Applicants eligible to submit applications in accordance with this RFA must meet all of the below criteria as of the time of the RFA release date:
- Nonprofit agency located in Nebraska. The application assures that it is a public or nonprofit (as described in Internal Revenue Code 501(c) (3)) entity, and will provide proof of its nonprofit status upon request of DHHS.
- Public clinic. For the purposes of the Nebraska DHHS Immunization Program and this RFA, a public clinic is a clinic operated by a public or nonprofit agency, such as a county or district health department, tribal health facility, or community action agency that meets the needs of the community that are not already met by other providers, so in a large way serves as a “safety net” for those populations.
- Current enrolled VFC provider.
Applicants must be familiar and able to meet VFC programmatic requirements as a condition of eligibility to submit an application and as a condition of receipt of subaward funds. Applicants must be a current enrolled VFC provider and those requirements including, but not limited to: ordering, accountability, and storage and handling of publicly purchased vaccine are outlined in the annual signed executed Provider Agreement, Provider Profile, and Nebraska Immunization Program Provider Manual. The manual is given to each enrolled provider, last revised in April 2018, and is to be reviewed annually by enrolled providers.
Subawards under this RFA shall not replace a service or activity that is supported by other means. Under no circumstances will applications be considered that would replace existing support from non-federal sources.
The Subrecipient acknowledges that it may not use subaward funds for:
1. Any costs for activities or personnel that are not directly related to the Immunization and Vaccines for Children Cooperative Agreement.
2. Violation of the cost limitations as stated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and Furthering Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017
a. None of the funds shall be used to pay the salary of an individual at a rate in excess of Executive Level II (Div. H, Title II, General Provisions, Sec. 202)
b. None of the funds shall be used to advocate or promote gun control (Div. H, Title II, Sec. 210)
c. None of the funds shall be used for lobbying (Div. H, Title V, Sec. 503)
d. None of the funds shall be used to carry out a program of distributing sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of an illegal drug (Div. H, Title V, Sec. 520)
e. None of the funds shall be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography (Div. H, Title V, Sec. 521)
3. Travel costs not justified and directly benefiting the immunization activities.
4. Rent costs that are supported by an explanation of why these costs are not included in the indirect cost rate agreement or cost allocation plan.
5. Any non-allowable expenses with federal immunization funds noted below to the extent prohibited by applicable law:
- Advertising costs (e.g., conventions, displays, exhibits, meetings, memorabilia, gifts, souvenirs)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Building purchases, construction, capital improvements
- Land purchases
- Legislative/lobbying activities
- Depreciation on use charges
- Interest on loans for the acquisition and/or modernization of an existing building
- Clinical care (non-immunization services)
- Payment of bad debt
- Dry cleaning
- Vehicle Purchase / Vehicle Lease
- Promotional and/or Incentive Materials (e.g., plaques, clothing and commemorative items such as pens, mugs/cups, folders/folios, lanyards, conference bags)
- Purchase of food (unless part of required travel per diem costs)