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Federal Register: May 12, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 92)

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Part II

Housing and Urban Development Department

Fiscal Year 2008 SuperNOFA for HUD's Discretionary Programs; Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Docket No. FR-5200-N-01A

Fiscal Year 2008 SuperNOFA for HUD's Discretionary Programs

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HUD.

ACTION: Notice of HUD's 2008 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for

HUD's Discretionary Programs (SuperNOFA).

SUMMARY: On March 19, 2008, HUD published its Notice of Fiscal Year

(FY) 2008 Notice of Funding Availability Policy Requirements and

General Section to HUD's FY2008 NOFAs (General Section). HUD published the General Section in advance of the individual NOFAs to give prospective applicants sufficient time to understand policy and program requirements that apply to the majority of HUD's programs in advance of the publication of the program section NOFAs, to register early with

Grants.gov in order to facilitate their application submission process, and to gain a better understanding of the Grants.gov application receipt and validation process. Today's publication contains the 36 funding opportunities that constitute HUD's FY2008 SuperNOFA. Today's publication also provides a revised Appendix A that lists the programs contained in the FY2008 SuperNOFA and corrects two items contained in the General Section published on March 19, 2008.

DATES: Application deadline and other key dates that apply to all HUD federal financial assistance made available through HUD's FY2008

SuperNOFA are contained in each individual program NOFA and in Appendix

A of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The individual program NOFA identifies the applicable agency contact(s) for each program. Questions regarding today's Introduction to the SuperNOFA should be directed to the NOFA

Information Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. eastern time at (800) HUD-8929. Hearing-impaired persons may access this telephone via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay

Service at (800) 877-8339. Questions regarding specific program requirements should be directed to the agency contact(s) identified in each program NOFA.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: HUD published the Policy Requirements and

General Section to HUD's FY2008 NOFAs (the General Section) in the

Federal Register on March 19, 2008 (73 FR 14882). HUD published the

General Section in advance of the individual program NOFAs to give prospective applicants sufficient time to understand policy and program requirements that apply to the majority of HUD's programs in advance of the publication of the program section NOFAs, to register early with

Grants.gov in order to facilitate their application submission process, and to gain a better understanding of the Grants.gov application receipt and validation process. Today's publication contains the 36 individual funding opportunities that constitute HUD's FY2008

SuperNOFA. Through the FY2008 SuperNOFA, HUD is making available approximately $1.02 billion in federal financial assistance. Today's publication also provides a revised Appendix A that lists the programs contained in the FY2008 SuperNOFA and corrects items contained in the

General Section published on March 19, 2008.

Each program NOFA provides the statutory and regulatory requirements, threshold requirements, and rating factors applicable to funding made available through the individual NOFA. Applicants must also read, however, the General Section for important application information and requirements, including submission requirements that provide explicit instructions on file formats acceptable to HUD.

Appendix A to the General Section identified the funding opportunities that HUD anticipated would be included in the FY2008

SuperNOFA. HUD is revising and republishing Appendix A (Revised

Appendix A) as part of today's publication. Revised Appendix A provides a corrected and up-to-date list of the funding opportunities included in today's FY2008 SuperNOFA publication. Revised Appendix A also lists the application deadline date and the approximate amount of funding available for each of the program NOFAs contained in the FY2008

SuperNOFA. Applicants are reminded that, unless they obtain a written waiver, applications must be received and validated by Grants.gov by 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on the application deadline date. The validation check can take 24 to 48 hours after an application is received by Grants.gov. As a result, HUD strongly encourages applicants to submit their applications 48 to 72 hours prior to the application deadline date. By submitting prior to the application deadline date, applicants will have time to cure any deficiency in their applications should it fail the validation process. HUD also reminds applicants that, if they have changed their e-mail address, they must also update their Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) registration with

Grants.gov. Failure to update the AOR e-mail address will prevent individuals submitting applications on behalf of an applicant from receiving a validation receipt or rejection notice from Grants.gov.

In reviewing Revised Appendix A, applicants should note that the

HOPE VI program is not part of the FY2008 SuperNOFA. HUD published the

HOPE VI NOFA separately in the Federal Register on March 26, 2008 (73

FR 16140). The application and instructions for the HOPE VI NOFA can be found on the Grants.gov Web site at http://www.07grants.gov/applicants/ find_grant_opportunities.jsp. In addition, the Continuum of Care program is not part of today's publication. Applicants for the

Continuum of Care program should be advised that HUD will require applicants to submit Continuum of Care applications electronically in

FY2008. Because the electronic application is not yet available, however, details of the registration process and other submission details (including, application submission date and timely receipt requirements) will be published in two notices that will be published in the Federal Register later this year. HUD expects the first notice to be available in spring 2008. HUD expects to publish the Continuum of

Care NOFA no earlier than July 1, 2008. Notification of the availability of registration instructions, the application and other information will be released through the Grants.gov/Find Web site. To be placed on the Grants.gov notification service for notices about the

Continuum of Care electronic application process, go to http:// www.grants.gov/search/subscribeAdvanced.do. To join the HUD homeless assistance programs listserv go to http://www.hud.gov/subscribe/ signup.cfm?listname=Homeless%20Assistance%20Program&list=HOMELESS-ASST-

L.

HUD is also using today's publication to correct the following items in the General Section published on March 19, 2008:

On page 14885, Section III, C.2.j., the section on Debarment and

Suspension, is modified to reference the December 24, 2007, final rule on Implementation of OMB Guidance on Nonprocurement Debarment and

Suspension (72 FR 73484). The December 24, 2007, final rule relocated

HUD's regulations governing nonprocurement debarment and suspension to a new part in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The relocation of HUD's nonprocurement debarment and suspension regulation is part of a governmentwide initiative to

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create one location where the public can access both the Office of

Management and Budget guidance for grants and agreements and the associated federal agency implementing regulations. HUD's final Rule is available at http://www.hud.gov/grants/index.cfm on the right hand side of the page under ``What's Hot!

On page 14890, Section VI.B.b. ``Step Two: Register with CCR,'' is corrected to reflect the operating hours of the Central Contractor

Registration (CCR) Assistance Center. If you need assistance you can contact the CCR Assistance Center, Monday to Friday, except federal holidays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. eastern time by calling 888-227-2423 or 269-961-5757. CCR also has on line help incorporated into its Web site.

To obtain the online help, use the HELP link at the top of the page.

Applicants are invited and encouraged to participate in HUD's satellite training and Webcast sessions designed to provide a detailed explanation of the general section and program section requirements for each of the SuperNOFA programs. The interactive broadcasts provide an opportunity to ask questions of HUD staff. These broadcasts are archived and accessible from HUD's Grants page at http://www.hud.gov/ offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm. HUD also encourages all applicants to subscribe to the Grants.gov free notification service. By doing so, applicants will receive e-mail notification as soon as items are posted to Grants.gov and have access to a significant amount of useful information, including responses to frequently asked questions that arise during the funding application period. The address to subscribe to the Grants.gov free notification service is http://www.grants.gov/ applicants/email_subscription.jsp. Corrections to the General Section, program NOFAs, or the application are posted to http://www.Grants.gov as soon as they are available. HUD will also post the Continuum of Care

NOFA (and any corrections to the Continuum of Care NOFA) on the

Grants.gov/Find site.

HUD hopes that the steps that it has taken to provide information early in the FY2008 funding process will be of benefit to you, our applicants and urges applicants to carefully read the instructions provided in the General Section and program sections of the NOFA and to apply early so any issues can be addressed prior to the deadline date.

Dated: April 15, 2008.

Dawn Luepke,

General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.

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Community Development Technical Assistance

Overview Information

A. Federal Agency Name: Department of Housing and Urban

Development, Office of Community Planning and Development.

B. Funding Opportunity Title: Community Development Technical

Assistance (CD-TA).

C. Announcement Type: Initial Announcement.

D. Funding Opportunity Number: The Federal Register number for this

NOFA is FR-5200-N-19. The OMB Approval Numbers for this NOFA are: 2506- 0166 for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the HOME

Investment Partnerships Program for Community Housing Development

Organizations (CHDO (HOME)) and McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

(Homeless); 2506-0133 for Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

(HOPWA) and for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

E. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 14.239,

HOME and CHDO (HOME); 14.235, Homeless; 14.241, HOPWA; 14.218 CDBG

Entitlement Grants; 14.219 CDBG States and Small Cities Program; 14.225

CDBG Insular Program; 14.248 CDBG Section 108.

F. Dates: The application deadline date is July 3, 2008.

Applications must be received and validated by Grants.gov by 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. Please be sure to read the

General Section for electronic application submission and receipt requirements.

G. Additional Overview Information: Applicants interested in providing technical assistance to entities participating in HUD's community development programs should carefully review the General

Section and the information listed in this CD-TA NOFA. Applicants should note that HUD has made significant changes to this CD-TA NOFA from previous years' requirements.

The following chart highlights some of the major changes to this year's CD-TA NOFA:

Revision

CDBG TA is included this year.

A minimum award amount has been established for national awards and field office awards.

Training requirements are explained in more detail for national and local awards.

Requirements added to include HOME Certification for HOME and CHDO

(HOME) providers as well as references required for new applicants or applicants that do not have an open HUD CD-TA award.

Rating Factor 2--Need, has been eliminated the other rating Factors have been changed significantly.

The Logic Model is now a post-award requirement.

1. Available Funds. Funds are available to provide technical assistance for five separate program areas: HOME, CHDO (HOME),

Homeless, HOPWA, and CDBG. Applicants may apply for up to all five CD-

TA program areas. The application submission information is contained in this CD-TA NOFA at Section IV.B. Approximately $27.9 million is available. No cost sharing is required. Awards will be administered under cooperative agreements with significant HUD involvement (see

Section II.C of this NOFA). 2. Eligible Applicants. Eligible applicants vary by each program listed under the CD-TA NOFA. Please see a chart for a full list of eligible applicants in section III A, under the Full Text of

Announcement.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

A. Program Description. The purpose of the CD-TA program is to provide technical assistance to achieve the highest level of performance and results for five separate community development program areas: (1) HOME; (2) CHDO (HOME); (3) Homeless; (4) HOPWA and (5) CDBG.

Information about the five community development programs and their missions, goals, and activities can be found on the HUD Web site at http://www.hud.gov.

B. Authority. HOME TA is authorized by the HOME Investment

Partnerships Act (42 U.S.C. 12781-12783); 24 CFR part 92. CHDO (HOME)

TA is authorized by the HOME Investment Partnerships Act (42 U.S.C. 12773); 24 CFR part 92. For the McKinney-Vento Act Homeless Assistance

Programs, TA is authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, (Pub. L. 110-161). HOPWA TA is also authorized by the

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Pub. L. 110-161). CDBG TA is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301-5320); 24 CFR 570.402.

II. Award Information

A. Available Funds. Approximately $27.9 million is available for the CD-TA program. Additional funds may become available as a result of

HUD's efforts to recapture unused funds or to utilize carry over funds.

In addition, should a balance of national CHDO (HOME) funds remain after awards are provided, the balance may be reprogrammed, pending

Congressional authorization, as national HOME funds. The chart below demonstrates the division of funds among the programs that comprise CD-

TA, and presents the national versus local share of those funds. No local funds are available under either HOPWA or CDBG TA. For the $14.9 million available for national TA programs, HUD has established a

$200,000 award minimum for successful national TA applications, and a

$50,000 minimum award for successful local HOME and CHDO (HOME) applicants. A $15,000 award minimum has been established for successful local Homeless TA applications. All awards are subject to the funding restrictions described in detail in Section IV, Subpart E.

Program

National TA

Local TA

HOME....................................

$5,000,000

$5,000,000

CHDO (HOME).............................

2,500,000

6,000,000

Homeless................................

5,600,000

2,000,000

HOPWA...................................

820,000

0

CDBG....................................

1,000,000

0

Total...............................

14,920,000

13,000,000

For the HOME, CHDO (HOME), and Homeless TA programs, the local TA funds are distributed among HUD's forty-three Community Planning and

Development field offices. Each field office has been allotted a fair share of HOME, CHDO (HOME), and Homeless TA funds based on the needs identified by each individual field office. The chart below highlights the local TA funds available, by CD-TA program, for each field office.

All awards will be subject to the minimum funding thresholds noted above, and the funding

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restrictions identified in Section IV, Subpart E.

Local TA area

HOME

CHDO (HOME)

Homeless

Alabama.........................................................

$0

$0

30,000

Alaska..........................................................

50,000

50,000

30,000

Arkansas........................................................

50,000

50,000

30,000

California--Northern and Arizona, Nevada........................

400,000

850,000

180,000

California--Southern............................................

350,000

500,000

165,000

Caribbean.......................................................

100,000

100,000

30,000

Colorado and Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming.

150,000

200,000

45,000

Connecticut.....................................................

50,000

100,000

30,000

District of Columbia area.......................................

50,000

50,000

30,000

Florida--Southern...............................................

50,000

50,000

15,000

Florida--Northern...............................................

150,000

0

45,000

Georgia.........................................................

150,000

150,000

45,000

Hawaii..........................................................

100,000

100,000

30,000

Illinois........................................................

150,000

400,000

95,000

Indiana.........................................................

50,000

50,000

15,000

Kansas and Missouri--Western....................................

100,000

100,000

30,000

Missouri--Eastern...............................................

50,000

50,000

15,000

Kentucky........................................................

200,000

150,000

45,000

Louisiana.......................................................

50,000

100,000

30,000

Maryland, except District of Columbia area......................

50,000

150,000

30,000

Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont......

150,000

200,000

120,000

Michigan........................................................

150,000

200,000

105,000

Minnesota.......................................................

100,000

200,000

45,000

Mississippi.....................................................

150,000

150,000

30,000

Nebraska and Iowa...............................................

50,000

50,000

30,000

New Jersey......................................................

150,000

100,000

30,000

New Mexico......................................................

150,000

300,000

45,000

New York--Downstate.............................................

200,000

450,000

135,000

New York--Upstate...............................................

50,000

50,000

30,000

North Carolina..................................................

200,000

200,000

45,000

Ohio............................................................

200,000

150,000

60,000

Oklahoma........................................................

100,000

50,000

15,000

Oregon and Idaho................................................

100,000

50,000

30,000

Pennsylvania--Eastern and Delaware..............................

50,000

50,000

15,000

Pennsylvania--Western and West Virginia.........................

100,000

0

45,000

South Carolina..................................................

50,000

50,000

30,000

Tennessee.......................................................

100,000

100,000

30,000

Texas--Northern.................................................

200,000

200,000

60,000

Texas--Southern.................................................

100,000

50,000

0

Virginia, except District of Columbia area......................

100,000

50,000

30,000

Washington......................................................

50,000

50,000

30,000

Wisconsin.......................................................

100,000

0

45,000

Houston.........................................................

100,000

100,000

30,000

Total.......................................................

5,000,000

6,000,000

2,000,000

B. Type of Assistance instrument. Funds will be awarded as a

Cooperative Agreement. 1. National TA activities are administered by a Government

Technical Representative (GTR) and Government Technical Monitor (GTM) at HUD Headquarters. Local TA will be administered by a GTR and GTM in the respective HUD field office. Significant HUD involvement is required in all aspects of TA planning, delivery, and follow-up.

Applicants for National TA must also be willing to work in any HUD field office area, although work in the field office areas is likely to be a negligible portion of National TA activities. 2. Awards will be for a period of 24 months up to 36 months, depending on such factors as whether or not the TA provider has been selected as a lead provider; the number of field offices that the provider will work in; and the number of CD-TA programs that the provider participates in. HUD reserves the right to determine the award period based on any or all of these factors. 3. HUD reserves the right to withdraw funds from any TA provider if

HUD determines that: (1) The TA provider's performance is duly found to be substandard and unacceptable; (2) the need for assistance is not commensurate with the award; or (3) the need for assistance is greater in other field office jurisdictions. HUD will make this determination on a case by case basis and will provide a 30-day due process notice accordingly. 4. HUD anticipates substantial involvement in determining and approving the work to be performed as described below: a. Demand-Response System. All successful CD-TA applicants must operate within the structure of the demand-response system. Under the demand-response system HUD identifies technical assistance needs and prioritizes them based on Departmental, program and jurisdictional priorities. Successful TA applicants are then tasked with responding to identified needs. Under the demand-response system, TA providers are required to:

(1) When requested by a GTR, market the availability of their services to existing and potential recipients within

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the jurisdictions in which the assistance will be delivered;

(2) Respond to requests for assistance from the GTR;

(3) When requested by a GTR, conduct a needs assessment to identify the type and nature of the assistance needed by the recipient of the assistance;

(4) Obtain the local HUD field office's approval before responding to direct requests for technical assistance from HOME Participating

Jurisdictions (PJs), Community Housing Development Organizations

(CHDOs), and McKinney-Vento Act Homeless Assistance.

(5) For CHDO (HOME) TA providers, secure a letter from a PJ stating that a CHDO, or prospective CHDO to be assisted by the provider, is a recipient or intended recipient of HOME funds and indicating, at its option, subject areas of assistance that are most important to the PJ.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants. The eligible applicants for each of the five CD-TA programs are listed in the chart below. In accordance with the President's faith-based initiative, HUD welcomes the participation of eligible faith-based and other community organizations in the CD-TA programs.

Program

Eligible applicants

HOME........................ A for-profit or nonprofit professional and technical services company or firm that has demonstrated knowledge of the HOME program and the capacity to provide technical assistance services;

A HOME Participating Jurisdiction

(PJ);

A public purpose organization, established pursuant to state or local legislation, responsible to the chief elected officer of a PJ;

An agency or authority established by two or more PJs to carry out activities consistent with the purposes of the HOME program; or

A national or regional nonprofit organization that has membership comprised predominantly of entities or officials of entities of PJs or PJs' agencies or established organizations.

CHDO (HOME)................. A public or private nonprofit intermediary organization that customarily provides services, in more than one community, related to the provision of decent housing that is affordable to low-income and moderate- income persons or related to the revitalization of deteriorating neighborhoods; has demonstrated experience in providing a range of assistance (such as financing, technical assistance, construction and property management assistance) to CHDOs or similar organizations that engage in community revitalization; and has demonstrated the ability to provide technical assistance and training for community-based developers of affordable housing.

Note: Any organization funded to assist

CHDOs under CD-TA may not undertake CHDO set-aside activities itself within its service area while under cooperative agreement with HUD.

Homeless.................... A state;

A unit of general local government;

A public housing authority; or

A public or private nonprofit or for-profit organization, including educational institutions and area-wide planning organizations.

HOPWA....................... A for-profit or nonprofit organization;

A state; or

A unit of general local government.

CDBG........................ A state;

A unit of general local government;

A national or regional nonprofit organization that has membership comprised predominately of entities or officials of entities of CDBG recipients;

A for-profit or nonprofit professional and technical services company or firm that has demonstrated knowledge of the CDBG program and the capacity to provide technical assistance services; or

A public or private nonprofit or for-profit organization, including educational services and area-wide planning organizations.

All HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA providers applying under this NOFA must now have a minimum number of training and technical assistance staff who have sat for and passed the HOME Certified Specialist--Regulations training as described in Section VB. All TA providers applying to the

HOME or CHDO (HOME) TA programs must be able to document staff certification in their application.

A consortium of organizations may apply for one or more CD-TA programs, but one organization must be designated as the applicant.

Applicants may propose assistance using in-house staff, sub- contractors, sub-recipients, and local organizations with the requisite experience and capabilities. Where appropriate, applicants should make use of TA providers located in the field office jurisdiction receiving services.

B. Cost Sharing or Matching. None.

C. Other 1. Eligible TA Priorities. Activities eligible for funding under each of the five CD-TA programs must address the TA priorities identified below: a. HOME TA. HUD has identified five HOME program technical assistance priorities. These priorities that result in measurable performance outputs and outcomes are:

(1) Improve the ability of PJs to design and implement housing programs that reflect sound underwriting, management, and fiscal controls; demonstrate measurable outcomes in the use of public funds; and provide accurate and timely reporting of HOME program accomplishments.

(2) Encourage public-private partnerships that yield an increase in the amount of private dollars leveraged for HOME-assisted projects and result in an increase in the commitment and production of HOME-assisted units.

(3) Assist PJs in developing strategies that ameliorate the affordability gap between rapidly increasing housing costs and the less rapid growth in incomes among low-income households, especially among underserved populations (e.g., residents of the Colonias, homeless persons, persons with disabilities, and residents of an empowerment zone (EZ) designated by HUD or the United States Department of

Agriculture (USDA), an urban or rural renewal community designated by

HUD (RC), or an

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enterprise community designated in round II by USDA (EC-II).

(4) Assist PJs in developing strategies that increase and help sustain homeownership opportunities for low-income households-- particularly low-income, minority households--and directly result in the commitment and completion of HOME-assisted units.

(5) Improve PJs' ability to incorporate energy efficiency into the planning, design, financing, construction, and operation of affordable housing. This is consistent with the Department's policy priority of

Participation in Energy Star as described in the General Section. b. CHDO (HOME) TA.

(1) HUD has identified three CHDO-specific technical assistance priorities. These priorities that result in measurable performance outputs and outcomes are:

(a) Assist new CHDOs and potential CHDOs in developing the organizational capacity to own, develop, and sponsor HOME-assisted projects. A new CHDO is defined as a nonprofit organization that within three years of the publication of this NOFA was determined by a PJ to qualify as a CHDO. A potential CHDO is defined as a nonprofit organization that is expected by the PJ to qualify as a CHDO and is expected to enter into a written agreement with that PJ to own, develop, or sponsor HOME-assisted housing within 24 months of the PJ determining the organization qualifies as a CHDO.

(b) Improve the HOME program production and performance of existing

CHDOs in the areas of:

(i) Program design and management, including underwriting, project financing, property management, and compliance; and

(ii) Organizational management and capacity, including fiscal controls, board development, contract administration, and compliance systems.

(c) Provide organizational support, technical assistance, and training to community groups for the establishment of community land trusts, as defined in section 233(f) of the Cranston-Gonzalez National

Affordable Housing Act. These priorities are consistent with the

Department's policy priority for Providing Increased Homeownership and

Rental Opportunities for Low- and Moderate-Income Persons, Persons with

Disabilities, the Elderly, Minorities, and Persons with Limited English

Proficiency.

(2) Additional CHDO (HOME) eligible activities are:

(a) Under the ``Pass-Through'' provision, CD-TA providers may propose to fund various operating expenses for eligible CHDOs that own, develop, or sponsor HOME-assisted housing. Such operating expenses may include reasonable and necessary costs for the operation of the CHDO including salaries, wages, and other employee compensation and benefits; employee education, training and travel; rent; utilities; communication costs; taxes; insurance; equipment, materials, and supplies.

(b) CD-TA providers must establish written criteria for selection of CHDOs receiving pass-through funds. PJs must designate the organizations as CHDOs; and, generally, the organizations should not have been in existence more than three years.

CD-TA providers must enter into an agreement with the CHDO that the agreement and pass-through funding may be terminated at the discretion of HUD if no written legally binding agreement to provide assistance for a specific housing project (for acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, or tenant-based rental assistance) has been made by the

PJ with the CHDO within 24 months of initially receiving pass-through funding. The pass-through amount, when combined with other capacity building and operating support available through the HOME program, cannot exceed the greater of 50 percent of the CHDO's operating budget for the year in which it receives funds, or $50,000 annually. c. Homeless TA. Homeless TA funds are available to provide

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients with skills and knowledge needed to develop and operate projects and activities. These HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors and potential recipients are organized as Continuums of Care (CoCs) for community planning. The assistance may include, but is not limited to, developing, enhancing, and disseminating written information such as papers, monographs, manuals, curriculums, guides, and brochures; and person-to-person exchanges, conferences, training and use of technology. 1. National TA activities are focused on these priorities that result in measurable performance outputs and outcomes: a. Improve the ability of HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients as CoCs to participate in the Annual Homeless

Assessment Report (AHAR). Develop materials and training for: Reporting bed coverage; extrapolation and data analysis methodologies and documents; data integration; data quality assessments; utilization of

AHAR data at the program and/or CoC level; and the collection and analysis of CoC data for Congressionally-directed HMIS-related reports. b. Assist CoCs with Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) implementation. National technical assistance will relate to data collection, data quality, data analysis, provider participation, HMIS structure and governance, reporting, performance measurement, data warehousing, HMIS Data and Technical Standards and Annual Progress

Report (APR). c. Maintain and enhance the HMIS Web site portal as the vehicle for collection and dissemination of HMIS information. d. Support collaboration between metropolitan, regional and statewide HMISs. Assistance may include providing state and/or regional

HMIS technical assistance coordinators and/or technology to promote effectuating long-distance meeting, conferencing and networking and supporting disaster preparedness and recovery efforts. e. Develop new and enhance existing materials to facilitate the understanding of the electronic submission process for CoC Homeless

Assistance program applications, technical submissions and Annual

Progress Reports (APRs) by HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients. f. Maintain and enhance the Homelessness Resource Exchange (HRE) as the vehicle for collection and dissemination of information related to homelessness. The Homelessness Resource Exchange is HUD's one-stop shop for information and resources for providers who are assisting persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; g. Develop, enhance and deliver curriculums for HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients on topics including, but not limited to: Performance outcome measures, homeless prevention strategies, comprehensive housing development strategies using collaborative public and private partnerships, CoC governance and structure, organizational capacity, planning, strategies for ending chronic homelessness and increasing access to mainstream services for homeless persons. This priority is consistent with the Department's policy priority for Ending Chronic Homelessness as described in the

General Section. 2. Local TA activities are focused on these priorities that result in measurable performance outputs and outcomes: a. Capacity building for HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors, and potential

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recipients including information that would help these stakeholders carry out the purposes of the McKinney-Vento Act homeless assistance programs and assist in identifying and overcoming barriers. b. Delivery of approved curricula to assist HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients with understanding program requirements and monitoring standards, including sound fiscal and financial management practices, assessment of subrecipients and providing TA to help CoCs assess grantees, project sponsors, and individual projects. c. Assisting HUD-funded grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients to improve access to mainstream systems of care. d. HOPWA TA. HOPWA funds are available for technical assistance, training, and oversight activities which can be used to provide grantees, project sponsors, and potential recipients with the skills and knowledge to effectively develop, operate, evaluate, and oversee

HOPWA-eligible project activities that result in measurable performance outputs and outcomes consistent with the HOPWA program. HOPWA TA, including program training and support is to be developed and conducted in collaboration with HUD field office oversight of local HOPWA- assisted activities. The national TA priority is directed toward the development and implementation of activities that promote successful

HOPWA grantee performance management and reporting under the national performance goal of increasing housing stability, reducing risks of homelessness, and improving access to care for HOPWA beneficiaries.

This priority is consistent with the departmental policy priorities of

Ending Chronic Homelessness and Providing Increased Homeownership and

Rental Opportunities for Low- and Moderate-Income Persons, Persons with

Disabilities, the Elderly, Minorities and Persons with Limited English

Proficiency as described in the General Section. e. CDBG TA. HUD may provide CDBG program technical assistance to meet specified objectives, in particular the facilitating of skills and knowledge in planning, developing, and administering activities under the CDBG program for recipients and other entities that may need but do not possess such skill and knowledge, including measuring programs and activities under the CDBG program. These technical assistance funds will support local and state grantees' efforts in these areas as well as program management, reporting accomplishments, and analytical support of information for performance measurement. TA activities that result in measurable performance outputs and outcomes are focused on the following priorities:

(1) Improve CDBG recipient knowledge and skills to implement the

CPD Performance Measurement system.

(2) Improve CDBG recipient knowledge and understanding of reporting accomplishments and the importance of measuring performance from a national programmatic perspective.

(3) Develop and deliver training on implementing the re-engineered

Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS).

(4) Improve CDBG program knowledge through training of recipients, subrecipients, and subgrantees on CDBG program regulations and financial management requirements.

(5) Increase program knowledge of the CDBG Section 108 program through program-specific recipient training.

(6) Develop model protocols that ensure accurate, required program recordkeeping and performance data by recipients, subrecipients, and subgrantees.

(7) Develop materials for grantees, subrecipients, and subgrantees on energy conservation or other Departmental or programmatic priorities. This is consistent with the Department's policy priority of

Participation in Energy Star as described in the General Section. 2. Eligible National TA and Local TA Activities. There are two types of technical assistance (TA) funding available in this NOFA:

National TA and Local TA.

National TA activities are those that address, at a nationwide level, one or more of the CD-TA program activities and/or priorities identified in Section III.C. of this NOFA. National TA activities may include the development of written products, development of on-line materials, development of training courses, delivery of training courses previously approved by HUD, organization and delivery of workshops and conferences, and delivery of direct TA as part of a national program.

Local TA activities also must address the CD-TA program activities and/or priorities identified in this NOFA; however, the Local TA is targeted to the specific needs of the HUD community development program recipients in the field office area in which the TA is proposed. Local

TA activities are limited to the development of need assessments, direct TA to HUD community development program recipients, organization and delivery of workshops and conferences, and customization and delivery of previously HUD-approved trainings. 3. Threshold Requirements. Applicants must meet the Threshold requirements in the General Section to receive an award of funds from

HUD. Please carefully read the General Section. 4. False Statements. An applicant's false statement in an application is grounds for denial or termination of an award and grounds for possible punishment as provided in 18 U.S.C. 1001. 5. Program Requirements. The following program requirements apply to the CD-TA programs: a. Training. When conducting training sessions as part of its CD-TA activities, CD-TA providers are required to:

(1) Design the course materials as ``step-in'' packages so that HUD or other CD-TA providers may independently conduct the course on their own;

(2) Make the course materials available to the GTR in sufficient time for review (minimum of three weeks) and receive concurrence from the GTR on the content and quality prior to delivery;

(3) Provide all course materials in an electronic format that will permit wide distribution among TA providers, field offices, and HUD grantees;

(4) Arrange for joint delivery of the training with multiple providers at the same time and/or location with HUD participation when requested by the GTR;

(5) Deliver HUD-approved training courses that have been designed and developed by others on a ``step-in'' basis when requested; and

(6) Send trainers to approved ``train-the-trainers'' sessions. The costs associated with attending these required sessions are eligible under the cooperative agreement. b. Local Training. The development of new training courses using local TA funds is prohibited. Local TA providers, when conducting training sessions as part of the CD-TA program, are required to:

(1) Arrange for joint delivery of the training with HUD participation when requested by the GTR;

(2) Deliver only HUD-approved training courses that have been designed and developed by national TA providers or other qualified experts on a ``step-in'' basis when requested; and

(3) Send trainers to approved ``train-the-trainers'' sessions. The cost associated with attending these required sessions will be eligible

TA costs under the cooperative agreement executed

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with HUD and will not be the burden of the TA provider. c. National Training: To ensure that CD-TA funds are used efficiently and that new training courses are not duplicative of existing materials, only national TA providers are allowed to develop new training courses. National TA providers, when developing new training courses or conducting training sessions as part of the CD-TA program, are required to:

(1) Design new course materials as ``step-in'' packages so that HUD and other CD-TA providers may independently conduct the course;

(2) Make the course material available to the GTR/GTM in sufficient time for review and receive concurrence from the GTR on the content and quality of the material prior to establishing a course delivery date;

(3) Provide all course materials in an electronic format to HUD;

(4) Arrange for joint delivery of the training with HUD participation when requested by the GTR; and

(5) Send trainers to approved ``train-the-trainers'' sessions. The cost associated with attending these required sessions will be eligible

TA costs under the cooperative agreement executed with HUD and will not be the burden of the TA provider.

When National TA providers are undertaking activities in field office jurisdictions, the National TA providers must work cooperatively with HUD field offices. Providers must notify the applicable HUD field office of the planned activities; consider the views or recommendations of that office, if any; follow those recommendations, to the degree practicable; and report to the applicable field office on the accomplishments of the assistance. d. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). The requirements to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) and the requirements of

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (section 3) do not apply pursuant to funding under this NOFA. This does not affect recipients' responsibilities to affirmatively further fair housing or provide employment, contracting, or training opportunities pursuant to

Section 3 that may exist by virtue of the receipt of other HUD funding that retains those requirements. e. Environmental review. Most activities under the CD-TA program are categorically excluded and not subject to environmental review under 24 CFR 50.19(b)(9) or (13), but in the case of CHDO (HOME) TA eligible activities, a proposal for payment of rent as part of CHDO operational costs will be subject to environmental review by HUD under 24 CFR part 50. If an applicant proposes to assist CHDO operating expenses that include rent, the application constitutes an assurance that the applicant and CHDO will assist HUD to comply with 24 CFR part 50; will supply HUD with all available and relevant information to perform an environmental review for the proposed property to be rented; will carry out mitigating measures required by HUD or select an alternate property; and will not lease or rent, construct, rehabilitate, convert or repair the property, or commit or expend HUD or non-HUD funds for these activities on the property to be rented, until HUD has completed an environmental review to the extent required by 24 CFR part 50. The results of the environmental review may require that the proposed property be rejected.

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Addresses To Request Application Package. Applicants may download the instructions to the application found on the Grants.gov

Web site at http://www.Grants.gov./applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp.

If you have difficulty accessing the information you may call the

Grants.gov Support Desk toll free at 800-518-GRANTS or e-mail your questions to Support@Grants.gov. See the General Section for information regarding the registration process or ask for registration information from the Grants.gov Support Desk.

B. Content and Form of Application Submission. Applicants must submit a separate and distinct application for each of the different program areas (i.e., HOME, CHDO (HOME), Homeless, HOPWA and CDBG) for which they are applying. For applicants that are applying for both national and local TA for the HOME, CHDO and/or Homeless programs, you may limit your submission to two separate applications for each program area (one for national TA and one for local TA), provided you meet the following: (1) The local TA application must identify all field office jurisdictions that you elect to apply in; (2) the application content for each local jurisdiction must be identical; and (3) the dollar amount of TA requested for each jurisdiction is clearly notated.

A completed application consists of an application submitted by an authorized official of the organization and contains all relevant sections of the application, as shown in the checklist below in Section

IV.B.4. 1. Number of Copies. HUD requires TA providers applying for assistance under this NOFA to apply electronically through grants.gov.

An applicant may submit a written request to waive the electronic submission requirement. Should HUD grant a waiver of the electronic submission requirement, the waiver approval letter will note the number of paper copies the applicant must submit to HUD. 2. Page Limitation and Font Size. Narratives addressing Factors 1-4 must be formatted so that the total number of pages submitted are equal to no more than 25 single sided pages of text based on an 8.5 by 11 inch paper, using a standard 12 point font. Reviewers will not review more than 25 pages for all the factors combined. The one page funding and capacity summary and the list of references for new applicants are not included in the 25 page limit. 3. Prohibition on Materials Not Required. Materials other than what is requested in this NOFA are prohibited. Reviewers will not consider resumes, charts, letters, or any other documents attached to the application. 4. Checklist for Application Submission. Applicants submitting electronic copies should follow the procedures in Sections IV.B. and F. of the General Section. The following checklist is provided as a guide to help ensure that you submit all the required elements. For applicants receiving a waiver of the electronic submission, the paper submission must be in the order provided below. All applicants should enter the applicant name, DUNS number, and page numbers on the narrative pages of the application. All forms are available when you download the application and instructions from http://www.grants.gov/ applicants/apply_for_grants.jsphttps://apply.grants.gov/forms--apps-- idx.html.

SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance (see General

Section).

An Application Cover Page indicating in bold (a) the type of TA proposed in the application whether HOME National, HOME Local,

CHDO (HOME) National, CHDO Local, Homeless National, Homeless Local,

HOPWA National, or CDBG National, (b) the amount of funds requested; and (c) for Local TA, a table showing the jurisdiction(s) proposed in the application and the amount of funds requested for each jurisdiction.

Narrative addressing Factors 1-4 and a one-page summary highlighting the specific types of eligible TA activities the applicant has the capacity to undertake, and the funding amount requested for each CD-TA program by national or local jurisdiction for which the applicant is applying. (See Section V. Application Review Information.)

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HUD-424-CB, Grant Application Detailed Budget Form (see

General Section).

HUD-424-CBW, Detailed Budget Worksheet for Non-

Construction Projects (see General Section).

If applying for CHDO (HOME) TA, statement as to whether the organization proposes to pass through funds to new CHDOs.

If applying for the CHDO (HOME) TA, a certification as to whether the organization qualifies as a primarily single-state provider under section 233(e) of the Cranston-Gonzales Affordable Housing Act.

SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (see General

Section).

HUD-2880, Applicant/Recipient Disclosure/Update Report

(``HUD Applicant Recipient Disclosure Report'' on Grants.gov) (see

General Section).

SF-424, Supplement, Survey on Equal Opportunity for

Applicants (``Faith Based EEO Survey (SF-424 SUPP)'' on Grants.gov) (to be completed by private nonprofit organizations only).

Form HUD-2994-A (You Are Our Client! Grant Applicant

Survey, Optional).

Form HUD-96011, Third Party Documentation Facsimile

Transmittal (``Facsimile Transmittal Form'' on Grants.gov) (Used as the cover page to transmit third party documents and other information designed for each specific application for tracking purposes. HUD will not be able to match faxes to an application if the application does not contain the HUD-96011 fax cover page, and each fax submitted does not use the HUD-96011 as the cover page to the facsimile transmission.

C. Submission Dates and Times. Your completed application must be received and validated electronically by Grants.gov no later than 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on the deadline date. The validation process can take 24-48 hours following receipt of the application by

Grants.gov. Applicants are advised to submit the application 72 hours prior to the deadline date so that if the application is rejected by

Grants.gov, the applicant has enough time to correct the noted problem and resubmit the application in time to meet the deadline requirements.

(See General Section for further information on the Grants.gov validation process.)

HUD has found that the most common error made by grantees which causes their application to fail validation is that the applicant ID and password does not match the DUNS number under which they are applying, or the applicant is not authorized by the organization to submit the application on behalf of the organization. Please make sure when submitting your application that you are using the correct DUNS number, User ID and password, that you have registered at Grants.gov under that DUNS number and USER ID and password, and that you have been authorized by the organization to submit the application on behalf of the applicant. To check your registration status, follow the directions provided in the General Section.

D. Intergovernmental Review. Intergovernmental review is not applicable to CD-TA applications.

E. Other Submission Requirements. The General Section describes application submission procedures and how applicants may obtain proof of timely submission. 1. Waiver of Electronic Submission Requirements. Applicants interested in applying for funding under this NOFA must submit their applications electronically via Grants.gov or request a waiver from the

Community Development Technical Assistance program. Applicants should submit their waiver requests in writing by e-mail. Waiver requests must be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the application deadline date and should be submitted to Mark.A.Horwath@hud.gov. HUD only provides waivers for cause under the waiver provisions of 24 CFR 5.110.

Instructions regarding the number of copies to submit and the address where they must be submitted will be contained in any approval of the waiver request. Paper submissions must be received at the appropriate

HUD office(s) no later than the deadline date.

V. Application Review Information

A. Capacity and Funding Summary. All CD-TA applicants are required to submit a one-page capacity and funding summary for each CD-TA application submitted. Although the capacity and funding summary will not be rated based on the factors listed in Section V, Subpart B. below, the summary is a submission requirement for the CD-TA program.

HUD will use the summary to determine the national or field office area for which the applicant is applying; the types of TA activities the applicant is willing to undertake based on staff skill and experience; and given the organizational capacity of the applicant, a funding amount the applicant can reasonably expect to expend within the requirements and timeframes of the CD-TA program.

The summary must include: 1. A list of the eligible TA activities the applicant is prepared to undertake, based on the applicant's organizational capacity and staff skills. See Section III C, 2 Eligible TA Activities for a list of eligible national and local TA activities. 2. A funding estimate, by national and/or field office jurisdiction, that the applicant believes it can reasonably expend within the three-year performance period based on organizational capacity and the eligible TA activities the applicant is prepared to undertake.

B. Criteria. The maximum number of points to be awarded for a CD-TA application is 100. The minimum score for an application to be considered for funding is 75 with a minimum of 35 points on Factor 1.

The CD-TA program is not subject to bonus points, as described in the

General Section.

Points are assigned on four factors. Applicants should review the factors carefully as the criteria have changed significantly from prior years' requirements. When addressing the four factors, applicants should discuss the relevant successful experience of both their organization as a whole, and the individual staff and dedicated contractors who may work under the award if the application is funded.

Applicants should also address the overall management of the award including policies and procedures for ensuring that all CD-TA program requirements are met and quality products are developed and delivered.

Please note that Factor 2--Need--as identified in the General Section does not apply under the CD-TA program.

Rating Factor 1: Applicant's Capacity and Relevant Experience (50 points) (Minimum for Funding Eligibility is 35 points) a. (25 points) Recent experience. For new applicants or applicants funded in the past that do not have an open HUD CD-TA award: Provide examples of recent experience (within the past 18 months) managing technical assistance awards similar to the programs covered under the

CD-TA NOFA within a client-driven environment. Examples should include a discussion of the tasks undertaken, individuals served, training skills and related CD-TA program knowledge required to complete the tasks, and measurable results achieved. All new applicants must also include at least two references for recent, technical assistance work similar to the programs covered under the CD-TA NOFA and undertaken by the applicant. References should only include a contact name, address, phone number and e-mail address in order for HUD to verify the information.

For current CD-TA providers: Provide examples of recent experience

(within the past 18 months) managing existing

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CD-TA award programs within the demand-response system. Examples should include a discussion of the specific TA tasks undertaken, program beneficiaries served, program topics addressed, and quantifiable outcomes achieved. Current CD-TA providers should also note any outstanding performance issues under open CD-TA awards, and the steps the TA provider is taking to address these issues. HUD will rely on existing CD-TA file documentation when evaluating this factor.

HUD will evaluate this factor based upon the breadth and accuracy of the applicant's program knowledge, ability to provide and deliver technically accurate TA, compliance with cooperative agreement provisions, financial and performance reporting requirements, timeliness of drawdown of funds and close-out of expired grants.

Customer feedback from CPD program offices will also be used to judge an applicant's performance and effectiveness. b. (25 points) Organizational capacity. In narrative form, describe the technical assistance skills and related CD-TA program knowledge of your organization's key staff and, based on the organization's capacity, identify the types of TA activities the applicant is prepared to undertake and how this will further the TA priorities of the programs for which you are seeking funding. To the extent that the applicant addresses the HUD policy priority(s) noted in the General

Section for each program in this NOFA, the applicant will receive a minimum of one point of the 25 points available for this subfactor.

Key staff is defined as all in-house staff and hired consultants who will be developing technical assistance products and/or delivering training courses, conferences, or direct TA. Applicants should include specific examples of each key staff member's TA skills and areas of expertise. For all HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA providers, identify the key staff who have passed, with a score of 80 or higher, the HOME Program

Certification Regulations course. Applicants should refer to Section

III C.2 for a complete list of the eligible TA activities applicants may undertake with national or local CD-TA funds. The applicant's description of staff capacity should clearly support the specific types of TA activities the applicant is willing and able to undertake with

CD-TA funds. In rating this subfactor, HUD will evaluate each key staff member's program knowledge, and TA skills. FOR HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA providers, HUD will measure an organization's HOME program knowledge, in part, by the number of key staff identified in the application who have passed the HOME Program Certified Specialist-Regulations exam. Up to 10 points is available under this subfactor for organizations demonstrating a sufficient number of HOME Program Certified staff to carry out a demand-response program of activities. Applicants for local

HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA must have at least one staff person who is

``HOME certified'' to receive any points on this portion of the subfactor; applicants for national HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA must have at least two staff people who are ``HOME certified'' to receive any points. For local and national HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA only, points for this portion of the subfactor will be awarded as follows:

National TA applicants

Local TA applicants number of HOME number of HOME program

Points program certified staff

certified staff

1.................................. 2.....................

4 2.................................. 3-4...................

6 3.................................. 5-6...................

8 4 or more.......................... 7 or more.............

10

HUD will also compare the specific types of TA activities the applicant is willing to undertake in relation to stated staff capacity.

Staff program knowledge and TA skills should clearly support the possible TA activities the applicant may undertake.

Rating Factor 2: Soundness of Approach (35 points) a. (5 points) Key management staff. The successful administration and management of a technical assistance award is key to: (1) The timeliness of delivery of required technical assistance; (2) the sound financial management of the project; and (3) the appropriate prioritization of multiple technical assistance needs. In evaluating the soundness of approach under this rating factor, HUD will consider the breadth of key management staff experience administering multiple, complex tasks within the demand-response system, or a similar client- driven environment. Applicants should clearly demonstrate recent experience managing and coordinating financial resources, and administrative, training, and consultant staff among complex and varied technical assistance tasks. HUD will also evaluate the roles and responsibilities key management staff would assume under a CD-TA award in light of each individual's recent experience.

Identify the key staff responsible for the overall management and administration of the CD-TA award. Key management staff is defined as any individual who will have decision-making authority related to the financial or task management, performance reporting, or overall coordination of the award. The applicant must identify key management staff, including their individual roles and responsibilities, as well as their recent experience (within the past 18 months), managing people and tasks within the demand-response system or a similar client-driven environment. Please do not include the Social Security Numbers (SSN) of any staff members. b. (20 points) Procedures. Present detailed, practical policies and procedures for managing multiple, large and/or complex technical assistance awards in multiple jurisdictions. The policies and procedures must discuss how the applicant will manage TA activities within the specific structure of the demand-response system, including processes for fielding TA needs from HUD; assigning appropriate skilled and knowledgeable staff to develop or provide the TA; prioritizing and managing multiple TA needs, to multiple entities, in multiple jurisdictions; providing feedback to HUD on TA progress and outcomes; and addressing and effectively resolving any delays encountered. In rating this factor, HUD will consider the level of detail and efficiency of the applicant's proposed processes for fielding and prioritizing multiple TA needs, allocating limited CD-TA financial resources among multiple TA tasks, and coordinating and assigning skilled in-house and consultant staff to address multiple TA needs, to multiple entities in multiple jurisdictions. HUD will also evaluate the suitability of the applicant's proposed policies and procedures within the specific structure of the demand-response system. c. (10 points) Quality control. Present a detailed plan for ensuring that all TA products developed or delivered under the CD-TA program are of the highest quality. Applicants should present a detailed plan for ensuring that all TA activities are eligible, accurate program guidance is provided, correct beneficiaries are served, and positive outcomes are achieved. The applicant should also present a detailed plan for addressing and remediating any eligibility or product quality issues that may arise. In rating this factor, HUD will review the applicant's quality control procedures for thoroughness and efficiency, and the likelihood that such procedures will ensure that positive

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outcomes are achieved. Applicants should clearly describe established policies and procedures for ensuring the eligibility, accuracy, and quality of all aspects of TA development and delivery. The applicant should also present a detailed remediation plan should any eligibility or quality issues arise.

Rating Factor 3: Leveraging Resources (5 points)

Present an effective, practical plan for transferring products developed through the CD-TA program, including manuals, guides, assessment forms, and other work products, to other TA providers and program beneficiaries. The applicant's plan should address the re-use of existing ``step-in'' packages and how it will share its resources with a wide audience, avoiding the cost and time in creating new products, so that the duplication of TA products does not occur. In rating this factor, HUD will evaluate the extent to which the application demonstrates a practical and effective means of sharing TA resources with a wide audience, including other TA providers and program beneficiaries.

Rating Factor 4: Achieving Results and Program Evaluation (10 points)

For each program priority, the applicant must identify at least two quantifiable outcomes. For a complete list of TA priorities by program area refer to Section III, Subpart C., Eligible Activities and

Priorities. For each of the eligible TA activities an applicant may undertake (i.e., development of written and electronic products, training delivery, direct TA), describe the general methods and measures the applicant will use to evaluate the effectiveness of the

TA. While the specific TA topics to be addressed by successful applicants will be identified post-award through the demand-response system, HUD has identified the broad eligible activities that encompass technical assistance. The applicant must present a clear plan for evaluating the effectiveness of each of the possible TA activities the applicant may be asked to undertake and deliver. For a complete list of eligible national and field office TA activities under the CD-TA program, refer to Section III C.2., Description of National and Local

TA.

Note that although not a submission requirement under this year's

CD-TA NOFA, successful applicants will be required to submit a completed Logic Model. Though not part of the rating factors, the logic model submitted after selection and under the guidance of the GTR will be evaluated for completeness and consistency based upon the matrix in the General Section. HUD reserves the right to request modifications to the Logic Model submissions and require the TA providers to update the

Logic Model, based on activities carried out under the demand-response system. In rating this factor, HUD will evaluate whether the outcomes identified by the applicant are both measurable and appropriately related to each program priority. HUD will also assess whether the TA evaluation methods described by the applicant will thoroughly and accurately measure the effectiveness of each eligible TA activity identified.

C. Review and Selection Process 1. Review Types. Two types of reviews will be conducted. First, HUD will review each application to determine whether it meets threshold eligibility requirements.

Second, HUD will review and assign scores to applications using the

Factors for Award noted in Section V.A. 2. Ranked Order. a. Once rating scores are assigned, rated applications submitted for each National TA program and for each Local TA program will be listed in ranked order. Applications within the fundable range (score of 75+ points with 35+ points for Factor 1) may then be funded in ranked order under the CD-TA program and service area for which they applied. b. For purposes of coordinating activities on a national basis, HUD reserves the right to select a single national provider to carry out activities, as follows:

(1) One for HOPWA technical assistance activities, including national products and local support;

(2) One for HMIS technical assistance activities;

(3) One for HOME and one for CHDO (HOME) technical assistance activities;

(4) One for CDBG technical assistance activities. 3. Threshold Eligibility Requirements. All applicants requesting

CD-TA must be in compliance with the applicable threshold requirements found in the General Section and the eligibility requirements listed in

Section III of this NOFA in order to be reviewed, scored, and ranked.

Applications that do not meet these requirements and applications that were received after the deadline (see Section IV.C of the General

Section) will be considered ineligible for funding. 4. Funding Decisions. In determining the amount awarded to each successful applicant, HUD will take into consideration the funds available for the CD-TA program and local or national area the applicant wishes to serve; the number of successful CD-TA applicants for that area and program; the applicant's current organizational capacity as presented in the application, including the number of qualified, experienced TA staff and consultants; the final score assigned to the application by HUD reviewers; and for current or past

CD-TA providers, the applicant's performance under existing or past CD-

TA awards.

HUD has established a $200,000 minimum funding amount for successful national CD-TA applicants. For successful field office applicants, HUD has established a $50,000 award minimum under both the

HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA programs, and a $15,000 award minimum for successful Homeless TA program applicants. All HOME and CHDO (HOME) awards are subject to the funding restrictions identified in Section

V.B.5 which in some cases may result in a funding award below the established minimum.

Additionally, HUD may reduce the amount of funds allocated for field office jurisdictions to fund National CD-TA providers and other

CD-TA providers for activities that cannot be fully budgeted for or estimated by HUD Headquarters or field offices at the time this NOFA was published. HUD may also require selected applicants, as a condition of funding, to provide coverage on a geographically broader basis than proposed in order to supplement or strengthen the CD-TA network in terms of the size of the area covered and types and scope of TA proposed.

If funds remain after all selections have been made, the remaining funds may be distributed among field offices for Local TA and/or used for National TA, or made available for other CD-TA program competitions. 5. Funding Restrictions. An organization may not provide assistance to itself. An organization may not provide assistance to another organization with which it contracts or sub-awards funds to carry out activities under the TA award.

Funding from HOME and from CHDO (HOME) TA to any single eligible organization (excluding funds for organizational support and housing education ``passed through'' to CHDOs), whether as an applicant or sub- recipient is limited to not more than 20 percent of the operating budget of the recipient organization for any one-year period of each cooperative agreement. In addition, funding under either HOME or CHDO

(HOME) TA to any single organization is limited to 20 percent of the

$12.5 million appropriated for HOME and CHDO (HOME) TA in FY2008. This

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limitation as applied in this competition is subject to change by pending legislative action.

Not less than 40 percent of the approximately $8.5 million for CHDO

(HOME) shall be made available for eligible TA providers that have worked primarily in one state. HUD will consider an applicant as a primarily single state TA provider if it can document that more than 50 percent of its past activities in working with CHDOs or similar nonprofit and other organizations (on the production of affordable housing, revitalization of deteriorating neighborhoods, and/or the delivery of technical assistance to these groups) was confined to the geographic limits of a single state.

No fee or profit may be paid to any recipient or sub-recipient of an award under this CD-TA NOFA.

Salary rates for consultants/contractors may not exceed the base rate of pay of Senior Executive Staff (see the General Section).

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Notices. HUD will send written notifications to both successful and unsuccessful applicants. A notification sent to a successful applicant is not an authorization to begin performance.

After selection, HUD requires that all selected applicants participate in negotiations to determine the specific terms of the cooperative agreement, including the budget. Costs may be denied or modified if HUD determines that they are not allowable, allocable, and/ or reasonable. In cases where HUD cannot successfully conclude negotiations with a selected applicant or a selected applicant fails to provide HUD with requested information, an award will not be made to that applicant. In this instance, HUD may offer an award, and proceed with negotiations with the next highest-ranking applicant.

After selection for funding but prior to executing the cooperative agreement, the selected applicant must develop in consultation with the

GTR, a Technical Assistance Delivery Plan (TADP) for each National TA award. The TADP must be approved by the GTR and delineate the tasks for each CD-TA program the applicant will undertake during the performance period. For Local TA awards and generally for National TA awards, prior to undertaking individual tasks, the selected applicant must develop in consultation with the GTR a Work Plan for specific activities. The TADP and the Work Plans must specify the location of the proposed CD-TA activities, the amount of CD-TA funding and proposed activities by location, the improved program performance or other results expected from the CD-TA activities, and the methodology to be used for measuring the success of the CD-TA. A detailed time schedule for delivery of the activities, budget summary, budget-by-task, staffing plan, and completed Logic Model must be included in the TADP and Work Plans.

After selection, but prior to award, applicants selected for funding will be required to provide HUD with their written Code of

Conduct if they have not previously done so and it is not recorded on the HUD Web site at http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/ codeofconduct/cconduct.cfm.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. After selection for funding but prior to award, applicants must submit financial and administrative information to comply with applicable requirements.

These requirements are found in 24 CFR part 84 for all organizations except states and local governments whose requirements are found in 24

CFR part 85. Cost principles requirements are found at OMB Circular A- 122 for nonprofit organizations, OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education, OMB Circular A-87 for states and local governments, and at 48 CFR 31.2 for commercial organizations. Applicants must submit a certification from an Independent Public Accountant or the cognizant government auditor, stating that the applicant's financial management system meets prescribed standards for fund control and accountability.

See the General Section for requirements for Procurement of

Recovered Materials.

C. Reporting. CD-TA awardees will be required to report to the GTR on, at a minimum, a quarterly basis unless otherwise specified in the cooperative agreement. As part of the required report to HUD, grant recipients must include a completed Logic Model (HUD 96010), which identifies actual outputs and outcomes achieved and a narrative explanation of deviations from projected results to actual results achieved. Deviations can be both positive and negative deviations.

VII. Agency Contacts

A. For Assistance. Applicants may contact HUD Headquarters at 202- 708-3176, or they may contact the HUD field office serving their area shown in Section VII.B. Persons with hearing and speech challenges may access the above numbers via TTY (text telephone) by calling the

Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (this is a toll-free number).

Information may also be obtained through the HUD Web site on the

Internet at http://www.hud.gov.

B. List of Field Office Addresses. Applicants that receive a waiver of the electronic application submission requirements and need to submit copies of their application to HUD field offices should consult the following Web site for a listing of the HUD field office addresses to send Local TA applications: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/about/ staff/fodirectors/index.cfm. At the site, the map allows the user to click on an area to obtain the field office address and other contact information.

VIII. Other Information

A. Paperwork Reduction Act. The information collection requirements contained in this document have been approved by the Office of

Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

(44 U.S.C. 3501-3520) and assigned OMB control numbers 2506-0166 and 2506-0133. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for the collection of information is estimated to average 60 hours for the application and grant administration. This includes the time for collecting, reviewing, and reporting the data. The information will be used for grantee selection and monitoring the administration of funds. Response to this request for information is required in order to receive the benefits to be derived.

B. HUD Reform Act. The provisions of the HUD Reform Act of 1989 that apply to the CD-TA program are explained in the General Section.

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Community Development Block Grant Program For Indian Tribes And Alaska

Native Villages

Overview Information

A. Federal Agency Name: Department of Housing and Urban

Development, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian

Housing, Office of Native American Programs (ONAP).

B. Funding Opportunity Title: Community Development Block Grant

(ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages.

C. Announcement Type: Initial Announcement.

D. Funding Opportunity Number: The Federal Register number is FR- 5200-N-12. The OMB Approval Number is 2577-0191.

E. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s): The

Catalog of Federal Assistance (CFDA) Number for the ICDBG program is 14.862.

F. Dates: Application Deadline: Applications must be received and validated no later than the deadline date of July 11, 2008. Please see

Section IV of this NOFA for application submission and timely receipt requirements. Applicants should also read the General Section, published March 19, 2008 (73 FR 14882), for additional information regarding the electronic application submission and receipt requirements.

G. Additional Information: 1. Applicants for funding should carefully review the requirements described in this NOFA and the General Section. Unless otherwise stated in this NOFA, the requirements of the General Section apply. 2. The total approximate amount of funding available for the ICDBG program for fiscal year 2008 is $62 million less $3.96 million retained to fund Imminent Threat Grants, for a total of $58.04 million. Funds that are carried over from previous fiscal years or are recaptured may also be used for grant awards under this NOFA. 3. Eligible applicants are Indian tribes or tribal organizations on behalf of Indian tribes. Specific information on eligibility is located in Section III.A. of this NOFA. 4. Only one ICDBG application may be submitted for each area within the jurisdiction of an entity eligible under 24 CFR part 1003. An application may include more than one project, but it cannot exceed the grant ceilings listed in Section II.

Full Text Of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

A. General. Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, which authorizes Community Development Block Grants, requires that grants for Indian tribes be awarded on a competitive basis. All grant funds awarded in accordance with this NOFA are subject to the requirements of 24 CFR part 1003. Applicants within an Area ONAP's geographic jurisdiction compete only against each other for that Area

ONAP's allocation of funds.

B. Authority. The authority for this program is Title I of the

Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.) and the program regulations in 24 CFR part 1003.

C. Program Description. The purpose of the ICDBG program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes as defined in 24 CFR 1003.4. The ONAP in HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing administers the program. 1. Single Purpose Grants. Projects funded by the ICDBG program must meet the primary objective, defined at 24 CFR 1003.2, to principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Consistent with this objective, not less than 70 percent of the expenditures of each single- purpose grant shall be for activities that meet the regulatory criteria at 24 CFR 1003.208 for: a. Area Benefit Activities b. Limited Clientele Activities c. Housing Activities d. Job Creation or Retention Activities

ICDBG funds may be used to improve housing stock, provide community facilities, improve infrastructure, and expand job opportunities by supporting the economic development of the communities, especially by nonprofit tribal organizations or local development corporations.

ICDBG single-purpose grants are distributed as annual competitive grants, in response to this NOFA. 2. Imminent Threat Grants. ICDBG imminent threat grants are intended to alleviate or remove threats to health or safety that require an immediate solution as described at 24 CFR part 1003, subpart

E. The problem to be addressed must be such that an emergency situation exists or would exist if the problem were not addressed. The grants provide a solution to problems of an urgent nature that were not evident at the time of the ICDBG single-purpose funding grant cycle or require immediate action.

You do not have to submit a request for imminent threat funds by the deadline established in this NOFA. The deadline applies only to applications submitted for assistance under 24 CFR part 1003, subpart

D, single-purpose grants. Imminent threat requests may be submitted at any time after NOFA publication, and if the following criteria are met, the request may be funded until the amount set aside for this purpose is expended: a. Independent verification from a third party (i.e., Indian Health

Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs) of the existence, immediacy, and urgency of the threat must be provided; b. The threat must not be recurring in nature, i.e., it must represent a unique and unusual circumstance that has been clearly identified by the tribe or village; c. The threat must affect or impact an entire service area and not solely an individual family or household; and d. It must be established that funds are not available from other tribal or federal sources to address the problem. The tribe or village must verify that federal or local agencies that would normally provide assistance for such improvements have no funds available by providing a written statement to that effect. The tribe or village must also verify in the form of a tribal council resolution (or equivalent) that it has no available funds, including unobligated Indian Housing Block Grant funds, for this purpose.

If, in response to a request for assistance, an Area ONAP issues you a letter to proceed under the authority of 24 CFR 1003.401(a), then your application must be submitted to and approved by the Area ONAP before a grant agreement may be executed. Contact your Area ONAP office for more information on imminent threat grants.

D. Definitions Used in this NOFA 1. Adopt. To approve by formal tribal resolution. 2. Document. To supply supporting written information and/or data in the application that satisfies the NOFA requirement. Documentation should clearly and concisely support your response to the rating factor. 3. Entity Other Than Tribe. Entities other than the tribe must have the following characteristics:

(a) Must be legally distinct from the tribal government; (b) their assets and liabilities cannot be considered to be assets and liabilities of the tribal government; (c) claims against such entities cannot be made against the tribal government; and (d) must have governing boards, boards of directors, or groups or individuals similar in function and responsibility to such boards which are separate from the tribe's general council, tribal council, or business council, as applicable.

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4. Firm Commitment. A letter of commitment from a partner by which an applicant's partner agrees to perform an activity specified in the application, demonstrates the financial capacity to deliver the resources necessary to carry out the activity, and commits the resources to the activity, either in cash or through in-kind contributions. 5. Homeownership Assistance Programs. Tribes may apply for assistance to provide direct homeownership assistance to low- and moderate-income households to: (a) Subsidize interest rates and mortgage principal amounts for low- and moderate-income homebuyers; (b) finance the acquisition by low- and moderate-income homebuyers of housing that is occupied by the homebuyers; (c) acquire guarantees for mortgage financing obtained by low- and moderate-income homebuyers from private lenders (except that ICDBG funds may not be used to guarantee such mortgage financing directly, and grantees may not provide such guarantees directly); (d) provide up to 50 percent of any down payment required from a low- and moderate-income homebuyer; or (e) pay reasonable closing costs (normally associated with the purchase of a home) incurred by a low- or moderate-income homebuyer. 6. Leveraged Resources. Leveraged resources are resources that you will use in conjunction with ICDBG funds to achieve the objectives of the project. Leveraged resources include, but are not limited to:

Tribal trust funds, loans from individuals or organizations, business investments, private foundations, state or federal loans or guarantees, other grants, and non-cash contributions and donated services. (See

Rating Factor 4 for documentation requirements for leveraged resources.) 7. Microenterprise Programs. Tribes may apply for assistance to operate programs to fund the development, expansion, and stabilization of microenterprises. Microenterprises are defined as commercial entities with five or fewer employees, including the owner.

Microenterprise program activities may entail the following assistance to eligible businesses: (a) Providing credit, including, but not limited to, grants, loans, loan guarantees, and other forms of financial support for the establishment, stabilization, and expansion of microenterprises; (b) providing technical assistance, advice, and business support services to owners of microenterprises and persons developing microenterprises; and (c) providing general support, including, but not limited to, peer support programs, counseling, child care, transportation, and other similar services to owners of microenterprises and persons developing microenterprises. 8. New Applicant. An applicant that has either never applied for an

ICDBG or an applicant whose prior grants have either been closed or closed subject to audit for more than two years prior to the application deadline date. 9. Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for Public Facilities and

Improvements. There are items of expense related to the operation of the physical plant that must be addressed in an O&M plan if the tribe assumes responsibility or if an entity other than the tribe will assume these responsibilities. Although the tribe or other entity does not have to submit the O&M plan with the application, it must provide a written statement that the tribe has adopted (or the entity has developed) an O&M plan and that the plan addresses several items. These items include daily or other periodic maintenance activities, repairs such as replacing broken windows, capital improvements or replacement reserves for repairs such as replacing the roof, fire and liability insurance (may not be applicable to most types of infrastructure projects such as water and sewer lines), and security (may not be applicable to many types of infrastructure projects such as roads).

(Please note that while it is possible that the service provider may, in its agreement with a tribe, commit itself to cover certain or all facility O&M costs, these costs do not include the program service provision costs related to the delivery of services (social, health, recreational, educational, or other) that may be provided in a facility). 10. Outcomes. The ultimate impact you hope to achieve with the proposed project. Outcomes should be quantifiable measures or indicators and identified in terms of the change in the community, people's lives, economic status, etc. Common outcomes could include increases in percent of housing units in standard condition, homeownership rates, or employment rates. 11. Outputs. Outputs are the direct products of a program's activities. They are usually measured in terms of the volume of work accomplished, such as the number of low-income households served, number of units constructed or rehabilitated, linear feet of curbs and gutters installed, or number of jobs created or retained. Outputs should be clear enough to allow HUD to monitor and assess your proposed project's progress if funded. 12. Project Cost. The total cost to implement the project. Project costs may be covered by both ICDBG and non-ICDBG funds and resources. 13. Standard Housing/Standard Condition. Housing that meets the housing quality standards (HQS) adopted by the applicant. The HQS adopted by the applicant must be at least as stringent as the Section 8

HQS contained in 24 CFR 982.401 (Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance:

Housing Choice Voucher program) unless the ONAPs approve less stringent standards based on a determination that local conditions make the use of Section 8 HQS infeasible. Before the application deadline, you may submit a request for the approval of standards less stringent than

Section 8 HQS. If you submit the request with your application, you should not assume automatic approval by ONAP. The adopted standards must provide for: (a) A safe house, in physically sound condition with all systems performing their intended design functions; (b) a livable home environment and an energy efficient building and systems that incorporate energy conservation measures; and (c) adequate space and privacy for all intended household members. 14. Statement. When a ``written statement'' is requested for any threshold, program requirement, or rating factor, the applicant must address in writing the specific item cited. 15. Tribe. The word ``tribe'' means an Indian tribe, band, group or nation, including Alaska Indians, Aleuts, Eskimos, Alaska Native

Villages, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Village

Corporations, and ANCSA Regional Corporations.

II. Award Information

A. Available Funds. The fiscal year 2008 appropriation for the

ICDBG program is $62 million, less $3.96 million retained to fund

Imminent Threat Grants, for a total of $58.04 million. Funds that are carried over from previous fiscal years or are recaptured may also be used for grant awards under this NOFA. In accordance with the provisions of 24 CFR part 1003, subpart E, HUD has retained $3.96 million of the FY2008 appropriation to meet the funding needs of imminent threat requests submitted to any of the Area ONAPs. The grant ceiling for imminent threat requests for FY2008 is $450,000 ($900,000 for Presidentially-declared disasters). This ceiling has been established pursuant to the provisions of 24 CFR 1003.400(c).

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B. Allocations to Area ONAPs. The requirements for allocating funds to Area ONAPs responsible for program administration are found at 24

CFR 1003.101. Following these requirements, based on an appropriation of $62 million less $3.96 million for imminent threat grants, the allocations for FY 2008 are approximately as follows:

Eastern/Woodlands: $6,605,812

Southern Plains: $12,436,112

Northern Plains: $8,281,588

Southwest: $21,552,470

Northwest: $2,990,960

Alaska: $6,173,058

Imminent Threats $3,960,000

Total $62,000,000

C. Grant Ceilings. The authority to establish grant ceilings is found at 24 CFR 1003.100(b)(1). Grant ceilings are established for FY 2008 funding at the following levels:

Area ONAP

Population

Ceiling

Eastern Woodlands................... ALL...................

$600,000

Southern Plains..................... ALL...................

800,000

Northern Plains..................... 6,001+................ 1,100,000 0-6,000...............

900,000

Southwest........................... 50,001+............... 5,500,000 10,501-50,000......... 2,750,000 7,501-10,500.......... 2,200,000 6,001-7,500........... 1,100,000 1,501-6,000...........

825,000 0-1,500...............

605,000

Northwest........................... ALL...................

500,000

Alaska.............................. ALL...................

600,000

For the Southwest Area and Northern Plains ONAP jurisdictions, the population used to determine ceiling amounts is the Native American population that resides on a reservation or rancheria.

Applicants from the Southwest or the Northern Plains ONAP jurisdictions should contact those offices before submitting an application if they are unsure of the population level to use to determine the ceiling amount. The Southwest or Northern Plains Area

ONAP, as appropriate, must approve any corrections or revisions to

Native American population data before you submit your application.

D. Housing Rehabilitation Cost Limits. Grant funds spent on rehabilitation must fall within the following per-unit limits for each

Area ONAP jurisdiction:

Eastern/Woodlands: $35,000

Southern Plains: $35,000

Northern Plains: $50,000

Southwest: $50,000

Northwest: $40,000

Alaska: $75,000

E. Compliance With Regulations, Guidelines, and Requirements 1. Applicants awarded a grant under this NOFA are required to comply with the regulations, guidelines, and requirements with respect to the acceptance and use of federal funds for this federally assisted program. 2. By accepting a grant, the chief executive officer or other official of the applicant approved by HUD: a. Consents to assume the status of a responsible federal official under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 insofar as the provisions of the Act apply to the applicant's proposed program pursuant to 24 CFR 1003.605. b. Is authorized and consents on behalf of the applicant and him/ herself to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts for the purpose of enforcement of his/her responsibilities as such an official.

Note: Applicants for whom HUD has approved a claim of incapacity to accept the responsibilities of the federal government for purposes of complying with the environmental review requirements of 24 CFR part 58, pursuant to 24 CFR 1003.605, are not subject to the provision of paragraph 2.

F. Period of Performance. The period of performance for any grant awarded under this NOFA must be included in the Implementation

Schedule, form HUD-4125, approved by HUD.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are Indian tribes or tribal organizations on behalf of Indian tribes. To apply for funding, you must be eligible as an Indian tribe (or as a tribal organization), as required by 24 CFR 1003.5, by the application deadline date.

Tribal organizations are permitted to submit applications under 24

CFR 1003.5(b) on behalf of eligible tribes when one or more eligible tribe(s) authorize the organization to do so under concurring resolutions. The tribal organization must itself be eligible under

Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) or the Indian Health Service (IHS), as appropriate, must make a determination of such eligibility. This determination must be provided to the Area ONAP by the application deadline.

If a tribe or tribal organization claims that it is a successor to an eligible entity, the Area ONAP must review the documentation to determine whether it is in fact the successor entity.

Applicants from within Alaska: Due to the unique structure of tribal entities eligible to submit ICDBG applications in Alaska, and as only one ICDBG application may be submitted for each area within the jurisdiction of an entity eligible under 24 CFR 1003.5, a tribal organization that submits an application for activities in the jurisdiction of one or more eligible tribes or villages must include a concurring resolution from each such tribe or village authorizing the submission of the application. An application submitted by a tribal organization on behalf of a specific tribe will not be accepted if the tribe itself submits an application for the same funding round. The hierarchy for funding priority continues to be the IRA Council, the

Traditional Village Council, the ANCSA Village Corporation, and the

ANCSA Regional Corporation.

On April 4, 2008, the BIA published a Federal Register notice entitled, ``Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services

From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs'' (73 FR 18553). This notice provides a listing of Indian Tribal Entities in Alaska found to be Indian tribes as the term is defined and used in 25 CFR part 83.

Additionally, pursuant to Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and

Education Assistance Act, ANCSA Village Corporations and Regional

Corporations are also considered tribes and therefore eligible applicants for the ICDBG program.

Any questions regarding eligibility determinations and related documentation requirements for entities in Alaska should be referred to the Alaska Area ONAP prior to the application deadline. (See 24 CFR 1003.5 for a complete description of eligible applicants.)

B. Cost Sharing or Matching. Cost sharing or matching is not required under this grant; however, applicants who leverage this grant with other funds receive points. See Section V. A Rating Factor 4.

C. Other 1. HUD Requirements. Applicants for single-purpose grants must comply with the HUD Threshold Requirements listed in the General

Section, Section III, C. in order to receive an award of funds. 2. Program-Related Threshold Requirements. a. Outstanding ICDBG Obligation. According to 24 CFR 1003.301(a), an applicant who has an outstanding ICDBG obligation to HUD that is in arrears, or one that has not agreed to a repayment schedule, will be disqualified from the competition.

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b. Compliance with Fair Housing and Civil Rights Laws. Applicants and subrecipients that are not federally recognized Indian tribes or their instrumentalities are subject to the Civil Rights threshold requirements found in the General Section. Federally recognized Indian tribes and their instrumentalities are subject to the requirements of:

Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, known as the Indian Civil

Rights Act; Section 109 prohibitions against discrimination based on age, sex, religion and disability; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To be eligible to apply, there must be no outstanding violations of these civil rights provisions at the time of application. 3. Project-Specific Threshold Requirements. Applicants must meet all parts of the project-specific threshold applicable to the proposed project. The thresholds are: a. Housing Rehabilitation Project Thresholds. In accordance with 24

CFR 1003.302(a), for housing rehabilitation projects, you must adopt rehabilitation standards and rehabilitation policies before you submit an application. In addition, you must state that you have in place rehabilitation policies and standards that have been adopted in accordance with tribal law or practice. Do not submit your policies or standards with the application. You must also provide a written statement that project funds will be used to rehabilitate HUD-assisted houses only when the homebuyer's payments are current or the homebuyer is current in a repayment agreement except because of an emergency situation. For purposes of meeting this threshold, HUD-assisted houses are houses that are owned and/or managed by the tribe or tribally designated housing entity (TDHE). The ONAP Administrator, on a case-by- case basis, may approve exceptions to this requirement if the applicant provides adequate justification for the exception with its application. b. New Housing Construction Project Thresholds. 1. In accordance with 24 CFR 1003.302(b), new housing construction can only be implemented when necessary through a Community Based

Development Organization (CBDO). Eligible CBDOs are described in 24 CFR 1003.204(c). You must provide documentation establishing that the entity implementing your new housing construction project qualifies as a CBDO. 2. In accordance with 24 CFR 1003.302(b), you must have a current, in effect, tribal resolution adopting and identifying construction standards. 3. In accordance with 24 CFR 1003.302(b), you must also include in your application documentation affirming the following:

(a) No other housing is available in the immediate reservation area that is suitable for the households to be assisted;

(b) No other sources, including Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG), can meet the needs of the household(s) to be served; and

(c) Rehabilitation of the unit occupied by the household(s) to be assisted is not economically feasible;

(d) The household(s) to be housed is currently in an overcrowded house (more than one household per house); or

(e) The household to be assisted has no current residence. c. Economic Development Project Thresholds. In accordance with 24

CFR 1003.302(c), for economic development assistance projects, you must provide a financial analysis. The financial analysis must demonstrate that the project is financially feasible and the project has a reasonable chance of success. The analysis must also demonstrate the public benefit resulting from the ICDBG assistance. The more funds you request, the greater the public benefit you must demonstrate. The analysis must also establish that to the extent practicable, reasonable financial support will be committed from non-federal sources prior to disbursement of federal funds; any grant amount provided will not substantially reduce the amount of non-federal financial support for the activity; not more than a reasonable rate of return on investment is provided to the owner; and that grant funds used for the project will be disbursed on a pro-rata basis with amounts from other sources. d. Land Acquisition to Support New Housing, Homeownership

Assistance, Public Facilities and Improvements, and Microenterprise

Projects. There are no project specific thresholds for these activities. 4. Public Services. Because there is a regulatory 15 percent cap on the amount of grant funds that may be used for public service activities, you may not receive a single-purpose grant solely to fund public service activities. Your application, however, may contain a public service component for up to 15 percent of the total grant, and this component may be unrelated to the other project(s) in your application. If your application does not receive full funding, HUD will reduce the public service allocation proportionately so that it comprises no more than 15 percent of the total grant award. In making such reductions, the feasibility of the proposed project will be taken into consideration. If a proportionate reduction of the public service allocation renders such a project infeasible, the project will not be funded. A complete description of public service projects is located at 24 CFR part 1003.201(e). 5. Eligible Activities. A complete description of activities that are eligible for ICDBG funding is identified at 24 CFR part 1003, subpart C. Rating Factors 2 and 3 included under Section V specify many of the activities listed as eligible under part 1003, subpart C. Those listed include new housing construction (in certain circumstances, as described in Rating Factors 2 and 3), housing rehabilitation, land acquisition to support new housing, homeownership assistance, public facilities and improvements, economic development, and microenterprise programs. However, the following eligible activities not clearly identified by the rating factors may be proposed and rated as described below. a. Acquisition of property. This activity can be proposed as acquisition of land or other real property to support New Housing

Construction, Housing Rehabilitation, Public Facilities and

Improvements, or Economic Development, depending on the purpose of the acquisition. b. Assistance to Institutions of Higher Learning. If such entities have the capacity, they can help the ICDBG grantees implement eligible projects. c. Assistance to Community Based Development Organizations (CBDOs).

Grantees may provide assistance to these organizations to undertake activities related to neighborhood revitalization, community economic development, or energy conservation. d. Clearance and Demolition. These activities can be proposed as part of Housing Rehabilitation, New Housing Construction, Public

Facilities and Improvements, Economic Development, or Land to Support

New Housing. Section 1003.201 (d) states, ``Demolition of HUD-assisted housing units may be undertaken only with the prior approval of HUD.'' e. Code Enforcement. This activity can be proposed as Housing

Rehabilitation. The activity must comply with the requirements at 24

CFR 1003.202. f. Comprehensive Planning. This activity is eligible, and can be proposed as part of any otherwise-eligible project to the extent allowed by the 20 percent cap on the grant for planning/administration.

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g. Energy Efficiency. Associated activities can be proposed under

Housing Rehabilitation or Public Facilities and Improvements, depending upon the type of energy efficiency activity. h. Lead-Based Paint Evaluation and Abatement. These activities can be proposed under Housing Rehabilitation. i. Non-Federal Share. ICDBG funds can be used as a match for any non-ICDBG funding to the extent allowed by such funding and the activity is eligible under 24 CFR part 1003, subpart C. j. Privately and Publicly Owned Commercial or Industrial Buildings

(Real Property Improvements). These activities can be proposed under

Economic Development. Privately owned commercial rehabilitation is subject to the requirements at 24 CFR 1003.202. k. Privately Owned Utilities. Assistance to privately owned utilities can be proposed under Public Facilities and Improvements. l. Removal of Architectural Barriers. This includes removing barriers that restrict mobility and access for elderly and persons with disabilities. In addition, facilities funded by ICDBG or used in the administration of ICDBG funded projects or activities must be accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and HUD's regulations at 24 CFR Part 8.

Applicants should be aware of the accessibility needs of the persons they intend to serve in ICDBG funded projects and activities, and address these needs in appropriate accessible design features or program modifications to ensure that otherwise qualified persons with disabilities may benefit from them. This activity can be proposed under

Housing Rehabilitation or Public Facilities and Improvements, depending upon the type of structure where the barrier will be removed. m. Mold. During the past few years, many tribes have experienced high incidences of mold growth in tribal homes and buildings.

Renovation of affected buildings is eligible under housing rehabilitation or public facility improvement projects. n. Public Services. Public services are those which are directed toward improving the community's public services and facilities, including but not limited to those concerned with employment, crime prevention, child care, health, drug abuse, education, fair housing counseling, energy conservation, welfare, homebuyer downpayment assistance or recreational needs. Also see Section III.C.4. above and 24 CFR 1003.201(e). 6. Ineligible Activities. In general, any activity that is not authorized under the provisions of 24 CFR 1003.201 through 1003.206 is ineligible to be assisted with ICDBG funds. The regulations at 24 CFR 1003.207 govern ineligible activities and should be referred to for details. The following guidance is provided for determining the eligibility of other activities frequently associated with ICDBG projects. a. Government Office Space. Buildings, or portions thereof, used predominantly for the general conduct of government cannot be assisted with ICDBG funds. Those buildings include, but are not limited to, local government office buildings, courthouses, and other headquarters of government where the governing body meets regularly. Buildings that contain both governmental and non-governmental services can be assisted so long as the ICDBG funds are used only for the non-governmental sections. An example of an ineligible building is a building to house the community development division or a tribal administration building.

Your Area ONAP office should be consulted for projects of this nature. b. General Government Expenses. Except as authorized in the regulations or under OMB Circular A-87, expenses required to carry out the regular responsibilities of the unit of general local government are not eligible for assistance with ICDBG funds. c. Maintenance and Operation Expenses. In general, any expenses associated with repairing, operating, or maintaining public facilities and services are not eligible for assistance. Specific exceptions to this general rule are operating and maintenance expenses associated with public service activities [24 CFR 1003.201(e)], office space for program staff employed in carrying out the ICDBG program [24 CFR 1003.206(a)(4)], and interim assistance [24 CFR 1003.201(f)]. For example, where a public service is being assisted with CDBG funds, the cost of operating and maintaining that portion of the facility in which the service is located is eligible as part of the public service.

Examples of ineligible operating and maintenance expenses are routine and non-routine maintenance and repair of streets, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer facilities, neighborhood facilities, senior centers, centers for persons with disabilities, parking facilities, and similar public facilities, as well as staff salaries, utility costs, and similar expenses necessary for the operation of public works and facilities. d. New Housing Construction. The construction of new permanent residential structures and any program to subsidize or finance such new construction is ineligible, unless carried out by a Community-Based

Development Organization (CBDO) pursuant to 24 CFR 1003.204(a). e. Furnishings and Personal Property. In general, the purchase of equipment, fixtures, motor vehicles, furnishings, or other personal property not an integral structural fixture is ineligible. Exceptions include when such purchases are necessary for use in grant administration (24 CFR 1003.206); necessary and appropriate for use in a project carried out by a CBDO (24 CFR 1003.204); used in providing a public service (24 CFR 1003.201(e)); or used as firefighting equipment

(24 CFR 1003.201(c)(1)(ii)). However, ICDBG funds may be used to pay depreciation or use allowances (in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 or

A-122, as applicable). f. Construction Tools and Equipment. The purchase of construction tools and equipment is generally ineligible. However, compensation for the use of such tools and equipment through leasing, depreciation, or use allowances pursuant to OMB Circulars A-87 and A-122, as applicable, for an otherwise eligible activity, is eligible. Exceptions include construction tools and equipment purchased for use as part of a solid waste facility (24 CFR 1003.201(c)(1)(ii)) and construction tools only

(not equipment) purchased for use in a housing rehabilitation project being administered by the recipient using the force account construction method (24 CFR 1003.202(b)(8)). g. Income Payments. In general, assistance shall not be used for income payments for housing or any other purpose. Income payments mean a series of subsistence-type grant payments made to an individual/ family for items such as food, clothing, housing (rent/mortgage), or utilities, but excludes emergency payments made over a period of up to three months to the provider of such items or services on behalf of an individual/family. Examples of ineligible income payments include the payments for income maintenance and housing allowances. h. Job Pirating. ICDBG funds may not be used to assist directly in the relocation of any industrial or commercial plant, facility, or operation, from one area to another, if the relocation is likely to result in a significant loss of employment in the labor market area from which the relocation occurs.

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IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Addresses to Request Application Package. Copies of this published NOFA and all application forms for this NOFA may be downloaded from the grants.gov Web site at http://www.grants.gov/ applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp. If you have difficulty accessing the information, you may receive customer support from grants.gov by calling its Support Desk at (800) 518-GRANTS, or by sending an e-mail to support@grants.gov. You may request general information from the

NOFA Information Center (800-HUD-8929) or 800-HUD-8339 (TTY) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through

Friday, except on federal holidays. When requesting information, please refer to the name of the program you are interested in. The NOFA

Information Center opens for business simultaneously with the publication of the SuperNOFA. You can also obtain information on this

NOFA from HUD's Web site at http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/ fundsavail.cfm.

B. Content and Form of Application Submission 1. Application Information. All information required to complete a valid application is included in the General Section and in this ICDBG

NOFA. Before preparing an application, applicants should carefully review the program description, ineligible activities, program and threshold requirements, and the General Section. Applicants should also review each rating factor listed in Section V of this NOFA, before writing a narrative response. Indicate on the first page of each project submission the type of project(s) you are proposing: Economic

Development, Homeownership Assistance, Housing Rehabilitation, Land

Acquisition to Support New Housing, Microenterprise Programs, New

Housing Construction, or Public Facilities and Improvements. This will help to ensure that the appropriate project-specific thresholds and rating subfactors will be applied. Narrative statements submitted to support your application should be individually labeled to reflect the item the narrative is responding to, e.g., Factor 1, Factor 2, etc. It is recommended that you limit your narrative explanations to 15 pages for all factors and provide the necessary data such as a market analysis, a pro forma, housing survey data, etc., that support the response. Applicants should not submit third-party documents, such as audits, resolutions, policies, unless specifically asked to do so.

Additional information regarding electronic submissions can be found in the General Section.

If you received a waiver to the electronic application submission requirements (see section IV.F. below) and are submitting a paper application, please use separate tabs for each rating factor and rating subfactor. In order to be rated, make sure the response is beneath the appropriate heading. Keep the responses in the same order as the NOFA.

Include all material relevant to a response under the same tab. Only include documentation that will clearly and concisely support your response to the rating criteria.

HUD suggests that you do a preliminary rating for your project, providing a score according to the point system in Section V of this

NOFA. This will show you how reviewers might score your project and identify its strengths and weaknesses. This will help you determine where you can make improvements prior to its submission. An application checklist for you to use to ensure that you have submitted all required components is found in this section under number 2 below. 2. Content of Application, Forms, and Required Elements. The applicant must submit all of the forms required in this section, along with other data listed below. a. Narrative to all five of the rating factors listed in Section

V.A. of this NOFA; b. Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424); c. SF-424 SUPP, Supplement Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for

Applicants (``Faith Based EEO Survey (SF-424 SUPP)'' on Grants.gov); d. HUD-2880, Applicant/Recipient Disclosure/Update Report (``HUD

Applicant Recipient Disclosure Report'' on Grants.gov); e. Acknowledgement of Application Receipt (HUD-2993). (This is relevant only to applicants granted a waiver of the electronic submission requirements and who are submitting a paper application.) f. If the application is being submitted by a tribal organization as defined in 24 CFR 1003.5(b), on behalf of an Indian tribe, you must submit concurring resolutions from the Indian tribe stating that the tribal organization is applying on the tribe's behalf. You must submit the resolution by attaching it as a file to your electronic application submission, or sending it via facsimile transmittal. g. A schedule for implementing the project (form HUD-4125,

Implementation Schedule); h. Cost information for each separate project, including specific activity costs, administration, planning, technical assistance and total HUD share (Form HUD-4123, Cost Summary). Planning and administrative costs cannot exceed 20 percent of the grant. The following criteria apply to planning and administrative costs:

(1) Planning and administrative activities may be funded only in conjunction with a physical development activity.

(2) If you are submitting an application for more than one project, costs must be broken down by project. Submit one form HUD-4123 for each proposed project in addition to a consolidated form HUD-4123 that includes costs for all proposed projects.

(3) Do not include project costs (i.e., architectural/engineering, environmental, technical assistance, staff/overhead costs) directly related to the project.

(4) Indirect costs may be charged to the ICDBG program under a cost sharing plan prepared in accordance with OMB Circular A-21, A-87, or A- 122 as applicable; i. Evidence in the form of a Tribal resolution that the applicant has met the citizen participation requirements of 24 CFR 1003.604(a) and considered any comments and made any necessary modifications to the application; j. A map showing project location, if appropriate; k. Low- and Moderate-Income Benefit. Your application must contain information that indicates at least 70 percent of the grant funds will be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR 1003.208. l. Demographic Data. If applicable, demographic information that complies with the requirements in Section V.A. Rating Factor 2 of this

NOFA. The data accompanying the statement must identify the total number of persons benefiting from the project and the total number of low- and moderate-income persons benefiting from the project. To be considered, supporting documentation must include all of the following:

A sample copy of a survey form, an explanation of the methods used to collect the data, and a listing of incomes by household including household size; m. Project-Specific Thresholds. Applicants must respond to project- specific thresholds outlined in Section III.C.3, as applicable. n. Commitment to Housing for Land Acquisition to Support New

Housing Projects. For land acquisition to support

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new housing projects, your application must include evidence of financial commitment and an ability to construct at least 25 percent of the housing units on the land proposed for acquisition. This evidence must consist of one (or more) of the following: A firm or conditional commitment to construct (or to finance the construction of) the units; documentation that an approvable application for the construction of these units has been submitted to a funding source or entity; or documentation that these units are specifically identified in the

Indian Housing Plan (IHP), (One-Year Financial Resources Narrative;

Table 2, Financial Resources, Part I, Line 1E; and Table 2, Financial

Resources, Part II) submitted by or on behalf of the applicant as an affordable housing resource with a commensurate commitment of Indian

Housing Block Grant (IHBG) (also known as NAHBG) resources. If the IHP for the IHBG (also known as NAHBG) program year that coincides with the implementation of the ICDBG proposed project has not been submitted, you must provide an assurance that the IHP will specifically reference the proposed project. The IHP submission must occur within three years from the date the land is acquired and ready for development; o. Health Care Facilities. If you propose a facility that would provide health care services funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS), you must provide a statement that the facility will meet all applicable

IHS facility requirements. HUD recognizes that tribes that are contracting services from the IHS may establish other facility standards. These tribes must assure that these standards at least compare to nationally accepted minimum standards; p. Correctional Facilities/Juvenile Detention Centers. If you propose a correctional facility or juvenile detention center that would provide correctional services to be funded by the U.S. Department of

Justice (DOJ) and/or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), you must provide a statement that the facility meets all applicable BIA standards regarding correctional operations, programs and designs; q. Optional submissions are:

(1) You Are Our Client! Grant Applicant Survey (HUD 2994-A)

(Optional); and

(2) Program Outcome Logic Model, HUD-96010. See Rating Factor V for additional information.

C. Submission Dates and Times 1. Application Submission Deadline. The application deadline date is July 11, 2008. Applications submitted through http://www.grants.gov/ applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp must be received and validated by

Grants.gov no later than 11:59:59 P.M. eastern time on the application deadline date. Upon submission, Grants.gov will provide the applicant a confirmation of receipt and then validate the application. Within 24 to 48 hours of receipt, the application will be validated by Grants.gov.

If the application does not pass validation, the submitter will receive a rejection notice indicating why the application was rejected, thus giving the applicant (if time permits) an opportunity to make the correction in the application package and resubmit. The General Section provides details of a validation check. HUD advises applicants to submit at least 72 hours prior to the deadline date so that if an application is rejected during the validation process, applicants can correct the errors and resubmit the application prior to the deadline date and time. HUD will not accept any applications sent by e-mail or on a diskette, compact disc, or by facsimile unless HUD specifically requests an applicant to do so. 2. Mailing and Receipt Procedures. Applicants granted a waiver of the electronic submission requirement will receive specific mailing instructions, including the number of copies to be submitted, with approval of the waiver. A list identifying each Area ONAP jurisdiction is provided at http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/ih/onap/area_onap.cfm under the ICDBG program. See 24 CFR part 5. 3. Please carefully follow the instructions in Sections IV.B and F. of the General Section for detailed information regarding application submission, delivery, and timely receipt requirements.

D. Intergovernmental Review

Indian tribes are not subject to the Intergovernmental Review process.

E. Funding Restrictions

See Section III.C.6.

F. Other Submission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit an electronic application, unless they receive a waiver of the requirement. See the General Section for information on electronic application submission and timely submission and receipt requirements. Waiver requests must be submitted to the

Headquarters ONAP, Office of Grants Management, in writing, using mail, e-mail or fax. Waiver requests must be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the application deadline date and should be sent to Deborah M.

Lalancette, HUD, ONAP, 1670 Broadway, 23rd Floor, Denver, CO 80202; by e-mail to Deborah.M.Lalancette@hud.gov or by fax to 303-675-1660.

Applicants granted a waiver of the electronic submission requirement will receive specific mailing instructions, including the number of copies to be submitted, with approval of the waiver. A list identifying each Area ONAP jurisdiction is provided at http://www.hud.gov/offices/ pih/ih/onap/area_onap.cfm under the ICDBG program. See 24 CFR part 5.

V. Application Review Information

A. Criteria 1. RC/EZ/EC-II: Bonus points described in the General Section for projects located in RC/EZ/EC-IIs will not be awarded under this NOFA. 2. Rating Factors to Evaluate and Rate Applications: The factors for rating and ranking applications and the points for each factor are provided below. A maximum of 100 points may be awarded under Rating

Factors 1 through 5. To be considered for funding, your application must receive a minimum of 15 points under rating factor 1 and an application score of at least 70 points. The following summarizes the points assigned to each rating factor and each rating subfactor and lists which rating subfactors apply to which project types. Please use this table to ensure you are addressing the appropriate rating subfactor for your project.

Rating factor

Title

Points

Project type

1.................... CAPACITY OF THE 30............ Minimum of 15

APPLICANT.

Points

Required. 1................ Managerial,

15 or 30*.....

Technical and

Administrative

Capacity. 1.a.......... Managerial and 8............. All Project

Technical Staff.

Types. 1.b.......... Project

3 or 8*....... All Project

Implementation

Types.

Plan. 1.c.......... Financial

2 or 7*....... All Project

Management.

Types. 1.d.......... Procurement and 2 or 7*....... All Project

Contract

Types.

Management.

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2................ Past Performance 15 or 0*...... 2.a.......... Implementation 3 or 0*....... All Project

Schedule.

Types. 2.b.......... Reports......... 3 or 0*....... All Project

Types. 2.c.......... Close-outs...... 3 or 0*....... All Project

Types. 2.d.......... Audits.......... 3 or 0*....... All Project

Types. 2.e.......... Findings........ 3 or 0*....... All Project

Types. 2.................... NEED/EXTENT OF 16............

THE PROBLEM. 1................ Need and

4............. All Project

Viability.

Types. 2................ Project Benefit. 12............ All Project

Types. 2.a.......... Public

12............ Public

Facilities and

Facilities and

Improvement

Improvement

Projects.

Projects 2.b.......... Economic

12............ Economic

Development

Development

Projects.

Projects. 2.c.......... New Housing

12............ New Housing

Construction,

Construction,

Housing

Housing

Rehabilitation,.

Rehabilitation

, Land

Acquisition to

Support. 2.d.......... Microenterprise 12............ Microenterprise

Programs.

Programs. 3.................... SOUNDNESS OF

36............

APPROACH. 1................ Description of 13............ All Project and Rationale

Types. for Proposed. 2................ Budget and Cost 8............. All Project

Estimates.

Types. 3................ HUD Policy

1............. All Project

Priorities.

Types. 4................ Intent to Meet 2............. All Project

Section 3

Types.

Requirements. 5................ Commitment to

12............

Sustain

Activities. 5.a.......... Public

12............ Public

Facilities and

Facilities and

Improvement

Improvements.

Projects. 5.b.......... New Housing

12............ New Housing

Construction,

Construction,

Housing

Housing

Rehabilitation,

Rehabilitation and.

, and

Homeownership

Assistance. 5.c.......... Economic

12............ Economic

Development

Development

Projects.

Projects. 5.d.......... Microenterprise 12............ Microenterprise

Programs.

Programs. 5.e.......... Land Acquisition 12............ Land

Projects to

Acquisition to

Support New

Support New

Housing.

Housing. 4.................... LEVERAGING

8............. All Project

RESOURCES.

Types. 5.................... COMPREHENSIVENES 10............ All Project

S AND

Types.

COORDINATION. 1................ Coordination.... 2............. All Project

Types. 2................ Outputs,

8............. All Project

Outcomes and/or

Types.

Goals.

TOTAL........ ................ 100........... Minimum of 70

Points

Required.

*The first number listed indicates the maximum number of points available to current ICDBG grantees under this subfactor. The second number indicates the maximum number of points available to new applicants.

Rating Factor 1: Capacity of the Applicant (30 points)

This factor addresses the extent to which you have the organizational resources necessary to successfully implement the proposed activities in accordance with your implementation schedule. If applicable, past performance in administering previous ICDBG grants will be taken into consideration. You must address the existence or availability of these resources for the specific type of activity for which you are applying. To be eligible for funding you must receive a minimum of 15 points under this factor for your proposed activity. HUD will not rate any projects further that do not receive a minimum of 15 points under this factor. If you are funded, your progress will be measured against your Implementation Schedule and/or the Logic Model, form HUD-96010. 1. Managerial, Technical, and Administrative Capability. (15 points for current ICDBG grantees and 30 points for new applicants). Your application must include a description demonstrating that you possess or can obtain managerial, technical, and/or administrative capability necessary to carry out the proposed project. Your application must address who will administer the project and how you plan to handle the technical aspects of executing the project in accordance with your implementation schedule. Typical documents that may be submitted include, but are not limited to, written summaries of qualifications and past experience of proposed staff, descriptions of staff responsibilities, and references or letters of endorsement from others who have worked with the proposed staff. Do not submit job descriptions or resumes. a. Managerial and Technical Staff (8 Points)

The extent to which your application describes the roles/ responsibilities and the knowledge/experience of your overall proposed project director and staff, including the day-to-day program manager, consultants, and contractors in planning, managing, and implementing projects in accordance with the implementation schedule for which funding is being requested. Experience will be judged in terms of recent, relevant, and successful experience of your staff to undertake eligible program activities. In rating this factor, HUD will consider experience within the last 5 years to be recent; experience pertaining to the specific activities being proposed or the specific roles and responsibilities described in the application to be relevant; and experience producing specific accomplishments to be successful. The more recent and relevant the experience of your staff members who will work on the project, the greater the number of points you will receive for this rating factor. Please do not include the Social Security

Numbers (SSN) of any staff members.

(8 points) The applicant adequately describes the roles/ responsibilities and the knowledge/experience of its overall project director and staff, including the day-to-day program manager, consultants, and contractors in planning, managing, and implementing projects for which funding is being requested. Staff experience as described in the application is recent (within 5 years), relevant

(pertains to the specific activities being proposed or the specific roles and responsibilities described in the application) and successful

(has produced specific accomplishments).

(4 points) The applicant adequately describes the roles/ responsibilities and the knowledge/experience of its overall project director and staff, including the day-to-day program manager, consultants, and contractors in planning, managing, and implementing

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projects for which funding is being requested. However, one of the following applies: Staff experience as described in the application is not recent (within 5 years), is not relevant (pertains to the specific activities being proposed or the specific roles and responsibilities described in the application), or is not successful (produced specific accomplishments).

(0 points) The applicant failed to adequately describe the roles/ responsibilities and the knowledge/experience of its overall project director and staff, including the day-to-day program manager, consultants, and contractors in planning, managing, and implementing projects for which funding is being requested or more than one of the following applies: Staff experience as described in the application is not recent (not within 5 years), is not relevant (does not pertain to the specific activity being proposed or the specific roles and responsibilities described in the application), or is not successful

(did not produce specific accomplishments). b. Project Implementation Plan (3 Points for Current ICDBG Grantees and 8 Points for new Applicants)

The extent to which your project implementation plan identifies the specific tasks and timelines that you and your partner contractors and/ or sub-grantees will undertake to complete your proposed project on time and within budget. The Project Implementation Schedule, form HUD- 4125, may serve as this required schedule, provided that it is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate that you have clearly thought out your project implementation.

(3 points for current ICDBG grantees and 8 points for new applicants). The applicant submitted a project implementation plan that clearly specifies tasks and timelines.

(2 points for current ICDBG grantees and 5 points for new applicants). The applicant submitted a project implementation plan that did not specify both tasks and timelines.

(0 points for current ICDBG grantees or new applicants). The applicant did not submit a project implementation schedule that addressed all tasks and timelines. c. Financial Management (2 Points for Current ICDBG Grantees and 7

Points for New Applicants)

This subfactor evaluates the extent to which your application describes how your financial management systems meet the requirements of 24 CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003. The application will also be rated on the seriousness/significance of the findings related to your financial management system identified in your current audit. If you are required to have an audit but do not have a current audit, you must submit a letter from your IPA that is dated within the past 12 months stating that your financial management system complies with all applicable regulatory requirements. If you are not required to have an audit, you will automatically receive points for this portion of the subfactor if you provide the other information required by this subfactor. For purposes of this subfactor, a current audit is one which was due to be submitted to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) within the 12-month period prior to the application deadline date. To be considered, the audit must be submitted to the FAC prior to the ICDBG application deadline date. Do not submit financial management and/or internal control policies and procedures or your audit with the application.

(2 points for current ICDBG grantees and 7 points for new applicants). The applicant clearly described how its financial management systems meet the requirements of 24 CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003. The applicant's current audit does not contain any serious or significant findings related to its financial management system, or if there is no current audit, the applicant submitted a letter from its

IPA stating that its financial management system complies with all applicable regulatory requirements.

(1 points for current ICDBG grantees and 4 points for new applicants). The applicant's current audit does not contain any serious or significant findings related to its financial management system, or if there is no current audit, the applicant submitted a letter from its

IPA stating that its financial management system complies with all applicable regulatory requirements. The applicant did not describe how its financial management system meets the requirements of 24 CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003.

(0 points for current ICDBG grantees or new applicants). The applicant's current audit included serious or significant findings related to its financial management systems or, if there is no current audit, the applicant did not submit a letter from its IPA stating its financial management systems comply with all regulatory requirements.

The applicant did not describe how its financial management system meets the requirements of 24 CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003. d. Procurement and Contract Management (2 points for current ICDBG grantees and 7 points for new applicants). This subfactor evaluates the extent to which your application describes how your procurement and contract management policies and procedures will meet the requirements of 24 CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003. The application will also be rated on the seriousness of the findings related to procurement and contract management identified in your current financial audit. If you are required to have an audit but do not have a current audit, you must submit a letter from your IPA stating that your procurement and contract management system complies with all applicable regulatory requirements. If you are not required to have an audit, you will automatically receive points for this portion of the subfactor if you provide the other information required by this subfactor. Do not submit procurement and contract management policies and procedures or your audit with the application.

(2 points for current ICDBG grantees and 7 points for new applicants). The applicant clearly described how its procurement and contract management policies and procedures will meet the requirements of 24 CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003. The applicant's current audit does not contain any serious or significant findings related to its procurement and contract management system, or if there is no current audit, the applicant submitted a letter from its IPA stating that its procurement and contract management system complies with all applicable regulatory requirements.

(1 point for current ICDBG grantees and 4 points for new applicants). The applicant's current audit does not contain any serious or significant findings related to its procurement or contract management system, or if there is no current audit, the applicant submitted a letter from its IPA stating that its procurement and contract management system complies with all applicable regulatory requirements. The applicant did not describe how its procurement and contract management policies and procedures meet the requirements of 24

CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003.

(0 points for current ICDBG grantees or new applicants). The applicant's current audit included serious or significant findings related to its procurement and contract management systems or if there is no current audit, the applicant did not submit a letter from its IPA stating its procurement and contract management systems comply with all regulatory requirements. The

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applicant did not describe how its procurement and contract management policies and procedures will meet the requirements of 24 CFR part 85 and 24 CFR part 1003. 2. Past Performance (15 points for current ICDBG grantees and 0 points for new applicants). HUD will evaluate your experience in producing products and reports in accordance with regulatory timelines for any previous grant programs undertaken with HUD funds for the following performance measures. Applicants are not required to respond to the subfactors related to past performance. HUD will rely on information on file. a. Implementation Schedule (3 points for current ICDBG grantees and 0 points for new applicants). The applicant is not more than 90 days behind schedule in meeting the time frames established in the HUD- approved Implementation Schedule for the ICDBG program.

(1) (3 points) The applicant is not more than 90 days behind schedule in meeting the timeframes established in the HUD-approved implementation schedule.

(2) (2 points) The applicant is not more than 120 days behind schedule in meeting the timeframes established in the HUD-approved implementation schedule.

(3) (0 points) The applicant is more than 120 days behind schedule in meeting timeframes established in the HUD-approved implementation schedule. b. Reports (3 points for current ICDBG grantees and 0 points for new applicants). Annual Status and Evaluation Reports (ASER) and

Federal Cash Transaction Reports are submitted by the report submission deadlines. The ASER is due 45 days after the end of the federal fiscal year on November 15. Federal Cash Transaction Reports are due quarterly on April 21, July 21, October 20, and January 22.

(1) (3 points) The applicant has submitted both the ASER and

Federal Cash Transaction Reports for ICDBG programs within 15 days of the report submission deadlines.

(2) (2 points) The applicant has submitted either the Federal Cash

Transaction Reports or the ASERs for ICDBG programs within 15 days of the report submission deadline.

(3) (0 points) The applicant has submitted neither of the required reports within 15 days of the report submission deadline. c. Close-outs. (3 points for current ICDBG grantees and 0 points for new applicants). The applicant has submitted close-out documents to

HUD by the required deadline. Close-out documents are required for the

ICDBG program within 90 days of the date it is determined that the criteria for close-out at 24 CFR 1003.508 have been met.

(1) (3 points) The applicant submitted close-out documents to HUD in accordance with the timeframe and criteria at Sec. 1003.508.

(2) (0 points) The applicant has not submitted close-out documents to HUD as required by Sec. 1003.508. d. Audits. (3 points for current ICDBG grantees and 0 points for new applicants). The applicant has submitted annual audits in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 and its compliance supplements, or if you have received an extension of the audit submission date, your audit was submitted by the extended date. If an extension was received, submit a copy of the extension approval. Do not submit your audit with the application. Applicants who are not required to submit an annual audit in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 must state this in their application in order to receive points for this subfactor.

(1) (3 points) The applicant has submitted annual audits in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 and its compliance supplements, or if you have received an extension of the audit submission date, your audit was submitted by the extended date. If an extension was received, you submitted a copy of the extension approval. If the applicant has not been required to submit an audit, it will receive 3 points.

(2) (0 points) The applicant has not submitted annual audits in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 and its compliance supplements or if you have received an extension of the audit submission date, your audit was not submitted by the extended date. e. Findings (3 points for current ICDBG grantees and 0 points for new applicants). The applicant has resolved ICDBG monitoring findings and controlled audit findings by the established target date, or there are no findings in current reports. Do not submit responses to open monitoring or audit findings with the application.

(1) (3 points) The applicant resolved open ICDBG monitoring findings and controlled audit findings by the established target date.

If there were no open audit or ICDBG monitoring findings (current grantees only), the applicant will receive 3 points.

(2) (0 points) The applicant has not resolved open ICDBG monitoring findings and controlled audit findings by the established target date.

Rating Factor 2: Need/Extent of the Problem (16 points)

This factor addresses the extent to which there is a need for the proposed project to address a documented problem among the intended beneficiaries. 1. Need and Viability (up to 4 points) Your application includes quantitative information demonstrating that the proposed project meets an essential community development need and is critical to the viability of the community. 2. Project Benefit (12 points) Your project benefits the neediest segment of the population, in accordance with the ICDBG program's primary objective defined at 24 CFR 1003.2. The criteria for this sub- factor vary according to the type of project for which you are applying. a. Public Facilities and Improvement Projects (12 Points)

The proposed activities benefit the neediest segment of the population, as identified below. In order to meet the requirements of this section, you must submit the most recently available Decennial

Census information or you may submit data that are unpublished, not generally available, and not older than the latest Census data. If you are submitting demographic data other than the Census, your application must contain a statement that the following criteria have been met:

--Generally available published data are substantially inaccurate or incomplete;

--Data that you submit have been collected systematically and are statistically reliable;

--Data are, to the greatest extent feasible, independently verifiable; and

--Data differentiate between reservation and BIA service area populations, when applicable.

The data accompanying the statement must identify the total number of persons benefiting from the project and the total number of low- and moderate-income persons benefiting from the project. To be considered, supporting documentation must include all of the following: A sample copy of a survey form, an explanation of the methods used to collect the data, and a listing of incomes by household including household size;

(1) (12 points) At least 85 percent of the beneficiaries are low- or moderate-income.

(2) (8 points) At least 75 percent but less than 85 percent of the beneficiaries are low- or moderate-income.

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(3) (4 points) At least 55 percent but less than 75 percent of the beneficiaries are low- or moderate-income.

(4) (0 points) Less than 55 percent of the beneficiaries are low-or moderate-income. b. Economic Development Projects (12 Points)

The proposed activities benefit the neediest segment of the population, as identified below. For economic development projects, you may consider beneficiaries of the project as persons served by the project and/or persons employed by the project, and jobs created or retained by the project. For persons served by the project, you must submit the most recently available Decennial Census information or you may submit data that are unpublished, not generally available, and not older than the latest Census data as described in 2.a. above. For documenting persons employed by the project, you do not need to submit a demographic data statement and corresponding documentation. However, you do need to submit information that describes the nature and number of the jobs created or retained for low/moderate income people. Such information includes, but is not limited to, brief descriptions of proposed job responsibilities, job titles, salaries, and the number of full-time equivalent positions. If you believe jobs will be retained as a result of the ICDBG project, include information that shows clearly and objectively that jobs will be lost without the ICDBG project. Jobs that are retained only for the period of the grant will not count under this rating factor.

(1) (12 points) At least 85 percent of the beneficiaries are low- or moderate-income.

(2) (8 points) At least 75 percent but less than 85 percent of the beneficiaries are low- or moderate-income.

(3) (4 points) At least 55 percent but less than 75 percent of the beneficiaries are low- or moderate-income.

(4) (0 points) Less than 55 percent of the beneficiaries are low- or moderate-income. c. New Housing Construction, Housing Rehabilitation, Land Acquisition to Support New Housing, and Homeownership Assistance Projects (12

Points)

The need for the proposed project is determined by utilizing data from the tribe's 2007 IHBG formula information. The ratio is based on the dollars allocated to a tribe under the IHBG program for need divided by the sum of the number of American Indian and Alaskan Native

(AIAN) households in the following categories:

--Annual income less than 30 percent of median income;

--Annual income between 30 percent and 50 percent of median income;

--Annual income between 50 percent and 80 percent of median income;

--Overcrowded or without kitchen or plumbing;

--Housing cost burden greater than 50 percent of annual income;

--Housing shortage (Number of low-income AIAN households less total number of NAHASDA and Formula Current Assisted Stock).

This ratio is computed for each tribe and posted in the ``Factor 2

Needs Table'' that is available at http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/ grants/fundsavail.cfm under the ICDBG program.

(1) (12 points) The dollar amount for the Indian tribe is $311-$750 or the tribe's total FY 2007 IHBG amount was $100,000 or less and the

Needs Table indicates that the Indian tribe has no AIAN households experiencing income or housing problems.

(2) (8 points) The dollar amount for the Indian tribe is $751-

$1,250.

(3) (4 points) The dollar amount for the Indian tribe is $1,251-

$1,999.

(4) (0 points) The dollar amount for the Indian tribe is $2,000 or higher, or the Needs Table indicates that the Indian tribe has no AIAN households experiencing income or housing problems. d. Microenterprise Programs (12 Points)

A microenterprise is a business that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the enterprise. The owner(s) of the microenterprise must be low- or moderate-income and the majority of the jobs created or retained will be for low- or moderate-income persons.

To evaluate need, the nature of the jobs created or retained will be evaluated. For documenting persons employed by the project, you do not need to submit a demographic data statement and corresponding documentation. However, you do need to submit information that describes the nature and number of the jobs created or retained for low/moderate income people. Such information includes, but is not limited to, brief descriptions of proposed job responsibilities, job titles, salaries, and the number of full-time equivalent positions. If you believe jobs will be retained as a result of the ICDBG project, include information that shows clearly and objectively that jobs will be lost without the ICDBG project. Jobs that are retained only for the period of the grant will not count under this rating factor.

The owners of the microenterprises are low- and moderate-income and:

(1) (12 points) All employees are low-or moderate-income.

(2) (8 points) At least 75 percent but less than 100 percent of the employees are low- or moderate-income.

(3) (4 points) At least 50 percent but less than 75 percent of the employees are low- or moderate-income.

(4) (0 points) Less than 50 percent of the employees are low- and moderate-income.

Rating Factor 3: Soundness of Approach (36 Points)

This factor addresses the quality and anticipated effectiveness of your proposed project to enhance community viability and meet the needs you have identified in Rating Factor 2 and the commitment to sustain your proposed project. The populations that were described in demographics that documented need should be the same populations that will receive the primary benefit of the proposed project. 1. Description of and Rationale for Proposed Project (13 Points) a. (13 points) The proposed project is a viable and cost-effective approach to address the needs outlined under Rating Factor 2 of your application. The proposed project is described in detail and you indicate why you believe it will be most effective in addressing the identified need. In order for an application to receive full credit under this factor, the application must demonstrate how the community's viability will be enhanced, as presented in Rating Factor 5. The application includes a description of the size, type, and location of the project and a rationale for project design. If your application is for construction of housing or a public facility building or rehabilitation project, it must also include anticipated cost savings related to project development due to program design or construction methods. For land acquisition to support new housing projects, you must establish that there is a reasonable ratio between the number of net usable acres to be acquired and the number of low- and moderate-income households to benefit from the project. b. (10 points) The proposed project is a viable and cost-effective approach to address the needs outlined under Rating Factor 2 of the application. The project is described in detail and indicates why you believe the project will be most effective in addressing the identified need. The application includes a

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description of the size, type, and location of the project, as well as a rationale for project design. For land acquisition to support new housing projects, the applicant has established that there is a reasonable ratio between the number of net usable acres to be acquired and the number of low- and moderate-income households to benefit from this project. The application (for construction of housing or a public facility building or rehabilitation projects) does not include anticipated cost savings due to program design and/or construction methods. c. (6 points) The proposed project is a viable and cost-effective approach to address the needs outlined under Rating Factor 2 of the application. The project is described and you indicate why you believe the project will be most effective in addressing the identified need.

The application includes a description of the size, type, and location of the project. For land acquisition to support new housing projects, the applicant has established that there is a reasonable ratio between the number of net usable acres to be acquired and the number of low- and moderate-income households to benefit from the project. The application (for construction of housing or a public facility building or rehabilitation activities) does not include anticipated cost savings due to program design and/or construction methods. d. (0 points) The proposed project is not a viable and cost- effective approach to address the needs outlined under Rating Factor 2 of the application. The proposed project is not described in detail with an indication of why the applicant believes the project will be most effective in addressing the identified need. For land acquisition to support new housing projects, the applicant has not established that there is a reasonable ratio between the number of net usable acres to be acquired and the number of low- and moderate-income households to benefit from the project. The application (for construction of housing or a public facility building and rehabilitation activities) does not include anticipated cost savings due to program design and/or construction methods. 2. Budget and Cost Estimates (8 Points)

The budget is thorough and reasonable and all costs are documented.

Cost estimates must be broken down by line item for each proposed activity, including planning and administration costs, and documented.

You must provide a description of the qualifications of the person who prepared the cost estimate. 3. HUD Policy Priorities (1 Point)

Your application addresses the goals for ``Improving Our Nation's

Communities,'' or ``Encouraging Accessible Design Features'' two of

HUD's 2008 policy priorities, as described in Section V. B. of the

General Section. You must describe which one of these two policy priorities you select and describe how your activity will meet the applicable goals. 4. Intent To Meet Section 3 Requirements (2 Points)

Your application demonstrates how you will apply the Section 3 requirements of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and the regulations in 24 CFR part 135 (Economic Opportunities for Low- and

Very-Low-Income Persons) to the proposed project. You must demonstrate how you will incorporate Section 3 principles, with goals for expanding opportunities for Section 3 residents and business concerns, to your proposed project. The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs shall, to the extent feasible, be directed toward low- and very-low-income persons

(but not in derogation of compliance with the Indian Preference provisions in Section 7(b) of the Indian Self-Determination and

Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450e(b)). 5. Commitment to Sustain Activities (12 Points)

Your application demonstrates your commitment to your community's viability by sustaining your proposed activities. The information provided is sufficient to determine that the project will proceed effectively.

The criteria for this sub-factor vary according to the type of project for which you are applying. a. Public Facilities and Improvement Projects (12 Points)

(1) (12 points) If a tribe assumes operation and maintenance responsibilities for the public facilities and improvements, provide a written statement that the tribe has adopted the operation and maintenance plan and commits the necessary funds to provide for these responsibilities. In addition, describe how the operation and maintenance plan addresses maintenance, repairs, insurance, security, and replacement reserves and include a cost breakdown for annual expenses. If an entity other than the tribe commits to pay for operation and maintenance for the public facilities, a written statement from the entity is included in the application that the entity has developed the operation and maintenance plan and commits the necessary funds to provide for these responsibilities. In addition, describe how the operation and maintenance plan addresses maintenance, repairs, insurance, security, and replacement reserves and include a cost breakdown for annual expenses. For public facility buildings only, a commitment is included in the application that identifies the source of and commits the necessary operating funds for any recreation, social, or other services to be provided. In addition, letters of commitment from service providers are included that address both operating expenses and space needs.

(2) (8 points) If a tribe assumes operation and maintenance responsibilities for the public facilities and improvements, provide a written statement that the tribe has adopted the operation and maintenance plan and commits the necessary funds to provide for these responsibilities. In addition, a description was included that shows that the operation and maintenance plan addresses only four of the following items (maintenance, repairs, insurance, security, and replacement reserves) but a satisfactory cost breakdown for annual expenses was not included. If an entity other than the tribe commits to pay for operation and maintenance for the public facilities and maintenance, a written statement from the entity is included in the application that the entity has developed the operations and maintenance plan and commits the necessary funds to provide for these responsibilities. In addition, a description was included that shows that the operation and maintenance plan addresses only four of the following items (maintenance, repairs, insurance, security, and replacement reserves) but a satisfactory cost breakdown for annual expenses was not included. For community buildings only, a commitment is included in the application that identifies the source of and commits the necessary operating funds for any recreation, social, or other services to be provided. In addition, letters of commitment from service providers are included that address both operating expenses and space needs. Information provided is sufficient to determine that the project will proceed effectively.

(3) (4 points) If a tribe assumes operation and maintenance responsibilities for the public facilities and improvements, the application includes a written statement that the

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tribe has adopted the operation and maintenance plan and commits the necessary funds to provide for these responsibilities, or a description of the operation and maintenance plan is included that shows that the plan addresses only three of the following items (maintenance, repairs, insurance, security, and replacement reserves). If an entity other than the tribe commits to pay for operation and maintenance for the public facilities and maintenance, the application includes a written statement that the entity has developed the operation and maintenance plan and commits the necessary funds to provide for these responsibilities, or a description of the operation and maintenance plan is included that shows that the plan addresses only three of the following items (maintenance, repairs, insurance, security, and replacement reserves). Letters of commitment to provide services are included but they do not address operating expenses and space needs.

Information provided is sufficient to determine that the project will proceed effectively.

(4) (0 points) None of the above criteria is met. b. New Housing Construction, Housing Rehabilitation, and Homeownership

Assistance Projects (12 Points)

(1) (12 points) The ongoing maintenance responsibilities are clearly identified for the tribe and/or the participants, as applicable. If the tribe or another entity is assuming maintenance responsibilities, then the applicant must describe the maintenance responsibilities and provide a commitment to that effect.

(2) (8 points) Maintenance responsibilities for the tribe and/or participants are identified and described, but lacking in detail, and the commitment regarding maintenance responsibilities is submitted.

(3) (4 points) Tribal maintenance responsibilities are identified but participant responsibilities are either not addressed or do not exist, or there is no commitment regarding maintenance responsibilities.

(4) (0 points) None of the above criteria is met. c. Economic Development Projects (12 Points)

You must include information or documentation that addresses or provides all of the following in the application: A description of the organizational system and capacity of the entity that will operate the business; documents that show that formal provisions exist for separation of government functions from business operating decisions, an operating plan for the project, and the feasibility and market analysis of the proposed business activity and the financial viability of the project.

(1) Appropriate documents to include in the application to address these items include:

(a) Articles of incorporation, bylaws, resumes of key management positions, and board members for the entity who will operate the business.

(b) Business operating plan.

(c) A market study no more than two years old and which has been conducted by an independent entity.

(d) Financial analysis and feasibility study no more than two years old which indicates how the proposed business will capture a fair share of the market, and which has been conducted by an independent entity.

(e) Detailed cost summary for the development of the project.

(f) For the expansion of an existing business, copies of financial statements for the most recent three years (or the life of the business, if less than three years).

(2) The submitted documentation will be evaluated to determine the project's financial chance for success. The following questions must be addressed to meet this requirement:

(a) Does the business plan seem thorough and does the organization structure have quality control and responsibilities built in?

(b) Does the business plan or market analysis indicate that a substantial market share is likely within five years?

(c) Do the costs appear to be reasonable given projected income and information about inputs?

(d) Does the business plan or cash flow analysis indicate that cash flow will be positive within the first year?

(e) Is the financial statement clean with no indications of concern by the auditor?

(12 points) All above documents applicable to the proposed project are included in your application and provide evidence that the project's chance for financial success is excellent.

(6 points) Most of the above documents applicable to the proposed project are included and provide evidence that the project's chance for financial success is reasonable.

(0 points) Neither of the above criteria is met. d. Microenterprise Programs (12 Points)

(1) You must include the following information or documentation in the application that addresses or provides a description of how your microenterprise program will operate. Appropriate information to include in the application to address program operations includes:

(a) Program description. A description of your microenterprise program including the types of assistance offered to microenterprise applicants and the types of entities eligible to apply for such assistance.

(b) Processes for selecting applicants. A description of your processes for analyzing microenterprise applicants' business plans, market studies, and financial feasibility. For credit programs, you must describe your process for determining the loan terms (i.e., interest rate, maximum loan amount, duration, loan servicing provisions) to be offered to individual microenterprise applicants.

(2) (12 points) All of the above information or documentation applicable to the proposed project are thoroughly addressed in the application and the chances for success are excellent.

(3) (6 points) Most of the above information or documentation applicable to the proposed project are addressed in the application and the chances for success are reasonable.

(4) (0 points) Neither of the above criteria is met. e. Land Acquisition Projects to Support New Housing (12 Points)

Submissions must include the results of a preliminary investigation conducted by a qualified independent entity demonstrating that the proposed site has suitable soil conditions for housing and related infrastructure, potable drinking water is accessible for a reasonable cost, access to utilities, vehicular access, drainage, nearby social and community services, and no known environmental problems.

(1) (12 points) The submissions include all of the above-mentioned items and all necessary infrastructure is in place.

(2) (6 points) The submissions demonstrate that the proposed site(s) is/are suitable for housing but that not all necessary infrastructure is in place. A detailed description of resources to be used and a detailed implementation schedule for development of all necessary infrastructure demonstrates that such infrastructure, as needed for proposed housing development, will be developed in time for such development, but no later than two years after site purchase.

(3) (0 points) Neither of the above criteria is met.

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Rating Factor 4: Leveraging Resources (8 points)

HUD believes that ICDBG funds can be used more effectively to benefit a larger number of Native American and Alaska Native persons and communities if projects are developed that use tribal resources and resources from other entities in conjunction with ICDBG funds. To encourage this, HUD will award points based on the percentage of non-

ICDBG resources provided relative to project costs as follows:

Non-ICDBG resources to project costs

Points

Less than 4 percent..........................................

0

At least 4 percent but less than 11 percent..................

2

At least 11 percent but less than 18 percent.................

4

At least 18 percent but less than 25 percent.................

6 25 percent or more...........................................

8

Contributions that could be considered as leveraged resources for point award include, but are not limited to: Tribal trust funds, loans from individuals or organizations, private foundations, businesses, state or federal loans or guarantees, other grants including IHBG (also known as NAHBG) funds, donated goods and services needed for the project, land needed for the project, and direct administrative costs.

With the exception of land acquisition, funds that have been expended on the project prior to the application deadline date will not be counted as leverage. Applicants are reminded that environmental review requirements under 24 CFR part 58 apply to the commitment or use of both ICDBG and non-ICDBG funds in a leveraged project. See Section

VI.B. of this NOFA for information related to this requirement.

Contributions that will not be considered include, but are not limited to: Indirect administrative costs as identified in OMB Circular

A-87, attachment A, section F; contributions of resources to pay for anticipated operations and maintenance costs of the proposed project; and, in the cases of expansions to existing facilities, the value of the existing facility.

To obtain points for this rating factor, letters of firm or projected commitments, memoranda of understanding, or agreements to participate from any entity, including the tribe that will be providing a contribution to the project, must accompany the application. The documentation must be received by HUD in the paper application package

(if you have received a waiver of the electronic submission requirement) or for electronically submitted applications, the documentation must be scanned and submitted as part of the application documents or sent by facsimile transmittal (see the General Section).

To receive funding consideration, all documents must be received by the application deadline dates and meet the timely receipt requirements.

To demonstrate the commitment of tribal resources, the application must contain a written statement that identifies and commits the tribal resources to the project, subject to approval of the ICDBG assistance.

In the case of IHBG funds, whether the tribe or a TDHE administers them, an approved Indian Housing Plan (IHP) must identify and commit the IHBG resources to the project. Do not submit the IHP with your application. ONAP will rely on the most recently approved IHP on file.

If the tribe/TDHE intends to include the leveraged commitment in a future IHP, the application must contain a written statement that identifies and commits the IHBG resources to the project subject to the same requirements as above.

To demonstrate the commitment of a public agency, foundation, or other private party resources, a letter of commitment, memorandum of understanding, and/or agreement to participate, including any conditions to which the contribution may be subject, must be submitted with the application. All letters of commitment must include the donor organization's name, the specific resource proposed, the dollar amount of the financial or in-kind resource and method for valuation, and the purpose of that resource within the proposed project. An official of the organization legally authorized to make commitments on behalf of the organization must sign the commitment.

HUD recognizes that in some cases, firm commitments of non-tribal resources may not be obtainable by your tribe by the application deadline. For such projected resources, your application must include a statement from the contributing entity that describes why the firm commitment cannot be made at the current time and affirms that your tribe and the proposed project meets eligibility criteria for receiving the resource. In addition, a date by which the funding decisions will be made must be included. This date cannot be more than six months from the anticipated date of grant approval by HUD. Should HUD not receive notification of the firm commitment within 6 months of the date of grant approval, HUD will recapture the grant funds approved and will use them in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR 1003.102.

In addition to the above requirements, for all contributions of goods, services and land, you must demonstrate that the donated items are necessary to the actual development of the project and include comparable costs that support the donation. Land valuation must be established using one of the following methods and the documentation must be contained in the application: a site-specific appraisal no more than two years old; an appraisal of a nearby comparable site also no more than two years old; a reasonable extrapolation of land value based on current area realtor value guides; or a reasonable extrapolation of land value based on recent sales of similar properties in the same area.

Rating Factor 5: Comprehensiveness and Coordination (10 Points)

This factor addresses the extent to which your project planning and proposed implementation reflect a coordinated, community-based process of identifying and addressing needs, including assisting beneficiaries and the program to achieve self-sufficiency/sustainability. The applicant should describe the project's specific benchmarks, outputs, outcomes, and goals for enhancing community viability. The applicant should also indicate how you will measure and evaluate how the goals are being met.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the Logic Model, HUD form 96010, to provide information on the measurable outputs, outcomes and program evaluation requirements. Alternatively this information can be submitted in a narrative format. 1. Coordination (up to 2 points). The application addresses the extent to which you have coordinated your proposed ICDBG activities with other organizations and/or tribal departments that are not providing direct financial support to your proposed work activities, but with which you share common goals and objectives and are working toward meeting these objectives in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

For example, your project is consistent with and, to the extent possible, identified in the IHP (One-Year Financial Resources

Narrative; Table 2, Financial Resources, Part I., Line 1E; and, Table 2, Financial Resources, Part II.) submitted by you or on your behalf for the IHBG (also known as NAHBG) program. If the IHP for the IHBG

(also known as NAHBG) program year that coincides with the implementation of the ICDBG proposed project has not been submitted, you

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must provide a written statement that when submitted, the IHP will specifically reference the proposed project. 2. Outputs, Outcomes, and/or Goals (up to 8 points). The extent to which your proposed project identifies, measures and evaluates the specific benchmarks, outputs, outcomes and/or goals of your project that enhance community viability.

Outputs must include, where applicable:

Number of houses rehabilitated;

Number of jobs created;

Square feet for any public facility;

Number of education or job training opportunities provided;

Number of homeownership units constructed or financed;

Number of businesses assisted (including number of minority/Native American);

Number of families proposed to be assisted through a drug- elimination program, or through a program to reduce or eliminate health-related hazards.

Outcomes must include, where appropriate:

Reduction in the number of families living in substandard housing;

Increased income resulting from employment generated by project;

Increased quality of life due to services provided by the public facility;

Increased economic self-sufficiency of program beneficiaries;

Increase in homeownership rates;

Reduction of drug-related crime or health-related hazards.

HUD is providing a Master Logic Model as a Microsoft Excel\TM\ file with dropdown listings from which applicants may select the items in each column that reflect their activity outputs and outcomes. The

Master Logic Model listing also identifies the unit of measure that HUD is interested in collecting for the output and outcome selected.

Applicants can also select the appropriate estimated number of units of measure to be accomplished and identified for each output and outcome.

The space next to the output and outcome is intended to capture the anticipated units of measure. Multiple outputs and outcomes may be selected per project. The Master Logic Model is incorporated into the form available as part of the ICDBG Instructions download from

Grants.gov. Training on use of the dropdown form will be provided via

Webcast. The schedule for Webcast training can be found at http:// www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm.

B. Review and Selection Process 1. Application Selection Process. You must meet all the applicable threshold requirements listed in Section III.C. Your application must meet all screening for acceptance requirements and all identified applicant and project-specific thresholds. HUD will review each application and assign points in accordance with the selection factors described in this section. 2. Application Screening. The Area ONAP will screen applications for single-purpose grants. The Area ONAP will reject an application that fails this screening and will return the application unrated. The

Area ONAP will accept your application if it meets all the criteria listed below as items (a) through (e). a. Your application is received or submitted in accordance with the requirements set forth under Application and Submission Procedures in

Section IV of this NOFA; b. You are eligible; c. The proposed project is eligible; d. Your application contains substantially all the components specified in Section IV. B. of this NOFA; e. Your application shows that at least 70 percent of the grant funds are to be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate- income persons, in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR 1003.208.

For screening purposes only, HUD will use the 2000 census data if the data you submitted does not meet this screening requirement. 3. Threshold Compliance. The Area ONAP will review each application that passes the screening process to ensure that each applicant and each proposed project meets the applicant threshold requirements set forth in 24 CFR 1003.301(a) and the project-specific threshold requirements set forth in 24 CFR 1003.302 and III.C. of this NOFA. 4. Past Performance. An applicant's past performance is evaluated under Rating Factor 1. Applicants are encouraged to address all performance-related criteria prior to the application deadline date. An applicant must score a minimum of 15 points under Rating Factor 1 in order to meet the minimum point requirements outlined below in this

NOFA. 5. Rating. The Area ONAP will review and rate each project that meets the acceptance criteria and threshold requirements.

After the applications are rated, a summary review of all applications will be conducted to ensure consistency in the application rating. The summary review will be performed by either the Grants

Management Director (or designee) or by a panel composed of up to three staff members.

The total number of points for rating factors 1 through 5 is 100. 6. Minimum Points. To be considered for funding, your application must receive a minimum of 15 points under Rating Factor 1 and an application score of 70 points. 7. Ranking. All projects will be ranked against each other according to the point totals they receive, regardless of the type of project or component under which the points were awarded. Projects will be selected for funding based on the final ranking to the extent that funds are available. The Area ONAP will determine individual grant amounts in a manner consistent with the considerations set forth in 24

CFR 1003.100(b)(2). Specifically, the Area ONAP may approve a grant amount less than the amount requested. In doing so, the Area ONAP may take into account the size of the applicant, the level of demand, the scale of the activity proposed relative to need and operational capacity, the number of persons to be served, the amount of funds required to achieve project objectives, and the reasonableness of the project costs. If the Area ONAP determines that there are not enough funds available to fund a project as proposed by the applicant, it may decline to fund that project and may fund the next highest-ranking project or projects for which adequate funds are available. The Area

ONAP shall select, in rank order, additional projects for funding if one of the higher-ranking projects is not funded or if additional funds become available. 8. Tiebreakers. When rating results in a tie among projects and insufficient resources remain to fund all tied projects, the Area ONAP will approve projects that can be fully funded over those that cannot be fully funded. When that does not resolve the tie, the Area ONAP will use the following factors in the order listed to resolve the tie:

(a) The applicant that has not received an ICDBG over the longest period of time.

(b) The applicant with the fewest active ICDBGs.

(c) The project that would benefit the highest percentage of low- and moderate-income persons. 9. Technical Deficiencies and Pre-Award Requirements a. Technical Deficiencies. If there are technical deficiencies in successful applications, you must satisfactorily address these deficiencies before HUD can make a grant award. See the General Section at V.B.4. for information on curing deficiencies. b. Pre-Award Requirements. Successful applicants may be required to provide supporting documentation

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concerning the management, maintenance, operation, or financing of proposed projects before a grant agreement can be executed. Such documentation may include additional specifications on the scope, magnitude, timing or method of implementing the project; or information to verify the commitment of other resources required to complete, operate, or maintain the proposed project. HUD will notify applicants by facsimile or via the U.S. Postal Service, return receipt requested.

Applicants will be provided thirty (30) calendar days from the date of receipt of the HUD notification to respond to these requirements. No extensions will be provided. If the deadline date falls on a Saturday,

Sunday, or federal holiday, your response must be received by HUD on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday. If you do not respond within the prescribed time period or you make an insufficient response, the Area ONAP will determine that you have not met the requirements and will withdraw the grant offer. You may not substitute new projects for those originally proposed in your application and any new information will not affect your project's rating and ranking. The Area ONAP will award, in accordance with the provisions of this NOFA, grant amounts that had been allocated for applicants unable to meet pre-award requirements. c. The time period for calculating the response deadline for technical deficiencies and pre-award requirements begins on the day after receipt of the pre-award letter from the Area ONAP. 10. Error and Appeals. Judgments made within the provisions of this

NOFA and the program regulations (24 CFR part 1003) are not subject to claims of error. You may bring arithmetic errors in the rating and ranking of applications to the attention of the Area ONAPs within 30 days of being informed of your score. Please see Section VI.A. of the

General Section for further information regarding errors. 11. Performance and Compliance Actions of Funding Recipients. HUD will measure and address the performance of and order compliance actions by funding recipients in accordance with the applicable standards and sanctions of their respective programs.

VI. Award Administration Information

A. Award Notices. HUD expects to announce awards by November 26, 2008. As soon as rating and ranking are completed, the applicant has complied with any pre-award requirements, and Congressional release has been obtained, a grant award letter, a grant agreement, and other forms and certifications will be mailed to the recipient for signature and return to the Area ONAP. The grant agreement, which is signed by HUD and the recipient, establishes the conditions by which both the Area

ONAP and the recipient must abide during the life of the grant. All grants are conditioned on the completion of all environmental obligations and approval of release of funds by the Area ONAP in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR part 58. HUD may impose other grant conditions, if additional actions or approvals are required, before the use of funds.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements 1. Statutory and Regulatory Requirements. a. Environmental Requirements. As required by 24 CFR 1003.605,

ICDBG grantees must perform environmental reviews of ICDBG activities in accordance with 24 CFR part 58 (as amended 9/29/03). Grantees and other participants in the development process may not commit or expend any ICDBG or nonfederal funds on project activities (other than those listed in 24 CFR 58.22(f), 58.34 or 58.35(b)) until HUD has approved a

Request for Release of Funds and environmental certification submitted by the grantee. The expenditure or commitment of ICDBG or nonfederal funds for such activities prior to HUD approval may result in the denial of assistance for the project or activities under consideration.

D. b. Indian Preference. HUD has determined that the ICDBG program is subject to Section 7(b) of the Indian Self-Determination and

Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450e(b)). The provisions and requirements for implementing this section are in 24 CFR 1003.510. c. Anti-discrimination Provisions. Under the authority of Section 107(e)(2) of the CDBG statute, HUD waived the requirement that recipients comply with the anti-discrimination provisions in Section 109 of the CDBG statute with respect to race, color, and national origin. You must comply with the other prohibitions against discrimination in Section 109 (HUD's regulations for Section 109 are in 24 CFR part 6) and with the Indian Civil Rights Act. d. Conflict of Interest. In addition to the conflict of interest requirements with respect to procurement transactions found in 24 CFR 85.36 and 84.42, as applicable, the provisions of 24 CFR 1003.606 apply to such activities as the provision of assistance by the recipient or sub-recipients to businesses, individuals, and other private entities under eligible activities that authorize such assistance. e. Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons

(Section 3). Section 3 requirements apply to the ICDBG program, but as stated in 24 CFR 135.3(c), the procedures and requirements of 24 CFR part 135 apply to the maximum extent consistent with, but not in derogation of, compliance with Indian Preference. 2. OMB Circulars and Government-wide Regulations Applicable to

Financial Assistance Programs. The policies, guidance and requirements of OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles Applicable to Grants, Contracts and Other Agreements with State and Local Governments; and OMB Circular

A-122, Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations; and OMB Circular A- 133, Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit

Organizations; and the regulations at 24 CFR part 85, Administrative

Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local and

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments apply to the award, acceptance, and use of assistance under the ICDBG program and to the remedies for noncompliance, except when inconsistent with the provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2006 (Pub. L. 109- 115; approved November 30, 2005) or the ICDBG program regulations at 24

CFR part 1003. Copies of the OMB Circulars may be obtained from EOP publications. Room 22000, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, telephone (202) 395-3080 (this is not a toll-free number) or

(800) 877-8339 (TTY Federal Information Relay Service). Information may also be obtained from the OMB Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/circulars/index.html.

C. Reporting 1. Post-Award Reporting Requirements a. Quarterly Financial Reports. Grant recipients must submit to the

Area ONAP a quarterly SF-272, Federal Cash Transaction Report. The report accounts for funds received and disbursed by the recipient. b. Annual Status and Evaluation Report. Recipients are required to submit this report in narrative form annually. The report is due 45 days after the end of the federal fiscal year and at the time of grant close-out. The report must include:

(1) The narrative report must address the progress made in completing approved activities and include a list of

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work remaining, along with a revised implementation schedule, if necessary. This report should include progress on any outputs or outcomes specified in Rating Factor 5 and incorporated into the final award document (applicants can use the Logic Model (HUD-96010) to address all or some of the narrative requirements). Further information regarding the Return on Investment(s) will be issued in a subsequent notice by HUD;

(2) A breakdown of funds spent on each major project activity or category; and

(3) If the project has been completed, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the project in meeting the community development needs of the grantee, as well as the final outputs and outcomes. c. Minority Business Enterprise Report. Recipients must submit this report on contract and subcontract activity during the first half of the fiscal year by April 10 and by October 10 for the second half of the fiscal year. d. A close-out report must be submitted by the recipient within 90 days of completion of grant activities. The report consists of the final Financial Status Report (forms SF 269 or 269A), the final Status and Evaluation Report including outputs and outcomes agreed upon in the final award document relating to Rating Factor 5 and the Close-Out

Agreement. More information regarding these requirements may be found at 24 CFR 1003.506 and 1003.508.

VII. Agency Contact(s)

A. General Questions. You should direct general program questions to the Area ONAP serving your area. A list identifying each Area ONAP is provided at http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/ih/onap/area_onap.cfm.

Persons with speech or hearing impairments may call HUD's TTY number 202-708-0770, or 1-800-877-8339 (the Federal Information Relay Service

TTY). Other than the ``800'' numbers, these numbers are not toll-free.

You should direct questions concerning downloading the electronic application, registering with Grants.gov, or other questions regarding the electronic application to the Grants.gov support desk at 800-518-

GRANTS. You may also send an e-mail to Support@Grants.gov.

B. Technical Assistance. Before the application deadline date, HUD staff will be available to provide you with general guidance and technical assistance about the requirements in the General Section and this NOFA. However, HUD staff is not permitted to assist in preparing your application. Following selection of applicants, but before awards are made, HUD staff is available to assist in clarifying or confirming information that is a prerequisite to the offer of an award.

VIII. Other Information

A. NOFA Training. Training for potential applicants on the requirements of the General Section, this NOFA, the Logic Model, and

Grants.gov registration, will be provided by HUD via broadcast and

Webcast. Information on the training can be found in the General

Section. The training schedule can be found on HUD's Web site at http:/

/www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm.

B. Paperwork Reduction Act Statement. The information collection requirements in this NOFA have been approved by the Office of

Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

(44 U.S.C. 3501-3520) and assigned OMB control number 2577-0191. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection displays a valid OMB control number.

Public reporting burden for the collection of information is estimated to average 43 hours per annum for the application and grant administration. This includes the time for collecting, reviewing, and reporting the data. The information will be used for grantee selection and monitoring the administration of funds. Response to this request for information is required in order to receive the benefits to be derived.

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program

Overview Information

A. Federal Agency Name: Department of Housing and Urban

Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, Office of

University Partnerships.

B. Funding Opportunity Title: Historically Black Colleges and

Universities (HBCU) Program.

C. Announcement Type: Initial announcement.

D. Funding Opportunity Numbers: FR-5200-N-20; OMB Approval Number is 2528-0235.

E. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: The CFDA

Number for this program is 14.520.

F. Dates: The application deadline date is July 2, 2008.

Application must be received and validated by Grants.gov by 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. Please be sure to read the

General Section, published March 19, 2008 (73 FR 14882), for electronic application submission and receipt requirements.

G. Additional Overview Content Information 1. Purpose of the Program: To assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income consistent with the purposes of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. et seq.) as amended. 2. Award Information: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, approximately $9 million has been made available for this program by the Consolidated

Appropriations Act, 2008 (Pub. L. 110-161). An applicant can request up to $700,000 for a three-year (36 months) grant performance period. In order to ensure that institutions that have never received a HUD HBCU

Program grant (First Time HBCU applicants) receive awards in this competition, approximately $1 million will be made available to fund

First Time HBCU applicants. In addition, approximately $8 million will be made available to fund Previously Funded HBCU applicants. If funding designated for First Time HBCU applicants remains after all eligible

First Time HBCU applicants are awarded, the remaining funds will be made available to fund eligible Previously Funded HBCU applicants. 3. Eligible Applicants: Colleges and Universities that meet the definition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as determined by the Department of Education in 34 CFR 608.2 in accordance with that Department's responsibilities under Executive Order 13256, dated February 12, 2002. Applicants must be institutions of higher education accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

The purpose of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities

(HBCU) Program is to assist HBCUs expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income, consistent with the purpose of Title I of Housing and Community

Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. et seq.) as amended.

For the purposes of this program NOFA, the term ``locality'' includes any city, county, township, parish, village, or other general political subdivision of a state, or the U.S. Virgin Islands where the institution is located.

A ``target area'' is the area within the locality in which the institution will implement its proposed HBCU grant. If an institution wants to provide services/activities in a location other than the target area of that institution an applicant must provide justification in their application for why they want to do so.

A. Authority

HUD's authority for making funding available under this NOFA is the

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Pub. L. 110-161). This program is being implemented through this NOFA and the policies governing its operation are contained herein.

B. Modifications

Listed below are major modifications from the FY2007 program funding announcement: 1. Applicants can now request up to $700,000 for a three-year (36 months) grant performance period. 2. Abstract and budget narrative responses must be submitted electronically and formatted to fit an 8\1/2\-by-11-inch page.

Responses must be double-spaced, with one inch margins (for the top, bottom, left and right sides of the document), using the standard Times

New Roman 12-point font. 3. Project budgets will be evaluated and scored under Factor 3,

Soundness of Approach. HUD will assess the applicant's budget in relation to its quality, thoroughness, reasonableness, and rationality to the proposed project. 4. There is a maximum allowance for administrative cost. Applicants can utilize up to 20 percent of their grant for payments of reasonable grant administrative costs related to planning and executing the project (e.g., preparation/submission of HUD reports, etc.). Detailed explanations of these costs are provided in the OMB circular A-21, Cost

Principles for Educational Institutions that can be accessed at the

White House Web site at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/ index.html. 5. Applicants must ensure that 51 percent or more of all funds awarded will be utilized for the community and/or general public. These funds are not for the direct benefit of the institution. 6. For the purpose of responding to Rating Factor 1, Capacity of the Applicant and Relevant Experience subfactor (a) Knowledge and

Experience, HUD now defines Previously Funded Applicants as any applicants that received funding in FY 1999 through FY 2007. If an applicant has received a grant prior to these years then they should respond to this factor as a First-Time Applicant. This definition is relevant to this rating factor and the abstract only. 7. Applicants that propose ineligible activities will not be disqualified, but will not receive points under Factor 3, Soundness of

Approach for the ineligible activities. HUD reserves the right to deduct points under this factor for those activities and/or not fund an application if the majority of the activities are ineligible. 8. Applicants that have no external leveraging resources (the institution is not considered an external resource) under Factor 4

Leveraging Resources/Developing Partnerships will receive no points under this factor. In addition, HUD will now score Factor 4 as follows: a. Ten (10) points to an applicant that provides leveraging resources as listed in their application that are 15 percent or more of the amount requested under this program; b. Nine (9) points to an applicant that provides leveraging resources as listed in their application that represents 13 to 14 percent of the amount requested under this program; c. Eight (8) points to an applicant that provides leveraging resources as listed in their application that represents 11 to 12 percent of the amount requested under this program;

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d. Seven (7) points to an applicant that provides leveraging resources as listed in their application that represents 8 to 10 percent of the amount requested under this program; e. Six (6) points to an applicant that provides leveraging resources as listed in their application that represents 6 to 7 percent of the amount requested under this program; f. Five (5) points to an applicant that provides leveraging resources as listed in their application that represents 5 percent of the amount requested under this program; and g. Zero (0) points to an applicant that provides leveraging resources as listed in their application that is less than 5 percent of the amount requested under this program and/or have no external leveraging resources (remember, the institution/applicant is not considered an external resource).

II. Award Information

In FY2008, approximately $9 million is made available for this program. An applicant can request up to $700,000 for a three-year (36 months) grant performance period.

In order to ensure that institutions that have never received a HUD

HBCU program grant (First-Time HBCU applicants) receive awards in this competition, approximately $1 million will be made available to fund

First-Time HBCU applicants. In addition, approximately $8 million will be made available to fund Previously Funded HBCU applicants. If funding designated for First-Time HBCU applicants remains after all eligible

First-Time HBCU applicants are awarded, the remaining funds will be made available to fund eligible Previously Funded HBCU applicants.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

Historically Black Colleges and Universities as determined by the

U.S. Department of Education in 34 CFR 608.2 in accordance with that

Department's responsibilities under Executive Order 13256, dated

February 12, 2002. All applicants must be institutions of higher education accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

B. Cost Sharing or Matching

None Required.

C. Other 1. Eligible Activities. Eligible activities are listed in 24 CFR part 570, subpart C, particularly Sec. 570.201 through Sec. 570.206.

Information regarding these activities can be found online at: http:// www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_06/24cfr570_06.html. The 15- percent cap on the total grant amount that can be used on public service activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons can be waived. Institutions seeking to devote more than 15-percent of the grant funds to public service activities must include a written request in their application addressed to Darlene F. Williams, Assistant

Secretary for Policy Development and Research. The written request must include the following information: (1) The basis for the request; (2) a description of the proposed public service activities; (3) the dollar amount dedicated to the proposed public service activities; and (4) a statement describing how the proposed activities meet the Community

Development Block Grant eligibility requirements and at least one national objective.

Note: This letter must be included in the application. If an applicant devotes more than 15 percent of their grant funds to public service activities and the letter is not included and/or does not include the information requested above, the public service activities over the 15-percent cap will not be considered fundable and this exclusion will result in a lower score. a. Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

(1) Acquisition of real property;

(2) Clearance and demolition;

(3) Rehabilitation of residential structures, including lead-based paint hazard evaluation and reduction and making accessibility modifications in accordance with the requirements of Section 504 of the

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) and visitability modifications in accordance with the policy priorities described in the

General Section;

(4) Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities and streets compliance with accessibility requirements such as those under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29

U.S.C. 794) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101);

(5) Special economic development activities described at 24 CFR 570.203 and assistance to facilitate economic development by providing technical or financial assistance for the establishment, stabilization, and expansion of microenterprises, including minority enterprises;

(6) Assistance to community-based development organizations (CBDO) to carry out neighborhood revitalization, community economic development, or energy conservation projects, in accordance with 24 CFR 570.204. This could include activities in support of a HUD-approved local entitlement grantee, CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy

(NRS) or HUD-approved State CDBG Community Revitalization Strategy

(CRS);

(7) Public service activities such as those general support activities that can help to stabilize a neighborhood and contribute to sustainable redevelopment of the area, including but not limited to such activities as those concerned with employment, crime prevention, child care, health care services, drug abuse, education, fair housing counseling, energy conservation, homebuyer down payment assistance, establishment of Neighborhood Networks centers in federally assisted or insured housing, job training and placement, and recreational needs;

(8) Direct homeownership assistance to low- and moderate-income persons, as provided in section 105(a)(25) of the Housing and Community

Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5305(a)(25));

(9) There is a maximum allowance for administrative cost. Up to 20 percent of the grant may be used for payments of reasonable grant administrative costs related to planning and executing the project

(e.g., preparation/submission of HUD reports). Detailed explanations of these costs are provided in OMB circular A-21, Cost Principles for

Educational Institutions that can be accessed at the White House Web site at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html;

(10) These funds are not for the direct benefit of the institution; 51 percent or more of all funds must be utilized for the community and/ or general public; and

(11) Fair housing services designed to further the civil rights objectives of the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601-20) by making all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and/or disability aware of the range of housing opportunities available to them. b. Each activity proposed for funding must meet the Community

Development Block Grant (CDBG) program eligibility requirements and at least one of the three CDBG national objectives. The three national objectives of the CDBG program are listed in Rating Factor 3 in Section

V.A.3 of this NOFA.

Criteria for determining whether an activity addresses one or more national objectives are provided at 24 CFR 570.208. c. The CDBG publication entitled ``Community Development Block

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Program Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for

Entitlement Communities'' describes the CDBG regulations, and a copy can be obtained online at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/ communitydevelopment/library/deskguid.cfm. 2. Threshold Requirements Applicable to all Applicants. All applicants must comply with the threshold requirements as defined in the General Section and the requirements listed below. Applications that do not meet these requirements will be considered ineligible for funding and will be disqualified: a. The applicant must meet the eligibility requirements as defined in Section III.A. b. The maximum amount an applicant can request is $700,000 for a three-year (36 months) grant performance period. c. An applicant must have a DUNS number to receive HUD grant funds.

(See the General Section). Only one application can be submitted per institution. If multiple applications are submitted all will be disqualified. However, different campuses of the same university system are eligible to apply as long as they have a separate DUNS number and an administrative and budgeting structure independent of the other campuses in the system. d. Applicants must receive a minimum score of 75 points to be considered for funding. e. Electronic applications must be received and validated by

Grants.gov no later than 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on the application deadline date. 3. Program Requirements. Applicants must meet the following program requirements: a. All funds awarded are for a three-year (36 months) grant performance period; b. Applicants must ensure that not less than 51 percent of the aggregated expenditures of a grant award are used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons under the criteria specified in 24 CFR 570.208(a) (ii)or 570.208(d)(5) or (6); c. Applicants must ensure that 51 percent or more of all funds awarded will be utilized for community and/or general public use. These funds are not for the direct benefit of the institution; d. Applicants that propose to construct new housing or rehabilitate existing housing must ensure that their project and/or facilities are operated in accordance with applicable design and construction requirements, including either the Fair Housing Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and corresponding HUD implementing regulations. Please note that in situations where both the Fair Housing

Act design and construction accessibility requirements and Section 504 design and construction accessibility requirements apply, applicants must apply both standards to obtain maximum accessibility; and e. Applicants that propose non-housing programs and facilities must ensure that their projects are operated in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the

American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Architectural Barriers Act

(ABA), and corresponding HUD implementing regulations. Note that the accessibility standard for non-housing projects is the Uniform Federal

Accessibility Standards (UFAS). 4. Site Control. Where grant funds will be used for acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction, an applicant must demonstrate site control. Funds may be recaptured or deobligated from recipients that cannot demonstrate control of a suitable site within one year after the initial notification of award. 5. Environmental Requirements. Selection for award does not constitute approval of any proposed sites. Following selection for award, HUD will perform an environmental review of properties proposed for assistance in accordance with 24 CFR Part 50. The results of the environmental review may require that proposed activities be modified or proposed sites be rejected. Applicants are particularly cautioned not to undertake or commit funds for acquisition or development of proposed properties prior to HUD approval of specific properties or areas. An application constitutes an assurance that the institution will assist HUD to comply with part 50; will supply HUD with all available and relevant information to perform an environmental review for each proposed property; will carry out mitigating measures required by HUD or select alternate property; and will not acquire, rehabilitate, convert, demolish, lease, repair, or construct property, and not commit or expend HUD or local funds for these program activities with respect to any eligible property until HUD's written approval of the property is received. Applicants should use the protocol at http://www.hud.gov/utilities/intercept.cfm?/offices/cpd/ environment/review/protocol.pdf to supply HUD with the information needed for HUD to start and complete the environmental review. Further information and assistance on HUD's environmental requirements is available at http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/environment/index.cfm. 6. Lead-Based Paint Requirements. Institutions and their sub- grantees, contractors, and subcontractors must comply with the Lead-

Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act (42 U.S.C. 4821-4846), the

Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 4851-4856), and relevant subparts of the implementing regulations at 24

CFR Part 35, such as subparts A, B, J, K and R, which apply to activities under this grant program. 7. Labor Standards. Institutions and their sub-grantees, contractors and subcontractors must comply with the labor standards

(Davis-Bacon) requirements referenced in 24 CFR 570.603. 8. Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons

(Section 3). The provisions of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban

Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u) apply to this NOFA. One of the purposes of the assistance is to give to the greatest extent feasible and consistent with existing federal, state, and local laws and regulations, job training, employment, contracting, and other economic opportunities to Section 3 residents and Section 3 business concerns. See the Section 3 Regulations located at 24 CFR Part 135.36. 9. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Requirements. Under

Section 808(e)(5) of the Fair Housing Act, HUD has a statutory duty to affirmatively further fair housing. HUD requires the same of its funding recipients. If you are a successful applicant proposing housing-related activities, you will have a duty to affirmatively further fair housing opportunities for classes protected under the Fair

Housing Act. Protected classes include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status. For example: (1)

Working with other entities in the community to overcome impediments to fair housing, such as discrimination in the sale or rental of housing or in advertising, provision of brokerage services, or lending; (2)

Promoting fair housing choice through the expansion of homeownership opportunities and improved quality of services for minorities, families with children, and persons with disabilities; or (3) Providing housing mobility counseling services.

IV. Application Instructions and Submission Information

A. Instructions To Download Application Package

Applicants may download the instructions to the application found on the Grants.gov Web site at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_ for_grants.jsp. If you have

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difficulty accessing the information you may call the Grants.gov

Support Desk toll-free at (800) 518-GRANTS or e-mail your questions to

Support@Grants.gov. Hearing- and speech-challenged individuals may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal

Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. See the General Section for information regarding the registration process or ask for registration information from the Grants.gov Support Desk.

B. Application Content and Forms for Submission 1. Application Content. Applications must consist of the following elements: Abstract, narrative for the rating factors, budget, budget narrative, and forms. Applicants that received a wavier of the electronic application submission requirement must submit their application in the order below. Copies of the instructions and all forms are available online at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_ for_grants.jsp. a. SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance. Please remember the following:

(1) The full grant amount requested from HUD (entire three-years) should be entered, not the amount for just one year;

(2) Include the name, title, address, telephone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address of the designated contact. This person will receive all correspondence regarding the content of the application from HUD; therefore, please ensure the accuracy of the information;

(3) The Employer Identification/Tax ID number;

(4) The DUNS Number;

(5) The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number for this program is 14.520;

(6) The project's proposed start date and completion date. For the purpose of this application, the program start date should be October 1, 2008; and

(7) The signature of the Authorized Organization Representative

(AOR) who by virtue of submitting an application via Grants.gov has been authenticated by the credential provider to submit applications on behalf of the institution and approved by the eBusiness Point of

Contact to submit an application via Grants.gov. The AOR must be able to make a legally binding agreement with HUD. b. Abstract. Applicants must include no more than a two-page, doubled-spaced summary of the proposed project. Please include the following:

(1) A clear description of each proposed project activity, where it will take place (be located), the target population that will be served, and the impact this project is expected to have on the community;

(2) A statement that the institution is an eligible applicant because it is a fully accredited institution, the name of the accrediting agency, and an assurance that the accrediting agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education;

(3) The designated contact person, including phone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address (this is the person who will receive all correspondence regarding the content of this application from HUD; therefore, please ensure the accuracy of the information);

(4) The project director, if different from the designated contact person, for the project, including phone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address; and

(5) If a previously funded applicant, include the name and date the past project(s) were funded. Remember HUD now defines Previously Funded

Applicants as any applicants that received funding in FY 1999 through

FY 2007. c. Narrative statement addressing the rating factors. HUD will use the narrative response to the ``Rating Factors'' to evaluate, rate, and rank applications. This NOFA has five rating factors that need to be addressed. The narrative statement is the main source of information.

Applicants are advised to review each factor carefully for program- specific requirements. All applicants submitting electronic applications must attach their narrative responses to Rating Factors 1- 4 as one attachment. Remember, Factor 5 is addressed by using the HUD- 96010, Program Outcome Logic Model form. Please do not repeat material in response to factors 1-3, instead, focus on how well the proposal responds to each of the factors. The response to each factor should be concise and contain only information relevant to the factor, yet detailed enough to address each factor fully. Where there are subfactors, each subfactor must be addressed and presented separately, with the short title/name of the subfactor presented. Make sure to address each subfactor and provide sufficient information about every element of the subfactor. Do not include any individual's Social

Security Numbers in your application. The narrative section of an application must be submitted electronically. It must not exceed 50 pages in length (excluding forms, budget narrative, assurances, and abstract) and must be formatted to fit an 8\1/2\-by-11-inch page.

Responses must be double-spaced (information submitted in chart format does not have to be doubled-spaced) with one inch margins (for the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the document), using the standard

Times New Roman 12-point font. Each page of the application must include the applicant's name and be numbered. Note that although submitting pages in excess of the page limit will not disqualify an applicant, HUD will not consider the information on any excess pages.

This exclusion may result in a lower score or failure to meet a threshold requirement. Please do not attach your response to each factor separately. Please follow the instructions on use of zip files, file extension, and file names in the General Section. File names should not contain spaces or special characters. d. Budget. The budget submission must include the following:

(1) HUD-424-CB, ``Grant Application Detailed Budget.'' This form shows the total budget by year and by line item for the program activities to be carried out with the proposed HUD grant. Each year of the program should be presented separately. Applicants must also budget for travel costs (airfare, lodging, and per diem) for two individuals to attend at least one HUD-sponsored HBCU conference/workshop every year of the three-year grant performance period. To calculate travel expenses, applicants located in eastern and central time zones or the

U.S. Virgin Islands should use San Francisco, CA, as the site of all conferences/meetings. Applicants located in mountain and pacific time zones should use Washington, DC, as the site of all conferences/ workshops.

Applicants must also submit form HUD-424-CB to reflect the total cost (summary) for the entire grant performance period (Grand Total).

(2) HUD-40076-HBCU, ``Response Sheet, Budget-By-Activity.'' The form should include a listing of each activity and task necessary to be performed to implement the program, the overall costs for each activity, and the cost from each funding source. The budget-by-activity should clearly indicate the HUD grant amount and identify the source and dollar amount of the leveraged resources, if any.

Make sure that the amounts shown on the SF-424, HUD-424-CB, HUD- 40076-HBCU, and budget narrative are consistent and the budget totals are correct. Remember to check addition in totaling the categories on all forms so that all items are included in the total. If there is an inconsistency between any of the required budget forms and/or budget narrative, the amount listed on

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the HUD-424-CB will be the amount HUD will use to calculate the amount the applicant is requesting for funding. All budget forms must be completed fully. If an application is selected for award, the applicant may be required to provide greater specificity to the budget during grant agreement negotiations.

(3) Budget Narrative. A narrative must be submitted that explains how the applicant arrived at the cost estimates for each line item.

This information must be electronically submitted and formatted to fit an 8\1/2\-by-11-inch page. Responses must be doubled-spaced, with one inch margins (for the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the document), using the standard Times New Roman 12-point font. Project budgets will be evaluated and scored under Factor 3, Soundness of

Approach. HUD will assess the soundness of an applicant's approach by evaluating the quality, thoroughness, reasonableness and rationality of the proposed project budget. In addition, please provide the name, if known, hourly or daily rate, and the estimated time that will be devoted to the project for each consultant. For example, an applicant proposes to construct a building using HUD funding totaling $200,000.

The following cost estimates reflects this total: Foundation cost

$75,000, electrical work $40,000, plumbing work $40,000, finishing work

$35,000, and landscaping $10,000. The proposed cost estimates should be reasonable for the work to be performed and consistent with rates established for the level of expertise required to perform the work proposed in the geographical area. When necessary, quotes from various vendors or historical data should be used (please make sure they are kept on file and are available for review by HUD at any time). When an applicant proposes to use a consultant, the applicant must indicate whether there is a formal written agreement. Applicants must use a cost estimate based on data from the institution, and/or from a qualified firm (e.g., architectural or engineering firm), vendor, and/or qualified individual (e.g., independent architect or contractor) other than the institution for a project that involves rehabilitation of residential, commercial, and/or industrial structures, and/or acquisition, construction, or installation of public facilities, and improvements. Such an entity must be involved in the business of housing rehabilitation, construction, and/or management. Equipment and contracts cannot be presented as a total estimated cost. For equipment, applicants must provide a list by type and cost for each item.

Applicants using contracts must provide an individual description and cost estimate for each contract. Construction costs must be broken down to indicate how funds will be utilized (e.g., demolition, foundation, exterior walls, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, finishing work, etc.).

(4) Indirect costs. Indirect costs, if applicable, are allowable based on an established approved indirect cost rate. Applicants must have on file and submit to HUD, if selected for funding, a copy of their approved indirect cost rate agreement. Applicants who are selected for funding that do not have an approved indirect cost rate agreement, established by the cognizant federal agency, will be required to establish a rate. In such cases, HUD will issue an award with a provisional rate and assist applicants the applicant with the process of establishing a final rate. e. Appendix. The appendix section of the application must not exceed 15 pages in length (excluding forms, budget narrative, and assurances). Each page must include the applicant's name and be numbered. An applicant should not submit resumes, letters of support, commitment letters, memoranda of understanding, and/or agreements, or other back-up materials to supplement the application's narrative. If this information is included, it will not be considered during the review process. HUD will not consider the information on any excess pages. The additional items will also slow the transmission of your application. 2. Forms. The following forms are required for submission. All required forms are contained in the electronic application package.

Applicants receiving a waiver of the electronic submission requirements and submitting a paper copy of the application must place all required forms in the appendix section of the application. a. SF-424 Supplement, Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunities for

Applicants (``Faith Based EEO Survey (SF-424 SUPP)'' on Grants.gov); b. SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, if applicable; c. HUD-27300, Questionnaire for HUD's Removal of Regulatory

Barriers (``HUD Communities Initiative Form'' on Grants.gov), if applicable; d. HUD-2880, Applicant/Recipient Disclosure/Update Report (``HUD

Applicant Recipient Disclosure Report'' on Grants.gov), if applicable; e. HUD-2990, Certification of Consistency with RC/EZ/EC-II

Strategic Plan, if applicable; f. HUD-2991, Certification of Consistency with the Consolidated

Plan, if applicable; g. HUD-2993, Acknowledgement of Applicant Receipt. Complete this form only if you have received a waiver to the electronic application submission requirement. Applicants submitting electronically are not required to include this form; h. HUD-2994-A, You Are Our Client! Grant Applicant Survey.

Applicants are not required to complete this form; i. HUD-40076, Response Sheet Performance Narrative, Previously

Funded HBCU Applicant Only; j. HUD-96010, Program Outcome Logic Model; and k. HUD-96011, Third Party Documentation Facsimile Transmittal

(``Facsimile Transmittal Form'' on Grants.gov). This form must be used as the cover page to transmit third party documents and other information. Applicants are advised to download the application package and complete the SF-424, which will pre-populate the Transmittal Cover page. The Transmittal Cover page will contain a unique identifier embedded in the page that will help HUD associate your faxed materials to your application. Please do not use your own fax sheet. HUD will not read any faxes that are sent without the HUD-96011 fax transmittal cover page. 3. Certifications and Assurances. Please read the General Section for detailed information on all Certifications and Assurances. All applications submitted through Grants.gov constitute an acknowledgement and agreement to all required certifications and assurances.

C. Submission Dates and Times

A complete application package must be received and validated electronically by the Grants.gov portal no later than 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on July 2, 2008, the application deadline date. In an effort to address any issues with transmission of your application, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 to 72 hours prior to the application deadline. This will allow an applicant enough time to make the necessary adjustments to meet the submission deadline in the event Grants.gov rejects the application.

Please see the General Section for further instructions. Electronic faxes using the Facsimile Transmittal Cover Sheet (Form HUD-96011) contained in the electronic application must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on the application deadline date.

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D. Intergovernmental Review

This program is excluded from the Intergovernmental Review process.

E. Funding Restrictions

Ineligible CDBG activities are listed at 24 CFR 570.207. Ineligible activities include but are not limited to the following: 1. Curriculum development and/or expansion of an institution's existing curriculum; 2. General government expenses; 3. Political activities; 4. Planning and administrative activities that would result in a grantee exceeding the 20 percent cost limitations (e.g., preparation/ submission of HUD reports); and 5. Activities and/or buildings constructed for only campus use and/ or less than 51 percent community/public use.

F. Other Submission Requirements 1. Application Submission and Receipt Procedure. Please read the

General Section carefully and completely for the submission and receipt procedures for all applications because failure to comply may disqualify your application. 2. Waiver of Electronic Submission Requirements. Applicants should submit their waiver requests in writing using e-mail or fax. Waiver requests must be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the application deadline date and should be submitted to: Susan Brunson,

Office of University Partnerships, E-mail: Susan.S.Brunson@hud.gov,

FAX: (202) 708-0309.

Paper applications will not be accepted from applicants that have not been granted a waiver. If an applicant is granted a waiver, the

Office of University Partnerships (OUP) will provide instructions for submission. All applicants submitting applications in paper format must have received a waiver to the electronic application submission requirement and the application must be received by HUD on or before the application deadline date. All paper applications must be submitted on 8\1/2\-by-11-inch paper, double-spaced, on one side of the paper, with one inch margins (for the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the document), and printed in standard Times New Roman 12-point font.

V. Application Review Information

A. Criteria 1. Rating Factor 1: Capacity of the Applicant and Relevant Experience

(25 Points)

This factor addresses the extent to which the institution has the resources, experience, and capacity necessary to successfully complete the proposed project by the end of the grant performance period. a. Knowledge and Experience for First Time Applicants (25 Points) for Previously Funded Applicants (10 Points). For the purpose of responding to this subfactor only, Previously Funded Applicants are any applicants that received funding in FY 1999 through FY 2007. If an applicant has received a grant prior to these years they should respond to this factor as a First Time Applicant. This definition is relevant to this rating factor ONLY.

In rating this subfactor, HUD will consider the extent to which the applicant clearly addresses the following:

(1) Identifies key project team members/staff and partners, their title and name (e.g., project manager/coordinator-Sally Susan Smith, etc.), respective roles, and time each individual will allot to this project;

If key personnel have not been hired, identify the position title, description of duties and responsibilities, and qualifications to be considered in the selection of personnel, including subcontractors and consultants;

(2) Describes the knowledge and relevant experience of the proposed project team members/staff and partners (as outlined above) that will conduct the day-to-day project activities, consultants (including technical assistance providers), and contractors in planning and managing the type of project for which funding is being requested; and

(3) Explains the institution's experience and capacity to administer and monitor the type of project for which funding is being requested.

Applicant's staff and partners' (as outlined above) experience and the institution's capacity to do the work will be judged in terms of recent and relevant knowledge and skills to undertake the proposed eligible program activities. HUD will consider experience within the last five (5) years to be recent and experience pertaining to similar activities to be relevant. b. Past Performance (15 Points) for Previously Funded Grant

Applicants Only. This subfactor will evaluate how well an applicant has performed successfully under completed and/or open HUD HBCU grants.

Applicants must demonstrate this by addressing the following information on the HUD-40076-HBCU, ``Response Sheet'' (Performance

Narrative) for all previously completed and open HUD HBCU grants:

(1) A list of all HUD HBCU grants received between FY 1999 through

FY 2007, including the dollar amount awarded and the amount expended and obligated as of the date the application is submitted. The HUD- 40076-HBCU, ``Response Sheet'' (Performance Narrative) form is located at the following Web site: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_ for_grants.jsp. The form should be filled out completely;

(2) A list detailing the date the project(s) was completed; was it completed during the original grant performance period; if not completed, why (including when it was or will be completed); if the project is still in progress, provide details on the project's current status;

(3) A description of the results (outcomes) achieved consistent with the approved project management plan. If not completed as proposed explain why;

(4) A list comparing the amount of proposed leveraged funds and/or resources (outlined in the original application) to the amount that was actually leveraged as of the date the application is submitted; and

(5) A detailed description of compliance with all reporting requirements, including timeliness of submission, whether reports were complete and addressed all information (both narrative and financial) as required by the grant agreement.

HUD will also review an applicant's past performance in managing funds, including but not limited to