Recent ACF Grant Opportunities for Tribes

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Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children and Families Affected By Opioids and Other Substance Abuse

Deadline: 7/31/2019


The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide competitive grant funds for Regional Partnership Grants (RPGs) to improve the well-being of, and to improve the permanency outcomes for children and families affected by opioids and other substance abuse. These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services, activities and services that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse. Applicants are expected to have a collaborative structure in place that is capable of building a region’s capacity to meet a broad range of needs for families involved with both substance abuse treatment and the child welfare system. Per the legislative requirements, RPGs are required to select and report on performance indicators and evaluation measures to increase the knowledge that can be gained from the program. Partnerships will: use specific, well-defined, and evidence-based programs that are also trauma-informed and targeted to the identified population; conduct an evaluation that is sufficiently rigorous to contribute to the evidence base on service delivery, outcomes and costs associated with the project's chosen interventions; and participate in the national cross-site evaluation, which includes, but is not limited to an implementation and outcomes study. This project is for one 60-month project period, which includes a one-year Planning Phase and a 4-year Implementation Phase. Grantees should anticipate spending no more than $250,000 in the one-year Planning Phase and approximately one-fourth of the remaining project award per each 12-month period of the Implementation Phase.:

Standing Announcement for Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants

Deadline: 7/15/2019


The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for one-time grants to tribes, tribal organizations, or tribal consortia that are seeking to develop and, within 24 months of grant receipt, submit to the Department of Health and Human Services a plan to implement a title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance, and, at tribal option, guardianship assistance program. Grant funds under this FOA may be used for the cost of developing a title IV-E plan under section 471 of the Social Security Act (the Act) to carry out a program under section 479B of the Act. The grant may be used for costs relating to the development of case planning and case review systems, foster care licensing and standards for tribal foster homes and child care facilities, quality assurance systems, court structure and procedures, data collection systems, cost allocation methodology development, financial controls and financial management processes, or any other costs attributable to meeting any other requirement necessary for approval of a title IV-E plan.

Center for Excellence in Foster Family Development

Deadline: 7/26/2019


The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to establish a Center for Excellence in Foster Family Development (the Center) to implement a model program for the selection, development, and support of foster families that will work in close collaboration with birth families to preserve and nurture critical parent-child relationships and support reunification. This FOA awards a four year cooperative agreement. Foster families participating in the program will be prepared and supported in providing enhanced reunification and stability supports to biological families as well as enhanced stability and well-being supports to children transitioning out of congregate care. This demonstration grant will be administered through a cooperative agreement and awarded to one state, tribe, or tribal consortium that will install, implement, and evaluate the model program in 4 - 6 local sites. The Center will secure the appropriate partnerships needed for effective and efficient model development, program implementation and evaluation activities. The Center must meaningfully include and engage the voice and input of birth parents, foster parents, and youth with lived foster care experience at all stages of model development and implementation.

Transitional Living Program

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CX-1576


Other Recently posted opportunities:

Funding Opportunity: Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-TS-1549

Funding Opportunity: Street Outreach Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-YO-1554

Funding Opportunity: Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-SR-1550

Funding Opportunity: Maternity Group Home Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CX-1577

And lastly, the Office of Child Support Enforcement has one open funding announcement closing in July.

Child Support Intergovernmental Case Processing Innovation Demonstration

Due Date: 07/17/2019


This Forecast is modified to correct the funding opportunity number. HHS-2019-ACF-OCSE-FC-1541 has been changed to HHS-2019-ACF-OCSE-FD-1541.

This Forecast is modified to correct the Eligibility section. Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) has been changed to Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized).

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) forecast invites eligible applicants to submit competitive grant applications to test how the child support program can improve intergovernmental case processing and collections. The specific project objectives of this goal are to:

1) Increase payments on intergovernmental cases; AND

2) Improve case processing procedures to increase efficiency and customer service.

Project designs may vary by grantee, but will fall within a broad demonstration framework which incorporates procedural justice principles, behavioral economics concepts, and enhanced communication strategies to accomplish the two project objectives above. Grants may also be used to acquire and/or enhance technical capabilities that could improve intergovernmental case processing. Some examples include automation, staffing, data analysis, system analysis, and completing technical steps required to gain access to the Federal Parent Locator Service (e.g., the cost of the security assessment).

Grantees will evaluate projects by comparing administrative data using pre/post analysis regarding collections and case processing timeframes. The evaluation work can be done by state or tribal IV-D staff or a third-party evaluator. Additionally, grantees must support information sharing and partnerships with other state and tribal Title IV-D agencies to improve their intergovernmental case processing activities.

Notice About Section 1115 Funding: The statute authorizes recipients of Section 1115 grant funding to draw down Federal Financial Participation (FFP) on the award amount according to the cost sharing rate for the recipient organization. Any FFP requested in association with this grant funding must become part of the project budget. The award amounts (ceiling and floor) listed in this forecast reflect only 1115 funding and the expected number of awards and estimated average award amount assumes a mix of state and tribal awardees.

OCSE expects that the total award ceiling for all projects, accounting for Section 1115 funding and applicable FFP, will be $500,000, and that most awards will be funded at the award ceiling amount for the applicant’s organization type. The following information is to help potential applicants determine their award ceiling and floor based on the FFP cost sharing rate for recipient organization type.

For States with 66 percent FFP: The Section 1115 Award Ceiling is $170,000 and the floor is $20,000. The FFP amount, calculated using the Section 1115 award ceiling amount, is $330,000. A project awarded the Section 1115 Award Ceiling of $170,000 would receive a total award of $500,000.

For Tribes with 80 percent FFP: The Section 1115 Award Ceiling is $100,000 and the floor is $20,000. The FFP award, calculated using the Section 1115 award ceiling amount, is $400,000. A project awarded the Section 1115 Award Ceiling of $100,000 would receive an estimated total award of $500,000.

For Tribes with 90% percent FFP: The Section 1115 Award Ceiling is $50,000 and the floor is $20,000. The FFP award, calculated using the Section 1115 award ceiling amount, is $450,000. A project awarded the Section 1115 Award Ceiling of $50,000 would receive an estimated total award of $500,000.