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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs for Comprehensive Childcare Services

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

93.600

Funding or PIN Number:

HHS-2023-ACF-OHS-CH-R8-0178

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Colorado: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, and Pueblo Counties

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Head Start/Early Head Start Recipient - Communities in the State of Colorado

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Head Start (OHS)


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #206761

Grant Description

Grants to Colorado nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public agencies, IHEs, and faith-based organizations in eligible regions for programs to prepare children from birth to age five for school. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs to give disadvantaged children a strong early education so that they arrive in kindergarten on par with their peers. Eligible counties include Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, and Pueblo Counties.

The federally funded Head Start program provides high-quality, comprehensive early education programming to low-income children and families so that children start school ready to succeed. The Office of Head Start (OHS) is offering applicants the opportunity to apply for funding to serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and children from birth to compulsory school age in one application. This NOFO solicits applications from public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations, that seek to provide a high-quality, comprehensive program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) funding, or to provide services for Head Start only or EHS only, in a manner that ensures continuous services and seamless transitions for children and families residing in one specifically defined service area in the state of Colorado.

The goal of this NOFO is to ensure the distribution of resources to meet the demonstrated community needs of children from birth to compulsory school age, ensuring continuity of services and taking into account the availability of high-quality and comprehensive early childhood education opportunities (which may include public pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds). Applicants proposing to serve pregnant women are expected to serve the newborn through the EHS program. Applicants should thoughtfully consider their reason for deciding to apply to conduct a program to serve the proposed population, including the particular age group of children and, if applicable, pregnant women. This decision should be based on the needs of the community. This NOFO provides applicants the opportunity to propose to reallocate funding between Head Start and EHS based on both the needs in the community and the applicant's capacity and experience serving pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children. Applicants may explore combining Head Start and EHS funds with resources from other early childhood programs or funding streams, including state, local, and private sector funding for child care, pre-kindergarten, and special education services. Please note that applicants responding to this NOFO will be expected to begin providing Head Start and/or EHS services quickly after award, with a minimal start-up period, to support limited to no disruption in services to the currently enrolled children and families in this service area.

For further information, please see the Program Description section starting on p. 4 of the FOA.

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Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities applying for Head Start only - OR - both Head Start and EHS:

Eligible applicants are limited to local public or private non-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or local for-profit agencies, pursuant to section 641(a)(1) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. 9836(a)(1) that can provide Head Start services to children and families residing in the service area(s) listed in the Appendix of this NOFO. Applicants must demonstrate they meet the statutory requirement for designation as a Head Start and/or EHS agency as defined in the Head Start Act.

For designation as a Head Start agency, ACF will consider all "qualified applicants in such community" as required by section 641(d) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. 9836(d), where the applicant demonstrates it has an organizational base within the community to be served. This could be established by virtue of the applicant being a current provider of services in the community or having a clear relationship to the community as evidenced, for example, by board representation from the community or by evidence of the support of community leaders, including, but not limited to, elected or appointed city/county officials, school principals, county government officials, social service provider organizations, community organizations representing minority and other relevant sectors of the community to include low-income populations, and community-based child care providers.

Entities applying for Early Head Start only:

Eligible applicants are any public or private non-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies pursuant to section 645A(d) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. 9840A(d).

Eligibility is limited to public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations, that can provide EHS services to children and families residing in the service area(s) listed in the Appendix of this NOFO.

Entities operating Head Start programs are eligible to operate EHS programs.

Recipients under this grant program may opt to transfer a portion of substantive programmatic work to other organizations through subaward(s). The prime recipient must maintain a substantive role in the project.

Ineligible:

ACF does not fund awards where the role of the applicant is primarily to serve as a conduit for passing funds to other organizations unless that arrangement is authorized by statute. An award recipient or any subrecipient may not use grant funds, whether directly or indirectly, to support or oppose union organizing.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

For funding restrictions, see pp. 47 of the FOA in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 pm ET on January 24, 2023.

Organizations must have an active System for Award (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and Grants.gov account to apply for grants. Creating a Grants.gov account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization’s registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entities ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Grants.gov. Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Applicant entities may submit only one application per service area regardless of how they choose to apply. Further, applicants must not combine proposals for more than one service area into a single submission. ACF will review only one application for a service area from any applicant.

Recipients must, unless a waiver is granted, contribute 20 percent of the total cost of the program from non-federal funds. The non-federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343986

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$11,155,547

Number of Grants:

3

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $11,155,547 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $1,000,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 07/01/2023
Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Contact Information:

Submission by Mail or Hand Delivery (only if an exemption from electronic submission is obtained):
HHS-2023-ACF-OHS-CH-R8-0178
Office of Head Start
OHS Grant Review Team c/o Guardians of Honor
1990 K Street NW
Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006

Program Office Contact:

Carolyn Baker
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Head Start
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
(888) 242-0684
OHSgrants@koniag-gs.com

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Jeff Newton
Administration for Children and Families
1961 Stout Street
Office 08-148
Denver, CO 80294
(888) 242-0684
OHSgrants@koniag-gs.com

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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