New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) - Division of Child Welfare and Community Services
10/26/18 4:00 PM ET
Grants to New York nonprofit community organizations, school districts, public agencies, municipalities, eligible high need schools, and faith-based organizations to create or expand programs for at-risk families, children, and youth. Nonprofit applicants must prequalify for the grant application portal by the deadline.
Funding is intended to increase services for at-risk children, youth and families to prevent involvement with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems through the establishment of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) programs.
Introduction/Description of Program Objectives and Background
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is pleased to announce this funding opportunity designed to increase services for at-risk children, youth and families to prevent involvement with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems through the establishment of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) programs. These programs are intended to target at-risk infant, children, youth and families in high need areas in New York State. For purposes of this RFP, high need areas are defined as those with high rates of child abuse and maltreatment, as well as high admission rates for foster care and detention.
This RFP addresses the operating principles and OCFS’ commitment to promoting services that are developmentally appropriate, family-centered, and responsive to local needs, community-based, culturally and linguistically competent and demonstrates effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes. These funds are specifically designed to reach at-risk children, youth and families.
Through this RFP, OCFS is seeking proposals under one or more of the following categories:
- Start-up and/or expansion of evidence-based/evidence informed programs to successfully support children, youth and families who are at risk of entering the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.
- Start-up and/or expansion of Parent-Child Home and Parents as Teachers home visiting programs.
- Start-up and/or expansion of Restorative Justice programs in high need schools, which would include Special Act School Districts and 853 schools. Special Act School Districts were created by a special action of the Legislature and are considered public schools. These schools provide educational services to students who reside in child care institutions. NYS approved 853 schools were created pursuant to Chapter 853 of the Laws of 1976. These schools are operated by private agencies and provide day and/or residential programs that primarily serve students in the foster care, juvenile justice and special education systems. Special Act Schools Districts and 853 schools serving students in the foster care and juvenile justice systems are eligible for this funding opportunity.
Funded grantees will be required to:
- Collaborate with other key community cross-sector initiatives or projects with common target areas and goals identified by OCFS during the grant period, and
- Participate in data-sharing as part of cross sector collaboration, in compliance with all relevant rules and regulations
This RFP provides OCFS and localities an opportunity to provide services to the most vulnerable children and families and to implement activities that address disproportionality in identified communities. OCFS will invest in services that are culturally and linguistically competent, cost efficient, and contribute toward alleviating issues identified for the respective communities. 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 following element(s) in their proposal design:
OCFS’s priority is to “protect those in greatest need” through ongoing assessment and enhancement of services that promote safety and general well-being for atrisk children, adolescents, families and adults. This priority includes targeting services for “disconnected/high need youth” who are: youth aging out of foster care; youth in or re-entering the community from the juvenile justice system; and children of incarcerated parents. Grant applications that propose to serve the “disconnected/high-need youth” population must consider that the clients cited above often require service intervention from multiple service systems. Where required by the OCFS RFP narrative, applications must demonstrate capacity and scope for cross-agency collaborations and partnership with relevant community organizations.
Racial Equity and Cultural Competence
OCFS continues work in the area of Racial Equity and Cultural Competence (RECC). Effort to address RECC includes examination of the issues related to the overrepresentation of Black, Latino and Native American children and their families in the State’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It also entails a consideration of issues related to the underrepresentation of Blacks, Native Americans and Latinos in various service delivery systems to identify how best to enhance outreach and preventive measures that support the safe reduction of out-of-home placements for children and adults, and focus on the well-being of children, youth and families.
OCFS has enlisted the participation of its state and local partners in this effort and is working with a number of counties to examine local data and develop strategies to address, reduce and ultimately eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and to seek equity within the systems of care and custody. OCFS continues to partner with national experts Casey Family Programs and have also collaborated with the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and other national experts dedicated to this work. The effort must be data driven and therefore, OCFS has generated and shared county-level data with partners and stakeholders in its effort to encourage transparency and collaboration.
Current OCFS statewide data indicates that Black and Latino children and families continue to comprise 75 percent of the state’s children in foster care and about 85 percent of the juvenile justice placements. OCFS views this RFP as an opportunity to heighten public awareness of the issue of disproportionality and to begin to promote policies and practices that will gradually reduce it.
Specific areas that every applicant and community are requested to consider in the design of their program and scope of services identified in their application for OCFS funding include, but are not limited to the following:
- Providing service strategies, approaches, and linguistic capacities that promote the delivery of services that are culturally competent and reflective of the population and community to be served
- Collecting and analyzing data relevant to disproportionality and service provision
- Strategically locating services within communities, to promote better access to service delivery in high-need areas
- Promoting cross-agency dialogue and partnership regarding service planning to address disproportionality (including, but not limited to, social services, mental health, health, education, housing, substance abuse, probation agencies, and community-based providers)
- Disproportionate Minority Representation (DMR) in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems
Disproportionate Minority Representation (DMR) or disproportionality occurs when the percentage for the representation of a particular minority group (racial, ethnic) involved with a service system is significantly higher or lower than that group’s percentage or representation in the general population. Disproportionality has implications across all services administered by OCFS, including child welfare, juvenile justice, child care, youth development, and those services for the blind and visually impaired. In some service categories, disproportionality manifests itself by over-representation of racial/ethnic groups, and in other service categories, it is manifested by under-representation of racial/ethnic groups.
Further information regarding Disproportionate Minority Representation (DMR) and data in New York State can be found through the following link: Disproportionate Minority Representation (DMR).
OCFS is seeking proposals for programs that:
- Promote positive parenting and parent-child bonding,
- Support optimal child health and development,
- Prevent child abuse/maltreatment,
- Improve outcomes for high need at risk children and families,
- Foster healthy relationships and promote positive discipline in schools, and
- Improve educational and social outcomes for foster care and juvenile justice youth.
GrantWatch ID#: 184373
The initial maximum state award amount for this program is $500,000 for any one proposal.
The contracts awarded in response to this RFP will be for four (4) years and nine (9) months with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2019, and end date of November 30, 2023. Funding is currently anticipated to be available for the first year of the contract, and the award of a multi-year contract does not guarantee that funding will be available for subsequent years. Funding will be contingent upon continued availability of funds and satisfactory contractor performance. Contractors may not begin to provide services prior to the contract start date; OCFS has no obligation to pay for services rendered prior to that time.
Eligible applicants are community-based not-for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, public agencies, school districts, 853 and Special Act schools, and municipalities. Proposals must include verification of the required private funds contribution. Public Agencies for the purpose of this RFP, shall mean a local office, board, or other instrumentality of local government or public or private educational institutions except as stated above, for-profit and state agencies are not eligible.
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 project
- Costs for dues, attendance at conferences or meetings of professional organizations, unless attendance is necessary in connection with the project
Calendar of Events:
- Issuance of Request for Proposals 9/12/2018
- Deadline for Submission of Written Questions 9/28/2018 by 5.00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Responses to Written Questions Posted in the Grants Gateway (on or about) 10/10/2018
- Recommended Deadline to Prequalify in the Grants Gateway 10/10/2018
- Deadline for Submission of Proposals 10/26/2018 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Interviews/Site Visits, (optional)
- Anticipated Notification of Award (not earlier than) 12/1/2018
- Anticipated Contract Start Date (not earlier than) 3/1/2019
All proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants Gateway.
Applicants must be prequalified, if not exempt, in the NYS Grants Gateway by the application deadline. Proposals received from not-for-profit applicants that are not prequalified in the Grants Gateway on the proposal due date and time listed in Section 1.2 Calendar of Events will be disqualified from further consideration. Government entities are not required to prequalify in Grants Gateway, but must register in order to submit an application.
State funding for the program is limited to not more than 65% of eligible program expenditures, with the remaining 35% of program expenditures to be supported with private funds. Applicants will be required to demonstrate a 35% private funds contribution, from a private funding source, to support the total program budget.
All applicants, except for those applying for Restorative Justice programs in high need schools, must submit a Social Services District (SSD) attestation letter from the local department of social services (LDSS) from each county proposed to be served.
View this opportunity on Grants Gateway: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/intelligrants_NYSGG//module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=4&ngoID=5001210
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Grants Gateway: https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/login2.aspx
All inquiries concerning this procurement must be addressed to the director of contracts, RFP Unit, or designee(s) at OCFS, via email (preferred) to RFP@ocfs.ny.gov or via hard copy mailed to:
Director of Contracts
RFP# 2018-04 Public Private Partnership
Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street
Room 202S – RFP Unit
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Grants Gateway Help Desk: 518-474-5595
Grants Team email: email@example.com
RFP # 2018-04/Grants Gateway # CFS01-PPP-2018
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