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Intermediary Services for the Network of Family Support Centers (FSC's) and In-Home Intervention Services Grant

Grant to a Maryland Nonprofit for the
Management of Family Support Services

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) - Division of Early Childhood Development

Deadline Date:

05/22/18 5:00 PM


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Grant to Maryland nonprofit organization to act as an intermediary in the management of family support centers located throughout the state. The selected organization will provide grants management services, technical assistance, fiscal monitoring, evaluation, and the management of operations.


The role of the Intermediary is to provide grants management, fiscal monitoring, technical assistance, training, evaluation and management of the operation and services provided by the Maryland Family Support Centers (FSCs). The Intermediary will also act as a liaison between the program’s public and private partners and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The primary goal of this grant is to provide oversight, training, technical assistance, and monitoring of the Maryland Family Support Center Network and to support extremely high-risk families in their role as parents by influencing the quality of parent child and family interactions and encouraging parents to utilize the services of the FSCs located throughout Maryland.


The Maryland FSCs were established as the result of a public/private commitment to provide supports and services for families with children who are in their early formative years. Beginning in 1986, The Network of Family Support Centers and In-Home Services was operated by the Friends of the Family, Inc. Since 2008 it has been operated by the Maryland Family Network (MFN), an organization created by the merger of Friends of the Family, Inc. and Maryland Committee for Children.

Required Components:

Proposals must contain the following to be considered for funding:

1) Grant management and fiscal transitioning for a minimum of seventeen (17) Family Support Centers.
The Intermediary must provide management and fiscal monitoring for Maryland’s network of community based FSCs and the In-Home Intervention Program serving families who are referred to family support centers by community organizations. The Intermediary services will include grants management, fiscal monitoring and reporting, technical assistance, training and evaluation. The Intermediary must retain staff with knowledge and expertise in areas such as infant and toddler development, nutrition, substance abuse, employment readiness skills development, family literacy and adult education services, Targeted Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program requirements, domestic violence and public administration. The Intermediary shall inform the MSDE Grant Manager of the disbursement of grant funds to the FSCs in the form of a report and will receive prior approval from MSDE when changes occur to the disbursement of funds to family support centers. The FSCs sites that are also Early Head Start centers must work with their Early Head Start (EHS) staff to ensure children and families are being served and supplanting of funds is not occurring. The Intermediary must demonstrate the ability to serve all regions of the state

2) Program Functions: (Scope of Work)
-Acts as the state intermediary between contracted community organizations and MSDE’s Division of Early Childhood Development;
-Monitors and evaluates family support center functions, including the administration of the Infant and Toddler Environmental Rating Scale for child development programs by reliable assessors, provides technical assistance to the contracted community organizations, and organizes statewide meetings and training programs;
-Hosts grantor site visits at FSCs as requested;
-Assists FSCs in undergoing the child care licensing process, when applicable; and
-Compiles and prepares all financial and statistical reports, summaries and evaluations pertinent to the performance and outcomes from services provided at the family support centers

Services and resources offered at each FSC shall include:
-In Home Intervention Program,
-Family literacy and adult education,
-Basic life skills,
-Parenting skills,
-Child health and development,
-Employment training,
-Family health services,
-Mental health services, and
-Reproductive health services.

In Home Intervention Programs at all existing family support center sites shall be responsible for:
-Staffing and supervision of home visitors who will encourage parents to participate in the programs offered at the family support centers;
-Engaging hard-to-reach families by offering services in their home;
-Assessing family needs and strengths of the parent-child relationship in the home with a focus on specific family support needs (e.g., child development, finances, housing, health, substance abuse, employment, domestic violence, and special education services and other educational needs);
-Assisting the family in meeting basic needs and serves as an advocate for the family with other agencies;
-Providing services or referral for services that will encourage families to participate in programs provided by the family support centers;
-Completing assessment of family needs and provide guidance in early childhood development, adult education, substance abuse, and domestic violence;
-Develop and initiate direct services or referrals to other agencies for provision of services; and
-Nurture and establish a relationship with parents, children and other family members. Working in conjunction with Intermediary Adolescent Specialist and the Infant/Toddler Specialist to encourage and engage the adolescent in FSCs training and activities.


Priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate experience and expertise in one or more of the following: grants management and fiscal monitoring, infant and toddler development, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, and employment readiness skills development.

Transition Requirements:

All respondents to the Intermediary Services of the Network of Family Support Centers RFP must address the process for orderly transfer and management of services from the existing Family Support Center Network and In-Home Intervention Services grantee in the case that the current vendor is not selected to provide these services as specified under this grant proposal.

Fund Use:

Cost(s) incurred prior to the approval of the grant may not be funded through the award. A direct cost is one that is incurred specifically for one activity. Indirect costs are of a more general nature and are incurred for the benefit of several activities. Once a grantee makes an election and treats a given cost as direct or indirect, that treatment must be applied consistently and may not change during the fiscal year. Sub-grantees are never required to charge indirect costs, but may. Guidelines for determining direct and indirect costs are provided in Federal CFR part 200.413 – 414.

Direct costs can be identified specifically with a particular final cost objective. Typical direct costs chargeable to awards include:
-Compensation of employees for the time devoted and identified specifically to the performance of those awards;
-Cost of materials acquired, consumed, or expended specifically for the purpose of those awards;
-Contracts specifically for the purpose of those awards (a minimum of 17 Family Support Centers);
-Cost incurred to provide independent evaluation services at no more than 5% of the fund request;
-Equipment and other approved capital expenditures; and
-Travel expenses incurred specifically to carry out the award.

Indirect costs (facilities & administration) must abide by the following conditions:
-A local education agency (LEA) must use the MSDE approved rate for the district;
-A sub recipient with an approved federal indirect rate should be used except institutions of higher education are capped at 15%; and
-A sub-recipient who has never had a negotiated federal indirect cost rate will be provided indirect cost rate of 10% of modified total direct cost (MTDC).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155017

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Grants: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Average Grant Amount: $4,667,677 (Administration for a minimum of 17 Family Support Centers)

Term of Contract:

Length of Grants: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 (with the option to renew annually for two years through June 30, 2021). Upon completion of the end of the third year, MSDE reserves the right to renew the grant for two additional years through June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Not-for-profit community-based agencies/organizations with the capacity to act as an intermediary providing oversight, professional development, technical assistance and training services for the operation of the Network of FSC’s are eligible to apply.

Funds may not be used for:
-Supplanting existing services
-Capital Improvement

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 22, 2018, no later than 5:00 PM.

Notification of award will be provided by e-mail on or before June 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Program and Technical Assistance Contact:

Michial A. Gill, Ph.D, Director of Grants Administration

Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland

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