Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How do we access the program guidance?

In early April, we provided each organization with the guidance for your project as determined in the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 117-103).

To ensure we are able to review and award the funds timely, please apply under the announcement distributed to you. If you need further assistance, please contact CDSProgram@hrsa.gov.

How do I access the Technical Assistance Webinar recording held on April 7, 2022?

View the April 7 recording. HRSA Exit Disclaimer

How do I submit an application?

HRSA requires all applicants responding to these program guidances to apply electronically through grants.gov. Please reference the guidance sent to your organization in early April. This guidance is specific to your project as determined in the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 117-103) and provides additional information on completing and submitting your application.

Administrative

What is the application deadline? The guidances indicate a later due date than what is posted at Grants.gov.

You may begin your application now. We encourage CPF/CDS recipients to submit completed applications early in the application period to ensure the timely review and receipt of funds.

The application deadlines for these projects is as follows:

  • Non-construction (HRSA-22-135) applications are due beginning May 2, 2022 through June 1, 2022.
  • Construction (HRSA-22-134) applications are due beginning May 5, 2022 through June 6, 2022.

I no longer need a DUNS to apply?

Correct. As of April 4, 2022, the Federal Government no longer uses a data universal numbering system or DUNS. The Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) has replaced the DUNS.

How do I find my Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)?

If you already have an active SAM.gov registration, a UEI has automatically been assigned to your organization. Log in to your SAM.gov account to find your UEI.

If you do not have a UEI and need to obtain one, please visit SAM.gov and select “Get Started” on their home page.

Why is a middle name or initial required on the key contacts form?

This helps decipher whether or not an individual is excluded in SAM.gov from receiving federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain types of federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits.

Who should I include on the key contact form?

The requirement is listed on pages 39 and 40 of the SF-424 application guide (PDF - 689 KB), and some examples of key personnel are Authorizing Official, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.

Funding

Is an equipment-only request considered a "Non-Construction Project?”

No, equipment-only projects are considered a construction project. Congress appropriated funding in the FY 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 117-103) for community funded/congressionally directed spending projects that relate to the construction and renovation (including equipment) of health care and other facilities.

You may submit applications for construction projects for:

  • Construction and Modernization projects with or without equipment
  • “Design-Only” (planning portion of a construction project)
  • Equipment only
  • Other construction and renovation related activities

How are the funds disbursed? Do we receive funds up front or are we reimbursed?

The funds are administered in the form of a grant. Funds will be disbursed in full, up front, and funds will be drawn down as costs are incurred.

Are these projects subject to Davis-Bacon wage requirements?

There was no specific language in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (P.L. 117-103) directing the Congressionally Directed Spending funding to be subjected to the provisions of Davis-Bacon. However, state and local prevailing wage requirements would still need to be complied with in the implementation of project activities.

Can the funds be spent any time during the fiscal year for which we are requesting the funding? For instance, if we are going to request from a member in congress for FY 2023, can we make the acquisition at the start of FY 2023/October 1, 2022, then submit receipts to HRSA if the funding is approved by congress when the FY 2023 appropriations are signed into law?

Funding under HRSA-22-134 and HRSA-22-135 can only be used for the purpose and amount identified in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (P.L. 117-103).

How long is the period of performance for my project?

For HRSA-22-134, Construction, the guidance notes that there is a three-year period of performance for the Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending (CPF/CDS) projects. Your organization will have 36 months from the award start date to spend the construction funding.

For HRSA-22-135, Non-construction, the guidance notes that there is a one-year period of performance for the CPF/CDS projects. Your organization will have 12 months from the award start date to spend the non-construction funding.

Our organization plans to begin working on our project and purchasing equipment prior to the award start date. Is this allowable?

We understand there may be circumstances where organizations may need to incur project costs prior to their award start date. Once the organization applies and receives their new award, recipients of construction projects will be able to submit a pre-award prior approval request to HRSA for review of any costs incurred up to 90 days prior to the Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 117-103 (before March 15, 2022).

Approval is not guaranteed, and grantees incur pre-award costs at their own risk. Additional information related to pre-award costs can be found on page 17 of the construction guidance (HRSA-22-134).

For non-construction projects, pre-award costs incurred up to 90 days prior to the award start date must seek prior approval from HRSA once award has been made. Approval is not guaranteed, and grantees incur pre-award costs at their own risk.

Please contact CDSProgram@hrsa.gov with any additional questions.

We received a CPF/CDS award for a construction project. If we begin construction now, what happens if HRSA requests an Environmental Assessment or other documentation? Would we still be eligible to receive HRSA CPF/CDS funds for work performed prior to receiving an NOA?

All environmental requirements, including environmental assessments, must be met prior to the initiation of physical construction work (i.e., site work/grading, new structures, demolition).

The CPF/CDS funds for construction activities are typically restricted for limited pre-construction activities, such as expenses for completing architectural and engineering plans, meeting licensing and permitting requirements, historic preservation consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office/Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and/or preparing the Environmental Assessment.

Pre-award costs are incurred at the organization’s risk and award condition(s) must be approved and lifted from the Notice of Award prior to initiating any physical site preparation, demolition, alteration and renovation, or construction related to the project.

Please contact CDSProgram@hrsa.gov with any additional questions.

We have not yet located a site for the construction project. How do we need to address the questions regarding site location?

Please include information in your application that the site is still in the process of being secured. HRSA will add a condition in your Notice of Award for your organization to provide that documentation when available.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2022