Competitive Training Grants

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department Of Homeland Security
CFDA #: 97.068

Purpose of this program:

To provide funding for training initiatives that prepare the nation to prevent, deter, respond to, and recover from incidents of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Issue areas addressed in the Competitive Training Grants Program include: 1) training to address preparedness challenges in rural areas; 2) training to enhance preparedness for agricultural WMD incidents; 3) initiatives related to the prevention of cyberterrorism and increased awareness of cybersecurity issues; 4) training for state and local law enforcement to develop capabilities for terrorism prevention, to include areas such as detection, interdiction, intelligence analysis, critical infrastructure protection, and information sharing; 5) training initiatives to develop and enhance community outreach strategies for local audiences through existing non-governmental and volunteer organizations; and 6) addressing training gaps related to prevention and preparedness, to include assistance for special needs populations.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Funds may be used in accordance with uses defined in the proposal and award documents.

Who is eligible to apply...

Entities eligible to receive funding under this program include: national associations representing public safety agencies and institutions of higher education; institutions of higher education; private corporations working in conjunction with the nonprofit sector; and nonprofit organizations.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must submit proposals electronically through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Grant Management System (GMS). As outlined in the Competitive Training Grants Program Application Kit, proposals must include: 1) an element addressing how the proposed project builds sustainable preparedness at the state and local level; 2) a capacity-building component for state and local jurisdictions which includes a leave-behind capability for jurisdictions to employ themselves (e.g. job aids, planning tools, etc.); 3) a process for identifying lessons learned and best practices for inclusion in ongoing Department of Homeland Security efforts; and 4) incorporation of a blended learning approach.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Applicants must apply using GMS. Applications will follow guidelines outlined in the Competitive Training Grants Program Application Kit and will consist of: 1) a 250-word proposal abstract; 2) a program narrative; and 3) budget detail worksheets and budget narrative.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

All proposals are subject to an independent peer-review panel evaluation. Peer review panelists will consist of representatives from academia, industry, or Federal Government organizations, along with practitioners from Federal, State, and local criminal justice and public safety agencies. Applicants will be notified in writing if they have received funding.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Application deadlines may vary.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval/disapproval of applications for grants will take approximately 6 weeks.

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372 "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

None.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

None.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

State and local units of government.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Award amounts will vary depending on the scope of project.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Grants) FY 03 not available; FY 04 est $60,000,000; and FY 05 est not requested.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

70-0560-0-1-999.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

None.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Past training efforts has resulted in the training of over 390,000 first responders. ODP courses are designed to increase awareness of terrorism threats and WMD among public officials, public health and the medical community, public safety and public works personnel, as well as provide intensive technician and operations courses that demonstrate the effects of and response to live agents, explosives, and radiation.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Not available.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Proposals funded through this program will be executed in a period of 18 to 24 months.

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Recipients of funding are required to submit an initial quarterly progress report for the first full calendar quarter, followed by semi-annual progress reports for the remainder of the grant period. A final report is due 90 days after the end of the grant. These reports should consist of a brief narrative discussing achievements to date, and progress towards annual goals, and any issues which may need to be addressed. Required financial status reports (SF 269A) are due quarterly on the 45th day for every quarter the grant is active. The Office of the Comptroller will provide a copy of the financial and progress report forms in the initial award package.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency no later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of at least 3 years after the grant has been closed or until an audit has been conducted that does not show any questionable costs.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004, Public Law 108-90.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

The OJP Financial Guide and the Competitive Training Grants Program Application Kit.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Office for Domestic Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, 810 7th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20531. Telephone: 800-368-6498.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: