Social Services and Income Maintenance Benefits Enrollment Coordination Grants

To provide funds for benefits outreach and enrollment assistance activities awarded competitively to private, nonprofit organizations to support community pilot projects in communities with a high concentration of poverty that could be sustained through other funding sources after an 12-month grant period.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: In FY 09, 0 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2010: In FY 10, 5 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2011: It is anticipated that 0 grants will be awarded in FY 11.

Uses and Use Restrictions

(1) Grantees receive the discretionary grant to support-on-going facilitated outreach and enrollment assistance to low-income individuals and families to access already existing Federal, State, and local benefit programs.

(2) Grantees use award to initiate new benefits enrollment projects especially for the un-served.

(3) Project should be sustained through other funding sources after an 12-month grant period.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Secretary is authorized to make grants to private-nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status.

Foreign entities are not eligible.

Faith-based and community organizations are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private, nonprofit organizations provide services to low-income individuals and families to support benefits outreach and enrollment assistance activities. While low income populations are the general target population, benefits eligibility for specific Federal, State, and local programs will differ for each program included in the benefits enrollment outreach and assistance pilots.


Proof of 501 (c)(3) or (4) status is required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. Announcements concerning the availability of funds along with the application package, including all required forms, will be posted at Applications to the Office of Community Services for grants under the announcement should be addressed to: OCS Operations Center 1515 Wilson Blvd., Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22209. Applicants are urged to inform and coordinate application submissions with State and local governments where such information and coordination is appropriate or necessary for the success of the program. This program is subject to the provisions of Title 45 CFR Part 74 (non-governmental entities). All applications for assistance under this program must contain: (1) SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance; (2) SF-424A, Budget Information; (3) SF-424B, Assurances-Non- Construction Programs; (4) Certificate Regarding Drug Free Workplace Requirements; (5) Certification regarding environmental tobacco smoke; (6) Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters; and (7) Certification Regarding Lobbying. These must be accompanied by a detailed budget, and a program narrative submitted in accordance with the format detailed in the program announcement.

Award Procedures

Objective review will be made for all grant awards. Selection of applicants will be determined based on the review criteria outlined in the program announcement.


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


Social Security Act, Section 1110, Public Law 111-117.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made available for periods of 12 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


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.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $2,000,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$350,000 per grant for 12 month period.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Marsha Werner, Office of Community Services (OCS), Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L"Enfant Promenade, 5th Floor West, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (202) 401-5281 Fax: (202) 401-5718 .

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each funding opportunity announcement.

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