HHS – Pension Counseling and Information Program (2014)

Description:

The goal of the Pension Counseling & Information Program is to help individuals understand and exercise their pension rights. AoA funds a national Pension Assistance Resource Center to provide support to the pension counseling projects, State and Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, legal services providers, and others by providing substantive legal training, technical assistance, and programmatic consultation. Successful applicants will demonstrate a proven record of advising and representing individuals who have been denied employer or union-sponsored pensions or other retirement savings plan benefits; will be well-established, known presences in their respective professional communities; and will have the capacity to provide services under the Pension Counseling & Information Program on a national basis.

Funding Title: Pension Counseling & Information Program: National Pension Assistance Resource Centers

Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services

Funding Instrument Type:  Cooperative Agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes (especially for subgrantees)

Target Population: Disadvantaged populations, including limited-English speaking populations

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Grantees must provide at least 25 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACL (federal) share and the non-federal share. The non-federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. For example, in order to meet the match requirements, a project requesting $412,670.00 in ACL (federal) Funds must provide a non-federal share of the approved total project cost of at least $137,557.00, which is 25 percent of total approved project cost of $550,227.00.

How to Apply: HHS requires all entities that plan to apply for, and ultimately receive, Federal grant funds from any HHS Agency, or receive subawards directly from recipients of those grant funds to:

  • Be registered in the SAM prior to submitting an application or plan;
  • Maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active award or an application or plan under consideration by an OPDIV; and
  • Provide its active DUNS number in each application or plan it submits to theOPDIV.

Current Closing Date for Applications: April 29, 2013

Eligible Applicants:

  • Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian Tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American),faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education, with a proven record of advising and representing individuals who have been denied employer or union-sponsored retirement income benefits, and which have the capacity to provide services under the Program on a national basis.
  • Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Link to Full Information:   http://www.acl.gov/Funding_Opportunities/Announcements/2013.aspx

Program Office Contact:  Valerie Soroka Phone: (202) 357-3531 Email: Valerie.Soroka@acl.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact: Christine Ramirez Phone: (202) 357-3465

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Categories: Department of Health and Human Services, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Express Language for Legal Aid, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities

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