Chafee Foster Care Independence Program

 

To assist States and eligible Indian Tribes in establishing and carrying out programs designed to assist foster youth likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age, youth who leave foster care for adoption or kinship guardianship after attaining age 16, and youth who have left foster care because they attained 18 years of age and have not yet attained 21 years of age, to make the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.674
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 56 grants grants were issued to all the States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and to four Indian Tribes. Fiscal Year 2015: 56 grants were awarded in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded to States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and to four Indian tribes.
Authorization
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part E, Section 477.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State governments, including the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (hereafter "States"), and eligible Indian Tribes, Indian Tribal organizations or Indian Tribal consortia (hereafter "Tribes").
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children and youth who are likely to remain in foster care until age 18, youth who left foster care to adoption or kinship guardianship after attaining age 16, and former foster care recipients up to age 21.
Credentials/Documentation
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?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A five-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 Chafee Foster Care Independence 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
Quarterly awards are made up to the amount of one-fourth of the State's annual allotment.
Deadlines
Jun 30, 2015 and June 30 of each year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. The plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year. Approval/Disapproval is due September 30 of each year.
Appeals
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
States and Tribes meeting requirements for entitlement funds will receive grants.
How may assistance be used?
Grants may be used to assist youth: to make the transition to self-sufficiency; to receive education, training and related services; to prepare for and obtain employment; to prepare for and enter postsecondary training and educational institutions; to provide personal and emotional support to youth through mentors and the promotion of interactions with dedicated adults; and to provide financial, housing, counseling, employment, education, other appropriate support and services to current and former foster care recipients up to the age of 21; to provide services to youth who, after attaining 16years of age, have left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption; and to ensure that children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age have regular, on-going opportunities to engage in age or developmentally appropriate activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual updates to the State's or Tribe's plan. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. 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). Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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.
Records
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 allotted 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. Data submitted by States into the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System's (AFCARS) national database will be used to calculate State allotments. The minimum payable amount to a State is $500,000. See Section 477(c) of the Social Security Act.

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 Program 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.%. The Federal government will pay 80 percent of the total amount of funds expended by the grantee up to the amount of Chafee Foster Care Independence Program funds allocated. The grantee must provide matching contributions to cover the additional 20 percent of the costs.
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 Administration for Children and Families. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.).
Headquarters Office
Catherine Heath 1250 Maryland Ave, SW, 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: catherine.heath@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-690-7888
Website Address
http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb.
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1545-0-1-609.
Obligations
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 14 $137,900,000; FY 15 est $137,900,000; and FY 16 est $137,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2014 States: $500,000 to $18,101,906 with an average award of $2,650,256.
FY 2014 Tribes: $8,871 to $39,389 with an average award of $21,671.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program Instruction (PI): ACYF-CB-PI-05-06, issued October 12, 2005; ACYF-CB-PI-14-03, issued March 5, 2014; ACYF-CB-PI-14-04, issued March 5, 2014
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.