TANF Policy Academy for Innovative Employment Strategies (PAIES)


The TANF PAIES project will work with successful state TANF applicants to design, plan and refine components and strategies to improve employment outcomes for TANF program participants. Through the development of strategic action, implementation, and evaluation feasibility plans, successful applicants will focus on developing client coaching and/or career pathway approaches to improve employment outcomes and economic stability for TANF participants.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018, six applications were received. Two states received two cooperative agreements each. There were a total of four cooperative agreements awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is anticipated that no new cooperative agreements will be awarded.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is anticipated that no new cooperative agreements will be awarded.
Social Security Act as amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (P.L. No. 115-31), Title IV, Part A, Section 413
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State (including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) human services agencies are eligible to receive assistance. Application from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
TANF recipients and TANF eligible individuals
Not applicable.
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. Applicants may find funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) at: https://www.grants.gov and at the ACF website https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/.
Award Procedure
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 FOA. 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 may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. ACF reserves the right to consider preferences to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those populations located in pockets of poverty. ACF will also consider the geographic distribution of federal funds in its award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205). Approved grant applications will receive an official notice of award, detailing the amount of funds awarded; the purpose, terms and conditions of the award; and the budget period for which support is given.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
From 60 to 90 days. There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. For existing recipients, appeals in regards to disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are stated in the FOA.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance must be used in accordance with the following provisions of 413 (a), (c), and (h) of the Social Security Act as revised: Section 413(a) - The Secretary shall conduct research on the effect of state programs funded under this part and any other state programs funded with qualified State expenditures (as defined in section 409(a)(7)(B)(i)) on employment, self-sufficiency, child well-being, unmarried births, marriage, poverty, economic mobility, and other factors as determined by the Secretary. Additionally, Section 413(c) states that the Secretary shall in consultation with the State receiving funds provided under this part, develop methods of disseminating information on any research, evaluation, or study conducted under this section. Specifically, for this round of funding, the TANF PAIES will assist states to develop strategic action, implementation, and evaluation feasibility plans. States will create client coaching and/or career pathway approaches to improve employment outcomes and economic stability for TANF participants.
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 FOA and in the award terms and conditions. For more information, see: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/discretionary-post-award-requirements#chapter-2.
. 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant and including all receipts and expenditures, must 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 project and budget period is 18 months. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may drawn down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Lisa Washington-Thomas
330 C Street, SW, Suite 3026
Washington, DC 20002 US
Phone: 2024015141
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$500,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For Fiscal Year 2018, the grants were $125,000 each.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 District of Columbia, Department of Human Service- TANF Employment Program - District of Columbia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program will ensure that the 11,000 families and 21,000 children served by this program will have greater opportunity to move towards self-sufficiency. DC will serve two high-poverty communities where over 50% of the applicant's TANF beneficiaries reside. Funds will be used to expand an existing pilot coaching model to all TANF recipients living in those two communities. The coaching model will benefit these communities through increased engagement and ultimately improved employment outcomes. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services - Ohio’s TANF program aims to serve Ohio young adults (18-24) without high school degrees who were not in school or working. In FY 16, Ohio had 28,607 teen TANF recipients and almost 700 teen recipient parents. Young adults living in families receiving TANF and in other low-income families are one of Ohio’s most vulnerable populations. Many have grown up in poverty and experienced significant stress and trauma. These young adults suffer from a deficit of work readiness skills that often highlight their personal and economic issues. Ohio is proposing to develop a comprehensive plan to incorporate a coaching strategy case management model statewide leveraging an existing coaching pilot to improve work readiness and outcomes.


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