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Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Woodbury County, Iowa

Grants to Woodbury County, Iowa Nonprofits
and For-Profits for Early Childhood Programs

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Head Start (OHS)

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Deadline Date:

11/12/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to Woodbury County, Iowa public and private nonprofit organizations, including CBOs and faith-based organizations, and for-profit organizations for early childhood programs that serve low-income pregnant women and children from birth to compulsory school age. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications that seek to provide a high-quality, comprehensive program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start funding, or to provide services for Head Start only or Early Head Start only, in a manner that ensures continuous services and seamless transitions for children and families residing in Woodbury County, Iowa.

The goal of this FOA is to ensure an equitable distribution of resources to meet the demonstrated community needs of children from birth to compulsory school age, ensuring continuity of services and taking into account the availability of high-quality and comprehensive early childhood education opportunities (which may include public pre-Kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds). This FOA provides applicants the opportunity to propose to reallocate funding between Head Start and Early Head Start based on both the needs in the community and the applicant's capacity and experience serving pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children. Applicants may explore combining Head Start and Early Head Start funds with resources from other early childhood programs or funding streams, including state, local, and private sector funding for childcare, pre-Kindergarten, and special education services. Please note that applicants responding to this FOA will be expected to begin providing Head Start and/or Early Head Start services quickly after award, with a minimal start-up period, to support limited to no disruption in services to the currently enrolled children and families in this service area.

Applicants proposing to serve pregnant women are expected to serve the newborn through the Early Head Start program.  Applicants should thoughtfully consider their reason for deciding to apply to conduct a program to serve the proposed population, including the particular age group of children and, if applicable, pregnant women. This decision should be based on the needs of the community.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs emphasize family engagement because of the critical role that parents play in supporting their children's healthy development and school success. Effective programs engage parents in their children's development and learning. Programs also emphasize the significant involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These leadership opportunities are designed to strengthen skills that parents can apply to improving their family's economic well-being and to becoming more effective advocates for their children.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186974

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $3,491,519
- Award Floor: $500,000

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

It is important to note that the eligibility requirements are different for Head Start and Early Head Start. More information is provided in the funding opportunity announcement.

Entities Applying for Head Start Only - or - Both Head Start and Early Head Start:
Eligible applicants are limited to local public or private non-profit agencies, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or local for-profit agencies, pursuant to Section 641(a)(1) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9836(a)(1) in the service area, that can provide Head Start services to children and families residing in the service area. Applicants must demonstrate they meet the statutory requirement for designation as a Head Start and/or Early Head Start agency as defined in the Head Start Act.

Entities Applying for Early Head Start Only:
Eligible applicants are any public or private non-profit agency, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies pursuant to Section 645A(d) of the Head Start Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9840A(d).

Eligibility is limited to public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations in the service area that can provide Early Head Start services to children and families residing in Woodbury County, Iowa. Entities operating Head Start programs are eligible to operate Early Head Start programs.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the Office of Head Start for a pre-application webinar regarding the recently posted 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements.

This webinar will provide potential applicants with an overview of the Head Start program, and the OHS competitive grants process. Joining and participating in this webinar is voluntary. Participants will remain anonymous. Opting not to participate in the webinar will not affect eligibility, application scoring or the selection process. Applicants unable to attend can access the FAQ document on the Program Office website after the webinar has concluded. Participants are encouraged to read a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) prior to joining the webinar.

Interested organizations have two opportunities to attend. To register, please select the event you would like to join:
- Tuesday September 24th at 2 pm EDT:
- Wednesday September 25th at 9 am EDT:

For more information, see

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 11/12/2019 at 11:59 p.m., ET.

Non-Federal Match: Grantees must, unless a waiver is granted, contribute 20 percent of the total cost of the program from non-federal funds. A waiver may be granted for any of the grounds listed in Section 640(b) of the Head Start Act. (45 CFR § 1303.4).

How to Register and Apply through

Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Office Contact:
Shawna Pinckney
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Head Start
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (888) 242-0684

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Jeff Newton
Administration for Children and Families
1961 Stout Street
Office 08-148
Denver, CO 80294
Phone: (303) 844-1149

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Woodbury County

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