Social Services Block Grant
To enable each State to furnish social services best suited to the needs of the individuals residing in the State. Federal block grant funds may be used to provide services directed toward one of the following five goals specified in the law: (1) To prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency; (2) to achieve or maintain self-sufficiency; (3) to prevent neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults; (4) to prevent or reduce inappropriate institutional care; and (5) to secure admission or referral for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: FY 2014 57 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 57 grants will be awarded in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 67 grants will be awarded in FY 2016.
Social Security Act, Title XX, as amended; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, as amended, Public Law 97-35; Jobs Training Bill, Public Law 98-8 and 473; Medicaid and Medicare Patient and Program Act of 1987; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Public Law 100-203; Family Support Act of 1998, Public Law 100-485; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, Public Law 106-66, 42 U.S.C 1397 ET seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.
Under Title XX, each eligible jurisdiction determines the services that will be provided and the individuals that will be eligible to receive services.
Prior to expenditure of funds, the State must report on the intended use of the payments the State is to receive, including information on the types of activities to be supported and the categories or characteristics of individuals to be served. 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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submission of a pre-expenditure report application is required.
States are awarded funds quarterly.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
See 45 CFR, Part 16, Procedures of the Departmental Appeals Board.
How are proposals selected?
All States, the District of Columbia, and the five other jurisdictions will receive their share of funds if they submit a pre-expenditure report that meets the requirements.
How may assistance be used?
Federal funds may be used by States for the proper and efficient operation of social service programs. Except for items (1) and (4) below, for which a waiver from the Secretary may be requested, Federal funds cannot be used for the following: (1) The purchase or improvement of land, or the purchase, construction, or permanent improvement of any building or other facility; (2) the provision of cash payments for costs of subsistence or the provision of room and board (other than costs of subsistence during rehabilitation, room and board provided for a short term as an integral but subordinate part of a social service, or temporary shelter provided as a protective service); (3) the payment of wages to any individual as a social service (other than payment of wages to welfare recipients employed in the provision of child day care services); (4) the provision of medical care (other than family planning services, rehabilitation services or initial detoxification of an alcoholic or drug dependent individual) unless it is an integral but subordinate part of a social service for which grants may be used; (5) social services (except services to an alcoholic or drug dependent individual or rehabilitation services) provided in and by employees of any hospital, skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility, or prison, to any individual living in such institution; (6) the provision of any educational service which the State makes generally available to its residents without cost and without regard to their income; (7) any child day care service unless such service meets applicable standards of State and local law; (8) the provision of cash payments as a service; or (9) for payment for any item or service (other than an emergency item or service) furnished by an individual or entity during the period when such individual or entity is excluded pursuant to Section 1128 or Section 1128(A) of the Social Security Act from participation in this program; or at the medical direction or on the prescription of a physician during the period when the physician is excluded based on Section 1128 or 1128(A) from participation in the program and when the person furnishing such item or service knew or had reason to know of the exclusion (after a reasonable time period after reasonable notice has been furnished to the person). A State may transfer up to 10 percent of its allotment for any fiscal year to the preventive health and health services, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health services, maternal and child health services, and low-income home energy assistance block grants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
An annual report of intended use of funds is required. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. A post-expenditure report is required. 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.
States are required to maintain records documenting the purposes for which expenditures were made.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 45, Chapter 96.71, Part 96, Subpart G, Public Law 97-35. Provides the requirements for the statutory formula and administrative rule.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded quarterly on a fiscal year basis. The Electronic Transfer System will be used based on quarterly grant awards for monthly cash draws from Federal Reserve Banks. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Local Office: Not applicable. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices.).
Seth Hassett 901 D Street, S.W., 5th Floor - Room 5A165, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: email@example.com
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $1,577,600,000; FY 15 est $1,575,900,000; and FY 16 est $2,000,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$36,087 to $194.063,454 ; $28,303,508.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 96.
Examples of Funded Projects