Pregnancy Assistance Fund Program


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Contact: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Adolescent Health; Ms. Evelyn Kappeler; 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-2800.

Grants Management Contact:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Grants Management 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-8822.
Website Address

http://www.hhs.gov/oah



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

A State may use amounts received under a grant to make funding available to eligible high schools (grades 7-12), community service center, and institutions of higher education to establish, maintain or operate pregnant and parenting students.

Funds may be used to supplement, not supplant, existing funding for such services.

A State may also make funds available to its Attorney General to assist in providing services for eligible pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or to provide technical assistance to other organizations.

States may also use funds for public awareness and education concerning services available to pregnant and parenting teens and women, in keeping with the intent of the Fund.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A State may apply for a grant.

The term "State" includes the District of Columbia, any commonwealth, possession, or other territory of the United States, any Indian tribe or reservation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Women.

Credentials/Documentation

A nonprofit private entity must provide evidence of its nonprofit status. Allowability of costs charged to the grant will be determined in accordance with the following Cost Principles: OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. Faith based organizations are eligible to apply. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The Governor(s) of the State(s) in which the project is to be located is to be given 60 days in which to review and comment on applications for funding under this authority.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in the State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

This program is subject to the Public Health Systems Reporting Requirements.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The announcement for this grant opportunity may be found on www.Grants.gov the application forms and guidelines are available for online submission or for downloading and submitting on paper (hardcopy). If assistance is needed, please contact the OPHS Office of Grants Management, Grant Application Center: Telephone: (240) 453-8822(OGM) or 1-888-203-6161(GAC). Submitted Applications are screened upon receipt for completeness, responsiveness and conformance to the program announcement. Those applications judged to be unacceptable based on this initial screening will be returned. Applications may only be submitted electronically via the electronic submission mechanisms specified in the announcement (Grants.gov). Any application submitted via any other means of electronic communication, including facsimile or electronic mail, will not be accepted. While applications are accepted in hard copy, the use of the electronic application submission capabilities provided by the Grants.gov website portal or the OPHS Grant Solutions system is encouraged.

Award Procedures

All applications and proposals are read by a panel of independent experts who make recommendations for action to the Office of Adolescent Health. After considering the recommendation of this panel, the Director of the Office of Adolescent Health makes the final decision on the funding of applications. All applicants are notified in writing of actions taken on their applications. A Notice of Grant Award is issued for those applications that are approved and funded.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act PL: 111-148 SEC. 10212 - 10214.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Renewal awards may be approved pending availability of funding, and evidence of satisfactory progress and compliance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. An eligible institution of higher education that receives funding shall contribute an amount from non-Federal funds equal to 25 percent of the amount of the funding provided. The non-Federal share may be in cash or in-kind, fairly evaluated, including services, facilities, supplies or equipment. The non-Federal contribution does not apply to eligible high schools and community service organizations.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. See program announcement for details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants may not exceed 5 years (subject to the availability of funds). Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under the Electronic Transfer System. Necessary instructions for the appropriate type of payment will be issued at the time an award is made. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Please see Notice of Grant Award for detailed requirements.

Quarterly Cash Reports are required to be filed with the Division of Payment Management.

Progress reports are required for each budget period.

Financial status reports are due at the end of each budget period, and a final status report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

A final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit findings.

HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their designated authorized officials shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, sub-grantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. In accordance with 45 CFR, Part 74.53 and 45 CFR, Part 92, grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0120-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $25,000,000; FY 11 est $25,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $50,000-$500,000; average $200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

HHS Grants Policy Statement is available online: http://www.hhs.gov/asrt/og/aboutog/grantsnet.html

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Program Contact: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Adolescent Health; Ms. Evelyn Kappeler; 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-2800. Grants Management Contact:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Grants Management 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-8822.

Headquarters Office

Eric C. West, Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: eric.west@hhs.gov Phone: (240) 453-8449.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals must contain prevention services requirements specified in the statute. Priority will be given to applicants who: (1) Serve an area (a) where there is a high incidence of adolescent pregnancy, (b) where the incidence of low-income families is high, and (c) where the availability of programs for adolescents as specified in this act is low; (2) show evidence (a) for care services, of ability to deliver wide range of required services on single-site or network basis, or (b) for prevention services, ability to provide services targeted to population; (3) will utilize to maximum extent possible (a) existing programs and facilities, and (b) other sources of funding; (4) can demonstrate community commitment to the project; (5) have involved community in developing the project; (6) will demonstrate replication and innovative programs; and (7) demonstrate the reasonableness of the estimated cost considering the anticipated results.



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