Public Awareness Campaigns on Embryo Adoption


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Office of Population Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700, Rockville MD, 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-2888.

Project Officer Mr. Robert Scholle. DHHS, Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Office of Grants Management 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville MD, 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-8822.

Grants Specialist Ms. Deborah Hayes.
Website Address

http://www.opa.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Night Light Christian Adoptions $ 598,000   2017-07-152019-06-30
National Center For Donor Conception $ 478,000   2017-07-152019-06-30
National Registry For Adoption $ 150,000   2017-07-152019-06-30
Night Light Christian Adoptions $ 0   2015-07-152017-07-14
Night Light Christian Adoptions $ 496,000   2015-07-152017-07-14
Night Light Christian Adoptions $ 496,000   2015-07-152017-07-14
National Center For Donor Conception $ 370,000   2015-07-152017-07-14
National Center For Donor Conception-$ 7,092   2015-07-152017-07-14
Night Light Christian Adoptions $ 297,760   2014-09-012016-08-31
National Center For Donor Conception $ 82,000   2014-09-012015-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This assistance can be used in two ways: 1) to create programs which increase the public?s awareness of, and knowledge about, embryo donation/adoption as a method of family building and, 2) to provide services, such as counseling, which facilitate the use of embryo donation/adoption as a method of attaining the desired number and spacing of children.

This assistance is available to organizations only.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations.

Eligibility to compete for this announcement is limited to particular applicant organizations.

Only agencies and organizations, not individuals, are eligible to apply.

One agency must be identified as the applicant organization and will have legal responsibility for the project.

Additional agencies and organizations can be included as co-participants, subgrantees, subcontractors, or collaborators if they will assist in providing expertise and in helping to meet the needs of the recipients.

Faith-based and community-based organizations meeting the eligibility requirements may apply, or they may be included as co-participants, subgrantees, subcontractors, or collaborators if they will assist in providing expertise and in helping to meet the needs of recipients.

Eligibility is limited to organizations that can demonstration previous experience with embryo adoption and are knowledgeable in all elements of the process of embryo adoption.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiaries for this program are potential donors and/or recipients of frozen embryos.

Credentials/Documentation

Proof of nonprofit status is required of nonprofit organizations and institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. To apply, access the announcement through www.grants.gov. Enter the CFDA# and follow the website instructions. Applications submitted after the deadlines will not be accepted for review. The submission deadline will not be extended. Applications which do not conform to the requirements of the grant announcement will not be accepted for review and will be returned to the applicant. Applications may only be submitted electronically via www.grants.gov. Any applications submitted via any other means of electronic communication, including facsimile or electronic mail, will not be accepted for review.

Award Procedures

Applications will be screened upon receipt. Those that are judged to be ineligible will be returned to the applicant. Accepted applications will be evaluated by a technical review panel composed of independent experts. The final funding decision will be determined by the Agency Director, who will take into consideration the recommendations of the review panel; programmatic needs, stated needs; geographic location; and recommendations of DHHS personnel. All applicants will be notified in writing of actions taken on their applications. Applications that are approved and funded will be issued A Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

This program is authorized by Section 1704 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 300u-3. , 42 U.S.C 300u-3.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

> 180 Days. New projects are approved for a 2 year project period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant Project Periods are for 2 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual Program reports are required.

Cash Reports are due on a minimum basis of quarterly.

Progress reports are required for each budget period.

Federal Financial Reports (SF425) are due quarterly.

A final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their designated authorized officials shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, sub-grantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. In accordance with 45 CFR, Part 74.53 and 45 CFR, Part 92, grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0120-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $680,000; FY 17 est $688,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Fiscal Year 2016 $150,000 - $300,000 Fiscal Year 2017 $150,000 - $300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 74 and 92. Specific program requirements are contained in the application instructions, the announcement, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement: http://www.hhs.gov/asrt/og/aboutog/grantsnet.html

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Office of Population Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700, Rockville MD, 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-2888. Project Officer Mr. Robert Scholle. DHHS, Office of Assistant Secretary for Health Office of Grants Management 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville MD, 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-8822. Grants Specialist Ms. Deborah Hayes.

Headquarters Office

Eric C. West Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: eric.west@hhs.gov Phone: (240) 453-8822.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criterion 1: Project Summary (5 Points). Applicants are expected to summarize the proposed project in a narrative not to exceed one page. The summary must include the project?s objectives, its approach and the results or benefits that are expected from the project. Criterion 2: Need for Assistance (25 Points) Specific considerations for this section include: (1) The extent to which the application reflects an understanding of: (a) the goals of the embryo donation / adoption program, and how implementation will contribute to achieving these goals; or (b) The extent to which the application reflects a knowledge and understanding of the challenges involved with offering services to facilitate embryo donation and/or adoption; (2) The extent to which the application clearly describes and documents the need for assistance to enhance efforts to: a) increase public awareness of embryo donation and/or adoption: or, (b) make services, including counseling, available to people that are currently involved (or may soon be involved in) the process of embryo donation or adoption; (3) The extent to which the application reflects an understanding of the medical and legal framework of embryo donation and/or adoption, and the services and resources in the geographic area in which the proposed project will be conducted; (4) The extent to which the application explains how the proposed project will contribute to increased knowledge of the problems, issues, and effective strategies and best practices in the field of embryo donation and/or adoption; and (5) The extent to which the application presents a vision of how the project will advance: (a) public awareness of embryo donation and/or adoption, or, (b) the ability of couples to use embryo donation/adoption services; and, (6) The extent to which the applicant discusses the broad contextual factors that will facilitate or impede the project. Applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of the legislative goals and demonstrate how their approach to the design of a public awareness campaign will contribute to achieve the legislative goals. Criterion 3: Approach and Objectives (30 Points) (A) Design of the Project: (1) The extent to which the application reflects an understanding of professionally recognized standards and/or other relevant Federal or State requirements pertaining to embryo donation and/or adoption. (2) The extent to which the proposed project goals, objectives, and outcomes are clearly specified and measurable, and reflect an understanding of the context of embryo donation/adoption, and (3) The extent to which the application presents an approach that: (a) is competency based; and (b) can be evaluated. (B) Implementation of the Project: (1) The extent to which the application clearly describes and provides a justification for the selection of the geographic region that will be served by the project; (2) The extent to which the application presents an appropriate, feasible, and realistic plan for conducting the project; (3) The extent to which the application presents an appropriate, feasible and realistic plan for recruiting, selecting, and training individuals to conduct the project; (4) The extent to which the application provides an appropriate, feasible and realistic plan for documenting project activities and results, that can be used to describe and evaluate the project, and participant satisfaction; and, (5) The extent to which the proposed project will establish and coordinate linkages with other appropriate agencies and organizations. (C) Dissemination of the Project: (1) The extent to which the application provides an appropriate, feasible and realistic plan for dissemination of information and related educational materials; (2) The extent to which the intended audience is clearly identified and defined and is appropriate to the goals of the proposed program; (3) The extent to which the program's products will be useful to the target audiences; (4) The extent to which the applicant presents a realistic schedule for developing these products, and provides a dissemination plan that is appropriate in scope and budget to each of the audiences; and, (5) The extent to which the products being developed during the program are described clearly and will address the goal of dissemination of information and are designed to support evidence-based improvements of practices in the field. Criterion 4: Evaluation (20 Points). (1) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are feasible, comprehensive, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and context of the project; (2) The extent to which the applicant offers an appropriate, feasible, and realistic plan for evaluating the project, including performance feedback and assessment of program progress that can be used as a basis for program adjustments; (3) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include process and outcome analyses, as appropriate, for assessing the effectiveness of the program strategies and implementation process; and, (4) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the intended outcomes of the program and which will produce quantitative and qualitative results. Criterion 5: Organizational Profile (10 Points) Applicants need to demonstrate that they have the capacity to implement the proposed program. This criterion consists of three broad topics: (A) Management plan, (B) staff qualifications, and (C) organizational capacity and resources. Criterion 6: Budget and Budget Justification (10 Points) Applicants are expected to present a budget with reasonable project costs, appropriately allocated across component areas and sufficient to accomplish the objectives.




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