A grant to a State or regional primary care association is awarded to provide necessary technical and non-financial assistance to potential and existing health centers, including: 1) training and assistance in fiscal and program management (program requirements); 2) operational and administrative support (performance improvement); and 3) the provision of information regarding resources available under Section 330 and how they can best be used to meet the health needs to the communities served by potential and existing health centers (information sharing/knowledge management).
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.
It is expected that 51 associations will be funded in FY 09.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Recipients will be expected to provide certain technical and non-financial assistance to health centers and other qualified organizations.
State and Regional Primary Care Associations who currently work with BPHC-supported programs or other qualified community-based providers with similar missions throughout their State or region.
This program will benefit medically underserved populations.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.
12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office of the 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.
Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Grants.gov. Please visit the Grants.gov Web site at www.grants.gov to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for Bureau of Primary Health Care. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.
Each applicant will receive a written notification of the outcome of the objective review process and whether the application was selected for funding. Applicants who are selected for funding may be required to respond in a satisfactory manner to Conditions placed on their application before funding may proceed. Letters of notification do not provide authorization to begin performance. The Notice of Grant Award, which is signed by the Grants Management Officer and is sent to the applicant agency's Authorized Representative, is the authorizing document.
Public Health Service Act, as amended, Section (l).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Awards to support projects beyond the first budget year will be contingent upon Congressional appropriation, compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, demonstrated organizational capacity to accomplish the project's goals, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the government.
Formula and Matching Requirements
There is no statutory formula or matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made annually. After awards are issued, funds are released in accordance with DHHS payment procedures, which may be through an Electronic Transfer System or a Monthly Cash Request System.
Post Assistance Requirements
Grantees are required to submit an annual progress report for continued funding that describes the utilization costs of services provided under the grant, and provide such other information as the Secretary determines appropriate.
Financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period.
Final financial status and progress reports are due 90 days after the end of a project period.
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.
All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.
(Grants) FY 07 est $34,000,000; FY 08 est $40,000,000; and FY 09 est $38,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$300,000 to $2,200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Program Office: Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Eastern Division: 301-594-4488; Central Mid-Atlantic Division; Telephone: (301) 594-4420; Western Division; Telephone: (301) 480-1130.
Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: Telephone: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch: Telephone: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: Telepone: (301) 443-3288.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applicants for funding under Section 330 to provide technical and non-financial assistance to health centers will be evaluated on their ability to perform State or regional-specific assistance in the following areas: 1) training and assistance in fiscal and program management (program requirements); 2) operational and administrative support (performance improvement), and 3) information sharing/knowledge management. The application should outline specific activities under each core function. These activities must support and advance the HRSA/BPHC mission goals and focus on HRSA/BPHC supported health centers. The extent and type of activities under each core function should depend on demonstrated health centers needs and HRSA/BPHC/State/regional priorities.
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