Tribal TANF Child Welfare (TTCW) Demonstration Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement
The purpose of the TTCW grant, as prescribed by the statute (section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act, as amended), is "to fund demonstration projects designed to test the effectiveness of tribal governments or tribal consortia in coordinating the provision to tribal families at risk of child abuse and neglect of child welfare services and services under tribal programs funded under this part." The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is particularly interested in funding projects leading to system changes so that improvements to the coordination of tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and child welfare programs are sustained beyond the project period, including learning how resources may be used for activities that are aimed at systems changes and strengthening the collaboration of Tribal TANF and child welfare programs. For example, Tribal TANF/Child Welfare (TTCW) grantees may be encouraged to engage in activities such as revising intake and assessment procedures, developing informed consent documents that will allow for staff to share information across program lines, providing cross-training for TANF and child welfare staff, developing joint case management procedures, and developing information technology systems to enhance coordination. Successful TTCW grantees will describe the proposed approach and the expected outputs and outcomes. Since it is a demonstration grant, the grantees will share lessons learned with the broader Tribal TANF and child welfare community.