ARRA - Emergency Contingency Fund for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) State Program
This funding was to provide economic stimulus to the nation while furthering the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) mission to promote the economic and social well-being of children, youth, families, and communities. The objective of the program was to provide up to $5 billion for jurisdictions (States, Territories, and Tribes) in fiscal year (FY) 2009 and FY 2010 that had an increase in assistance caseloads and/or certain types of expenditures. This Emergency Fund was in addition to the TANF Contingency Fund in section 403(b) of the Social Security Act that gives money to qualifying States (but not Territories or Tribes) during an economic downturn.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part A, 42 U.S.C. 603(c)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
TANF agencies in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam are eligible. Tribal TANF agencies are eligible.
Needy families with children, as determined eligible by the State, Territory, or Tribe in accordance with the State or Tribal plan submitted to HHS.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Funding was available in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 for jurisdictions that were eligible by having an increase in assistance caseloads or certain types of expenditures.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Jurisdictions had to submit applications by September 1, 2010.
Requests for emergency funds approved by HHS were distributed quarterly.
September 1, 2010 Initial requests were submitted by September 1, 2010, for qualifying expenditures made in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, with updates to data allowed until September 30, 2011.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Emergency Fund grants are Federal TANF funds. Jurisdictions must use these funds in accordance with section 404 of the Social Security Act. This does not include authority to transfer emergency funds to either the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) or the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) because that transfer authority is limited to grants made under section 403(a) of the Act. Emergency funds are available until expended.
Jurisdictions may carry over emergency funds for use in a succeeding fiscal year as authorized under section 404(e) of the Act, i.e., the funds are available until expended.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Audits shall be conducted by the Inspector General and the jurisdictions under Chapter 75 of Title 31, United States Code.
Jurisdictions must maintain records containing information the Secretary may require by regulation. Information submitted in support of a request for Emergency Funds will be tested for reliability and accuracy. Accordingly, jurisdictions are expected, as required by the federal regulations at 45 CFR 75.361, to maintain pertinent documentation related to caseload and expenditure data used to support the request for funds, be able to link the information to the relevant reporting and accounting system, and make such information available in a clear and understandable form that can be validated by an auditor.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Jurisdictions were awarded their emergency fund grants as applications were approved. They may reserve grant monies, without fiscal year limitation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Region I (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT): Carol Monteiro, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Boston Regional Office, JFK Building, Rm. 2000, Boston, MA 02203. Telephone: (617) 565-2462. Region II (NJ, NY): Shantel Mickens, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, New York Regional Office, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 4114, New York, NY 10278. Telephone: (212) 264-2890, ext. 128. Region III (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV): Eileen Friedman, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Philadelphia Regional Office, 150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 864, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-3499. Telephone: (215) 861-4058. Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN): LaMonica Shelton, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Atlanta Regional Office, 61 Forsyth Street, Suite 4M60, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8909. Telephone: (404) 562-2938. Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI): Thomas Schindler, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Chicago Regional Office, 233 N. Michigan Ave. - Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 886-9540. Region VI (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX): Larry McDowell, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Dallas Regional Office, 1301 Young Street, Room 945, Dallas, TX 75202. Telephone: (214) 767-7327. Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE): Gary Allen, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Kansas City Regional Office, Rm. 349, 601 E 12 St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Telephone: (816) 426-2236. Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) Kisha Russell, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Denver Regional Office, Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building, 1961 Stout Street, Ninth Floor, Denver, CO 80294. Telephone: (303) 844-1483. Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV): Julie Fong, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, San Francisco Regional Office, 90 7th Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Telephone: (415) 437-7579. Region X (AK, ID, OR, WA): Frank Shields, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Seattle Regional Office, 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500, M/S 71, Seattle, WA 98104. Telephone (206) 615-2569.
Office of Family Assistance
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - Up to $5 billion was available in FY 2009 and 2010. Funding is no longer provided for this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range for ARRA actual allocations for FY 2014 was $608,842 to $3,328,006 with an average of $1,857,757.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program rules for State programs can be found at 45 CFR Parts 260 through 265. Tribal rules can be found at 45 CFR Part 286. Guidance for the submittal of applications for the Emergency Fund, was accomplished through issuance of a Policy Announcement and Program Instruction, including reporting forms approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Examples of Funded Projects