Provide Federal financial participation (FFP) to states, Indian tribes, tribal organizations and tribal consortia (tribes) who opt to provide guardianship assistance payments to relatives who have assumed legal guardianship of eligible children that they previously cared for as foster parents. This assistance is intended to prevent inappropriately long stays in foster care and to promote the healthy development of children through increased safety, permanency, and well-being.
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
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part E, Section 473
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Funds are available to states (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa) and to tribes with approved Title IV-E plans.
Beneficiaries are children who meet the following requirements: (1) the child has been eligible for Title IV-E foster care maintenance payments while residing for at least six consecutive months in the home of the prospective relative guardian; (2) the state or tribe has determined that the permanency options of being returned home or adoption are not appropriate for the child; (3) the child demonstrates a strong attachment to the prospective relative guardian and the prospective guardian is committed to caring permanently for the child; and (4) for children who have attained the age of 14, the child has been consulted regarding the kinship guardianship arrangement. Beneficiaries may also be siblings of eligible children placed in the same kinship guardianship arrangement. FFP is available to states and tribes for payments made to a relative guardian in accordance with a kinship guardianship agreement that is in writing, negotiated, and binding. The program was amended (through Public Law 113-183) effective September 29, 2014 to allow continuation of Title IV-E kinship guardianship assistance payments if the relative guardian dies or is incapacitated and a successor legal guardian is named in the agreement (or in any amendments to the agreement.)
Costs are to be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. 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 not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Consultation is available to states and tribes from ACF Regional Offices. Applications are made in the form of a Title IV-E Plan, prepared in the format provided by the ACF Children's Bureau. Title IV-E plans and amendments must be submitted to the ACF Regional Child Welfare Program Manager for approval.
Quarterly awards are made on the basis of estimated expenditures, which are later revised to include only actual allowable claimed expenditures. Quarterly estimates are due on July 30, October 30, January 30 and April 30 each year. Final decisions and awards are made by the headquarters office.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Health and Human Services (HHS) will approve/disapprove applications (Title IV-E plans or amendments to them) within 45 days of receipt by HHS.
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Federal assistance may be used only in support of the care of children who meet the eligibility requirements and their siblings under certain situations as specified in the statute. All relatives assuming guardianship of such children are eligible for the nonrecurring expenses associated with obtaining legal guardianship up to $2,000. A state or tribe may receive FFP only if its Title IV-E plan has been approved by the Secretary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.
States and tribes must maintain all financial and programmatic records necessary for the proper and efficient operation of the program, including records of applications, determinations of eligibility, utilization of awarded grants and other funds for the provision of financial assistance and allocated indirect and direct administrative and training costs. 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 is voluntary. The non-Federal share of program costs (difference between total cost and FFP) in each funding category constitutes the required match to be met by the Title IV-E agency. Matching funds from state agencies must be appropriated monies raised from non-Federal revenue sources. Matching funds from tribal agencies must also be appropriated monies, but may at the option of the tribe include Federal funds specifically authorized by Federal statutes to be used as match for other Federal programs. Additionally, in accordance with 45 CFR 1356.68, for administration and training cost only, tribal matching funds may include in-kind expenditures (or contributions) from allowable third party sources.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
FFP is available to a state or tribe operating under an approved title IV-E plan. The Title IV-E agency may implement and claim allowable guardianship assistance program costs beginning on the first day of the quarter in which an approvable title IV-E plan amendment is submitted to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to implement the guardianship assistance program. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the Children's Bureau Regional Program Manager
330 C Street SW, Room 3507A
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$154,689,581.00; FY 19 est $203,000,000.00; FY 20 est $218,000,000.00; FY 17$147,808,681.00; FY 16$122,631,572.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fiscal Year 2018: Grants to states and tribes ranged from $4,290 to $62,617,561 with an average of $4,895,529.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See program guidance in ACYF-CB-PI-10-01 which can be found at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/pi1001. Additional program guidance can be found in ACYF-PI-10-11 at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/laws_policies/policy/pi/2010/pi1011.htm.
Examples of Funded Projects