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 youth who have experienced foster care at age 14 or older, who have aged 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
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Fifty-five grants were awarded. 56 grants were awarded
Fiscal Year 2017 56 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 57 grants were awarded in FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 59 grants were awarded in FY 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 Fifty-nine grants were awarded to states (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and to eligible tribes.
Fiscal Year 2021 Fifty-nine grants were awarded to states (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and to eligible tribes. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260) was enacted into law on December 27, 2020 and included Division X, the “Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act.” Division X contained additional, supplemental or enhanced funding for several programs authorized under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Act. For the Education and Training Voucher Program it provided an additional $50 million to states and eligible tribes. The law also provided certain flexibilities in program requirements that remained in effect through September 30, 2021. It also increased the maximum amount of voucher award to $12,000 for fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Please see Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-21-04 for more information. Therefore, FY 2021 grant award information will differ from other years.
Fiscal Year 2022 59 grants were awarded in FY 2022.
Fiscal Year 2023 It is anticipated that 59 grants will be awarded in FY 2023.
Social Security Act, as amended, Title IV, Part E, Section 477(i)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State governments, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands (hereafter "states"), Guam and American Samoa, and eligible Indian tribes, Indian tribal organizations, or Indian tribal consortia (hereafter "tribes") with an approved plan.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Youth and young adults (14 - 26) who have experienced foster care at age 14 or older, youth who leave foster care for adoption or kinship guardianship at age 16 or older, and youth who aged out of foster care. Youth otherwise eligible for the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee program) may receive vouchers. Eligible youth may receive vouchers up until their 26th birthday, provided they are making satisfactory progress toward completing their course of study or training, but may receive vouchers for no more than five years.
Application is made through submission of the five-year Child and Family Services Plan; updates are made annually through the Annual Progress and Services Review. Refer to the Program Instructions under Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must include the information and assurances required from the state or tribe. A 5-year state or tribal plan must be submitted with annual updates (see ACYF-CB-PI-23-01). 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.
Award Procedure
Funds are disbursed on a quarterly basis for up to the amount of one-fourth of the state or tribe's annual allotment.
The plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The agency plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year, and will approved or disapproved by September 30th of each year.
Appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
States and eligible tribes who submit an approvable plan will receive funds under this program.
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 program. Vouchers provided to individuals may be used 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 $12,000 per grant year for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 or the total cost of attendance as defined in section 472 of the Higher Education Act. Participation in the program is limited to five years whether or not the years are consecutive.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
All records are to be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title IV Chapter 7 Part E Subpart 477 Public Law Pub. L. 74-271 Social Security Act

Matching is mandatory. 20%. The Federal government will pay 80 percent of the total amount of funds expended by the recipient up to the amount of Chafee Education and Training Voucher Program funds allocated. The recipient must provide matching contributions to cover the additional 20 percent of the costs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula grants are awarded annually. Post award, the Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact Children's Bureau Regional Program Managers
Headquarters Office
Catherine Heath
330 C Street SW, Room 3508B
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 941-4700
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$48,131,933.00; FY 23 est $43,593,145.00; FY 24 est $43,593,145.00; FY 21$92,608,145.00; FY 20$45,771,858.00; FY 19$42,461,573.00; FY 18$42,608,145.00; FY 17$42,471,176.00; FY 16$42,608,145.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2022 States: $8,572 to $5,399,896 with an average of $803,223.60 per state. FY 2022 Tribes: $3,182 to $11,591 with an average of $6,215.67 per tribe.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The following Program Instructions (PI) apply to this program: ACYF-CB-PI-23-01 and ACYF-CB-PI-23-02.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.