Purpose: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) in partnership with the Office of Child Care (OCC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)/Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)/Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems (DHVECS) announces the availability of an estimated $6,682,500 to be competitively awarded for a National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).The NCECHW will disseminate high-quality, research-informed resources and will provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to Head Start and Early Head Start agencies, state child care agencies, and other early care and education settings across regions, states, tribes and territories.  The resources and T/TA will address services to pregnant women and the health, safety and school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool children (from birth to age five).
Receipt Date: July 20, 2015
Total Awards: $6,682,500 (estimated)
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include the following: state governments; county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent school districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; non-profits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations other than small businesses; small businesses; and faith-based organizations.Eligible applicants may apply on their own or as the lead applicant of a partnership and/or consortium. A partnership and/or consortium is a project carried out by a lead applicant and one or more other organizations that are separate legal entities. Under a partnership and/or consortium agreement, the lead applicant must perform a substantive role in the conduct of the planned project or program activity and will not merely serve as a conduit of funds to another party or parties. The relationship between the recipient and the collaborating organizations is considered a sub-award relationship.

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.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0998
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