Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs
To enable States to create programs which support and facilitate access and visitation by non-custodial parents with their children. Activities may include mediation, counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements.
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
OCSE anticipates 54 grants in 2016. OCSE awarded 54 grants in FY 2016.Fiscal Year 2017
OCSE awarded 54 grants in 2017.Fiscal Year 2018
OCSE awarded 54 grants in FY 2018.Fiscal Year 2019
OCSE anticipates 54 grants in FY 2019.Fiscal Year 2020
OCSE anticipates 54 grants in FY 2019
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part D, Section 469B, 42 U.S.C. 669b
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam.
Custodial and non-custodial parents.
The Governors have designated a single State agency to represent the State in carrying out this responsibility. 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?
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. Not applicable
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards 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. Applications are submitted every three years using the standard application form, as furnished by the Department of Health and Human Services. Application kits which contain the prescribed application forms and supplemental descriptive information on the access and visitation grant program are available from: The Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, 5th Floor, 330 C. Street, SW., Washington DC 20201.
Each state and territory that submits an application is reviewed. If the application is in line with the program authorization and regulations, then it is funded based on the formula in the statute. The statute addresses the funding ceilings, how allotments are determined by formula, funding restrictions, and administration requirements: Sec. 469B. [42 U.S.C. 669b] (a) In General-The Administration for Children and Families shall make grants under this section to enable States to establish and administer programs to support and facilitate noncustodial parents' access to and visitation of their children, by means of activities including mediation (both voluntary and mandatory), counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement (including monitoring, supervision and neutral dropoff and pickup), and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements. (b) Amount of Grant-The amount of the grant to be made to a State under this section for a fiscal year shall be an amount equal to the lesser of- 1. 90 percent of State expenditures during the fiscal year for activities described in subsection (a); or 2. the allotment of the State under subsection (c) for the fiscal year. (c) Allotments to States- 1. In general-The allotment of a State for a fiscal year is the amount that bears the same ratio to $10,000,000 for grants under this section for the fiscal year as the number of children in the State living with only 1 biological parent bears to the total number of such children in all States. 2. Minimum allotment-The Administration for Children and Families shall adjust allotments to States under paragraph (1) as necessary to ensure that no State is allotted less than- (A) $50,000 for fiscal year 1997 or 1998; or (B) $100,000 for any succeeding fiscal year. (d) No Supplantation of State Expenditures for Similar Activities-A State to which a grant is made under this section may not use the grant to supplant expenditures by the State for activities specified in subsection (a), but shall use the grant to supplement such expenditures at a level at least equal to the level of such expenditures for fiscal year 1995. (e) State Administration-Each State to which a grant is made under this section- 1. May administer State programs funded with the grant directly or through grants to or contracts with courts, local public agencies, or nonprofit private entities; 2. Shall not be required to operate such programs on a statewide basis; and 3. Shall monitor, evaluate, and report on such programs in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary. Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award. This provides the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the terms and conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the total project period, and the total grantee participation.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 120 days.
Subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
A State to which a grant is made under this section may not use the grant to supplant expenditures by the State for allowable activities, but shall use the grant to supplement such expenditures at a level at least equal to the level of such expenditures for fiscal year 1995.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Monitoring is done when the progress reports are reviewed for accuracy and completeness.
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.
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: Title IV Part D Subpart Section 469B 42 USC 669b
Matching is mandatory. 10 percent of the total award. The award amount is based on the number of children in a State living with one biological parent as determined by the Census Bureau.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are awarded for a two-year project period. 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
See Regional Assistance Locations.
Senior Program Manager Michael Hayes
330 C. Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$10,000,000.00; FY 19 est $10,000,000.00; FY 20 est $10,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The amount of funding provided to each grantee is based on an allocation formula with a designated minimum amount provided in statute.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The program regulations are in 45 CFR Part 303, "Standards for Program Operations". Section 303.109 (a) Monitoring. The State must monitor all programs funded under Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs to ensure that the programs are providing services authorized in section 469B(a) of the Act, are being conducted in an effective and efficient manner, are complying with Federal evaluation and reporting requirements, and contain safeguards to insure the safety of parents and children. Section 303.109 (b) Evaluation. The State: 1. May evaluate all programs funded under Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs; 2. Must assist in the evaluation of significant or promising projects as determined by the Secretary; Section 303.109 (c) Reporting. The State must: 1. Report a detailed description of each program funded, providing the following information, as appropriate: service providers and administrators, service area (rural/urban), population served (income, race, marital status), program goals, application or referral process (including referral sources), voluntary or mandatory nature of the programs, types of activities, and length and features of a completed program; 2. Report data including: the number of applicants/referrals for each program, the total number of participating individuals, and the number of persons who have completed program requirements by authorized activities (mediation--voluntary and mandatory, counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement--including monitoring, supervision and neutral. drop-off and pickup) and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements; and 3. Report the information required in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section annually, at such time, and in such form, as the Secretary may require.
Examples of Funded Projects