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Ohio Parenting and Pregnancy Program Grant
Document #:  JFSR1415178081


Question:   The RFGA forms that are required are not designed to be fillable on-line. Do you have a version that is fillable, or do you want these pages to be hand-written?

Answer:   DAS's website will only allow pdf documents and therefore ODJFS can not post a Word version of the Application. ODJFS apologizes for this inconvenience. However, interested applicants may request the Word version of the Application for their use in drafting their proposals at the following e-mail address: joe.allen@jfs.ohio.gov. Applicants must write "Application Word Document Request" in the subject line of their e-mail request. Applicants are to be aware that the text in the Word document may be copied but NOT altered. Please note that inquirers will not receive a confirmation that ODJFS has received their e-mail request. In addition, ODJFS will not respond to any questions regarding the RFGA project submitted via this e-mail transmission.

Date: 7/9/2014

Inquiry: 31638


Question:   Beyond page limits, are there formatting requirements for Appendix A narrative: single or double-spaced, font size and type, and margins?

Answer:   There are no formatting requirements for Appendix A (except for maximum number of pages for each section); however, applicants are advised that their responses will be evaluated on quality and responsiveness whether or not the applicant uses large/small font, single/double spacing and/ or wide/thin margins.

Date: 7/7/2014

Inquiry: 31632


Question:   If we hold the ODH Reproductive Health and Wellness grant which states we must give all options counseling to clients who have a positive pregnancy test. Does that seem to be a conflict in applying for or being awarded this grant?

Answer:   Please refer to the mandatory requirements specified in Section 3.1 of the RFGA. Applicant must also be able to comply with and sign the Program Assurances in Appendix A.

Date: 7/7/2014

Inquiry: 31633


Question:   This is a inquiry for the Parenting and Pregnancy Program Grant. Collaboration of Organized Resources Engaged (CORE) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services in the community. We have a eight week Healthy vs.Unhealthy Relationship program for young girls and women. We would like very much to be considered for your Parenting and Pregnancy Program. As a social service agency, we have a parenting class in place and we would love to add on the Pregnancy program along with our parenting classes. CORE is committed to working with young girls and women in order for social change to take place it is necessary to address the issues that young girls and women face in our society. We help young women to develop a stroing characther , self esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.

Answer:   Interested organizations should review the requirements in Section 3.1 of the RFGA to determine if they are eligible for this opportunity. The request for grant application may be found here: http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewProcOpps.asp?oppID=11449&disclaimer=N

Date: 7/7/2014

Inquiry: 31635


Question:   This is a inquiry for the Parenting and Pregnancy Program Grant. Collaboration of Organized Resources Engaged (CORE) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services in the community. We have a eight week Healthy vs.Unhealthy Relationship program for young girls and women. We would like very much to be considered for your Parenting and Pregnancy Program. As a social service agency, we have a parenting class in place and we would love to add on the Pregnancy program along with our parenting classes. CORE is committed to working with young girls and women in order for social change to take place it is necessary to address the issues that young girls and women face in our society. We help young women to develop a stroing characther , self esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.

Answer:   Interested organizations should review the requirements in Section 3.1 of the RFGA to determine if they are eligible for this opportunity. The request for grant application may be found here: http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewProcOpps.asp?oppID=11449&disclaimer=N

Date: 7/7/2014

Inquiry: 31636


Question:   This is a inquiry for the Parenting and Pregnancy Program Grant. Collaboration of Organized Resources Engaged (CORE) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services in the community. We have a eight week Healthy vs.Unhealthy Relationship program for young girls and women. We would like very much to be considered for your Parenting and Pregnancy Program. As a social service agency, we have a parenting class in place and we would love to add on the Pregnancy program along with our parenting classes. CORE is committed to working with young girls and women in order for social change to take place it is necessary to address the issues that young girls and women face in our society. We help young women to develop a strong character,self esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.

Answer:   Interested organizations should review the requirements in Section 3.1 of the RFGA to determine if they are eligible for this opportunity. The request for grant application may be found here: http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewProcOpps.asp?oppID=11449&disclaimer=N

Date: 7/7/2014

Inquiry: 31637


Question:   This is a inquiry for the Parenting and Pregnancy Program Grant. Collaboration of Organized Resources Engaged (CORE) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services in the community. We have a eight week Healthy vs.Unhealthy Relationship program for young girls and women. We would like very much to be considered for your Parenting and Pregnancy Program. As a social service agency, we have a parenting class in place and we would love to add on the Pregnancy program along with our parenting classes. CORE is committed to working with young girls and women in order for social change to take place it is necessary to address the issues that young girls and women face in our society. We help young women to develop a stroing characther , self esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.

Answer:   Interested organizations should review the requirements in Section 3.1 of the RFGA to determine if they are eligible for this opportunity. The request for grant application may be found here: http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewProcOpps.asp?oppID=11449&disclaimer=N

Date: 7/7/2014

Inquiry: 31634


Question:   We are writing to inquire as to our eligibility to considered for a grant for the provision of maternity housing in Cuyahoga County. We are a non-profit maternity home in Parma, OH that can house up to 9 pregnant women at a time. We house pregnant & parenting women up to a year and provide a comprehensive support program. Learn more here: http://www.maggiesplace.org/locations/ohio/ohio-homes/the-zechariah-house/

Answer:   Applicants should review the requirements in Section 3.1 of the RFGA to determine if they are eligible for this opportunity.

Date: 7/7/2014

Inquiry: 31624


Question:   What is the likelihood that additional funding for this grant program will be available for the fiscal year July 2015 through June 30, 2016?

Answer:   At this time, the funding is only available in State Fiscal Year 2015 which ends on June 30, 2015.

Date: 7/3/2014

Inquiry: 31622


Question:   One of the requirements is that the primary purpose must be to promote childbirth, parenting, etc. Is this of the organization (non-profit), or can it be the primary purpose of a specific program of the nonprofit?

Answer:   Per the RFGA and ORC 5101.804, this requirement applies to the applicant (entity.) For more detail please see Section 3.1 of the RFGA.

Date: 7/1/2014

Inquiry: 31613


Question:   What constitutes a "grantee" and a "sub-grantee"? Can the grantee be a non-profit (serving as a lead agency) and the sub-grantees be other non-profits working together on the same program? Or would each non-profit have to submit a separate proposal?

Answer:   For the purposes of this grant, the applicant is considered the Grantee. The Subgrantee is any other non-profit organization with whom the applicant agrees to compensate for work completed in the performance of this grant on behalf of the applicant.

Date: 7/1/2014

Inquiry: 31612


Question:   MISSION: The mission of Birthright of Greater Cincinnati is to enable and assist pregnant women so that they may carry their pregnancy to term. BACKGROUND: Birthright opened in 1971, the first pregnancy center in the Cincinnati area. The initial opening was based upon the belief stated by founder Louise Summerhill that “It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born.” This is still Birthright’s guiding principle. UNIQUENESS OF PROGRAM: Birthright was the first pregnancy help center in the Cincinnati area. We have served the inner city for over 33 years. Other centers have opened over the years. We are one of the very few (if any) that provide childbirth classes NEED BEING FILLED: Birthright is part of an international interdenominational volunteer organization founded in 1968 to deliver educational, peer counseling and guidance services to young women who suspect they may have an unplanned pregnancy. Birthright is not affiliated with any church or governmental agency and receives its funding solely from donations and grants. The majority of the women we serve are single African-Americans from low-income families. We offer a number of support services to these women throughout their pregnancy and after childbirth. We have established a name of credibility with many other agencies and schools referring girls to us. We provide direct services to more than 1400 clients annually. Area hospitals, clinics and social service agencies often refer to Birthright. One of our better known programs is our Childbirth Classes, which are offered, in four eight-week sessions at Good Samaritan Hospital. Free pregnancy tests are offered by Birthright, and if the pregnancy test is negative, we take this opportunity to help the young woman look realistically at the choices she is making in her life. We encourage her to reflect on and explore the educational, employment and relationship goals she would like to attain before having a baby. Whether a client finds out she is pregnant or not, Birthright has the opportunity to provide an open and non-judgmental atmosphere where girls can look at their life and make choices leading them in the direction of their goals. We try to get them to stop and think about what they want to be doing, now and into the future. If the pregnancy test is positive, we offer guidance and help in the decision making process she faces. We can help assess a situation and make appropriate referrals, i.e.: adoption agencies, professional counseling, housing, etc. In some situations we offer financial assistance. In addition, we can provide a free confirmation of pregnancy from an obstetrician. Birthright also offers to the expectant mothers such resources as support groups, parenting classes, baby and maternity clothing, and childbirth classes. All of our services are provided free of charge and are available to all. We serve the Greater Cincinnati area. However, most of our clients are from the inner city and urban areas. They are primarily women between the ages of 16 and 30. The majority of them are single African-American teens from low-income families. Birthright’s downtown office is conveniently located to serve clients throughout the area. Being in the heart of the city makes Birthright easily accessible to women who rely on public transportation. We continue to be a strong presence in the community. We have been dedicated to serving the inner city and others who rely on public transportation for over 33 years.

Answer:   Not a question.

Date: 7/1/2014

Inquiry: 31611


Question:   1. Can you explain the scoring a little more? Would an applicant end up with a lower score if a higher budget amount were itemized? Since it is unclear what a normal grant size would be (ie no minimum or maximum listed in the RFP)we are trying to decide whether we should request only a few services or expand our budget to accomplish more services for more people in more of locations. 2. Will the applicant be penalized in the scoring process if there are not sub-grantees?

Answer:   Answer to Q1) Total available funding under this RFGA is $500,000.00. Please see Section 6.1(C) for further details. Answer to Q2) No. See Attachment C, question #18 of the score sheet. Also reference Section 4.6 and Section 6.1 (B) of the RFGA.

Date: 7/1/2014

Inquiry: 31610


Question:   Could you clarify the amount of funds that are available to apply for with this proposal?

Answer:   A total of $500,000 is available for this program. The actual dollar amounts awarded for selected/awarded applications will be based on the applicants’ program budgets, the amount of federal funding made available to ODJFS, and the number of grant applications which are both qualified and selected for award.

Date: 7/1/2014

Inquiry: 31609


Question:   Reference is randomally made to using tabs (e.g., Both sections must be completed and included in Tab 1 of the proposal), but no clear direction is given. Are tabs required, and if so what is the required format?

Answer:   RFGA Section 5.2, Format for Submission of the Application, is the only section of the RFGA which speaks to use of a "tab." It states: "Any other information thought to be relevant, but not applicable to a specific RFGA section number/letter must be provided as an appendix to the application and so marked as an additional tab. ODJFS reserves the right not to review submitted appendices which includes information/materials not required in the RFGA." Tabs are not required for the submitted Application but deemed helpful to ODJFS reviewers when evaluating the submitter's application. Any supportive samples or documents not required by ODJFS in the application may be included in the submitted application but must be organized/located in a separate and designated section (using a tab) as additional information.

Date: 7/1/2014

Inquiry: 31607


Question:   The Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo is a non-for-profit organization serving the greater Toledo area. The Center has provided service to over 38,000 women in our area over the last 30 years including, but not limited to abortion alternatives. We wish to submit a proposal for the above Program Grant and would like the grant guidelines and application. Thank you.

Answer:   The request for grant application may be found here: http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewProcOpps.asp?oppID=11449&disclaimer=N

Date: 6/30/2014

Inquiry: 31606


Question:   It states we are to indicate at least 2 planned uses for funding. Does each use require its own budget sheet or should it all be compiled into one?

Answer:   Please complete one (1) budget sheet that encompasses all funds being requested. A separate budget sheet for each specified use it not necessary, but may be provided for additional information or clarification.

Date: 6/30/2014

Inquiry: 31605


Question:   What is the total amount of dollars avaialble for this program? And is there a maximum amount for requests?

Answer:   A total of $500,000 is available for this program. The actual dollar amounts awarded for selected/awarded applications will be based on the applicants’ program budgets, the amount of federal funding made available to ODJFS, and the number of grant applications which are both qualified and selected for award.

Date: 6/30/2014

Inquiry: 31600


Question:   Interested in submitted a grant for The Ohio Parenting and Pregnancy Program is designed to provide services to pregnant women and parents or other relatives caring for children twelve months of age or younger by: promoting childbirth, parenting, and alternatives to abortion.

Answer:   This seems to be a statement and not a question. Applicants are encouraged to review Section 3.1 of the RFGA to determine if they are eligible for this opportunity.

Date: 6/30/2014

Inquiry: 31603


Question:   I have a girls program for Pregnancy prevention and after pregnancy process will this quality me to apply for this grant?

Answer:   Applicants should review the requirements in Section 3.1 of the RFGA to determine if they are eligible for this opportunity.

Date: 6/30/2014

Inquiry: 31601


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Inquiry period ended:  7/8/2014 8:00:00 AM