Healthy Marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants

Included three objectives: (1) To fund Healthy Marriage Promotion activities that will help couples, who have chosen marriage for themselves, gain greater access to marriage education services on a voluntary basis.

These services will help couples acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to
form and sustain a healthy marriage; (2) To fund Responsible Fatherhood promotion activities specifically designed to promote responsible fatherhood to reverse the rise in father absence and its subsequent impact on our nation's children.

ACF will award these funds on a competitive basis to States, territories, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and public and nonprofit community entities, including faith-based organizations; and (3) Award competitive based demonstration projects designed to test the effectiveness of tribal governments or tribal consortia in coordinating the provision to tribal families at risk of child abuse or neglect of child welfare services and services under tribal programs funded under this part.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
U.s. Committee For Refugees And Immigrants, Inc. $ 3,000,000   2020-09-302025-09-29
Jewish Family & Children's Service Of The Suncoast, Inc. $ 2,963,554   2020-09-302025-09-29
Office Of Samoan Affairs Of California, Incorporated $ 1,499,998   2020-09-302025-09-29
University Of Miami $ 2,969,998   2020-09-302025-09-29
More Than Conquerors, Inc $ 3,000,000   2020-09-302025-09-29
Youth And Family Services, Inc. $ 1,498,304   2020-09-302025-09-29
The Parenting Center $ 2,998,142   2020-09-302025-09-29
Avance $ 1,999,998   2020-09-302025-09-29
Champions For Children Inc $ 2,499,994   2020-09-302025-09-29
Foothill Family Service $ 1,480,000   2020-09-302025-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, 100 continuations grants were awarded in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: It is projected that 100 continuation awards will be awarded in FY 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: It is projected that 100 continuation awards will be awarded in FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Secretary may not award funds on a noncompetitive basis, and may not provide any such funds to an entity for the purpose of carrying out healthy marriage promotion activities or for the purpose of carrying out activities promoting responsible fatherhood unless the entity has submitted to the Secretary an application which describes how the programs or activities proposed in the application will address, as appropriate, issues of domestic violence; and what the applicant will do, to the extent relevant, to ensure that participation in the programs or activities is voluntary, and to inform potential participants that their participation is voluntary; and contains a commitment by the entity to not use the funds for any other purpose; and to consult with experts in domestic violence or relevant community domestic violence coalitions in developing the programs and activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grant Program (HMRE) is part of the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) efforts to promote HMRE at the community level.

The Healthy Marriage program funds organizations that combine marriage and relationship education efforts with a robust effort to address participation barriers and the economic stability needs of their participants.

The programs directly, or through the affiliates or partners with which they are collaborating, have a physical presence in a community, city, or county where services are provided. The New Pathways for Fathers and Families Grant Program (New Pathways) is part of the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) efforts to support responsible fatherhood.

The New Pathways program funds projects that integrate robust economic stability services, healthy marriage activities, and activities designed to foster responsible parenting. The Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility Project (ReFORM) is a part of the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) efforts to support responsible fatherhood and ex-prisoner initiatives.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Families, couples, individuals in need of assistance with Healthy Marriage services, including marriage enhancement and relationship education and Responsible Fatherhood activities, including parenting education, economic stability services. In general these funds assist in the efforts to enhance and expand the ability of States, Native American governments, local governments, for-profit organizations, non-profit community organizations and other public entities to provide family formation and responsible fatherhood services to those in need.


Any nonprofit agency was required to provide proof of its nonprofit status through one of the following: (a) A reference to the applicant organization's listing in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS code. (b) A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate (c) A statement from a State taxing body, State Attorney General, or other appropriate State official certifying that the applicant organization has a nonprofit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals. (d) A certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status. (e) Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization if it's local nonprofit affiliate. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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 Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants needed to complete all the standard forms required for making application for awards under this announcement. Applicants that requested financial assistance submitted Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B and the associated certifications and assurances. Specific instructions were published in the official program announcement.

Award Procedures

Applications received by the due date were reviewed and scored competitively. Peer reviewers, generally persons from outside the Federal government, used the evaluation criteria listed in Section V of the Funding Opportunity Announcement to review and score the applications. The results of the review were a primary factor in making funding decisions. ACF also had the option to solicit comments from other Federal agencies. ACF had the option to consider a variety of factors in addition to the review criteria identified above, including geographic diversity/coverage and types of applicant organizations, in order to ensure that the interests of the Federal Government are met in making the final selections. The successful applicants were notified through issuance of a Financial Assistance Award document which sets forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, and the total project period for which support is contemplated. In accordance with the authorizing legislation, preference was given to those applicants that were awarded any prior Responsible Fatherhood, Healthy Marriage, or Tribal Child Welfare funds between 2005 and 2010 and that have demonstrated the ability to have successfully carried out their program.


Not Applicable.


Social Security Act, Title IV, Part A, Section 403; The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA), Public Law 111-291.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: All grants were approved/disapproved by September 2015.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The grants awarded in September 2015 were awarded for a five year project period, with annual appropriations. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi -Annual progress reports.

No cash reports are required.

Semi -Annual progress reports.

Semi-annual progress reports (SF-425).

Semi -Annual progress reports, site visits and annual meetings.


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 for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever occurs first.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $113,460,060; FY 17 est $1,131,153,700; and FY 18 est $111,615,370

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grants range from $350,000 to $2,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Robin McDonald, Office of Family Assistance (OFA), 330 C Street SW, Washington DC 20201, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (202) 401-5587.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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