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Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE)

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and School
Districts for Abstinence Education Initiatives for Youth

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New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) - Center for Community Health/Division of Family Health/ Bureau of Women - Infant and Adolescent Health

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11/30/18 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York nonprofits, agencies, school districts, health departments, and youth bureaus for abstinence education programs among youth ages 10-13 in high-risk areas, such as zip codes with high teen pregnancy rates. Funding is intended to provide parents and caregivers with support and training to promote healthy transitions into young adulthood, as well as to provide adult-directed activities for youth.

The goal of the SRAE initiative is to support and enhance children’s and adolescents’ social-emotional development and relationships and to reduce racial, ethnic, economic and geographic disparities while promoting health equity across this population. The implementation of strategies for the SRAE initiative will focus on youth and their parents, guardians and caregivers and address the following performance standards:
- Decrease the initiation of sexual activity and other risky behaviors among early adolescent youth through the support of community-based projects that incorporate evidenced-based education and adult-supervised activities provided by adults for youth ages 10-13 who reside in priority communities in NYS;
- Create and expand opportunities and provide support and alternatives to sexual activity and risky behaviors for youth to promote optimal transition into healthy young adulthood;
- Provide education to the parents, guardians and caregivers of youth to enhance their parenting skills.

Proposed projects should include all three of the components described below as part of a well-articulated, integrated overall program. Utilizing the framework of the three components, applicants are to design and implement effective projects based on the Resources and Needs of the focused community and the developmental, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, cultural needs and perspectives of the population(s) to be served. Applicants may propose to expand or enhance an established adult-supervision program that meets the requirements of this RFA or may propose to establish a new program.

Award recipients will deliver an integrated model of evidenced-based education, adult-supervised activities, and parenting education classes for parents, guardians and caregivers of youth, ages 10-13. Project components will promote such developmental assets as positive family communication; adult role models; creative activities; motivation to do well in school; healthy lifestyle; planning and decision making; resistance skills; a positive view of one’s personal future; responsibility; self-esteem; and sense of purpose.

Services will be delivered to individuals or groups in such venues as schools, community and faith-based organizations, other community settings, and congregate care settings. All funded projects, including those implemented directly or in partnership with faith-based organizations or programs, must adhere to the federal guidance prohibiting use of religious materials/programs.

Services funded under this RFA should be provided during those times when children are not engaged in school, including after school hours on weekdays, school vacation breaks, weekend hours and the summer vacation period. Services provided should be sustained efforts rather than one-time or sporadic contacts.

Provider organizations should deliver a trauma informed care (TIC) organizational approach that understands the impact of trauma on a personal level and acts to prevent additional trauma. Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. TIC builds protective factors for individuals to overcome the impact of their previous adverse childhood experiences, including abuse and neglect, as well as other traumatic events that have occurred. Youth-serving organizations often provide services with populations at a heightened susceptibility for experiencing trauma and have a significant role in developing resiliency, youth empowerment, and fostering healthy relationships for our youth.

Project Requirements

By signing the Statement of Assurances, applicants are attesting to the following project requirements:
- All educational materials that are presented as factual will be grounded in scientific research, medically accurate and complete. Education strategies must be appropriate for the ages of the youth served. All educational materials and curricula designed, mass produced and used for instructional and informational purposed will be medically accurate. Note: Medical accuracy means that medical information must be verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals, where applicable, or be comprised of information that leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field recognize as accurate, objective and complete.
- The applicant must select evidence-based curricula for implementation from the pre-approved NYSDOH recommended list.
- Evidence-based programs will be implemented with fidelity and adhere to the developer’s guidelines.
- The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will be informed of all materials proposed for use in the project for purposes of reviewing them for medical accuracy.
- Programming and materials to be used by the proposed project will not contradict the federal guidance for religious programs.
- Programming will be held in fully accessible spaces and program modifications and accommodations for participants with disabilities are ascertained and provided.
- A designated individual employed within the organization will be responsible for SRAE administration, operation and oversight. This individual will be accessible to NYSDOH full-time (including by e-mail) and attend SRAE provider meetings with other appropriate staff.
- Any changes in services, the designated contact person, staffing levels, space or project sites will be reported immediately in writing to the NYSDOH Adolescent Health Unit.
- Biannual project reports will be submitted to the NYSDOH within 30 days of the completion of the period.
- Upon execution of the contract a full agency budget including other funds that support the program will be required within 30 days of execution. Failure to complete any required budget forms will result in a delay in processing payments.
- The applicant organization will develop a sustainability plan by the end of the first contract year (6/30/2020).

Funds may be used to include costs for background checks.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184414

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Applicants may request an annual award amount between $175,000 to $275,000.

Term of Contract:

It is expected that contracts resulting from this RFA will have the following time period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note: Applications must meet all the following minimum eligibility requirements to be reviewed.
- Applications will be accepted from state and local government entities such as city and county health departments, school districts, and youth bureaus; and from not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, including, but not limited to, Article 28 healthcare facilities, and community-based health and human service agencies.
- Applicants may propose to serve youth in one or two New York State counties. Within their identified focused county(ies), applicants need to define a specific priority area for their proposed project, as defined by high risk ZIP codes based on the ASHNI. The applicant must demonstrate a clear need to provide services in their proposed areas and populations. - Applicants must select a DOH recommended evidence-based curriculum from the selection worksheet for SRAE-compliant evidence-based programs list to implement in their program.
- Applicant must be prequalified in the New York Grants Gateway, if not exempt, on the date applications are due.

Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following:
- A minimum of five years’ experience serving youth in foster care systems, adjudication systems, youth who are victims of trafficking and/or runaway and homeless youth or other marginalized youth between the ages of 10-13.
- Letters of commitment from all schools, service providers, institutions and community- or faith-based organizations, juvenile detention centers, residential care facilities or other venues where project services will take place. Letters should be signed and submitted on official letterhead and uploaded into the pre-submission upload section in the Grants Gateway.

This initiative will not fund direct services such as child care, health care, or other services that are available through other resources. However, applicants should incorporate partnerships and strategies to identify needs for such services and make referrals to address the needs that have been identified.

Expenditures will not be allowed for the purchase of major pieces of depreciable equipment (although limited computer/printing equipment may be considered) or for remodeling or modification of structure.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An applicant conference call will be held for this project, on October 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

Applicants are directed to call: 1-844-633-8697 or 518-549-0500 then enter the Participant code: 955 681 22, followed by the # key to participate in this call.

The Department requests that potential applicants register for this conference by sending an e-mail to with the subject line of SRAE Applicant Conference, to ensure that adequate accommodations be made for the number of prospective attendees.

A maximum number of two representatives from each prospective applicant will be permitted to participate in the applicant conference if calling from different phones.

Failure to participate in the applicant conference call will not preclude the submission of an application.

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:
- Applicant Conference Registration Deadline: October 12, 2018 by 4:00 PM EST
- Applicant Conference: October 16,2018
- Questions Due: October 22, 2018 by 4:00 PM EST
- Questions, Answers and Updates Posted (on or about): November 14, 2018
- Applications Due: November 30, 2018 by 4:00 PM EST

Applicants are not required to provide matching funds, but may include matching funds and/or in-kind funds to their project as a part of their sustainability plan.

During the first year of the program, all providers will be required to develop a sustainability plan that maintains key elements of their SRAE grant-supported projects after contract funding ends. The provider agency should maintain key elements that have been effective in improving practices and outcomes for youth and families.

Please note: Waiting until the last several days to complete your application online can be dangerous, as you may have technical questions. Beginning the process of applying as soon as possible will produce the best results.

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

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Karen Barrett
Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower, Room 859
Albany, NY 12237

Phone: (844) 633-8697

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USA: New York City;   New York