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Standing Announcement for Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants

Grants to USA Tribes and Tribal Organizations to
Develop Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Programs

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) - Children's Bureau (CB)

Deadline Date:

02/08/21 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA Tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal consortia to develop foster care and adoption assistance programs. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. Eligible expenses include the development of a data collection system, development of a cost-allocation methodology, and establishment of tribal agency and court procedures necessary to meet the case review requirements in the law.

The purpose of this grant is to enable tribes to complete an approvable title IV-E plan to operate a foster care, adoption assistance, and, at the tribe’s option, guardianship assistance program. This funding opportunity is for a one-time development grant to tribes, tribal organizations, or tribal consortia that are seeking to develop, and intend, not later than 24 months after receiving such a grant, to submit to the Secretary a plan to implement a title IV-E program. To assist tribes in meeting the 24-month timeline, the Children’s Bureau (CB) offers information, advice, educational materials, and technical assistance.

Family First Prevention Services Act

On February 9, 2018, the President signed into law the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, (Pub. L. 115-123). FFPSA made a number of significant changes to the title IV-E program, as well as the title IV-B program. It is important for tribes to consider the changes to title IV-E, as they consider whether to apply for a title IV-E development grant.

Overall, the FFPSA amends the title IV-E program to provide more resources to help families in crisis stay together, while limiting federal funding for congregate care placements for youth in foster care. The law is very complex, so tribes interested in operating the title IV-E program are urged to review CB policy issuances that provide more detail on the requirements and opportunities. A brief summary of some of the significant provisions include:

  • The law authorizes title IV-E agencies to claim title IV-E foster care maintenance payments for children placed with parents in a licensed residential family-based treatment facility for substance abuse.
  • The law places restrictions on the availability of title IV-E funding for children placed in a child care institution (CCI). Title IV-E agencies may claim title IV-E for foster care maintenance payments (FCMP) paid on behalf of an eligible child placed in any CCI for up to two weeks. After two weeks, title IV-E FCMP for a child placed in a CCI are only available if that CCI is one of the following specified settings: a setting specializing in providing prenatal, post-partum, or parenting supports for youth; a supervised independent living setting for youth age 18 – 21; a setting providing high-quality residential care and supportive services to children and youth who have been found to be, or are at risk of becoming, sex trafficking victims; a licensed residential family-based treatment facility for substance abuse; or a “qualified residential treatment program.” These provisions became effective October 1, 2019, but a title IV-E agency may choose to delay implementation for up to two years. 
  • The law authorizes a new optional program to provide title IV-E funding for certain time-limited (one year) prevention services for mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment and in-home parent skill-based programs for: 1) candidates for foster care, 2) pregnant/parenting foster youth, and 3) the parents/kin caregivers of those children and youth. For title IV-E agencies approved to operate the program, funding for these services became available October 1, 2019, but an agency choosing to delay implementation of the limitation of funding for CCIs must also delay implementation of the prevention services option for the same period.

Project Requirements

In implementing their grants, grantees must use the funds to address areas in which they need to build capacity in order to submit an approvable plan within 24 months to successfully operate a title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance, and, at tribal option, guardianship assistance program. Grantees should be familiar with all the requirements of the title IV-E program. Note that the grantee is required to develop a plan for the title IV-E foster care and adoption assistance programs. Being approved to operate these mandatory title IV-E programs is a prerequisite to being able to participate in new optional programs authorizing funding for prevention services and kinship navigator programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183374

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,500,000

Number of Grants:

5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $300,000
Award Floor: $150,000

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Periods: One 24-month project with one 24-month budget period.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal consortia. The terms "Indian tribe" and "tribal organization" have the meanings given those terms in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Pub. L. 93-638, 25 U.S.C. § 450b. Also see sections 479B(a) and 476(c)(2)(A)(iii) of the Social Security Act. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applications that request an award amount that exceeds the Award Ceiling per budget period or per project period ("per project period" refers only to fully funded awards), as stated in Section II. Federal Award Information, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Pre-Application Information:

Current Closing Date for Applications: Feb 08, 2021 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-with-sam.html

Create a Grants.gov Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Grants.gov. Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309894

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Submission By Mail
CB Operations Center
c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard
Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

CB Operations Center
c/o LCG, Inc.
ATTN: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CS-1561
6000 Executive Boulevard
Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (888) 203-6161
Email: CB@grantreview.org

Program Office Contact
Carlette Randall
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Children's Bureau
CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (888) 203-6161
Email: CB@grantreview.org

Office of Grants Management Contact
Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Administration
Office of Grants Management
CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (888) 203-6161
Email: CB@grantreview.org

CFDA Number:

93.658 -- Foster Care Title IV-E

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CS-1561

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