Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development Grants


Opportunity ID: 329059
Opportunity Number: HHS-2021-ACF-OPRE-PE-1944
Opportunity Title: Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development Grants
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.595
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: The statutory authority for this funding opportunity does not limit eligible entities to receive this funding. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
Agency Code: HHS-ACF-OPRE
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families – OPRE
Posted Date: Sep 15, 2020
Last Updated Date: Mar 25, 2021
Estimated Synopsis Post Date: Apr 30, 2021
Fiscal Year: 2021
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $150,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 20
Description: The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) anticipates soliciting applications for the Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development Projects to support planning for and execution of evaluation-related activities by eligible entities that serve low-income families with children. These cooperative agreements are intended for entities looking to strengthen and evaluate coordinated, client-centered approaches to improving family self-sufficiency. Participating organizations will not only contribute to the evidence base on interventions serving low-income families with children but also increase their capacity to conduct research and evaluation, use data to improve program outcomes, and demonstrate the value of their program to stakeholders. OPRE seeks grantees who aim to develop and assess multi-faceted approaches to improve family self-sufficiency and well-being and who are part of the network of services available to families eligible for or at risk of becoming eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Interventions should target outcomes related to employment (e.g., removing barriers to employment, increased earnings, career advancement) and at least one other outcome related to family well-being, such as education, health, food security, financial security, or social capital. The goal of this funding is to help grantees advance toward developing comprehensive evidence-informed interventions that improve client outcomes. Funds may not be used for program services (i.e., cash assistance, support services, etc.). Grantees should, at minimum, have conceptualized an intervention to improve self-sufficiency among low-income families, including TANF eligible families, and have an interest in ultimately evaluating that intervention. Grantees will work with a federally funded, third-party evaluation technical assistance provider who will provide tailored support to recipients to further develop and move toward evaluating their interventions. For example, grantees who are in the early stages of designing an intervention may receive support to create a program logic model, while grantees who have already implemented an intervention may receive support to design and execute a pilot evaluation. These 24-month cooperative agreements, with two 12-month budget periods, can fund program design, evaluation planning, and small-scale studies to assess demonstrations’ implementation or effectiveness.
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Modification Comments: This modification updates the estimated post date.

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