Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Non-Profit Organizations- financed in part by Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF)


This program will cover projects under two funding initiatives: 1) specific capacity building activities (CBA) under PPHF; and 2) CBA activities under an umbrella cooperative agreement for unique target populations. Applicant organizations will have the opportunity to compete for PPHF supported projects as well as high priority CDC projects. This program will assist state, tribal, local and U.S. territorial health departments, and other components of the public health system by making available to them capacity building assistance (including technical consultation, skills building/training, information, and technology transfer assistance) that will result in: systems and organizational efficiencies; a capable and qualified workforce; state-of-the-art information technology systems and integrated and standardized community and population data; improved planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based public health policies, laws, programs and services; results driven local and national public and private partnerships; and increased availability and accessibility of public health resources, such as publications, educational materials, syndicated website material, training curricula, assessments and evaluation tools, and other products for improvement of public health agencies and other agencies in the public health system. The overall goal of capacity building assistance is to ensure improvements in the public health infrastructure so that it is prepared for responding to both acute and chronic threats relating to the Nation?s health such as emerging infections, disparities in health status, and increases in chronic disease and injury rates. Capacity building assistance will focus on the provision of technical consultation, skills building/training, and information and technology transfer assistance to ensure successful planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of the key areas for public health infrastructure investments. CBA may also be provided for CDC-funded projects which may include limited CBA to international public health agencies where there is a benefit to US public health efforts or to the US public health system. Investing in CBA is expected to help public health agencies and other public health components fulfill their mission of protecting and promoting health in their communities and effectively performing essential public health services. Some of the capacity building needs are in the following areas: ? Improving the public health workforce (e.g., e-learning, other training, and fellowship programs); vital statistics systems (electronic birth and death registration); food and water borne disease identification and prevention, prevention of hospital acquired infections, electronic health record/IT systems, communications systems and processes (e.g. information syndication and social media capacity), and laboratory and epidemiologic capacity. ? Developing information systems to support adoption, implementation, enforcement, and/or evaluation of public health legislation, codes, rules, regulations, ordinances, and other policies. ? Improving public health system development/redevelopment by building or re-engineering infrastructure to improve networking, coordination, standardization, and centralization of public health services to effectively and efficiently address priority health indicators. ? Implementing best health care practices and conducting impact evaluation. ? Improving information and data system capacity through policy/communication for standardized data collection and analysis systems, information management technology, information dissemination, and meaningful data use and translation ? Improving organizational capacity to effectively and efficiently use resources such as fiscal agents, and intermediaries, and ? Improving technical and program guidance and evaluation of preventive services to expand coverage for community and clinical preventive services. This includes technical consultation and promotion on the adoption and utilization of the recommendations from the Guide for Community Preventive Services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
This program is authorized under sections 301 and 317 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), 42 U.S.C. 241 and 247b as amended, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), Title IV, Section 4002 (Prevention and Public Health Fund)., Title IV, Section 4002, Public Law -111-148, 42 U.S.C. 242,247
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
1. Eligible Applicants: Organizations with nonprofit 501(c)(3) or nonprofit 501(c)(6) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education). 2. Special Eligibility Requirements: The applicant organization must provide evidence of national scope of work and of public health charge or mission. 3.Justification for Less than Maximum Competition: oThe program leadership in the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) determined that in order to achieve its strategic priorities for strengthening the public health infrastructure and advancing the quality of public health decision making, OSTLTS will need to expand its capacity building assistance (CBA) efforts through national, non-profit organizations with experience and expertise providing capacity building assistance to governmental and non-governmental components of the public health system. oEligible applicants are limited to national, non-profit professional public health mission organizations with experience and expertise providing capacity building assistance (CBA) to governmental and non-governmental components of the public health system. oThe CDC is requesting the provision of capacity building assistance (CBA) to public health agencies and other public health entities across the United States and its territories in order to strengthen public health practice to improve health for all populations. These national public health mission organizations are the only entities positioned to effectively and efficiently execute on the expected capacity building outcomes, outputs, and activities outlined in the FOA. The characteristics that position these organizations are: 1) designated mission and experience working nationally, 2) demonstrated infrastructure, experience and expertise providing CBA, and 3) relationship to the public health system workforce across the United States and Territories. oTherefore, eligibility is limited to the above specified types of applicants/organizations that are expected to demonstrate significant experience and expertise providing capacity building assistance (CBA) to the target populations described in the attached OT13-1302 FOA. oThis expertise is necessary for the grantee to effectively and efficiently complete the related activities and achieve the program outcomes described in the funding opportunity announcement. oAdditionally the following capacities will facilitate the completion of projects in the specified timeframe:  Infrastructure to organize, conduct work and disseminate key outcomes.  Communicate key information to organization members, stakeholders and the public health community on a regular basis.  Leverage a wide array of resources among organization members and the public health community to expeditiously achieve results in a cost-effective manner.  Interact with other public health organizations; act as a networking hub to build the capacity of governmental and non-governmental components of the public health system.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include state health departments; tribal health organizations; local health departments; the District of Columbia; U.S. Territories; and other components of the public health system. The general public will also serve as beneficiaries.
The applicant organization must include evidence of national scope of work and of public health role or mission. Articles of incorporation, board resolution or by-laws are acceptable forms of evidence. The applicant must also provide evidence of federally assigned 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) status designation by submitting a copy of the current, valid Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determination letter.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Allowable costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for non-profit non-governmental organizations. Applicants must download application forms from, and completed applications must be submitted electronically at If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, or if they have difficulty accessing the forms on-line, contact the CDC Procurement and Grants Office Technical Information Management Section (PGO-TIMS) staff. For this, or further assistance, contact PGO-TIMS: Telephone (770) 488-2700, Email:
Award Procedure
1. Phase I Review: All eligible applications will be initially reviewed for completeness by CDC's Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) staff. In addition, eligible applications will be jointly reviewed for responsiveness by CDC/OSTLTS and PGO. Incomplete applications and applications that are non-responsive to the eligibility criteria will not advance to Phase II review. Applicants will be notified if the application did not meet eligibility and/or published submission requirements. 2. Phase II (Initial Base-Funding) Review: An objective review panel will evaluate complete and responsive applications according to the criteria listed in the "Criteria" section of the FOA. The applications will be compiled and reviewed according to the category for which applicants submitted their applications. Applicants will be notified electronically if the application did not meet eligibility and/or published submission requirements thirty (30) days after the completion of Phase II review. 3. Phase III Review: In addition, the following factors may affect the funding decision during Phase II (Initial Base-Funding Competition) Review: a. Preference to avoid duplication of CBA services to the same target populations. b. Preference may be given to the funding of applicants that propose to provide CBA services to target populations not served by higher ranking applicants. c. Preference will be given to ensure funding of organizations that provide CBA services to target populations not duplicated in other CDC funding mechanisms. CDC will provide justification for any decision to fund outside of ranked order of scores. Final funding determinations will be based on application scores from the objective review panels and consideration for CDC's funding preferences. 4. Phase IV (Secondary CIO-Funding) Review: Applicants that are successful in Phase II (Initial Base-Funding) Review and are awarded funds will be eligible to participate in the Phase IV (Secondary CIO-Funding) Review for CDC-wide public health projects. Eligible awardees will receive an application packet detailing the Phase IV (Secondary CIO-Funding) application submission process upon receipt of the Phase II (Initial-Base Funding) Notice of Award. The awardees must submit stand-alone applications in response to a range of CBA projects that represent public health disciplinary areas and cross-cutting disciplines and/or topics. CIO-funded projects may also include limited CBA to international public health constituents where there is a benefit to U.S. public health efforts or to the U.S. public health system. The applications will be compiled and reviewed according to the Category and CIO project for which applicants submitted proposals. In the event a technical review is more efficient (i.e., there is one proposal submitted for a particular CIO project), the technical review will be held in place of an objective review. Final funding determinations will be based on application scores from the objective review (and technical review) panels.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Renewals will be based upon the conditions in the funding announcement and are subject to the availability of CIO discretionary and programmatic funding, and funding under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
How are proposals selected?
Applications were evaluated based on: (1) demonstrated track record of providing technical consultation, skills building/training, information, or technology transfer assistance to components of the public health system, including state, tribal, local and territorial health departments; (2) understanding of the capacity building infrastructure development needs of state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments; (3) a clear plan of action with objectives achievable in one year and subsequent years; and (4) a clear assessment strategy (plan) to measure the effectiveness of capacity building assistance in improving the planning, implementation, coordination, evaluation (including dissemination of best practices) of public health infrastructure investments.
How may assistance be used?
Project funds will be used for costs associated with providing capacity building assistance to strengthen the infrastructure of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial public health agencies and other components of the public health system. For the purposes of this program, “other components of the public health system” refers to specific professional constituencies (i.e., epidemiologists, community health nurses, health education and promotion specialists tribal health leaders, chronic disease directors, health information specialists, Medicaid/Medicare Directors, state/local public health financial officials, etc.) or key components of the public health system (i.e., community and neighborhood health centers, public health and primary care delivery systems, community and faith-based organizations, public health and accreditation boards, public health institutes, primary care residency programs, health insurance consortia, family/social services programs, maternal/child health associations, etc.).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees will be monitored by project officers to ensure accomplishment of approved objectives and activities (including development and dissemination of deliverables, and number of training and technical assistance episodes delivered), and for capacity building outcomes such as adoption of best practices by state, tribal, local and territorial health departments and increases in the implementation and evaluation of public health infrastructure investments.
Records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and General Accounting Office (GAO). The grantee is to also ensure that the sub-recipients receiving CDC funds also meet these requirements (if total Federal grant or grants funds received exceed $500,000). The grantee should include this requirement in all sub-recipient contracts.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the program shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases, records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. Property records must be retained in accordance with 45 CFR 92.42.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Financial assistance is available for a 12-month budget period within project periods ranging from one to five years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Caroline Sulal
1825 Century Blvd
MS V18-1
Atlanta, GA 30345 USA
Phone: 770.488.1522
Fax: 404.498.0430
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$13,948,483.00; FY 16$11,356,472.00; - This CFDA program represents the PPHF-funded portion of cooperative agreement CDC-RFA-OT13-1302. CFDA number 93.424 reflects the Non-PPHF portion of funding awarded to this vehicle. The sum of funding for these two CFDAs equals the total actual or estimated funding for this vehicle in a given FY.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The floor of individual award range is $4 million for Category A, $1 million for Category B and $100,000 for Category C. The approximate average award ranges for the 12-month budget period are up to $9 million for Category A, up to $2.5 million for Category B and up to $1 million for Category C.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations governing this program are published under 42 CFR 55b. Guidelines are available for 45 CFR 92, and also HHS Grants Policy Statement at Evaluation activities such as submission of annual reports and site visit participation will be required to ensure awardees adhere to the program guidelines and regulations. Detailed report requirements are described in Funding Opportunity Announcement CDC-RFA-OT13-1302.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.