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Current Requests for Proposals


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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB)


DEADLINE: Applications due: December 7, 2017.

AWARD: $5,000,000 is available through this NOFA with an award range from $1,000,000 to $2,500,000 per project period of four years.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: Approximately four awards.

ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education. Only National Organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits can apply for HUD funding. For the purpose of determining eligibility for the RCB program, a national organization must be a single organization that meets all of these criteria:

  1. Has experience conducting activities from the first and/or the second RCB NOFA eligible activities in rural areas.
  2. Has experience working in rural areas with rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and/or Indian tribes, and
  3. Has experience working, within the last ten years, in one or more states in at least seven Federal regions described on HUD's website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/localoffices/regions.
TARGET POPULATION: Low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

SUMMARY :Through funding of national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development, the Rural Capacity Building (RCB) program enhances the capacity and ability of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

Activities in the RCB program are limited to the following eligible activities and priorities:

Eligible Program Activities. Funds may be used to provide the following services:
  1. Training, education, support, and advice to enhance the technical and administrative capabilities of rural housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes, including building the capacity to participate in consolidated planning, as well as in fair housing planning and Continuum of Care homeless assistance efforts that help ensure community-wide participation in assessing area needs; consulting broadly within the community; cooperatively planning for the use of available resources in a comprehensive and holistic manner; and assisting in evaluating performance under these community efforts and in linking plans with neighboring communities to foster regional planning;
  2. Loans, pass-through grants or other financial assistance to rural housing organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons by building the capacity of those eligible beneficiaries to serve rural communities.
  3. Such other activities as may be determined by the grantees in consultation with the Secretary or his or her designee. Eligible program activities allowed under the third listed eligible activity only include HUD reviewed and approved reasonable administrative tasks directly related to the grantee's management of the RCB program. Some examples of reasonable administrative activities specific to the management of the RCB program include the preparation of RCB work plans, preparation of RCB program reports, and management of the implementation of the first and second eligible activities. For any other activities to qualify under the third listed eligible activity it must first be proposed, and then reviewed and approved by HUD through the work plan process after a grant award is made; thus, it should not be proposed through this application.
Program Priorities. Activities undertaken as part of, or as a result of, capacity building efforts described in this section should support the implementation of other HUD programs in rural areas, including, but not limited to, the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), and the Continuum of Care program, in addition to issues related to sustainability and comprehensive neighborhood revitalization activities. Through the eligible activities of this NOFA, grantees are encouraged to build the capacity of entities in rural areas that lack designated rural housing development organizations, CDCs or CHDOs and to ensure that those entities gain new access or expand existing access to federal funding. Grantees are encouraged to align with and support projects that create opportunities for transformative revitalization and investments focused on job growth, economic recovery, and neighborhood revitalization. Grantees are encouraged to consider how eligible beneficiaries may align investments with regional planning for sustainable economic development, if such efforts are underway in a jurisdiction.

Changes from Previous NOFA: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Rural Capacity Building (RCB) program NOFA contains significant changes to the layout of the Review Criteria section compared to the previous FY 2016 NOFA. This is characterized by the increase in clear language and presentation of specific expectations. There are no programmatic changes in the FY 2017 RCB NOFA, but there is a change to the definition of National Organization that ties applicant eligibility more directly to Congressional recommendations. In addition, HUD’s expectations regarding what information is required to evaluate each of the five rating factors has been made clearer. Specific changes include:

Threshold Review: The threshold review in the FY 2017 RCB NOFA is unchanged, but the directions have been clarified and made more explicit, and require that the applicant provide a summary demonstrating that the organization meets the definition of a National Organization. Consortiums: Co-applicants or members of a consortium are no longer permitted under this NOFA. For FY 2017 applicants must be a single National Organization that meets all the requirements of a National Organization in the RCB program.

Factor 1, Capacity of Applicant and Relevant Organizational Experience – The Capacity factor has been split into Organizational Capacity and Eligible Activity Experience in Rural Areas. Organizational Capacity is defined through management capacity, financial capacity and eligible activity capacity. The information requested for the financial capacity section is new for FY 2017, as is the distinction for new and currently funded applicants. A threshold score for Factor 1 was also added.

Factor 2, Need/Extent of the Problem – There is added emphasis on stating the specific capacity building needs of eligible beneficiary organizations, and clarification of the acceptable data source types.

Factor 3, Soundness of Approach – Applicants are now required to include a project implementation schedule for the grant period, provide a more clearly defined budget narrative, indicate scaling opportunities in their proposed project(s), identify how they chose geographic service areas and identify any specific disadvantaged communities where they intend to work with this RCB grant award. Applicants are also required to only propose eligible activities in the application.

Factor 4. Leveraging Resources – Applicants are asked to identify leverage and describe how they will apply leverage funds to the program activities described in Factor 3.

Factor 5, Achieving Results and Program Evaluation – Applicants are specifically asked to explain how they will evaluate their program delivery and their management of RCB funds. Directions for new and currently funded applicants have been added.

Priority Points – The additional points for policy priorities were eliminated from the FY 2017 General Section.

LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FR-6100-N-08.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Jobs-Plus Pilot Initiative


DEADLINE: Applications due: November 17, 2017.

AWARD: Total amount available under this NOFA is $15,000,000 with awards between $1,000,000 and $3,700,000.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: Five awards.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) that operate one or more public housing developments that meet the criteria outlined in this NOFA. A list of developments that meet the criteria is provided in Appendix B, however, the mere appearance of a development on this list does not mean that the development is appropriate for a Jobs Plus program.

  • PHAs that received a Jobs Plus program grant in 2014, 2015 or 2016 are not eligible for 2017 grant funds.
  • Federally designated tribes and tribally designated housing entities are not eligible entities under this award.
  • Successful applicants will be required to implement the full 48-month term of the grant at the public housing site(s) for which funds were awarded.
  • Successful applicants will be required to inform HUD of any planned Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversions at the Jobs Plus site. RAD Conversion of Jobs Plus sites will be permitted if the planned conversion will take place post award.
  • Jobs Plus grantees that convert Jobs Plus target project(s) to PBV or PBRA through RAD will be able to finish out their Jobs Plus period of performance unless significant relocation and/or change in building occupancy is planned.
  • If either is planned at the Jobs Plus target project(s), HUD may allow for a modification of the Jobs Plus work plan or may, at the Secretary’s discretion, choose to end the Jobs Plus program at that project.
TARGET POPULATION: Criteria for Eligible Developments
  • Size: Minimum development size of 200 non-elderly-only households. Non-elderly-only means households where at least one resident is under age 62.
  • Unemployment: At least 40 percent of the households (excluding elderly-only households) that report no earned income in PIC.
  • Place: Units to be served must be contiguous unless good cause can be shown that the program will succeed in non-contiguous developments. A description how the program will be run from one central location and remain accessible to residents of non-contiguous developments will be required. This requirement may disqualify developments on the Eligible Development list if the Asset Management Project (AMP) is for scattered sites.
  • Performance: Developments that belong to a non-performing PHA may be eligible to participate provided HUD has determined the PHA can implement and oversee the grant successfully. A non-performing PHA is defined as a PHA designated as a troubled performer under the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) as listed on HUD’s most recent official Troubled List or is designated a substandard performer based on its most recent published PHAS score.
PHAs that have more than one development already listed as eligible in Appendix B may apply to serve more than one of the eligible developments if they are contiguous or show in the application that they meet the required criteria for place. No Request for Review of Eligibility is required prior to submitting the application.

PHAs with developments not listed on Appendix B that they believe, when combined, meet the criteria, may submit a request for review of eligibility.

PHAs may propose to combine two or more developments to meet the criteria for eligible developments, subject to these conditions: Parts of developments cannot be combined. Only entire developments may be combined. The combined developments must meet the criteria for size. The combined developments must meet the criteria for unemployment. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

SUMMARY: The purpose of the Jobs Plus Pilot program is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus Pilot program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working families, and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Ideally, these incentives will saturate the target developments, building a culture of work and making working families the norm.

The Jobs Plus Pilot program consists of the following three core components:
  • Employment-Related Services
  • Financial Incentives - Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID)
  • Community Supports for Work
Applicants are encouraged to develop key partnerships to connect participants with any other needed services to remove barriers to work. An Individualized Training and Services Plan (ITSP) should be developed for each participant to establish goals and service strategies, and to track progress.

Employment-Related Services
Successful applicants must partner with the Department of Labor Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and American Job Center (AJC)/One-Stop in their area to offer multiple employment-related services for residents with a range of employment needs. Local Labor Market Information (LMI) should be used both for initial planning and analysis of which employment opportunities are most available locally, as well as for monitoring ongoing trends.

Program services provided on-site should include, but need not be limited to, the following:
  • Career exploration/job readiness workshops Job search and job placement assistance
  • Work experience including on-the-job training, internships, pre-apprenticeships and
  • Registered Apprenticeships (HUD encourages opportunities for residents to be paid while training whenever possible)
  • Facilitated connections to education and training opportunities
  • Rapid re-employment assistance in the event of job loss
  • Proactive post-placement job retention support and career advancement coaching
  • Access to computers, phones, fax, and copy machines and other supplies, for participants’ employment-related uses as well as adequate training on how to use these technologies
To facilitate these employment services, applicants may consider having dedicated, on-site, workforce system staff to perform job developer and case manager functions. Job developers work directly with the business community to identify and create employment opportunities and act as liaisons with local employment agencies. Case managers work one-on-one with participants to guide them through the employment process and help them achieve employment-related goals.

Financial Incentives - Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID)
Successful applicants must also implement a financial incentive to program participants, known as the Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID). This component will neutralize any rent increase due to rising income for Jobs Plus participants, removing a major disincentive to employment. Rent incentives offered through JPEID will be reimbursed to the PHA via Jobs Plus appropriations, and should be included in the program budget. Any other compensation to the PHA for lost rent revenues, such as by the standard EID calculation in the Operating Fund, will be offset manually to prevent overpayment of HUD funds to grant recipients. Further guidance will be available at the time of the award. All residents in a Jobs Plus development are eligible to receive the JPEID benefit, but in order to access JPEID they must sign up for the Jobs Plus program even if they do not actively participate in other Jobs Plus Activities. Residents who previously used up some or all of their lifetime EID eligibility are eligible to receive the full JPEID benefit.

Disregarded Amount. The JPEID excludes from the Family Rent calculation 100 percent of incremental earned income for the entire period of the Jobs Plus program. Calculation of the JPEID. Once the JPEID is triggered for a family, their baseline income will not change for the duration of the term of the grant (so participants who enroll early may benefit from the JPEID longer than residents who enroll later.) To facilitate reimbursements for rent revenue losses due to the JPEID, grantees must calculate and document each participant’s Family Rent both before and after the inclusion of any incremental earned income. The difference between these two rents is the amount to be reimbursed to the PHA through JPEID. These calculations must be provided to HUD when drawing reimbursement funds. As with any government benefit, an increase in earned income may result in the reduction or loss of other benefits that an individual was previously receiving. Grantees, through case management or other means, must be prepared to help residents understand the overall financial impact of an increase in earned income and the JPEID. It is also expected that grantees will encourage participants to take advantage of other financial work incentives they may be entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Community Supports for Work
Successful applicants will incorporate a robust engagement strategy for involving the residents in the targeted development and creating a working community. Engagement is more than signing up - sustained involvement in the program leading to residents' ownership of their own growth and experiences, as well as that of peers, will yield continued benefits for both participants and future residents of the development beyond the grant period. Program outreach should be directed towards residents at all points along the employment spectrum - from unemployed individuals with no work history to working underemployed families with substantial work history. Unless an application specifies that the applicant will target a limited sub-group, the application narrative should include strategies to target this wide range of potential participants, as well as strategies for retention.

One key strategy for retention should include the use of residents as Community Coaches. Community Coaches can market the various aspects of the Jobs Plus program, disseminate information about job opportunities and programs via resident social networks in the development, mentor specific individuals or groups who enroll in Jobs Plus, and help shape program offerings and outreach efforts based on their intimate knowledge of the needs and strengths of the community.

Partnerships with Local Agencies
The comprehensive nature of the Jobs Plus Pilot model requires that PHAs establish partnerships with American Job Centers and other key social service agencies within the community. HUD and DOL have developed a toolkit and webinar which describes effective strategies for establishing partnerships between PHAs and WIBs/AJCs (see “From the Ground Up: Creating Partnerships between Public Housing Authorities and Workforce Investment Boards” at (http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=14_dol_publication.pdf) The toolkit provides several models for partnership that prospective applicants may want to consider.

These partnerships will serve to strengthen program planning and implementation, as well as streamline access to services for participants. For each partner identified, applicants must describe the role of the partner agency and a description of the services to be provided by the partner agency, as well as the amount of grant funding (if any) that partners will receive. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to build collaboration among all partners, regardless of whether a partner will be receiving grant funding for their services, or if the services will be provided in-kind. Partners should include:
  • Workforce Investment Boards/American Job Centers Local welfare agencies
  • Employment and training organizations
  • Vocational training providers
  • Community colleges and four-year educational institutions
  • Other supportive service agencies providing either direct services or referrals to services that are critical for supporting successful employment
In addition to employment, training and educational supports, grantees will have the flexibility to provide other supportive services based on resident needs and local capacity. HUD expects that all services that are generally available to residents of the community will be leveraged in-kind from partners. Grant funds should only be used to procure services that are not already available (either by service type or amount). Examples of the types of services that may be provided by grant funds, formal partners or the program’s referral network include but are not limited to the following:
  • Child care services and/or after school programs
  • Transportation assistance
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Legal services (e.g. expungement)
  • Domestic violence prevention services
  • Services for formerly incarcerated/returning citizens
  • Life Skills
  • Other applicable local business support
LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FR-6100-N-14.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency Program


DEADLINE: Applications Due: October 23, 2017.

AWARD: $35,000,000 is available through this NOFA. The length of the project period is 3 years.

All applicants must have a minimum of 50 units to be eligible for ROSS-SC funding.

Number of PHA/tribe/TDHE Units: Max # of SCs: Max Grant*
50-1,000: 1: $246,000 per project
1,001-2,500: 2: $492,000 per project
2,501 or more: 3: $738,000 per project

NUMBER OF AWARDS: HUD expects to make approximately 110 awards from the fund available under this NOFA.

ELIGIBILITY: The following entities are eligible to apply for FY17 ROSS-SC Funding:

  • Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Indian Housing Authorities/ Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs)
  • Public Housing Agencies (PHAs)
  • Nonprofits, including Resident Associations (RAs), having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS or locally incorporated without 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
TARGET POPULATION: Residents of Public and Indian housing.

SUMMARY: The Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency. To accomplish this goal, ROSS provides grant funding to eligible applicants to hire Service Coordinators to assess the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and link them to supportive services that enable participants to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the Service Coordinator links participants to supportive services which enable them to age/remain in-place thereby avoiding more costly forms of care.

This program works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the Public Housing program with public and private resources, for supportive services and resident empowerment activities. ROSS-SC funds may be used for coordinator’s salary and fringe benefits, traveling and training expenses, and administrative costs.

The role of each ROSS-SC shall be designed to meet the needs of the local community he/she will serve; however, below is a listing of recommended functions for a ROSS-SC:
  • Coordination: The ROSS-SC must build partnerships with local service providers and work with the local Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) and with local service providers to ensure that program participants are linked to supportive services. ROSS-SC may also coordinate educational and/or community events that help residents become more self-sufficient. Grantees are encouraged to work with other organizations or internal staff to improve access to service delivery and decrease chances of duplication of services for residents.
  • Case Management: Provide general case management to residents which includes intake, assessment, education, and referral of residents to service providers in the local community.
  • Outreach: Grantees are encouraged to outreach to all residents in developments they are serving which includes single parent heads of household, elderly, person(s) with disabilities, formerly incarcerated persons, and transition age youth.
  • Evaluation: Grantees must evaluate the success of the program by using a reporting tool as directed by HUD.
LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FR-6100-N-05

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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program


DEADLINE: Applications Due: November 22, 2017.

AWARD: $132,000,000 is available through this NOFA with a maximum amount of either development cost for the replacement housing units to be developed in the Transformation Plan and allow for additional funding to cover non-housing activities or $30,000,000 per budget period. Project funds must be fully expended by September 30, 2024.

Matching funds in the amount of at least five percent of the requested grant amount in cash or in-kind donations must be secured and used by the end of the grant term.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: HUD expects to make approximately 5 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

ELIGIBILITY: The Lead Applicant must be a Public Housing Agency (PHA), a local government, or a tribal entity. If there is also a Co-Applicant, it must be a PHA, a local government, a tribal entity, a nonprofit, or a for-profit developer. The local government of jurisdiction, or tribe for applications that target Indian Housing, must be the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant.

TARGET POPULATION: Each application must focus on the revitalization of at least one severely distressed public and/or assisted housing project. The definition of severely distressed housing from section 24(j)(2) of the 1937 Act is included in section I.A.3 along with definitions of "public housing" and "assisted housing". You must demonstrate in your application that the targeted housing is eligible under this NOFA (i.e. is public and/or assisted housing) and meets the definition of severely distressed.

Eligible neighborhoods for Choice Neighborhoods grant funds are neighborhoods:

  1. With at least 20 percent of the residents estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes based on the most recent data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau; and
  2. That are experiencing distress related to one or both of the following:
    1. high crime; defined as where either the average Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I Violent Crimes per 1000 persons) over the three years 2014-2016 is at least 1.5 times the per capita Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I Violent Crimes per 1000 persons) of the city or, where no city data is available, county/parish in which the neighborhood is located over the same time frame; or the average annual rate is greater than 18 crimes per 1000 persons; OR
    2. high vacancy, or for applications targeting Indian Housing, substandard homes; defined as where either the most current rate within the last year of long-term vacant or substandard homes is at least 1.5 times higher than that of the county/parish; or the rate is greater than 4 percent.
SUMMARY: The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. To this end, Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:
  1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
  2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and
  3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
To achieve these core goals, successful applicants have in place a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or “Transformation Plan.” This Transformation Plan is the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and creating positive outcomes for families.

Experience shows that to successfully develop and implement the Transformation Plan, broad civic engagement is needed. Successful applicants need to work with public and private agencies, organizations (including philanthropic and civic organizations), and individuals - including local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, Tribes, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers - to gather and leverage the financial and human capital resources needed to support the sustainability of the plan. These efforts should build community support for and involvement in the development and implementation of the plan.

Objectives and Metrics to Measure Long Term Success: Each Choice Neighborhoods grantee is expected to develop metrics based on the objectives listed below in order to measure performance.
  1. Housing Objectives: Housing transformed with the assistance of Choice Neighborhoods should be:
    1. Well-Managed and Financially Viable. Developments that have budgeted appropriately for the rental income that can be generated from the project and meet or exceed industry standards for quality management and maintenance of the property.
    2. Mixed-Income. Housing affordable to families and individuals with a broad range of incomes including low-income, moderate-income, and market rate or unrestricted.
    3. Energy Efficient, Sustainable, Accessible, Healthy, and Free from Discrimination. Housing that is well-designed, embraces not only the requirements of accessible design but also concepts of visitability and universal design, has low per unit energy and water consumption and healthy indoor air quality, is built to be resistant to local disaster risk, has affordable broadband Internet access, and is free from all types of discrimination.
  2. People Objectives: People that live in the neighborhood, with a primary focus on residents of the housing targeted for revitalization, benefit from:
    1. Effective Education. A high level of resident access to high-quality early learning programs and services so children enter kindergarten ready to learn and significant growth in existing individual resident educational outcomes over time relative to the state average.
    2. Employment Opportunities. The income of residents of the target housing development, particularly wage income for non-elderly/non-disabled adult residents, increases over time.
    3. Quality Health Care. Residents have increased access to health services and have improved health over time.
    4. Housing Location, Quality, and Affordability. Residents who, by their own choice, do not return to the development have housing and neighborhood opportunities as good as or better than the opportunities available to those who occupy the redeveloped site.
  3. Neighborhood Objectives: Through investments catalyzed by Choice Neighborhoods, the neighborhood enjoys improved:
    1. Private and Public Investment in the Neighborhood. The neighboring housing has a very low vacancy/abandonment rate, the housing inventory is of high quality, and the neighborhood is mixed income and maintains a mixture of incomes over time.
    2. Amenities. The distance traveled from the neighborhood to basic services is equal to or less than the distance traveled from the median neighborhood in the metropolitan area. Those basic services include grocery stores, banks, health clinics and doctors’ offices, dentist offices, and high quality early learning programs and services.
    3. Effective Public Schools: Public schools in the target neighborhood are safe and welcoming places for children and their families. In addition, schools have test scores that are as good as or better than the state average or are implementing school reforms that raise student achievement over time and graduate students from high school prepared for college and a career.
    4. Safety: Residents are living in a safer environment as evidenced by the revitalized neighborhood having significantly lower crime rates than the neighborhood had prior to redevelopment and maintaining a lower crime rate over time.
Changes from Previous NOFA.
Highlights of significant changes:
  • In the conference report related to the FY2017 Appropriations, Congress directed HUD to give priority consideration to prior Planning Grantees for making Implementation Grant awards. Accordingly, this NOFA:
    • states that prior Planning Grantees for which HUD has accepted the final Transformation Plan automatically pass the Consistency with the PHA/MTW Plan, Consistency with the Consolidated Plan, and Resident Involvement threshold requirements and receive full points for the Planning Process rating factor.
    • for Planning Grantees currently developing their Transformation Plan, the maximum amount for which they can apply under this NOFA is not decreased by the amount of the Planning Grant award.
  • Deleted several rating factors to streamline the application process. Some factors, such as Long-term Affordability and Green Building, are now Program Requirements that apply to all grantees since all prior applicants made these commitments and earned full points.
  • Revised criteria to qualify for the exception to the hard-unit one-for-one replacement requirement in order to streamline the approval process. Applicants must only meet two criteria and the data for both criteria are provided in the report generated by the CN Mapping Tool. Applicants no longer need to submit additional documentation to HUD for review and approval prior to submission of the grant application.
  • Adjusted the point values in the rating factors to conform with the Departmental standard that the total points for each NOFA is 100 points, plus preference points.
  • Reorganized content to conform with HUD's current standard template. The most notable change is that all leverage rating factors are now in a single Leverage rating factor category and the program requirements related to Leverage are in that section (V.A.1.D).
LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FR-6100-N-34

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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Advancing Systems of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)


DEADLINE: Applications due: January 16, 2018.

Letters of Intent due: December 18, 2017.

AWARD: Total estimated amount available under this RFA $1,820,000:

  1. Medical Home Focus, up to $820,000 per year/ one award for up to five years.
  2. Health Care Transition Focus, up to $500,000 per year/ one award for up to five years.
  3. Health Care Financing Focus, up to $500,000 per year/ one award for up to five years.
NUMBER OF AWARDS:Up to three cooperative agreements, one award for each focus area.

ELIGIBILITY: Any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization.

TARGET POPULATION: Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this program is to improve health and well-being for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families by addressing three core systems focus areas for CYSHCN—access to patient/family-centered medical home, transition of youth into the adult health care system, and adoption of health care financing models that improve care and outcomes while achieving cost savings. This program will establish a national collaborative network of resource centers supporting state Title V programs, families of CYSHCN, child health professionals, and other stakeholders through the provision of technical assistance, training, education, partnership building, policy analysis, and research.

The overall goal of this program is to strengthen the system of services for CYSHCN and their families by awarding three separate and distinct cooperative agreements. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to three recipients, who will collaborate to establish a national network of resource centers, with one center awarded for each of the following three focus areas:
  1. Patient/family-centered medical home;
  2. Transition of youth into the adult health care system; and
  3. Health care financing models that improve care and outcomes while achieving cost savings.
The three recipients will coordinate efforts to achieve quality care, decrease health care costs, and improve experience of care for CYSHCN and their families. An applicant can apply and be awarded only one focus area. Applicants must clearly demonstrate experience and expertise in working with state Title V programs, including providing technical assistance, training (TA/T), and education on a national scale in the identified focus area. Additionally, applicants must describe relationships with national partner organizations supporting CYSHCN and their families, and how these relationships will be fostered and strengthened throughout the project period.

Establishing the Network
To ensure a strong foundation for the network and to operationalize program priorities, recipients will:
  • Actively collaborate with the other focus area award recipients for HRSA-18-069 to establish the Advancing the System of Services for CYSHCN Network;
  • Enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the other recipients under this NOFO within 3 months of the Notice of Award, which may include, but is not limited to, describing methods of communication and consensus building, decisions for data sharing, and mechanisms to ensure network accountability;
  • Convene an advisory group in each focus area, comprised of at least 25 percent of members who represent families of CYSHCN, CYSHCN/parent/family organizations, youth/young adults with special health care needs, and/or a member of the community;
  • Develop and disseminate a comprehensive report summarizing results, lessons learned, promising/best practices, and recommendations by the end of the project period. The report will summarize achievements of the network and describe tools and strategies used to support, sustain, and strengthen the system of services for CYSHCN;
  • Collaborate with the other focus area award recipients for HRSA-18-069 and other federally funded resource centers and research networks, leverage resources, and avoid duplicative efforts to improve and enhance state and health system capacity for CYSHCN;
  • Facilitate network information sharing and learning opportunities to support quality improvement and innovation in evidence-based/–informed practices, health care delivery, and population health to address the focus areas and other related emerging trends;
  • Convene learning and practice communities to address the three focus areas either individually or with other members of the network;
  • Identify on an annual basis one cross-cutting topic of interest/emerging issue (e.g., care coordination, financing family/youth peer support) that all three recipients can address and provide TA/T collaboratively;
  • Develop an overarching, conceptual model that visually represents how the network will coordinate across the focus areas to achieve project goals and objectives;
  • Identify a shared set of measures/variables to assess overall network outcomes and impact of all focus area recipients; and
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for communication, coordination, and data sharing across the three focus areas.
Core Functions: Each Advancing Systems of Services for CYSHCN applicant will address the five core functions listed below. Applicants must outline activities specific to the focus area in which they are applying. Additionally, each applicant must address how these activities align with and support the network objectives:
  • Core Function 1: Technical Assistance, Training, and Education
  • Core Function 2: Partnership Building
  • Core Function 3: Policy Analysis and Research
  • Core Function 4: Communication and Dissemination
  • Core Function 5: Evaluation
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ACTIVITIES: Medical Home Focus Area
In addition to implementing the core functions articulated above, the Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home focus area will also support two other activity areas: A) maintaining the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) through the Healthy Tomorrows (HT) Resource Center, and B) linking patients with rare disorders to medical home models of care.

FOCUS AREA 1: MEDICAL HOME
The Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home has evolved from a visionary concept in pediatrics to the standard of care—acute, preventive, and chronic—for all children and adults in the United States. An important element of the medical home articulated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is the “interaction with early intervention programs, schools, early childhood education and child care programs, and other public and private community agencies to be certain that the special needs of the child and family are addressed.” State Title V programs, health professionals, families, and other community members continue to partner in developing creative approaches to reach the full potential of the medical home model, and improve overall health and development of children, youth and families, including those with complex needs. One key component of the medical home model is care coordination. Care coordination is transforming health care delivery across systems by optimizing quality and reducing cost, and most importantly, centering care around the family. Additionally, care coordination offers an integrated approach to service delivery, built on the concept of a “collaborative care agreement” that effectively links primary care with community-based services and medical subspecialists, often referred to as a medical neighborhood.

FOCUS AREA 2: HEALTH CARE TRANSITION
For youth with special health care needs (YSHCN), the transition from pediatric to adult oriented health care is particularly critical to assure age and developmentally appropriate care, healthy lifestyles, and inclusive community living. Health care transition (HCT) should be a standard part of providing care for all youth and young adults to optimize their functioning. Every patient should have support to transition from pediatric to adult health care, regardless of his or her condition.

As articulated in the 2011 Clinical Report, Supporting the Health Care Transition (HCT) from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home, published by the AAP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians, youth health care transition should include four specific activities: discussing the medical home transition policy, initiating a transition plan, reviewing/updating the transition plan, and implementing an adult care model. Current quality improvement and implementation efforts demonstrate that while HCT planning is important, engaging families and YSHCN is an essential element to achieve successful HCT. Additionally, HCT connects with many areas touching the life of a youth/young adult, including behavioral/mental health systems, education, employment, and other services.

Advancing Systems of Services for CYSHCN is designed to bring together stakeholders to promote the implementation of HCT best practices; educate youth and young adults, particularly YSHCN, families, health professionals, payers, and policy makers on the importance of successful health care transition; disseminate cost-effective strategies that aid pediatric and adult clinicians in the implementation of HCT and ultimately, create a health care system that supports the HCT process.

FOCUS AREA 3: HEALTH CARE FINANCING
Promoting evidence-based/–informed strategies to achieve high quality, cost effective care is a key component to achieve a comprehensive, integrated, accessible system of services for CYSHCN. This is an essential element for health systems serving CYSHCN, as this population often requires more health care services, including long term and complex care, which can financially burden families. These services consume a disproportionately larger share of health care dollars compared to those without special health care needs. This focus area will address several components related to health care financing, with particular attention given to increasing access to adequate insurance coverage for CYSHCN, and building capacity to promote cost effective health care delivery models serving CYSHCN.

To ensure access to needed services, state Title V programs dedicate resources and collaborate with partners to increase availability of adequate insurance coverage for CYSHCN. State Title V programs measure this outcome by analyzing the percent of CYSHCN who have adequate insurance. Disparities in insurance coverage for CYSHCN still exist, including functional and socioeconomic status, geographic location, and race. Currently, thirty-four percent of CYSHCN and their families report inadequate health insurance coverage.

This third focus area within the Advancing Systems of Services for CYSHCN network is designed to ensure innovative payment strategies, models, policies, and other such efforts will continue to make progress; help states reach this core outcome; and achieve cost savings across health care delivery systems.

LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FOA#: HRSA-18-069.

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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program


DEADLINE: Applications due: December 6, 2017.

AWARD: Total annual available amount of $5,000,000 with awards of up to $200,000 per year for three years.

NUMBER OF AWARDS:Up to 25 awards. Of the 25 awards, up to 12 applicants will be selected and awarded to participate in the Health Improvement Special Project.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants:

  • Located in a rural county or eligible rural census tract; and
  • Rural public and nonprofit private entities including faith-based and community organizations; and
  • In a consortium with at least two additional organizations. These two other organizations can be rural, urban, nonprofit or for-profit. The consortium must include at least three or more health care providers; and
  • Have not previously received an Outreach grant for the same or similar project unless the applicant is proposing to expand the scope of the project or the area that will be served through the project.
TARGET POPULATION: Rural communities.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this grant program is to expand the delivery of health care services in rural areas. The Outreach Program is a community-based grant program aimed towards promoting rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery in rural communities. Outreach projects focus on the improvement of access to services, strategies for adapting to changes in the health care environment, and overall enrichment of the respective community’s health. Through a consortia of local health care and social service providers, rural communities can develop innovative approaches to challenges related to their specific health needs. Furthermore, the program creates an opportunity to address the key clinical priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): serious mental illness, substance abuse, and childhood obesity.

The overarching goals for the Outreach Program are to:
  • Expand the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities;
  • Deliver health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services;
  • Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services; and
  • Improve population health, and demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability
Previously funded Outreach grant programs have brought care to over 2 million rural citizens across the country who often face difficulty gaining access to care. This includes projects focused on the full range of needs in rural communities from workforce, post-acute care services, long-term care services, emergency health care services, public health enhancement, and care coordination.

Additionally, while the non-categorical nature of the Outreach Program brings distinct value to rural communities working to address their specific health needs, evaluation of the Outreach Program as a whole has proven to be complex given the diversity of the funded projects. FORHP is taking on a new approach in an effort to address this. In addition to funding Outreach programs through the traditional Outreach track, the creation of the Outreach Program Health Improvement Special Project (HISP) will focus on the utility of centralized metrics to describe cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk for a subset of individuals. You can opt to apply for the HISP track and you will be tasked with meeting the specified guidelines outlined in this announcement and will report on measures regarding the enhancement of current and anticipated health outcomes related to cardiovascular disease risk. The overarching goal of the HISP is to demonstrate changes to cardiovascular risk as a result of the activities supported by the Outreach Program. HISP participants are strongly encouraged to follow the same set of individuals throughout the 3-year project period. HISP applications will be evaluated and considered for participation in the HISP track only. Your application will not be considered for both the HISP track and the regular Outreach track. HISP applicants participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model Program must propose a project that is unique and separate from that being funded by other federal entities.

LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FOA#: HRSA-18-030.

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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Emergency Relief Funds (ERF)


DEADLINE: Applications due: November 13, 2017.

AWARD: Total annual funding available: $65,000,000 with awards of up to $11,000,000 for one year.

NUMBER OF AWARDS:Up to 35 awards.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are limited to RWHAP Part B states/territories that reported to HRSA a new ADAP waiting list or who have used the ADAP ERF funds to prevent, reduce, or eliminate an ADAP waiting list between January 2011 and August 2017.

States/territories that did not report to HRSA a new ADAP waiting list or use the ADAP ERF funds to prevent, reduce, or eliminate an ADAP waiting list between January 2011 and August 2017 are not eligible to apply.

TARGET POPULATION: People on an ADAP waiting list.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states/territories to prevent, reduce, or eliminate ADAP waiting lists, including through cost-containment measures. These funds are to be used in conjunction with the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s (RWHAP) Part B ADAP administered by the HRSA HAB Division of State HIV/AIDS Programs (DSHAP).

HRSA will base ADAP ERF awards upon applicants’ ability to successfully demonstrate need for additional funding. An external objective review committee (ORC) will evaluate this need based on criteria published in this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), with priority given to addressing existing waiting lists.

Recipients should take action to align their organization’s efforts, within the parameters of the RWHAP statute and program guidance, around the following areas of critical focus:

  1. Widespread testing and linkage to care, enabling PLWH to access treatment early;
  2. Broad support for PLWH to remain engaged in comprehensive care, including support for treatment adherence; and
  3. Universal viral suppression among PLWH.
LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FOA#: HRSA-18-059.

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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Service Area Competition HRSA-18-026


DEADLINE: Application Due Date in Grants.gov: November 6, 2017
Supplemental Information Due Date in HRSA EHB: November 28, 2017

AWARD: Total annual funding available for this program: approximately $214.5 million for up to three years. Individual awards vary. Please see the SAAT table for more information: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/sac/.

NUMBER OF AWARDS:Up to 81 grants.

ELIGIBILITY: Public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based, or community-based organizations.

TARGET POPULATION: Underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this grant program is to improve the health of the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring continued access to affordable, quality primary health care services. The Health Center Program supports public and private nonprofit community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved. The purpose of the SAC NOFO is to ensure continued access to affordable, quality primary health care services for communities and vulnerable populations currently served by the Health Center Program.

Your application must document an understanding of the need for primary health care services in the service area and propose a comprehensive plan to meet this need. The plan must ensure the availability and accessibility of primary health care services to all individuals in the service area and target population, regardless of ability to pay. You must further demonstrate that your plan includes collaborative and coordinated delivery systems for the provision of health care to the underserved. Your application must demonstrate compliance with applicable Health Center Program requirements and corresponding regulations and policies.

In addition to the Health Center Program requirements, specific requirements for applicants requesting funding under each health center type are outlined below.

Community Health Center (CHC) Applicants:

  • Provide a plan that ensures the availability and accessibility of required primary and preventive health care services to underserved populations in the service area.
Migrant Health Center (MHC) Applicants:
  • Provide a plan that ensures the availability and accessibility of required primary and preventive health care services to migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families in the service area.
  • Migratory agricultural workers are individuals principally employed in agriculture and who establish temporary housing for the purpose of this work, including those individuals who have had such work as their principal employment within 24 months as well as their dependent family members. Agricultural workers who leave a community to work elsewhere are classified as migratory workers in both communities. Aged and disabled former agricultural workers should also be included in this group.
  • Seasonal agricultural workers are individuals employed in agriculture on a seasonal basis who do not establish a temporary home for purposes of employment, including their family members.
Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Applicants:
  • Provide a plan that ensures the availability and accessibility of required primary and preventive health care services to people experiencing homelessness, defined as patients who lack housing, including residents of permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, or other housing programs that are targeted to homeless populations, in the service area. This plan may also allow for the continuation of services for up to 12 months to individuals no longer homeless as a result of becoming a resident of permanent housing.
  • Provide substance abuse services.
Public Housing Primary Care Applicants:
  • Provide a plan that ensures the availability and accessibility of required primary and preventive health care services to residents of public housing and individuals living in areas immediately accessible to public housing. Public housing means public housing agency-developed, owned, or assisted low-income housing, including mixed finance projects. It does not mean public housing that is only subsidized through Section 8 housing vouchers.
  • Consult with residents of the proposed public housing sites regarding the planning and administration of the program.
LINK to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html, FOA#: HRSA-18-026

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National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Mechanisms of Disparities for HIV- Related Co-morbidities in Health Disparity Populations (R01-Clinical Trial Not Allowed)


DEADLINE: Applications due: February 21, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

AWARD: NIMHD intends to commit up to $3.8 million in FY 2018 to fund 6-7 awards.

NIDCR intends to commit up to $675,000 for FY 2018 - FY 2022 (combined) to support 1 award.

Application budgets are limited to $450,000 direct costs per year maximum for up to five years.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Private and Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education: Hispanic-serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • For-Profit Organizations (including Small Businesses)
  • State, county, city, township, special district governments
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized and not) and Organizations
  • Independent School Districts
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
  • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
  • Regional Organizations
Projects are strongly encouraged to involve collaborations, where appropriate, among relevant stakeholders in U.S. health disparity population groups, such as researchers, community organizations, clinicians, health systems, public health organizations, consumer advocacy groups, and faith-based organizations.

TARGET POPULATION: Projects should include a focus on one or more NIH-designated health disparity populations in the United States, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities.

Comorbidities that may disproportionately affect HIV positive individuals include coinfections with other pathogens, multiple chronic conditions such as dyslipidemia, kidney disease, chronic respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, liver disease, diabetes, non-AIDS related cancers, and psychiatric and neurocognitive conditions. HIV-positive individuals have higher rates of co-infections such as chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis C virus (HBV, HCV), and tuberculosis. HCV co-infections disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minority populations, with higher rates and worse survival than their non-Hispanic White counterparts. Similarly, chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease are reported to be higher in HIV positive individuals, with particularly high prevalence in African Americans. Other concomitant conditions, often related to lifestyle and behavioral risk factors (such as heavy alcohol use, substance use, tobacco smoking, poor diet, obesity or lack of physical activity) can also affect health outcomes and increase the risk of adverse effects. HIV-positive individuals may acquire these co-morbidities earlier in life compared to their HIV seronegative counterparts.

SUMMARY: =The purpose of this initiative is to support research to understand the mechanisms and the effect of HIV related co-morbidities on the complexity of HIV/AIDS disease progression, quality of life and overall health outcomes among HIV positive individuals from health disparity populations.

Many HIV positive individuals are doing well with their HIV infection, but as they grow older and are living longer, they are developing more chronic diseases. These comorbidities can complicate clinical care in general but especially for health disparity patient populations. Lack of integration and coordination of medical care with multiple comorbidities can lead to gaps and delays in care, including poor adherence, delay in treatment of chronic conditions, or adverse drug reactions from multiple medications. Limited access to care or availability of appropriate clinicians or preventive services, may contribute to a greater burden of these comorbidities for health disparity populations which may result in poor health outcomes.

Health disparities populations can be at greater risk for and experience a disproportionate burden of these HIV related comorbidities. Health disparity populations can also experience worse health outcomes because of complex interaction between multiple risk factors (social, behavioral, structural) and these HIV related comorbidities. However, mechanism and pathways that can explain how these comorbidities result in worse health outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients from U.S. health disparity population are unknown.

Research Objectives: The overarching objectives of this initiative are to understand 1) to what extent do HIV related comorbidities drive worse HIV-related health outcomes in health disparity (HD) populations, and (2) the underlying mechanisms of how these HIV related comorbidities effect the complexity of HIV/AIDS disease progression, poorer health-related quality of life and treatment outcomes among HIV positive individuals from health disparity populations

Studies for this initiative may include multi-disciplinary translational, population science, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services projects that leverage understanding of the biological factors that may explain worse health outcomes (burden of disease, premature or excessive mortality, poorer health-related quality of life) for HIV positive individuals from health disparity populations. In addition, projects can involve primary and/or secondary data collection and analysis. Because the goal of this initiative is to better understand the mechanisms of disparities for documented co-morbidities associated with HIV/AIDS, studies whose sole purpose is to assess prevalence of co-morbidities in specific populations are non-responsive to this FOA.

NIMHD has a specific interest in projects that will focus on health disparities pathways, explaining HIV/AIDS comorbid health outcomes by examining the impact of different determinants (biological, behavioral, socio-cultural, environmental, physical environment, health system) at multiple levels (i.e., individual, interpersonal, community, societal) on health outcomes in health disparity populations (see the NIMHD Research Framework, https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/about/overview/research-framework.html, for examples of health determinants of interest).

Multidisciplinary projects that propose to understand the underlying mechanisms of HIV related comorbidities are expected to utilize human clinical samples along with any available clinical data from HIV-infected individuals. Studies in the clinical setting of HIV treated individuals doing well who develops (or has) multiple chronic diseases, with the focus on clinical care of their comorbidities, is of interest as well. Projects that focus only on animal studies will be considered non-responsive.

As appropriate for the research questions posed, inclusion of key community members in the conceptualization, planning and implementation of the research are encouraged (but not required) to generate better-informed hypotheses and enhance the translation of the research results into practice.

NIMHD Areas of Research Interest: Areas of research interest related to health disparity populations include but are not limited to the following:
  • interactions of multiple HIV related co-morbidities and behavioral risk factors (e.g., tobacco smoking, alcohol use) and the mechanisms that result in poor HIV disease progression, poor quality of life and treatment health outcomes.
  • the interplay of multiple factors including social factors with microbiome, epigenomics, and proteomics to identify risk patterns for HIV related comorbidities.
  • how HCV co-infection and liver diseases such as NASH/cirrhosis collectively affect HIV disease progression and quality of life.
  • differences between racial/ethnic sub-populations in immune functioning among individuals with HIV-HCV or other multiple co-infection and interactions with various social stressors for mechanisms of immune control and disease outcome.
  • mechanisms through which genetic variations, epigenetic alterations, microbiome variations, and social-environmental factors interact to influence disease progression and treatment outcomes for HIV-related chronic conditions in HIV positive individuals.
  • the role of health care access and quality for the prevention and management of comorbidities and quality of life among HIV positive individuals.
  • the integration and coordination of medical care that may lead to gaps and delays in initiation and maintenance of care, such as delay in treatment of chronic conditions or drug adverse reactions from multiple co-morbidities.
  • patient, clinician, and system/policy-level factors that predict receipt of appropriate treatments for co-occurring conditions among HIV positive patients with multiple comorbidities.
NIDCR Areas of Research Interest: NIDCR Special areas of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Mechanistic studies assessing multi-level risk factors for development and progression of oral or dental diseases in health disparity populations with HIV/AIDS (e.g. dental caries, periodontal disease, soft tissue diseases, head and neck cancer, orofacial pain conditions) to help inform future, targeted interventions in health disparity populations with HIV/AIDS;
  • Mechanistic studies assessing the effect of ART upon treatment outcomes in health disparities populations for oral diseases or conditions (e.g. periodontal disease, Sjögren's-like syndrome and xerostomia, soft tissue diseases, orofacial pain conditions);
  • Research to establish the mechanisms of oral HPV co-infection and persistence in individuals from health disparity populations with HIV/AIDS;
  • Research to establish the mechanisms of dental/oral diseases in individuals from health disparity populations receiving HIV treatments; and
  • Collection and analysis of biospecimens from individuals with HIV/AIDS, to assess markers of risk for dental, oral, and/or craniofacial conditions or diseases or markers to monitor treatment responses.
LINK to RFP: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-18-002.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Ryan White Part A Care Coordination Program for New York City


DEADLINE: Applications due: January 8, 2018.

AWARD: The Planning Council has allocated RWPA funding for Medical Case Management in NYC: $21,072,362 available. Annual Funding Range of $450,000 - $1,700,000.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: 23 - 26 awards.

ELIGIBILITY: This RFP is intended to solicit proposals from non-profit organizations with experience serving HIV-positive individuals, as well as experience providing relevant services. The general organizational eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Legal incorporation by the State of New York as a not-for-profit corporation;
  2. Federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
  3. Currently operating with a brick-and-mortar site in one of the boroughs of New York City.
NOTE: Facilities of the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation, branches of the City University of New York (CUNY) and New York City branches of the State University of New York (SUNY) are also eligible to apply. Other NYC, New York State (NYS), or federal government agencies and for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding through this RFP.

TARGET POPULATION: Eligible metropolitan areas (EMAs) and transitional grant areas (TGAs) hardest hit by the HIV epidemic.

SUMMARY: Since 1991, the federal government has provided emergency relief to areas disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS through the former Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act and now Part A of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Act of 2009. This emergency relief is directed to eligible metropolitan areas (EMAs) and transitional grant areas (TGAs) hardest hit by the epidemic.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 funding is administered by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). The New York EMA under Part A of the Ryan White Program (RWPA) includes the five boroughs of New York City (NYC) and the counties of Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam (Tri-County). In the New York EMA, the grantee for Part A funds is the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). The HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York (Planning Council), whose members are appointed by the Mayor, prioritizes service categories and allocates funds. The Planning Council also designs service directives that drive the development of programs. Public Health Solutions (PHS), under contract with NYC DOHMH, procures and administers contracts in the New York EMA.

LINK to RFP: RFP is available for download here -- /https://www.healthsolutions.org/get-funding/request-for-proposals

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New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
Runaway and Homeless Youth Services (Open-Ended)


DEADLINE: Open-Ended.

AWARD: Available in RFP. Number of awards not mentioned in concept paper.

ELIGIBILITY: To receive this RFP in the HHS Accelerator system, you must have an approved Service Application for at least one of the following:

  • Preventive Services
  • Case Management
  • Shelter
  • Drop-in Center
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Housing
TARGET POPULATION: Runaway and homeless youth and their families in New York City.

SUMMARY: The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) invests in a network of community based organizations and programs to alleviate the effects of poverty and provide opportunities for New Yorkers and communities to flourish.

DYCD funds a range of services for Runaway and Homeless Youth that includes Drop-in Centers, Crisis Shelters, Transitional Independent Living programs, and Street Outreach and Referral Services.

DYCD’s Runaway and Homeless Youth services are designed to protect runaway and homeless youth and reunite them with their families whenever possible.

In accordance with their mission to support the City’s youth and their families by funding high quality youth and community development programs, DYCD is seeking additional beds to be operated by qualified nonprofits organizations to provide residential beds within Crisis shelters or transitional independent living facilities.

LINK to RFP: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hhsaccelerator/downloads/pdf/DYCDRunawayandHomelessYouthServices.pdf, RFP available to eligible applicants in HHS Accelerator

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New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA)
NY/NY III Non-Emergency Permanent Supportive Congregate Housing for Chronically Homeless Single Adults Living with AIDS or Advanced HIV Illness


DEADLINE: This is an open-ended RFP; therefore, all proposals will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until all units covered by this RFP are sited.

AWARD: HRA has determined that the maximum cost per unit will be $25,444 per year. However, HRA reserves the right to develop contracts with a lower unit cost. Contractors should seek and secure the use of non-HRA funding and in kind contributions in their overall operating budget when applicable, to maximize economies of scale. Such funding would provide an offset to the negotiated annual budget amount.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: 145 units remaining

ELIGIBILITY: Permanent non-emergency facilities would accept all referrals forwarded for each vacant unit unless the program can demonstrate to HASA that the client is not suitable for the program.

TARGET POPULATION: Chronically homeless single adults living with HIV/AIDS or advanced HIV illness.

SUMMARY: HRA is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate and maintain approximately 145 units remaining of permanent supportive congregate housing for chronically homeless single adults who are living with HIV/AIDS and who suffer from a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness, a substance abuse disorder, or a Mentally Ill Chemical Abuse (MICAS) disorder.

Under these programs the proposer is expected to provide case management and support services to clients to enable all eligible clients to achieve the skills and financial independence required for independent living. In addition, the proposer is required to maximize the client’s self-reliance and capacity for independence through referrals to employment programs for training, vocational rehabilitation and job placement. The proposer is expected to work with the target population to maximize functional capacity, reduce morbidity and mortality by linking clients to health, mental health and/or substance abuse treatment services and monitoring treatment adherence/compliance.

This is an Open-Ended RFP; therefore, proposals will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until all units covered by this RFP are sited.

RFP available at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/business/request-for-proposals.page, (see Request for Proposals for Provision of Non-Emergency Permanent Supportive Congregate Housing for Chronically Homeless Single Adults Living with AIDS or Advanced HIV Illness under the NY/NY III Supportive Housing Agreement (Opened Ended).

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New York State Department of Health (DOH)
Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence


DEADLINE: Applications due: December 20, 2017.

AWARD: It is anticipated that between 20 - 25 awards will be made through this initiative (a total of approximately $3,500,000 in awarded funds annually) for a five (5) year period contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Applicants may request an annual award amount between $100,000 to $300,000. The requested amount represents the State Share of no more than 4/7th of the projects' total cost and the applicant must demonstrate the ability to fund at least 3/7th of the project's total cost (see below).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE NOTE: ***MATCHING FUNDS REQUIRED***
For the STYA initiative, the applicant must demonstrate the ability to fund at least 3/7th of the project's total cost. The match may be made using local government dollars, private dollars (such as foundation dollars) or in-kind support. The match may not be comprised of other state or federal grant funds.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: Funds will be awarded to 20-25 community-based projects.

ELIGIBILITY: Please note: Applications must meet all the following minimum eligibility requirements to be reviewed:

  • Applications will be accepted from state and local government entities such as city and county health departments, school districts, and youth bureaus; and from not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, including, but not limited to, Article 28 healthcare facilities, and community-based health and human service agencies.
  • Applicants may propose to serve youth in one or two New York State counties. Within their identified focused county(ies), applicants need to define a more specific priority area for their proposed project, as defined by highest-risk ZIP codes within that county or counties based on the ASHNI.
  • See ***MATCHING FUNDS REQUIRED*** note above.
TARGET POPULATION: Preteen youth ages 9 to 12, including those in foster care.

SUMMARY: The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is issuing this Request for Applications (RFA) to announce the availability of approximately $3.5 million annually to implement the Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence (STYA) initiative as described in this RFA. Funds will be awarded to 20-25 community-based projects throughout New York State communities, which bear the greatest burden of adolescent childbearing. The Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence (STYA) Initiative, will support the implementation of program models that incorporate mentoring, counseling and supervised activities provided by adults for preteen youth ages 9 to 12, including those in foster care, to ease their transition into young adulthood.

The STYA initiative is funded by federal Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program (AEGP) funds awarded to NYSDOH by the Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). Section 510(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 710(b)) specifies that the goal of the federal AEGP is to "promote abstinence from sexual activity, with a focus on those groups which are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock." In turn, Federal Funding Opportunity guidance for the AEGP indicates that funded states are responsible to develop flexible, medically accurate and effective abstinence-based plans responsive to their specific needs. States applying for AEGP funds were provided the flexibility to develop state plans that utilize abstinence education and/or mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision programs to promote abstinence from sexual activity.

RFP available at: https://www.health.ny.gov/funding/rfa/17397/index.htm

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New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
2017 Rapid Expansion Part 816.7 Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services


DEADLINE: Applications due: December 28, 2017.

AWARD: Funding is available only for new beds, not conversions of current operating programs. The capital funding is made available by bonded appropriations and will require an OASAS State Aid Grant Lien (SAGL) on the property for a period of thirty (30) years in accordance with Part 813 “Financial Assistance for Capital Improvement Projects”. Long-term leases may be considered in substitution for a SAGL.

Up to $2.25 million (Maximum of $30,000 per bed) is available annually for ongoing operational costs for this initiative.

Funding will be allocated to successful applicants through the county where the service will be provided except where the successful applicant is an existing OASAS direct contract provider or in cases where the service will be provided in New York City and the successful applicant does not have an existing contract with New York City. In these instances, the NYS OASAS may provide direct funding to the successful applicant.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: OASAS will select Successful Applicants, at its sole discretion, based on consideration of a number of factors, including but not necessarily limited to the amount of available State appropriation authority and meeting geographic needs.

ELIGIBILITY: OASAS is seeking applications from Eligible Applicants interested in rapid expansion opportunities. For purposes of this section and anywhere else in this Request for Applications Eligible Applicants is mentioned, Eligible Applicants shall have the following meaning:

  • OASAS community-based voluntary agencies (non-hospital) and Local Governmental Units (LGUs) or other Not-for-Profit (non-hospital) organizations. The proposed new services will be considered in all counties within the State with priority given to applications for services in counties that do not currently offer the services and then to program applications in counties with comparatively fewer services offered.
TARGET POPULATION: The target population is those in need of medically supervised detoxification services (as determined by the OASAS web-based level of care determination application known as Level of Care for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Referral (LOCADTR)), or those experiencing mild withdrawal or significant urges or cravings that cannot be managed in an outpatient setting.

Preference is given to applicant(s) proposing development of a program in counties where no such treatment services currently exist and then to program applications in counties with comparatively fewer services offered. See Appendix A for list of all current certified medically supervised detoxification services by county.

SUMMARY: The New York State (NYS) Office of Alcoholism and The New York State (NYS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) announces the availability of a capital grant ($10 million) and operational funding to develop and support up to 75 Part 816.7 Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization services beds throughout New York State, a minimum of 8 and maximum of 25 beds per location as detailed below:
  • Eligible applicants seeking to add to or extend an existing facility to accommodate medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization beds must apply to establish a minimum of 8 beds and a maximum of 25 beds.
  • Eligible applicants seeking to create a new, freestanding facility must apply to establish a minimum of 16 beds and a maximum of 25 beds. Note: Applicants operating an existing medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization program are not eligible to apply for funding to add or extend that program.
RFP available at: https://www.oasas.ny.gov/ procurements/documents/MedSupR FA102617.pdf#_blank

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New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
Youth Clubhouses


DEADLINE: Applications due: December 1, 2017.

AWARD: OASAS anticipates funding up to four (4) programs, one in each of the following counties: Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Bronx and Kings (Brooklyn), with an operating budget that does not exceed $250,000 in annual State Aid funding. This RFP does not and will not allow for funding for Capital Projects.

ELIGIBILITY: OASAS is seeking proposals from Eligible Bidders interested in pursuing a Clubhouse. For the purposes of this section and anywhere else in the Request for Proposals that Eligible Bidder is mentioned, Eligible Bidder shall mean the following:

  • Voluntary agencies that operate OASAS-certified treatment programs;
  • Voluntary agencies that operate OASAS funded prevention programs; and
  • Other not-for-profit organizations that submit an application.
TARGET POPULATION: Adolescents (12 - 17 years of age) and/or young adults (18- 21 years of age), who are in Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder or are at-risk of a Substance Use Disorder.

SUMMARY: The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has developed this Request for Proposals for organizations interested in developing and implementing a Youth Clubhouse for adolescents (12 - 17 years of age) and/or young adults (18- 21 years of age), who are in Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder or are at-risk of a Substance Use Disorder. The Clubhouse should be built upon elements of the OASAS's Recovery Centers and International Center for Clubhouse Development Model (www.iccd.org). The purpose of the Clubhouse is to provide a safe and inviting place for adolescent youth and/or young adults to develop pro-social skills that promote long-term recovery, health, wellness and a drug-free lifestyle. Bidders who plan to serve both adolescent youth and young adults need to provide a plan for how the two populations' activities will be kept separate and developmentally appropriate.

RFP available at: hhttps://oasas.ny.gov/procurements/documents/YouthClubhouse_RFP_FINAL.pdf

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Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
Justice for Families Program


DEADLINE: Applications due: December 20, 2017.

Recommended Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to OVW.JFF@usdoj.gov by November 29, 2017. This will ensure that applicants are well-positioned to successfully submit an application by the deadline.

AWARD: Funding levels under the Justice for Families Program for FY 2018 are as follows:

  1. Standard projects: up to $550,000 for the entire 36 months
  2. Comprehensive projects: up to $700,000 for the entire 36 months
NUMBER OF AWARDS: Up to 16 standard awards and 3-5 comprehensive awards for an estimated $11,000,000.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are limited to: states, units of local government, courts (including juvenile courts), Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, legal services providers, and victim service providers.

TARGET POPULATION: Individuals and families dealing with domestic violence, dating violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.

SUMMARY: The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The program supports the following activities for improving the capacity of communities and courts to respond to impacted families: court-based programs and court-related programs; supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents; training and technical assistance for people who work with families in the court system; civil legal services; provision of resources in juvenile court matters; and development or promotion of legislation, model codes, policies, and best practices.

OVW is interested in funding projects that take a coordinated approach to helping families victimized by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as they navigate the justice system. In order to help achieve this coordinated approach, applicants may propose either a standard project or a comprehensive project.

Standard Project: Applicants must propose activities under purpose area number 1 or 5. If an applicant is proposing to provide supervised visitation/safe exchange services (purpose area 1), the applicant must also propose activities under at least one additional purpose area. The Courts purpose area (purpose area 5) can be addressed on its own, or in combination with another purpose area.

Comprehensive Project: Applicants must propose activities under purpose areas 1 (supervised visitation), 5 (courts), and 6 (civil legal services). Applicants may include additional purpose areas in a comprehensive project applications but are required to include purpose areas 1, 5, and 6.

VAWA 2013 includes eight distinct purpose areas for the Justice for Families Program. However, in FY 2018, OVW is limiting applicants to addressing only purpose areas 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8:
  • Purpose Area 1: Supervised visitation and safe exchange: Provide supervised visitation and safe visitation exchange of children and youth by and between parents in situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. Applicants proposing activities under this purpose area must propose activities under at least one additional purpose area for a standard project. This purpose area must be included in a comprehensive project.
  • Purpose Area 3: Training for court-based and court-related personnel: Educate court-based and court-related personnel and court-appointed personnel (including custody evaluators and guardians ad litem) and child protective services workers on the dynamics of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including information on perpetrator behavior, evidence-based risk factors for domestic and dating violence homicide, and on issues relating to the needs of victims, including safety, security, privacy, and confidentiality, including cases in which the victim proceeds pro se. Applicants proposing activities under this purpose area must also propose activities under purpose area 1 and/or 5.
  • Purpose Area 4: Juvenile court resources: Provide appropriate resources in juvenile court matters to respond to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault (including child sexual abuse), and stalking and ensure necessary services dealing with the health and mental health of victims are available. Applicants proposing activities under this purpose area must also propose activities under purpose area 1 and/or 5.
  • Purpose Area 5: Court and court-based programs and services:1 Enable courts or court-based or court-related programs to develop or enhance a) court infrastructure (such as specialized courts, consolidated courts, dockets, intake centers, or interpreter services); b) community-based initiatives within the court system (such as court watch programs, victim assistants, pro se victim assistance programs, or community-based supplementary services); 2 c) offender management, monitoring, and accountability programs; d) safe and confidential information-storage and information-sharing databases within and between court systems; e) education and outreach programs to improve community access, including enhanced access for underserved populations; and f) other projects likely to improve court responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Applicants proposing activities under this purpose area are not required to propose activities under any other purpose area for a standard project, but may apply to implement additional purpose areas if they choose. This purpose area must be included in a comprehensive project.
  • Purpose Area 6: Civil legal assistance: Provide civil legal assistance and advocacy services, including legal information and resources in cases in which the victim proceeds pro se, to:
    • victims of domestic violence; and
    • nonoffending parents in matters:
      • that involve allegations of child sexual abuse;
      • that relate to family matters, including civil protection orders, custody, and divorce; and
      • in which the other parent is represented by counsel.
    Applicants proposing activities under this purpose area must also propose activities under purpose area 1 and/or 5 for a standard project. This purpose area must be included in a comprehensive project. In addition, a project in which the primary focus is on providing civil legal assistance is not appropriate for the Justice for Families Program and will be removed from consideration.3 At least 50% of all proposed activities and budget items in the application must be targeted toward activities other than civil legal services. All costs supporting civil legal services, including indirect costs and pro se victim assistance programs that provide civil legal assistance proposed under Purpose Area 5(b), will be counted toward this cap on civil legal assistance.
  • Purpose Area 8: Training within civil justice system: Improve training and education to assist judges, judicial personnel, attorneys, child welfare personnel, and legal advocates in the civil justice system. Applicants proposing activities under this purpose area must also propose activities under purpose area 1 and/or 5.
Priority Areas:
In FY 2018, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration.
  • Improve services for and/or the response to victims of sex trafficking and other severe forms of trafficking in persons who have also experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. An example of an appropriate JFF project under this priority area could be training judges, advocates, and others who work with victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking to recognize when those victims may also be victims of sex trafficking or other severe forms of trafficking in persons. Another example is a court docket specifically addressing sex trafficking or other severe forms of trafficking in persons experienced by victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking.
  • Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific marginalized and/or underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.).
  • Increase the use of promising, evidence-based, and evidence-building practices, where available.
Link to RFP: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1008606/download#Justice%2520for%2520Families

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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Opioid State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR TA)


DEADLINE: Applications due: Tuesday, December 26, 2017. The start date for this grant is February 1, 2018.

AWARD: Up to $12,000,000 per year for up to two years.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: One award.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • Public or private universities and colleges
  • Community- and faith-based organizations
  • Professional guilds
This grant will be provided to a single entity who will serve as the central coordinating point for ensuring the requirements of this funding opportunity are met. Although there is a single grantee, applications including a consortia with other national allied professional associations are encouraged.

TARGET POPULATION: Individuals at risk of or living with OUDs.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this program is to identify local physicians, other clinicians, and other providers, for example, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, peers and other healthcare professionals with expertise in treatment and in recovery services for opioid use disorders (OUDs). Based on a state, territory, or tribal nation’s assessed need, these providers will serve as the primary providers of federally supported TA for the program’s successful implementation. The goal of this TA is to ensure the provision of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs/services across the Opioid STR program.

This approach seeks to identify a team comprising physicians or advance practice clinicians (e.g. nurse practitioners, physician assistants), prevention experts, and peers for each state/territory supported by Opioid STR enabling the Opioid STR grantee to have direct access to local expertise to provide immediate TA which is relevant to the specific needs of the jurisdiction. Opioid STR grantees are further benefited by the ability to use such expertise without the oftentimes burdensome steps of either hiring or procuring this type of expertise on their own. The Opioid STR TA grant funds must be used primarily to support the localized approach to the provision of TA by physicians/team members to ensure that effective and evidence-based programs are provided through the Opioid STR Program. Specific activities will be required by the grantee as well as the consulting physicians and other team members as follows:

Grantee Required Activities:
  • In each of the STR states/territories, identify licensed physicians with expertise in substance misuse/addiction, preferably with either board certification in addiction psychiatry or addiction medicine. Advance practice clinicians and other relevant team members must have documented expertise in addiction training as determined by their licensing body and/or regulatory board in addition to current experience in OUD treatment of at least two years duration. All clinical team members will have completed the 8 hour (for physicians) or 24 hour (for NPs/PAs) DATA waiver training. If the team member is eligible to obtain a DATA waiver, they must have done so and have relevant practice experience. Physicians, other prescribers, and any other relevant clinical team members must have current active experience in the evidence-based treatment of OUDs
  • Ensure each physician/team member is well versed on issues in their specific localities, including any state/territory laws/regulations related to either the provision of opioid use disorder treatment or any other issues peripherally related to the prevention or treatment of opioid misuse
  • Contract with physician/team members for up to ten hours a week at market rates, not to exceed $100 per hour, for consultative TA services to Opioid STR grantees
  • Provide an extensive orientation training to all team members on the required activities listed below and all other items relevant to fulfilling the expectations of their role
  • Engage with Opioid STR grantees to ensure that the TA provided by the physicians and team members is meeting the goal of enhancing the evidence-based practices delivered by the STR grant program
  • Ensure that any turnover in physicians or other team members is addressed expeditiously to maintain a continual TA presence for the state/territory
  • Work with physicians and team members to identify issues that may be of benefit to others also providing TA. Disseminate these issues/strategies across the network of TA providers
Team Member Required Activities:
  • Serve as the primary providers of federally-supported TA to Opioid STR grantees with the main goal of ensuring the provision of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services through the program
    • Provide guidance and TA to grantees on the implementation of the following specific EBPs: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for OUD, including the use of methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone in combination with psychosocial interventions, the use of naloxone for overdose reversal, Strengthening Families Program, Life Skills, and other evidence-based prevention activities, and community based recovery supports
  • Demonstrate expertise in local policies and regulations surrounding opioid use disorder prevention and treatment as well as prevention interventions related to acute pain management (e.g., assist with TA related to best practices around issues such as pain management and PDMP regulation)
    • Work with STR grantees to identify barriers to the provision of effective interventions to address the nation’s opioid crisis and work to address these barriers
  • Work throughout the network of Opioid STR state/territory providers to address workforce issues across the state/territory with the ultimate goal of increasing access to care through expansion of physician and allied provider workforce
  • Provide training and TA support on a tailored basis to local providers within the Opioid STR network on prevention, treatment, and recovery support services
  • Provide training on effective strategies related to the implementation of peer-recovery support services, including the use of recovery coaches in various settings. This should include the dissemination of best practice linkage strategies that have been shown to be promising, for example, having peer recovery coaches present in Emergency Department (ED) settings to provide support and assistance to someone who has experienced an opioid overdose, or the practice of gaining the signed consent of patients who have experienced an opioid overdose in EDs to permit recovery coach follow-up to occur after release of the individual from the ED
  • Provide TA for direct state/territory implementation on issues such as: pain management/safe opioid prescribing training to healthcare licensees in the jurisdiction; implementing and participating as a trainer in training activities using distance models such as Project ECHO type programs; visiting existing treatment facilities, and assisting in developing OUD services at these sites; providing direct clinical services as a means of demonstrating EBPs to programs new to providing services related to OUD; developing a network of peer recovery coaches and associated services and community EBPs aimed at prevention activities directed to high risk groups; and assisting state/territory staff in consideration of policy needs as they relate to safe opioid prescribing.
Link to RFP: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/opioid_str_ta_10-27-17_final.pdf

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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Program: American Indian and Alaska Native Support Center Cooperative Agreement (AI/AN ATTC)


DEADLINE: Applications due: Monday, December 4, 2017.

AWARD: A single award of up to $500,000 per year for up to five years.

NUMBER OF AWARDS: One award.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility is limited to current SAMHSA Addiction Technology Transfer Center Cooperative Agreement recipients and those funded in FY 2012 under RFA TI-12-008. Eligibility is limited to these recipients because they are able to maintain the established infrastructure, partnerships, and necessary knowledge and skills to rapidly implement the program.

TARGET POPULATION: Tribal communities affected by substance use or other co-occurring health disorders.

SUMMARY: The purpose of this program is to provide support for the ATTC Network, American Indian and Alaska Natives Tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian programs, state and local governments, and other organizations to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support services to tribal communities.

This is accomplished by accelerating the adoption and implementation of culturally sensitive, evidence-based and promising SUD treatment and recovery-oriented practices and services; heightening the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the workforce that addresses the needs of tribal communities with substance use or other co-occurring health disorders; and fostering regional and national alliances among culturally diverse practitioners, researchers, policy makers, funders, and the recovery community.

The AI/AN ATTC recipient will work directly with SAMHSA and in collaboration with the FY 2017 ATTC National Coordinating Center and the 10 Regional ATTC Centers on activities aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of treatment and recovery, as well as working directly with providers of clinical and recovery support services, and others that influence the delivery of services, to improve the quality of workforce training and service delivery to tribal communities.

Through the funding of this program, SAMHSA expects to support national and regional activities that focus on: 1) preparing tools needed by practitioners to improve the quality of service delivery to tribal communities and 2) providing intensive technical assistance to provider organizations to improve their processes and practices in the delivery of effective SUD treatment and recovery services for tribal communities. The recipient will be expected to work collectively on workforce development and quality improvement activities and independently respond to nationally or regionally generated technical assistance needs.

Link to RFP: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-18-001

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