Head Start Disaster Recovery from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Funding for Head Start programs for necessary expenses directly related to the consequences of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, including making payments under the Head Start Act.

The funds appropriated are not included in the calculation of the base grant, are not subject to the allocation
requirements of section 640(a) of the Head Start Act, and are not available for costs reimbursed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under a contract for insurance, or by self-insurance.
Related Programs93.600 Head StartExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The Office of Head Start did not fund any similar projects during the past fiscal year.

Fiscal Year 2018: The Office of Head Start expects to provide grant funding this fiscal year for grantees to restore Head Start and Early Head Start services following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that include replacing damaged or destroyed property and facilities.

Fiscal Year 2019: The Office of Head Start expects to provide grant funding this fiscal year for grantees to restore Head Start and Early Head Start services following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria that include replacing damaged or destroyed property and facilities.


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.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Gobierno Municipal De Utuado $ 402,908   2020-03-012022-02-28
New York Foundling Hospital, The $ 361,463   2020-03-012022-02-28
Municipality Of Barceloneta Early Headstart $ 1,743,352   2020-03-012022-02-28
Gobierno Municipal De Utuado $ 660,981   2020-03-012022-02-28
Caguas Municipality $ 336,000   2020-03-012022-02-28
Gobierno Municipal De Utuado $ 650,438   2020-03-012022-02-28
Municipio De Canovanas $ 292,000   2020-03-012022-02-28
Gobierno Municipal De Utuado $ 281,900   2020-03-012022-02-28
Caguas Municipality $ 278,250   2020-03-012022-02-28
Orocovis, Municipio De $ 1,085,959   2020-03-012022-02-28



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding for Head Start programs, for necessary expenses directly related to the consequences of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, including making payments under the Head Start Act.

Funds shall not be available for costs that are reimbursed by FEMA, under a contract for insurance, or by self-insurance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funding for Head Start programs, for necessary expenses directly related to the consequences of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, including making payments under the Head Start Act.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Head Start/Early Head Start programs are for children from birth up to the age when the child enters the school system. Head Start programs serve preschool age children while Early Head Start programs serve children from birth to age three as well as pregnant women. The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs are expanding access to high-quality early learning and development opportunities for infants and toddlers from birth to age three, and up to age four in family child care. No less than 10 percent of each Head Start program's enrollment shall be for children with disabilities.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants will be required to attest (at time of application) that funds requested will not be used for costs that are reimbursed by FEMA, under a contract for insurance, or by self-insurance. Terms and Conditions of the award will stipulate that the grantee must reimburse HHS for any costs that are subsequently covered by FEMA, under a contract for insurance, or by self-insurance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information on application requirements and how to apply. The PI can be accessed at this website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/policy/pi/acf-pi-hs-18-02.

Award Procedures

The Office of Head Start will perform an internal review of applications, and conduct an objective review, if required. OHS will forward all selections to the Office of Grants Management for award. All funds are awarded directly to grantees. See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Public Law 115-123.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information.

Appeals

There is no appeal process.

Renewals

This funding is for one-time emergency disaster assistance, so renewal of funding is not expected.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. Grantees are required to meet a 20% non-federal share match requirement under section 640(b) of the Head Start Act. However, programs can request to waive the non-federal share match, if necessary. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for award until September 30, 2021. Funds must be expended by the grantees within a 24-month period after award unless a waiver is granted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Any funds not expended within the 24-month period must be returned to the agency. See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: During the period of funding availability, grantees may request Disaster Assistance funds all at once or as needed, depending on the nature of the project. If awarded, funds are released by Electronic Transfer System or by check.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual information on the types of children served and the services provided must be reported.

See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information required program reports.

See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information required cash reports.

See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information required cash reports.

Financial reporting of Disaster Assistance-funded activities and expenses will be required of all recipient grantees.

See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for specific information required expenditure reports.

The Office of Head Start will closely monitor Disaster Assistance grant awards.

Reporting content and frequency requirements will be established by OHS, and on-site visits may be required prior to expenditure of certain funded activities.

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

Grantee must maintain an accounting system adequate to meet the purposes of the grant. Requirements for records are found in 45 CFR Part 75 as applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $0; FY 18 est $100,000,000; and FY 19 est $200,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of award amounts could vary as there is not a set maximum threshold of financial assistance a grantee may request. The Office of Head Start will review applications to determine if they are reasonable, allowable, cost effective, necessary, and directly related to the consequences of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and/or Maria.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Chapter XIII of Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, including 45 CFR 1301 - 1305. These are available on request at no charge.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Colleen Rathgeb 330 C Street, S.W. , Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: colleen.rathgeb@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-205-7378

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See Program Instruction ACF-PI-HS-18-02 issued April 9, 2018 for information on what the Office of Head Start will consider when it reviews grant proposals.



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