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Grants and Contracts

Grants
What kinds of grants are available from the Federal government?

Discretionary grants are awarded competitively, typically for projects such as  Hospital Preparedness Program, the Global AIDS program,  and Cardiovascular Diseases Research. Formula/block grants are distributed based on authorizing legislation and are typically awarded to states or local agencies for specific services such as Medicaid, Medicare Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

What are some legal obligations that are part of receiving a Federal grant?

To make sure that grant funds are used properly, organizations that receive Federal funds must file regular financial status reports. These forms should not take long to complete, but they are important. The basic financial report form is the Standard Form 269.

What is the difference between Indirect Funding and Direct Funding?

Indirect funding is funding that an organization receives as the result of the genuine and independent private choice of a beneficiary through a voucher, certificate, coupon, or other similar mechanism. Direct funding is funding that is provided to an organization directly by a governmental entity or intermediate organization that has the same duties as a government entity.

Does HHS call families and promise to give them a free grant if I send them some money or give them my bank account number?

No. The only official access point for all federal grants is to apply online at Grants.gov. Some scam artists advertise “free grants” in the classifieds, inviting readers to call a toll-free number for more information. Others are bolder: they call you out of the blue. They lie about where they’re calling from, claiming that you will receive a grant that you don’t have to pay back.

What are the rules on funding religious activity with Federal money?

The U. S. Supreme Court decided that faith-based organizations may not use direct government funds to support religious activity.

Contracts
Does HHS provide grants or loans to start a business?

HHS does not provide grants or loans to start small businesses. If you are seeking financial assistance to start a business or expand an existing business, please contact your local Small Business Administration office or visit the SBA.gov Web site.

Do I need any special business certifications from HHS?

HHS does not require any special business-related certifications. The Small Business Administration (SBA) certifies firms under their 8(a) Business Development Program, the Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Program and the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program.

How do I find 8(a) opportunities at HHS? Is there a set-aside for 8(a) contractors?

Participants in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program can receive sole-source contracts and are able to form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts. The program status lasts for 9 years. To learn more and to apply for the program at SBA, visit: http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/8a-business-development-program

How can I find IT contract opportunities at HHS?

Information technology (IT) is the area where we receive the most small business inquiries, so the competition is substantial. When presenting your capabilities to potential customers, we suggest that you tailor your IT capabilities to specific functions, i.e., IT relating to medical analysis, data base management, or IT related to security.