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Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, School
Districts, and IHEs to Develop Family Support Systems

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) - Children's Bureau (CB)

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06/11/19 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, school districts, government agencies, and IHEs to develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to strengthen families, including families at risk for child maltreatment. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. The cooperative agreements aim to develop integrated family support systems through a continuum of community-based prevention services that are able to support families early and strengthen protective factors before formal involvement with the child welfare system is necessary.

Projects will be required to integrate primary prevention and early response efforts to achieve the following goals:

1. Reduce entry into foster care by intentionally linking families to local, community-based services early, before coming to the attention of the child welfare agency. Activities include implementing primary prevention strategies, practices, or activities that are informed by the relevant literature and identified needs of the communities to be served.
2. Support the overall well-being outcomes of children and families, including changes in risk and protective factors, by using data to inform and align strategies across sectors and address site-specific barriers. Activities include developing coordinated and robust primary prevention efforts across the child welfare, public health, education, legal and judicial community, law enforcement, business/labor, nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors in the communities to be served.
3. Develop strategic collaborations with traditional family serving agencies, parents and youth with lived experience, the legal and judicial community, community services and family assistance agencies, the community-based child abuse prevention agency program (CBCAP) grantee (i.e., state lead agency and/or tribal and migrant program), and the public housing agency. Activities include designing or re-designing cross-system functioning and financing, removing systemic and structural barriers, creating linkages to civil legal service providers, and promoting policy changes that contribute to family and community stability.
4. Coordinate, monitor, and report on strategies and outcomes across multi-sector partners. Activities include data sharing and integration and continuous quality improvement processes to inform and improve coordinated decision-making and accountability.
5. Evaluate efforts to provide substantial information about the effectiveness of the strategies, practices, or activities implemented in addressing intermediate outcomes and, ultimately, reducing entry into foster care with the support of CB’s designated evaluation technical assistance (TA) provider.

Projects will be required to foster strategic coordination, a shared vision, jointly owned outcomes, and a strong multi-system collaboration with:

- The public child welfare agency;
- At least one community services and/or family assistance program/agency (i.e. title V maternal and child health services agency, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provider, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP));
- The CBCAP grantee;
- The legal and judicial community;
- Youth and families with lived child welfare experience;
- The public health community (i.e. early and periodic screening diagnosis and treatment (EPSDT) providers); and
public housing partners.

For more information on Project Requirements, see pages 4-10 of the RFP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183590

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $550,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $500,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $550,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is September 30, 2019.

The length of the project period is 60 months with five 12-month budget periods.

The initial award will be for a 12-month budget period. The award of continuation beyond each 12-month budget period will be subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress on the part of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the federal government.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is open to the following:
State governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments), nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, for profit organizations other than small businesses, and small businesses.

Collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged, but applicants must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the cooperative agreement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

- Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs.
- Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.
- Purchase of real property is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 05/23/2019
Due Date for Applications: 06/11/2019

All applicants must have a DUNS Number and an active registration with the System for Award Management. Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days. All applicants are required to maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If a grant is awarded, registration at SAM must be active throughout the life of the award.

Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. Please submit the letter of intent by June 3, 2018. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 PM, ET on July 11, 2019. Electronic applications submitted to after 11:59 PM, ET, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date.

Applicants will be notified of a disqualification determination by email or by USPS postal mail within 30 federal business days from the closing date of this FOA.

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

The letter of intent should be submitted by mail or email to to Program Office Contact:

Beth Claxon
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
Children's Bureau
CB Operations Center
c/o LGC, Inc.
Attn: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CA-1559
1400 Key Boulevard, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (888) 203-6161

Final applications may be mailed or hand delivered to the above address.

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families Office of Administration
Office of Grants Management
CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
1400 Key Blvd., Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (888) 203-6161

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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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