Funding Forecast: Grantees to Address At-Risk Tribal Youth Issues

The Grant Advisors highlight a forthcoming funding opportunity, which will provide significant funding. This week we are focusing on federal opportunities because the federal application window is much more narrow than the private giving world. We include one private grant at the end because it is a robust opportunity.

Admin. for Children and Families (HHS)

Program: 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 Number: 93.086) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FN-0991); Eligibility: Tribal governments and organizations; Funding (Estimate): $1.8 million for eight awards.

 Deadline (Tentative): May 1, with the solicitation released soon.

These funds go for tribal demonstration projects to improve the lives of children involved in the TANF system.

These grants must be used for one or more of the following purposes: (1) improve case management for families eligible for assistance from a Tribal TANF program; (2) provide supportive services and assistance to tribal children in out-of-home placements; and (3) provide prevention services and assistance to tribal families at risk of child abuse and neglect. ACF is interested in programs with strong collaborations between Child Welfare and Tribal TANF departments working together to meet the needs of their clients with a strong focus on prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Contact: Denise Litz, 202/401-6971; e-mail,

Admin. for Children & Families and Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS)

Program: Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development Program (formerly known as Refugee Home-Based Child Care Microenterprise Development Project) (CFDA Number: 93.576) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-ORR-RG-0987); Eligibility: State and local governments, public and private colleges and universities, public housing authorities and nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status; Funding (Estimate): $2.1 million for 11 awards ranging from $150,000 to $200,000 each; Deadline (Tentative): June 19, with the solicitation released on April 20.

The program helps refugees attain economic self-sufficiency by creating licensed family child care businesses. ORR seeks to award three-year grants to eligible entities that will provide the intensive case management necessary to assist refugees in becoming licensed FCC providers.

This includes: accessing FCC and microenterprise development training; navigating the certification process and the process to qualify for state/county child care reimbursement; and providing post certification assistance. The program targets eligible refugee women, but is open to eligible refugee men as well.

Contact: Ronald Munia, 202/401-4559; e-mail,

Education Dept. (Office of Innovation & Improvement)

Program: Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for National Leadership (CFDA Number: 84.282N); Eligibility: State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) in states with a state statute specifically authorizing the establishment of charter schools; public and private non-profit organizations, including non-profit charter management organizations (Eligible applicants may also apply as a group or consortium.); Funding (estimated): $3.9 million for six awards; this competition does not involve cost sharing or matching; Deadline (tentative): September.

Summary: Anticipate a NOFA in July with a September deadline; (most recent NOFA). These 36-month CSP grants support programs which increase national understanding of the charter school model and expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools. The grants also provide funding to evaluate the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff and parents. Grantseekers should expect an absolute priority on the economies of scale. Projects must be designed to enhance and expand a state’s capacity to support high-quality charter schools in one or more geographic areas, particularly urban and rural areas, in which a large proportion or number of public schools have been identified for improvement, corrective action or restructuring.

Contact: Soumya Sathya, or telephone: 202/260-0819.

Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation

Opportunity: 2016 Nat’l Child Care Teacher AwardsFunding Focus: Education, child care; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Child care teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia (applicants must be full-time childcare teachers employed in a home, group, or center-based program for a minimum of three years and meet other eligibility guidelines); Funding (Estimate): 50 teachers will receive a $1,000 grant; $500 to create a project and $500 for the teacher’s personal use; Deadline (Tentative): December (the solicitation is expected in late spring).

The awards program recognizes quality childcare teachers. Applicants must propose classroom enhancements which will help children grow educationally, socially and emotionally.

Of the 50 awardees, one will be chosen to receive the Helene Marks Award or Nat’l Child Care Teacher of the Year. The grantee will receive an additional $1,000 award.

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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