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Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties, West Virginia

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits and For-Profits in Eligible
Counties for Early Childhood Programs for 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)

Conf. Date:

09/25/19

Deadline Date:

11/12/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to West Virginia public and private nonprofit agencies, including faith-based, and community-based organizations, and for-profit organizations to provide early childhood education programs to low-income families in eligible counties. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible counties are Brooke, Hancock, Hancock, Ohio, and Wetzel.

The federally-funded Head Start program provides high-quality, comprehensive early education programming to low-income children and families so that children start school ready to succeed. The Office of Head Start (OHS) is offering applicants the opportunity to apply for funding to serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and children from birth to compulsory school age in one application. 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.

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 childcare, 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.

ACF intends to fund applications that demonstrate an organization's commitment and capacity to operate a Head Start and/or Early Head Start program that raises the quality of early care and education in the community and helps children start school ready to succeed. School readiness requires that children are cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared to continue to make progress as they enter Kindergarten. ACF is seeking applicants that are able to use the best evidence-based early education practices in their programs to support high caliber classroom instruction, home visiting services, and effective family engagement and health promotion.


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186949

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,529,786

Number of Grants:

2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $6,529,786
Award Floor: $500,000

Term of Contract:

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

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:

It is important to note that the eligibility requirements are different for Head Start and Early Head Start.

Entities applying for Head Start only - or - both Head Start and Early Head Start:
- Nominate online: 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 Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties, West 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 Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties, West Virginia.
- Entities operating Head Start programs are eligible to operate Early Head Start programs.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

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.

For funding restrictions, see: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-CH-R03-1715_0.pdf#page=46.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OHS will conduct two pre-application webinars in September. The goal of the webinars is to provide potential applicants with an overview of the Head Start program, and the OHS competitive grants process. Joining and participating in these webinars is voluntary. Only the information provided in this FOA will be presented. Participants will remain anonymous. Opting not to participate in the webinars will not affect eligibility, application scoring or the selection process. Applicants unable to attend can access the FAQ document on the Program Office website after the webinars have concluded.

Webinar details:

- Tuesday, September 24th at 2:00 PM EDT
To register and join: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1262534&tp_key=4c70533395

- Wednesday, September 25th at 9:00 AM EDT
To register and join: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1262539&tp_key=9c22b37d22

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is Nov 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM ET.

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. 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.

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).

ACF applicants are required to submit their applications online through Grants.gov. 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. Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html

All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form. For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-dunsnumber.html

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. For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-withsam.html

How to Apply for a Grant: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/howto
Webinar Information: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs/funding
View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=317798

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

Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact:
OHSTech@reviewops.org

Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

CFDA Number:

93.600

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2020-ACF-OHS-CH-R03-1715

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties