Eligible applicants are:
- Partnerships between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs)
- Partnerships between a CBO and one of the following:
- Federally recognized tribes
- Local governments, including school districts
- Institutions of higher education (IHEs), including minority-serving institutions
CBOs must demonstrate that they are nonprofit organizations and that they that support and/or represent a community and/or certain populations within a community through engagement, education, and other related services provided to individual community residents and community stakeholders. Applicants that demonstrate that they are Alaska Native nonprofit organizations or Alaska Native nonprofit associations are considered CBOs. In addition, intertribal consortia may qualify as CBOs if they meet all other CBO requirements. Refer to pages 29-31 of the NOFA file for the definition of eligible partnerships members. Refer to pages 31-32 of the NOFA file for additional information regarding the eligibility of collaborating entities.
Other organizations and entities may participate in projects as collaborating entities through subawards or as contractors selected in accordance with competitive procurement requirements.
All applications must demonstrate that proposed projects will benefit disadvantaged communities, as defined on pages 67-70 of the NOFA file. Projects may have an incidental benefit to census block groups or other areas that are not considered disadvantaged communities, but applicants must demonstrate how all the projects will primarily benefit disadvantaged communities.
The funding agency has a strong preference for projects performed entirely within the United States; however, in limited circumstances, projects benefiting U.S. disadvantaged communities near an international border may require some international work to be performed within 100 kilometers of the border. Such activities may be eligible if they meet the requirements outlined on pages 25-26 of the NOFA file.
The funding agency encourages minority-serving institutions to participate in awards.
Lead applicants may submit up to two applications and may receive up to two awards if they demonstrate the capacity and capabilities to effectively perform, manage, oversee, and complete the awards within the project period. The two applications may be two applications to this component, the (Part B) component of this program, or one for each. For this component, each application may address only one target investment area, as detailed in the Financial section.
Initial applications that are not awarded funding may be resubmitted in a revised form, as long as the program remains open.
During the evaluation process, the funding agency will consider the geographic distribution of awards. The funding agency will also consider:
- Whether the applicant is participating in a federal capacity building program as part of the Thriving Communities Network
- Whether the project will support, advance, or complement funding related to Community Disaster Resilience Zones (CDRZs)
For-profit entities or commercial service providers are not eligible as collaborating entities.
The following entities are not eligible to apply as lead applicants:
- 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations that engage in lobbying activities
- The for-profit Alaskan Native Corporations