Child Support Services Research


This program provides federal funds for experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects that are likely to assist in promoting the objectives of Section 1115, Part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act, which stipulates that "the project - 1) must be designed to improve the financial well-being of children or otherwise improve the operation of the child support program; 2) may not permit modifications in the child support program which would have the effect of disadvantaging children in need of support; and 3) must not result in increased cost to the federal government under Part A of such title. Any responsibility to the federal government is a condition for receiving the grant, but not a principal purpose."

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
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that 8-10 new grants will be awarded. OCSE awarded 7 new grants and 18 continuation grants.
Fiscal Year 2017 24 continuation grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 12 continuation grants and 14 new grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 OCSE awarded 7 continuation grants and 9 new grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2020 OCSE awarded seven continuation grants and nine new grants
Fiscal Year 2021 OCSE awarded 11 new grants
Fiscal Year 2022 OCSS awarded up to 15 new grants
Fiscal Year 2023 OCSS Anticipates awarding 1 new grants
Fiscal Year 2024 OCSS Anticipates awarding up to 12 new grants
Social Security, Title IV, Part D, Section 1115, 42 U.S.C. 1315
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Section 1115 grants may be made only to State or Tribal Child Support Enforcement agencies or their umbrella agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Families and children served by state and tribal Title IV-D child support agencies.
No credentials or documentation required.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may find and apply to Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) on The application must be executed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or organization and to assume for the agency or organization the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant.
Award Procedure
Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by merit review panels using only the criteria described in NOFO. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive merit review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, merit review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ACF reserves the right to evaluate applications in the larger context of the overall portfolio by considering geographic distribution of federal funds (e.g. ensuring coverage of states, counties, or service areas) in its pre-award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. Applications may be funded in whole or in part. Successful applicants may be funded at an amount lower than requested.
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for information on deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 120 days.
There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. For existing recipients, appeals regarding disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
Non-competing continuations will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with award terms and conditions and a determination that continuation funding is in the best interest of the federal government.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be published in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be only used for purposes described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity issued for this Federal Assistance number each fiscal year.
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 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
The project duration is specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. For multi- year projects, non-competing continuations will be issued annually. Post award, the Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a recipient may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the ACF Regional Administrator for assistance.
Headquarters Office
Michelle Jadczak
330 C Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 401-4578
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$3,638,381.00; FY 23 est $4,000,000.00; FY 24 est $4,000,000.00; FY 21$3,999,999.00; FY 20$3,835,966.00; FY 19$3,982,428.00; FY 18$3,652,428.00; FY 17$4,000,000.00; FY 16$4,000,000.00; - OCSS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are both eligible to obligate no more than the full annual allocation.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range for FY 2022 was $100,000 to $800,000. Average changes each fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.