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41-2702. Solicitation and award of grant applications
A. State governmental units shall award any grant in accordance with the competitive grant solicitation requirements of this chapter.
B. A state governmental unit shall prepare and issue a request for grant applications that includes at least the following information:
1. A description of the nature of the grant project, including the scope of the work to be performed by an awardee.
2. An identification of the funding source and the total amount of available funds.
3. Whether a single award or multiple awards may be made.
4. Encouragement of collaboration by entities for community partnerships, if appropriate.
5. Any additional information required by the applications.
6. The criteria or factors under which applications will be evaluated for award and the relative importance of each criteria or factor.
7. The due date for submittal of applications and the anticipated time the awards may be made.
C. Adequate public notice of the request for grant applications shall be given at least six weeks before the due date for the submittal of applications. Adequate notification of the request for grant applications shall also be provided to the central state permitting program pursuant to section 41-1505.08.
D. A preapplication conference may be conducted before the due date for the submittal of applications to explain the grant application requirements. If a preapplication conference is held, it shall be held at least twenty-one days before the due date. Statements made at a preapplication conference are not amendments to the request for grant applications unless a written amendment is issued.
E. Grant applications shall be publicly received at the time and place designated in the request for grant applications. The name of each applicant shall be publicly read and recorded. All other information in the grant application is confidential during the process of evaluation. All applications shall be open for public inspection after grants are awarded. To the extent the applicant designates and the state concurs, trade secrets and other proprietary information contained in the application shall remain confidential.
F. Applications shall be evaluated by at least three evaluators who are peers or other qualified individuals. The evaluators may allow applicants to make oral or written presentations regarding the scope of work, terms and conditions of the grant, budget and other relevant matters set forth in the request for grant applications. Applicants shall be accorded fair treatment with respect to any opportunity for oral or written presentations. The evaluators may require an applicant to revise its application to reflect information provided in an oral or written presentation. Any person who has information contained in the application of competing applications shall not disclose that information.
G. The evaluators shall review each application based solely on the evaluation criteria or factors set forth in the request for grant applications. The evaluators shall maintain a written record of the assessment of each application, which shall include comments regarding compliance with each evaluation criteria or factor, the citation of a specific criteria or factor as the basis of each stated strength or weakness and a clear differentiation between comments based on facts presented in the application and comments based on professional judgment. Evaluator assessments shall be made available for public inspection no later than thirty days after a formal award is made.
H. The evaluators shall make award recommendations to the head of the state governmental unit based on the evaluators' reviews of each application. The evaluators' recommendations may include the adjustment of the budgets of the applicants individually or collectively.
I. The head of the state governmental unit may affirm, modify or reject the evaluators' recommendations in whole or in part. Modification of the evaluators' recommendations may include the adjustment of the budget on any proposed award individually or on all awards by an amount or percentage. If the head of the state governmental unit does not affirm the recommendations, the head of the state governmental unit shall document in writing the specific justifications for the action taken. The specific justifications shall be made available for public inspection no later than thirty days after the action is taken.
J. The head of a state governmental unit may enter into agreements with other state governmental units to furnish assistance in conducting the solicitation of grant applications.