Saturday, April 28, 2012

Community Services Block Grant Discretionary Awards

Community Economic Development (CED) Projects

Department of Health and Human Services


The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 04/06/2012 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.
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Description of Modification
Document Type:Modification to Previous  Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:HHS-2012-ACF-OCS-EE-0274
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Posted Date:Apr 06, 2012
Creation Date:Apr 27, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:Jun 05, 2012    Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Current Closing Date for Applications:Jun 05, 2012    Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Archive Date:Jun 06, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:Grant 
Category of Funding Activity:Income Security and Social Services 
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:35
Estimated Total Program Funding:$27,000,000
Award Ceiling:$800,000
Award Floor:$125,000
CFDA Number(s):93.570  --  Community Services Block Grant_Discretionary Awards
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

To be eligible for the CED program, an applicant must meet three conditions: 1) Applicant must be a private, non-profit CDC with 501(c)(3) or non-501(c)(3) status; 2) Applicant must have articles of incorporation, bylaws, or other official documents demonstrating that the CDC has as a principal purpose the planning, developing, or managing of low-income housing or community development activities; and 3) The Board of Directors must have representation from each of the following: community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders. Note: The CDC designation does not need to be specified on any official documents as long as the three requirements stated above are met. Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made unde r this announcement. 

Agency Name

Administration for Children and Families - OCS


For Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Community and Economic Development (CED) program, administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), will provide approximately $27 million in grants ($800,000 maximum per project) to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities. CED funding may be used to provide technical and financial assistance in order to create sustainable new employment and business opportunities for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income individuals whose income level does not exceed 125 percent of the Federal poverty level ( This year, in coordination with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), the CED program will provide up to $10 million of this funding to CDCs for CED projects located in food deserts and designed to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. HFFI is the first time the Federal government has coordinated its efforts to eliminate food deserts around the country. Together, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and HHS have created the Healthy Food Financing Working Group (Working Group). Information about the CED program may be found at CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects. The grant period for non-construction projects is three years; for construction projects, the grant period is five years. The CED Program permits facility construction as needed to support business creation, business expansion and/or job creation. However it is important to note that short-term construction jobs associated with preparing for business start-up or expansion are not counted when determining the number of jobs created under the CED program as they are designed to be temporary in nature. The following two changes have been made as modifications to this announcement: 1) In Section I. Funding Opportunity Description, the following language has been added to direct potential applicants to the CED website, which contains additional resources: Resources for prospective applicants, including a pre-recorded applicant webinar, will be available no later than Thursday, May 3, 2012, at under the link titled “Grantee and Prospective Grantee Resources and Tools.” The resources will be available until the closing of this funding announcement. 2) In Section I. Funding Opportunity Description, Nevada and Oregon have been added to the list of states designated as "Underserved Areas." This addition appears twice in Section I under the paragraph titled "Underserved Areas" and under the definition of "Underserved Areas" in the definition section. This addition is also reflected in other areas of the FOA: Under Business Plan in Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission. Under Bonus Points - Underserved Areas: States or Trust Territories Without Active CED Grants in Section V.1. Criteria. Under Objective Review and Results in Section V.2. Review and Selection Process. 

Link to Full Announcement

Community Economic Development (CED) Projects

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ACF Applications Help Desk
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Synopsis Modification History

The following files represent the modifications to this synopsis with the changes noted within the documents. The list of files is arranged from newest to oldest with the newest file representing the current synopsis. Changed sections from the previous document are shown in a light grey background.
File NameDate
Modification #2Apr 06, 2012
Modification #1Apr 06, 2012
Original SynopsisApr 06, 2012

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