OCSE administers grant-funded demonstration projects, waivers, and other research-related partnerships to produce the best outcomes for children and families.
Under authority of Section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act, we offer grant opportunities periodically (based on available funding each year) to state and tribal child support agencies, or their state umbrella agencies. Section 1115 demonstration grants must be used for research and to improve the child support program. Each funding opportunity is unique, and applications must respond to the outlined project goals and requirements in the announcement.
OCSE recently awarded 11 Section 1115 grants for the Charting a Course for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting-Cohort 2 demonstration to child support programs in 7 states (California, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Washington) and 2 tribes (Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians). Over the 3-year project period, recipients in Cohort 1 will share best practices and give technical assistance to Cohort 2 as they plan and implement their programs. Cohort 2 expands outreach to tribal youth, community college students, and rural youth populations. The project start date is July 1, 2021.