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)
06/11/19 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt
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: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CA-1559_1.pdf#page=4
GrantWatch ID#: 183590
Expected Number of Awards: 8
-Award Ceiling: $550,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $500,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $550,000 Per Budget Period
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.
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:
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
CB Operations Center
c/o LGC, Inc.
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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