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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG): National Center of Excellence (COE) for Human Capacity and Community Transformation

Grant to a USA Nonprofit to Coordinate Technical Assistance
and Training for Community Action Committees

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Community Services (OCS)

Deadline Date:

07/17/19 4:30 PM ET Paper application receipt; 11:59 PM ET Electronic receipt


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Grant to a USA or territories nonprofit organization to coordinate national training and technical assistance for community action committees working to implement community transformation plans. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Working within the existing CSBG Performance Management Framework, this cooperative agreement will provide national coordination for a training and technical assistance (T/TA) initiative to identify, highlight, and support multi-year community transformation efforts that move individuals, families, and communities towards improving human capacity, reducing dependency, and sustaining self-sufficiency. The COE will also work in collaboration with the CSBG T/TA Program: Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC), which will serve as regional focal points for technical assistance and may provide support for community planning and transformation efforts. The T/TA coordination efforts will promote activities that strengthen the ability of state CSBG lead agencies, state associations, RPICs, and CSBG eligible entities to build communities by ensuring local stakeholders work together to transform the conditions and outcomes that matter to them.

CSBG COE for HCCT will emphasize partnerships between CSBG-eligible entities, state and local human services agencies, philanthropic organizations, private employers, faith-based organizations, and other community stakeholders. These organizations will develop innovative transformation plans to encourage systemic improvements by leveraging resources to create new economic opportunities and improved quality of life for low-income individuals and families.

Specific functions and tasks for the proposed COE will include the following:

- Strengthen collaboration and coordination across systems of delivery within the CSBG network;
- Identify and highlight strategies and innovations in service delivery which increase human capacity and transform community reducing reliance on external supports (consistent with the core values and operating principles outlined above);
- Engage communities and the CSBG network in developing a new model of engagement with diverse partners in service delivery;
- Support state and CSBG-eligible entities in identifying strategies and best practices in building coordination and collaboration across systems;
- Leverage resources to improve outcomes and drive community-level transformation; and
- Identify and develop framework to support replication and sustainability.

COE Major Goals:

1. Work in close collaboration with the RPIC HCCT initiatives grantees throughout this project to coordinate and develop T/TA plan templates and materials for regionally focused T/TA initiatives.
2. Develop and disseminate toolkits and training modules (e.g., videos and training guides) that encourage systemic improvements by leveraging resources to create new economic opportunities and improved quality of life for low-income individuals and families.
3. Create dissemination material on identified best practices models that demonstrates successful coordination and collaboration efforts across systems for service delivery within the CSBG network.
4. Create T/TA self-assessment instruments linking with ROMA-NG to ensure state CSBG lead agencies, state associations, RPICs, and local CSBG-eligible entities have access to data-based decision making tools pertaining to program planning, improvement, and resource allocation.
5. Enhance and Strengthen the Web-based CSBG T/TA Resource Center to ensure that state CSBG lead agencies, state associations, RPICs, and local CSBG-eligible entities have access to T/TA tools and resources that meet their current and future needs, including resources rooted in HCCT.
6. Support ongoing national efforts to assure accountability and performance management necessary for improved community outcomes by assisting state CSBG lead agencies, state associations, CAAs, and local CSBG-eligible entities in meeting high organizational performance standards.

For details on each of the above six goals, see the FOA:

For core values and operating principles, see the FOA:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186127

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $600,000
Award Floor: $600,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019

Length of Project Period: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

As prescribed by Section 678A(c)(2) of the CSBG Act (42 U.S.C. ยง 9913(c)(2)), eligible applicants are CSBG-eligible entities or statewide or local organizations or associations with demonstrated expertise in providing training on methods of effectively addressing the needs of low-income families and communities.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. See Section III.3. Other, Application Disqualification Factors.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

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Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 07/17/2019

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

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:

CSBG PowerPoint Show Center of Excellence for Human Capacity and Community Transformation Pre-application Webinar FY 2019:

View the FOA online:

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For a list of application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

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

Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery:

Attn: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
Grant Operations Center, c/o F2 Solutions, LLC
1401 Mercantile Lane, Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

Program Office Contact

Seth Hassett
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
Phone: (855) 792-6441

Office of Grants Management Contact

Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Phone: (855) 792-6441

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