Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE)

To promote abstinence education, as defined by Section 510(b)(2) in Title V of the Social Security Act, for adolescents.

The entire focus of these programs is to educate young people and create an environment within communities that supports teen decisions to postpone sexual activity until marriage.

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.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: In FY2012, 9 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2013: In FY 2013, it is anticipated that 8 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2014: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are for making competitive grants to provide abstinence education (as defined by section 510(b)(2)(A)-(H) of the Social Security Act) to adolescents, and for Federal costs of administering the grant.

Grants made under the authority of section 510(b)(2)(A)-(H) of the Social Security Act shall be made only to public and private entities that agree that, with respect to an adolescent to whom the entities provide abstinence education under such grant, the entities will not provide to that adolescent any other education regarding sexual conduct, except that, in the case of an entity expressly required by law to provide health information or services the adolescent shall not be precluded from seeking health information or services from the entity in a different setting than the setting in which abstinence education was provided.

Pursuant to Section 510(b)(2) of Title V of the Social Security Act, the term "abstinence education," for purposes of this program means an educational or motivational program that:
(A) Has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity;
(B) Teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children;
(C) Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems;
(D) Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;
(E) Teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects;
(F) Teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child"s parents, and society;
(G) Teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and
(H) Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

"Grants made under the authority of section 510(b)(2)(A)-(H) of the Social Security Act shall be made only to public and private entities that agree that, with respect to an adolescent to whom the entities provide abstinence education under such grant, the entities will not provide to that adolescent any other education regarding sexual conduct, except that, in the case of an entity expressly required by law to provide health information or services the adolescent shall not be precluded from seeking health information or services from the entity in a different setting than the setting in which abstinence education was provided..."

Statutory Authority - This program is funded generally under the authority of Section 1110 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C.

§ 1310, and specifically by the appropriation for General Departmental Management for the Office of the Secretary under Division F, Title II of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-74.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Adolescents with a focus on those adolescents that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock or who live in areas with high birth rates to adolescents.

Credentials/Documentation

Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Specific instructions are published in a program announcement made available through www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications are reviewed by a panel of nonfederal expert peer reviewers that assigns scores according to the published criteria in the funding opportunity announcement. The panel"s scores are factored into the recommendations for funding. Scores and recommendations are reviewed by the Associate Commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau. Recommendations are made to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decisions after approval is granted by the Office of Grants Management.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Social Security Act, Title XI, Section 1110.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

No new funds will be available for grantees awarded in FY2012. However, a grant reveiw will take place in FY2013 to make new awards to approximately 10 applicants for a 24 month budget and project period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Nine grant awards were made in FY2012. The first cohort of grants were competitively awarded for a project period of 24 months. The FY2013 appropriated funding will be awarded to a second cohort of grantees for a budget and project period of 24 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic draw downs based on need and project progress.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are required to submit perfomance progress reports, financial status reports and performance measure data.

Grantees are required to submit program progress reports semi-annually throughout the project period.

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

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

Grantees are required to submit financial reports (SF-425) semi-annually 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.

Performance monitoring occurs by reviewing program progress reports, conducting monitoring phone calls and conducting monitoring site visits.

No cash reports are required.

Competitive grantees under the Abstinence Program will be required to submit progress reports semi-annually.

Reports will be due 30 days after the conclusion of the reporting period.

Failure to submit reports on time may be a basis for withholding grant funds, suspension, or termination of the grant.

In addition, all funds reported after the obligation period will be recouped.

Performance Progress Report Cover Page

A cover page must accompany the Performance Progress Report and must include the CFDA Number 93.060 and "Competitive Abstinence Education Program" as the priority area to which the grantee is responding.



Forms

Performance Progress Report and Performance Measures

See Appendices for Additional information for the forms and instructions can be found at:

Transmittal

Grantees will submit the progress reports online via the ACF Online Data Collection (OLDC) platform.

Successful applicants will receive further reporting guidance.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

All financial records are to be maintained 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever occurs first.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0120-0-1-506 - General Departmental Management account.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 12 $4,990,550; FY 13 est $4,681,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Funds have not been authorized f) - In FY2012, $108,753 was obligated to the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program"s training and technical assistance contract, $124,000 was obligated to the ACYF grant review contractor, and $25,624 was obligated from salaries and benefits. FY 2012 grant award amount was $4,732,173. In FY2013, approximately $72,014 will be obligated to the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program"s training and technical assistance contract, $215,514 will be obligated to the ACYF grant review contractor, and $133,200 will be obligated to a logistics contractor to provide grant administration support. FY 2013 grant award estimte is $4,260,270.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$200,000 to $800,000. The average estimate award amount is $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Family and Youth Services Bureau central office for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website at the following address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Marc D. Clark 1250 Maryland Ave, SW, 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: marc.clark@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-205-8496 Fax: 202-205-9535

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be evaluated based upon the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement located on the following website address: http://www.grants.gov/.



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