Chafee Education and Training Vouchers Program (ETV)
To provide resources to States and eligible Indian Tribes to make available vouchers for postsecondary training and education, to youths who have aged out of foster care or who have been adopted or left for kinship guardianship from the public foster care system after age 16.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: 55 grants were awarded to all the States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and three Indian Tribes. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 55 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 55 grants will be awarded.
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part E, Section 477(h); as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State governments, including the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (hereafter "States"), U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa, and eligible Indian Tribes, Indian Tribal organizations, or Indian Tribal consortia (hereafter "Tribes") with an approved plan.
Youth otherwise eligible for services under a State's or Tribe's Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. (This includes youth who have left foster care because they attained 18 years of age, and have not yet attained 21 years of age; youth likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age, commensurate with the State's or Tribe's criteria used to determine eligibility for the program; and former foster care recipients, age 21 and younger.) Vouchers may also be provided to youth who are adopted from foster care or exit foster care to kinship guardianship after attaining age 16 and to youth up to the age of 23, as long as they are participating in the voucher program at age 21 and are making satisfactory progress toward completing their course of study or training.
Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Applications must include the information and assurances required from the States or Tribes. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A 5-year State or Tribal plan must be submitted with annual updates. The plan must coordinate the provision of services under the State's or Tribe's Education and Training Voucher Program with services under other Federal or Federally-assisted programs serving the same population. Plans are submitted to the appropriate Regional Child Welfare Program Manager in the appropriate ACF Regional Office.
Quarterly awards are made up to the amount of one-fourth of the State's or Tribe's annual allotment.
Jun 30, 2013 and the plan or its annual update is due June 30 each year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval/disapproval is due September 30th of each year.
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to provide vouchers for postsecondary education and training to youth otherwise eligible for services under the State's or Tribe's Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Vouchers may also be provided to youth who leave foster care for adoption or kinship guardianship after age 16. Vouchers can be provided to youth up to the age of 23, as long as they are participating in the program at age 21 and are making satisfactory progress toward completing their course of study or training. Vouchers provided to individuals may be available for the cost of attending an institution of higher education (as defined in section 472 of the Higher Education Act) and shall not exceed the lesser of $5,000 per grant year or the total cost of attendance as defined in section 472 of the Higher Education Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual updates to the State's or Tribe's plan. An SF-425 financial status report must be submitted for the funds awarded in each Federal fiscal year (FFY) within three months after the close of the FFY in which the funds were granted (interim report) and again within three months after the close of the subsequent FFY (final report). Progress reports are not applicable. No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.
Grantees must develop and maintain records which permit review of expenditures in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR Part 75.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: States: Each State is allocated an amount of funds which bears the same ratio as the number of children in foster care in that State bears to the total number of children in foster care in all States in the most recent fiscal year for which such information is available. Date submitted by States to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) national database will be used to calculate State allotments.
Tribes: Tribes with an approved title IV-E plan to directly operate a title IV-E program or Tribes that have a title IV-E Tribal/State cooperative agreement or contract have the option to apply to receive Chafee Foster Care Independence Funds directly from the Secretary. Each Tribe with an approved plan is allocated an amount equal to the number of children in foster care under the responsibility of the Tribe (either directly or under supervision of the State) in the most recent fiscal year for which such information is available to the sum of the total number of children in foster care under the responsibility of the State within which the Tribe is located and the total number of children in foster care under the responsibility of all Indian Tribes in the State that have an approved plan.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant awards are made quarterly on a fiscal year basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact Regional Administrator for Children and Families.
Catherine Heath 1250 Maryland Ave, SW; 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Catherine.Heath@acf.hhs.gov
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $42,608,145; FY 15 est $43,257,000; and FY 16 est $43,257,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2014 States: $82,407 to $5,825,141 with an average of $818,917.
FY 2014 Tribes: $4,741 to $12,675 with an average of $8.145.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
ACYF-CB-PI-03-06, issued July 8, 2003 and ACYF-CB-PI-14-03, issued March 5, 2014; ACYF-CB-PI-14-04, issued March 5, 2014.
Examples of Funded Projects