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Availability of Funds through the State Lead Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) State Lead Program is accepting small no-bid grant applications from health, housing, and educational organizations who have the capability and a well-defined plan for implementing creative methods of connecting children at risk for lead poisoning to the PA Certified Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Professionals who can help them, and who will engage the contractor community in certified training in the LBP disciplines.
Lead paint and the dust that results from the breakdown of the paint can lead to serious health issues, including loss of IQ, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, convulsions, coma, and even death. Homes built before 1978 are more likely to have lead paint in them, and according to the 2010 Census, Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation in the percentage of homes built before 1978. In 2012, the CDC established a reference value of 5 μg/dL as an elevated blood lead level (EBLL). Young children are the mostly likely age group to have EBLLs. In 2014, 13,171 Pennsylvania children under age 7 had EBLLs of 5 μg/dL or higher.
Applications will be rated upon the creativity and efficacy with which the proposed services will meet the above goals. Successful applicants will be awarded small no-bid grants up to $10,000. The grant period ends June 30, 2015.
The State Lead Program will provide small no-bid grants to successful applicants in an effort to decrease the incidence of childhood lead poisoning. Applicants are encouraged to identify and provide services to populations that are most at-risk for lead poisoning. Activities should further environmental justice efforts in at-risk neighborhoods. Partnerships with organizations that are working toward similar goals are strongly encouraged to support building community infrastructure to address lead poisoning and LBP exposure.
The primary focus of this initiative is prevention of childhood lead poisoning through assessment of LBP risks and abatement of LBP hazards. Applicants are encouraged to draw upon existing community resources and services in reaching high-risk populations, building environmental justice, and reducing health disparities.
Funding for this project is contingent upon DOH approval. Grantees awarded funds through the State Lead Program must use the funds for activities and materials to increase awareness of the LBP-certified disciplines, to build infrastructure, and to support local efforts in LBP identification and abatement. Funded services may include, but are not limited to:
1) Activities that would assure that individuals engaged in LBP abatement are properly trained and that contractors engaged in such activities are certified. These activities could include initiatives to develop local capacity in low-income and rural areas.
2) Activities that increase public demand for certified and accredited service providers. These activities could include the provision of outreach and education to the regulated community, protected community, and general public, provided that the primary intention of the outreach/education is to increase certification of firms and accreditation of training providers.
The grant period ends June 30, 2016. All funded activities must have been completed by June 30, 2016.
Eligible applicants include health, housing, and educational organizations located in Pennsylvania. Individuals may not apply.
In order to conduct business with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grantees are required to be enrolled in the Systems, Applications, and Products (SAP) system. Applicants who are not enrolled may apply for a vendor identification number by contacting:
Central Vendor Management Unit 
1-877-435-7363 or locally at 717-346-2676
(Click on "Non-Procurement Vendor" then "Registration Form")
Application Deadline
It is anticipated that nine awards up to $10,000, as outlined on page one, will be made pursuant to this grant opportunity. Initial applications received by December 16, 2015 will be reviewed and scored by the Bureau of Family Health. Applications received after this date will also be reviewed and scored, and will be awarded dependent upon availability of funding. Applications may be mailed or emailed; see contact details at the bottom of page three of this notice.
Application Process
Complete the 2015-2016 Application and the Proposed Budget. An authorized official of the organization must sign and date the application. Applications must be page-numbered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Award Determination
All funding decisions are contingent upon the availability of allocated State Lead Program funds and DOH approval. Applications are scored using a rating scale with the following pre-established criteria:
1. Degree of need for the proposed activities
2. Extent to which the activities will likely demonstrate a change in awareness and actions
3. Reasonableness of the proposed expenditures
4. Likelihood that the proposed activities will be of on-going, systemic benefit to the target population
5. Development of partnerships
Notification of Award
All applicants shall be notified of their award status within two weeks of the submission due date. This grant is reimbursement-only; no funds are provided at the start of the project. This program reimburses applicants for actual and approved costs incurred by the successful applicant, and reimbursements shall not exceed the approved amount.
Eligible Costs
Applicants may apply for funding reimbursement of multiple purchases or activities under the grant. However, the maximum cumulative award to any one applicant, as identified by Federal ID number, is $10,000 per the terms described above. Funds may not supplant existing funds. The Grantee is the sole owner of the purchased property. The budget section of the application must include a budget narrative detailing by line item how project funds will be used and the degree to which competitive bids were secured for purchases. Price quotes, estimates, catalog samples, or other proof of cost must be submitted for each proposed expenditure.
Ineligible Costs
The following costs are NOT eligible for reimbursement under this program:
1. Administrative/Indirect costs (i.e., costs not uniquely attributable in full to the programmatic activity)
2. New building construction or structural renovation of an existing space
3. Capital expenses or equipment
4. Staffing/Personnel/Paid Intern
5. One-time consumables (i.e., event tickets, food/refreshments, child care, etc.)
By applying for small no-bid grant funding, applicants affirm that they will abide by the above spending limitations.
Summary Report and Invoice Procedures
Approved applicants shall be reimbursed with one check per invoice for approved expenses. In order to receive reimbursement of approved expenses, awardees must submit an invoice and receipts to the Bureau within 30 calendar days following completion of funded activity, and no later than July 30, 2016.
Questions should be directed to:
Todd Christophel
EPA State Lead Program
Division of Child and Adult Health Services
Applications should be submitted to:
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Family Health
Division of Child and Adult Health Services
EPA State Lead Program
Health & Welfare Building, Seventh Floor East
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Applications received by December 16, 2015 will be part of the initial review. Review of applications after that date is contingent upon availability of funds.