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Center for Excellence in Foster Family Development

Grant to a USA Tribal Agency, Consortia, or State
Agency to Develop a Foster Family Support Center

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) - Children's Bureau (CB)

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07/26/19 4:30 PM ET Receipt of Paper Applications; 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt


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Grant to a USA tribal government, tribal consortia, or state government to plan and implement a model foster family support center. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the development of a program to provide support services in four to six local sites.

The Center for Excellence in Foster Family Development (Center) will develop one model program for the engagement, development and support of foster families that have the capacity to provide community-supported, family based placements that support comprehensive family engagement and family well-being, to be implemented in 4-6 local sites. In an effort to promote reunification and maintain children out of needless congregate care placements, this pool of families will be prepared and supported by the child welfare system to provide enhanced reunification and stability supports to biological families and to provide enhanced stability and well-being supports to children transitioning out of congregate care to family settings.

The Center will secure partnerships that build corresponding knowledge, expertise and capacity in developing and implementing the model program and in evaluating the process and impact on outcomes. The model program will be integrated with other existing programs, policies and practices promoting improved system response and comprehensive systemic change.

The project will be completed in two phases. Phase I, the first 12 months of the grant, will serve as a planning period, for the Center's installation and selections of local sites. Phase II, includes years 2-4 and will serve as an implementation, evaluation, and scale-up/sustainment period. The Center will develop detailed work plans for each phase. The Center will secure the appropriate partnerships needed for effective and efficient model development, program implementation and evaluation activities.

The grantee will develop and implement a model of working with foster families that supports cultural and practice changes that strengthen:

- Supportive relationships between foster and biological families that include coaching and mentoring by skilled foster parents;
- Provision of family-based care to children who might otherwise be in congregate care; and
- Education, development, and on-going supports of foster families necessary to build their capacity to fulfill their role in supporting biological families, not just the children in care.

For further information on grantee requirements, see:

The Center is expected to demonstrate improvements in:

- Engagement, development and support of foster families (individual and collective services);
- Retention rates and agency relationships with foster families;
- The numbers of foster families prepared to provide enhanced supports to children and their families;
- Development of foster families in the neighborhoods and communities children in foster care most come from and where those children will be placed;
- Comprehensive biological family support services and timely, stable reunifications; and
- Permanency stability, family and community connections, and well-being outcomes for children placed with foster families in the target group.

For further information on expected outcomes, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186196

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $2,000,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $1,500,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $2,000,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019
Length of Project Period: 48-month project period with four 12-month budget periods

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is restricted and open only to the following: state governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), and tribal consortia. Applicants are strongly encouraged to form strong partnerships with national organizations or institutions of higher education to engage quality technical assistance and evaluation resources.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Funding restrictions:

- Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable. Fund raising costs for the purposes of meeting the Federal program objectives are allowable with prior written approval from the Federal awarding agency.
- Proposal costs of the current accounting period of both successful and unsuccessful bids and proposals normally should be treated as indirect (F&A) costs and allocated currently to all activities of the non-Federal entity. No proposal costs of past accounting periods will be allocable to the current period.
- Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs.
- Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.
- Purchase of real property is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/28/2019
Due Date for Applications: 07/26/2019

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date.

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

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Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery:

CB Operations Center
c/o LCG, Inc.
Attn: HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CW-1562
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

Program Office Contact:

Taffy Compain
Administration for Children and Families
Children's Bureau
Phone: (888) 203-6161

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Phone: (888) 203-6161

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