Healthy Marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants


Under the Family, Relationship, and Marriage Education Works opportunity, the purpose is to fund projects that provide healthy marriage activities and integrate career advancement opportunities for adults. Under the Relationships, Education, Advancement, and Development for Youth for Life opportunity, the purpose is to provide healthy marriage promotion services to support youth in late adolescence to early adulthood. Under the Fatherhood - Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential opportunity, the purpose is to fund Responsible Fatherhood promotion projects to promote healthy relationships, strengthen positive father-child engagement, and improve economic stability opportunities for adult fathers. For the Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Child Welfare (TTCW) opportunity, the purpose is to fund projects to test the effectiveness of tribal governments in the provision to tribal families at risk of child abuse or neglect.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is projected that 90 continuation awards will be awarded in FY 2016. In FY 2016, 100 continuations grants were awarded in FY 2016.
Fiscal Year 2017 99 continuation grants were awarded in FY 2017.
Fiscal Year 2018 94 continuation grants were awarded in FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019, 86 continuation grants were awarded to HMRF grantee organizations. This cohort of HMRF grants is in the 5th and final year of the project period and will conclude September 30, 2020. In FY 2019, 8 TTCW grants were awarded to tribes or tribal consortia. This cohort of TTCW grants are in the 5th and final year of the project period and will conclude September 30, 2020.
Fiscal Year 2020 Awarded 113 new grants under the new HMRF grant competition. TTCW projects awarded 8 new grants under the TTCW grant competition for FY 2020.
Fiscal Year 2021 112 noncompetitive continuation awards were awarded under the HMRF grant and 8 noncompetitive continuation awards were awarded under the TTCW program.
Fiscal Year 2022 110 noncompetitive continuation awards were made in the HMRF program and 8 continuation awards were made in the TTCW program.
Fiscal Year 2023 110 noncompetitive continuation awards were made in the HMRF program and 8 continuation awards were made in the TTCW program.
Fiscal Year 2024 It is projected 110 noncompetitive continuation awards will be made under the HMRF awards and 8 noncompetitive continuation awards will be made under the TTCW program.
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part A, Section 403(a)(2); 42 USC 603(a)(2)
The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA), Public Law 111-291
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Under the Healthy Marriage Promotion provision of the legislation, all public and private entities are eligible to apply (including, state, territorial, local, and quasi-governmental agencies, Native American tribal governments and tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, independent school districts, public, private or Tribal institutions of higher education, and for-profit entities). Eligible applicants under Responsible Fatherhood include: states, territories, Native American tribes and tribal organizations, and public and nonprofit community entities (including public and private nonprofit post-secondary educational institutions). Individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible. The eligible applicants under the Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services program are: Indian tribes and Alaska Native regional non-profits that administer a Tribal TANF program or a consortia of two or more Indian tribes.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Persons who may benefit from the assistance includes, individuals, couples, and youth in need of assistance with Healthy Marriage services. For the Responsible Fatherhood programs, beneficiaries are fathers (with children who are up to age 24) interested in Responsible Fatherhood activities, including parenting education, economic stability services, and marriage and relationship education (recipients may not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, or religion) . Tribal TANF Child Welfare 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. No applications are currently being accepted. Applicants may find NOFOs on
Award Procedure
The previous competitive award for all three programs under this listing was conducted in September 2020 for a 5-year project period. We do not anticipate the making of new awards until 2025, assuming congressional appropriation. The award procedure for the most recent cohort was: Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in the NOFO. 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. ACF reserves the right to evaluate applications in the larger context of the overall portfolio by considering geographic distribution of federal funds (e.g., ensuring coverage of states, counties, or service areas) in its pre-award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. Applications may be funded in whole or in part. Successful applicants may be funded at an amount lower than requested.
June 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020 Application Due Date: 07/01/2020 Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. All awards were approved/disapproved by September 2020. Non-Competitive Continuations awards will be approved/disapproved by September 2023.
Not applicable.
More than 180 days. 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 using the criteria described in Section V.1 Criteria of the published HMRF and TT-CW NOFOs.
How may assistance be used?
Healthy Marriage Promotion activities include the following: (I) Public advertising campaigns on the value of marriage and the skills needed to increase marital stability and health. (II) Education in high schools on the value of marriage, relationship skills, and budgeting. (III) Marriage education, marriage skills, and relationship skills programs, that may include parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution, and job and career advancement. (IV) Pre-marital education and marriage skills training for engaged couples and for couples or individuals interested in marriage. (V) Marriage enhancement and marriage skills training programs for married couples. (VI) Divorce reduction programs that teach relationship skills. (VII) Marriage mentoring programs which use married couples as role models and mentors in at-risk communities. (VIII) Programs to reduce the disincentives to marriage in means-tested aid programs, if offered in conjunction with any activity described in this subparagraph. Responsible Fatherhood activities include: (I) Activities to promote marriage or sustain marriage through activities such as counseling, mentoring, disseminating information about the benefits of marriage and 2-parent involvement for children, enhancing relationship skills, education regarding how to control aggressive behavior, disseminating information on the causes of domestic violence and child abuse, marriage preparation programs, premarital counseling, marital inventories, skills-based marriage education, financial planning seminars, including improving a family's ability to effectively manage family business affairs by means such as education, counseling, or mentoring on matters related to family finances, including household management, budgeting, banking, and handling of financial transactions and home maintenance, and divorce education and reduction programs, including mediation and counseling. (II) Activities to promote responsible parenting through activities such as counseling, mentoring, and mediation, disseminating information about good parenting practices, skills-based parenting education, encouraging child support payments, and other methods. (III) Activities to foster economic stability by helping fathers improve their economic status by providing activities such as work first services, job search, job training, subsidized employment, job retention, job enhancement, and encouraging education, including career-advancing education, dissemination of employment materials, coordination with existing employment services such as welfare-to-work programs, referrals to local employment training initiatives, and other methods. For TTCW, recipients may use funds to (I) to improve case management for families eligible for assistance from such a tribal program; (II) to provide supportive services and assistance to tribal children in out-of-home placements and the tribal families caring for such children, including families who adopt such children; and (III) to provide prevention services and assistance to tribal families at risk of child abuse and neglect.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance progress reports are required using the SF-PPR ACF Performance Progress Report. The frequency of reporting will be listed in the NOFO and in the award terms and conditions. For more information, see: Performance reports include information obtained from submitted semi-annual reports, site visits, and technical assistance provision conducted during biennial meetings.
Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.
All records are to be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The awards are made for a five year project period, with annual appropriations for both HMRF and TT-CW. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a recipient may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Millicent Crawford
Office of Family Assistance (OFA), 330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 USA
Phone: 202-205-8184
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$57,736,737.00; FY 23 est $57,736,737.00; FY 24 est $57,736,737.00; FY 21$58,840,340.00; FY 20$59,589,340.00; FY 19$101,878,609.00; FY 18$106,885,142.00; FY 17$108,704,468.00; FY 16$113,460,060.00; - Healthy Marriage including services to high-school aged youth.(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$58,316,854.00; FY 23 est $58,316,854.00; FY 24 est $58,316,854.00; FY 21$58,316,854.00; FY 20$59,316,854.00; - Responsible Fatherhood(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$1,800,000.00; FY 23 est $1,800,000.00; FY 24 est $1,800,000.00; FY 21$1,800,000.00; FY 20$1,800,000.00; - TTCW discretionary funds
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For the FY 2020 cohort, which was the most recent, the range of assistance under HM program is $577,000 - $1,500,000. The average award is $1,182,412. The range of assistance under RF program is $508,000 - $1,500,000. The average award is $1,022,704. The average award is $225,000 per budget period for TTCW.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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