Sexual Risk Avoidance Education

 

To promote sexual risk avoidance education as defined by section 1110 of the Social Security Act, for adolescents. The focus of the program is to teach participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity, and teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity. Grantees use an evidenced based approach and/or effective strategies to educate youth on how to avoid risks that could lead to non-marital sexual activity. SRAE projects are implemented using a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework as part of risk avoidance strategies, to help participants build healthy life skills, develop individual protective factors that reduce risks, empower youth to make healthy decisions, and provide tools and resources to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Linking program participants to services provided by local community partners that support the safety and well-being of youth is also a key component to the program. The services are targeted to participants that reside in areas with high rates of teen births and/or are at greatest risk of contracting STIs. The program?s goals are to empower participants to make healthy decisions, and provide tools and resources to prevent pregnancy, STIs, and youth engagement in other risky behaviors. Recipients must agree to use medically accurate information referenced to peer-reviewed publications by educational, scientific, governmental, or health organizations and implement an evidence-based approach integrating research findings with practical implementation that aligns with the needs and desired outcomes for the intended audience.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.060
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 TBD. Twenty one (21) Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 Twenty seven (27) Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grants.
Fiscal Year 2018 Thirty new awards and 27 non-competing continuation awards were made.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is anticipated that there will be approximately 22 new and 30 non-competing continuation awards in FY2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 No grants or continuation awards are expected in FY2020.
Authorization

The Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program is funded generally under the authority of section 1110 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. ยง 1310, and specifically by the appropriation for General Departmental Management for the Office of the Secretary under Division B, Title II of the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriation Act 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, Pub. L. No. 115-245.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants made under the authority of section 1110 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. SS 1310 shall be made only to public and private entities that agree to use medically accurate information referenced to peer-reviewed publications by educational, scientific, governmental, or health organizations; implement an evidence-based approach integrating research findings with practical implementation that aligns with the needs and desired outcomes for the intended audience; and teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Vulnerable populations of youth, ages 10-19, with a focus on those that are at risk for non-marital sexual activity and other risk behaviors. These vulnerable youth populations include, but are not limited to, youth living in under resourced regions and areas with high rates of teen births and STIs; culturally underrepresented youth populations, especially Hispanic, African American, or Native American teenagers; youth in or aging out of foster care or adjudication systems; youth who are victims of trafficking; runaway and homeless youth, and other vulnerable youth populations.
Credentials/Documentation
Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75.
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 funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) on https://www.grants.gov or on the ACF website at https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/. Applicants may apply on https://grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Applications submitted for the competition for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in FOA. 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 objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. Scores and recommendations are reviewed by the Associate Commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau. Recommendations are made to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decisions.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
From 60 to 90 days. 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?
Applications will be evaluated based upon the criteria published in the FOA.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are for awarding competitive grants which exclusively implement education in sexual risk avoidance (defined as voluntarily refraining from non-marital sexual activity) and for Federal costs of administering the grant. Funds may be used to educate youth on how to voluntarily refrain from non- marital sexual activity and to avoid related risky behaviors. The objectives of the SRAE program are to: 1. implement curricula that includes medically accurate information referenced in peer-reviewed publications by educational, scientific, governmental, or health organizations; 2. select sexual risk avoidance curricula and/or strategies with an evidence-based approach to integrate research findings with practical implementation that align with the needs and desired outcomes of the targeted audience of youth; 3. teach risk avoidance skills through methods that do not normalize teen sexual activity; 4. target youth populations that are at risk for non-marital sexual activity and other risk behaviors; and 5. ensure the program is inclusive and non-stigmatizing towards all participants. Funds may not be used to supplant or replace current public or private funding or to fund the ongoing or usual activities of any organization.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: FYSB requires project officers to conduct routine performance reviews that includes off-site and on-site monitoring of the SRAE grants.
Auditing
Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F.
Records
Retention requirements for records are covered by the provisions of 45 CFR SSSS75.361-365, and generally must be retained for three years from the submission date of the final expenditure report.
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
Funds are available for the duration of the budget period. Periodic draw down-of funds based on expenditure requirements and project progress. Post award, our 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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
LeBretia White
Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW, Room #3614
Washington, DC 20201 US
lebretia.white@acf.hhs.gov
Phone: (202) 205-9605
Fax: (202) 260-9345
Website Address
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0120-0-1-506
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$24,341,891.00; FY 19 est $33,689,363.00; FY 20 FY 17$13,447,039.00; FY 16$8,981,973.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The funding range for non-competing continuation awards is $332,000 to $445,000. The average estimated award amount is $430,000. The funding range for new awards is $760,000 to $958,000. The average estimated award amount is $945,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Family and Youth Services Bureau central office for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website at the following address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019 SRAE (General Departmental-Funded) projects are implemented in a variety of settings including: schools, community-based organizations, and juvenile justice facilities. There is also one grantee that implements programming among developmentally delayed youth. Additionally, grantees are represented in all regions, with the exception of Region 1.