Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Projects_State and Local Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Surveillance of Blood Lead Levels in Children

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

To (1) Develop and/or enhance a surveillance system that monitors all blood lead levels; (2) assure that children who are potentially exposed to lead receive follow up care; (3) assure awareness and action among the general public and affected professionals in relation to preventing childhood lead poisoning in high risk areas in collaboration with other government and community based organizations.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Awards are to be used by State and local government agencies to develop, improve, and expand their capacity to address the problem of childhood lead poisoning in communities with demonstrated high-risk populations. Recipients of awards are expected to: (a) write, implement and evaluate a jurisdiction-wide childhood lead poisoning elimination plan; (b) write, implement and evaluate screening plans to target resources to children at the highest risk for lead poisoning; (c) maintain a jurisdiction-wide childhood lead surveillance program, with an analysis plan for collected data, (d) conduct primary prevention activities for pregnant women and/or families with children at high risk for lead poisoning, (e) develop an assurance plan for timely and appropriate case management of children with elevated blood lead levels, (f) demonstrate strategic partnering with community organizations and with other state/local agencies involved in environmental and child health activities, (g) coordinate with organizations and agencies involved in lead-based paint hazard reduction activities and development of protective policy; and (h) evaluate programmatic impact on childhood lead poisoning within the applicant's jurisdiction. Awards cannot supplant existing funding for childhood lead poisoning prevention programs or activities. Grant awards may not be expended for medical care and treatment, or for environmental remediation of lead sources, however, there must be an acceptable plan to ensure that these program activities are appropriately carried out. The surveillance component of this grant is intended to assist State health departments in implementing or enhancing a complete surveillance system to track all PbB levels in children. This is essential for grant recipients to target interventions to high-risk populations and to track progress toward eliminating childhood lead poisoning.

Who is eligible to apply...

Assistance will be provided to State health departments or their bonafide agents and the health departments of the following five local jurisdictions (or their bonafide agents)that have the highest estimated number of children with elevated blood lead levels : New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles County, CA, and Philadelphia, PA, or their bona fide agents. Also eligible are health departments or other official organizational authorities of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Competition is limited by authorizing legislation.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Applicants should document the need for assistance, state the objectives of the project, present their approach to meeting the objectives, and outline the methods of operation. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Application forms are both available from and submitted to the Grants Management Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, GA 30341. Standard application forms, as furnished by CDC and required by 45 CFR 92 must be used for this program. This program is subject to the provisions set forth in 45 CFR 92 for State and local governments.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Approved grants are funded based on a priority score ranking from an objective review process coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC will give funding preference to state programs with significant estimated numbers of children with elevated blood lead levels that direct federal funds to localities with high concentrations of children at risk for childhood lead poisoning. CDC will also give funding preference to the five local jurisdictions with the highest estimated number of children with elevated blood lead levels. Awards are made based on availability of funds and other significant factors as deemed necessary and appropriate by the agency. Funds are awarded for a one-year (12 month period). A Notice of Grant Award (Form PHS 5161-1) is provided which indicates the current award as well as support recommendations for the remainder of the project period (up to three years). The Notice of Grant Award indicates allocations for Federal funds by budget categories and any special conditions, if applicable.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


For fiscal year 2003, the due date was March 24, 2003.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From two to three months.

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is desired but not required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should contact the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information. Through this process, States are provided the opportunity to review and comment on applications for Federal financial assistance. The due date for State process recommendations is 60 days after the application deadline date for new and competing continuation awards.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.



Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Renewal requests cannot exceed a three year project period. Priority consideration will be given to noncompeting continuation applications.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

In addition to the eligible applicants, others who receive benefits from the program include infants and children from six months to six years of age who are screened for lead poisoning and family members who care for lead-poisoned children. Lead poisoning potentially affects all children, but disproportionately affects minority children and children of low-income families. Since the effects of lead poisoning can be long lasting, benefits of the program can also affect youth and adults, persons at all educational and income levels, and urban, suburban, and rural populations.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Funding range is from $75,000 to $1,700,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


FY 03 $32,253,582; FY 04 est $31,780,519; and FY 05 est $31,800,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

The first projects to receive financial assistance under this grant program were made late in fiscal year 1990. The awards will continue to State and city/county agencies to develop, expand, or improve childhood lead poisoning prevention programs and statewide surveillance. The awards will be used to strengthen grantees' capacity to perform the three core public health functions (assessment, policy development, and assurance) as they relate to childhood lead poisoning prevention and surveillance. Specifically, these programs will ensure the screening of children at risk of lead exposure; facilitate appropriate referral of children with elevated blood lead levels for medical and environmental interventions; and provide for the education of parents, health care providers, and others concerned about childhood lead poisoning prevention. In addition, programs will develop and implement childhood lead poisoning elimination plans, implement jurisdiction-wide targeted screening plans and establish childhood blood lead surveillance systems.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2002, 61 grantees representing 44 States, the District of Columbia and 17 city or county health departments received funding to conduct childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. CDC program staff provided technical assistance to State and local health officials and others interested in childhood lead poisoning prevention. In fiscal year 2001, emphasis was placed on carrying out lead poisoning prevention activities related to implementing statewide screening plans, emphasizing screening Medicaid-eligible children, implementing Medicaid data matching, and establishing childhood blood lead surveillance systems with the capability to report data to CDC. These programs will also utilize funds to facilitate referral of children identified with elevated blood lead levels for medical and environmental intervention, and provide education for parents and health professionals. All 61 funded programs were awarded for fiscal year 2002 to continue lead poisoning prevention activities. In fiscal year 2003, it is anticipated that 42 programs will be funded representing 36 States, the District of Columbia and 5 city or county health departments. Additional performance criteria, including an emphasis toward primary prevention interventions, will be the focus of the program in fiscal year 2003. In FY 04 it is anticipated that all funded programs will continue lead poisoning prevention activities.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Applications will be evaluated based upon the applicant's ability to identify populations and communities at high risk and the overall balance of the program's design to address the childhood lead poisoning problem. This requires the development of specific and measurable objectives and a sound operational plan that includes screening of high risk populations, medical and environmental management, lead hazard remediation, and health education and risk reduction activities to appropriately address the problem. Applications also will be evaluated on the ability of the program to carry out childhood lead poisoning prevention program activities utilizing the core public health functions as well as establishing working relations or partnerships with other agencies, organizations or groups that have interest in the prevention of childhood lead poisoning.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Financial assistance is provided for a 12-month budget period (July 1 - June 30) with project periods of up to three years subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress of the grantee.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula and no matching requirements. However, grant funds cannot supplant existing funding for childhood lead poisoning prevention programs or activities. Applicants are encouraged to identify other funding sources to support program activities.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Quarterly progress reports are required. Financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each specified budget period. A final financial status report and final program report will be required no later than 90 days after the end of the project. Continuation applications for subsequent budget year support will include a progress/performance narrative outlining accomplishments and operations for that earlier budget period and a detailed budget narrative supporting the budget request.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, these grants are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal officials.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine PHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for a minimum of 3 years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, records must be retained until completion or resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. Property records must be retained in accordance with PHS Grants Policy Statement requirements.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Public Health Service Act, Section 301A, 317A, and 317B, 42 U.S.C. 241a, 247b-1, 247b-3, as amended; Children's Health Act of 2000; Preventive Health Amendments of 1992, Section 303, Public Law 102-531.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Regulations for this program are published under 42 CFR 51b. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April l, 1994. The basic grant administration policies of DHHS and PHS are also applicable.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Rob Henry, Program Services Team Leader, Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, National Center for Environmental Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, MS F-30, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-7493. Fax Number: (770) 488-3635. Email: Grants Management Contact: Ms. Mildred Garner, Grants Management Branch, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-2745. Fax Number: (770) 488-2777.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: