Pregnancy Assistance Fund Program

The Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) grant program provides support for States and Tribes to develop and implement programs to improve the educational, health, and social outcomes for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families.

The PAF aims to strengthen access to and completion
of education (secondary and postsecondary); improve child and maternal health outcomes; improve pregnancy planning and spacing and reduce the likelihood of repeat teen pregnancies; increase parenting skills for mothers, fathers, and families; strengthen co-parenting; decrease intimate partner violence; and raise awareness of available resources.

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.

Program Contact: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health; Ms. Evelyn Kappeler; 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-2800.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Elementary And Secondary Education, Missouri Department Of $ 1,261,487   2015-08-012020-07-31
Health, Mississippi State Department Of $ 1,259,610   2015-08-012020-07-31
Education, New Hampshire Department Of $ 754,911   2015-08-012020-07-31
Health, Mississippi State Department Of $ 1,940,000   2018-07-012020-06-30
Public Health And Human Services, Montana Department Of $ 1,940,000   2018-07-012020-06-30
Health & Human Services, Michigan Department Of $ 1,940,000   2018-07-012020-06-30
Public Health, California Department Of $ 1,940,000   2018-07-012020-06-30
Human Services, Oregon Department Of $ 1,940,000   2018-07-012020-06-30
Public Instruction, Wisconsin Dept Of $ 1,940,000   2018-07-012020-06-30
Public Education, New Mexico Department Of $ 1,940,000   2018-07-012020-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 20 continuation grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: Anticipated 3 continuation grants and 16 new awards. Fiscal Year 2018: none.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Providing support for expectant and parenting students in Institutions of Higher Education (IHE); Providing support for expectant and parenting teens, young adults, women, fathers and their families in high schools and community service centers; Improving services for pregnant or parenting women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and/or Increasing public awareness and education of services available for expectant and parenting teens, young adults, women, fathers and their families.

For purposes of this funding, the term ?expectant? includes both women and men who are expecting a child.

The term ?teens? refers to both young men and women of high-school age and students refers to women and men enrolled in institutions of higher education.

The term young adults refer to both men and women ages 20 -24.

Families include, but are not limited to spouses, partners, and children.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are from States, which include the District of Columbia, any commonwealth, possession, or other territory of the of the United States and any Federally-recognized Indian tribe, reservation or consortium or council (referred to as ?States or tribes?), for the development and implementation of programs for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families.

The authorized representative from the State or tribe must apply for grant funds available through this announcement to assist expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families.

Beneficiary Eligibility

1. States, which include the District of Columbia, any commonwealth, possession, or other territory of the United States, and any Federally-recognized Indian Tribe, reservation, consortium or council 2. Education, Health, Non-profits, Community-based organizations, and entities within tribal communities.

Credentials/Documentation

The authorized representative from the State or tribe must apply for grant funds available through this announcement to assist expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The Governor(s) of the State(s) in which the project is to be located is to be given 60 days in which to review and comment on applications for funding under this authority.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in the 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.

This program is subject to the Public Health Systems Reporting Requirements.

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. The announcement for this grant opportunity may be found on www.Grants.gov. The application forms and guidelines are available for online submission only. Submitted applications are screened upon receipt for completeness, responsiveness and conformance to the program announcement. Those applications judged to be unacceptable based on this initial screening will be returned. Applications may only be submitted electronically via the electronic submission mechanisms specified in the announcement (Grants.gov). Any application submitted via any other means of electronic communication, including facsimile or electronic mail, will not be accepted.

Award Procedures

An independent review panel will evaluate applications that pass the screening and meet the responsiveness criteria if applicable. These reviewers are experts in their fields, and are drawn from academic institutions, non-profit organizations, state and local government, and Federal government agencies. Based on the Application Review Criteria as outlined under Section V.1, the reviewers will comment on and score the applications, focusing their comments and scoring decisions on the identified criteria. In addition to the independent review panel, Federal staff will review each application for programmatic, budgetary, and grants management compliance. Final award decisions will be made by the Director of the Office of Adolescent Health. All applicants are notified in writing of actions taken on their applications. A Notice of Award is issued for those applications that are approved and funded.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148 SEC. 10211 - 10214.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Current cohorts of grantees: start/end dates Cohort 2: Year 1 August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014 Year 3 August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016 Year 2 August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015 Year 4 August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017 Cohort 3: Year 1 August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016 Year 3 August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018 Year 2 August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017 Cohort 4: Year 1 July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 Cohort 5: Year 1 July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 Year 2 July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Each year of the approved project period, grantees are required to submit a noncompeting application, which includes a progress report for the current budget year, and work plan, budget and budget justification for the upcoming year. Specific guidance will be provided via Grant Solutions well in advance of the application due date.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. An eligible institution of higher education that receives funding shall contribute an amount from non-Federal funds equal to 25 percent of the amount of the funding provided. The non-Federal share may be in cash or in-kind, fairly evaluated, including services, facilities, supplies or equipment. The non-Federal contribution does not apply to eligible high schools and community service organizations. Funds are made available for competitive grant awards under the authority of Sections 10211-10214 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148; Affordable Act). This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants may not exceed 5 years (subject to the availability of funds). Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under the Electronic Transfer System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Necessary instructions for the appropriate type of payment will be issued at the time an award is made. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Please see Notice of Award for detailed requirements.

Grantees must submit quarterly SF425 Federal Financial Reports to Payment Management Services due on one of the standard due dates on which cash reporting is required or at the end of a calendar quarter.

The FFR is due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Noncompeting applications, which includes a progress report for the current budget year, work plan, and budget and budget justification for the upcoming year.

Annual reports are due within 90 days of the close of the budget period.

Grantees are required to submit yearly performance measure data within 90-days of the close of the budget period via a web-based system.

Grantees must submit quarterly SF425 Federal Financial Reports to the Office of Grants Management 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter and an annual FFR 90 days after the end of the budget period/project period end date.

Reports are to be submitted electronically through GrantSolutions.

Performance monitoring is conducted by office staff (project officers) via monthly conference calls, email communication, progress reports, and site visits (when funds are available for travel).

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

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit findings. 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 $23,300,000; FY 17 est $23,300,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - Current grants will end in 2018.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Cohort 1 (2010 to 2013) $500,000 to $2,000,000. Cohort 2 (2013 to 2017) $500,000 to $1,500,000. Cohort 3 (2015 to 2020) $500,000 to $800,000. Cohort 4 (FY2017) $500,000 to $1,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

HHS Grants Policy Statement is available online: http://www.hhs.gov/asrt/og/aboutog/grantsnet.html Sections 10211-10214 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148; Affordable Act). In accepting the grant award, the grantee stipulates that the award and any activities thereunder are subject to all provisions of 45 CFR parts 74 and 92, currently in effect or implemented during the period of the grant or other Department regulations and policies effective at the time of the award. In addition, recipients must comply with all terms and conditions outlined in their grant awards, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grants Policy Statement, requirements imposed by program statutes and regulations and HHS grant administration regulations, as applicable, as well as any requirements or limitations in any applicable appropriations acts.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Program Contact: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health; Ms. Evelyn Kappeler; 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-2800.

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

Proposals must contain prevention services requirements specified in the statute. The Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) grant program provides support for States and tribes to develop and implement programs to improve the educational, health, and social outcomes for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families. The PAF aims to strengthen access to and completion of education (secondary and postsecondary); improve child and maternal health outcomes; improve pregnancy planning and spacing and reduce the likelihood of repeat teen pregnancies; increase parenting skills for mothers, fathers, and families; strengthen co-parenting relationships and marriage where appropriate, increase positive paternal involvement; decrease intimate partner violence; and raise awareness of available resources. For purposes of this funding, the term ?expectant? includes both women and men who are expecting a child. The term teens refer to both young men and women of high-school age and students refers to women and men enrolled in institutions of higher education. The term young adults refer to both men and women age 20 -24. Families include, but are not limited to spouses, partners, and children. Applicants may apply for funding in one or more of the following categories: Category 1 ? Providing support for expectant and parenting students in Institutions of Higher Education (IHE); Category 2 ? Providing support for expectant and parenting teens, young adults, women, fathers and their families in high schools and community service centers; Category 3 - Improving services for pregnant and parenting women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking; or Category 4 ? Increasing public awareness and education of services available for expectant and parenting teens, young adults, women, fathers and their families. OAH has two program priorities for this FOA: 1) proposals that seek to involve expectant and parenting fathers and 2) proposals that target young adults (ages 20 ? 24). A signed letter from the authorized representative must accompany the application and should include documentation establishing the authorized representative?s authority to apply for and administer the grant funds on behalf of the State or tribe. OAH will accept only one application per State or tribe. All qualified applications will be given equal considerations.



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