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Improving Child Welfare Through Investing in Family

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Tribal Entities for Improvements to the Foster Care System

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) - Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

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Deadline Date:

06/29/21 Electronic Submissions - 11:59 PM ET Receipt. Paper Applications - 4:30 PM ET Receipt.


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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, IHEs, Native American Tribal entities, and faith-based and community organizations for improvements to the foster care system. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Projects funded under this FOA will implement and evaluate a set of practices and interventions that focus on the following two goals that invest in the family: kinship preparation, development, and support services; and promoting shared parenting between all out-of-home caregivers and children's parents to ensure parents and families remain actively involved in normal child-rearing activities and children have opportunities for normalcy.

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to award (5) cooperative agreements to implement and evaluate practices and interventions that: provide an array of kinship preparation services and on-going kinship supports based on a comprehensive review of local and national data on challenges and successes, improving permanency and well-being outcomes for families with children in kinship care; and promote co-parenting/shared parenting principles that build trusting relationships between caregivers and parents to ensure parents remain actively involved in normal child-rearing activities (including relative/kinship caregivers and non-related resource families). These demonstration grants will secure strong partnerships needed for effective and efficient selection of practices and interventions, program implementation, and evaluation activities. The grants will also meaningfully engage parents, relatives, kin caregivers, youth, foster parents and alumni of foster care who have lived foster care experience throughout the project.

Each project will:

  • Develop, implement, and promote a comprehensive Kinship Caregiver Program (relatives/kin) that encourages, prepares, supports, and sustains these placements;
  • Develop, implement, and promote a set of values, policies, practice expectations, and staff development strategies that holistically support shared parenting between families with children in foster care and the various types of resource families that temporarily care for these children;
  • Create systemic change through intentional policy, practice, and culture shifts of child welfare agency staff, service providers, courts, and other stakeholders that promote comprehensively supporting kinship caregivers; and
  • Evaluate the impact of the promising practices and interventions implemented on child and family outcomes, expecting improvements in appropriate permanency and wellbeing outcomes for families with children in foster care.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195903

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

5 cooperative agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $500,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $400,000 Per Budget Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $500,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

- The project period will be 5 years.
- Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021
- Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

CB will accept applications that represent partnerships among organizations with relevant experience. Applicants may subcontract with organizations specializing in their assigned tasks. Applications from collaborations must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the cooperative agreement.

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.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Post Date: 04/30/2021
- Letter of Intent Due Date: 05/30/2021. Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. The letter of intent is optional.
- Application Due Date: 06/29/2021. All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET. Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format.
- 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.

Required Registrations:
- Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS). To obtain a DUNS number, go to Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days.
- Systems for Award Management (SAM). SAM registration is available at Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e.
- The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The letter of intent should be submitted to:
CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard
Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (888) 203-6161

Application Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery:
CB Operations Center
c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard
Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

Program Office Contact: Taffy Compain
Office of Grants Management Contact: Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
600 Executive Blvd., Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (888) 203-6161

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