Current Funding Opportunity

New grant funding opportunity for state and tribal child support agencies is open through July 2, 2018! “Using Digital Marketing to Increase Participation in the Child Support Program ” will fund projects to collect and analyze data on how digital marketing may help the child support program reach and serve families more effectively. Go to to read the full funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and download application materials. Applications are due July 2, 2018 and must be submitted through

Going to apply? Check out these resources for grant applicants.

Notice: Due to recent third-party fraudulent activity in the General Services Administration (GSA) System for Award Management (SAM), an updated process is being implemented in order to verify the identity of both new and existing registered entities in Registration in is a prerequisite to receiving a competitive grant from the federal government, and this includes OCSE’s upcoming Digital Marketing grants. OCSE strongly encourages agencies planning to apply to immediately register or re-activate an existing registered account in If you encounter any issues, please email

OCSE administers grant-funded demonstration projects, waivers, and other research-related partnerships to produce the best outcomes for children and families. We offer two types of competitive grants, detailed below, and partner with states to administer the Access and Visitation mandatory grant program.

Competitive Grants

These grants are offered periodically, depending on available funding. Each funding opportunity is unique 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 and tribal child support agencies or their state umbrella agencies of which they are a part.

  1. 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.

Last Reviewed: June 7, 2018

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