Family Connection Grants

 

To provide matching grants to state, local or tribal child welfare agencies, institutions of higher education, and private nonprofit organizations that have experience in working with foster children or children in kinship care arrangements for the purpose of helping children who are in, or at risk of entering, foster care to reconnect with family members.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.605
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Authorization
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part B, subpart 1, Section 427
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local or tribal child welfare agencies, institutions of higher education, and private nonprofit organizations that have experience in working with foster children or children in kinship care arrangements. 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
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public or private nonprofit agencies or organizations or tribal child welfare agencies, or institutions of higher education working with foster children, children in kinship care arrangements or children at risk of entering foster care, that help the children reconnect with family members.
Credentials/Documentation
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. Nonprofit agencies must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 75 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcement of availability of funds is posted to Grants.gov. Eligible applicants submit applications by specified deadlines.
Award Procedure
Recipients are notified that funds have been awarded through a Notice of Award (NOA) issued by the Administration for Children and Families. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS).
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 3 to 6 months.
Appeals
There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. For existing recipients, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
Renewals
Multi-year projects are funded on an annual basis through submission of a non-competing 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?
Applications competing 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.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are provided for services or activities that are consistent with the purpose of Public Law 110-351, Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, Section 102 and may include the following: (1) a kinship navigator program to assist kinship caregivers in learning about, finding and using programs and services to meet the needs of the children they are raising and their own needs, and to promote effective partnerships among public and private agencies to ensure kinship caregiver families are served; (2) intensive family-finding efforts that utilize search technology to find biological family members for children in the child welfare system; (3) family group decision-making meetings for children in the child welfare system that enable families to make decisions and develop plans that nurture children and protect them from abuse and neglect; and (4) residential family treatment program that enable parent and their children to live in a safe environment for a period of not less than 6 months.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is described in progress reporting.
Auditing
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.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.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are available for 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact Children's Bureau Regional Program Managers
Headquarters Office
Jan Shafer
, 330 C Street SW, Room 3503
Washington, DC 20201 US
jan.shafer@acf.hhs.gov
Phone: 202-205-8172
Website Address
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1512-0-1-609
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$1,575,084.00; FY 16$2,751,449.00; - Program authorization expired in FY 2014 but grants continue to be funded from previous years? appropriation. Last appropriation was received in FY 2014 at which time funds were designated as "no year."
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This program received no funding in FY 2019. No additional funding for this program is anticipated.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Recipients may refer to the Remarks section of the Notice of Grant Award for specific Terms and Conditions pertaining to this grant program. Information on Post Award Requirements are posted at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/discretionary-post-award-requirements#chapter-2.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.