Notice of Funding Availability for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Homeless Management Information System Capacity Building Project

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Funding Opportunity ID: 310498
Opportunity Number: FR-6100-N-40
Opportunity Title: Notice of Funding Availability for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Homeless Management Information System Capacity Building Project
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Community Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 14.261
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be existing CoC program recipients that are UFAs, collaborative applicants, or HMIS Leads and are either: (1) Applying for funds to improve the existing HMIS; or (2) Applying on behalf of two or more CoCs with the intent to execute an HMIS Consolidation to improve the performance of the lower-performing HMIS. If the applicant is representing multiple CoCs in the case of an HMIS Consolidation, HUD recommends that the applicant with the highest-performing HMIS submits the application. If the applicant is selected and awarded, it may subaward funds to CoC program recipients in any of the consolidating CoCs to support the HMIS Consolidation. Recipients may make multiple subawards to conduct the proposed activities. To be considered for funding, an applicant must complete the information required by HUD, in the manner required by HUD. Additionally, if the activity is necessary to complete an HMIS Consolidation, the applicant must provide evidence that each CoC involved in the HMIS Consolidation has approved the HMIS Consolidation. Approvals of the consolidation of the CoC’s HMIS must be submitted for each CoC participating in the HMIS Consolidation. Acceptable forms of documentation are limited to the following: 1) a signed and dated letter indicating approval of the HMIS Consolidation from the CoC Board or other relevant CoC committee, subcommittee or workgroup, or 2) a copy of CoC Board or other relevant CoC committee, subcommittee or workgroup meeting minutes that includes the date, a list of attendees and clear evidence of approval of the HMIS Consolidation. After HUD selects applicants at the end of Phase 2, each selected applicant will enter into a grant agreement with HUD. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.
Agency Code: HUD
Agency Name: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Posted Date: Nov 19, 2018
Close Date: Jan 31, 2019 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Last Updated Date: Nov 19, 2018
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $20,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 50
Description: This NOFA makes available [$5,000,000] for competitive grants to existing Continuum of Care (CoC) Program recipients to improve their CoCs’ Homeless Management Information Systems. A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is the information system designated by the Continuum of Care (CoC) to comply with the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11301 et seq.) (the McKinney-Vento Act), and 24 CFR part 578. HMIS is used to record, analyze, and transmit client and activity data for purposes of providing shelter, housing, and services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Activities that improve HMIS include any one or more of the following: Consolidating HMIS software or databases with another CoC’s HMIS; Upgrading, customizing, or configuring the functionality of a CoC’s existing HMIS; Improving HMIS data quality; or Increasing staff skills through trainings related to HMIS governance, data collection and data quality improvements, and data analysis to support strategic decision-making. This NOFA also provides funding for HMIS Consolidations and encourages CoC recipients with a strong HMIS to partner with CoCs that have struggled to effectively implement their own HMIS. “HMIS Consolidation” means creating a single HMIS, governed by a shared HMIS governance charter, from two or more HMIS that were independently governed by their own HMIS governance charters. The Appendix provides a list of CoCs with HMIS implementations determined to have highest needs, and likely competitive for the improvement and consolidation funds provided in this NOFA. HUD will use a two-phase process to select applicants and distribute funding. In Phase 1, existing CoC program recipients that are Unified Funding Agencies, collaborative applicants, or HMIS Leads will be able to submit applications to fund either HMIS improvements or an HMIS consolidation. HUD will evaluate each applicant’s proposed activities to ensure eligibility and evaluate responses to several rating factors. Based on Phase 1 results, applicants will be conditionally selected to submit a budget and project proposal to HUD for review and approval. Applicants will have 45 days from the date of the Phase 1 selection announcement to submit a budget and proposal that meets the Phase 2 criteria described in this NOFA. To help assure the budgets and project proposals are cost-effective, feasible, necessary, and maximize the positive impact of this funding, HUD will offer a selection of TA providers to all conditionally selected applicants to assist with developing the applicant’s budget and project proposal in Phase 2. HUD will distribute available funds based on the cost effectiveness, feasibility, necessity and estimated impact of each submitted budget and proposal.
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