Enhance Safety of Children Affected by Substance Abuse


To provide, through interagency collaboration, an integration of program activities and services that are designed to increase well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children who are in an out-of-home placement or are at risk of being placed in out-of-home care as a result of a parent's or caretaker's opioid or other substance abuse.

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 21 non-competing continuation grants will be awarded. 21 non-competing continuation grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 4 non-competing continuation grants and 17 new grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 21 non-competing continuation grants and 10 new grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 There were 19 non-competing continuation grants and 7 new grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2020 The Regional Partnership Grant program awarded 35 grants in FY 2020.
Fiscal Year 2022 There were 5 new awards.
Fiscal Year 2023 There were 18 new awards.
Social Security Act, as amended, Title IV, Part B, Section 437g(f), 42 U.S.C. 629g(f)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Secretary has the authority to make awards to Regional Partnerships (RPs). Lead applicants must be: one of the entities below and able to fulfill all the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Mandatory Partners: (1) The state child welfare agency unless it is an RP entered into by Indian tribes or tribal consortia; (2) The state agency responsible for administering the substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant; and (3) The appropriate Court. Optional Partners: (1) An Indian tribe or tribal consortium (federally recognized); (2) Child welfare service providers; (3) Community health or mental health service providers; (4) Law enforcement agencies; (5) School personnel (including institutions of higher education); (6) Tribal child welfare agencies (or a consortia); (7) Any others related to the provision of child and family services. Faith-based organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Agencies or organizations serving children and families who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing an out of home placement as a result of a parent's or caregiver's opioid or other substance abuse.
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 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 https://www.grants.gov.
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, budgets below the Award Floor, 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 objective 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 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. 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.
See the Notice of Funding Opportunity for deadline information.
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.
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 Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Awards are provided for services or activities that are consistent with the purpose of section 437(f) of Title IV-B of the Social Security Act and may include the following: (1) family-based comprehensive long-term substance abuse treatment services; (2) early intervention and preventative services; (3) children and family counseling; (4) mental health services; (5) parenting skills training; and (6) replication of successful models for providing family-based comprehensive long-term substance abuse treatment services. Other suggested activities and services are listed in the NOFO.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Recipients must select, track and semi-annually report on performance indicators that measure the extent to which grant-funded activities and services enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and their families. In addition, recipients are required to have a local evaluation that is of sufficient rigor to assess impacts on service delivery and outcomes, as well as participate in the national cross-site evaluation. Tangible Personal Property Reports: If requesting funds to purchase equipment, the recipient must request prior approval. When the equipment is no longer needed, the SF-428 Tangible Personal Property—Cover Page with the SF-428 Attachment C must be submitted to the Office of Grants Management. Please see the ACF Property, Tangible Personal Property Reporting instructions at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/tangible-personal-property#book_content_1 and the ACF Property, Tangible Personal Property Disposition instructions at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/tangible-personal-property#book_content_2.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to the 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 is mandatory. The required match must increase over the course of the project period, such that recipients must contribute 15 percent of the costs of funded services and activities in year 1 and year 2; 20 percent of such costs in year 3 and year 4; and 25 percent of such costs in year 5.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are available for a 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods. 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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Elaine Stedt
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, 330 C Street SW, Room 3403
Washington, DC 20447 US
Phone: (202)205-7941
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$11,200,011.00; FY 23 est $10,731,922.00; FY 24 est $10,760,677.00; FY 21$12,257,413.00; FY 20$21,366,455.00; FY 19$31,167,683.00; FY 18$31,389,969.00; FY 17$12,510,611.00; FY 16$14,148,747.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY 2022, the range of awards were from $250,000 to $1,946,870 with an average award of $533,333.86.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.