[Federal Register: May 24, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 101)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families
Refugee Microenterprise Development Program
AGENCY: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), ACF, DHHS.
ACTION: Notice of availability of FY 2002 social services discretionary
funds for refugee microenterprise development projects.
SUMMARY: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites eligible
entities to submit competitive grant applications for microenterprise
development projects for refugees.\1\ Applications will be accepted
pursuant to the Director's discretionary authority under section 412(c)
of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1522), as
amended. Applications will be screened and evaluated as indicated in
this program announcement. Awards will be contingent on the outcome of
the competition and the availability of funds.
\1\ In addition to persons who meet all requirements of 45 CFR
400.43, eligibility for refugee social services also includes: (1)
Cuban and Haitian entrants under section 501 of the Refugee
Education Assistance Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-422); (2) certain
Amerasians from Vietnam who are admitted to the U.S. as immigrants
under section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and
Related Programs Appropriations Act, as included in FY 1988
Continuing Resolution (Pub. L. 100-202); and (3) certain Amerasians
from Vietnam, including U.S. citizens, under Title II of the Foreign
Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations
Act of 1989 (Pub. L. 10-461), 1990 (Pub. L. 101-167), and 1991 (Pub.
L. 101-513). For convenience, the term ``refugee'' is used in this
notice to encompass all such eligible persons.
DATES: The closing date for submission of applications is July 8, 2002.
See Part IV of this announcement for more information on submitting
Announcement Availability: The program announcement and the
application materials are available on the ORR website at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Henley Portner, Division of Community
Resettlement, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for
Children and Families, at (202) 401-5363 or HPortner@ACF.DHHS.GOV.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This program announcement consists of four
Part I: Background, legislative authority, funding availability,
CFDA Number, applicant eligibility, project and budget periods, program
purpose and scope, client eligibility, allowable activities, and
treatment of program income.
Part II: General instructions for preparing a full project
Part III: The Review Process--Intergovernmental review, initial ACF
screening, competitive review, and review criteria.
Part IV: The Application--Application materials, application
submission information, regulations, and reporting.
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13): Public reporting
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 25
hours, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and
maintaining the data needed, and reviewing the collection of
information. The following information collections are included in the
program announcement: OMB Approval No. 0970-0139, ACF Uniform Project
Description (UPD) which expires 12/31/2003. An agency may not conduct
or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Part I: Background
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has supported the field of
microenterprise development since 1991 with discretionary grants to
various State governments, community economic development agencies,
community action and other human service agencies, local mutual
assistance associations, and voluntary agencies. Organizations with
successful programs have typically been those with a long-term
commitment to microenterprise and to its adaptation to the refugee
experience. They have committed agency resources to support refugee
programs; and their work in refugee microenterprise has been consistent
with the overall agency mission. A public or private non-profit agency
interested in receiving funding under this announcement must analyze
its organizational capacity to work with refugees who are economically
poor, who have limited English language proficiency, and who have
neither assets nor American business experience. Many newly arrived
refugees do not qualify for commercial loans or for admission into
mainstream microenterprise development programs for these reasons.
Refugees bring positive attributes to microenterprise development
projects, including a diverse and rich array of business ideas, skills,
experiences, and ambitions. These characteristics have been largely
responsible for the success
of the ORR initiative. During the last ten years, refugees have started
or expanded over 800 micro-businesses; and over 89 percent of these
businesses have survived. ORR grantees have provided over $3 million in
financing to these entrepreneurs; and the loan repayment rate is close
to 100 percent. By commonly accepted measures of performance (business
survival rates, loan default rates, etc.), the ORR-funded programs have
excelled and frequently led the field in achievement. More important,
over 4,000 refugees have gained new entrepreneurial skills and
knowledge; and the additional business income is helping refugee
families to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Building on the experience of the last ten years, ORR seeks in this
announcement to continue support to this field, particularly on behalf
of those refugees who, because of language and cultural barriers, are
unlikely to gain access to commercial loans or business training
through other programs. To be successful in this competition, refugee-
serving organizations must demonstrate their agency's capacity to
provide the technical expertise to help refugees start or expand
businesses. Economic development agencies must show how they will
modify their existing programs to serve refugees effectively.
Legislative Authority: Section 412(c)(1)(A) of the Immigration and
Nationality Act (INA)(8 U.S.C. 1522(c)(1)(A)) authorizes the Director
``to make grants to, and enter into contracts with, public or private
nonprofit agencies for projects specifically designed--(i) to assist
refugees in obtaining the skills which are necessary for economic self-
sufficiency, including projects for job training, employment services,
day care, professional refresher training, and other recertification
services; (ii) to provide training in English where necessary
(regardless of whether the refugees are employed or receiving cash or
other assistance); and (iii) to provide where specific needs have been
shown and recognized by the Director, health (including mental health)
services, social services, educational and other services.''
Funding Availability: ORR expects to make available approximately
$2.5 million for Microenterprise Development projects for about 12 to
20 awards in amounts ranging from $100,000-$200,000.
The Director reserves the right to award less, or more, than the
funds described, in the absence of worthy applications, or under such
other circumstances as may be deemed to be in the best interest of the
government. Applicants may be required to reduce the scope of projects
based on the amount of the approved grant award.
CFDA Number: The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number for
this program is 93.576. The title of the program is the Refugee
Microenterprise Development Program.
Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants are public and private
non-profit organizations and agencies of State governments that are
responsible for the refugee program under 45 CFR 400.5. Faith-based
organizations are eligible to apply for these grants.
Project and Budget Periods: This announcement invites applications
for project periods up to three years. Awards, on a competitive basis,
will be for a one-year budget period, although project periods may be
for three years. Applications for continuation grants funded under
these awards beyond the one-year budget period but within the three-
year project period will be entertained in subsequent years on a
noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory
progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding
would be in the best interest of the Government.
Refugee Microenterprise Development Program Purpose and Scope: The
purpose of microenterprise development is to assist refugees in
becoming economically self-sufficient and to help refugee communities
in developing employment and capital resources.
Applicants may request funds for microenterprise development
projects to include business technical assistance or short-term
training, credit in the form of microloans, the administrative costs of
managing the project, and, if applicable, a revolving microloan fund.
Projects should be designed in a manner that is culturally and
linguistically appropriate for the refugee population.
Projects should be designed to be appropriate for the
characteristics of the local refugee populations, including
characteristics such as employment rates, welfare status, length of
time in the U.S., interest in micro-businesses, and English language
proficiency. Applicants should also be familiar with the capital needs
and capital market gaps for refugee entrepreneurs and should
demonstrate how refugees will gain access to business credit.
Successful applicants will demonstrate an understanding of the
economic opportunities in the community for refugees and will have
established working partnerships with the communities' refugee
resettlement services network, with existing microenterprise
organizations (where they are present), and with financial
ORR will not fund applicants who propose to subgrant or contract
all or most of the proposed activities under this initiative to an
unrelated entity. This does not bar subgranting or contracting for
specific services or activities.
Client Eligibility: Eligible clients are refugees who aspire to
establish, expand, or stabilize a microenterprise but who lack the
financial resources, credit history, or personal assets to qualify for
business loans or assistance through commercial institutions. Refugees
may participate regardless of their date of arrival in the U.S.
Grantees will be responsible for documenting refugee client
Allowable Activities: Project components may include one-on-one
business consultation and training, training in classroom settings,
access to business credit, individual or peer group lending, and
follow-up technical assistance to refugee businesses. ORR funds may
also be used for the administrative costs associated with a loan loss
reserve fund or with managing a revolving loan fund.
Microloans consist of small amounts of credit that are less than
$15,000 and are extended to low-income entrepreneurs for start-ups of
microenterprises or for expansion or stabilization of existing
microenterprises. Applicants may elect to establish cooperative
relationships with one or more of the community's financial
institutions to obtain access to commercial loan funds. Alternatively,
ORR funds may be used for microloans to individual refugee
entrepreneurs in sums not to exceed $15,000 (of ORR monies). These
funds may be disbursed through individual loans or through peer lending
mechanisms, through a revolving loan fund. Requests for ORR grant funds
for a revolving loan fund may not exceed $50,000 in the first budget
period. Grantees will be responsible for establishing written lending
policies and procedures and for collecting and servicing loan
ORR supports the use of commercial lending institutions for refugee
borrowers to leverage the limited amount of ORR funds available for
this purpose and to provide borrowers with the opportunity to establish
credit-worthy histories with traditional lenders. To that end, ORR does
not encourage the use of below-market rates of interest for the loan
funds. Conversely, grantees may not charge refugees interest rates that
percentage points above the New York prime lending rate at the time of
Microloans will have a maximum maturity of three years. They may be
used for working capital, inventory, supplies, furniture, fixtures,
machinery, tools, equipment, building renovation, and/or leasehold
Microloan funds may not be used for the following types of
[sbull] As venture capital for established businesses that are
attempting major expansion;
[sbull] For enterprises engaged in gambling or speculation;
[sbull] For any illegal activity or production or for the service
or distribution of illegal products;
[sbull] For purposes not related to microenterprise development;
e.g., for the purchase of a personal-use automobile.
Treatment of Program Income: Projects with revolving loan funds may
earn and retain program income in the form of interest (on individual
loans or from loan loss reserves). Specifically, program income funds
may be retained by the project to expand the pool of credit in
accordance with 45 CFR 74.24 (b)(1), (b)(2) and (e) for non-profit
organizations and 45 CFR 92.25 (g)(2) for governmental entities.
Similarly, repaid loan principal is to be treated as program income and
placed in the revolving loan fund for re-lending. Program income may be
retained by the grantee so long as the use of these funds furthers the
objectives of the grant and is consistent with the Federal statute
under which the grant was made.
Any fees or charges imposed on refugee clients by the grantee or
its subcontractors or affiliates (e.g., loan processing or training
fees) must be disclosed in the application and pre-approved by ORR.
Successful grantees will be expected to coordinate their policies
and procedures for developing and administering refugee microenterprise
projects with the existing refugee microenterprise services network. To
ensure an exchange of technical and training information among
programs, all grantees are encouraged to attend two ORR training
meetings during each year of their participation in this program area.
Grant funds may be used to offset the cost of attendance.
Part II: General Instructions for Preparing a Full Project Description
The Project Description Overview
The project description provides a major means by which an
application is evaluated and ranked to compete with other applications
for available assistance. The project description should be concise and
complete and should address the activity for which Federal funds are
being requested. Supporting documents should be included where they can
present information clearly and succinctly. In preparing your project
description, all information requested through each specific evaluation
criteria should be provided. Awarding offices use this and other
information in making their funding recommendations. It is important,
therefore, that this information be included in the application.
ACF is particularly interested in specific factual information and
statements of measurable goals in quantitative terms. Project
descriptions are evaluated on the basis of substance, not length.
Extensive exhibits are not required. Cross-referencing should be used
rather than repetition. Supporting information concerning activities
that will not be directly funded by the grant or information that does
not directly pertain to an integral part of the grant-funded activity
should be placed in an appendix. Pages should be numbered and a table
of contents should be included for easy reference.
Applicants required to submit a full project description shall
prepare the project description statement in accordance with the
following instructions and the specified evaluation criteria. The
instructions give a broad overview of what your project description
should include while the evaluation criteria expands and clarifies more
program-specific information that is needed.
Provide a summary of the project description (a page or less) with
reference to the funding request.
Objectives and Need for Assistance
Clearly identify the physical, economic, social, financial,
institutional, and/or other problem(s) requiring a solution. The need
for assistance must be demonstrated and the principal and subordinate
objectives of the project must be clearly stated; supporting
documentation, such as letters of support and testimonials from
concerned interests other than the applicant, may be included. Any
relevant data based on planning studies should be included or referred
to in the endnotes/footnotes. Incorporate demographic data and
participant/beneficiary information, as needed. In developing the
project description, the applicant may volunteer or be requested to
provide information on the total range of projects currently being
conducted and supported (or to be initiated), some of which may be
outside the scope of the program announcement.
Results or Benefits Expected
Identify the results and benefits to be derived. For example, ORR
is particularly interested in the number of businesses established,
expanded, or stabilized; the employment generated by the businesses;
the number and size of loans provided to refugees; the amount of
additional funds leveraged by the ORR funds for microenterprise loans,
and the impact of the businesses assisted on the refugees' movement
Outline a plan of action that describes the scope and detail of how
the proposed work will be accomplished. Account for all functions or
activities identified in the application. Cite factors that might
accelerate or decelerate the work and state your reason for taking the
proposed approach rather than others. Describe any unusual features of
the project such as design or technological innovations, reductions in
cost or time, or extraordinary social and community involvement.
Provide quantitative monthly or quarterly projections of the
accomplishments to be achieved for each function or activity in such
terms as the number of people to be served and the number of activities
accomplished. When accomplishments cannot be quantified by activity or
function, list them in chronological order to show the schedule of
accomplishments and their target dates.
If any data is to be collected, maintained, and/or disseminated,
clearance may be required from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget
(OMB). This clearance pertains to any ``collection of information that
is conducted or sponsored by ACF.''
List organizations, cooperating entities, consultants, or other key
individuals who will work on the project along with a short description
of the nature of their effort or contribution.
Describe the precise location of the project and boundaries of the
area to be served by the proposed project. Maps or other graphic aids
may be attached.
Following are requests for additional information that need to be
included in the application:
Staff and Position Data
Provide a biographical sketch for each key person appointed and a
job description for each vacant key position. A biographical sketch
will also be required for new key staff as appointed.
Provide information on the applicant organization(s) and
cooperating partners such as organizational charts, financial
statements, audit reports, or statements from CPAs/Licensed Public
Accountants, Employer Identification Numbers, names of bond carriers,
contact persons and telephone numbers, child care licenses, and other
documentation of professional accreditation, information on compliance
with Federal/State/local government standards, documentation of
experience in the program area, and other pertinent information. Any
non-profit organization submitting an application must submit proof of
its non-profit status in its application at the time of submission.
The non-profit agency can accomplish this by providing a copy of
the applicant's listing in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most
recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3)
of the IRS code or by providing a copy of the currently valid IRS tax
exemption certificate or by providing a copy of the articles of
incorporation bearing the seal of the State in which the corporation or
association is domiciled.
Include written agreements between grantees and subgrantees or
subcontractors or other cooperating entities. These agreements must
detail scope of work to be performed, work schedules, remuneration, and
other terms and conditions that structure or define the relationship.
Letters of Support
Provide statements from community, public and commercial leaders
that support the project proposed for funding. All submissions should
be included in the application OR by application deadline.
Budget and Budget Justification
Provide line item detail and detailed calculations for each budget
object class identified on the Budget Information form. Detailed
calculations must include estimation methods, quantities, unit costs,
and other similar quantitative detail sufficient for the calculation to
be duplicated. The detailed budget must also include a breakout by the
funding sources identified in Block 15 of the SF-424.
Provide a narrative budget justification that describes how the
categorical costs are derived. Discuss the necessity, reasonableness,
and allocability of the proposed costs.
The following guidelines are for preparing the budget and budget
justification. Both Federal and non-Federal resources shall be detailed
and justified in the budget and narrative justification. For purposes
of preparing the budget and budget justification, ``Federal resources''
refers only to the ACF grant for which you are applying. Non-Federal
resources are all other Federal and non-Federal resources. It is
suggested that budget amounts and computations be presented in a
columnar format: first column, object class categories; second column,
Federal budget; next column(s), non-Federal budget(s), and last column,
total budget. The budget justification should be a narrative.
Description: Costs of employee salaries and wages.
Justification: Identify the project director or principal
investigator, if known. For each staff person, provide the title, time
commitment to the project (in months), time commitment to the project
(as a percentage or full-time equivalent), annual salary, grant salary,
wage rates, etc. Do not include the costs of consultants or personnel
costs of delegate agencies or of specific project(s) or businesses to
be financed by the applicant.
Description: Costs of employee fringe benefits unless treated as
part of an approved indirect cost rate.
Justification: Provide a breakdown of the amounts and percentages
that comprise fringe benefit costs such as health insurance, FICA,
retirement insurance, taxes, etc.
Description: Costs of project-related travel by employees of the
applicant organization (does not include costs of consultant travel).
Justification: For each trip, show the total number of traveler(s),
travel destination, duration of trip, per diem, mileage allowances, if
privately owned vehicles will be used, and other transportation costs
and subsistence allowances. Travel costs for key staff to attend ACF-
sponsored workshops should be detailed in the budget.
Description: ``Equipment'' means an article of nonexpendable,
tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year
and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of (a) the
capitalization level established by the organization for the financial
statement purposes, or (b) $5,000. (Note: Acquisition cost means the
net invoice unit price of an item of equipment, including the cost of
any modifications, attachments, accessories, or auxiliary apparatus
necessary to make it usable for the purpose for which it is acquired.
Ancillary charges, such as taxes, duty, protective in-transit
insurance, freight, and installation shall be included in or excluded
from acquisition cost in accordance with the organization's regular
written accounting practices.)
Justification: For each type of equipment requested, provide a
description of the equipment, the cost per unit, the number of units,
the total cost, and a plan for use on the project, as well as use or
disposal of the equipment after the project ends. An applicant
organization that uses its own definition for equipment should provide
a copy of its policy or section of its policy which includes the
Description: Costs of all tangible personal property other than
that included under the Equipment category.
Justification: Specify general categories of supplies and their
costs. Show computations and provide other information that supports
the amount requested.
Description: Costs of all contracts for services and goods except
for those that belong under other categories such as equipment,
supplies, construction, etc. Third-party evaluation contracts (if
applicable) and contracts with secondary recipient organizations,
including delegate agencies and specific project(s) or businesses to be
financed by the applicant, should be included under this category.
Justification: All procurement transactions shall be conducted in a
manner to provide, to the maximum extent practical, open, and free
competition. Recipients and subrecipients, other than States that are
required to use part 92 procedures, must justify any anticipated
action that is expected to be awarded without competition and exceed
the simplified acquisition threshold fixed at 41 U.S.C. 403(11)
(currently set at $100,000). Recipients might be required to make
available to ACF pre-award review and procurement documents, such as
request for proposals or invitations for bids, independent cost
Note: Whenever the applicant intends to delegate part of the
project to another agency, the applicant must provide a detailed
budget and budget narrative for each delegate agency, by agency
title, along with the required supporting information referred to in
Enter the total of all other costs. Such costs, where applicable
and appropriate, may include but are not limited to insurance, food,
medical and dental costs (noncontractual), professional services costs,
space and equipment rentals, printing and publication, computer use,
training costs, such as tuition and stipends, staff development costs,
and administrative costs.
Justification: Provide computations, a narrative description, and a
justification for each cost under this category.
Description: Total amount of indirect costs. This category should
be used only when the applicant currently has an indirect cost rate
approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or
another cognizant Federal agency.
Justification: An applicant that will charge indirect costs to the
grant must enclose a copy of the current rate agreement. If the
applicant organization is in the process of initially developing or
renegotiating a rate, it should immediately upon notification that an
award will be made, develop a tentative indirect cost rate proposal
based on its most recently completed fiscal year in accordance with the
principles set forth in the cognizant agency's guidelines for
establishing indirect cost rates and submit it to the cognizant agency.
Applicants awaiting approval of their indirect cost proposals may also
request indirect costs. It should be noted that when an indirect cost
rate is requested, those costs included in the indirect cost pool
should not also be charged as direct costs to the grant. Also, if the
applicant is requesting a rate which is less than what is allowed under
the program, the authorized representative of the applicant
organization must submit a signed acknowledgement that the applicant is
accepting a lower rate than allowed.
Description: The estimated amount of income, if any, expected to be
generated from this project.
Justification: Describe the nature, source, and anticipated use of
program income in the budget or refer to the pages in the application
that contain this information.
Description: Amounts of non-Federal resources that will be used to
support the project as identified in Block 15 of the SF-424.
Justification: The firm commitment of these resources must be
documented and submitted with the application in order to be given
credit in the review process. A detailed budget must be prepared for
each funding source.
Total Direct Charges, Total Indirect Charges, Total Project Costs
Part III: The Review Process
This program is covered under Executive Order 12372,
``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,'' and 45 CFR part 100,
``Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services
Programs and Activities.'' Under the Order, States may design their own
processes for reviewing and commenting on proposed Federal assistance
under covered programs.
The following jurisdictions have elected not to participate in the
Executive Order process. Applicants from these jurisdictions need take
no action in regard to E.O. 12372: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa,
Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,
Palau, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and
Although the jurisdictions listed above no longer participate in
the process, entities which have met the eligibility criteria of the
program may still apply for a grant even if a State, Territory,
Commonwealth, etc., does not have a SPOC. All remaining jurisdictions
participate in the Executive Order process and have established SPOCs.
Applicants from participating jurisdictions should contact their SPOCs
as soon as possible to alert them of the prospective applications and
receive instructions. Applicants must submit any required material to
the SPOCs as soon as possible so that the program office can obtain and
review SPOC comments as part of the award process. The applicant must
submit all required materials, if any, to the SPOC and indicate the
date of this submittal (or the date of contact if no submittal is
required) on the Standard Form 424, item 16a. Under 45 CFR 100.8(a)(2),
a SPOC has 60 days from the application deadline to comment on proposed
new or competing continuation awards.
SPOCs are encouraged to eliminate the submission of routine
endorsements as official recommendations. Additionally, SPOCs are
requested to differentiate clearly between mere advisory comments and
those official State process recommendations, which may trigger the
``accommodate or explain'' rule.
When comments are submitted directly to ACF, they should be
addressed to: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration
for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Attention:
Daphne Weeden, Grants Officer, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Fourth
Floor West, Washington, DC 20447.
A list of the Single Points of Contact for each State and Territory
is included with the application materials for this program
Initial ACF Screening
Each application submitted under this program announcement will
undergo a pre-review to determine that (1) the application was mailed
by the closing date and submitted in accordance with the instructions
in this announcement and (2) the applicant is eligible for funding.
Applications, which pass the initial ACF screening, will be
evaluated and rated by an independent review panel on the basis of
specific evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria were designed to
assess the quality of a proposed project and to determine the
likelihood of its success. The evaluation criteria are closely related
and are considered as a whole in judging the overall quality of an
application. Points are awarded only to applications that are
responsive to the evaluation criteria within the context of this
Applications will be reviewed using the following evaluation
1. Objectives and Need for Assistance. Quality of the description
of the prospective refugee communities' profile with respect to welfare
utilization, English language proficiency, length of time in the U.S.,
interest in microbusiness, and the description of local capital needs
and capital market gaps for refugee microentrepreneurs. (15 points).
2. Approach. Adequacy and appropriateness of the program approach
or design, including project goals and structure (policies, procedures,
activities); training and technical assistance; loan funds, lending
criteria, and fees, if included in the design; whether the business
targets are start-ups, expansions, or both; partner agencies; and
credit enhancements, such as loan loss reserves. (30 points).
3. Organization Profiles. Demonstrated organizational and
management capacity including bilingual/bicultural competent services
and experience serving refugees and other economically disadvantaged
populations; description of experience in organizational management,
including copies of the last two fiscal year financial statements, with
balance sheets and income statements; description of experience in
management of loan funds, including a projected monthly cash flow chart
for the loan fund for the three-year period beginning October 1, 2002;
and experience in collaboration with the specific refugee
community(ies) and coalition building among refugee and non-refugee
service providers. (20 points).
4. Results and Expected Benefits. Extent to which the expected
outcomes and unit costs of the project are appropriate, consistent with
reported nationwide performance in microenterprise projects, and
reasonable in relation to the proposed activities. Results may include
the impact of loan funds, business income, and business assets on
clients' welfare status, if applicable, as well as projected outcomes
for business income, employment, and survivability. (20 points).
5. Budget and Budget Justification. Appropriateness and
reasonableness of the proposed budget, including the relative
distribution of funds for administrative costs, training or technical
assistance, and loan capital. The application should include project
timelines and a narrative justification supporting each budget line
item. (15 points).
Part IV: The Application
Application Materials: In order to be considered for a grant under
this program announcement, an application must be submitted on the
Standard Form 424 and in the manner prescribed by ACF. Application
materials including forms and instructions are available from the ORR
website at www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/orr/funding. Application materials
including forms and instructions are available from the contact named
under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in the preamble of
Application Submission Information
1. Mailed applications postmarked after the closing date will be
classified as late.
2. Deadline. Mailed applications shall be considered as meeting an
announced deadline if they are either received on or before the
deadline date or sent on or before the deadline date and received by
ACF in time for the independent review to: U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of
Grants Management, Attention: Daphne Weeden, Grants Officer, 370
L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Applicants must ensure
that a legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark or a legibly dated,
machine-produced postmark of a commercial mail service is affixed to
the envelope/package containing the application(s). To be acceptable as
proof of timely mailing, a postmark from a commercial mail service must
include the logo/emblem of the commercial mail service company and must
reflect the date the package was received by the commercial mail
service company from the applicant. Private metered postmarks shall not
be acceptable as proof of timely mailing. (Applicants are cautioned
that express/overnight mail services do not always deliver as agreed.)
Applications handcarried by applicants, by applicant couriers, or by
other representatives of the applicant shall be considered as meeting
an announced deadline if they are received on or before the deadline
date, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., EST, at the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children
and Families, Office of Grants Management, ACF Mailroom, Second Floor
(near loading dock), Aerospace Center, 901 D Street, SW., Washington,
DC 20024, between Monday and Friday (excluding Federal holidays). The
address must appear on the envelope/package containing the application
with the note ``Attention: Daphne Weeden, Grants Officer.'' ACF cannot
accommodate transmission of applications by fax or through other
electronic media. Therefore, applications transmitted to ACF
electronically will not be accepted regardless of date or time of
submission and time of receipt.
3. Late applications. Applications that do not meet the criteria
above are considered late applications. ACF shall notify each late
applicant that its application will not be considered in the current
4. Extension of deadlines. ACF may extend an application deadline
when circumstances such as acts of God (floods, hurricanes, etc.)
occur, or when there is widespread disruption of the mail service, or
in other rare cases. Determinations to extend or waive deadline
requirements rest with ACF's Chief Grants Management Officer.
Regulations: Applicable U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services regulations can be found at 45 CFR part 74 or part 92.
Reporting: Grantees are required to file the Financial Status
Report (SF-269) and Program Performance Reports on a semi-annual basis.
Funds issued under these awards must be accounted for, and reported
upon, separately from all other grant activities. Although ORR does not
expect the proposed projects to include evaluation activities, it does
expect grantees to maintain adequate records to track and report on
project outcomes. The official receipt point for all reports and
correspondence is Ms. Daphne Weeden, Grants Officer, Office of Grants
Management, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant
Promenade, SW., 4th Floor West, Washington, DC 20447, Telephone: (202)
401-4577. An original and one copy of each report shall be submitted
within 30 days of the end of each reporting period directly to the
Grants Officer. The mailing address is: Ms. Daphne Weeden, Grants
Officer, Office of Grants Management, Administration for Children and
Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., 4th Floor West, Washington, DC
20447. A final Financial Status Report and Program Performance Report
shall be due 90 days after the budget expiration date or termination of
Dated: May 9, 2002.
Nguyen Van Hanh,
Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
[FR Doc. 02-13035 Filed 5-23-02; 8:45 am]
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