National Guard ChalleNGe Program

 

The Secretary of Defense, acting through the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, conducts a National Guard civilian youth opportunities program (to be known as the "National Guard ChalleNGe Program") to use the National Guard to provide military-based training, including supervised work experience in community service and conservation projects, to civilian youth who cease to attend secondary school after graduating so as to improve the life skills and employment potential of such youth.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
12.404
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Office: National Guard Bureau
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants.
Program Accomplishments
The ChalleNGe and Starbase programs have grown during the past 9 years from ideas into the most successful programs of their types in the United States. ChalleNGe has grown from a pilot program of 10 States to a permanent program with 25 States currently participating and more than 22,000 graduates. Starbase has grown from 1 program to the 19 that exist today, and has been adopted by the Navy and Air Force Reserve.
Authorization
Defense Appropriation Act, as amended, 32 U.S.C. 509; 10 U.S.C. 2193.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Secretary of Defense shall provide for the conduct of the National Guard ChalleNGe Program in such States and U.S. territories and possession as the Secretary considers to be appropriate, except that Federal expenditures under the program may not exceed $62.5M for fiscal year 01.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The Secretary of Defense shall provide for the conduct of the National Guard ChalleNGe Program in such States and U.S. territories and possession as the Secretary considers to be appropriate, except that Federal expenditures under the program may not exceed $62.5M for fiscal year 01.
Credentials/Documentation
None.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
The State shall develop a plan which includes details on student application and selection procedures, number of students to be trained, staffing, curriculum, Post-Residential phase execution, facilities and services, State public and private service to be provided and a detailed budget.
Award Procedure
After Congress authorizes, approves, and appropriates funds for the project and the National Guard Bureau reviews and approves all necessary plans, specifications, bidding documents, contracts and other documentation, the award can be made.
Deadlines
Not available.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 2 to 3 months.
Appeals
None.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
States shall submit annual financial plans which will be reviewed, prioritized, and approved by the appropriate NGB Program Manager.
How may assistance be used?
To carry out the National Guard ChalleNGe Program in a State, the Secretary of Defense shall enter into an agreement with the Governor of the State or, in the case of the District of Columbia, with the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, under which the Governor or the commanding general will establish, organize, and administer the National Guard ChalleNGe Program in the State. The agreement may provide for the Secretary to provide funds to the State for civilian personnel costs attributable to the use of civilian employees of the National Guard in the conduct of the National Guard ChalleNGe Program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
State must submit certified vouchers for each payment to the U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer of the State. Within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report on the design, conduct, and effectiveness of the National Guard ChalleNGe Program during the preceding fiscal year. In preparing the report, the Secretary shall coordinate with the Governor of each State in which the National Guard ChalleNGe Program is carried out and, if the program is carried out in the District of Columbia, with the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard.
Auditing
Governed by the Single Audit Act of 1984. The USPFO shall conduct an annual internal review of the program. The internal review shall commence 90 days after the close of the program budget year.
Records
An inventory of program assets by each State.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
The amount of assistance provide under this section to a State program of the National Guard ChalleNGe Program may not exceed: (1) For fiscal year 2000, 65 percent of the costs of operating the State program during the year; and (2) for fiscal year 2001 and each subsequent fiscal year, 60 percent of the costs of operating the State program during that year."
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One year from the approval of the agreement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
NGB/NGB-YP (Youth Programs Division), 1411 Jefferson Davis Highway, JP1, Arlington, VA 22202-3221. Telephone: (703) 607-5975. (Use 327-5975 for DSN).
Website Address
http://www.ngb.dtic.mil/indexstm/.
Financial Information
Account Identification
57-3840-0-1-051.
Obligations
(Grants) FY 07 $62,500,000; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Section 509(b) limits the use of Federal funds in an amount not to exceed $62.5M for fiscal year 05.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
DoD and NGB guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
ChalleNGe, Youth Conservation, and STARBASE.

 



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