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Responsible Fatherhood Grants
Document #:  JFSR1415178056


Question:   1) Can we subcontract in portion of the contract? 2) We have run three targeted fatherhood programs over the past five years, yet each had a different focus, can we still apply for this grant? 3) Do you have any evidenced based model you are looking for in the proposals? 4) How may counties does it take to count as a regional proposal? 5) Based off your website, has your deadline been extended to June 6 for submitting the full proposal?

Answer:   See answer to Inquiry # 28771.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28772


Question:   1) Can we subcontract in portion of the contract? 2) We have run three targeted fatherhood programs over the past five years, yet each had a different focus, can we still apply for this grant? 3) Do you have any evidenced based model you are looking for in the proposals? 4) How may counties does it take to count as a regional proposal? 5) Based off your website, has your deadline been extended to June 6 for submitting the full proposal?

Answer:   1) Yes, subgrantees/subcontractors are permitted. See section 4.6 of the RFGA. 2) Page 8, section 2.1 C states that, “applicants must be established fatherhood programs that have been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years and have served at least 200 fathers per year.” As long as the lead applicant meets those requirements, you can apply. 3) ODJFS does not require use of a specific fatherhood curriculum. 4) Page 10, section 3.2 D states that applicants serve fathers in at least two counties. Complete Appendix B listing all of the counties you plan to serve and indicating the primary region. 5) Yes, the deadline has been extended to June 6th at 3:00 PM. See Addenda 1 at the bottom of the RFGA announcement at http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewProcOpps.asp?oppID=10622&disclaimer=N

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28771


Question:   What percentage of the budget should be set aside for evaluation? Does the state provide evaluation services? And even if so, can we contract for 3rd party evaluation services?

Answer:   ODJFS will hire an evaluator who will work with the grantees at no cost to the grantees. Grantees are not required to hire an additional evaluator. However, applicants can receive additional points on the Technical Proposal Score Sheet, Phase III, question 9, if they provide proof of prior program evaluation.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28766


Question:   How is the per father served cost determined? Is the entire grant request divided by the number of fathers served to determine a per father reimbursement amount ($100,000 request/100 dads served = $1,000/dad for year 1)? Also, would you please clarify the reimbursement policy for operational costs? Are the operational costs included in the per father reimbursement?

Answer:   Page 7, section 1.9 states that, “ODJFS will reimburse grantees for a percentage of their documented costs of operation and pay a fixed amount to be determined by ODJFS for each father served.” The formula to determine the cost per father has not yet been finalized by ODJFS but will be specified in the contract signed by ODJFS and the grantees selected under this RFGA before work commences. To ensure that grantees are meeting their service goals, some portion of their compensation under the contract will be based on the number of fathers served each month. Using the example in your question, if the contract is for $100,000 perhaps 80% or $80,000 will be disbursed as a reimbursement for documented operational costs and 20% or $20,000 will be reimbursed by applying the formula for each father served. If a grantee meets their monthly service goals prior to the completion of the contract expiration date and if there is still money to be disbursed under the contract agreement, the grantee will be reimbursed for 100% of remaining documented costs invoiced.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28765


Question:   The Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative has been in existence since 2004, currently funds 12 programs and serves over 5,000 fathers per year along with hosting an annual fatherhood conference. We have also received a grant from the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood in the past and provided excellent results. Can we apply for the grants if the County Initiative office itself does not provide direct services other than answering telephone inquiries from fathers and families meeting with fathers in the office to provide guidance referring fathers to our funded programs and others providing oversight, evaluation, accounting and management to our funded programs and providing the Fatherhood Conference listed above for 500 attendees annually?

Answer:   Page 7, section 2.1 B states that among that, ”the applicants must be direct service providers and cannot be a pass through for funding to other organizations.” This is a mandatory applicant qualification.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28741


Question:   Hello, We have had Fatherhood Initiative programs in the past at our agency. However, I recently took over as CEO for our organization, and I am very interested in having another Fatherhood Initiative program. We currently work with the public and LCCS to provide parenting, anger management, and domestic violence men and womens groups. We serve to empower many families in the community. Is it possible for me to apply for this grant, as I noticed it said something about agencies who have had continuous programs? Thank you so much for your consideration. Jennifer Jacobs

Answer:   Page 8, section 2.1 C states that, “applicants must be established fatherhood programs that have been in continuous operation for at least three (3) years and have served at least 200 fathers per year.” If your organization does not meet these mandatory qualifications you cannot be the lead applicant.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28722


Question:   Still waiting to hear if we may be able to submit a proposal for our mens group. We also have a womens group and we have been meeting for over eight years.

Answer:   See answer to Inquiry # 28714.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28716


Question:   Still waiting to hear if we may be able to submit a proposal for our mens group. We also have a womens group and we have been meeting for over eight years.

Answer:   See answer to Inquiry # 28714.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28715


Question:   Still waiting to hear if we may be able to submit a proposal for our mens group. We also have a womens group and we have been meeting for over eight years.

Answer:   Interested organizations must follow all the directions contained within the RFGA for preparing and submitting a formal, complete application package for award of grant funds. Requests for funding such as statements of need and/or interest submitted through this Q&A process do not comply with those directions, and will not be considered an actual application for funding, and as such, will be disregarded. Full details on the types of organizations that may be eligible for this grant and on the range of services that would be funded are provided in the RFGA. Interested organizations should use the information provided in the RFGA to decide on whether to apply.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28714


Question:   Will you consider a submission with a best practice/promising practice curriculum (BOT) with a potential plan to move toward EB status? Thank you.

Answer:   Page 1, section 3.3 B states that, “the project must use an evidence-based, proven effective curriculum.”

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28702


Question:   on page 9, section 2.2 (appicant qualifications), B. (staff experience and capabilites) 1. key staff identified must include a project manager, a fiscal specialist and a case worker. Can the project manager also serve as the case worker?

Answer:   Yes, the project manager can also serve as the case worker.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28690


Question:   Two agencies already work with both females and males for the last eight years and am currently seeking funds for our groups. Some of these people are parents,grandparents, returning citizens and veterans.

Answer:   Interested organizations must follow all the directions contained within the RFGA for preparing and submitting a formal, complete application package for award of grant funds. Requests for funding such as statements of need and/or interest submitted through this Q&A process do not comply with those directions, and will not be considered an actual application for funding, and as such, will be disregarded.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28675


Question:   I serve as Chair on the Faith Family and Community Sub Committe with the Franklin County Re-Entry Task Force and think our service will match up with this grant !

Answer:   See answer to Inquiry # 28666.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28667


Question:   I serve as Chair on the Faith Family and Community Sub Committe with the Franklin County Re-Entry Task Force and think our service will match up with this grant !

Answer:   Interested organizations must follow all the directions contained within the RFGA for preparing and submitting a formal, complete application package for award of grant funds. Requests for funding such as statements of need and/or interest submitted through this Q&A process do not comply with those directions, and will not be considered an actual application for funding, and as such, will be disregarded.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28666


Question:   My company Alpha which is incorporated in two states collaborates and works with several agencies, churches, and organizations in promoting and helping fathers throughout the state of Ohio and Michigan to succeed as providers and responsible parents. Our organization within the past 5 years has specifically focused on assisting fathers with critical thinking, employment, record expungements, child support issues, and other legal barriers that thwart or impede gaining employment and active participation in family and societal matters. Most of the people that we have served are men who have low income, and men who are either in prison are newly re-entering their communities. For these men Alpha Legal Service has teamed up with Breaking the Cycle (Mike Jones), Key Source (Derella Motely)and Genesis Community Improvement Corp. (Rev. David L. Owens) our one organizational effort is dedicated to building strong men, strong fathers, strong families, and strong communities. I am a formerly incarcerated person and father of three children under the age of 10. As such, I have faced many if not all of the challenges my constituent base that I serve are also faced with. Out of my personal and economical challenges to become more than a biological father in name only my company was born. Our organizational plan is to target fathers whom are in distressed communities, pre-release, half way houses, and soon to be released prisoners by going inside of their community libraries, and prison facilities to provide economic workshops that will link them to potential employers, legal seminars that will address child support, visitation, and custodial issues, as well as record expungements and collateral sanctions. We will also work to falster healthy relationships through our faith based programming and counseling provided by Bishop David L. Owens a dedicated and successful father of 4 children and member of our team. We believe that working together as a team we can continue to accomplish the goal of making fathers and families whole. However, without the adequate funding, our effectiveness has been marginalized. This grant would help us to reach a much broader base in both northern and southern Ohio. Thank you for this opportuninty.

Answer:   Interested organizations must follow all the directions contained within the RFGA for preparing and submitting a formal, complete application package for award of grant funds. Requests for funding such as statements of need and/or interest submitted through this Q&A process do not comply with those directions, and will not be considered an actual application for funding, and as such, will be disregarded.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28647


Question:   What are program parameters for submission. Timeframe for program action and activities along with limitations.

Answer:   Please refer to Section V. Application Format and Submission for program parameters, Section I., I.6 for the Timetable and Section III. Scope of Work, which describes the program action/activities and limitations for this RFGA.

Date: 5/23/2013

Inquiry: 28632


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Inquiry period ended:  5/22/2013 8:00:00 AM