OCSE administers a number of grant-funded demonstration projects, waivers, and other research related partnerships, focusing on building an evidence base for family-centered child support services. We offer competitive grant opportunities and partner with state programs to administer the Access and Visitation grant program that funds services to help noncustodial parents increase parenting time with their children.
Competitive Grant Opportunities
OCSE offers two competitive funding sources typically available every other year depending on funding. Funding opportunity announcements differ from year to year and applications must respond to the outlined project goals and requirements in the announcement.
1. Section 1115 Demonstration Grants
Section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act authorizes OCSE to fund demonstration grants. Eligible applicants: State Title IV-D agencies or the state umbrella agencies of which they are a part and starting in 2016, Tribal IV-D.
2. Special Improvement Project (SIP) Grants
Section 452(j) of the Social Security Act provides federal funds for research and demonstration programs and special projects of regional or national significance relating to the operation of state child support programs. Eligible applicants: state and local public agencies, non-profit agencies (including faith-based organizations) and tribal organizations.
Current Funding Opportunities
Procedural Justice Informed Alternatives to Contempt Demonstration (PJAC) (PDF) to develop and administer innovative programs that offer an alternative to contempt by incorporating procedural justice principles into child support business practices as part of a national demonstration framework.
Evaluation of the Procedural Justice Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PDF) to procure and manage a national evaluation of the PJAC demonstration grantees through an independent third-party evaluator (e.g., a university or research firm).
These grant competitions are open for application by state agencies and tribal child support agencies operating comprehensive programs until July 8, 2016. We have compiled a helpful list of resources for Section 1115 grant applicants.
Due to sequestration, OCSE will not make Special Improvement Project (SIP) grant awards in FY 2016.
List of Grants
- Access and Visitation (AV)
- Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services Demonstration Program (BICS)
- Tribal Innovation Grants (TIG)
- National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration Program (CSPED)
- Parenting Time Opportunities for Children Pilot Program (PTOC)
- University Partnership Programs