Upcoming Federal Funding for Social Service, Child Welfare, Marriage Initiatives

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko stay on top of funding for child welfare, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood efforts. The federal government is heavily invested in rolling out these types of funding opportunities. Here are four upcoming competitions you should be aware of.

Funding Forecasts

The HHS’ Admin. for Children & Families Healthy Marriage Resource Center (CFDA Number: 93.086) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FH-0990) grant is open to schools, governments, universities, nonprofits and for-profits, including small businesses (faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply).

Funding (estimated): A single $2 million award (no match required); Deadline (tentative): March.

Anticipate a NOFA in January with a March deadline. These funds support the creation of a national center to support “healthy marriage promotion activities.” The resource center will gather, develop and disseminate information and research related to promoting healthy marriage through a range of activities.

Contact: Rosalind Ginyard, 202/401-4989; e-mail, Rosalind.Ginyard@ACF.hhs.gov

The ACF Grants for Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect (CFDA 93.086) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FN-0991) grants are open to tribal governments.

Funding (Estimated): $1.8 million for 15 awards (no match required); Deadline (Tentative): March.

Grants support demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of tribal governments or tribal consortia in coordinating the provision to tribal families at risk of child abuse and neglect of child welfare services and services under tribal programs. Eligible activities include: improved case management for families eligible for assistance from a Tribal TANF program and prevention services and assistance to tribal families at risk of child abuse and neglect. ACF is interested in programs that increase the use of home-visiting when providing services to families eligible for assistance from a tribal TANF program.

Contact: Felicia Gaither, Felicia.Gaither@acf.hhs.gov or phone: 202/205-8354.

The HHS Office of Family Assistance’s Responsible Fatherhood Grants (CFDA Number: 93.086) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FK-0993) are open to schools, governments and nonprofits with or without 501 (c)(3) status (faith-based and community organizations are encouraged to apply).

Funding (estimated): $47.5 million for 48 awards ranging from $350,000 to $2 million each (match not required.

Anticipate a NOFA in January with a March deadline. The program will fund comprehensive fatherhood programs that integrate economic stability services, healthy marriage activities and activities designed to foster responsible parenting. ACF is particularly interested in organizations that have the capacity and proven record of accomplishment in helping low-income fathers.

Contact: Tanya Howell, Tanya.Howell@acf.hhs.gov or 202/205-8714.

The OFA’s Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry (CFDA Number: 93.086) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FO-0992) grants have similar eligibility rules and faith-based and community organizations are encouraged to apply.

Funding (estimated): $6 million for four awards (match not required.

ACF officials tell us to expect a NOFA at the beginning of next year with a March deadline. It supports reentry programs that provide innovative community-centered, pre- and post-release Responsible Fatherhood and supportive services to formerly incarcerated fathers. To get a head start, look at a previous grant guidance.

Contact: Tanya Howell, Tanya.Howell@acf.hhs.gov or 202/205-8714.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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