Poison Control Stabilization and Enhancement Grants

To assist in the promotion of financial stability for poison control centers, support certification of uncertified centers,, and improve or increase accessibility to poison prevention and control programs and services.

Examples of Funded Projects

Financial stabilization grants, certification grants, and incentive grants, (see Uses and Use Restrictions for details).

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 - Poison Control Program, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 10C-06, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md.


Telephone: (301) 443-6192.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, 55 grants and 9 cooperative agreements were made. It is estimated that 55 grants and 9 cooperative agreements will be awarded in FY 08 and 55 grants will be awarded in FY 09. Expected accomplishments for FY 07, FY 08 and FY 09 are to improve the financial stability of poison control centers, transition certification grantees to stabilization grant status, and increase accessibility to poison control center services.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance provided under this program may be used to support efforts to stabilize their funding structure and improve or increase accessibility to poison prevention and treatment programs and services of PCCs (financial stabilization grants); support certification efforts of non-certified centers in order to improve access to poison education, prevention, and treatment services (certification grants); and encourage the development and implementation of innovations or improvements that expand the organizational capacity of PCCs by strengthening their operational infrastructure, improving their ability to increase access to high quality services and promoting poison prevention education and outreach to high-risk and underserved populations(incentive grants.

Only certified poison control centers are eligible to receive an incentive grant.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State-designated Poison Control Centers.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Residents of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Somoa, and the Federated States of Micronesia.


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

Preapplication Coordination

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.

Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Grants.gov. Please visit the Grants.gov website 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 the Bureau of Healthcare Systems. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Requests will be considered by a committee of generally nongovernmental experts and will be based on strength of the planned use of the requested funds and impact on affected regions or populations. Final decisions will be made by the Associate Administrator.


www.hrsa.gov .


Poison Control Centers Enhancement and Awareness Act, Amendments of 2003, Public Law 108-194.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Final decisions will be made 2 to 3 months after receipt of applications.




Renewals will be determined by the Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Healthcare Systems and extensions are requested in writing addressed to the Grants Management Specialist.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payments will be made through Smartlink.

Post Assistance Requirements


A final report will be required.

Program service reports, and/or special reports must be submitted as 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.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $12,174,000; FY 08 $22,605,223; and FY 09 est $8,900,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$8,393 to $2,617,386; $391,908.

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Poison Control Program, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 10C-06, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6192.

Headquarters Office

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: 301-443-2385; Research and Training Branch: 301-443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: Telephone: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Completeness and clarity of the project narrative; practicality and achievability of the plan to use requested grant funds stabilize the PCC financially and increase access to services; clarity and appropriateness of the budget and coordinated budget narrative; strength and adequacy of professional staff and subcontractors; clarity and strength of methodology; and strength of letters of support for any collaborative efforts.

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