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Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The City of Martinsville and Pittsylvania, Henry and Campbell Counties, Virginia

Grant to a Virginia Non-Profit or For-Profit for an
Early Childhood Program in Eligible Areas

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)

Conf. Date:

09/25/19

Deadline Date:

11/12/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a Virginia public and private nonprofit organization (including community and faith-based organizations) or a for-profit organization for early childhood programs that serve low-income pregnant women and children from birth to compulsory school age in the City of Martinsville and Pittsylvania, Henry and Campbell Counties. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications that seek to provide a high-quality, comprehensive program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start funding, or to provide services for Head Start only or Early Head Start only, in a manner that ensures continuous services and seamless transitions for children and families residing in the City of Martinsville and Pittsylvania, Henry and Campbell Counties, Virginia. 

The goal of this FOA is to ensure an equitable distribution of resources to meet the demonstrated community needs of children from birth to compulsory school age, ensuring continuity of services and taking into account the availability of high-quality and comprehensive early childhood education opportunities (which may include public preKindergarten programs for 4-year-olds). This FOA provides applicants the opportunity to propose to reallocate funding between Head Start and Early Head Start based on both the needs in the community and the applicant's capacity and experience serving pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children. Applicants may explore combining Head Start and Early Head Start funds with resources from other early childhood programs or funding streams, including state, local, and private sector funding for child care, pre-Kindergarten, and special education services. Please note that applicants responding to this FOA will be expected to begin providing Head Start and/or Early Head Start services quickly after award, with a minimal startup period, to support limited to no disruption in services to the currently enrolled children and families in this service area. 

Applicants proposing to serve pregnant women are expected to serve the newborn through the Early Head Start program. Applicants should thoughtfully consider their reason for deciding to apply to conduct a program to serve the proposed population, including the particular age group of children and, if applicable, pregnant women. This decision should be based on the needs of the community.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs emphasize family engagement because of the critical role that parents play in supporting their children's healthy development and school success. Effective programs engage parents in their children's development and learning. Programs also emphasize the significant involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These leadership opportunities are designed to strengthen skills that parents can apply to improving their family's economic well-being and to becoming more effective advocates for their children.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148004

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,074,262

Number of Grants:

1

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: 60 month project with five 12-month budget periods

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Head Start
  • 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 limited to local public or private non-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or local for-profit agencies, pursuant to Section 641(a)(1) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9836(a)(1) in the service area, that can provide Head Start services to children and families residing in the City of Martinsville and Pittsylvania, Henry and Campbell Counties, Virginia. Applicants must demonstrate they meet the statutory requirement for designation as a Head Start and/or Early Head Start agency as defined in the Head Start Act.

For designation as a Head Start agency, ACF will consider all "qualified applicants in such community" as required by Section 641(d) where the applicant demonstrates it has an organizational base within the community to be served. This could be established by virtue of the applicant being a provider of services in the community or having a clear relationship to the community as evidenced, for example, by board representation from the community or by evidence of the support of community leaders, including, but not limited to mayors; city council members; school principals; presidents of local chambers of commerce; county government officials; social service provider organizations; community organizations representing low-income, minority, or other relevant sectors of the community; and childcare providers and organizations.

Entities applying for Early Head Start only:

- 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).

- Eligibility is limited to public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations in the service area that can provide Early Head Start services to children and families residing in the City of Martinsville and Pittsylvania, Henry and Campbell Counties, Virginia.

- Entities operating Head Start programs are eligible to operate Early Head Start programs.

Eligible Participants:

Head Start serves children when they are at least 3 years old by the date used to determine eligibility for public school in the community where the Head Start program is located. Early Head Start programs enroll pregnant women and infants and toddlers from birth to age 3. Families must either have incomes below the poverty line or be eligible for public assistance in order to be income eligible for Head Start or Early Head Start programs. In addition, homeless children and children in foster care are categorically eligible for services. Children are selected for enrollment based on age and income eligibility and relative level of need with regard to other criteria that are identified within each community (45 CFR § 1302.12(b)(c)).

Head Start regulations permit up to 10 percent of enrolled participants to be from families that do not meet these low-income criteria.

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-proposal Conference:

Join the Office of Head Start for a pre-application webinar regarding the recently posted 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements. Interested organizations have two opportunities to attend. To register, please select the event you would like to join:

- Tuesday, September 24th at 2 pm EDT
- Wednesday, September 25th at 9 am EDT

This webinar will provide potential applicants with an overview of the Head Start program, and the OHS competitive grants process. Joining and participating in this webinar is voluntary.

See the following link for more information: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs/funding

Pre-Application Information:

Current Closing Date for Applications: Nov 12, 2019 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date. ACF requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.gov.

It is required of all applicants to obtain a DUNS number. Active registration at the Systems Award Management (SAM) website must be maintained throughout the application and project award period. The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.

Any applicant responding to this FOA will submit one application, whether the applicant is proposing to provide: 1) Head Start services only, 2) Early Head Start services only, or 3) both Head Start and Early Head Start services.

Grantees must, unless a waiver is granted, contribute 20 percent of the total cost of the program from non-federal funds. A waiver may be granted for any of the grounds listed in Section 640(b) of the Head Start Act. (45 CFR § 1303.4)

Applicants will be notified of a disqualification determination by email or by USPS postal mail within 30 federal business days from the closing date of this FOA.

Link to Grants.gov page: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=317782

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

For more information about obtaining a DUNS number: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html

For more information about registering with SAM:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-with-sam.html

Contact Information:

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

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

Hearing-impaired and speech-impaired callers may contact the Federal Relay Service (FedRelay) for assistance at www.gsa.gov/fedrelay.

CFDA Number:

93.600

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-CH-R03-1713

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: City of Martinsville and Pittsylvania, Henry and Campbell Counties

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