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Developmental Disabilities: Final Notice of Availability of Financial Assistance and Request for Applications To Support Demonstration Projects Under the Projects of National Significance Program

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AGENCY:

Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), ACF, DHHS.

ACTION:

Invitation to apply for financial assistance.

SUMMARY:

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, announces that applications are being accepted for funding of Fiscal Year 2000 Projects of National Significance.

This program announcement consists of five parts. Part I, the Introduction, discusses the goals and objectives of ACF and ADD. Part II provides the necessary background information on ADD for applicants. Part III describes the review process. Part IV describes the priority under which ADD requests applications for Fiscal Year 2000 funding of projects. Part V describes in detail how to prepare and submit an application.

Grants will be awarded under this program announcement subject to the availability of funds for support of these activities.

DATES:

The closing date for submittal of applications under this announcement is September 1, 2000. Mailed or hand-carried applications received after 4:30 p.m. on the closing date will be classified as late.

Deadline: Mailed applications shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline time and date at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ACF/Administration on Developmental Disabilities, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, Mail Stop 326-HHH, Washington, DC 20447, Attention: Lois Hodge.

Applicants must ensure that a legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark or a legibly dated, machine produced postmark of a commercial mail service is affixed to the envelope/package containing the application(s). To be acceptable as proof of timely mailing, a postmark from a commercial mail service must include the logo/emblem of the commercial mail service company and must reflect the date the package was received by the commercial mail service company from the applicant. Private Metered postmarks shall not be acceptable as proof of timely mailing.

Applications hand-carried by applicants, applicant couriers, other representatives of the applicant, or by overnight/express mail couriers shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline date, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., EST, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ACF/Administration on Developmental Disabilities, 370 L'Enfant Promendade SW, ACF Mail Center, 2nd Floor (near loading dock), Aerospace Center, 901 D Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, between Monday and Friday (excluding Federal holidays). This address must appear on the envelope/package containing the application with the note “Attention: Lois Hodge”. Applicants using express/overnight services should allow two working days prior to the deadline date for receipt of applications. (Applicants are cautioned that express/overnight mail services do not always deliver as agreed.) Any applications received after 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered for competition.

ADD cannot accommodate transmission of applications by fax or through other electronic media. Therefore, applications transmitted to ADD electronically will not be accepted regardless of date or time of submission and time of receipt.

Late Applications: Applications which do not meet the criteria above are considered late applications. ADD shall notify each late applicant that its application will not be considered in the current competition.

Extension of Deadlines: ADD may extend the deadline for all applicants because of acts of God such as floods and hurricanes, or when there is widespread disruption of the mails. However, if ADD does not extend the deadline for all applicants, it may not waive or extend the deadline for any applicants.

ADDRESSES:

Application materials are available from Joan Rucker, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Rm. 300F, Washington, DC 20447, 202/690-7898, http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/​programs/​ add; or add@acf.dhhs.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Joan Rucker, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W., Rm. 300F, Washington, D.C., 20447, 202/690-7898; or add@acf.dhhs.gov.

Notice of Intent to Submit Application: If you intend to submit an application, please send a post card with the number and title of this announcement, your organization's name and address, and your contact person's name, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address to: Administration on Developmental Disabilities, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC, 20447, Attn: Projects of National Significance.

This information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed and to update the mailing list to whom program announcements are sent.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Part I. General Information

A. Goals of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is located within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Although different from the other ACF program administrations in the specific populations it serves, ADD shares a common set of goals that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. Through national leadership, ACF and ADD envision:

  • Families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity;
  • Strong, healthy, supportive communities having a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children;
  • Partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, States and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries;
  • Services planned and integrated to improve client access;
  • A strong commitment to working with Native Americans, persons with developmental disabilities, refugees and migrants to address their needs, strengths and abilities; and
  • A community-based approach that recognizes and expands on the resources and benefits of diversity.

Emphasis on these goals and progress toward them will help more individuals, including people with developmental disabilities, to live productive and independent lives integrated into their communities. The Projects of National Significance Program is one means through which Start Printed Page 47619ADD promotes the achievement of these goals.

B. Purpose of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is the lead agency within ACF and DHHS responsible for planning and administering programs which promote the self-sufficiency and protect the rights of persons with developmental disabilities.

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 6000, et seq.) (the Act) supports and provides assistance to States and public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent services, supports, and other assistance and opportunities that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community.

In the Act, Congress expressly found that:

  • Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish the right of individuals with developmental disabilities to enjoy the opportunity for independence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community;
  • Individuals whose disabilities occur during their developmental period frequently have severe disabilities that are likely to continue indefinitely;
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities often require lifelong specialized services and assistance, provided in a coordinated and culturally competent manner by many agencies, professionals, advocates, community representatives, and others to eliminate barriers and to meet the needs of such individuals and their families;

The Act further established as the policy of the United States:

  • Individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with the most severe developmental disabilities, are capable of achieving independence, productivity, integration and inclusion into the community, and often require the provision of services, supports and other assistance to achieve such;
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities have competencies, capabilities and personal goals that should be recognized, supported, and encouraged, and any assistance to such individuals should be provided in an individualized manner, consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, and capabilities of the individual;
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are the primary decision makers regarding the services and supports such individuals and their families receive; and play decision making roles in policies and programs that affect the lives of such individuals and their families; and
  • It is in the nation's interest for people with developmental disabilities to be employed, and to live conventional and independent lives as a part of families and communities.

Toward these ends, ADD seeks: to enhance the capabilities of families in assisting people with developmental disabilities to achieve their maximum potential; to support the increasing ability of people with developmental disabilities to exercise greater choice and self-determination; to engage in leadership activities in their communities; as well as to ensure the protection of their legal and human rights.

The four programs funded under the Act are:

  • Federal assistance to State developmental disabilities councils;
  • State system for the protection and advocacy of individuals rights;
  • Grants to University Affiliated Programs for interdisciplinary training, exemplary services, technical assistance, and information dissemination; and
  • Grants for Projects of National Significance.

C. Statutory Authorities Covered Under This Announcement

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1996, 42 U.S.C. 6000, et seq. The Projects of National Significance is Part E of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1996, 42 U.S.C. 6081, et seq.

Part II. Background Information for Applicants

A. Description of Projects of National Significance

Under Part E of the Act, grants and contracts are awarded for projects of national significance that support the development of national and State policy to enhance the independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities through:

  • Data collection and analysis;
  • Technical assistance to enhance the quality of State developmental disabilities councils, protection and advocacy systems, and university affiliated programs; and
  • Other projects of sufficient size and scope that hold promise to expand or improve opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, including:

—Technical assistance for the development of information and referral systems;

—Educating policy makers;

—Federal interagency initiatives;

—The enhancement of participation of minority and ethnic groups in public and private sector initiatives in developmental disabilities;

—Transition of youth with developmental disabilities from school to adult life; and

—Special pilots and evaluation studies to explore the expansion of programs under part B (State developmental disabilities councils) to individuals with severe disabilities other than developmental disabilities.

B. Comments on FY 2000 Proposed Priority Areas

ADD received 21 letters in response to the public comment notice. Commentary was from the following sources:

  • Advocacy agencies, including national organizations and associations, national advocacy groups and State/local advocacy groups;
  • Service organizations, including agencies that provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as providing advocacy services on behalf of a particular disability, including developmental disabilities councils;
  • Educational systems, including schools, colleges, and universities, programs located within a university setting and University Affiliated Programs;
  • Private agencies, including national, State, and local nonprofit organizations;
  • Government agencies, including Federal, State, county, and local government agencies; and
  • Private individuals.

Comments ranged from requests for copies of the final application solicitation, to general support to informative, clarifying responses for this year's proposed funding priorities and recommendations for other priority areas. The vast majority supported and expanded upon what we proposed in the announcement. Other comments relate specifically to the program goals and priorities of the particular agencies that responded to the announcement.

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Comment: Ten letters recommended additional or other funding priorities for FY 2000. Suggestions included projects addressing: recruitment and retention of direct support service staff; waiting lists; adults living with aging parents; aging; child care; transportation; recreation; employment; economic empowerment; self-determination and research issues related to existing PNS projects. Three letters specifically expressed that the proposed areas were not critical areas in their states in the field of developmental disabilities, and did not relate to ADD's efforts in meeting the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

Response: ADD appreciates the comments it receives concerning other areas needing attention. Comments refine our understanding of the realities occurring with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and are often a sobering reminder of the unfulfilled goals that require our collective attention as a society. The comment process expands our awareness level and provides the basis for new priority areas.

ADD recognizes the need for recruitment and retention of direct support service staff; the elimination of waiting list; the resolution of recreation and transportation issues; the need for economic empowerment, including the use of Indivudial Development Accounts; and the critical impact these and other issues have on the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. ADD welcomes applications in these and other areas. Such applications would appropriately be submitted under Priority Area 1: Mobilizing for Change/Rapid Deployment of Good Ideas which is open-ended as to subject, issue and topic.

Some of the areas suggested as priorities have been funded previously or are currently funded projects. Employment and the basic supports necessary to perform a job were the objectives of our six natural support projects which ended September, 1996. Strategies for securing first jobs, especially by young people, are two projects that ended in 1998. In June, 1998 ADD was a co-sponsor of the first national forum on careers in the arts and disability and has continued to co-sponsor such activities. In 1997, ADD funded the “National Center on Self-Determination and 21st Century Leadership”, a consortium of self-advocacy groups, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. The Center was designed to build leadership capacities of people with development disabilities. Additionally, the Center focused on establishing linkages between disability organizations, and organizing national mentorship and consultant networks. The Center developed a clearinghouse on promising self-determination practices and strategies and sponsored a number of summits, forums and teleconferences.

In June, 2000, ADD and the National Council on the Aging co-sponsored a conference/work session on the subject of aging and adult sons and daughters with developmental disabilities living with aging parents. The purpose of the conference was to explore the issues aging parents must face as they continue to provide services to their adult sons and daughters; as well as explore potential resources and examine successful models in the field. Additional information regarding this conference may be obtained by writing to ADD. Additionally, in September, 1999 ADD awarded Family Support Grants to 20 States and 2 territories to develop, implement or enhance family support service system to families of children with disabilities. Several of these projects have goals which support families in planning for a secure future for the aging family member with a developmental disability as well as the aging parent. Finally, nine of ADD's University Affiliated Programs (UAPs) have undertaken projects in the area of Aging. Within ADD's website is a listing of current PNS projects with contact information; other ADD programs can be contacted by using the list contained there.

The majority of comments received were very supportive of the three proposed funding areas; many stated that these Priority Areas offer “incredible opportunities to share information and best practices through a variety of media as well as getting the technology down to the community level.” The purpose of the Projects of National Significance program is not only to provide technical assistance to the developmental disabilities councils, the protection and advocacy systems, and the university affiliated programs, but to support projects “that hold promise to expand or improve opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.” Representing only 4% of ADD's federal dollars, these PNS funds have initiated cutting edge projects, such as the “Reinventing Quality: Promising Practices in Person-Centered Community Services and quality Assurance for People with Development Disabilities” that are at the forefront of the developmental disabilities field challenging traditional thinking and practices. These priority areas directly relate to ADD's outcomes contained in its “Roadmap to the Future,” our plan for implementing GPRA: (1) All are intended to increase community support and promote self-determination, (2) These priority areas will encourage interaction, and collaboration among all sectors of the Developmental Disabilities field to attain and share information.

Part III. The Review Process

A. Eligible Applicants

Before applications under this Announcement are reviewed, each will be screened to determine that the applicant is eligible for funding as specified under the selected priority area. Applications from organizations which do not meet the eligibility requirements for the priority area will not be considered or reviewed in the competition, and the applicant will be so informed.

Only public or non-profit private entities, not individuals, are eligible to apply under any of the priority areas. All applications developed jointly by more than one agency or organization must identify only one organization as the lead organization and official applicant. The other participating agencies and organizations can be included as co-participants, sub-grantees or subcontractors.

Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status in their applications at the time of submission. One means of accomplishing this is by providing a copy of the applicant's listing in the Internal Revenue Service's most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code or by providing a copy of the currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate, or by providing a copy of the articles of incorporation bearing the seal of the State in which the corporation or association is domiciled.

ADD cannot fund a nonprofit applicant without acceptable proof of its nonprofit status.

B. Review Process and Funding Decisions

Timely applications under this Announcement from eligible applicants received by the deadline date will be reviewed and scored competitively. Experts in the field, generally persons from outside of the Federal government, will use the appropriate evaluation criteria listed later in this Part to review and score the applications. The results of this review are a primary factor in making funding decisions. Start Printed Page 47621

ADD reserves the option of discussing applications with, or referring them to, other Federal or non-Federal funding sources when this is determined to be in the best interest of the Federal government or the applicant. It may also solicit comments from ADD Regional Office staff, other Federal agencies, interested foundations, national organizations, specialists, experts, States and the general public. These comments, along with those of the expert reviewers, will be considered by ADD in making funding decisions.

In making decisions on awards, ADD will consider whether applications focus on or feature: Services to culturally diverse or ethnic populations among others; a substantially innovative strategy with the potential to improve theory or practice in the field of human services; a model practice or set of procedures that holds the potential for replication by organizations administering or delivering of human services; substantial involvement of volunteers; substantial involvement (either financial or programmatic) of the private sector; a favorable balance between Federal and non-Federal funds available for the proposed project; the potential for high benefit for low Federal investment; a programmatic focus on those most in need; and/or substantial involvement in the proposed project by national or community foundations.

This year, 5 points will be awarded in scoring for any project that includes partnership and collaboration with the 140 Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities. A discussion of how the involvement of the EZ/EC is related to the objectives and/or the activities of the project must be clearly outlined for the award of the 5 points. Also, a letter from the appropriate representatives of the EZ/EC must accompany the application indicating its agreement to participate and describing its role in the project.

To the greatest extent possible, efforts will be made to ensure that funding decisions reflect an equitable distribution of assistance among the States and geographical regions of the country, rural and urban areas, and ethnic populations. In making these decisions, ADD may also take into account the need to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.

C. Evaluation Process

Using the evaluation criteria below, a panel of at least three reviewers (primarily experts from outside the Federal government) will review the applications. To facilitate this review, applicants should ensure that they address each minimum requirement in the priority area description under the appropriate section of the Program Narrative Statement.

Reviewers will determine the strengths and weaknesses of each application in terms of the evaluation criteria listed below, provide comments, and assign numerical scores. The point value following each criterion heading indicates the maximum numerical weight that each section may be given in the review process.

D. Structure of Priority Area Descriptions

The priority area description is composed of the following sections:

  • Eligible Applicants: This section specifies the type of organization which is eligible to apply under the particular priority area. Specific restrictions are also noted, where applicable.
  • Purpose: This section presents the basic focus and/or broad goal(s) of the priority area.
  • Background Information: This section briefly discusses the legislative background as well as the current state-of-the-art and/or current state-of-practice that supports the need for the particular priority area activity. Relevant information on projects previously funded by ACF and/or other State models are noted, where applicable.
  • Evaluation Criteria: This section presents the basic set of issues that must be addressed in the application. Typically, they relate to need for assistance, results expected, project design, and organizational and staff capabilities. Inclusion and discussion of these items is important since the information provided will be used by the reviewers in evaluating the application against the evaluation criteria. Applicants should review the section on the Uniform Project Description and the evaluation section under each priority area.
  • Minimum Requirements for Project Design: This section presents the basic set of issues that must be addressed in the application. Typically, they relate to project design, evaluation, and community involvement. This section also asks for specific information on the proposed project. Inclusion and discussion of these items is important since they will be used by the reviewers to evaluate the applications against the evaluation criteria. Project products, continuation of the project after Federal support ceases, and dissemination/utilization activities, if appropriate, are also addressed.
  • Project Duration: This section specifies the maximum allowable length of the project period; it refers to the amount of time for which Federal funding is available.
  • Federal Share of Project Costs: This section specifies the maximum amount of Federal support for the project.
  • Matching Requirement: This section specifies the minimum non-Federal contribution, either cash or in-kind match, required.
  • Anticipated Number of Projects To Be Funded: This section specifies the number of projects ADD anticipates funding under the priority area.
  • CFDA: This section identifies the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number and title of the program under which applications in this priority area will be funded. This information is needed to complete item 10 on the SF 424.

Please note that applications under this Announcement that do not comply with the specific priority area requirements in the section on “Eligible Applicants” will not be reviewed.

Applicants under this Announcement must clearly identify the specific priority area under which they wish to have their applications considered, and tailor their applications accordingly. Experience has shown that an application which is broader and more general in concept than outlined in the priority area description is less likely to score as well as an application more clearly focused on, and directly responsive to, the concerns of that specific priority area.

E. Available Funds

ADD intends to award new grants resulting from this announcement during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2000, subject to the availability of funding. The size of the awards will vary. Each priority area description includes information on the maximum Federal share of the project costs and the anticipated number of projects to be funded.

The term “budget period” refers to the interval of time (usually 12 months) into which a multi-year period of assistance (project period) is divided for budgetary and funding purposes. The term “project period” refers to the total time a project is approved for support, including any extensions.

Where appropriate, applicants may propose shorter project periods than the maximums specified in the various priority areas. Non-Federal share contributions may exceed the minimums specified in the various priority areas.

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F. Grantee Share of Project Costs

Grantees must match $1 for every $3 requested in Federal funding to reach 25% of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project requesting $100,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $100,000 per budget period) must include a match of at least $33,333 (total project cost is $133,333, of which $33,333 is 25%).

An exception to the grantee cost-sharing requirement relates to applications originating from American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Applications from these areas are covered under Section 501(d) of P. L. 95-134, which requires that the Department waive “any requirement for local matching funds for grants under $200,000.”

The applicant contribution must generally be secured from non-Federal sources. Except as provided by Federal statute, a cost-sharing or matching requirement may not be met by costs borne by another Federal grant. However, funds from some Federal programs benefiting Tribes and Native American organizations have been used to provide valid sources of matching funds. If this is the case for a Tribe or Native American organization submitting an application to ADD, that organization should identify the programs which will be providing the funds for the match in its application. If the application successfully competes for PNS grant funds, ADD will determine whether there is statutory authority for this use of the funds. The Administration for Native Americans and the DHHS Office of General Counsel will assist ADD in making this determination.

G. General Instructions for the Uniform Project Description

The following ACF Uniform Project Description (UPD) has been approved under OMB Control Number 0970-0139.

1. Introduction: Applicants are required to submit a full project description and must prepare the project description statement in accordance with the following instructions.

2. Project summary/abstract: Provide a summary of the project description (a page or less) with reference to the funding request. Clearly mark this separate page with the applicant name as shown in item 5 of the SF 424, the priority area number as shown at the top of the SF 424, and the title of the project as shown in item 11 of the SF 424. The summary description should not exceed 300 words. These 300 words become part of the computer database on each project.

Care should be taken to produce a summary description which accurately and concisely reflects the proposal. It should describe the objectives of the project, the approaches to be used and the outcomes expected. The description should also include a list of major products that will result from the proposed project, such as software packages, materials, management procedures, data collection instruments, training packages, or videos (please note that audiovisuals should be closed captioned). The project summary description, together with the information on the SF 424, will constitute the project “abstract.” It is the major source of information about the proposed project and is usually the first part of the application that the reviewers read in evaluating the application.

3. Objectives and Need for Assistance: Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial, institutional and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution. The need for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate objectives of the project must be clearly stated; supporting documentation, such as letters of support and testimonies from concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included. Any relevant data based on planning studies should be included or referred to in the endnotes/footnotes. Incorporate demographic data and participant/beneficiary information, as needed. The application must identify the precise location of the project and area to be served by the proposed project. Maps and other graphic aids should be attached. In developing the project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to provide information on the total range of projects currently being conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be outside the scope of the program announcement.

4. Results or Benefits Expected: Identify the results and benefits to be derived; the extent to which they are consistent with the objectives of the application, and the extent to which the application indicates the anticipated contributions to policy, practice, theory and/or research. The extent to which the proposed project costs are reasonable in view of the expected results.

5. Approach: Outline a plan of action which describes the scope and detail of how the proposed work will be accomplished. Account for all functions or activities identified in the application. Cites factors which might accelerate or decelerate the work, and state your reason for taking the proposed approach rather than others. Describe any unusual features of the project such as design or technological innovations, reductions in cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement.

Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity. When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or function, list them in chronological order to show the schedule of accomplishments and their target dates.

Identify the kinds of data to be collected, maintained, and/or disseminated. Note that clearance from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget might be needed prior to a “collection of information” that is “conducted or sponsored” by ACF. List organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key individuals who will work on the project along with a short description of the nature of their effort or contribution.

ADD is particularly interested in discussing the criteria to be used to evaluate the results, and explain the methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved.

6. Organization Profile: Provide information on the applicant organization(s) and cooperating partners such as organizational charts, financial statements, audit reports or statements from CPAs/Licensed Public Accountants, Employer Identification Numbers, names of bond carriers, contact persons and telephone numbers, child care licenses and other documentation of professional accreditation, information on compliance with Federal/State/local government standards, documentation of experience in the program area, and other pertinent information. Any non-profit organization submitting an application must submit proof of its non-profit status in its application at the time of submission. The non-profit agency can accomplish this by providing a copy of the applicant's Start Printed Page 47623listing in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, or by providing a copy of the currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate, or by providing a copy of the articles of incorporation bearing the seal of the State in which the corporation or association is domiciled. ADD is particularly interested in the following: that the application identifies the background of the project director/principal investigator and key project staff (including name, address, training, educational background and other qualifying experience) and the experience of the organization to demonstrate the applicant's ability to effectively and efficiently administer this project. The application describes the relationship between this project and other work planned, anticipated or under way by the applicant which is being supported by Federal assistance. This section should consist of a brief (two to three pages) background description of how the applicant organization (or the unit within the organization that will have responsibility for the project) is organized, the types and quantity of services it provides, and/or the research and management capabilities it possesses. It may include descriptions of any current or previous relevant experience, or describe the competence of the project team and its demonstrated ability to produce a final product that is readily comprehensible and usable. An organization chart showing the relationship of the project to the current organization should be included.

G. Cooperation in Evaluation Efforts

Grantees funded by ADD may be requested to cooperate in evaluation efforts funded by ADD. The purpose of these evaluation activities is to learn from the combined experience of multiple projects funded under a particular priority area.

H. Closed Captioning for Audiovisual Efforts

Applicants are encouraged to include “closed captioning” in the development of any audiovisual products.

Part IV. Fiscal Year 2000 Priority Areas for Projects of National Significance—Description and Requirements

The following section presents the final priority areas for Fiscal Year 2000 Projects of National Significance (PNS) and solicits the appropriate applications.

Fiscal Year 2000 Priority Area 1: Mobilizing for Change/Rapid Deployment of Good Ideas

  • Eligible Applicants: State agencies, public or private nonprofit organizations, institutions or agencies, including a consortia of some or all of the above.
  • Purpose: ADD is interested in awarding grant funds that “reinvent” new projects models in the field of developmental disabilities which will transfer information and knowledge through the utilization of creative and innovative methods of implementation, replication and dissemination. These projects must demonstrate proven success by increasing the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and their families in communities in which they live.
  • Background Information: In March of 1993, President Clinton unveiled his new initiative to reinvent the federal government. He proposed a leaner, more efficient government that viewed the American people as its customers. The President discussed how all of us to some extent count on the government to do certain things such as, “protect the environment, to provide education and health care and other basic needs.” However, he pointed out that a “democracy can become quickly an empty phrase, if those who are elected to serve cannot meet the needs of the people except with Government that costs too much or is too slow or too arrogant or too unresponsive.” Federal workers were empowered to reinvent their agencies in ways that would put customers first, cut red tape, get results, and get back to basics.

At ADD, our agency efforts resulted in a document called “The Roadmap to the Future,” which was developed together with the programs it funds, establishes a course of action for ADD and for its programs. The Roadmap defines the mission and vision of ADD, of the State Developmental Disabilities Councils (DDCs), of the Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As), of the University Affiliated Programs (UAPs), and of the Projects of National Significance (PNS), and it identifies goals created to increase the independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Program activities will be directed toward achieving the Roadmap goals.

The Projects of National Significance (PNS) Program is one of the activities of ADD. Every year since 1975 there have been model demonstration projects funded to increase the independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. These projects have generated inventive approaches, strategies, and methodologies designed to address pervasive problems or needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Over the years, PNS projects have contributed to the knowledge base of the developmental disabilities field and the larger disability field as well.

In the past decade, the leadership capacity of individuals with developmental disabilities, especially self-advocates, has been nourished and strengthened by the funding of PNS projects.

Although dissemination of information from these projects has been a requirement of funding, it is a concern of ADD's that the rich volume of knowledge and information produced by these projects has not reached a broader range of people who either could directly benefit from it or are in a position to replicate it. More important, depending on the target audience, we have not been successful in influencing permanent behavioral changes. The explosion of communications arts and technology offer new possibilities for reaching a broader audience. A major challenge lies in connecting with those segments of our population who do not have easy access to a computer or English is not their primary language or there are cultural differences. New design models of transferring knowledge and fostering utilization must be explored if we are to meet the needs of Americans with disabilities and their families. ADD is extremely interested in supporting this “reinvention” of new models under this priority area.

These models must surpass our standard methods of communicating best practices, practical solutions to those we serve and those who serve them. Projects must be outcome driven—demonstrating effectiveness and behavioral changes of the targeted population. Content area is open to any proven, positive results-based practice, methodology or process in the field of developmental or other disabilities or directly related field such as universal design. It can be as expansive as systems change or a new paradigm. These new models should consider creative partnering in implementing the project. A few examples of this by the Federal government are the JedI project under the U.S. Geological Survey and The Knowledge Loom under the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The former, which stands for joint Start Printed Page 47624education initiative, utilized CD-ROM technology containing different types of data and in conjunction with teachers developed educational materials that could be used in the classroom. The latter is a recent project funded to create an electronic interactive workspace for anyone interested in the education environment.

In the last century we were the beneficiaries of extraordinary human developments that would have been considered inconceivable by many; it has raised our level of expectation for this new century. This is no less true for people with developmental disabilities and their families who, in this age of the Internet, the PC, and satellite downlinks, expect there will be new models available to everyone who needs them. ADD views this priority area as an unprecedented opportunity to take what we have learned through federally funded projects and find enterprising, inventive, and imaginative ways of using the knowledge so that all will benefit—people with developmental disabilities and other disabilities, professionals who serve them, their families, and the communities in which they live.

  • Minimum Requirements for Project Design: ADD is particularly interested in supporting projects which include the following:
  • Partnerships between consumers/advocacy organizations, research foundations, public/private entities and others to coordinate, implement and disseminate information and transfer of knowledge to a broad audience to include consumers and their families and entities that serve them.
  • Project design must address barriers and issues of access to the mechanism(s) used to transfer knowledge and information, for persons using various assistive devices and equipment.
  • All projects shall provide for the widespread distribution of their products (reports, summary documents, audio-visual materials, etc.) in accessible format and in languages other than English.
  • Describe and develop methods/plans to be used to continue the transfer of knowledge and information once the project period ends.
  • Develop and implement an evaluation process to ensure that systematic and objective information is available about the utilization and effectiveness of the products from this project.
  • Specific outcomes tied to the ADD “Roadmap to the Future” to increase the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities must be built into the project for dissemination to a board audience.
  • Describe measurable outcomes.

As a general guide, ADD will expect to fund only those proposals for projects that incorporate the following elements:

  • Consumer/self-advocate orientation and participation.
  • Key project personnel who have direct life experience with living with a disability.
  • Strong advisory components that consist of a majority of individuals with disabilities and a structure where individuals with disabilities make real decisions that determine the outcome of the grant.
  • Research reflecting the principles of participatory action.
  • Cultural competency.
  • A description of how individuals with disabilities and their families will be involved in all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation of the project.
  • Attention to unserved and inadequately served individuals, from multicultural backgrounds, rural and inner-city areas, migrant, homeless, and refugee families, with disabilities.
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Rehabilitation Act amendments of 1992 (P.L. 102-569).
  • Collaboration through partnerships and coalitions.
  • Development of the capacity to communicate and disseminate information and technical assistance through e-mail and other effective, affordable, and accessible forms of electronic communication.
  • Development and establishment of practices and programs beyond project period.
  • Dissemination of models, products, best practices, and strategies for distribution between the networks and beyond. A plan describing initial activities is needed between funded projects as well as at the end of the project period. These activities should maintain and share ongoing information, existing resources of consultants/experts, and curriculum/materials with funded projects and within the network.

Evaluation Criteria: The four criteria that follow will be used to review and evaluate each application under this priority area. Each criterion should be addressed in the project description section of the application. The point values indicate the maximum numerical weight each criterion will be accorded in the review process. The specific information to be included under each of these headings is described in Section G of Part III, General Instructions for the Uniform Project Description. Additional Information that must be addressed is described below.

Criterion 1: Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 points)

The application must identify the precise location of the project and area to be served by the proposed project. Maps and other graphic aids must be attached.

Criterion 2: Results or Benefits Expected (20 points)

The extent to which they are consistent with the objectives of the application, and the extent to which the Application indicates the anticipated contributions to policy, practice, theory and/or research. The extent to which the proposed project costs is reasonable in view of the expected results.

Criterion 3: Approach (35 points)

Discuss the criteria to be used to evaluate the results, and explain the methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved.

Criterion 4: Organization Profile (25 points)

The application identifies the background of the project director/principal investigator and key project staff (including name, address, training, educational background and other qualifying experience) and the Experience of the organization to demonstrate the applicant's ability to effectively and efficiently administer this project. The application describes the relationship between this project and the other work planned, anticipated or under way by the applicant which is being supported by Federal assistance.

This section should consist of a brief (two to three pages) background description of how the applicant organization (or the unit within the organization that will have responsibility for the project) is organized, the types and quantity of services it provides, and/or the research and management capabilities it possesses. It may include description of any current or previous relevant experience, or describe the competence of the project team and its demonstrated ability to produce a final product that is readily comprehensible and usable. An organization chart showing the relationship of the project to the current organization must be included.

  • Project Duration: This announcement is soliciting applications Start Printed Page 47625for project periods up to three years under this priority area. Awards, on a competitive basis, will be for a one-year budget period, although project periods may be for three years. Applications for continuation grants funded under this priority area beyond the one-year budget period, but within the three-year project period, will be entertained in subsequent years on a non-competitive basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Government.
  • Federal Share of Project Costs: The maximum Federal share is not to exceed $100,000 for the first 12-month budget period or a maximum of $300,000 for a three-year project period.
  • Matching Requirement: Grantees must match $1 for every $3 requested in Federal funding to reach 25% of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project requesting $100,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $100,000 per budget period) must include a match of at least $33,333 (the total project cost is $133,333, of which $33,333 is 25%).
  • Anticipated Number of Projects to be Funded: It is anticipated that up to six (6) projects will be funded.
  • CFDA: ADD's CFDA (Code of Federal Domestic Assistance) number is 93.631—Developmental Disabilities—Projects of National Significance. This information is needed to complete item 10 on the SF 424.

Fiscal Year 2000 Priority Area 2: Bridging the Digital Divide: Building Content

Eligible Applicants: State agencies, public or private nonprofit organizations, institutions or agencies, including a consortia of some or all of the above.

Purpose: Under this priority area, ADD will issue a grant award to fund one project, designed to build an Internet site that will provide relevant content and information on the Medicaid program for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Background Information: In a White House speech on February 2, 2000, President Clinton stated: “Access to computers and the Internet and the ability to effectively use this technology are becoming increasingly important for full participation in America's economic, political and social life. People are using the Internet to find lower prices for goods and services, work from home or start their own business, acquire new skills using distance learning, and make better informed decisions about their healthcare needs.”

The President expressed his concern over the widening gap of access: “Access to computers and the Internet has exploded during the Clinton-Gore Administration. Unfortunately, there is strong evidence of a ‘digital divide’—a gap between those individuals and communities that have access to these Information Age tools and those who don't. In some instances, this divide is actually widening.” The President has proposed three basic approaches to narrowing the digital divide: (1) Provide hardware and connections to people who do not yet have them; (2) Provide training in the use of computers and the internet; and (3) build relevant content on the Internet, to attract new users. ADD continues to encourage its grantees and partners in all three of these strategies, but realizes that a national approach is necessary to the third strategy of building relevant content.

A person with a developmental disability is legislatively defined as someone whose disability occurred before age 22; is severe and lifelong; and is likely to result in an ongoing, long-term need for services and supports. In other words, people with developmental disabilities are likely to need to rely on multiple systems of supports in order simply to live their lives. And yet, information that could be used to improve decision-making is not easily accessible to people with developmental disabilities, their families, their advocates, their providers of services and supports, or even to the policymakers who design and fund systems. For people with developmental disabilities, Internet access to relevant information is limited.

For the majority of people with developmental disabilities and their families, Medicaid is the most relevant system; it is a vital component in their life. Yet it is a very complex system that changes almost constantly, and quite rapidly. It is different in every State. As States submit new ideas to the Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA) in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver plans, and as these state-generated plans are approved, possibilities for all other States and all other citizens shift. In addition, the Medicaid program is complex due to the “patchwork quilt of incremental statutory amendments and administrative policy changes spread over several decades.” (GAO, 1996)

Nevertheless, many (though not all) of the Medicaid questions to which people need answers are repetitive and sometimes simple. Clear, honest, user-friendly answers to frequently asked questions are often a feature of Web sites on any topic and may be one of the best uses of the Internet.

Minimum Requirements for Project Design: ADD is proposing to fund one project to build an Internet site that will provide relevant content and attractive information on what is possible under the Medicaid program.

To be considered seriously for funding applicants must address the following elements:

  • The site must be user-friendly and useful to a broad range of users, including people with developmental and other related disabilities, their families, their advocates, DD network members, state policymakers, regional HCFA staff, and other interested persons.
  • The site must be responsive to the needs and wants of its users, and should collect and measure user satisfaction.
  • Design must be interactive and post frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Medicaid and provide answers, which will encourage frank and open “human” interchanges between users.
  • The site must be accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
  • Proposing organizations must show that they (1) are credible sources of information to people with developmental disabilities and (2) that they intend to comply with accessibility standards and go beyond compliance to improve access as much as possible.
  • Special care should be taken to make the site useful and attractive to young persons with developmental and other disabilities.
  • Design should make use of audio-clips of personal stories in multiple languages where possible.
  • Project Design must include Partnerships that are composed of consumers, family leaders, service providers and professionals working together to assist in addressing conflicting information and interpretations of the Medicaid program; and create a network which would allow for the exchange of ideas and expertise to improve services and effect systemic change.
  • Site design must provide interactive links to State and local resources.

As a general guide, ADD will expect to fund only those proposals for projects that incorporate the following elements: Start Printed Page 47626

  • Consumer/self-advocate orientation and participation.
  • Key project personnel who have direct life experience with living with a disability.
  • Strong advisory components that consist of a majority of individuals with disabilities and a structure where individuals with disabilities make real decisions that determine the outcome of the grant.
  • Research reflecting the principles of participatory action.
  • Cultural competency.
  • A description of how individuals with disabilities and their families will be involved in all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation of the project.
  • Attention to unserved and inadequately served from multicultural backgrounds, rural and inner-city areas, migrant, homeless, and refugee families, with disabilities.
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Rehabilitation Act amendments of 1992 (P.L. 102-569).
  • Collaboration through partnerships and coalitions.
  • Development of the capacity to communicate and disseminate information and technical assistance through e-mail and other effective, affordable, and accessible forms of electronic communication.
  • Evaluation Criteria: The four criteria that follow will be used to review and evaluate each application under this priority area. Each criterion should be addressed in the project description section of the application. The point values indicate the maximum numerical weight each criterion will be accorded in the review process. The specific information to be included under each of these headings is described in Section G of Part III, General Instructions for the Uniform Project Description.

Criterion 1: Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 points)

The application must identify the precise location of the project and area to be served by the proposed project. Maps and other graphic aids should be attached.

Criterion 2: Results or Benefits Expected (20 points)

The extent to which they are consistent with the objectives of the application, and the extent to which the application indicates the anticipated contribution to policy, practice, theory and/or research. The extent to which the proposed project costs is reasonable in view of the expected results.

Criterion 3: Approach (35 points)

Discuss the criteria to be used to evaluate the results, and explain the methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if The results and benefits identified are being achieved.

Criterion 4: Organization Profile (25 points)

The application identifies the background of the project director/principal investigator and key project staff (including name, address, training, educational background and other qualifying experience) and the experience of the organization to demonstrate the applicant's ability to effectively and efficiently administer this project. The application describes the relationship between this project and the work planned, anticipated or under way by the applicant which is being supported by Federal assistance.

This section should consist of a brief (two to three pages) background description of how the applicant organization (or the unit within the organization that will have responsibility for the project) is organized, the types and quality of services it provides, and/or the research and management capabilities it possesses. It may include descriptions of any current or previous experience, or describe the competence of the project team and its demonstrated ability to produce a final product that is readily comprehensible and usable. An organization chart showing the relationship of the project to the current organization must be included.

  • Project Duration: This announcement is soliciting applications for project periods up to three years under this priority area. Awards, on a competitive basis, will be for a one-year budget period, although project periods may be for three years. Applications for continuation grants funded under this priority area beyond the one-year budget period, but within the three-year project period, will be entertained in subsequent years on a non-competitive basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Government.
  • Federal Share of Project Costs: The maximum Federal share is not to exceed $300,000 for the first 12-month budget period or a maximum of $900,000 for a three-year project period.
  • Matching Requirement: Grantees must match $1 for every $3 requested in Federal funding to reach 25% of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project requesting $300,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $300,000 per budget period) must include a match of at least $100,000 (the total project cost is $400,000, of which your 25% share is $100,000).
  • Anticipated Number of Projects to be Funded: It is anticipated that one (1) project will be funded.
  • CFDA: ADD's CFDA (Code of Federal Domestic Assistance) number is 93.631—Developmental Disabilities—Projects of National Significance. This information is needed to complete item 10 on the SF 424.

Fiscal Year 2000 Priority Area 3: Managing Our Program Knowledge Through Web Improvement

Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit organizations, institutions or agencies, including a consortia of some or all of the above.

Purpose: Under this priority area, ADD will issue a grant award to fund one (1) project to develop a model website which would enhance the ability of ADD's programs to exchange information and build upon ongoing diverse enterprise throughout the developmental disabilities community.

Background Information: The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) provides authorization for three State programs and a national program that seek to increase the independence, productivity, and inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities.

A Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) in each State promotes, through systemic change, capacity building, and advocacy activities, the development of a comprehensive consumer-centered system of coordinated and culturally competent services, supports, and other assistance. The priority areas addressed by DD Councils include employment, community living, child development, and system coordination and community education.

The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System provides for the protection and advocacy of legal and human rights. The P&A Systems advocate on behalf of, and provide advocacy services to persons Start Printed Page 47627with developmental disabilities in issue areas related to their disabilities, including: education, abuse and neglect, institutional and habilitation services, guardianship issues, and housing issues.

The University Affiliated Programs (UAPs) are public and private non-profit agencies in the States and territories, each affiliated with a university. Each UAP receives annual discretionary funding for operational and administrative support, which provides a platform for interdisciplinary training, clinical and community-based service activities, technical assistance to community services personnel, and information/dissemination activities.

In addition to State-based programs, ADD funds research and demonstration grants in an effort to address and increase our understanding of issues of national scope. The Projects of National Significance (PNS) program focuses on the most pressing issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. Project issues transcend the borders of States and territories, while project designs are oriented to permit local implementation of practical solutions.

Each of these programs has a uniqueness and breadth of knowledge that if managed through modern technology, would result in a knowledge resource warehouse. The nation can not afford a digital divide between these programs nor between these programs and those they serve. With these programs in mind, ADD is interested in funding a project for the development or enhancement of a model website whose design features are easily utilized by each of the ADD funded programs. It should be seen as the beginning of a new form of fluid cyber architecture with a focus on continuous improvement that will enable those programs to improve their use of the web and their ability to hyperlink to others.

Minimum Requirements for Project Design: This new model website would enhance the ability of ADD's programs to exchange information and build upon ongoing diverse enterprises throughout the developmental disabilities community. ADD envisions that the first year would begin with the UAPs with the understanding that the model website be inclusive of the of the other programs over the duration of the project. To be considered seriously for funding applicants must address the following elements:

  • Project design must include the dissemination of contributions and achievements of these programs towards the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families.
  • It should support the development of strategies, technologies, and media channels for the management of knowledge generated/produced by these programs.
  • The site should operate as an information center as well as a networking tool for the ADD programs and others. This website is not about outcomes but content and access to content that affects the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Priority should be given to PNS projects. It is expected that the site would be open to everyone; including the average citizen, people working in each program, and people working in related programs.
  • Site must be accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities utilizing the most current accessibility standards.
  • ADD would be supportive of applicants that represent a consortia of UAPs and DD Councils.

As a general guide, ADD will expect to fund only those proposals for projects that incorporate the following elements:

  • Consumer/self-advocate orientation and participation.
  • Key project personnel who have direct life experience with living with a disability.
  • Strong advisory components that consist of a majority of individuals with disabilities and a structure where individuals with disabilities make real decisions that determine the outcome of the grant.
  • Research reflecting the principles of participatory action.
  • Cultural competency.
  • A description of how individuals with disabilities and their families will be involved in all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation of the project.
  • Attention to unserved and inadequately served individuals, from multicultural backgrounds, rural and inner-city areas, migrant, homeless, and refugee families, with disabilities.
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Rehabilitation Act amendments of 1992 (P.L. 102-569).
  • Collaboration through partnerships and coalitions.
  • Development of the capacity to communicate and disseminate information and technical assistance through e-mail and other effective, affordable, and accessible forms of electronic communication.
  • Evaluation Criteria: The four criteria that follow will be used to review and evaluate each application under this priority area. Each criterion should be addressed in the project description section of the application. The point values indicate the maximum numerical weight each criterion will be accorded in the review process. The specific information to be included under each of these headings is described in Section G of Part III, General Instructions for the Uniform Project Description. Additional information that must be addressed is described below.

Criterion 1: Objectives and Need for Assistance (20 points)

The application must identify the precise location of the project and area to be served by the proposed project. Maps and other graphic aids must be attached.

Criterion 2: Results or Benefits Expected (20 points)

To the extent to which they are consistent with the objectives of the application, and the objectives of the application, and the extent to which the application indicates the anticipated contributions to policy, practice, theory and/or research. The extent to which the proposed project costs is reasonable in view of the expected results.

Criterion 3: Approach (35 points)

Discuss the criteria to be used to evaluate the results, and explain the methodology that will be used to determine if the needs identified and discussed are being met and if the results and benefits identified are being achieved.

Criterion 4: Organization Profile (25 points)

The application identifies the background of the project director/principal investigator and key project staff (including name, address, training, educational background and other qualifying experience) and the experience of the organization to demonstrate the applicant's ability to effectively and efficiently administer this project. The application describes the relationship between this project and other work planned, anticipated or underway by the applicant which is being supported by Federal assistance.

This section should consist of a brief (two to three pages) background description of how the applicant organization (or the unit within the organization that will have responsibility for the project) is organized, the types and quality of services it provides, and/or the research and management capabilities it posses. It may include descriptions of any Start Printed Page 47628current or previous relevant experience, or describe the competence of the project team and its demonstrated ability to produce a final product that is readily comprehensible and usable. An organization chart showing the relationship of the project to the current organization must be included.

  • Project Duration: This announcement is soliciting applications for project periods up to three years under this priority area. Awards, on a competitive basis, will be for a one-year budget period, although project periods may be for three years. Applications for continuation grants funded under this priority area beyond the one-year budget period, but within the three-year project period, will be entertained in subsequent years on a non-competitive basis, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Government.
  • Federal Share of Project Costs: The maximum Federal share is not to exceed $300,000 for the first 12-month budget period or a maximum of $900,000 for a three-year project period.
  • Matching Requirement: Grantees must provide at least 25 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF share and the non-Federal share. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. Therefore, a project requesting $300,000 in Federal funds (based on an award of $300,000 per budget period) must include a match of at least $100,000 (total project cost is $400,000, of which $100,000 is 25%).
  • Anticipated Number of Projects to be Funded: It is anticipated that one (1) project will be funded under this priority area.

Part V. Instructions for the Development and Submission of Applications

This Part contains information and instructions for submitting applications in response to this announcement. An application package containing forms can be obtained by any of the following methods: Joan Rucker, ADD, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447, 202/690-7898; http://www.acf.dhhs. gov/programs/add; or add@acf.dhhs.gov.

Potential applicants should read this section carefully in conjunction with the information contained within the specific priority area under which the application is to be submitted. The priority area descriptions are in Part IV.

A. Required Notification of the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC)

All applications under the ADD priority areas are required to follow the Executive Order (E.O.) 12372 process, “Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,” and 45 CFR Part 100, “Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Program and Activities.” Under the Order, States may design their own processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed Federal assistance under covered programs.

Note:

State/Territory participation in the intergovernmental review process does not signify applicant eligibility for financial assistance under a program. A potential applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of the program for which it is applying prior to submitting an application to its SPOC, if applicable, or to ACF.

As of September 22,1997, all States and territories, except Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, American Samoa and Palau, have elected to participate in the Executive Order process and have established a State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). Applicants from these jurisdictions or for projects administered by Federally-recognized Indian Tribes need take no action regarding E.O. 12372. Otherwise, applicants should contact their SPOCs as soon as possible to alert them of the prospective applications and receive any necessary instructions.

Applicants must submit all required materials to the SPOC as soon as possible so that the program office can obtain and review SPOC comments as part of the award process. It is imperative that the applicant submit all required materials and indicate the date of this submittal (or date SPOC was contacted, if no submittal is required) on the SF 424, item 16a.

Under 45 CFR 100.8(a)(2), a SPOC has 60 days from the application due date to comment on proposed new or competing continuation awards. However, there is insufficient time to allow for a complete SPOC comment period. Therefore, we have reduced the comment period to 30 days from the closing date for applications. These comments are reviewed as part of the award process. Failure to notify the SPOC can result in delays in awarding grants.

SPOCs are encouraged to eliminate the submission of routine endorsements as official recommendations. Additionally, SPOCs are requested to clearly differentiate between mere advisory comments and those official State process recommendations which may trigger the “accommodate or explain” rule.

When comments are submitted directly to ACF, they should be addressed to: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children Youth and Families, Office of Grants Management, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, Mail Stop 326F-HHH, Washington, DC 20447, Attn: Lois Hodge ADD—Projects of National Significance.

Contact information for each State's SPOC is found in the application package or ADD's website.

B. Notification of State Developmental Disabilities Planning Councils

A copy of the application must also be submitted for review and comment to the State Developmental Disabilities Council in each State in which the applicant's project will be conducted. A list of the State Developmental Disabilities Councils is included in the application package or ADD's website under Programs.

C. Deadline for Submittal of Applications

One signed original and two copies of the application must be submitted on or before September 1, 2000 to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, Mail Stop 326F-HHH, Washington, DC 20447, Attn: Lois Hodge.

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered. Hand-delivered applications are accepted during the normal working hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications shall be considered as meeting an announced deadline if received by the deadline date at the ACYF Grants Office (Close of Business: 4:30 p.m., local prevailing time).

Late applications: Applications that do not meet the criterion stated above are considered late applications. ACYF/ADD shall notify each late applicant that the application will not be considered in the current competition.

Extension of deadlines: ACYF may extend the deadline for all applicants due to acts of God, such as floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes; or when there is a widespread disruption of the mail. However, if the granting agency Start Printed Page 47629does not extend the deadline for all applicants, it may not waive or extend the deadline for any applicants.

D. Instructions for Preparing the Application and Completing Application Forms

The SF 424, SF 424A, SF 424A-Page 2 and Certifications/Assurances are contained in the application package. Please prepare your application in accordance with the following instructions:

1. SF 424 Page 1, Application Cover Sheet

Please read the following instructions before completing the application cover sheet. An explanation of each item is included. Complete only the items specified.

Top of Page. Enter the single priority area number under which the application is being submitted. An application should be submitted under only one priority area.

Item 1. “Type of Submission”—Preprinted on the form.

Item 2. “Date Submitted” and “Applicant Identifier”—Date application is submitted to ACYF and applicant's own internal control number, if applicable.

Item 3. “Date Received By State”—State use only (if applicable).

Item 4. “Date Received by Federal Agency”—Leave blank.

Item 5. “Applicant Information”.

“Legal Name”—Enter the legal name of applicant organization. For applications developed jointly, enter the name of the lead organization only. There must be a single applicant for each application.

“Organizational Unit”—Enter the name of the primary unit within the applicant organization which will actually carry out the project activity. Do not use the name of an individual as the applicant. If this is the same as the applicant organization, leave the organizational unit blank.

“Address”—Enter the complete address that the organization actually uses to receive mail, since this is the address to which all correspondence will be sent. Do not include both street address and P.O. box number unless both must be used in mailing.

“Name and telephone number of the person to be contacted on matters involving this application (give area code)”—Enter the full name (including academic degree, if applicable) and telephone number of a person who can respond to questions about the application. This person should be accessible at the address given here and will receive all correspondence regarding the application.

Item 6. “Employer Identification Number (EIN)”—Enter the employer identification number of the applicant organization, as assigned by the Internal Revenue Service, including, if known, the Central Registry System suffix.

Item 7. “Type of Applicant”—Self-explanatory.

Item 8. “Type of Application”—Preprinted on the form.

Item 9. “Name of Federal Agency”—Preprinted on the form.

Item 10. “Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number and Title”—Enter the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number assigned to the program under which assistance is requested and its title. For all of ADD's priority areas, the following should be entered, “93.631—Developmental Disabilities: Projects of National Significance.”

Item 11. “Descriptive Title of Applicant's Project”—Enter the project title. The title is generally short and is descriptive of the project, not the priority area title.

Item 12. “Areas Affected by Project”—Enter the governmental unit where significant and meaningful impact could be observed. List only the largest unit or units affected, such as State, county, or city. If an entire unit is affected, list it rather than subunits.

Item 13. “Proposed Project”—Enter the desired start date for the project and projected completion date.

Item 14. “Congressional District of Applicant/Project”—Enter the number of the Congressional district where the applicant's principal office is located and the number of the Congressional district(s) where the project will be located. If Statewide, a multi-State effort, or nationwide, enter “00.”

Item 15. Estimated Funding Levels. In completing 15a through 15f, the dollar amounts entered should reflect, for a 17-month or less project period, the total amount requested. If the proposed project period exceeds 17 months, enter only those dollar amounts needed for the first 12 months of the proposed project.

Item 15a. Enter the amount of Federal funds requested in accordance with the preceding paragraph. This amount should be no greater than the maximum amount specified in the priority area description.

Items 15b-e. Enter the amount(s) of funds from non-Federal sources that will be contributed to the proposed project. Items b-e are considered cost-sharing or “matching funds.” The value of third party in-kind contributions should be included on appropriate lines as applicable. For more information regarding funding as well as exceptions to these rules, see Part III, Sections E and F, and the specific priority area description.

Item 15f. Enter the estimated amount of program income, if any, expected to be generated from the proposed project. Do not add or subtract this amount from the total project amount entered under item 15g. Describe the nature, source and anticipated use of this program income in the Project Narrative Statement.

Item 15g. Enter the sum of items 15a-15e.

Item 16a. “Is Application Subject to Review By State Executive Order 12372 Process? Yes.”—Enter the date the applicant contacted the SPOC regarding this application. Select the appropriate SPOC from the listing provided at the end of Part IV. The review of the application is at the discretion of the SPOC. The SPOC will verify the date noted on the application.

Item 16b. “Is Application Subject to Review By State Executive Order 12372 Process? No.”—Check the appropriate box if the application is not covered by E.O. 12372 or if the program has not been selected by the State for review.

Item 17. “Is the Applicant Delinquent on any Federal Debt?”—Check the appropriate box. This question applies to the applicant organization, not the person who signs as the authorized representative. Categories of debt include audit disallowances, loans and taxes.

Item 18. “To the best of my knowledge and belief, all data in this application/pre-application are true and correct. The document has been duly authorized by the governing body of the applicant and the applicant will comply with the attached assurances if the assistance is awarded.”—To be signed by the authorized representative of the applicant. A copy of the governing body's authorization for signature of this application by this individual as the official representative must be on file in the applicant's office, and may be requested from the applicant.

Item 18a-c. “Typed Name of Authorized Representative, Title, Telephone Number”—Enter the name, title and telephone number of the authorized representative of the applicant organization.

Item 18d. “Signature of Authorized Representative”—Signature of the authorized representative named in Item 18a. At least one copy of the application must have an original signature. Use colored ink (not black) so that the original signature is easily identified. Start Printed Page 47630

Item 18e. “Date Signed”—Enter the date the application was signed by the authorized representative.

2. SF 424A—Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs

This is a form used by many Federal agencies. For this application, Sections A, B, C, E and F are to be completed. Section D does not need to be completed.

Sections A and B should include the Federal as well as the non-Federal funding for the proposed project covering (1) the total project period of 17 months or less or (2) the first year budget period, if the proposed project period exceeds 15 months.

Section A—Budget Summary. This section includes a summary of the budget. On line 5, enter total Federal costs in column (e) and total non-Federal costs, including third party in-kind contributions, but not program income, in column (f). Enter the total of (e) and (f) in column (g).

Section B—Budget Categories. This budget, which includes the Federal as well as non-Federal funding for the proposed project, covers (1) the total project period of 17 months or less or (2) the first-year budget period if the proposed project period exceeds 17 months. It should relate to item 15g, total funding, on the SF 424. Under column (5), enter the total requirements for funds (Federal and non-Federal) by object class category.

A separate budget justification should be included to explain fully and justify major items, as indicated below. The types of information to be included in the justification are indicated under each category. For multiple year projects, it is desirable to provide this information for each year of the project. The budget justification should immediately follow the second page of the SF 424A.

Personnel—Line 6a. Enter the total costs of salaries and wages of applicant/grantee staff. Do not include the costs of consultants, which should be included on line 6h, “Other.”

Justification: Identify the principal investigator or project director, if known. Specify by title or name the percentage of time allocated to the project, the individual annual salaries, and the cost to the project (both Federal and non-Federal) of the organization's staff who will be working on the project.

Fringe Benefits—Line 6b. Enter the total costs of fringe benefits, unless treated as part of an approved indirect cost rate.

Justification: Provide a break-down of amounts and percentages that comprise fringe benefit costs, such as health insurance, FICA, retirement insurance, etc.

Travel—6c. Enter total costs of out-of-town travel (travel requiring per diem) for staff of the project. Do not enter costs for consultant's travel or local transportation, which should be included on Line 6h, “Other.”

Justification: Include the name(s) of traveler(s), total number of trips, destinations, length of stay, transportation costs and subsistence allowances.

Equipment—Line 6d. Enter the total costs of all equipment to be acquired by the project. For State and local governments, including Federally recognized Indian Tribes, “equipment” is tangible, non-expendable personal property having a useful life of more than one year and acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit.

Justification: Equipment to be purchased with Federal funds must be justified. The equipment must be required to conduct the project, and the applicant organization or its subgrantees must not have the equipment or a reasonable facsimile available to the project. The justification also must contain plans for future use or disposal of the equipment after the project ends.

Supplies—Line 6e. Enter the total costs of all tangible expendable personal property (supplies) other than those included on Line 6d.

Justification: Specify general categories of supplies and their costs.

Contractual—Line 6f. Enter the total costs of all contracts, including (1) procurement contracts (except those which belong on other lines such as equipment, supplies, etc.) and (2) contracts with secondary recipient organizations, including delegate agencies. Also include any contracts with organizations for the provision of technical assistance. Do not include payments to individuals on this line. If the name of the contractor, scope of work, and estimated total costs are not available or have not been negotiated, include on Line 6h, “Other.”

Justification: Attach a list of contractors, indicating the names of the organizations, the purposes of the contracts, and the estimated dollar amounts of the awards as part of the budget justification. Whenever the applicant/grantee intends to delegate part or all of the program to another agency, the applicant/grantee must complete this section (Section B, Budget Categories) for each delegate agency by agency title, along with the supporting information. The total cost of all such agencies will be part of the amount shown on Line 6f. Provide backup documentation identifying the name of contractor, purpose of contract, and major cost elements.

Construction—Line 6g. Not applicable. New construction is not allowable.

Other—Line 6h. Enter the total of all other costs. Where applicable, such costs may include, but are not limited to: insurance; medical and dental costs; noncontractual fees and travel paid directly to individual consultants; local transportation (all travel which does not require per diem is considered local travel); space and equipment rentals; printing and publication; computer use; training costs, including tuition and stipends; training service costs, including wage payments to individuals and supportive service payments; and staff development costs. Note that costs identified as “miscellaneous” and “honoraria” are not allowable.

Justification: Specify the costs included.

Total Direct Charges—Line 6i. Enter the total of Lines 6a through 6h.

Indirect Charges—6j. Enter the total amount of indirect charges (costs). If no indirect costs are requested, enter “none.” Generally, this line should be used when the applicant (except local governments) has a current indirect cost rate agreement approved by the Department of Health and Human Services or another Federal agency.

Local and State governments should enter the amount of indirect costs determined in accordance with HHS requirements. When an indirect cost rate is requested, these costs are included in the indirect cost pool and should not be charged again as direct costs to the grant.

In the case of training grants to other than State or local governments (as defined in title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, part 74), the Federal reimbursement of indirect costs will be limited to the lesser of the negotiated (or actual) indirect cost rate or 8 percent of the amount allowed for direct costs, exclusive of any equipment charges, rental of space, tuition and fees, post-doctoral training allowances, contractual items, and alterations and renovations.

For training grant applications, the entry under line 6j should be the total indirect costs being charged to the project. The Federal share of indirect costs is calculated as shown above. The applicant's share is calculated as follows:

(a) Calculate total project indirect costs (a*) by applying the applicant's approved indirect cost rate to the total project (Federal and non-Federal) direct costs.Start Printed Page 47631

(b) Calculate the Federal share of indirect costs (b*) at 8 percent of the amount allowed for total project (Federal and non-Federal) direct costs exclusive of any equipment charges, rental of space, tuition and fees, post-doctoral training allowances, contractual items, and alterations and renovations.

(c) Subtract (b*) from (a*). The remainder is what the applicant can claim as part of its matching cost contribution.

Justification: Enclose a copy of the indirect cost rate agreement. Applicants subject to the limitation on the Federal reimbursement of indirect costs for training grants should specify this.

Total—Line 6k. Enter the total amounts of lines 6i and 6j.

Program Income—Line 7. Enter the estimated amount of income, if any, expected to be generated from this project. Do not add or subtract this amount from the total project amount.

Justification: Describe the nature, source, and anticipated use of program income in the Program Narrative Statement.

Section C—Non-Federal Resources. This section summarizes the amounts of non-Federal resources that will be applied to the grant. Enter this information on line 12 entitled “Totals.” In-kind contributions are defined in title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 74.51 and 92.24, as “property or services which benefit a grant-supported project or program and which are contributed by non-Federal third parties without charge to the grantee, the subgrantee, or a cost-type contractor under the grant or subgrant.”

Justification: Describe third party in-kind contributions, if included.

Section D—Forecasted Cash Needs. Not applicable.

Section E—Budget Estimate of Federal Funds Needed For Balance of the Project. This section should only be completed if the total project period exceeds 17 months.

Totals—Line 20. For projects that will have more than one budget period, enter the estimated required Federal funds for the second budget period (months 13 through 24) under column “(b) First.” If a third budget period will be necessary, enter the Federal funds needed for months 25 through 36 under “(c) Second.” Columns (d) and (e) are not applicable in most instances, since ACF funding is almost always limited to a three-year maximum project period. They should remain blank.

Section F—Other Budget Information.

Direct Charges—Line 21. Not applicable.

Indirect Charges—Line 22. Enter the type of indirect rate (provisional, predetermined, final or fixed) that will be in effect during the funding period, the estimated amount of the base to which the rate is applied, and the total indirect expense.

Remarks—Line 23. If the total project period exceeds 17 months, you must enter your proposed non-Federal share of the project budget for each of the remaining years of the project.

3. Project Description

The Project Description is a very important part of an application. It should be clear, concise, and address the specific requirements mentioned under the priority area description in Part IV. The narrative should also provide information concerning how the application meets the evaluation criteria, using the following headings:

(a) Objectives and Need for Assistance;

(b) Results and Benefits Expected;

(c) Approach; and

(d) Organization Profile.

The specific information to be included under each of these headings is described in Section G of Part III, General Instructions for the Uniform Project Description.

The narrative should be typed double-spaced on a single-side of an 8 1/2″ × 11″ plain white paper, with 1″ margins on all sides, using black print no smaller than 12 pitch or 12 point size. All pages of the narrative (including charts, references/footnotes, tables, maps, exhibits, etc.) must be sequentially numbered, beginning with “Objectives and Need for Assistance” as page number one. Applicants should not submit reproductions of larger size paper, reduced to meet the size requirement.

The length of the application, including the application forms and all attachments, should not exceed 60 pages. This will be strictly enforced. A page is a single side of an 81/2 × 11″ sheet of paper. Applicants are requested not to send pamphlets, brochures or other printed material along with their application as these pose xeroxing difficulties. These materials, if submitted, will not be included in the review process if they exceed the 60-page limit. Each page of the application will be counted to determine the total length.

4. Part V—Assurances/Certifications

Applicants are required to file an SF 424B, Assurances—Non-Construction Programs and the Certification Regarding Lobbying. Both must be signed and returned with the application. Applicants must also provide certifications regarding: (1) Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; and (2) Debarment and Other Responsibilities. These two certifications are self-explanatory. Copies of these assurances/certifications are reprinted at the end of this announcement and should be reproduced, as necessary. A duly authorized representative of the applicant organization must certify that the applicant is in compliance with these assurances/certifications. A signature on the SF 424 indicates compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Requirements, and Debarment and Other Responsibilities certifications, and need not be mailed back with the application.

In addition, applicants are required under Section 162(c)(3) of the Act to provide assurances that the human rights of all individuals with developmental disabilities (especially those individuals without familial protection) who will receive services under projects assisted under Part E will be protected consistent with section 110 (relating to the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities). Each application must include a statement providing this assurance.

For research projects in which human subjects may be at risk, a Protection of Human Subjects Assurance may be required. If there is a question regarding the applicability of this assurance, contact the Office for Research Risks of the National Institutes of Health at (301) 496-7041.

E. Checklist for a Complete Application

The checklist below is for your use to ensure that your application package has been properly prepared.

__ One original, signed and dated application, plus two copies. Applications for different priority areas are packaged separately;

__ Application is from an organization which is eligible under the eligibility requirements defined in the priority area description (screening requirement);

__ Application length does not exceed 60 pages, unless otherwise specified in the priority area description.

A complete application consists of the following items in this order:

__ Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424, REV 4-88);

__ A completed SPOC certification with the date of SPOC contact entered in line 16, page 1 of the SF 424 if applicable.Start Printed Page 47632

__ Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs (SF 424A, REV 4-88);

__ Budget justification for Section B—Budget Categories;

__ Table of Contents;

__ Letter from the Internal Revenue Service, etc. to prove non-profit status, if necessary;

__ Copy of the applicant's approved indirect cost rate agreement, if appropriate;

__ Project Description (See Part III, Section C);

__ Any appendices/attachments;

__ Assurances—Non-Construction Programs (Standard Form 424B, REV 4-88);

__ Certification Regarding Lobbying; and

__ Certification of Protection of Human Subjects, if necessary.

__ Certification of the Pro-Children Act of 1994; signature on the application represents certification.

F. The Application Package

Each application package must include an original and two copies of the complete application. Each copy should be stapled securely (front and back if necessary) in the upper left-hand corner. All pages of the narrative (including charts, tables, maps, exhibits, etc.) must be sequentially numbered, beginning with page one. In order to facilitate handling, please do not use covers, binders or tabs. Do not include extraneous materials as attachments, such as agency promotion brochures, slides, tapes, film clips, minutes of meetings, survey instruments or articles of incorporation.

G. Paper Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub.L. 104-13)

The Uniform Project Description information collection within this announcement is approved under the Uniform Project Description (0970-0139), Expiration Date 10/31/2000.

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 10 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and reviewing the collection of information.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

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(Federal Catalog of Domestic Assistance Number 93.631 Developmental Disabilities—Projects of National Significance)

Dated: July 27, 2000.

Reginald F. Wells,

Deputy Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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[FR Doc. 00-19492 Filed 8-1-00; 8:45 am]

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