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DCH Expansion Funds: Request for Applications


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Action Required, Beneficial Information

To: Day Care Home Sponsors

Number: NSD-CACFP-03-2011

Attention: Executive Directors and Authorized Representatives

Date: July 2011

Subject: Day Care Home Expansion Funds: Request for Applications

Reference: Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, sections 226.2, 226.4(e) and (f), 226.6(k)(vi), 226.7(h) and 226.12(b); U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy Memo CACFP 06-2011; Information Alert NSD-CACFP-02-2011

Supersedes: Information Alert NSD-CACFP-02-2011

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies day care home (DCH) sponsors of the opportunity to apply for additional administrative payments for outreach activities to expand participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in low income or rural areas, and supersedes Information Alert (IA) NSD-CACFP-02-2011.

Interested DCH sponsors must submit an Application for Day Care Home Expansion Funds to the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) by August 24, 2011. The Application, Instructions, and General Assurances are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Funding Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/af/index.asp. This process is not considered a competitive bid for funding; therefore, the NSD will award funding to all eligible DCH sponsors that apply.

Purpose of Administrative Funds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows eligible DCH sponsors to obtain these additional administrative funds to conduct outreach activities to expand the number of DCH providers that participate in the CACFP in rural or low income areas. The DCH expansion funds provide payments to DCH sponsors for administrative expenses incurred to identify, recruit, train, and enroll providers in the CACFP.

Funding Amount

DCH Sponsors may request $106 for each provider that the Sponsor proposes adding to their CACFP Agreement up to a maximum of 50 new providers. DCH Sponsors can request payments for either one month or two months of administrative expenses. Therefore, the maximum amount the NSD can award to a DCH sponsor is $5,300 for one month, or $10,600 for two consecutive months (50 providers X $106 X either one or two months).

Applicant Requirements

DCH sponsors must meet the following requirements in order to apply for these additional administrative funds:

Awards

The NSD will determine each DCH sponsor’s award based on the number of providers the sponsor proposes adding to their CACFP Agreement. The NSD will issue 50 percent of the award when the DCH sponsor signs both their Award Notification form and a Supplemental CACFP Agreement with the CDE. The NSD must approve all supporting documentation submitted by the DCH sponsor before issuing the remainder of the funding.

Application Process

The NSD will review all applications for content, completeness, and compliance with the requirements of the Request for Applications. The NSD will send successful applicants an Award Notification with a supplemental agreement that outlines the specific expansion activities, time frame for the activities, and reporting requirements. DCH sponsors must sign and return these documents within 30 days of receipt. The NSD encourages DCH sponsors to sign and return the documents as soon as possible so that the NSD can review and award funding requests timely.

Application Deadline

The NSD must receive the Application for DCH Expansion Funds no later than August 24, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Applicants must submit original signatures on the Application for Day Care Home Expansion Funds. The NSD will not process incomplete or illegible applications, and cannot accept facsimile (fax) and/or e-mail submissions. The NSD will not accept late applications.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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