Recompetition Updateby Andrea Abbott on 06/10/21
It is finally that time, when ACF is notifying grantees in recompetition, both incumbent and new grantees that they have or have not been funded for their program. If you have not heard yet, the clock is ticking as most grant awards are slated to begin July 1, 2021 and you should hear in the next two weeks if you were funded. Typically, agencies will first receive an email inviting them to “negotiations”. Next, the grantee will be invited to participate in a conference call with regional program staff. At this time, the region will share with the prospective grantee changes that they want to make as part of the award and also they will request information that offers up additional detail about the program you proposed in your grant application. It is not unusual for ACF to provide only a few days for a response to be turned-around, so it is important to have your ducks in a row if you are expecting a call. Some steps that you can take include:
- Re-read your application and locate the submitted version (preferably in Word) and print it out and put it in a binder.
- Review your budget. Often the changes from ACF begin with a request to serve more/less children and the budget is your first point of change.
- Make a list of questions that you have for ACF regarding the award and update any costs that you have in your budget or new staffing plans in the event staff turnover has occurred since you submitted your grant.
Once you have participated in the call and have submitted your changes, the next step is to wait for a final decision. It is important to keep all information confidential at this point as the process is not completed until you have a Notice of Award (NOA) in your hands and there may be last minute changes. Hopefully, this will occur by July 1st for most grantees. If you have questions about negotiations or need assistance with grant revisions please do not hesitate to reach out to Heartland, we are here to help!