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National Center for Legal and Judicial Excellence in Child Welfare

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Most Recent Update: 05/30/2014 03:10:35 PM
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Funding Opportunity Number: Help for Funding Opportunity Number HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CZ-0807
Forecast ID Number: Help for Forecast ID Number ACF-2014-FCAST-0187
Fiscal Year: Help for Fiscal Year 2014
Funding Opportunity Title: Help for Funding Opportunity Title National Center for Legal and Judicial Excellence in Child Welfare
CFDA Number: Help for CFDA Number 93.670
Funding Activity Category: Help for Funding Activity Category Income Security and Social Services
CFDA Number Description: Family and Child Welfare Services
Specialized Family and Child Welfare Services
Funding Instrument Type Code(s): Help for Funding Instrument Type Code(s) Cooperative Agreement
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: Help for Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement No
Affordable Care Act (ACA): Help for Affordable Care Act (ACA) No
Estimated Funding Information:
Estimated Funding: Help for Estimated Funding $1,100,000
Expected Number of Awards: Help for Expected Number of Awards 1
Estimated Award Ceiling: Help for Estimated Award Ceiling $1,100,000
Estimated Award Floor: Help for Estimated Award Floor $550,000
Estimated Milestone Dates:
Estimated Post Date: Help for Estimated Post Date 04/28/2014
Estimated Application Due Date: Help for Estimated Application Due Date 06/30/2014
Application Due Date Explanation: Help for Application Due Date Explanation Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Estimated Award Date: Help for Estimated Award Date 09/29/2014
Estimated Start Date: Help for Estimated Start Date 09/29/2014
Eligibility Category: Help for Eligibility Category
  • 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
  • Small businesses

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The Secretary may make grants to, and enter into contracts with entities that are States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, or public agencies or private agencies or organizations (or combinations of such entities).

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: //www.acf.hhs.gov/acf-policy-on-grants-to-faith-based-organizations. Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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This FOA has been modified.

The maximum points in section V.1 Criteria, Approach have been changed to 40, the subsection Approach has been changed to a range from 0 - 20, and 5 points have been added to Organizational Capacity to bring the total maximum points to 100. This was necessary because of an error in calculating the maximum points originally.

The deadline for applications was extended two days (from June 23, 2014 to June 25, 2014) due to the planned Grants.gov shut down. Because of this modification the due date is now June 30, 2014.

The sentence regarding the new award term and condition titled: Award Term and Condition for Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses/Marriage previously inserted in this Executive Summary under the modification published May 21, 2014 is being deleted. This new term and condition no longer appears in Section VI.2 Administrative and National Policy Requirements

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to establish, by cooperative agreement, a National Center for Legal and Judicial Excellence in Child Welfare (The Center). The Center will work collaboratively with other Children’s Bureau (CB) supported technical assistance providers to improve child welfare systems in achieving measurable, sustainable systemic change that results in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families. The expected project period is 5 years. 

The Center will serve as the primary technical assistance provider of universal, targeted, and intensive T/TA to State and Tribal Court Improvement Programs.

The Center is intended to successfully engage and support state and tribal courts in continuous quality improvement efforts to improve the efficacy of court functioning, the quality of legal representation for all parties, and assist CIPs in designing, implementing and testing innovations to build evidence of effective practices, interventions, and models. 

The Center will work to ensure State and Tribal CIP collaboration with state and tribal child welfare agencies and support work toward shared outcomes.

Federal Agency Contact Information: Help for Federal Agency Contact Information
Federal Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Name: Jan Rothstein
Email Address: jan.rothstein@ acf.hhs.gov
Phone: (202) 401-5073
OpDiv: Administration for Children & Families
Sub OpDiv: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Division: Children's Bureau
Modification History:
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