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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: February 9, 2018

Purpose

What is the purpose of the new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)?

This NOFO supports implementation of tribal practices and cultural traditions that have been identified by tribal health leaders to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing. Strategies include cultural and traditional practices that support wellbeing and resilience.

Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for this funding?

Eligibility is limited to federally-designated American Indian tribal governments, Native American Indian or Alaska Native tribally-designated organizations serving a specific tribe, reservation or native village, and Urban Indian organizations (https://www.ihs.gov/urban/).

Is it possible to set up a call with someone to discuss eligibility and proposal ideas?

No.  In order to ensure an open and fair competition, we do not host individual phone calls to discuss NOFOs, eligibility, or proposal ideas. These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) may help you with your question. If you still have a question after you have reviewed them, please email it to CDCTribalPractices@cdc.gov by Thursday, February 15, 2018 and we will make every effort to post the question and answer to this FAQ document within 48 hours of receiving the question.

Our 501(c)3 organization serves several tribes. Are we eligible to apply?

It depends:
Yes: If you are an Urban Indian Organization that receives funding from IHS under Title 5 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (for a list, see: https://www.ihs.gov/urban/). Also, if you are an American Indian or Alaska Native tribally-designated organization serving one tribe, reservation or native village or focusing on a single tribe or reservation for the purposes of this NOFO, then you are eligible.

It states that an applicant must have a current Title V Indian Health Care Improvement Act contract with the Indian Health Service to be qualified?  There are several Tribal Health Organizations/Tribes in our state; however, there are none listed at https://www.ihs.gov/urban/nationalprograms. Does that make everyone in our state ineligible to apply?

No. The requirement for current IHS funding under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act applies to Urban Indian Organizations only. American Indian or Alaska Native tribes and villages and tribally-designated organization serving one tribe, reservation or native village or focusing on a single tribe or reservation for the purposes of this NOFO are eligible to apply.

Our organization does not have a current Title V Indian Health Care Improvement Act contract with the Indian Health Service. Is it anticipated that funding may become available to tribal organizations that are not listed on the website?

No; not under this announcement.

The NOFO states, “No more than 2 awards to tribes and tribal organizations will be made within a single I.H.S. Area. ” Does this apply to this new grant only, or does this account for awards made in previous years?

This funding strategy stipulating no more than 2 tribe and tribal organization awards per I.H.S. Area applies to awards made under this NOFO only, and is not tied to previous funding or awards.

Are Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country recipients and subawardees eligible to apply?

Yes; however, recipients and subawardees may not propose to conduct the same activities for which they are receiving funds under the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grant program. Other eligibility listed in the NOFO applies.

Does a potential applicant have to be a current Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country recipient to be eligible to apply?

No.

Can my tribal organization apply on behalf of a Tribe that is also applying for this NOFO?

No. All program activities for a given Tribe or Alaska Native village must be submitted in a single application.

Our organization  is a Native American Tribal Organization and we are also a non-profit 501(c)(3).  We are a Native American organization serving multiple tribes and are unable to single out only one tribe to benefit from the CDC funding opportunity, as suggested by the NOFO, page 23, which states: “Special documentation: Each AI/AN Tribally-Designated Organization applicant must provide an official letter of support or resolution from the single American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native village they intend to work with under the NOFO.”    Since we are also a Native American organization, serving multiple tribes, is our organization is eligible to apply?

Tribally-designated organizations applying for this NOFO, even those serving multiple tribes, must do so on behalf of a single Tribe or Alaska Native village and must provide the required documentation from the Tribe as outlined in the NOFO. Page 22 of the NOFO defines the eligible categories as “1. American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal Governments  2. AI/AN Tribally-Designated Organizations serving only one tribe and 3. Urban Indian Organizations (UIO) that have current Title V Indian Health Care Improvement Act contracts with the Indian Health Service” Applicants in the first two categories, namely Tribes and AI/AN Tribally-Designated Organizations, must include a letter from the Tribe they will serve as stated on page 21 of the NOFO.  “Tribal applicants or tribal organizations serving a specific tribe must submit with their application a letter of support from tribal leadership, which may vary according to the tribe and may include the Tribal Council, Tribal President or other designated leader.” Applicants in the third category, namely Urban Indian Organizations (UIO) that have current Title V Indian Health Care Improvement Act contracts with the Indian Health Service , are not required to provide this special documentation.

Our organization is a 501c3 with an MOU with a Tribe to provide community services. Are we eligible for this grant?

If you are an American Indian or Alaska Native tribally-designated organization serving one tribe, reservation or native village or focusing on a single tribe or reservation for the purposes of this NOFO, then you are eligible. However, an organization may not apply on behalf of a Tribe if the Tribe is also applying on its own.

Our Tribal Organization serves many Tribes in our region, and would like to apply with a regional approach for this NOFO. May we apply with a regional approach?

No. Tribal organizations must apply on behalf of a single Tribe or Alaska Native village and must provide the required documentation from the Tribe as outlined in the NOFO.

I work for an institution of higher education with a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. Is our institution is eligible to apply for this NOFO?

For the purposes of this NOFO, Tribal Colleges and Universities (as designated by the US Department of Education) are eligible as Tribally-Designated Organizations and must provide the required documentation as required on page 21 on the NOFO: Applicants in the first two categories, namely Tribes and AI/AN Tribally-Designated Organizations, must include a letter from the Tribe they will serve as stated on page 21 of the NOFO.  “Tribal applicants or tribal organizations serving a specific tribe must submit with their application a letter of support from tribal leadership, which may vary according to the tribe and may include the Tribal Council, Tribal President or other designated leader.”

If we are a Tribe with different Bands, which are each federally-recognized, can we propose to work with all of them or do we need to choose one?

If you work with multiple federally-recognized tribes, you must choose one to work with on this NOFO.

If our organization is contracted to serve as an evaluator (for an existing CDC funded program), would that be a conflict, precluding us from applying?

No.

Applications

When will the Informational Call for this NOFO take place?

The Informational Call will be held January 23, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern time, using the following conference line: 866-709-6101; Passcode: 37005261

May an applicant send two applications for 2 different programs?

No. All program activities must be submitted in a single application.

Where can I find all of the application materials?

Applicants may access the application package at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=299475.

Should any of the required post award documentation be included in application?

No. If an organization is successful in its application, it will be required to submit all post-award documents at that time.

What does limited competition mean?

Limited competition means the competition is not open to everyone. This distinction is made in the eligibility criteria.

Is a letter of intent required?

No, a letter of intent is not required.

What is the maximum amount of money we can apply for with this NOFO?

$150,000 per budget year.

How many awards will be made?

We anticipate making up to 14 awards to American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, or American Indian/Alaska Native tribally-designated organizations serving a tribe, reservation or native village (up to 2 will be funded in each of the 12 IHS Areas depending on strength of applications). We also anticipate making up to 14 awards to Urban Indian organizations that have current Title V Indian Health Care Improvement Act contracts with the Indian Health Service.

What is the project period/approximate start date of the awards?

The project period is three years. The approximate start date will be no later than April 30, 2018.

The NOFO says that we should leverage resources where we can. Where should we include information about where we plan to leverage resources?

Information about how you plan to leverage resources should be included with the relevant strategies in the work plan. If the resources are organizational resources or collaborations, and not related to a specific strategy, these should be noted in the Organizational Capacity section.

The application requires a Tribal letter of support for Tribes and Tribal organizations that are applying on behalf of a specific Tribe. How do we submit that letter of support?

Upload the letter of support as a separate attachment.

Is there a checklist for what is required for the application?

The only checklist is the one required by grants.gov. That can be found under the “Package” tab once you click preview. If you have difficulties with grants.gov, please contact the www.grants.gov helpdesk at 1-800-518-4726 or by email at support@grants.gov

The application requires a Lobbying Form, which requests applicants to disclose and identify the individual who participates in lobbying activities on behalf of the organization. Our organization does not participate in lobbying activities and there is no box to check that you do not participate in lobbying activities. When you save it blank, it will not remove the “Errors” message and will not upload on Grants.gov as being completed. What should we do?

You may type “N/A” under first name and last name fields on this form.

Is the letter of support the same as a tribal resolution?

Yes. Each should, however, specifically address this NOFO and state that tribal leadership is in support of the application.

As I am putting the application narrative together, I am following the required order: “Background, Approach, Applicant Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan, Organizational Capacity of Applicants to Implement the Approach, and Work Plan.” However, I am concerned about the placement of the workplan in the narrative.  I want to include it in the Approach section but this order suggests it should be the very last thing. Do you have advice on this?  

Please include the work plan where you feel it fits best. Your application will be reviewed in its entirety.

In the Staffing Plan, shall we include resumes, job descriptions, an organizational chart for the project, a management plan, and a narrative? Shall these be uploaded as a single PDF document or separately?

Your application narrative should address the points addressed in the NOFO Section “Organizational Capacity of Recipients to Implement the Approach” (p.15). You may upload all of the supporting documents listed above as a single attachment.

Beyond the letter of support from tribal leadership, are letters of support accepted from partners?

Aside from the required Letter of Support from Tribal leadership, you may also choose to submit a Memorandum of Understanding from organizations with whom you intend to collaborate as part of your proposed activities. These letters are described in the Collaboration section (p.10) in the NOFO. These should be uploaded as attachments with your application.

Funding and Budget

Are applicants required to spend a certain percent of their budget on evaluation?

No. There is no requirement to designate a certain proportion of the budget for evaluation.

Is there a requirement for travel money to be designated toward a CDC visit?

There is no requirement for travel money to be designated toward a CDC site visit in this first budget year. However, grantees must demonstrate that they will be able to travel to a grantee meeting using cooperative agreement funds sometime during the three-year program. This meeting will be held during the second or third year, and grantees will be notified well in advance.

How much funding is available for the NOFO?

  • Approximate Total Fiscal Year Funding: $4 million
  • Approximate Total Project Period (3 years) Funding: $12 million

What is the maximum amount of money we can apply for with this NOFO?

$150,000 per fiscal year.

Can I apply for more than the maximum listed in the NOFO?

No.

Are we allowed to budget for indirect costs on this NOFO?

Yes, indirect costs are allowed.  If requesting indirect costs in the budget, a copy of a current negotiated federal indirect cost rate agreement or a cost allocation plan approval letter cost-rate agreement is required.

Are matching funds required?

No, matching funds are not required for this NOFO.  Leveraging other resources and ongoing efforts to promote sustainability of the project are strongly encouraged.

Can funds be used to support research?

No, this is a non-research NOFO.

Is direct assistance (DA) for personnel available through this NOFO?

No, direct assistance is not available through this NOFO.

How long will funding be available for this NOFO, and will funding be available on an annual basis?

The funds for this NOFO are available annually for a three-year project period pending the availability of funds.

Should travel costs for required meetings be included in the budget?

Travel costs do not need to be included in the budget for the first year; however, grantees must demonstrate that they will be able to travel to a grantee meeting using cooperative agreement funds sometime during the three-year program. This meeting will be held during the second or third year, and grantees will be notified well in advance.

Should a detailed budget be submitted for the total project period of three years, or just for the first 12 months?

You only need to submit a detailed budget for the first 12 months.

Is there a specific format you want us to use to develop the budget and budget narrative?

Applicants should follow CDC’s budget preparation guidance [PDF – 415 KB].

Is leveraging other CDC resources allowable?

Yes. However, award funding may not be used to accomplish the same work that is currently funded under another funding opportunity, as this would be duplicate funding for identical purposes.

Does contracting out for limited program services hurt the applicant, as opposed to providing similar services, directly?

No, contracting out does not hurt the applicant, as sub awards or subcontracts are allowable to carry out a portion of the programmatic effort. However, the direct and primary recipient in a cooperative agreement program must perform a substantial role in carrying out project outcomes and not merely serve as a conduit for an award to another party or provider.

Is there a requirement as to how much funding I sub award?

No, there is not a requirement. However, a grantee must maintain sufficient funding to provide oversight and monitoring of the award.

Is the budget included as part of the total page limit for applications?

No, the budget is not part of the 20 narrative page limit. 

Is an itemized budget required?

Applicants must submit an itemized budget narrative. When developing the budget narrative, applicants must consider whether the proposed budget is reasonable and consistent with the purpose, outcomes, and program strategy outlined in the project narrative. The budget must include:

  • Salaries and wages
  • Fringe benefits
  • Consultant costs
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Travel
  • Other categories
  • Total Direct Costs
  • Total Indirect Costs
  • Contractual Cost

For guidance on completing a detailed budget, see CDC’s budget preparation guidance [PDF – 415 KB].

Applicants must name this file Budget Narrative and upload it as a PDF file at https://www.grants.gov/.

If requesting indirect costs in the budget, a copy of the indirect cost-rate agreement is required.  If the indirect cost rate is a provisional rate, the agreement must have been made less than 12 months earlier. Applicants must name this file Indirect Cost Rate and upload it at https://www.grants.gov/.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) says that the cooperative agreement is for 3 years, and the awards are between $100K-$150K. Would that be per year, or is $100K-$150K the total amount of the award, and it is spread out over 3 years?

Applicants may apply for a maximum of $150,000 per year for three years.

Is the funding from multiple CDC programs or is it from one program?

The funding is from one budget line – the first specific CDC budget line for Indian Country which was included in the FY 2017 appropriations.

Does the $150,000 funding maximum include the Indirect Cost Rate, or can the Indirect Cost Rate be extra?

The $150,000 funding maximum includes the Indirect Cost Rate.

Are there any requirements for travel we should budget for?

No, there is no CDC-required travel that you need to budget for in year 1.

May we budget for travel to bring a speaker to our reservation?

Yes, if this item is part of your proposed work plan.

Where should we include our in-kind contributions?

In-kind contributions should be listed on the SF424A form under the Non-Federal column. Please also include in-kind budget items in the budget narrative

On the SF424A, block #14, is there a specific form to report this information?

No, there is not a specific form. It would be acceptable to provide that information on your organization’s letterhead and upload as an attachment.

Is an onsite audit required?

No.

Our federally negotiated indirect cost recovery rate for Health programs at our facility may be considered high. Will this high rate make our application less competitive in the review process, and to what extent will this impact the overall application should CDC decide to pursue a cooperative agreement with us? Is the ratio of direct services/supplies to indirect and other financial considerations part of the selection criteria?

An applicant’s approved rate will not make their application less competitive in the review process. The ratio of direct services/supplies to indirect is not a part of the selection criteria. CDC must accept approved federally negotiated rates..

Is it allowable under this grant to contract with a professional (MFT/LCSW) to provide behavioral health services?

Clinical services may not be funded under this NOFO

Is the purchase of food allowed in this NOFO?

Purchase of traditional food supporting an activity in the applicant’s work plan that supports promoting traditional food and diet is allowable. Purchasing of food not directly linked to an activity in your work plan is not allowable.

Is the purchase of supplies needed for regalia making and drum making allowed in this NOFO?

If the items purchased are required for an activity in your work plan and the cost is not excessive, then this will be considered supplies and is allowed.

Is paying for the construction of a walking trail or bike path?

Construction not allowed; you can plan a walking trail or find partners to build a walking trail, but you may not pay for the building of a trail.

Are we able to use the funding for some type of incentive to get families to come out?  (Such as small dinner?, gift cards?)

In general, incentive payments to volunteers participating in grant-supported activities are allowable if they fit within the scope of an approved project and are a reasonably small amount. These are normally in the form of small gift cards. These expenditures are also usually approved after award in consultation with your Project Officer after reviewing your work plan.  Funding for food as an incentive is not an allowable cost.

If our Tribal Organization does not have an Indirect Cost Rate, are we allowed to charge the 10% deminimus rate for administrative (Indirect) expenses incurred as a result of this project?

First, review 2 CFR 200.414,  especially Appendix VII to Part 200. If your organization does not fall under any of the categories specified under the Appendix in Section C, then yes, you may use the 10% deminimus rate.

Application Process

When are applications due, and when will awards be announced?

Applications are due to grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) February 20, 2018. Application submission is not concluded until the validation process is completed successfully. After the application package is submitted, the applicant will receive a submission receipt e-mail generated by grants.gov. A second e-mail message to applicants will then be generated by grants.gov that will either validate or reject the submitted application package. This validation process may take as long as two business days. Applicants are strongly encouraged to check the status of their application to ensure that submission of their package has been completed and no submission errors have occurred. Applicants also are strongly encouraged to allocate ample time for filing to guarantee that their application can be submitted and validated by the deadline published in the NOFO. Non-validated applications will not be accepted after the published application deadline date. It is recommended to submit applications well within the recommended timeline (up to 2 days before February 20), to avoid a negative outcome from the validation process.

If you do not receive a validation e-mail within two business days of application submission, please contact grants.gov. For instructions on how to track your application, refer to the e-mail message generated at the time of application submission or the Grants.gov Online User Guide.

Awards will be announced by April 30, 2018.

Can applicants attach documents not listed in Section H: Other Information (page 44) of the NOFO?

Yes. Applicants may attach other documents than those that are required or optional. Required documents include Abstract, Project Narrative, Budget Narrative, CDC Assurances and Certifications, Report on Programmatic, Budgetary and Commitment Overlap, Letter of Support from Tribal Leadership (Tribes and Tribal Organization applicants only), and Table of Contents for Entire Submission). Optional documents may include (not an exclusive list) Resumes/CVs, Position descriptions, Organization Charts, and Indirect Cost Rate, if applicable. This is an exception to the rule that the NOFO takes precedence over the FAQ (please see the question below).

If there are any inconsistencies in FAQs and NOFO, which is correct? 

The NOFO takes precedence, with one exception. The statement listed in Section H: Other Information (page 44) of the NOFO “Applicants may not attach documents other than those listed; if other documents are attached, applications will not be reviewed.” Required documents include Abstract, Project Narrative, Budget Narrative, CDC Assurances and Certifications, Report on Programmatic, Budgetary and Commitment Overlap, and Table of Contents for Entire Submission). An additional required document for Tribal and Tribal organization applicants only is a letter of support from tribal leadership, which may vary according to the tribe and may include the Tribal Council, Tribal President or other designated leader. (p.21, Additional Information on Eligibility). Attachments of this additional document is allowed, as are optional documents, which include Resumes/CVs, Position descriptions, Organization Charts, Indirect Cost Rate, if applicable.

Will new applications for the above referenced funding opportunity be accepted in 2019?

Only applications submitted by February 20, 2018 will be considered for this NOFO. Applications submitted beyond this date during the project period will not be considered.

I am writing regarding the section below in the Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country RFA. The website referenced for Intergovernmental Review (Part II, D. 14, page 31) leads to an inactive link. Please provide a way to find this information for our state.

The latest list can be found here: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/omb/grants_spoc. The page notes, “States that are not listed on this page have chosen not to participate in the intergovernmental review process, and therefore do not have a SPOC. If you are located within a State that does not have a SPOC, you may send application materials directly to a Federal awarding agency.

Project Narrative

Could you please clarify the required order for the Project Narrative?

  1. Background
  2. Approach
    1. Purpose
    2. Outcomes
    3. Strategies and Activities
      1. Collaborations
      2. Target populations and Health Disparities
    4. Applicant Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan
    5. Organizational Capacity of Applicants to Implement the Approach
    6. Work Plan

Is there a page limit for the project narrative?

Yes, the narrative can be no more than 20 pages, single space, 12 point font, 1-inch margins. This includes the work plan, which is limited to a maximum of 10 pages.

Should the narrative and work plan be paginated sequentially as one document, i.e. 1-20; or each as a free standing document since they are to be submitted as separate documents?

Since the Work Plan is included in the Project Narrative’s 20-page limit (NOFO p. 16) pagination should be sequential and noted in the Table of Contents.

Can references for the project narrative be a separate attachment or are they included in the 20 page limit?

Yes, references can be uploaded as a separate attachment and they are not a part of the 20 page limit.

Are resumes included in the narrative page limit?

No. Additional attachments that contain resumes, CVs, or organizational charts are not a part of the narrative page limit.

Does the 12 point font size requirement apply to tables and charts too?

Yes.

Do attachments count towards the 20 page limit for the project narrative?

No.

Can we include a project narrative that describes our overall approach?

Yes, you can include that in the project narrative section.

Work Plan

Does the work plan include both the template and a narrative description or is the work plan template all that is needed?

Applicants are required to provide a detailed year one work plan and a high-level narrative description of their three-year program. Applicants may use the template provided for their year one work plan, or they may provide a narrative description of their year one work plan.  Whether using the template or providing a narrative description, applicants should include all of the elements listed within the sample work plan.

Should the Work Plan be included in the narrative or as an attachment?  

The work plan should be included as part of the 20-page project narrative.  The work plan should not exceed 10 pages of the Project Narrative.

Do we need to submit a work plan for three years or just year 1?

In your application you need to submit a detailed work plan for the first year, along with a high-level (not detailed) description of the three year plan.

In the example work plan on pg. 19 of the NOFO it gives very detailed specifics when it comes to the activity i.e. “Work with families to raise and harvest corn and cranberries”, and the short-term outcome i.e. “10 families raise, harvest and preserve corn and plant cranberries.” However, the examples of program activities, from the informational call script are more general. How specific we need to be when developing the work plan, as well as the outcomes we are looking to achieve?

In general, we would like applicants to be as specific as they can so that the activities they propose can be adequately reviewed. Awardees will have six months to finalize their work plan, during which details can be more refined. However, the details in the application are important for reviewers to be able to determine what your plans are for addressing the strategies. So, if you can provide more detail, as in the work plan example, rather than a more general description, that will be more helpful to us in reviewing your application.

Evaluation and Performance Measurement

How many of the short-term performance measures are we required to measure?

Recipients will be required to select or propose a short-term outcome for each of their three (3) proposed activities and measure them.  CDC will work with grantees to finalize their short-term (1-year) performance measures in the first year of the program. 

How many of the intermediate performance measures will we be required to measure?

Recipients will be required to select and measure three (3) intermediate measures.  CDC will work with grantees to assist with intermediate performance measurement if needed.

Will we be required to measure long-term outcomes?

No.  Recipients will not be required to measure long-term outcomes although it is expected that, over time, successes in achieving the intermediate outcomes among community members will ultimately lead to these long-term outcomes:

  • Reduced morbidity/mortality due to diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and cancer
  • Increased resilience and use of cultural practices to reduce diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and cancer

Are applicants required to spend a certain percent of their budget on evaluation?

No. There is no requirement to designate a certain proportion of the budget for evaluation.

Should the applicant submit an evaluation plan? If so, are there guidelines as to what it should cover?

Yes, applicants must provide an evaluation and performance measurement plan demonstrating how they will fulfill the requirements described in the CDC Evaluation and Performance Measurement and Project Description sections of this NOFO. Recipients will be required to submit a more detailed Evaluation and Performance Measurement plan within the first 6 months of award, as described in the Reporting Section of this NOFO.

Where can I find the performance measures for the NOFO?

Performance measures are on pages 12-13 of the NOFO.

Can we propose the same short term outcomes for two separate strategies?

No, you will need to propose at least one unique short term outcome for each selected strategy.

Do intermediate outcomes tie to specific strategies, or can you choose which ones best fit your chosen strategies?

You can select the intermediate that outcomes best fit your chosen strategies.

Do we choose short term measures that match our activities or does the CDC evaluator do that?

You should propose short term measures in your application. A CDC evaluator can help you fine tune these after the award has been made if desired.

Are we required to provide baseline data for the short term outcomes we propose to show there has been change over time?

No, baseline data is not required for your proposed short-term outcomes. If you have baseline data for those outcomes, that would be helpful, but it is not required.

Do we need to include in our application specific tools to measure the proposed outcomes?

No, you are not required to include specific tools to measure proposed outcomes in your application. If you have them, it would be helpful for you to include them, but it is not required.

Do measurement tools need to be evidence-based or can they be specific to the community?

Measurement tools do not need to be evidence-based, and can be specific to the community.

Can we hire an outside evaluator to do the evaluation activities?

Because of the amount of funding provided for this award, there is likely not enough funding to hire a full-time evaluator, though you may choose to budget some funds to pay for part-time evaluation expertise. A CDC evaluator will work with all grantees to provide evaluation technical assistance.

What exactly do the OMB requirements apply to?  Is it for assessment only?  Is it advised or required?  If you do assessment with less than 10 people, do you not need to apply for OMB approval?

OMB requirements typically apply to data being collected by federal agents (CDC) or agents acting on our behalf.  Grantees proposing to collect data at the community level does not require OMB approval as part of this NOFO.

Who maintains the data?

Individual grantees own the data they collect; performance measures will be reported to CDC.

The NOFO states, “Applicants must provide an evaluation and performance measurement plan that demonstrates how the recipient will fulfill the requirements described in the CDC Evaluation (pg. 12) and Performance Measurement and Project Description sections of this NOFO.”Is there an evaluation template available? How should this information be written? Should it be included in the work plan? Should it be uploaded as an attachment?

The Applicant Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan section describes what applicants should address in their application, including how they will collect the performance measures, respond to the evaluation questions, and use evaluation findings; how key program partners will participate in the evaluation, as well as possible data sources and the feasibility of collecting these data.  Applicants should also include information about their proposed short-term performance measures and chosen intermediate measures. Please refer to the Phase II Review section of the NOFO for how this section will be evaluated.  There is no template for the Applicant Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan; however, applicants may present this information in a narrative description, chart, or any manner they feel will most clearly convey their information.

General Questions

When will the Informational Call for this NOFO take place?

The Informational Call will be held January 23, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern time, using the following conference line: 866-709-6101; Passcode: 37005261

Where can I find a copy of the full announcement?

The full announcement can be found at grants.gov under the “Related Documents” tab.

Is this NOFO an extension of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program (DP14-1421)?

No. However, this NOFO complements the work the GHWIC program, which has demonstrated that a coordinated, holistic, and tribally-driven approach can strengthen the ability of tribes to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

How can people ask questions about the NOFO?

All inquiries should be directed to CDCTribalPractices@cdc.gov by Thursday, February 15 and we will make every effort to post the question and answer to this FAQ document within 48 hours of receiving the question.

Will any questions submitted be responded to directly or will answers be posted on website?

All questions and answers will be posted on the website; there will be no response back to questioner.

Will the conference call meeting notes be available to those unable to make the call?

No, however, the scripts from the conference calls will be made available on this web page afterward.   Audio recordings will not be available.

What are the lobbying restrictions concerning this grant?

Federal funds cannot be used for lobbying. Successful applicants must comply with the requirements set out in Section 503, Division F, Title V, FY12 Consolidated Appropriations Act and Additional Requirement (AR) 12, which is CDC policy as well as a term and condition of the NOFO with respect to lobbying restrictions placed on award recipients. In addition, please note that grantee activities are not restricted under Section 503 if the grantee is using funding sources other than Federal appropriations to engage in those activities. At the same time, grantee activities may be limited by state law or other applicable restrictions, such as provisions in the Internal Revenue Code. Grantees may wish to consult their tax and/or accounting advisors for assistance.

Where can we find the link for updates to the NOFO? I see a link to subscribe but not to check for updates?

There is no link for updates to the NOFO, however, CDC’s Office of Grants Services Recommends subscribing to the Announcement. If this does not generate notifications of changes, please check the Frequently Asked Questions page often for notifications and changes.

Is there a minimum staffing requirement?

No.

Recipient Activities

We would like to propose strategies not listed in the NOFO – may we do that?

No. Only activities that support the seven (7) strategies listed in the NOFO may be supported by this NOFO. These strategies, which were explicitly chosen by tribal leaders, allow for a broad range of cultural practice activities. 

We’re considering some activities that include sacred practices and we’re hesitant to include many details in our work plan or narrative.  How do we handle those situations?

Applicants are not expected to provide information concerning details of sacred tribal practices. However, the application must contain sufficient description of the activity so that it can be reviewed by CDC.

There are sample short-term performance measures are listed on page 13 of the NOFO. Do we need to include those specific measures in our application?

Those are sample performance measures included for your reference. Applicants may select one or more of the sample performance measures and may propose their own short-term performance measures. Applicants must state their selected or proposed performance measures in the Evaluation and Performance Measurement section of their application.

Are we only allowed to implement the activities listed on pages 8-10 of the NOFO? 

Applicants can propose other activities, and if they do, they must clearly describe each activity and explain how it relates to the selected strategy and how it will be measured.

Are we required to collaborate with outside entities?

No. Recipients are encouraged, though not required, to partner with organizations that promote health and wellbeing to maximize resources, reach, and impact.

Are the strategies we propose just for all three years or just the first year?

Applicants should propose strategies that they plan to address over the 3-year project period of the grant. If over the course of the 3-years the awardee determines that a change in strategy is desirable, that decision can be considered in collaboration with the awardee’s Project Officer.

Can we bundle all of our proposed activities into one program?

Yes, as long as you make it clear in your application how you are addressing 3 strategies and 3 outcomes.

Do you have recommended activities for Urban Indian Organizations?

Because Urban Indian Organizations serve many different cultures, we rely on your expertise to propose activities that make sense for your population.

Our reservation is geographically vast and our communities speak different languages. We would like to group activities for different parts of the reservation.

You should review the NOFO and determine what activities you can provide for these various groups within the funding amount.

We would like to propose various conferences for our population. Is this allowed?

This funding opportunity supports tribal practices is not intended for holding conferences.

What else besides staffing do you think we should use our funding for?

The goal of this NOFO is to implement the practices that Tribal leaders have told us support health and wellness. You will know best how to implement activities that address these strategies, and what you’ll need to implement them, including limited staff. “Staff” need not be full-time and can be part-time consultants or individuals who are paid an honorarium for short-term or situational assistance.

How can we make sure that implementing a part of our project is not research?

Please review CDC guidance on distinguishing research from non-research [PDF – 137 KB]. You may also consult with your Tribal Epidemiology Center for assistance.

May we choose more than 3 strategies?

Yes, but we want you to succeed so please consider how much you want to take on.

Review Process

What type of review process will occur for this competition?

All applications will be reviewed initially for completeness by CDC Office of Grant Services (OGS) staff and will be reviewed jointly for eligibility by the CDC/NCCDPHP and OGS. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not advance to Phase II review. Applicants will be notified that their applications did not meet eligibility or published submission requirements. A review panel will evaluate complete, eligible applications in accordance with the description of Phase II review on page 35.

Where are the application review criteria in the NOFO?

The review criteria are located on pages 34-37.

Is grant scoring tied to number of people impacted by the proposed project?

In general your grant score will not be impacted by the number of persons served by your proposed project. However, there is an expectation of these funds reaching as many tribal members as possible so a reasonable proportion of the community of interest should be included (e.g. a proposal to include 3 people would not be favorably reviewed).

How will our applications be reviewed?

Please see Section E: Review and Selection Process for more information about how your application will be reviewed.

Does the NOFO list the points applicants are given for each section?

Yes; see Section E: Review and Selection Process in the NOF.

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