No-Cost Extension Guidelines for ACL FY2020 Mandatory/Formula Grants

General Guidelines - ACL to process No-Cost Extensions for all FY2020 mandatory/formula grants active between March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2021

What is a No-Cost Extension?

A no-cost extension (NCE) allows a grantee to request additional time to extend the period of performance end date of a grant in order to complete the overall goals and performance outcomes originally proposed in the award funded by the Administration for Community Living. 

ACL’s Implementation

On March 19, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued M-21-20 - Promoting Public Trust in the Federal Government through Effective Implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act and Stewardship of the Taxpayer Resources. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), then, delegated the 12 flexibilities on March 23, 2021 to allow ACL the authority to grant the identified flexibilities to recipients as deemed appropriate and to the extent permitted by law. This guideline addresses the no-cost extensions flexibility only. Note: An additional email may be sent to grantees by individual ACL Program Offices providing further clarification and guidance.

Methodology used for Mandatory/Formula Grants:

ACL has made the decision to execute the no-cost extensions flexibility in M-21-20 to the mandatory/formula grants identified below. ACL will provide a one-time,12-month NCEs automatically, eliminating the need for individual grantee to request NCE from these grant programs. Starting in June 2021, ACL will review the Payment Management System (PMS) for each program and any mandatory/formula grant with an undrawn balance of $10 or more will be automatically granted a 12-month extension to the project period. A new notice of award will be issued reflecting the increased period of performance.

Grant programs identified in this NCE flexibility are listed below:

  • Administration on Aging (AoA) Grants
    • FFY2020 “Regular” Title III:
      • 2001XXOASS, 2001XXOACM, 2001XXOAHD, 2001XXOAPH, and 2001OAFC
    • FFY2020 “Regular” Title VII:
      • 2001XXOAOM and 2001XXOAEA
    • FFY2020 “Regular” Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP):
      • 2001XXOANS
    • FFCRA:
      • 2001XXCMC2 and 2001XXHDC2
      • 20NNXXNAC2 (Tribal grants)
    • CARES Act:
      • 2001XXSSC3, 2001XXHDC3, 2001XXFCC3, and 2001XXOMC3
      • 20NNXXNAC3 (Tribal grants)
  • Administration on Disabilities (AoD) Grants
    • FFY2020 State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils):
      • 2001XXSCDD
    • FFY2020 State Protection & Advocacy Systems (PADD):
      • 2001XXPADD
    • FFY2020 Protection & Advocacy: Assistive Technology (PAAT):
      • 2001XXPAAT
    • FFY2020 Protection & Advocacy: Traumatic Brain Injury (PATB):
      • 2001XXPATB
    • FFY2020 Independent Living Services Grants (ILSG):
      • 2001XXILSG
    • Centers for Independent Living (CILs) CARES Act (ILC3)
      • 20NNXXILC3
  • Center for Innovation and Partnership (CIP) Grants
    • FFY2020 State Grants for Assistive Technology (ATSG):
      • 2001XXATSG
    • FFY2020 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA):
      • 2001XXMISH, 2001XXMIAA, and 2001XXMIDR
      • 20NNXXMITR (Tribal grants)

Should you have any questions, please reach out to your programmatic contact listed on the Notice of Award or ACL website.


Last modified on 04/15/2021


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