Discretionary Grant program.
Costs will be determined in accordance with the provisions of Title 45 CFR 75 Subpart E. 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?
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Announcements concerning the availability of funds, requests for applications, along with application form and assurance documents, are on www.grants.gov website. Applications to the Office of Community Services for grants under the announcement should be submitted through the grants.gov website. Applicants are urged to inform and coordinate application submissions with State and local governments where such information and coordination is appropriate or necessary for the success of the program. This program is subject to the provisions of Title 45 CFR Part 75 (non-governmental entities). All applications for assistance under this program must contain: (1) SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance; (2) SF-424A, Budget Information; (3) SF-424B, Assurances-Non- Construction Programs; (4) Certificate Regarding Drug Free Workplace Requirements; (5) Certification regarding environmental tobacco smoke; (6) Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters; and (7) Certification Regarding Lobbying. These must be accompanied by a detailed budget, and a program narrative submitted in accordance with the format detailed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
The Director, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), will make the final decision on all grant awards. Selection of applicants will be determined based on the review criteria outlined in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants will be acted upon within 90 to 120 days.
From 90 to 120 days. Rural Community Development Activity projects (also referred to as Rural Community Facilities Projects), are awarded for a five year project period with 12 month budget periods.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each Funding Opportunity Announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Federal funds awarded under the Secretary's Discretionary Authority may be used for activities that: improve the quality of the economic and social environment of low-income residents by providing resources to eligible applicants, by arresting tendencies toward dependency, chronic unemployment and community deterioration in urban and rural areas; and by addressing needs of water and wastewater treatment in rural communities. Community Economic Development (CED) grants are awarded to cover project costs for (1) startup or expansion of business, physical improvements, or commercial activities. (2) capital expenditures such as the purchase of equipment or real property; (3) allowable operating expenses; and (4) loans or equity investments. Expenditures must result in the creation of employment or business opportunities for low-income individuals. Generally, the project must be completed within 36 months for non-construction projects and 60 months for construction projects. Projects must document public/private partnership mobilizing cash and/or in-kind contributions; and be located in areas characterized by poverty and other indicators of socioeconomic distress, such as high levels of unemployment. Beginning in 2011, the CED program partnered with U.S. Departments of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). The goal of HFFI is to expand the availability of nutritious food, including developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets selling healthy food. Grant funds may cover project costs for business start-up or expansion and the development of new products and services. Rural Community Development (RCD), also referred as Rural Community Facilities (RCF) grants are awarded to provide training and technical assistance to small, rural communities concerning their water and waste water treatment needs. RCD grants focus on the development and upgrading of small water and wastewater systems in low-income rural areas. Types of services provided included training of persons responsible for community water and wastewater facilities; assisting communities with problem-solving and planning for facilities; producing and disseminating publications, newsletters, videos, and training manuals about rural waste and wastewater systems; and assisting rural communities in leveraging Federal, State, local, and private sector financing for facilities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Semi-annual performance progress reports, semi-annual financial reports and a final report summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the approved goals and objectives are required by OCS. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
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. 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.
Grant recipients are required to keep all financial, business and program reports necessary for program review and audit to insure that funds have been expended in accordance with the regulations, grant terms and conditions of this program. Audits and supporting records must be kept on file for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report with the exceptions listed under section 75.361.
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, Community Economic Development financial assistance awards are made available for periods of 36 to 60 months; Rural Community Development financial assistance awards are awarded for 12-month budget periods with a five year project period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. OCS Liaisons, stationed in - ACF.
Rafael J. Elizalde 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, 5th Floor West
, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Rafael.Elizalde@acf.hhs.gov
Phone: 202-401-5115 Fax: 202-401-4687
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $27,205,000; FY 15 est $27,300,000; and FY 16 est $0 - This funding is for the CED program. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $5,811,940; FY 15 est $6,378,621; and FY 16 est $0 - This funding is for the RCD program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Up to $800,000 for Communtiy Economic Development and $798,000 Rural Community Development Activities.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program announcements are posted on the web, www.acf.hhs.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects