Healthy Marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants


Included three objectives: (1) To fund Healthy Marriage Promotion activities that will help couples, who have chosen marriage for themselves, gain greater access to marriage education services on a voluntary basis. These services will help couples acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to form and sustain a healthy marriage; (2) To fund Responsible Fatherhood promotion activities specifically designed to promote responsible fatherhood to reverse the rise in father absence and its subsequent impact on our nation's children. ACF will award these funds on a competitive basis to States, territories, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and public and nonprofit community entities, including faith-based organizations; and (3) Award competitive based demonstration projects designed to test the effectiveness of tribal governments or tribal consortia in coordinating the provision to tribal families at risk of child abuse or neglect of child welfare services and services under tribal programs funded under this part.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 135. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 135 grants will be awarded in 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 135 grants will be awarded in 2015.
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part A, Section 403; The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA), Public Law 111-291.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grants were competitively awarded for a one (1) year budget period and three-year (3) project period. An additional one-year continuation was granted in March 2014. The awards were made final in September 2011 and will run for four consecutive years up through September 2015. There are no subsequent competitive awards for this program. For years two through four, awards were made via non-competitive continuation application. Eligible organizations for Healthy Marriage Grants in general were public and private entities. This included, but was not limited to: States; County governments; City or township governments; Special district governments; State controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribes and tribal organizations; Nonprofit organizations; Private organizations of higher education; For-profit organizations; and faith-based and community organizations. Application Eligibility for Responsible Fatherhood Grants included: States; territories; Indian tribes and tribal organizations; and public and non-profit community entities, including Faith-based organizations. Application Eligibility for Tribal TANF Child Welfare TA Grants included Native American Tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Families, couples, individuals in need of assistance with Healthy Marriage services, including marriage enhancement and relationship education and Responsible Fatherhood activities, including parenting education, economic stability services. In general these funds assist in the efforts to enhance and expand the ability of States, Native American governments, local governments, for-profit organizations, non-profit community organizations and other public entities to provide family formation and responsible fatherhood services to those in need.
Any nonprofit agency was required to provide proof of its nonprofit status through one of the following: (a) A reference to the applicant organization's listing in the Internal revenue Service's (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS code. (b) A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate (c) A statement from a State taxing body, State Attorney General, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a nonprofit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals. (d) A certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status. (e) Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization if it's local nonprofit affiliate. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants needed to complete all the standard forms required for making application for awards under this announcement. Applicants that requested financial assistance submitted Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B and the associated certifications and assurances. Specific instructions were published in the official program announcement.
Award Procedure
Applications received by the due date were reviewed and scored competitively. Peer reviewers, generally persons from outside the Federal government, used the evaluation criteria listed in Section V of the Funding Opportunity Announcement to review and score the applications. The results of the review were a primary factor in making funding decisions. ACF also had the option to solicit comments from other Federal agencies. ACF had the option to consider a variety of factors in addition to the review criteria identified above, including geographic diversity/coverage and types of applicant organizations, in order to ensure that the interests of the Federal Government are met in making the final selections. The successful applicants were notified through issuance of a Financial Assistance Award document which sets forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, and the total project period for which support is contemplated. In accordance with the authorizing legislation, preference was given to those applicants that were awarded any prior Responsible Fatherhood, Healthy Marriage, or Tribal Child Welfare funds between 2005 and 2010 and that have demonstrated the ability to have successfully carried out their program.
Jun 28, 2011 to Jul 28, 2011: HHS-2011-ACF-OFA-FO-0196. The Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant deadlines have closed. All awards for these programs were made in fiscal year 2010. The grants were one time for a three-year (3) project period through fiscal year 2013, with an additional one-year continuation granted in fiscal year 2014. No other applications are being accepted and no future funding is anticipated.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: All grants were approved/disapproved by September 2011.
Not Applicable.
Awards were made for a 4-year project period. Funding for years 2 through 4 are awarded on a non-competitive continuation application basis, and will depend upon satisfactory performance, availability of funds, and the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The Secretary may not award funds on a noncompetitive basis, and may not provide any such funds to an entity for the purpose of carrying out healthy marriage promotion activities or for the purpose of carrying out activities promoting responsible fatherhood unless the entity has submitted to the Secretary an application which describes how the programs or activities proposed in the application will address, as appropriate, issues of domestic violence; and what the applicant will do, to the extent relevant, to ensure that participation in the programs or activities is voluntary, and to inform potential participants that their participation is voluntary; and contains a commitment by the entity to not use the funds for any other purpose; and to consult with experts in domestic violence or relevant community domestic violence coalitions in developing the programs and activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Semi -Annual progress reports. No cash reports are required. Semi -Annual progress reports. SF-269 and SF-272. Semi -Annual progress reports, site visits and annual meetings.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.
All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever occurs first.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The grants were initially awarded for project periods of up to three years, with an additional one-year continuation granted in fiscal year 2014. Awards, however, were made on a competitive basis for a one-year budget period. Applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the one-year budget period but within the four-year project period will be entertained in subsequent years on a noncompetitive basis, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the government. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Robin McDonald, Office of Family Assistance (OFA), 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W., 5th Floor East, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (202) 401-5587.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $147,193,568; FY 15 est $148,102,000; and FY 16 est $150,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Healthy Marriage Grants range from $300,000 to $2,500,000 depending upon which Funding Opportunity Announcement applicant is applying for and on the scope of the project. Average award: $450,000 -1,250,000. Responsible Fatherhood Grants will range from $300,000 to $2,500,000 depending upon the Funding Opportunity Announcement applicant is applying to and on the scope of the project. Average award: $450,000 - $1,250,000. Tribal TANF Child Welfare Grants will range from $125,000 to $175000. Average Award: $200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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