Family Support Payments to States Assistance Payments
To provide aid to the aged, blind, and the permanently and totally disabled in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
Three grants were awarded in FY 2016. Three grants were awarded in FY 2016.Fiscal Year 2017
Three grants were awarded in FY 2017.Fiscal Year 2018
Three grants were awarded in FY 2018.Fiscal Year 2019
It is anticipated that three grants will be awarded in FY 2019.Fiscal Year 2020
It is anticipated that three grants will be awarded in FY 2020.
Social Security Act, Title XVI, 42 U.S.C. 1351
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Certified territorial welfare agencies in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam are eligible and must operate under Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved plans and agreements, which must comply with all Federal statutory and regulatory requirements governing these programs.
The beneficiary must be needy -- i.e., meet specific income and resource requirements. In addition, the individual must be at least age 65 to receive assistance for the aged; must be determined blind to receive aid to the blind; or must be at least 18 years of age and totally disabled to receive aid to the permanently and totally disabled. These programs also have specific unearned and earned income disregards that are applied in determining the amount of assistance payable.
Federal funds must go to a certified Territorial welfare agency. Individuals must meet all eligibility requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible individuals should apply directly to their Territorial or local welfare agency. The Territories should contact the Regional Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program managers for application forms. Territories contact the Regional TANF program manager for applications for administrative funds. Office of Family Assistance (OFA)/Regional TANF program managers have authority to approve applications and amendments; disapproval authority is held by the Director of the Office of Family Assistance, in the Administration for Children and Families.
Once an application is approved, Territories are awarded funds quarterly based on ACF-approved estimates of maintenance assistance and administrative costs. Notification of awards must be made to the designated Territorial agency. Eligible individuals receive monthly subsistence checks from Territorial welfare agencies.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Individuals denied assistance must be given a fair hearing on appeal (45 CFR 205.10). Territorial agencies may request a hearing before the Assistant Secretary of ACF regarding adverse decisions (45 CFR 201.14; 45 CFR Part 16).
More than 180 days. The agency must conduct periodic reviews to determine whether conditions justifying eligibility still exist.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Cash payments are made to eligible needy aged, blind, or disabled persons in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These payments are to cover costs for food, shelter, clothing, and other daily living needs recognized as necessary by each Territory's program. In addition, an individual must be at least age 65 to receive assistance for the aged; must be determined blind to receive aid to the blind; or must be at least 18 years of age and totally disabled to receive aid to the permanently and totally disabled.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Territories must maintain records which substantiate eligibility determination and grants that are made. Records must be kept in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 42 Chapter 7 Part XVI Subpart §§ 1381-1385 Public Law 92-603, Title III, § 301
Matching is voluntary. Program funds are provided based on a formula linked to the number of recipients receiving benefits each month. Administrative costs are matched at 50%.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Individuals receive support from the Territorial or local welfare agency until they no longer meet the eligibility requirements. Territories receive yearly formula grants.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Region II (NJ, NY, PR, VI): Shantel Mickens, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, New York Regional Office, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 4114, New York, NY 10278. Telephone: (212) 264-2890, ext. 128. Region IX (AZ, CA, GU, HI, NV): Julie Fong, Regional Program Manager, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, San Francisco Regional Office, 90 7th Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Telephone: (415) 437-7579.
Office of Family Assistance
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$32,995,657.00; FY 19 est $33,000,000.00; FY 20 est $33,000,000.00; FY 17$32,995,657.00; FY 16$32,969,628.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This funding range is $716,830 to $31,046,869 with an average of $10,998,552.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specific regulations are found throughout 45 CFR 201 through 45 CFR 237.
Examples of Funded Projects