Deadlines and process...
Closing dates are established and published as program announcements in the Federal Register for grants and in the Commerce Business Daily for contracts. Unsolicited applications, may be submitted any time, but must be so unique that they cannot fit under a general announcement.
When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will
be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received.
When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants and contracts will be acted upon within 90 days.
Program strategy for each fiscal year is publicized through central and regional office meetings, The Federal Register, Commerce Business Daily, issuance of grant guidelines and requests for proposals, and other appropriate means. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-102. The Standard application forms, as furnished by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and required by OMB Circular No. A-102, must be used for this program. This program is subject to E.O. 12372. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Program." 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.
This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units
prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.
There are no formal appeals procedures. If an application is disapproved, the reasons for disapproval will be fully stated. In the case of unsolicited proposals, applicants are free to resubmit applications with attention to the changes suggested by the reasons for disapproval. In the case of solicited proposals, reworking time may be allowed to prepare addenda which clarify various aspects of projects. If an applicant is not awarded a grant, the applicant can request a debriefing that will address: (1) Weak and deficient areas of the proposal; (2) impact of weaknesses or deficiencies in not being selected; and (3) factors that were the basis of the selection of the successful contractor.
In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission
of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or
applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Generally, project and budget periods for these projects will be up to 17 months. Projects of a longer duration will be considered if unique circumstances warrant. If projects are approved for a period longer than 17 months, funding will be provided in discrete 12-month increments, or "budget periods." Funding beyond the first 12- month budget period is not guaranteed. Future funding will depend on the grantee's satisfactory performance and the availability of future appropriations.
In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.