While you are waiting for the DRS Round 3 FOA…

What to do while you are waiting? Aside from continuing to work hard to serve children and families in a high quality manner…

We hope you are writing your grant application. Not thinking about it, but writing.

Actual writing.

There is every reason to believe that many sections of the Round 3 FOAs will be very like the Round 2 and Round 1 FOAs. And, although there was a significant shift between Round 1 and 2, there was a lot more that was the same than was different.

We hope you all have downloaded copies of round 2 FOAs.  Here is one, in case you haven’t…

Head Start and/or Early Head Start – Laramie County, Wyoming
Released: 7/24/13
Due: 10/22/14

  • Doesn’t it seem like the needs in your community (Demonstration of Need) aren’t going to change much in the next couple of weeks?  Right.  You can get right on that.
  • You may be tweaking your program design (within Demonstration of Need) so it would be reasonable to continue your conversations on that and wait.  But not for long…
  • Also, your curriculum and classroom practices (Achieving Early Learning and Development Outcomes to Promote School Readiness) are probably set.  Are you proposing a change?  Maybe.  If not – write, write, write.
  • They ask about your program and agency’s past performance (Past Performance).  Past is the operative word.  No need to wait on that.  There is a need to get that part right given that this is where you address the reason you are in Round 3.  Call if you want.
  • Think about your staff and how you support them (Staffing and Supporting a Strong Early Learning Workforce).  Are you changing that?  Probably not – best to start to write about it.
  • Finally, your organization is organized and it has whatever capacity it has (Organizational Capacity and Governance) so you can write about that. The governance question is interesting and may require a bit more discussion.

One of the things we are doing while we wait is think about the upcoming EHS-Child Care Partnership opportunity.

In fact, as we write this we are also listening to the Build Initiative meeting in Chicago that is being live streamed.  Maybe you are, too?

If you aren’t, consider tuning in tomorrow morning.  It could work – split computer screen – we know you can do a couple of things at once.  It is quite refreshing to hear from Yvette Sanchez Fuentes on a topic that isn’t DRS!

We’ve been really impressed with the speakers so far.  Right now, Jeff Capizzano from The Policy Equity Group is talking about similarities and differences in the RTT-ELC proposal structures and EHS (DRS, ehem) proposal structures.  If you have time or interest, check it out.  The live stream will be available soon but you can see  his  “The Nuts and Bolts of the Application” and “EHS-Child Care Partnership Draft Application Criteria Tool” right now.  A gem.

Are you already thinking about EHS-Child Care Partnerships?  We hope so.  Maybe you are and maybe you aren’t – but make sure you know what your state is doing.  Here is the participant list from the Build meeting.  Who do you recognize?  You are probably in the loop already but if you aren’t, consider reaching out when these people return and express your interest.

Stay in the loop – stay in touch.

Thank you.

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If you are in Round 3 DRS and need help with your grant application, or if you are a delegate or otherwise qualified agency considering your options, please be in touch. In most cases, we can help you and if not we will certainly connect you with the resources you need. Please do call – 703-599-4329 or email augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com .

Considering the EHS-Child Care Partnership funding opportunity?  We are following that topic, too.  Please visit our sister blog and learn more.

 

 

When will the Round 3 funding applications be available? How will we know?

I know.  Could it be less intuitive?  Probably not.  Just today we got this question. And, really, it is a question we get almost everyday.

We are interested in the possibility of becoming a Head Start site but are uncertain of the timeline of the rebid.  Do you have any information that could help us in this regard.

The timeline is unclear.  A lot of informal sources are suggesting that the Round 3 DRS funding announcements will be made ‘very soon’.  OK…  (?!)

In the first two rounds of DRS, the first step on the timeline was an announcement in the Department of Health and Human Services’ grants forecast webpage.

How would you know about the forecast? You’d have to look for it.  This is our process.  You can do this, too. Everyday, we log onto the DHHS grants forecast page:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm

Then we click on our Agency (second red arrow, middle blue box): ACF (Administration for Children and Families).

forecast 1

Now, start at the right arrow (not intuitive, I know), ask it to search on 93.600 (Head Start programs), then go to the left arrow and ask it to show 100 records (25 is the default and when this goes live, 25 isn’t enough at all), and finally, the middle arrow, sort by last updated.  You have to do this twice – first it will show the most historical (not so useful) but when you click it a second time the most recent updates will be at the top.

forecast 2

OK. Then you’ll see that the last modified (left circle) have the status ‘forecasted’.  That means then have NOT been posted to grants.gov.  We just expect that they will be, at some point.

forecast 3

So – in Rounds 1 and 2, this is where we got the first real clue that the FOAs (funding opportunity announcements = the official word that money is available) were on the way.  After they were listed here, they were posted to grants.gov.  That was when the applications were officially available.  Interested applicants had 90 days from that day to write and upload their most compelling application.

If you are interested in being in the loop – this is a good strategy for you.  Go to this website and go through these steps everyday.

Or, sign up to follow this blog – we’ll let you know.

Thank you.

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If you are in Round 3 DRS and need help with your grant application, or if you are a delegate or otherwise qualified agency considering your options, please be in touch. In most cases, we can help you and if not we will certainly connect you with the resources you need. Please do call – 703-599-4329 or email augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com .

Considering the EHS-Child Care Partnership funding opportunity?  We are following that topic, too.  Please visit our sister blog and learn more.

Busy on Wednesday?

Silly question.  Of course you are busy!

We are very interested in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request briefing hosted by senior staff at US Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS).  So interested that we plan to turn up and hear it for ourselves.  If you are close and might come, let us know.  We’d love to connect.  Also, note the very specific entry directions:

For security purposes, please bring a photo ID and a business card. As in previous years, enter the Department on the C Street side of the building  (across from the Holiday Inn), go through the magnetometers, and show your photo ID to security.  Instead of signing-in at the Front Desk, you will be directed to the auditorium’s rear doors, where you will be asked to submit a business card OR record your name, organization, and contact information on a sign-in sheet.

Meanwhile, if you are staying closer to home but might have a minute, consider joining the live stream:  http://edstream.ed.gov/webcast/Play/2e0c5adc563b41eababa70a1d18e9b8b1d

If you have plenty (thank you!) on your plate, know that we will offer a recap later this week.

Thanks.

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If you are in Round 3 DRS and need help with your grant application, or if you are a delegate or otherwise qualified agency considering your options, please be in touch. In most cases, we can help you and if not we will certainly connect you with the resources you need. Please do call – 703-599-4329 or email augenblick@foundationsforfamilies.com .

Considering the EHS-Child Care Partnership funding opportunity?  We are following that topic, too.  Please visit our sister blog and learn more.