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Kinship Caregiver Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits for Services
to Families Raising Children of Relatives

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New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) - Bureau of Permanency Services

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02/28/20 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups for new programs that assist families that are raising children who are not their own biological children. Nonprofit organizations must prequalify in the application system prior to applying. Funding is intended to support families with informal or legal custody of a child or children between the ages of 0-18 years old. The goal of the grant program is to support kinship caregivers, also referred to as non-parent caregivers. Program services must include case management and referral, support groups, education, family engagement and maintenance, and family preservation.

The purpose of this RFP is to fund Kinship Caregiver Programs to increase the state’s capacity to support and strengthen families, promote permanency and the well-being of children. Programs should be designed based on the unique needs of kinship families with a goal to maintain and support child(ren) residing in kinship households. Applicants must agree to provide required services to kinship families in at least two (2) or more counties or boroughs of NYS.

New York State’s Child Welfare vision is that children, families and adults are protected and supported to achieve safety, permanency and well-being. To achieve this vision, through this RFP, OCFS is seeking Kinship Caregiver Programs that will improve the following outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families:

  • Safety: Children are safely maintained in their own home, families and communities with connections, culture and relationships preserved.
  • Prevention: Through effective intervention, parents, caregivers, and families improve their ability to develop and maintain a safe, stable environment for themselves and their children.
  • Permanency: When it is necessary to place children in out-of-home care, it is a safe, short and stable experience concluding with permanent attachments to caring adults.
  • Well-being: Parents and caregivers have the capacity to provide for their children’s needs. Children are cared for in safe, permanent, and nurturing environments that meet their needs and develop their physical, cognitive, behavioral/emotional and social functioning. As youth transition to adulthood, they benefit from services that promote healthy development, academic success, self-sustainability and/or safe living conditions.
  • Organizational Effectiveness: Organizations are diverse, flexible, professionally and culturally competent, and use child-centered, family-focused practice, demonstrating partnership at all levels.

Organizations that are interested in applying for OCFS funding are therefore encouraged to review their community’s demographic data (i.e., child welfare, home visiting, adoption, and juvenile justice) and as indicated and where deemed appropriate per the target population and/or scope of services for the funding source, consider the element(s) found here in their proposal design:

For additional information about program requirements, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153034

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The contract(s) resulting from this procurement will be for a five-year term from September 1, 2020, to August 31, 2025.

Funding is currently anticipated to be available for the first year of the contract; the award of a multi-year contract does not guarantee that funding will be available for subsequent years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds will be made available to not-for-profit organizations and voluntary agencies. Government agencies are not eligible to apply.

For a list of eligible counties, see:

Caregivers with legal guardianship or kinship foster care placements are not eligible to be served under this grant opportunity.

The following items cannot be included as OCFS-funded costs within the project budget:
- Major capital expenditures such as acquisition, construction or structural renovation of facilities;
- Interest costs, including costs incurred to borrow funds;
- Costs for preparation of continuation agreements and other proposal development costs;
- Costs of organized fundraising;
- Legal fees to represent agency/staff;
- Advertising costs, except for recruitment of project personnel, program outreach and recruitment of participants;
- Entertainment costs, including social activities for program and staff, unless directly associated with the program;
- Costs for dues, attendance at conferences, or meetings of professional organizations, unless attendance is necessary and relates to the program; and
- Any other non-allowable costs as determined by OCFS.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Offerors are encouraged to attend the Bidder’s Conference, which will be an interactive webinar. The webinar will provide important information to organizations intending to submit applications in response to the Kinship
Caregiver Program RFP #1011. Attending the webinar is encouraged as OCFS will review important proposal submission requirements. Attendance is not required. Prospective applicants may submit a proposal regardless of whether or not they attend the webinar.

OCFS recommends webinar attendees attempt to log in to the webinar 5-10 minutes early so as to provide sufficient time to troubleshoot computer, software, or internet browser-related issues, should any occur.

- To join for both video and audio conference, access the webinar at this link:
and if prompted, use the meeting password: KS1011

- To join by telephone for the audio conference only, the number to call is
1-844-633-8697; use the participant code: 645 893 283

Note: It is recommended that participants read the RFP prior to the webinar.

A direct link to the Bidders Conference webinar invitation is also available at the following website, which can be copied and pasted into the address bar your internet browser:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is February 28, 2020, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

Nonprofit organizations must prequalify in the Grants Gateway by the date of submission.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the Deadline to allow sufficient opportunity for the applicant to obtain assistance and take corrective action should there be a technical issue with the submission process. Failure to leave adequate time to address issues identified during the submission process may jeopardize an applicant’s ability to submit their application.

- Issuance of Request for Proposals: January 17, 2020
- Bidder’s Conference (attendance is recommended): February 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
- Deadline for Submission of Written Questions: February 5, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern
- Responses to Written Questions Posted (on or about): February 14, 2020
- Recommended Deadline for Not-for-Profits to Prequalify in the NYS Grants Gateway: February 19, 2020
- Deadline for Submission of Proposals: February 28, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern
- Anticipated Notification of Award: (not earlier than) April 15, 2020
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: (not earlier than) September 1, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through Grants Gateway:

Mail Grants Gateway Registration form to:
Grants Management
99 Washington Avenue, Room 1550
Albany, NY 12210-2814

If you have previously registered and do not know your username, email

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Or mail to:
Director of Contracts
Questions for RFP # 1011 Kinship Caregiver Program
Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street
Room 202S – RFP Unit
Rensselaer, NY 12144

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