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Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Small Businesses, and Agencies
to Provide Childcare for Children from Low-Income Families

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Head Start (OHS)

Deadline Date:

10/05/20 4:30 PM ET - Paper applications; 11:59 PM ET - Electronic applications - for applicants in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon.

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, small businesses, faith-based and community-based organizations, government agencies, IHES, and school districts to provide childcare for children from low-income families. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of funding to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services.

ACF, within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will consider applications for Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, non-partnership Early Head Start (EHS) Expansion, or applications that include a combination of both. All applicants should prioritize providing services to the most vulnerable families with the greatest need due to special challenges, such as extreme poverty, homelessness, involvement with the child welfare system, or substance misuse issues.

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships: New or existing Head Start, EHS, and EHS-CC Partnership grantees can apply to use funding to partner with local child care, including family child care providers to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to eligible infants and toddlers through EHS-CC Partnerships. These EHSCC Partnerships will enhance and support early learning settings to provide full-day, full-year, comprehensive services that meet the needs of low-income working families; enhance access to high-quality, full-time child care; support the development of infants and toddlers through strong relationship-based experiences; and prepare them for the transition into preschool.  For more information, see https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HP-1852_1.pdf#page=4.

Non-partnership Early Head Start Expansion: New or existing Head Start, EHS, and EHS-CC Partnership grantees can apply to establish or add new traditional EHS slots through non-partnership EHS Expansion. Non-partnership EHS Expansion grantees will also provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services that will enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children; support parents' efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and help parents move toward self-sufficiency. For more information, see https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HP-1852_1.pdf#page=4.

Combination Approach: New or existing grantees can apply to both expand the number of EHS slots and implement the EHS-CC Partnership model designed to bring EHS services to infants and toddlers in child care and family child care settings.

For a brief summary of the EHS services to be provided to the children and families through this grant, see https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HP-1852_1.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173703

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$103,057,319

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 60

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $21,096,468 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $750,000 Per Budget Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $1,500,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 03/04/2021

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12- month budget periods. The successful applicant(s) under this FOA may receive grant awards with a project period of up to 5 years (60 months) that may include 4-5 budget periods. For example, grantees may receive a 54-month project period with an initial 18-month budget period and three subsequent 12-month budget periods.

Newly awarded grantees, regardless of model or option(s), should anticipate a reasonable startup period and will be expected to begin providing services as soon as high-quality services can reasonably be provided (i.e., when high-quality facilities are ready and staff have been trained). Grantees are expected to be fully enrolled no later than 12 months after receiving a grant award.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are any public or private non-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies pursuant to section 645A(d) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9840A(d).

Eligible entities include: (1) entities operating Head Start, (2) entities operating Indian Head Start or Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs, and (3) other public entities and nonprofit or for-profit private entities, including community-based and faith-based organizations, capable of providing child and family services that meet the standard for participation in programs under the Head Start Act. Please note, “(1) entities operating Head Start programs” includes entities operating Head Start, EHS, and/or EHS-CC Partnership programs.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Pre-Application Information:

Due to the federal emergency disaster declarations in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon, this FOA has been modified to allow ONLY applicants in these states to submit applications until 10/5/2020 by 11:59 PM, ET, for electronically-submitted applications, and 4:30 PM, ET, for applications in paper format that have received an exemption from electronic submission.

All other applicants are subject to the Application Due Date of 9/21/2020 by 11:59 PM, ET, for electronically-submitted applications, and 4:30 PM, ET, for applications in paper format that have received an exemption from electronic submission

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.gov. Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format.

Applicant entities may submit only one application per service area regardless of how they choose to apply.

New and existing grantees should submit applications that are based on the number of children they project can be served in a post-COVID-19 environment without the physical distancing restrictions currently in place due to COVID-19.

Required Registrations:
- All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days. See http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
- Organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). See https://www.sam.gov/. Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e. Grants.gov.
- Create a Grants.gov Account. The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete.

Applicants from participating jurisdictions should contact their SPOC, as soon as possible, to alert them of their prospective applications and to receive instructions on their jurisdiction's procedures. For more information, see Intergovernmental Review (SPOC List) in Supporting Documents below.

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. For more information, see https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HP-1852_1.pdf#page=21.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327187
How to Apply for a Grant: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/howto#chapter-4
Instructions for electronic submission via www.Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery, or to request application package:
HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HP-1852
Office of Head Start
OHS Operations Center
1401 Mercantile Lane
Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

Program Office Contact:
Shawna Pinckney
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Head Start
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (888) 242-0684
Email: OHSTech@reviewops.org

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Jeff Newton
Administration for Children and Families
1961 Stout Street
Office 08-148
Denver, CO 80294
Phone: (303) 844-1149
Email: jeff.newton@acf.hhs.gov

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
ACF Applications Help Desk
app_support@acf.hhs.gov

GRANTS.GOV Applicant Support
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

93.600

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-HP-1852

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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