Interesting. OHS has updated the forecasts of some of the DRS4 FOAs. This is not unprecedented but is not one of the typical steps we’ve seen in DRS1-3. Usually, there are four steps.

  1. Certain grantees are notified that they are on the list based on their meeting one of seven conditions (look specifically at 1307.3).
  2. The FOAs (funding opportunity announcements) for the service areas associated with the grantees on the list are listed on ACF’s Grants Forecaster. The Forecaster tells us important information like the amount of funds in the FOA, the number of expected awards, the date the FOA is expected to be listed on and the FOA’s eventual due date.
  3. The FOA goes from a ‘forecast’ status on the Forecast website to a ‘posted’ status on the website. That means it is live and available to download from At this point, it is listed as ‘forecasted’ on the Forecast website.
  4. After the FOA’s due date passes, it moves from ‘posted’ status on to ‘archived’ status on Right now, for example, all of the FOAs from DRS1-3 are marked archived.

In the past couple of days, we’ve seen revisions to the date the some FOAs will be available on and revisions to the due dates.

If your service area is listed below, the dates for your DRS4 FOA is moving up by several weeks.

As of 3:30pm EST on 9/22/15, according to ACF’s Forecast website the following service area FOAS will be released on Monday, September 28, 2015 and due on November 30, 2015:


Little River, Miller, Sevier and Howard Counties – Head Start


Alachua, Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Marion Counties – Head Start and/or Early Head Start

Brevard County – Early Head Start


Adams, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Washington, Owyhee and Valley Counties – Head Start and/or Early Head Start


Barton, Pawnee, Rice and Stafford Counties – Head Start

Geary County – Head Start


Ouachita Parish – Head Start and/or Early Head Start


Lenawee County – Head Start and/or Early Head Start


Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon and Redwood Counties – Head Start and/or Early Head Start

Rhode Island

Washington County, including Block Island – Head Start and/or Early Head Start


Kittitas County – Head Start and/or Early Head Start

Stay tuned. Usually, this indicates the dates for the whole DRS group is being shifted. We will let you know.

Also, if you are coming to DC for NHSA’s Fall Leadership Institute we would love to see you. We’ll be in most of the sessions, including Monday’s DRS Day, and having lunch, coffee and dinner with as many of you as possible. Be in touch – join us!

Thank you


If you are in Round 4 DRS and need help with your grant application, or if you are a delegate or otherwise qualified agency considering your options, please be in touch with Foundations of Families.

We have successfully worked with agencies in every round of recompetition to write winning grants, design competitive programs, confirm prudent budgets, and plan for a manageable start-up period. Contact Amy Augenblick, Executive Director at (703) 599-4329 or to learn about how we can help.


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