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  Funding Opportunity Details
 
 -314975-FY20 Community Coalition Grant RFB
  Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment
  Application Deadline: 07/17/2019 4:00 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: $0.00 - $10,000.00
Project Start Date: 09/01/2019
Project End Date: 06/30/2020
Award Announcement Date: 08/08/2019
Eligible Applicant: Please See Eligibility section of Request for Bid Document
Program Officer: John McMullen
Phone: 515-281-6646 x
Email: john.mcmullen@idph.iowa.gov
Categorical Area: Substance Abuse
 
 
Description
 
 

It is the responsibility of the Applicant to review all attachments listed in the section below, including the Request for Bid (RFB).

The issuance of the RFB in no way constitutes a committment by IDPH to award a contract.

Excerpts from the RFB:

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

 

The purpose of this Request For Bids (RFB) is to solicit bid applications which will enable the Iowa Department of Public Health, hereafter known as the Department, to select the most qualified Applicant to provide environmental substance abuse prevention strategies to reduce underage use of alcohol and/or adult binge drinking in their communities.

 

Project and Contract Period:

 

The project period shall be from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

 

The Department expects the initial contract period to be a 10-month term from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019.

 

Available Funds

 

The department has funding up to $50,000 for awards subsequent to this RFB. Funding is categorized as follows:  

 

  1. Approximately $30,000 is available for awards to community coalitions that received less than $10,000 in state and federal funds in the previous 12 months.  Maximum funding up to $5,000 per coalition will be awarded.   

 

  1. Approximately $20,000 is available for awards to community coalitions that received more than $10,000 in state and federal funds in the previous 12 months.  Maximum funding up to $10,000 per coalition will be awarded.

 

The source of funding is State of Iowa beer and liquor permit revenue.  There is a 2:1 in-kind match required, i.e., two parts IDPH to one-part contractor funding (a $5,000 award will require a $2,500 match; a $10,000 award will require a $5,000 match).  No state or federal funds may be used as match.  An in-kind match is acceptable with proper documentation (refer to link regarding the Federal Regulations 215.23 in Section X).  Matching funds need to be expended for the project purpose as outlined in the contract.

 

Actual total awards and individual contract funding levels may vary from that listed or funding may be withdrawn completely, depending on availability of funding or any other grounds determined by the Department to be in the Department’s best interests.

 

The issuance of this RFB in no way constitutes a commitment by the Department to award a contract.

 

  1. SCOPE OF SERVICES

 

Community coalitions aimed at decreasing underage drinking and adult binge drinking are valuable assets to a comprehensive prevention plan.  Communities benefit from a focused effort to raise awareness and provide community members with information, education, and strategies to reduce underage drinking and/or binge drinking.

 

For this project, underage drinking is defined as consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 years old (except in special circumstances, such as religious ceremonies).  Binge drinking is defined as any person consuming five or more drinks on one occasion.  

 

Proposals should consider the dosage (how much of the target population needs to be engaged through the strategy for change to occur) and frequency (how often services need to be provided through the strategy for change to occur) of each strategy proposed (refer to the link on environmental strategies in Section X).

 

The following are the four areas that will be funded through this RFB with examples of environmental strategies to prevent underage alcohol use and/or adult binge drinking (other environmental strategies outside of the examples listed below can be funded as long as the proposed strategies fall into one of the four categories noted):

 

Environmental Substance Abuse Prevention Strategies

 

Environmental prevention strategies establish or change written or unwritten community norms, standards, codes, and attitudes, thereby influencing incidence and prevalence of underage use of alcohol and/or binge drinking.  Environmental prevention strategies can change the underlying economic, legal, and socio-cultural processes of community systems that contribute to substance abuse.

 

Effective environmental prevention efforts target each of the four areas that influence alcohol-related problems:

 

Promotion

 

Media campaigns addressing underage drinking or adult binge drinking can help frame messages related to community norms, access, and availability; the importance of compliance with laws; and consequences of violating laws.  Only evaluated and tested national or state media campaigns will be funded through this RFB.  Some examples include:

 

  • “Changes You,” an adult (25 years old and older) binge drinking prevention media campaign through the department
  • “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most” through the Ohio Drug Free Action Alliance
  • “Stay Classy,” a young adult (18-24 year olds) binge drinking prevention media campaign through the department
  • “Talk. They Hear You,” a parent-focused, underage drinking prevention media campaign through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • “What Do You Throw Away,” an underage (13-16 year olds) drinking prevention media campaign through the department

 

Access and Availability

 

A variety of alcohol problems, such as underage drinking, drinking and driving, violence, and safety problems, have been linked to easy availability of alcohol.  States and localities can reduce availability of alcohol by strengthening laws and ordinances that restrict youth access and by promoting compliance through education and enforcement.  Examples of ways to reduce access and availability include:

 

  • Providing Responsible Beverage Service Training for retailers
  • Partnering with public events (e.g., fairs, concerts, sporting events) to create “best practice” policies around alcohol sales and regulation
  • Creating policies that prohibit minors from bars

 

If a coalition chooses to implement Responsible Beverage Service Trainings, a minimum of three trainings need to be facilitated during the grant contract period (at least one per each quarter of the grant).

 

Law Enforcement

 

Many of the most effective prevention strategies involve the collaboration with law enforcement.  Preventing underage drinking and drinking and driving are good examples of ways in which law enforcement can prevent death, injury, and illness.  Several examples of law enforcement strategies to reduce underage drinking or adult binge drinking include:

 

  • Conducting alcohol compliance checks through law enforcement agencies
  • Implementation of party patrols
  • Conducting shoulder tap enforcement programs
  • Enforcing impaired driving laws

 

If a coalition chooses to implement compliance checks, at least 50% of the same alcohol retailers need to be checked two separate times during the grant contract period.

 

Public Policy Efforts

 

Policies in the public sector (e.g., counties, cities, school districts) and the private sector (e.g., businesses, social clubs) and enforcement of those policies, shape how alcohol is promoted, sold, and consumed.  The following actions are intended to change public policy related to reducing underage drinking or adult binge drinking:

 

  • Establishing policies around alcohol outlet density or the concentration of retail alcohol establishments, including bars and restaurants and liquor or package stores, in a given geographic area
  • Establishing uniform law enforcement policies within a jurisdiction or a series of surrounding jurisdictions to provide a community standard for managing underage drinking
  • Regulating sites where alcohol signage may and may not appear

 

Community coalitions are required to implement a minimum number of strategies based on the funding amount noted in the RFB application as follows:

 

  1. Up to $5,000 funding: a minimum of one (1) environmental strategy to reduce underage use of alcohol and/or binge drinking is required.

  2. $5,001 to $10,000 funding: a minimum of two (2) environmental strategies to reduce underage use of alcohol and/or binge drinking is required.  

 

The Bid Application shall include the Applicant’s plan for accomplishing the work set forth below and should include sufficient information regarding the Applicant’s ability to perform the services. Sufficient information shall be provided to enable the Department to make a judgment about the Applicant’s ability to perform the work identified in the Scope of Services.

 

III. ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

 

Eligibility:

 

Community Coalitions are eligible to submit a bid application in accordance with this RFB.  Applicant is required to maintain and provide to the Department, upon application, a current and valid email account for electronic communications with the Department.

 

Eligible Applicants are existing community coalitions demonstrating all of the following:

 

  • The coalition’s action plan includes reducing underage drinking or adult binge drinking as one of its priority issues;
  • The coalition plans to implement an environmental strategy to address underage alcohol use and/or adult binge drinking;

  • The coalition membership includes “grass roots” volunteers representing many sectors of the community.

Eligible community coalitions may have another agency serve as the applicant in the event they are not legally incorporated as a non-profit organization.

 

All coalition members and organizations represented in the coalition receiving funds must maintain a firm policy of no alcohol use under the age of 21.  Funds may not be used to support programs that do not maintain this policy.

 

Only one grant will be awarded per community coalition.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

The dates set forth below are for informational planning purposes only.  The Department reserves the right to change any of these dates:

 

EVENT

DATE

Post RFB

June 12, 2019

Written Questions and Responses

 

Round 1 Questions Due

Interim Responses Posted By:

June 19, 2019

June 26, 2019

Final Questions Due

Final Cumulative Responses Posted By:

June 19, 2019

June 25, 2019

Bid Application due

July 17, 2019

Select Successful Applicant/Post Notice of Intent to Award

August 8, 2019

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 Attachments
 
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Description File Name File Size
A. FY20 Community Coalition Grant RFB A. FY20 Community Coalition Grant RFB.pdf 201 KB
B. IowaGrants Registration Instructions B. IowaGrants Registration Instructions Updated 2016.pdf 873 KB
C. IDPH Application Instruction Guidance C. IDPH Application Instruction Guidance 2016.pdf 1.9 MB
D. FY20 Community Coalition RFB Contract - DRAFT D. FY20 Community Coalition RFB Contract - DRAFT.pdf 185 KB
E. FY20 Community Coalition Grant RFB Score Tool-DRAFT E. FY20 Community Coalition Grant RFB Score Tool - DRAFT.docx.pdf 100 KB
 
 
 Website Links
 
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URL Description
http://idph.iowa.gov/finance/funding-opportunities/general-conditions 1. IDPH General Conditions 7-1-2019
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2005-title2-vol1/pdf/CFR-2005-title2-vol1-sec215-23.pdf 2. Federal Regulations 215.23 on In-Kind Match
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/technical_reports/2007/RAND_TR403.pdf 3. Environmental Strategies: Selection Guide, Reference List and Examples of Implementation Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
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