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FY 2019 Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education

Grant to an Illinois Nonprofit, For-Profit, IHE, or Regional Education
Office for Programs that Reduce Risky Behavior and Lower Teen Birthrates

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Deadline Date:

05/06/19 3:00 PM


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Grant to an Illinois nonprofit organization, IHE, regional office of education, or for-profit agency to provide state-wide support for programs that address teen pregnancy and health issues. Funding is intended for risk avoidance education programs that offer counseling, mentoring, and adult supervision as a way to promote abstinence from sexual activity. Programs may be implemented in after-school settings, within classroom settings in schools or communities. The Project Management applicant will facilitate the recruitment, coordination, engagement, and partnership with up to 15 sub-awardees.

Available grant funding will be distributed to applicants demonstrating high need based on priority criteria. Priority will be given to applicants serving populations ages 10-19 at most risk such as:
- Youth aging out of foster care
- Parenting youth
- Runaway and homeless youth
- Minority teens including Native Americans
- LGBTQ youth
- Youth with developmental disabilities
- Youth residing in areas with high teen birth rates
- Parent education for those youth involved in the SRAE programs.

The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program funds projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education and teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. SRAE Programs also teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity.

Successful programs will be designed to provide messages to youth that normalizes optimal health behavior of avoiding non-marital sexual activity. Sexual Risk Avoidance Education provides education aligned with section 510(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 710(b)). The proposed and approved Title V State of Illinois Abstinence Education grant application supports the commitment to educate students so they are responsible and possess skills that will sustain them through adulthood. Components of mentoring/counseling services will be incorporated by the grantee and aimed to support at-risk populations across the state. The grant goals and activities will not contradict state law (P.A. 098-0441) regarding the inclusion with abstinence, abstinence until marriage, and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among youth and shall stress that abstinence is the ensured method of avoiding unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS.

For information about curriculum, see:

All programs should incorporate the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act into programs and materials. Providers should also incorporate Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards through their instruction. Adhering to the Goals for said standards:
- Goal 1 - Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
- Goal 2 - Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
- Goal 3 - Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.

Applicants should secure partnerships with 15 awardees, and ensure subawardees effectively reach 15,000 youth. For information about other deliverables and milestones, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185668

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds in the amount of $1.9 million will be granted to the successful applicant.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than May 6, 2019 and will extend from the execution date of the grant until August 31, 2019. Funding in the subsequent years will be contingent upon a sufficient appropriation for the program and satisfactory progress in the preceding grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Institutions of higher education, regional offices of education, not-for-profit organizations, and for profit agencies are eligible to apply.

Applicants may not use federal funds under this award to support inherently religious activities, including, but not limited to, religious instruction, worship, prayer, or proselytizing.

Funds under this opportunity cannot be used for the following purposes:
- To supplant or replace current public or private funding;
- To supplant ongoing or usual activities of any organization involved in the project;
- To purchase or improve land or to purchase, construct, or make permanent improvements to any building;
- To reimburse pre-award costs;
- To support planning efforts and other activities associated with the program or application; or
- For fundraising, political education, or lobbying activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance webinar is being offered in connection with this grant.

To sign up and register:

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals can be submitted electronically through the ISBE Attachment Manger, mailed, or hand delivered no later than 3 p.m. May 6, 2019.

There are five grantee pre-award requirements:
1. Authentication
2. Grantee registration
3. Grantee pre-qualification
4. Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment
5. Programmatic Risk Assessment

The Grantee Portal utilizes the Authentication Portal. A personal or business email address is required to establish an account. Authentication verifies the relationship between an individual and the organization they represent. Authentication is performed once for each individual associated with a registration.

All grantees must be registered with the State of Illinois. Grantee Registration is completed by browsing to and associating your account with your organization. New accounts must enter the organization’s information on the Registration screen.

All entities must be qualified to do business with the State of Illinois. To be qualified for a grant award, an entity must:
- Have a valid DUNS number;
- Have a current account;
- Not be on the Federal Excluded Parties List;
- Be in Good Standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, as applicable;
- Not be on the Illinois Stop Payment list;
- Not on the Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services Provider Sanctions list.

Pre-qualification status will be verified after Grantee Registration is registered and nightly thereafter. If an entity has a pre-qualification issue, the specific issue and remediation support is provided thru the grantee portal. Entities on the Federal Excluded Parties List are not eligible to do business with the State of Illinois.

Grant applicants are required to complete a FY 2019 Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment in the form of an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) available through the GATA Web Portal and a FY 2019 Programmatic Risk Assessment through the ISBE Web Application Security (IWAS) system. The grant-specific Programmatic Risk Assessment is administered by the awarding agency. The programmatic risk assessment is generally performed towards the end of the application process. Your state awarding agency will inform you of the timing of the Programmatic Risk Assessment and administer the Programmatic Risk Assessment.

All questions asked concerning this NOFO/RFP will be responded to in a Frequently Asked Questions document found at under Sexual Health Education so all respondents can see all questions and the responses to the questions. Changes to the FAQ will not be made after April 3, 2019. Applicants are advised to check the site before submitting a proposal.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will receive a Notice of Award from the state superintendent via e-mail approximately 90 days after the application deadline. The award letter is NOT an authorization to begin performance or expenditures. After the Merit Based Appeal timeframe has ended, awardees will receive additional information from the program area that includes the next steps for finalizing the grant. Monies spent prior to programmatic approval are done so at the applicants own risk.

Funds will be granted to successful applicant. This third party may then sub-contract throughout the state to deliver services to a variety of communities meeting program criteria. No matching or cost sharing required.

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

Apply online: (Choose Candace Decker from the drop down menu in ReceiverInformation.)

Proposals may be hand-delivered to the following locations:
Springfield Office
Reception Area
1st Floor
100 North First Street

Chicago Office
Reception Area
Suite 14-300
100 West Randolph Street


For more information on this NOFO/RFP, contact Candace Decker at 217-782-5270, or

Funding or Pin Number:

CSFA Number: 586-60-1571

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois