Child Welfare Research Training or Demonstration


This program supports research and demonstration projects which are of national or regional significance and special projects for the demonstration of new methods which show promise of substantial contribution to the advancement of child welfare. Projects are intended to demonstrate the utilization of research in the field of child welfare to encourage experimental and special types of child welfare services, and provide professional education opportunities to prospective and current child welfare agency staff and to develop competency-based training curricula and special projects for training child welfare personnel in specific areas.

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 grants will continue to fund child welfare research training or demonstration programs in the areas of child welfare workforce training, workforce recruitment and retention, and the child welfare workforce curriculum development. 8 grants were awarded in FY 2016.
Fiscal Year 2017 6 non-competing continuation grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 6 grants were awarded in FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 6 grants were awarded in FY 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 6 grants were awarded in FY 2020.
Fiscal Year 2021 8 grants were awarded in FY 2021.
Fiscal Year 2022 12 grants were awarded in FY 22.
Fiscal Year 2023 It is anticipated that 8 grants will be awarded in FY 2023.
Social Security Act, Section 426 and 429, 42 U.S.C. 626 and 628b, Section 426 and 429, U.S.C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include public or other nonprofit institutions of higher learning, public or other nonprofit agencies or organizations engaged in research on child welfare activities; state or local public agencies responsible for administering, or supervising the administration of the title IV-B plan; and public or other nonprofit institutions of higher learning for special projects for training personnel for work in the field of child welfare. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for further information.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries are people who work in, or who are considering working in child welfare related fields, as well as children and families who have been removed, or are at risk of removal from their homes.
Nonprofit organizations must provide proof of nonprofit status.
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. Applicants may find and apply to NOFOs on Applications are made in the format provided by and at the time specified in the annual NOFO.
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 the 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.
The deadline for applications is listed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
90 to 180 days
There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. For existing recipients, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
Multi-year projects are funded on an annual basis through submission of a non-completing continuation application. Non-competing continuations will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with grant 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 NOFO.
How may assistance be used?
Awards are made for specific projects that may train prospective and current personnel for work in the field of child welfare, including trainee-ships with stipends; develop child welfare demonstration projects of national or regional significance; or utilize of child welfare research to encourage experimental and special types of welfare services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance progress reports are required using the SF-PPR ACF Performance Progress Report. The frequency of reporting will be listed in the NOFO and in the award terms and conditions. For more information, see:
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 NOFO. 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 the Regional Administrator, ACF.
Headquarters Office
Joe Bock
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 205-8594
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$16,763,220.00; FY 23 est $11,663,633.00; FY 24 est $76,451,000.00; FY 21$11,483,385.00; FY 20$10,650,174.00; FY 19$10,765,480.00; FY 18$9,270,284.00; FY 17$9,611,141.00; FY 16$8,539,355.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2022 grants ranged from $64,000 to $8,800,000 with an average of $1,396,935.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Child welfare workforce recruitment and retention, workforce development, curriculum development, and training and technical assistance.


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