Maternal and Child Health Federal Consolidated Programs


To carry out special maternal and child health (MCH) projects of regional and national significance; to conduct training and research; to conduct genetic disease testing, counseling, and information development and dissemination programs; for the screening of newborns for sickle cell anemia, and other genetic disorders; and to support comprehensive hemophilia diagnostic and treatment centers. These grants are funded with a set-aside from the MCH Block grant program. SPRANS grants are funded with 15 percent of the Block Grant appropriation of up to $600 million. When the appropriation exceeds $600 million, 12.75 percent of the amount over $600 million is set aside for the Community Integrated Service Systems grants. 15 percent of the balance remaining over $600 million is also for SPRANS. The CISS program is to develop and expand the following: (1) Home visitation; (2) increased participation of obstetricians and pediatricians; (3) integrated service delivery systems; (4) maternal and child health centers for women and infants, under the direction of a not-for-profit hospital; (5) services for rural populations; and (6) integrated state and community service systems for children and youth with special health care needs. In FY 2008, Congress first funded the Combating Autism Act program, which is for early detection, education and intervention activities on autism and other developmental disorders.
First funded in 2004, the Heritable Disorders Program is established to improve the ability of States to provide newborn and child screening for heritable disorders and affect the lives of all of the nation’s infants and children. Newborn and child screening occur at intervals across the life span of every child. Newborn screening universally provides early identification and follow-up for treatment of infants affected by certain genetic, metabolic, hormonal and/or functional conditions. It is expected that newborn and child screening will expand as the capacity to screen for genetic and congenital conditions expands.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Social Security Act, Title V, Section 502(a)(1) and (b)(1), as amended; 42 U.S.C. 702.; Section 399BB of the Public Health Service Act; Section 1109, 1111 and 1112 of the Public Health Service Act and Section 399T of the Public Health Service Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Training grants may be made to public or private nonprofit institutions of higher learning. Research grants may be made to public or private nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit private agencies and organizations engaged in research or in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) or Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) programs. Any public or private entity is eligible for hemophilia and genetics grants and other special project grants, including CISS. Eligible entities for the Heritable Disorders Program include a State or a political subdivision of a State; a consortium of 2 or more States of political subdivisions of States; a territory; a health facility or program operated by or pursuant to a contract with or grant from the Indian Health Service; or any other entity with appropriate expertise in newborn screening, as determined by the Secretary.
Beneficiary Eligibility
For training grants: (1) Trainees in the health professions related to MCH; and (2) mothers and children who receive services through training programs. For research grants: public or private nonprofit agencies and organizations engaged in research in MCH or CSHCN programs. For hemophilia, sickle cell, thalassemia or genetics, and other special projects: (1) Public or private agencies, organizations and institutions; and (2) mothers and children, and persons with genetic conditions including hemophilia (any age), who receive services through the programs.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 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 excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.

Award Procedure
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 3 to 6 months.
Not Applicable.
After initial award, projects may be renewed annually up to the limit of the project period upon the submission and approval of a satisfactory continuation application.
How are proposals selected?
General criteria are described in Program Regulations 45 CFR 51, and specific criteria are included in the program guidance materials provided with application kits. Contact Central Office for details.
How may assistance be used?
Training grants are made to institutions of higher learning for training personnel for health care and related services for mothers and children. Research grants are for the purpose of research activities which show promise of a substantial contribution to the advancement of maternal and child health services. Genetic grants are for genetic disease testing, counseling and information development and dissemination. Hemophilia grants are for the support of centers which provide hemophilia diagnostic and treatment services. Sickle cell disease grants are made to support follow up for infants with sickle cell identified through newborn screening. Heritable Disorders grants are made to improve the ability of States to provide newborn and child screening for heritable disorders. Other special project grants are designed to support activities of a demonstration nature which are designed to improve services for mothers and children.

Restricted Uses: Indirect costs that are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the training grants project, are limited to 8 percent of direct costs. Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees is not eligible for support.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual program reports, annual program service reports, and special reports as required. Cash reports are not applicable. The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report). The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at Competing continuation awardees, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award 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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 35.%. Please refer to funding opportunity announcement. Opportunities may include Matching Requirements of: 35%.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis for the duration of the grant period, and payments are made through an Electronic Transfer System or Cash Demand System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 18-05, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-2170.
Headquarters Office
Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-05, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-2170.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $127,630,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$3,419 to $3,996,711; $267,663.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 75 State, local and tribal governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. 42 CFR Part 51a Project Grants for Maternal Child and Health.

HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.