Notice of Availability of Grant Funds to Support Implementation and Training Costs for Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families America

Background

Funding is available to Minnesota's community health boards and tribal governments interested in implementing or expanding a Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) or a Healthy Families America (HFA) site. The funding is available through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), CFDA #93.505 for the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The cooperative agreement focuses on building infrastructure and support for evidence-based home visiting programs.

MDH anticipates awarding 15-20 grants based on funds requested, not to exceed a total of $374,000. The funding is only available for non-MIECHV HFA and/or NFP teams. If a community health board or tribal government has both MIECHV funded home visiting and non-MIECHV funded home visiting, funding is available only for the non-MIECHV implementation teams. HFA and NFP teams currently supported by MIECHV funding are not eligible for these funds.

Purpose of Funding

Community health boards and tribal governments have indicated that administrative costs are a significant barrier to implementing and expanding NFP and HFA. Therefore, funding to community health boards and tribal governments is available for the following activities.

  1. expenses related to initial implementation of NFP and/or HFA
  2. expenses related to expansion of NFP and/or HFA activities

The community health board or tribal government seeking funds to implement or expand NFP must be an approved NFP replication site to receive funding. The community health board or tribal government seeking funds for HFA implementation or expansion must be moving toward HFA affiliation and have contacted HFA indicating intent to affiliate.

The intent of the funding is to support evidence-based home visiting with high risk populations in communities identified in MDH's competitive MIECHV expansion grant application.

I. Initial NFP Implementation

Community health boards and tribal governments interested in the initial implementation of a NFP replication site can apply for up to $32,682 per replication site per year. Funds can be used to support the following expenses.

  1. Travel expenses for NFP training (up to 3 staff) – $5,280.00
  2. Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) data system set-up fee – $3,505.00
  3. NFP training registration fee for (up to 3 staff) – $12,207.00
  4. NFP training registration fee for one supervisor – $734.00
  5. NFP training materials for two home visitors and one supervisor – $1,551.00
  6. Technical assistance fee for program support from NFP national office – $7,825.00
  7. Travel expenses for administrator education (1 person) – $1,100.00
  8. Administrator education fee (1 person) – $480.00

II. Expanding NFP

Community health boards or tribal governments interested in expanding the NFP replication and sites that have experienced staff turnover can apply for up to $21,251 per replication site per year. Funds can be used to support the following expenses.

  1. Travel expenses for NFP training (up to two staff) – $3,520.00
  2. NFP training registration fee (up to two staff) – $8,138.00
  3. NFP training registration for one supervisor – $734.00
  4. NFP training materials for two staff – $1,034.00
  5. NFP national office technical assistance fee for program support – $7,825.00

III. Initial Implementation of HFA

Community health boards and tribal governments interested in the initial implementation of a HFA site can apply for up to $20,000 per site per year. Funds can be used to support the following expenses.

  1. Travel expenses for HFA related trainings (Parent Survey, Integrated Strategies, Growing Great Kids) including mileage, lodging meals – $7,000.00
  2. Professional development for wrap-around trainings and other approved professional development training costs – $3,000.00
  3. Data system costs including annual fee – $6,500.00
  4. Affiliation/credentialing fee – $1,500.00
  5. Home visiting curriculum supplies – $2,000.00

IV. Expanding HFA

Community health boards or tribal governments interested in expanding the HFA program and sites that have experienced staff turnover can apply for up to $15,500 per site per year. Funds can be used to support the following expenses.

  1. Travel expenses for HFA related trainings (Parent Survey, Integrated Strategies, Growing Great Kids) including mileage, lodging meals – $4,000.00
  2. Professional development for wrap-around trainings or other approved professional development training costs – $3,000.00
  3. Data system adaptation costs including annual fee – $5,000.00
  4. Affiliation/credentialing fee – $1,500.00
  5. Home visiting curriculum supplies – $2,000.00

Application Process

To apply for implementation or expansion funding, submit a Letter of Intent to Access Grant Funds and include the following in the letter.

  • Name(s) of the agency(ies)
  • Agency fiscal agent
  • Total dollar amount requested
  • Estimated cost-break down for allowable expenses (see I. A-H, II. A-E, III. A-E or IV. A-E and V. A-C above)
  • Date accepted by the NFP National Services Office for a replication site, or
  • Time line for HFA site affiliation

Entities applying for NFP implementation funding may submit the Letter of Intent once approved by the national NFP office to become a NFP replication site. NFP replication sites already approved by the national NFP office may submit the Letter of Intent at any time.

Entities becoming an HFA affiliated site or currently affiliated sites may submit a Letter of Intent at any time.

Per the MIECHV program focus on at-risk communities, applications from counties with risk composite scores of 10-32 submitted by February 15, 2014 will receive priority. After February 28, 2014, the remainder of available funding will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Application Submission, Deadline/Timeline

These funds are available on a federal fiscal year (FFY) from October to September. To access 2014 funding (10/1/13 to 9/30/14), Letters of Intent must be submitted before April 15, 2014. The application process will be reviewed annually. MDH will notify local health departments and tribal governments each FFY of the continued availability of funds. A new Letter of Intent and grant project agreement is required for each FFY.

Submit the Letter of Intent to Access Grant Funds (enter Letter of Intent to Access Grant Funds in the subject line) by email to Genie Potosky at Health.FHVGrants@state.mn.us.

Grant Agreements

MDH will distribute funding to community health boards and tribal governments through grant project agreements with the community health board or grant agreements with the tribal government. If more than one community health board applies jointly for funding, one community health board must be designated to serve as the fiscal agent for the grant. The information provided in the Letter of Intent will be incorporated as grant duties in the respective agreement.

Reimbursement

Reimbursement is available for actual expenses incurred within the categories listed above under the Purpose of Funding section. Documentation of actual expenditures is required. Documentation can include: receipts for ground and air travel, receipts for baggage fees, receipts for meals, copies of paid invoices from the national NFP office, copies of paid invoices for training materials, etc. Travel reimbursement is based on the MN Management and Budget Commissioner's Plan (PDF: 206KB/1 page).

For More Information

For all questions about the information in this notice, please contact:

Genie Potosky
Health.FHVGrants@state.mn.us
651-201-5025