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Human Services Interoperability Innovations

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
Tribes, and IHEs to Improve Data Sharing in Human Services Fields

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

LOI Date:

08/02/21

Deadline Date:

09/01/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, Tribes, IHEs, and faith-based and community organizations to improve data sharing in a wide range of human services fields. Required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of funds for the ACF Human Services Interoperability Innovations demonstration program. This demonstration program is intended to expand data sharing efforts by state, local, and tribal governments to improve human services program delivery, and to identify novel data sharing approaches that can be replicated in other jurisdictions.

This cooperative agreement will focus on addressing longstanding barriers to interoperability, including technology, business, legal, organizational, and process-oriented factors. Results will be disseminated to inform future efforts and facilitate replication of promising practices.

ACF and OPRE are actively working to implement and expand information sharing across programs and levels of government in a manner that meets human services business needs, minimizes cost and complexity, maximizes reuse of promising practices, and complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

A second round of Human Services Interoperability Innovations (HSII) cooperative agreements is proposed to accelerate data sharing efforts by human services organizations through innovative approaches to interoperability implementation. Effective data sharing promotes informed decision making, improved accuracy and data quality, reduced system integration costs, and stronger protection of sensitive data. The ability to share data is often described as interoperability, which includes the technology, business, legal, organizational, and process-oriented factors that determine how we use data and collaborate across programs and systems. 

The first round of HSII grants from the 2020 funding opportunity announcement received a number of very strong applications and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) was not able to support all promising projects. The first round are developing products of value to the field like an open source, cloud based hashing solution to match and link records across disparate data systems. OPRE anticipates that the second round of grants will prove to be similarly successful and encourage innovation at the state and local level. Funding would support demonstration projects to identify effective and efficient data sharing solutions, and develop model practices for broader adoption. Specifically, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is seeking to issue grant awards that meet the following criteria:

  1. Addresses a high-priority, local data sharing or data integration need;
  2. Proposes a new or novel implementation approach;
  3. Contributes promising practices to the field and promotes replication of successful results;
  4. Demonstrates implementation readiness and cost effectiveness;
  5. Supports strong collaboration with OPRE and ACF;
  6. Engages in productive partnerships across programs, agencies, and jurisdictions. 

For Program Requirements, see https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-OPRE-PD-1915_0.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197284

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,200,000

Number of Grants:

3

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $600,000 Per Project Period
- Award Floor: $200,000 Per Project Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $400,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

The project and budget period for this Cooperative Agreement is 18 months.

Anticipated Project Start Date: 11/15/2021

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)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • 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 housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

According to statute, grants and cooperative agreements may be made to states and public and other organizations and agencies.

Funding Restrictions:
- Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable. Fund raising costs for the purposes of meeting the Federal program objectives are allowable with prior written approval from the Federal awarding agency.
- Proposal costs are the costs of preparing bids, proposals, or applications on potential Federal and non-Federal awards or projects, including the development of data necessary to support the non-Federal entity's bids or proposals. Proposal costs of the current accounting period of both successful and unsuccessful bids and proposals normally should be treated as indirect (F&A) costs and allocated currently to all activities of the non-Federal entity. No proposal costs of past accounting periods will be allocable to the current period.
- Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs.
- Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.
- Purchase of real property is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Due Date: 08/02/2021
- Application Due Date: 09/01/2021

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET.

Letter of Intent: Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

Grantees must provide at least 1 percent of the total approved cost of the project. For more information, see https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-OPRE-PD-1915_0.pdf#page=11.

Registrations:
a) How to Register and Apply through Grants.gov:
- The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.
- Organization applicants can find complete instructions here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html
b) Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-dunsnumber.html. Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days.
c) Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.
For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-withsam.html
d) Create a Grants.gov Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Grants.gov. Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process. Completing this process automatically triggers an email request for applicant roles to the organization's E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) for review. The EBiz POC is a representative from your organization who is the contact listed for SAM. To
apply for grants on behalf of your organization, you will need the AOR role.
For more detailed instructions about creating a profile on Grants.gov, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/registration.html
Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e. Grants.gov.

ACF Interoperability Initiative: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/project/acf-interoperability-initiative

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329037

Funding Opportunity Announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-OPRE-PD-1915_0.htm

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send your letter of intent to:
OPRE Review Team
Agency for Children and Families
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
kenneth.salyards@acf.hhs.gov

Grants.gov provides applicants 24/7 support via the toll-free number 1-800-518-4726 and email at support@grants.gov.

Program Office Contact
Kenneth Salyards
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 565-0181
Email: kenneth.salyards@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact
Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Administration
Office of Grants Management
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-5542
Email: bridget.sheawestfall@acf.hhs.gov

Federal Relay Service:
Hearing-impaired and speech-impaired callers may contact the Federal Relay Service (FedRelay) at www.gsa.gov/fedrelay

CFDA Number:

93.647

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACF-OPRE-PD-1915

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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