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Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- The Rockaways, Queens, New York

Contracts for Services to Queens, New York Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Agencies for Comprehensive Early Childcare Services

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Head Start (OHS)

Deadline Date:

02/11/19 4:30 PM ET - Paper applications; 11:59 PM ET - Electronic applications

Description:

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Contracts for services to Queens, New York nonprofits, public agencies, faith-based organizations, and businesses for programs to prepare children from birth to age five for school in the Rockaways. Required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs to give disadvantaged children a strong early education so that they arrive in kindergarten on par with their peers.

The federally-funded Head Start program provides high-quality, comprehensive early education programming to low-income children and families so that children start school ready to succeed. The Office of Head Start (OHS) is offering applicants the opportunity to apply for funding to serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and children from birth to compulsory school age in one application. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications from public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations that seek to provide a high-quality, comprehensive program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start funding, or to provide services for Head Start only or Early Head Start only, in a manner that ensures continuous services and seamless transitions for children and families residing in The Rockaways, Queens, New York.

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

For additional information, please see Program Description located on the RFP:
https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OHS-CH-R02-1578_0.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185000

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,597,282

Number of Grants:

2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Floor: $500,000 per budget period

Award Ceiling: $2,597,282 per budget period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: July 2, 2019

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

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities applying for Head Start only - or - both Head Start and Early Head Start:

Eligible applicants are limited to local public or private nonprofit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or local for-profit agencies in the service area, that can provide Head Start services to children and families residing in The Rockaways, Queens, New York. Applicants must demonstrate they meet the statutory requirement for designation as a Head Start and/or Early Head Start agency as defined in the Head Start Act.

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

Entities applying for Early Head Start only:

Eligible applicants are any public or private nonprofit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies.

Eligibility is limited to public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations in the service area that can provide Early Head Start services to children and families residing in The Rockaways, Queens, New York.

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

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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

Funding Restrictions:
https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OHS-CH-R02-1578_0.pdf#page=46

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: February 11, 2019 by 11:59 PM ET (online submission)

Applicants may request an exemption from required electronic application submission. If such exemption is granted, the deadline for receipt of paper applications is February 11, 2019 by 4:30 PM ET.

The registration process at Grants.gov can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizational DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.

Plan ahead. Please allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e., Grants.gov.

Grantees must, unless a waiver is granted, contribute 20 percent of the total cost of the program from non-federal funds.

View this RFP online:
https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OHS-CH-R02-1578_0.htm

View the opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310855

How to Apply for a Grant:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/howto

FAQs on Application and Review Processes:
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/howto#chapter-9

Contact Information:

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

Submit paper applications to one of the following addresses:

Submission By Mail:
Office of Head Start
OHS Operations Center
1401 Mercantile Lane
Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

Hand Delivery:
Office of Head Start
OHS Operations Center
1401 Mercantile Lane
Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

Program Office Contact:

Shawna Pinckney
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Head Start
Phone: (888) 242-0684
Email: OHSTech@reviewops.org

Office of Grants Management Contact

Jeff Newton
Administration for Children and Families
Phone: (303) 844-1149
Email: Jeff.newton@acf.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.600

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2019-ACF-OHS-CH-R02-1578

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: The Rockaways, Queens;   New York