§ 51a.5 - What criteria will DHHS use to decide which projects to fund?
(a) The Secretary will determine the allocation of funds available under sections 502(a) and 502(b)(1)(A) of the Act for each of the activities described in § 51a.1.
(b) Within the limit of funds determined by the Secretary to be available for each of the activities described in § 51a.1, the Secretary may award Federal funding for projects under this part to applicants which will, in his or her judgment, best promote the purpose of title V of the Social Security Act and address achievement of Healthy Children 2000 objectives,
(1) The extent to which the project will contribute to the advancement of maternal and child health and/or improvement of the health of children with special health care needs;
(2) The extent to which the project is responsive to policy concerns applicable to MCH grants and to program objectives, requirements, priorities and/or review criteria for specific project categories, as published in program announcements or guidance materials.
(3) The extent to which the estimated cost to the Government of the project is reasonable, considering the anticipated results;
(4) The extent to which the project personnel are well qualified by training and/or experience for their roles in the project and the applicant organization has adequate facilities and personnel; and
(5) The extent to which, insofar as practicable, the proposed activities, if well executed, are capable of attaining project objectives.
(c) For the following types of CISS projects, preference for funding will be given to qualified applicants in areas with a high infant mortality rate (relative to the latest average infant mortality rate in the United States or in the State in which the area is located):
(1) Projects for the development and expansion of maternal and infant health home visiting;
(2) Projects to increase the participation of obstetricians and pediatricians in title V and title XIX programs;
(3) Integrated maternal and child health service systems;
(4) Maternal and child health centers operating under the direction of not-for-profit hospitals;
(5) Rural maternal and child health programs; and
(6) Outpatient and community based services for children with special health care needs.