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
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: 301 grants were awarded, to include 108 grant awards for new start programs and 193 grant awards were made to continue existing programs. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that a total of 295 grants will be awarded, to include 89 for new start programs and 206 grant awards to support existing programs. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that a total of 306 grants will be awarded, to include 105 for new start programs and 201 grant awards to support existing programs.
Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act, Public Law 110-378 A.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Runaway and homeless youth and their families are the beneficiaries. Services can be provided to youth up to the age of 18.
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. 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 required. 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 applications are reviewed by a panel of nonfederal experts which assigns scores according to the 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 recommendations to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decisions.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Awards are generally made for 3-year project periods; funding for the second and third year is dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
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 Announcement located on the following website address:
How may assistance be used?
Each Basic Center Program is required to provide outreach to runaway and homeless youth; 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?
No program reports are required. SF-425 Financial reports are due semi-annually. A final report is due 90 days after conclusion of project period. Performance progress reports are due semi-annually. A final report is due 90 days after conclusion of the project period. SF-425 reports are submitted semi-annually. Federal program specialists conduct site monitoring visits in concert with information from the RHYMIS to assess performance. Each grantee also submits semi-annual performance progress reports.
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 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever occurs first.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Public Law Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act. The statute contains a formula for allocation of funds by State. It is based on the population of each State under age 18 as a proportion of the current national population under age 18.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. Federal share of grant is up to 90 percent. The nonfederal share may be in cash or in-kind contributions. The statute contains a formula for allocation of funds by State. It is based on the population of each State under age 18 as a proportion of the current national population under age 18.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded competitively for project periods of up to 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Method of awarding/releasing assistance: annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact: Administration for Children and Families, Regional Offices, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Adolescent Development and Support (See Appendix IV of this Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices.).
Headquarters Office
Christopher Holloway 1250 Maryland Ave, SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Phone: (202) 205-9560
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $50,855,631; FY 15 est $50,915,000; and FY 16 est $51,495,100
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100,000 to $200,000 per budget period. Average $162,778.
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.

Information is also available through the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, 5515 Security Lane, Suite 800, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 608-8098. Fax: (301) 608-8721. The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth website address is
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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