Mentoring Children of Prisoners


To provide competitive grants to applicants in areas with significant numbers of children of prisoners to support the establishment and operation of programs using a network of public and private entities and to provide mentoring services for these children. No funding has been provided for the MCP program since FY 2011.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
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: N/A. Fiscal Year 2015: N/A. Fiscal Year 2016: N/A.
Section 439 of the Social Security Act as amended by the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 (, Public Law 109-288.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Those eligible to apply for funding under this grant competition include applicants in areas where there are substantial numbers of children of prisoners. Applicants must establish or expand and operate programs using a network of public and private entities to provide this mentoring. This includes any State or local government unit, Tribe and Tribal organization, private nonprofit, community and faith based groups. No funding has been provided for the MCP program since FY 2011.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children of prisoners ages 4 through 18 will benefit.
Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Public Law 107-133. 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
Consultation or assistance is available from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. The standard application forms furnished by DHHS and required by 2 CFR 200 (Chapter II Part 200) must be used for this program. (NOTE: State/territory participation in the intergovernmental review process does not signify applicant eligibility for financial assistance under a program. A potential applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of the program for which it is applying prior to submitting an application to its SPOC). 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. Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424 must be submitted. Specific instructions are published via the Internet under the Form section at the following website address:
Award Procedure
All applicants are reviewed by a panel of nonfederal experts which assigns scores according to published criteria. The panel's scores are factored into the recommendations for funding. Scores and recommendations are reviewed by the Associate Commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, who makes the recommendations to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decision.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
The initial grant award is for a 12-month budget period. A non-competitive application is required for a 12-month continuation grant to be awarded in each of two subsequent years subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress on the part of the grantee, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the Federal Government.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be evaluated based upon the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement located on the following website address:
How may assistance be used?
Provide mentoring and support services to urban and/or suburban populations with substantial numbers of children with incarcerated parents.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Applicants must submit quarterly performance reports, semi-annual financial reports, and agree to submit other required program and financial reports, as instructed by FYSB. Financial SF-425 reports are due semi-annually. Performance reports are due quarterly. Financial SF-425 reports are due semi-annually. No performance monitoring is required.
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: Grantee must provide a nonfederal share or match of at least 25 percent of the total project budget in the first and second years of the project. In the third year, the grantee must provide a nonfederal share or match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget. The nonfederal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions although applicants are encouraged to meet their Federal match requirements through cash contributions. There is no match requirement for the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Voucher Program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will be awarded for a period of 36 months with 12 month budget periods. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Debbie Powell. Telephone: (202) 205-8102. FTS is not available.
Headquarters Office
Curtis Porter 1250 Maryland Ave, SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: 202.205.8306
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - No funding has been provided for the MCP program since FY 2011.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact Headquarters office listed below for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website at the following address under the "Policy and Legislative Documents" link.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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