Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grants

To fund technical studies to improve methods for detecting and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards.

The purpose of the Healthy Homes Technical Studies program is to improve our knowledge of housing-related health hazards, and to improve or develop new hazard assessment and control
methods.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Studies to design and field test methods of insulating walls that could be installed to permanently eliminate moisture and mold conditions in walls cost-effectively; laboratory testing of different vacuum protocols to collect dust samples for allergen analyses; and improving the assessment of mold exposure in an ongoing cohort study of factors associated with asthma development in young children.


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

Healthy Homes Technical Studies grants have resulted in, for example, low cost interventions to reduce moisture intrusion and associated mold problems in urban homes and documenting an improvement in the symptoms of asthmatic children following such interventions; developing improved methods for controlling cockroaches and cleaning cockroach allergen, the development of a scoring system for injury hazards in homes.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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

The applications for this NOFA can be found at www.grants.gov.

The application is an electronic application.

You must be registered at www.grants.gov to submit your application.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Academic, not-for-profit and for-profit institutions located in the U.S.

(for-profit firms are not allowed to profit from the project), State and local governments, and Federally recognized Native American tribes are eligible under all existing authorizations.

Applications for supplementation of existing projects are eligible to compete with applications for new awards.

Federal agencies and federal employees are not eligible to submit applications.

The General Section of the SuperNOFA provides additional eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Homeowners, rental property owners, and public housing residents.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State, local and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal governments and specific requirements of 24 CFR Part 85. 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.

12372.

Application Procedures

The competitive Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2008 Healthy Homes Technical Studies 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 (800) 877-8339.

Award Procedures

HUD's review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.

Deadlines

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 3, 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.

Authorization

Sections 501 and 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970; Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution,2007, Public Law 110-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Healthy Homes Technical Studies grants are awarded up to 36 months after the date of award. HUD reserves the right to approve no cost time extensions for a period not to exceed 12 months. Payment is on a cost-reimbursable basis.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly financial management and performance reports are required.

Audits

In accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

As required by OMB Circular A-102, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements With State and Local Governments" or OMB Circular A-110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations."

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0174-0-1-451.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $2,000,000; FY 08 est $2,100,000; and FY 09 est $2,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The total amount to be awarded is approximately $2 million. The anticipated amounts and/or numbers of individual awards will be approximately 3 to approximately 5 grants or cooperative agreements, ranging from approximately $200,000 to a maximum of $1 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Kit are self-contained; all necessary information is provided; no other regulations pertain.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Dr. Peter J. Ashley, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Room 8236, Washington, DC 20410. E-mail: Peter.J.Ashley@hud.gov. Telephone: (202) 402-7595 (this is not a toll-free number). 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 (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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