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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, Agency, IHE, or School District to Assist Vulnerable Youth

National Communication System (NCS) for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.623
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACF-ACYF-CY-0009
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/09/23 4:30 PM ET Receipt of Paper Applications; 11:59 PM ET Receipt of Electronic Submissions Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, for-profit organization, government agency, tribe, IHE, or school district to operate a national program to assist vulnerable youth. Applicants are advised that required registration may take up to several weeks to complete. Eligible programs will focus on the following goals: prevent youth from running away and becoming homeless, and link youth with a family member or guardian, and/or an available resource that can provide and/or assist the youth in acquiring needed services.

The NCS Program assists young people in communicating with their families and service providers. The NCS also provides crisis-interventions to youth who may be considering leaving home, youth who have left home, and youth experiencing homelessness. The NCS Program provides confidential, safe, and inclusive crisis services, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year throughout the United States and its territories to ensure youth and families have a place to reach out for assistance when needed. The NCS Program focuses on the following:

  • Providing youth in crisis, youth who have run away, or youth who are experiencing homelessness, and their families, with a no-cost communication system to exchange messages or have conference calls with one another.
  • Identifying resources for youth contemplating running away, youth who have run away, and youth experiencing homelessness in areas where the youth are located.
  • Delivering crisis intervention to youth and families, when appropriate, to address problems and issues that surface during contact, via telephone, chat, email, and/or text.
  • Providing prevention counseling and referrals to youth in crisis and youth contemplating running away.
  • Facilitating access to transportation services, when appropriate, or to shelters, housing, counseling, medical assistance, and other vital services for youth who have run away from home or are experiencing housing instability, or homelessness.
  • Providing families or guardians with support and referrals to organizations and agencies that may be able to assist them with preventing their youth from running away or becoming homeless. This may include information about shelters, counseling, medical assistance, and other critical services.
  • Maintaining and building the database of services and resources available for youth and families reaching out to the NCS crisis services.
  • Conducting outreach (online and off-line) to young people, including those at risk of running away or becoming homelessness, and youth from historically marginalized populations.
  • Designing and disseminating resources and information on running away and youth homelessness prevention.
  • Increasing the visibility of the NCS Program through collaboration; partnerships; and engagement with young people, service providers, youth-serving organizations, schools, and other key and diverse stakeholders nationwide.
  • Expanding opportunities for supported youth engagement, through listening sessions, product development, marketing, and other leadership opportunities.
  • Ensuring services are inclusive and accessible to all young people and their families, including, but not limited to, individuals and families from multiple racial and ethnic groups, youth who identify as LGBTQIA2S+; people with disabilities, youth and families with lower incomes; youth and families who live in rural areas; and other historically marginalized and underserved youth and families.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Public (state and local) and private non-profit entities, and coordinated networks of such entities are eligible to apply for a RHY Program grant unless they are part of the juvenile justice system. (45 CFR § 1351.11).

In accordance with section 331 of the RHY Act, priority will be given to applicants that have experience in providing telephone services to vulnerable youth, at-risk youth, and runaway and homeless youth. Telephone services include calls, emails, texts/short message services (SMS), and chat.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity. See Section III.3. Other, Application Disqualification Factors.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity. Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

Pre-Application Information
Due Date for Applications: 06/09/2023

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 pm ET on the due date listed above.

The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 pm ET on the due date listed above.

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applicants will be notified of a disqualification determination by email or by USPS postal mail within 30 federal business days from the closing date of this FOA.

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: Grantees must provide at least 10 percent of the total approved cost of the project.

In addition to the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR), a point of contact on matters involving the application must also be identified. The point of contact, known as the Project Director or Principal Investigator, should not be identical to the person identified as the AOR.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $1,800,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $1,000,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award: $1,800,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract
Length of Project Periods: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods

Contact Information
Program Office Contact
Christopher Holloway
Administration for Children and Families
Family and Youth Services Bureau
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street S.W.
Washington DC 20201
(202) 205-9560

Office of Grants Management Contact
Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grant Management
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington , DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-5127

Address to Request Application Package:

FYSB Operations Center c/o F2 Solutions
Attn: National Communication System for Runaway and Homeless Youth Program
1401 Mercantile Lane
Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

RFP & Supporting Documents
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