Operation Lead Elimination Action Program


To leverage private sector resources to eliminate lead poisoning as a major public health threat to young children. Operation LEAP will provide seed money in the form of grants to applicants that demonstrate a concrete ability to leverage substantial private sector resources to be used for lead hazard control related activities. Resources generated through Operation LEAP will be used and/or distributed by non-profits or for-profits to assist National, State and local entities actively engaged in creating lead-safe housing for families with young children on both a preventive and remedial basis.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
7 grants awarded to date.
Consolidated Appropriations Resolution of 2003, Public Law 108-7, approved February 20, 2003.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The applicant must be a tax-exempt (501(c)), other nonprofit or for-profit entity or firm. States and units of general local government and their departments are not eligible. Colleges and Universities are eligible as nonprofit entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Homeowners, rental property owners, and public housing residents.
Costs will be determined for nonprofit and educational institutions in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-122 and No. A-21, respectively, and in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR Part 84.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
The competitive Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2003 LEAP grants provides the application procedure. Copies of the NOFA can be obtained by calling the SuperNOFA Information Center at 1-800-HUD-8929 or via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
Award Procedure
HUDs review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.
To be considered for funding for the LEAP Program, the original and four copies of the application package should be submitted to the Robert C. Weaver HUD Headquarters Building, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, ATTN: Operation Lead Elimination Action Program, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room P3206, Washington, DC 20410. If your application is sent by overnight delivery or express mail, your application will be timely filed if it is received before or on the application due date, or when you submit documentary evidence that your application was placed in transit with the overnight delivery/express mail service by no later than the application due date. Delivery must be made during HUD's Headquarters business hours, between 8:30AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications that meet all of the threshold requirements contained the NOFA will be eligible to be scored and ranked, based on the total number of points allocated for each of the rating factors described below. The rating factors and the total number of points available for each factor are provided below. For LEAP, the rating factors are: (1) Organizational Capacity of the Applicant and Relevant Organizational Experience (30 points); (2) Approach (30 points); and (3) Leveraging Resources (35 points); and (4) Achieving Results and Program Evaluation (5 Points).
How may assistance be used?
For fiscal year 2003, potential applicants should consult the NOFA for available grant funding, particular requirements and restrictions, and application due dates.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly financial management and performance reports are required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local, and Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
There is no matching requirement for the LEAP program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The LEAP grants are awarded for up to a 2-year period after the date of award. Payment is on a cost-reimbursable basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
John Baker, Lead Hazard Control Grants Division, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, at the address above; telephone (804) 771-2100, extension 3765 (this is not a toll-free number). E-mail: john_baker@hud.gov. Hearing- and speech- impaired persons may access the above telephone numbers via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877- 8339. Address for Submitting Applications. The address for all applications is Robert C. Weaver HUD Headquarters Building, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, ATTN: Operation Lead Elimination Action Program, 451 Seventh Street, SW, Room P3206, Washington, DC 20410.
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Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 02 $6,500,000; FY 03 est $9,935,000; and FY 04 est $10,000,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
LEAP anticipates that approximately 6-10 grants will be awarded.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Notice of Funding Availability and Application Kit are self-contained, all necessary information is provided, and no other regulations pertain to this grant.
Examples of Funded Projects
The National Safety Council will be awarded $679,346.00 to launch a major initiative that will be fueled by private-sector contributions. The initiative will assist community-based organizations in building local capacity for lead hazard control and to implement lead hazard control projects in low income privately-owned rental or owner occupied housing in high risk neighborhoods that contains lead based paint hazards. All lead hazard control work will be carried out in a manner that is consistent with the state of the art. Partners include the Lynchburg, Virginia Neighborhood Development Foundation; Citizens for Lead Education and Poisoning Prevention; and, the National Coalition for Lead Safe Kids. The ACCESS Agency program will include a comprehensive partnership with the ACCESS Agency, the Salvation Army, a coalition of low-income homeowners and landlords of low-income housing, a regional municipal health department, a regional hospital, regional municipalities, area banks and local motels (to provide temporary housing for families whose homes are undergoing lead hazard control action). The program will be designed to: (1) mobilize private sector resources; (2) build a regional capacity and integrate community resources by enlisting the support and resources available through the private sector to address lead hazards in housing; (3) provide meaningful educational activities for residents and landlords that focus on the dangers of lead poisoning in the home and strategies to minimize these dangers; and, (4) provide financial and technical assistance to low-income landlords and homeowners to enable them to upgrade residential units and make them lead-safe for families and children. The Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation proposes to utilize health/housing partnerships toward the eradication of childhood poisoning by the year 2010 in Milwaukee. The program will be conducted in cooperation with the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), TCF Bank, US Bank, Metcalf Park Resident's Association, Midtown Neighborhood Association, the Apartment Association of Southeast Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee Foundation. The Energy Program Consortium is a joint venture of the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association, representing the Low- Income Home Energy Assistance Program directors; the National Association for State Community Services Programs, representing the Weatherization Assistance Program directors; and, the National Association of State Energy Officials. The program will conduct fundraising for lead hazard control activities, to be funded by national foundations, corporations and financial institutions. It will build upon the successful collaboration between local lead hazard control and weatherization programs.