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Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grant Program

Grants to USA Organizations and Railroad
Carriers for Mental Health Outreach Programs

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) - Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Deadline Date:

08/10/20 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA organizations and railroad carriers for outreach projects related to mental health. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support partnerships between organizations focused on suicide prevention and/or mental health assistance and Railroad Carriers to develop and implement a targeted Outreach Campaign to reduce the number of railroad-related suicides.

This program provides funds for targeted outreach campaigns to reduce the number of railroad-related suicides that involve railroad trespassing. FRA will award funds to projects that achieve maximum benefits possible, thereby meeting, in part, several milestones in its National Strategy to Prevent Trespassing on Railroad Property Report to Congress. 

Projects eligible for funding will implement a proposed outreach campaign for reducing suicides that involve railroad trespassing. The outreach campaign may involve:

  • Training staff to identify individuals at risk and intervene, 
  • Raising awareness of services via signage or public awareness campaigns, or
  • Implementing other strategies likely to be effective. 

An outreach campaign may have applicability outside of the rail domain, but projects must be intended to directly reduce railroad suicide incidents. At least 1 mile of FRA-regulated railroad track must be within the boundaries of the planned outreach activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190475

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$293,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum dollar threshold for awards is $100,000 per project. There is no predetermined minimum dollar threshold, and FRA may choose to select one or more eligible projects for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Recipients for this grant must be:
- An organization in the United States that focuses on suicide prevention and/or mental health assistance that can implement an outreach campaign for reducing suicide involving railroad trespassing; or
- A railroad carrier interested in starting or expanding efforts to prevent trespass suicide.
Ideally, an organization without direct rail domain knowledge would coordinate with a particular railroad carrier, as shown through a letter of support. A similar letter of support from a suicide prevention and/or mental health assistance-focused organization would be ideal should a railroad carrier apply for funding.

Funding under this NOFO may not be used for costs that are included in, or used to meet cost sharing or matching requirements of, any other Federally-financed award or program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join FRA on June 25, 2020, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM EDT for a webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), on August 10, 2020.

Neither cost sharing nor matching is a requirement for this grant program. The funds provided under this NOFO are available only for eligible project costs of eligible Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grant Program projects. The estimated total cost of a project must be based on the best available information.

Applicants must use FRA's standard SOW, schedule, and budget templates to be considered for award. The templates are located at: https://www.fra.dot.gov/​Page/​P0325.

Registrations:
- A DUNS number is required for Grants.gov registration. Applicants may obtain a DUNS number by calling 1-866-705-5711 or by applying online at http://www.dnb.com/​us.
- All applicants for Federal financial assistance must maintain current registrations in the SAM database. An applicant must be registered in SAM to successfully register in Grants.gov. Information about SAM registration procedures is available at http://www.sam.gov/.
- Applicants must complete an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile on www.Grants.gov and create a username and password. Applicants must use the organization's DUNS number to complete this step. Additional information about the registration process is available at: https://www.grants.gov/​web/​grants/​applicants/​organization-registration.html.

Note: Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. FRA recommends that applicants start the registration process as early as possible to prevent delays that may preclude submitting an application package by the application deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327604
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information regarding this program, please contact:
Michail Grizkewitsch, Office of Railroad Safety
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W33-446
Washington, DC 20590
Email: Michail.grizkewitsch@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 493-1370.

Application submission and processing questions should be addressed to:
Matthew Lorah, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W36-103
Washington, DC 20590
Email: matthew.lorah@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-6186.

Applicants may submit supporting application materials that cannot be submitted via Grants.gov to Matthew Lorah at the address above. However, due to delays caused by enhanced screening of mail delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, applicants are advised to use other means of conveyance (such as courier service) to assure timely receipt of materials.

CFDA Number:

20.301

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-TSP-20-002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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