Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Services Research and Demonstration
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Social Security Act, Title XI, Section 1110, as amended
by Public Laws 86-778, 88-452, 90-248, 96-265, and 99-190; 42 U.S.C. 1310.
To promote the ability of families to be financially
self-sufficient, and to promote the healthy development and greater social
well-being of children and families.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts are awarded for innovative
research, demonstrations, and evaluations that are responsive to the
Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) program priorities. All
applications must meet standards of excellence in research, demonstration, or
Applicant Eligibility: Grants and cooperative
agreements may be made to or with governmental entities, colleges,
universities, nonprofit and for-profit organizations (if fee is waived).
Contracts may be awarded to nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Grants or
cooperative agreements cannot be made directly to individuals.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Beneficiary Eligibility: Low-income individuals,
children, youth, families, individuals with developmental disabilities, and
Credentials/Documentation: Applicants must
present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the
project involves the use of other agencies, facilities, or services. Nonprofit
organizations which have not previously received ACF program support must
submit proof of nonprofit status. For State and local governments, costs will
be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 92 and OMB Circular No. A-87. For
other grantees, applicable costs and administrative procedures will be
determined in accordance with 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is
eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of
Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official
designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more
information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for
assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure: All information and forms
required to prepare a grant or cooperative agreement application are published
in the Federal Register. Copies of the program announcement may be available
on the Internet or from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, ACF,
7th Floor, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. All information
needed to submit a proposal for a contract is provided through a Request for
Proposal published in the Commerce Business Daily.
Award Procedure: Official notice of approved
grant or cooperative agreement is made through issuance of a Financial
Assistance Award. Official notice of an accepted contract proposal is made
through award of a contract.
Deadlines: Established when grants, cooperative
agreements, and contracts are solicited. Deadlines for grants and cooperative
agreements are announced in the Federal Register as part of the solicitation
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 60 to
365 days. Generally, solicited grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts
will be acted upon within 120 days.
Appeals: Appeals are processed in accordance with
HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.
Renewals: Extensions and continuations are
available if formally applied for and approved. If an application is
recommended for approval for 2 or more years, the grantee or contractor must
submit each year a formal request for continuation accompanied by a progress
report which will be evaluated prior to a recommendation of continuation.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Grantees are
generally required to share in the cost of projects. Cost sharing of 25
percent of the total approved project cost is generally required for grants or
cooperative agreements; contracts are not required to share in the project
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funds are
granted on a 1- to 3-year basis, with support beyond the first year contingent
upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress, continuing program
relevance, and availability of funds.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Reports of progress and expenditures are
required on all projects. Comprehensive final reports are due within 90 days
of completion of the project.
Audits: Audits are conducted in accordance with
the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.
Records: Proper accounting records, identifiable
by grant or contract number and including all receipts and expenditures, must
be maintained until all questions are resolved.
Account Identification: 75-1536-0-1-506.
Obligations: (Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and
Contracts) FY 01 $38,094,000; FY 02 est $61,158,000 ($30,000,000 is allocated
to Compassion Capital Fund); and FY 03 est $6,000,000. (Note: These dollar
amounts represent the total funding level jointly appropriated for programs:
93.647. Social Services Research and Demonstration and 93.595, Welfare Reform
Research, Evaluations and National Studies.)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
Range from $22,471 to $100,000; Average being $55,490.
In fiscal year 2001, 52 grants and 31 contracts were awarded. In fiscal years
2002 and 2003, grant and contract awards are expected in child welfare,
welfare reform, child impact studies, evaluations of employment strategies
(including job retention, advancement, and serving the hard-to-employ), and
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Guidelines and other information are published in the Federal Register and
Commerce Business Daily.
Regional or Local Office: Appropriate ACF Regional
Administrator. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.)
Karl J. Koerper, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, 330 C St. SW, Washington, DC 20201, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Karl.Koerper@acf.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 4014535.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
(1) State Welfare Reform evaluations; (2) Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work
strategies; (3) Job placement and retention demonstrations; (4) Changing
culture of welfare; (5) Training and technical assistance in administering
welfare reform programs; (6) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
implementation studies; (7) Responsible fatherhood; (8) Home visitation
program demonstrations; (9) Child Welfare Longitudinal Study; (10) Child Care;
and (11) strengthening families/marriage.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The criteria for selecting projects to be funded under this program are
published in the Federal Register grant announcement and in the solicitation
for requests for proposals for contracts.