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Grants to USA Agencies, Tribal Governments, Nonprofits, and For-Profits to Protect the Welfare of Indian Children

State-Tribal Partnerships to Implement Best Practices in Indian Child Welfare


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.556
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACF-ACYF-CW-0055
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/11/23
Deadline: 06/13/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA government agencies, Tribal governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and IHEs to help preserve and reunify Indian families. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to encourage state and tribal governments to work together to find creative, common-sense ways to build, enhance or develop best practices in child welfare to promote the best interests of children and families.

The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity is to create and implement intergovernmental partnership models to improve existing and develop new best practices in family preservation and reunification efforts for Indian children. Recipients will serve as demonstration sites to design and implement projects to effectively develop and implement child welfare best practices to prevent the placement of Indian children outside their tribal communities and improve equity in cases involving Indian families. Partnerships must include the state Court Improvement Program; the state child welfare agency; and a tribal government, group of tribal governments, or tribal consortia including tribal corresponding court(s). The "tribal government" partner(s) may be tribal child welfare agencies where appropriate under tribal law or custom.

For purposes of this NOFO, "tribal courts" are defined as "a court with jurisdiction over child custody proceedings and which is either a Court of Indian Offenses, a court established and operated under the code or custom of an Indian tribe, or any other administrative body of a tribe which is vested with authority over child custody proceedings," as under 1903 of the ICWA and 25 CFR.§ 23.118(c).

Development and implementation of effective Indian child welfare best practice requires a high degree of collaboration between state and tribal courts and child welfare agencies. States and tribes must identify, build, and enhance necessary capacities such as institutionalization of training curricula, policies, procedures and data protocols.

Recipients have the opportunity to work together to craft solutions for longstanding challenges, consistent with the letter and spirit of ICWA, in ways that work best for their communities. The grant also provides an important opportunity for states and tribes to build or strengthen relationships of trust by working together toward common goals in preventing the unnecessary removal of children and preserving families.

For Project Requirements, see page 6 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • 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
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is open to the following: 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 without 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), and small businesses. CB will accept applications that represent partnerships among organizations with relevant experience. Organization's specializing in assigned tasks may be selected as subrecipients (either through contract or subaward) by the primary applicant. Applications from collaborations must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the cooperative agreement.

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.

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.

For Funding Restrictions, see page 39 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information
Closing Date for Applications: Jun 13, 2023 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the listed application due date.

Due Date for Letter of Intent
Due Date for Applications

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this funding opportunity. Please submit a letter of intent by the deadline date listed above. The letter of intent is optional.

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 NOFO.

Organizations must have an active System for Award (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and account to apply for grants. Creating a account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization’s registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entities ability to meet required application submission deadlines. Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:
Obtain a UEI and SAM registration at:

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $450,000

Term of Contract
Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2023
Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Contact Information
Program Office Contact
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Children's Bureau
CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 410
Rockville, MD 22209

Office of Grants Management Contact
Shea Westfall
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
CB Operations Center, c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

Federal Relay Service:
Hearing-impaired and speech-impaired callers may contact the Federal Relay Service (FedRelay) at

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

Submission by Mail
CB Operations Center
C/O LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard
Suite 410

Hand Delivery
Same as Above

Electronic Submission
See Section IV.2. on page 11 of the NOFO in Attached Files below for application requirements and for guidance when submitting applications electronically via

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