Operation Lead Elimination Action Program

To leverage private sector resources to eliminate lead poisoning as a major public health threat to young children.

Operation LEAP will provide seed money in the form of grants to applicants that demonstrate a concrete ability to leverage substantial private sector resources to be used for lead
hazard control related activities.

Resources generated through Operation LEAP will be used and/or distributed by non-profits or for-profits to assist National, State and local entities actively engaged in creating lead-safe housing for families with young children on both a preventive and remedial basis.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

National Safety Council assists community-based organizations in building local capacity for lead hazard control and to implement lead hazard control projects in low income privately-owned rental or owner occupied housing in high risk neighborhoods.

The ACCESS Agency will partner with the Salvation Army, a coalition of low-income homeowners and landlords of low-income housing, a regional municipal health department, a regional hospital, regional municipalities, area banks and local motels to provide temporary housing for families whose homes are undergoing lead hazard control action, mobilize private sector resources, provide meaningful educational activities for residents and landlords that focus on the dangers of lead poisoning in the home and strategies to minimize these dangers, and, provide financial and technical assistance to low-income landlords and homeowners to enable them to upgrade residential units and make them lead-safe for families and children.

The Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation will use health/housing partnerships with the Milwaukee Health Department, local banks, neighborhood associations, apartment owners, and the Milwaukee Foundation.

The Energy Program Consortium, a joint venture of low-income home energy assistance program directors; state weatherization assistance program directors, and state energy officials, will raise funds for lead hazard control activities from national foundations, corporations and financial institutions, building upon the successful collaboration between local lead hazard control and weatherization programs.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Program Accomplishments

Grantees leveraged private sector resources and utilizing leveraged funds for lead-hazard control related work.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For Fiscal Year 2008, potential applicants should consult the NOFA for available grant funding, particular requirements and restrictions, and application due dates.

Submit your electronic application through http://www.grants.gov.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for funding under the Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP), the applicant must be a non-profit or for-profit entity or firm.

For-profit institutions are not allowed to earn a fee.

Colleges and Universities are also eligible to apply.

National and local groups are encouraged to apply.

States, cities, counties and units of local government and their departments are not eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Homeowners, rental property owners, and public housing residents.


Costs will be determined for nonprofit and educational institutions in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-122 and No. A-21, respectively, and in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR Part 84.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The competitive Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2008 Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP) Grants provides information about the application procedure. All grants must be submitted electronically, via www.grants.gov, unless a waiver from electronic submission is received. Copies of the NOFA and required forms can be obtained at Grants.gov. Other relevant information can be found at HUD's website, www.hud.gov, or the Office's website, www.hud.gov/offices/lead/. For questions related to the application process, E-mail: Support@grants.gov, call grants.gov at (800) 518-GRANTS or via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (1-800) 877-8339.

Award Procedures

HUDs review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.


To be considered for funding, the application should be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on July 10, 2008, the date and time specified in the 2008 NOFA. Applications for waivers from the electronic submission must be submitted as specified in the General Section. Announcements regarding availability of funding were published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2008.


Sections 501 and 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970; Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, Public Law 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Operation LEAP grants are awarded for up 36 months. HUD reserves the right to approve no cost time extensions for a period not to exceed 12 months. HUD reserves the right to approve no cost time extensions.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly financial management and performance reports are required.


In accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133.


In accordance with OMB Circular A-110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations."

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $17,500,000; FY 08 est $17,500,000; and FY 09 est $2,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For Operation Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP) Approximately $500,000 to maximum of $2,000,000 per grant. Approximately 9 to 12 grants will be awarded to applicants for Operation LEAP.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Kit are self-contained; all necessary information is provided; no other regulations pertain. For Hazard Control Grants, there is some change in the content and direction of the NOFA that is issued each year, dependent on SuperNOFA format, Congressional direction, changes in emphasis among priorities, and improvements based on experience with prior NOFAs.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jonnette G. Hawkins, Director, Programs Division, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, 451 Seventh Street S.W. Room 8236, Washington, DC 20410-3000 or by telephone, fax, or E-mail: Jonnette_G._Hawkins@hud.gov (use underscores), Telephone: (202)402-7593 (this is not a toll-free number), Fax: (202) 755-1000. If you are a hearing- or speech-impaired person, you may reach the above telephone number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (1-800 877-8339).

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For Fiscal Year 2008 HUD will use the technical and financial selection criteria listed in the NOFA.

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