Grant Opportunitiy: DHHS JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS

H. C. Covington -- I CAN America (icanamerica@email.msn.com)
Fri, 15 Oct 1999 08:02:27 -0500


YR 2000 JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS PROGRAM - DHHSNon
Profit Grant Opportunities for up to $500,000 from DHHS
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YR 2000 JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS PROGRAM
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[Federal Register: October 12, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 196)]

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families

[Program Announcement No. OCS 2000-02]

ACTION: Announcement of availability of funds and request for
applications under the Office of Community Services' FY 2000 Job
Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI) Program.

SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of
Community Services (OCS), announces that, based on availability of
funds, competing applications will be accepted for new grants pursuant
to the Secretary's discretionary authority under section 505 of the
Family Support Act of 1988, as amended.

    Closing Date: To be considered for funding, applications must be
postmarked on or before January 14, 2000. Detailed application
submission instructions, including the addresses to which applications
must be submitted, are found in Part V-B, Application Submission.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Administration for Children and
Families, Office of Community Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW.,
Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Nolan Lewis (202) 401-5282, Linda Bunn
(202) 401-5324, Aleatha Slade (202) 401-5317. In addition, this Notice
is accessible on the OCS WEBSITE for reading or downloading at:
www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ocs/kits1.htm.Part I--Preamble

A. Legislative Authority

    Section 505 of the Family Support Act of 1988, Public Law 100-485,
as amended, authorizes the Secretary of HHS to enter into agreements
with non-profit organizations (including community development
corporations) for the purpose of conducting projects designed to create
employment and business opportunities for certain low-income
individuals.

    The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
of 1996, Public Law 104-193, reauthorized Section 505 of the Family
Support Act of 1988. The Act also amended certain subsections of
Section 505 of the Family Support Act of 1988 to be effective July 1,
1997.

B. Definitions of Terms

    For purposes of this Program Announcement, the following
definitions apply:

--Budget period: The interval of time into which a multi-year period of
assistance (project period) is divided for budgetary and funding
purposes.
--Community-level data: Key information to be collected by each grantee
that will allow for a national-level analysis of common features of
JOLI projects. This consists of data on the population of the target
area, including the percentage of TANF recipients and others on public
assistance, and the percentage whose incomes fall below the poverty
line; the unemployment rate; the number of new business starts and
business closings; and a description of the major employers and average
wage rates and employment opportunities with those employers.
--Community development corporation: A private, nonprofit entity,
governed by a board of directors consisting of low-income residents of
the community and business, civic leaders, that has as a principal
purpose, planning, developing, or managing community economic
development projects.
--Hypothesis: An assumption made in order to test its validity. It
should assert a cause-and-effect relationship between a program
intervention and its expected result. Both the intervention and result
must be measured in order to confirm the hypothesis. For example, the
following is a hypothesis: ``Eighty hours of classroom training in
small business planning will be sufficient for participants to prepare
a successful loan application.'' In this example, data would be
obtained on the number of hours of training actually received by
participants (the intervention), and the quality of loan applications
(the result), to determine the validity of the hypothesis (that eighty
hours of training is sufficient to produce the result).
--Intervention: Any planned activity within a project that is intended
to produce changes in the target population and/or the environment and
that can be formally evaluated. For example, assistance in the
preparation of a business plan and loan package are planned
interventions.
--Job creation: To bring about, by activities and services funded under
this program, new jobs, that is, jobs that were not in existence before
the start of the project. These activities can include self-employment/
micro-enterprise training, the development of new business ventures or
the expansion of existing businesses.
--Non-profit organization: Any organization (including a community
development corporation) exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by reason of paragraph (3) or (4) of
section 501(c) of such code.
--Non-traditional employment for women or minorities: Employment in an
industry or field where women or minorities currently make up less than
twenty-five percent of the work force.
--Outcome evaluation: An assessment of project results as measured by
collected data which define the net effects of the interventions
applied in the project. An outcome evaluation will produce and
interpret findings related to whether the interventions produced
desirable changes and their potential for replication. It should
answer the question: Did this program work?
--Private employers: Third-party non-profit organizations or third-
party for-profit businesses operating or proposing to operate in the
same community as the applicant and which are proposed or potential
employers of project participants.
--Process evaluation: The ongoing examination of the implementation of
a program. It focuses on the effectiveness and efficiency of the
program's activities and interventions (for example, methods of
recruiting participants, quality of training activities, or usefulness
of follow-up procedures). It should answer questions such as: Who is
receiving what services? and are the services being delivered as
planned? It is also known as formative evaluation because it gathers
information that can be used as a management tool to improve the way a
program operates while the program is in progress. It should also
identify problems that occurred and how they were dealt with and
recommend improved means of future implementation. It should answer the
question: ``How was the program carried out?'' In concert with the
outcome evaluation, it should also help explain, ``Why did this
program work/not work?'' and ``What worked and what did not?''
--Program participant/beneficiary: An individual eligible to receive
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families under Title I of the Personal
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Part A
of Title IV of the Social Security Act) and any other individual whose
income level does not exceed 100 percent of the official poverty line
as found in the most recent revision of the Poverty Income Guidelines
published by the Department of Health and Human Services. (See
Attachment A.)
--Project period: The total time a project is approved for support,
including any extensions.
--Self-sufficiency: A condition where an individual or family, by
reason of employment, does not need and is not eligible for public
assistance.
--Third party: Any individual, organization, or business entity that is
not the direct recipient of grant funds.
--Third party agreement: A written agreement entered into by the
grantee and an organization, individual or business entity (including a
wholly-owned subsidiary), by which the grantee makes an equity
investment or a loan in support of grant purposes.
--Third party in-kind contributions: The value of non-cash
contributions provided by non-federal third parties which may be in the
form of real property, equipment, supplies and other expendable
property, and the value of goods and services directly benefitting and
specifically identifiable to the project or program.

C. Purpose

    The purpose of this program is to demonstrate and evaluate ways of
creating new employment and business opportunities for certain low-
income individuals through the provision of technical and financial
assistance to private employers in the community, self-employment/
micro-enterprise programs, and/or new business development programs. A
low-income individual eligible to participate in a project conducted
under this program is any individual eligible to receive Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) under Part A of Title IV of the
Social Security Act, as amended, or any other individual whose income
level does not exceed 100 percent of the official poverty line. (See
Attachment A.) Within these categories, emphasis should be on
individuals who are receiving TANF or its equivalent under State
auspices; those who are unemployed; those residing in public housing or
receiving housing assistance; non-custodial parents, and those who are
homeless.

Part II--Background Information and Program Requirements

A. Eligible Applicants

    Organizations eligible to apply for funding under this program are
any non-profit organizations (including community development
corporations) that are exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by reason of paragraph (3) or (4) of
section 501(c) of such Code.

    Applicants must provide documentation of their tax exempt status.
The applicant can accomplish this by providing a copy of the
applicant's listing 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. Failure to provide evidence of section 501(c)(3)
or (4) tax exempt status will result in rejection of the application.

    Applicants that have applied to IRS for certification as a 501(c)
(3) or (4) tax exempt organization must provide documentation that
their application is currently pending IRS determination. However,
applicant must have status at time of award.

B. Project and Budget Periods

    The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
of 1996, Public Law 104-193, reauthorized and modified Section 505 of
the Family Support Act of 1988, the JOLI authorizing legislation. Among
the modifications effected was the deletion of sub-section (e), which
had legislatively mandated project duration. Applicants are therefore
free to apply for projects of from one to three years' duration,
depending on the proposed work program and the applicant's assessment
of the time required to achieve the proposed project goals. OCS has
made the programmatic determination that the nature of job creation and
career development projects which meet the funding criteria set forth
in this Announcement is such that it is not feasible to divide funding
into 12-month increments, and that completion of the entire project is
in each case necessary to achieve the purposes of the JOLI program.
Consequently, budget periods for grants under this Announcement may be
up to three years.
    Given the limited funds available for the JOLI program, applicants
should make a realistic assessment of the time and funds needed to
achieve the goals set forth in their proposal, and design a work
program and budget accordingly. The grant request should be for an
amount, up to a maximum of $500,000, needed to implement that part of
the project plan supported by OCS funds, taking into consideration
other cash and in-kind resources mobilized by the applicant in support
of the proposed project. (See Paragraph D, below, Mobilization of
Resources, and Part IV, Element VI, Budget Appropriateness and
Reasonableness.)

C. Availability of Funds and Grant Amounts

    All grant awards are subject to the availability of appropriated
funds. It is anticipated that approximately $5,500,000 will be
available in FY 2000 for JOLI. OCS estimates that approximately
$5,000,000 will be available for new grants and the remaining $500,000
will be set aside for the national JOLI contract. The 1996 amendments
to the JOLI authorizing legislation also deleted the limitation on the
number of grants to be made in any one fiscal year. Thus, the Office of
Community Services expects to award up to 10 new grants by September
30, 2000, based on the amounts requested and contingent on the
availability of funds. Grants of up to $500,000 in OCS funds for
project periods and budget periods of up to three years will be awarded
to selected organizations under this program in FY 2000.

D. Mobilization of Resources

    OCS will give favorable consideration in the review process to
applicants who mobilize cash and/or third-party in-kind contributions
for direct use in the project. The firm commitment of these resources
must be documented and submitted with the application in order to be
given credit in the review process under the Public-Private
Partnerships program element. Except in unusual situations, this
documentation must be in the form of letters of commitment from the
organization(s)/individual(s) from which resources will be received.
Even though there is no matching requirement for the JOLI Program,
grantees will be held accountable for any match, cash or in-kind
contribution proposed or pledged as part of an approved application.
(See Part IV, Element V, and Part VI, B., Instructions for Completing
the SF-424A, Section C, Non-Federal Resources)

E. Program Participants/beneficiaries

    Projects proposed for funding under this Announcement must result
in direct benefits to low-income people or persons at or below the
poverty line, as defined in the most recently published Poverty Income
Guidelines and individuals eligible to receive TANF under Part A of
Title IV of the Social Security Act, as amended.
    Attachment A to this Announcement is an excerpt from the guidelines
currently in effect. Annual revisions of these guidelines are normally
published in the Federal Register in February or early March of each
year. Grantees will be required to apply the most recent guidelines
throughout the project period. These revised guidelines also may be
obtained at public libraries, Congressional offices, or by writing the
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,
Washington, D.C. 20402.
    No other government agency or privately-defined poverty guidelines
are applicable for the determination of low-income eligibility for this
program.

F. Prohibition and Restrictions on the Use of Funds

    The use of funds for new construction or the purchase of real
property is prohibited. Costs incurred for the rearrangement and
alteration of facilities required specifically for the grant program
are allowable when specifically approved in advance by ACF in writing.
    If the applicant is proposing a project which will affect a
property listed in, or eligible for inclusion in the National Register
of Historic Places, it must identify this property in the narrative and
explain how it has complied with the provisions of Section 106 of the
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended. If there is any
question as to whether the property is listed in or eligible for
inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, the applicant
should consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer. (See
Attachment D: SF-424B, Item 13 for additional guidelines.) The
applicant should contact OCS early in the development of its
application for instructions regarding compliance with the Act and data
required to be submitted to the Department of Health and Human
Services. Failure to comply with the cited Act will result in the
application being ineligible for funding consideration.

G. Multiple Submittals

    Due to the limited amount of funds available under this program,
only a single proposal from any one eligible applicant will be funded
by OCS from FY 2000 JOLI funds pursuant to this Announcement.

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For the full annoucement and application kit go to the below URL address:
www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ocs/kits1.htm

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If you would like Technical or Proposal Assistance with this project
please contact Dr. Justin Green at icanamerica@msn.com and give
him your e-mail, telephone & fax numbers so we can get in touch with you.

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H. C. Covington - I CAN America
Management & Resource Consultants
Lafayette, LA - Washington, DC
icanamerica@msn.com
318.781.0216