Basic Center Grant
The purpose of Part A of the RHY Act (Runaway and Homeless Youth Grant Program) is to establish or strengthen locally controlled community-based programs that address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Services must be delivered outside of the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. The goals and objectives of the Basic Center Program are to: 1) alleviate problems of runaway and homeless youth; 2) reunite youth with their families, if deemed safe, and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling and other services; 3) strengthen family relationships and encourage stable living conditions for youth; and 4) help youth decide on constructive courses of action.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
It is anticipated that a total of 288 grants will be awarded, to include 95 for new start programs and 193 grant awards to support existing programs. A total of 296 grants were awarded, to include 98 for new programs and 198 grant awards to support existing programs.Fiscal Year 2017
In 2017 a total of 282 grant awards were made, to include 101 for new programs and 181 grant awards to support existing programs.Fiscal Year 2018
A total of 281 grants were awarded, with 85 being new awards and 196 awards to support existing programs.Fiscal Year 2019
It is anticipated a total of 281 grants will be awarded with 99 being new awards and 182 awards to support existing programs.Fiscal Year 2020
It is anticipated a total of 263 grants will be awarded with 78 being new awards and 185 awards to support existing programs.
Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, Title III, Part A, Section 311, Public Law 110-378 , 34 U.S.C. 11001
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States, localities, private entities, and coordinated networks of such entities are eligible to apply for a Basic Center Program grant unless they are part of the law enforcement structure or the juvenile justice system. Federally recognized Indian organizations are also eligible to apply for grants as private, non-profit agencies.
Runaway and homeless youth and their families are the beneficiaries. Services can be provided to youth up to the age of 18.
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. Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 75 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
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. 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.
All applications are reviewed by panels of nonfederal experts which assigns scores according to the published evaluation criteria. The panels' 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 recommendations to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decisions. Recipients are notified that funds have been awarded through a Notice of Award (NOA) issued by the Administration for Children and Families. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Awards are generally made for 3-year project periods with three 12-month budget periods. 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?
An assessment is made on the basis of the degree to which: (1) the likelihood that the proposal will provide necessary services including emergency shelter, counseling, and aftercare to runaway and other homeless youth and their families; (2) reasonableness of cost of these services; and (3) qualifications of staff. Applications will be evaluated based on the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity
How may assistance be used?
Each Basic Center Program is required to provide outreach to runaway and homeless youth; street-based services to youth victims of trafficking; temporary shelter for up to twenty one (21) days; food; clothing; individual, group and family counseling; aftercare and referrals, as appropriate. Basic Center Programs are required to provide their services in residential settings for no more than twenty (20) youth unless a state or local law or regulation requires a higher maximum to comply with licensure requirements for facilities serving child and youth. Some programs also provide part or all of their shelter services through host homes (usually private homes under contract to the centers), with counseling and referrals being provided from a central location. Basic Center Programs offer shelter to youth who are less than 18 years of age and who are at risk of separation from their family.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Federal program specialists conduct on-site monitoring visits in concert with the information from RHY-HMIS to assess performance.
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 is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. 10%. Federal share of grant is up to 90 percent. The nonfederal share may be in cash or in-kind contributions.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded competitively for project periods of up to three years, with three 12-month budget periods. Annually
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact: Administration for Children and Families, Regional Offices, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Adolescent Development and Support
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$54,434,142.00; FY 19 est $54,230,350.00; FY 20 est $48,218,848.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100,000 to $200,000 per budget period. Average $168,535
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 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb under the "About" section. Information is also available through the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families, 4340 East-West Highway Suite 1100 Bethesda, MD 20814. Telephone: 833-438-7494. The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families website is https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov and the email address is address is GetRHYi@NCHYF.org
Examples of Funded Projects