ACF’s mission is to support the compassionate and effective delivery of human services to the American people. An important part of that effort is the awarding of federal resources to programs that panels of independent, professional evaluators, with federal program office leadership, decide best further the most effective social services. This past month, at the close of the federal fiscal year, funds were provided for programs that range from home visiting programs for newborn babies, to a child care provider website for parents, to innovative programs that help low-income families build long-term wealth. Below are short descriptions of these grants, with links to more details.
The Office of Child Care (OCC), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), announced six new awards, totaling $1.5 million, for the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Grant Program. In addition, 19 continuation awards to existing Tribal MIECHV grantees totaling $9 million were also awarded. For more information, view the announcement.
National Child Care Website, Hotline and Smart Phone App
OCC has granted $995,513 to Child Care Aware of America to help parents research potential child care providers. Child Care Aware of America will create and maintain a searchable website, an information hotline and a smart phone app designed to educate parents about local child care options. These resources will be free to all parents. For more information, view the announcement.
Stronger Native American Communities
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) awarded nearly $37.1 million in grants to Native American communities and organizations. These grants will support Native American goals of increased self-sufficiency and stronger communities. ANA released nearly $11.1 million in new grants to 51 Tribes and Native American organizations. An additional $26 million went to 72 grantees to continue previously approved multi-year projects. For more information, view the announcement.
Helping Families Build for the Future
The Office of Community Services (OCS) released $4 million in Assets for Independence (AFI) grants to 24 communities to help low-income families save for achievable goals like buying their first home, opening their own business or furthering their education. This is the third round of AFI grants, bringing the 2012 total to more than $13.5 million for 61 communities. For more information, view the announcement.
Promoting Healthy New Business Opportunities
OCS awarded more than $27 million in Community Economic Development (CED) grants to stimulate economic growth. These funds will be used to finance local projects that will hire more workers. As part of this grant, $10 million will towards the Healthy Food Financing Initiative which supports organizations building or expanding healthy food delivery systems and infrastructure. For more information, view the announcement.
Helping Parents Support Their Children
The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) announced $6.2 million in grants to help find work for noncustodial parents who lack the education or work history for a job that will enable them to support their child. This project will increase the number of parents paying child support, increase the amount of child support each child receives, facilitate better child-parent relationships and reduce family dependence on public assistance. For more information, view the announcement.