National Community Centers of Excellence in Women"s Health

Phase 1
1.Provide 1 year of financial and technical support to an existing wellness coalition to develop a strategic action plan and implementation plan to reduce gender based health disparities in targeted communities.

Enhance collaborative working partnerships among health organizations,
community based and faith based organizations, public and private academic institutions, hospitals, medical groups and practices.

Enhance consumer and provider awareness of gender-based health issues in the community;

Increase the capacity and strengthen infrastructure among local public health organizations to increase the coordination of services to better serve women and girls
Phase II

Provide up to 5 years of financial and technical support for implementation of the strategic action health plan.


To develop and implement a health intervention plan which will be sustained after OWH funding ends.

To use a public health systems approach to improve on two or more identified health issues affecting women and/or girls.

Improve surveillance/information systems that allow tracking of program progress on gender based morbidity/ mortality objectives at the grantee level.

Reduce the incidence and prevalence of adverse health outcomes among women girls in local communities.

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 - None.

Ms. Stephanie Alexander
Hubert Humphrey Building, 733E
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone : (202) 401-9546
Fax: (202) 401-4005

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to implement evidence-based strategies to program objectives.

Funds may not be used for construction, building alterations, equipment, printing, food, and medical treatment.
Phase II: to implement the approved strategic plan and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include public and private non profit organizations (public and private academic institutions and hospitals); community-based and faith-based organizations, medical groups/practices and State, city, county, and local health departments, tribes and tribal organizations with expertise/experience in the proposed objectives.

The applicant must be part of an existing coalition.

At least a third of the partners should have demonstrated experience addressing gender differences through appropriate interventions, programs, or research related to the selected objectives.
Phase II: Eligible applicants are limited to Phase I grantees.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Women and girls across the life span.


No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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. All available grant opportunities are posted on

Award Procedures

Applications will be screened upon receipt. Those that are judged to be ineligible will be returned to the applicant. Accepted applications will be reviewed for technical merit in accordance with PHS policies. Applications will be evaluated by a technical review panel composed of independent experts. Funding decisions will be made by the OWH and will take into consideration the recommendations of the review panel; program needs; stated preferences; and geographic location. Applicants approved and funded will be issed a Notice of Grant Award.


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


Public Health Service Act, as amended, Title XVII, Section 1707 (e)(1), 42 U.S.C 300u et seq. , 42 U.S.C 300u et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Approximately 90 days from the application deadline date.


Not Applicable.


> 180 Days.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

For Phase I, project period is not to exceed 1 year.
For Phase II, project period is not to exceed 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports are due quarterly and the end-of-year report is due 30 days after the close of the project period.

Cash reports are required for each cash withdrawal or transfer.

For Phase I and Phase II, the applicant will submit quarterly progress reports on December 10, 2010, March 10, and June 10, 2011.

The purpose of the progress reports is to provide accurate and timely program information to program managers and to respond to Congressional, Departmental, and public requests for information about the program.

Federal Financial Reports SF425 are due quarterly and at the end of each budget period.

The strategic action plan will be due on May 13, 2011 and the implementation plan will be due on July 16, 2011.

The July 16, 2011 report will serve as the competing renewal application.

An original and two copies of the competing renewal application must be submitted no later than July 16, 2011.


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. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $2,999,998; FY 13 est $3,000,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For Phase I, the OWH anticipates making a 1 year award of a $100,000 (direct and indirect) starting September 1, 2010, and ending August 31, 2011. For Phase II, the OWH anticipates making competitive continuation awards available for up to 5 years for implementation ranging from 300,000-400,000 total cost (indirect and direct). For Phase II, the number of awards made is contingent upon satisfactory progress of Phase I the quality and type of applications received, the amount of funds requested by the applicants and the availability of Federal funds.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Ms. Stephanie Alexander
Hubert Humphrey Building, 733E
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone : (202) 401-9546
Fax: (202) 401-4005

Headquarters Office

Brenda C. Donaldson Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: (240) 453-8822.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

To be considered for review, applications must be received by the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Grants Management, c/o LCG by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date published in the "Dates" section of the FR. Applications will be screened upon receipt. Those that are judged to be in compliance will be reviewed for technical merit by a technical panel composed of experts with experience with sex and gender programs, program management, program delivery, outreach, health education and program assessment in accordance with DHHS policy. The technical review of the applications will consider the following factors for Phase I:
• Factor 1: Background and Summary (10 points)
• Factor 2: Coalition and Capacity Plan (20 points)
• Factor 3: Management Plan (25 points)
• Factor 4: Target Population (15 points)
• Factor 5: Evaluation Plan (20 points)
• Factor 6: Sustainability Plan (10 points)
The technical review of the applications will consider the following factors for Phase II:
• Factor 1: Background and Need (20 points)
• Factor 2: Implementation Plan (25 points)
• Factor 3: Management Plan (20 points)
• Factor 4: Evaluation Plan (20 points)
• Factor 5: Sustainability Plan (15 points)
Details regarding the elements to be addressed within each Factor are available in the FR notice.

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