Welfare Reform Research, Evaluations and National Studies

To support research on the benefits, effects, and costs of operating different State welfare programs, including studies on the effects of different programs and the operation of such programs on welfare dependency, employment rates, child well-being, family formation and healthy marriage, illegitimacy,
teen pregnancy, and others; to assist States in developing and evaluating innovative approaches for reducing welfare dependency and increasing the well-being of minor children living at home.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, we funded the Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families, the Family Self-Sufficiency Research Consortium Data Center, a Research Initiative on Insular Areas, in the Virgin Islands, and the Self Sufficiency Clearinghouse.

Fiscal Year 2017: We anticipate funding similar types of projects in fiscal year 2017.

More information describing research and evaluation projects supported by these funds can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/.

Fiscal Year 2018: We anticipate funding similar projects in fiscal year 2018.

More information describing research and evaluation projects supported by these funds can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/.


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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the appropriate ACF Regional Administrator.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.).



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Auburn University $ 395,652   2005-09-302011-09-29
Oklahoma State University $ 132,882   2005-09-302009-09-30
Florida State University $ 136,856   2005-09-302009-09-29
Rutgers The State University Of New Jerse $ 86,308   2006-07-012006-09-30
Ok St Department Of Human Services $ 191,628   2005-07-012005-09-30
National Council On Family Relations $ 699,755   2005-07-012005-09-30
Ca St Department Of Social Services $ 100,000   2005-07-012005-09-30
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Inc. $ 90,260   2005-07-012005-09-30
Florida State University $ 199,002   2005-07-012005-09-30
Johns Hopkins University $ 198,379   2005-07-012005-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016 4 grants were awarded, 3 non-competing continuations, and 1 new award. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 2 grants will be awarded in FY 2017, all non-competing continuations. Fiscal Year 2018: It is anticipated that one 1 grants will be awarded in FY 2018, a non-competing continuation.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts are awarded for innovative research, demonstrations, and evaluations that are responsive to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) program priorities.

All applications must meet standards of excellence in research, demonstration, or evaluation design.

Construction or the purchase of real estate are not allowable under these grants.

Further, these funds may not be used to supplement the cost of program operations otherwise capped under the law.

Organizations may not use funds under these grants to engage in inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytizing.

In addition, an organization receiving ACF funds shall not, in providing ACF-funded services, discriminate against a program beneficiary or prospective program beneficiary on the basis of religion or religious belief.

Regulations pertaining to the Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, which include the prohibition against Federal funding of inherently religious activities, as well a provisions related to nondiscrimination against religious organizations and the ability of religious organizations to maintain their religious character, can be found at either 45 CFR 87.1 or the HHS web site at http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/about/regulations.

Funds may be used for research on the benefits, effects, and costs of operating different State programs funded under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program and evaluations of innovative approaches to reducing welfare dependency and increasing child well-being.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants and cooperative agreements may be made to or with governmental entities, colleges, universities, nonprofit and for-profit organizations (if fee is waived), and faith- and community-based organizations.

Grants or cooperative agreements cannot be made directly to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children, youth, and families, especially low-income families, will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the project involves the use of other agencies, facilities, or services. Nonprofit organizations which have not previously received ACF program support must submit proof of nonprofit status. For State and local governments, costs will be determined in accordance with Chapter II Part 200 and Chapter III Part 300 45 CFR 75 and other grantees, applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants will be able to find a synopsis of grant or cooperative agreement opportunities and apply electronically for opportunities via: www.grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of grant announcements on the ACF web site located at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/index.html.

Award Procedures

Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Award (NOA). This provides the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the terms and conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the total project period for which support is contemplated, and the total grantee participation.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Public Law 115-31.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 365 days. Generally, solicited grants and cooperative agreements will be acted upon within 120 days.

Appeals

Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.

Renewals

Grant extensions and continuations are available if formally applied for and approved. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more years, the grantee must submit a formal request for a non-competitive continuation application each year accompanied by a progress report which will be evaluated prior to a recommendation of continuation.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Grantees are often required to share in the cost of projects. Cost sharing may range up to 25 percent of the total approved project cost for grants or cooperative agreements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are granted on a 1- to 5-year basis, with support beyond the first year contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress, continuing program relevance, and availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down awards. For additional information on this process see: http://www.dpm.psc.gov/grant_recipient/new_grantee_information/hhs_grantee_info.aspx?explorer.event=true.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Grantees are required to submit performance progress reports (ACF-OGM-SF-PPR) throughout the project period.

Performance progress reports are due 30 days after the reporting period.

Final performance progress reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period.reporting forms are available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html.

Grantees are required to submit program financial expenditure reports throughout the project period.

Financial reports are due 30 days after the reporting period.

Final financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period.

Grantees will use the Financial Status Report (FSR) SF-425 for required financial reporting.

Reporting forms are available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/grants_resources.html.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

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. All fiscal transactions identifiable to Federal financial assistance are subject to audit by the HHS audit agency, and other Federal officials.

Records

Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant number and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved, or at the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1553-0-1-609.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,553,995; FY 17 est $949,961; and FY 18 est $500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of $99,979 to $599,936, with an Average of $375,495.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A variety of guidance on grants can be found at www.grants.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate ACF Regional Administrator. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.).

Headquarters Office

Emily Ball Jabbour 26 Federal Plaza, 41st Floor Room 4114, New York, New York 10278 Email: Emily.Ball@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 212-264-2890 x273

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications may be funded in whole or in part depending on: (1) the ranked order of applicants resulting from competitive review; (2) staff review and consultations; (3) the combination of projects that best meet the information needs of the program; (4) the funds available; and (5) other relevant considerations. Typical criteria include project cost and budget justification, the qualification of the principal investigator and organization, the quality of approach and methodologies employed, and results and the programs objectives and results and benefits expected. Specific criteria for selecting recipients under individual funding announcements under this program are published in www.Grants.gov for grant announcement.



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