The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children & Families (ACF) has a number of different grant options available to people. The goals related to these grants are to not only serve the people who pursue the grants available, but to serve others by enhancing the lives of everyone involved.
The grants available through the HHS Administration for Children & Families include a Student Grant Reviewer Pilot Program, Discretionary Grants, Head Start Replacement Grants, and Mandatory Funding.
The Student Grant Reviewer Pilot Program is designed to provide college undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to review and make recommendations regarding the award of grant applications for federal funding. The students involved serve as members of a grant review panel of subject matter experts. They read grant applications, as well as preparing formal award recommendation reports. Students are paid the same compensation received by subject matter experts.
The program has a multi-fold purpose. The ACF hopes to gain access to a pool of creative individuals who will add fresh perspectives to their grant review process. Students will also receive the opportunity to participate in the decision making process that will affect the lives of millions of citizens. The students involved are also considered for a career in public service; the nonprofit community gains valuable insight into the grant application and review process. Everyone wins with this program.
The Student Grant Reviewer Pilot Program
The ACF presents national leadership along with directions to plan, merge, and coordinate nationwide administration of programs that are both comprehensive and supportive for children and families. Every year the ACF oversees a wide range of programs for children and families, to include persons with developmental disabilities, Native Americans, refugees, and legalized aliens with the intention of helping them to develop and grow towards independent and self-reliant lives. Additional forms of grants available through the Health and Human Service's Administration for Children & Families include:
Discretionary Grants: Discretionary Grants through the ACF involve financial assistance awards made in support of a project that is in accordance with legislation where the ACF granting office exercises judgment in approving the project, the period of the project, it's budget, the grantee, and the amount of the award.
Standing Discretionary Funding Announcements: Standing announcements give interested people information concerning funding opportunities related to programs with one or more deadline dates for application. These announcements are updated annually. Standing announcements can be used along with later, streamlined funding opportunity announcements.
Head Start Replacement Funding Opportunities: Head Start Replacement Grants are announced when a current Head Start or Early Start grant is terminated or relinquished. The grants solicit applications from organizations that are eligible to provide services in the same geographic locations as the ones previously served by the former grantee.
Mandatory Funding Announcements: Mandatory funding announcements are used to guide grantees in the development of annual plans or applications for formula, entitlement, or block grant programs. They are not open to competition. Eligibility under these programs is established by law. Recipients of this type of funding have an on-going relationship with the awarding agencies; if they meet qualifying conditions, grantees have an enforceable right to receive awards.
The HHS greatly prefers that people seeking grants submit their applications electronically. While electronic submission is voluntary, it is their preferred method of submission. The HHS encourages people to register in the electronic system early. They state that the registration process should begin well in advance of submitting an electronic application for a grant. You can register in the system even before an announcement is posted. The registration process involves steps to register with the Central Contact Registry and steps to obtain and register electronic signature credentials. Central Contact Registration has to be updated on an annual basis - www.acf.hhs.gov
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