Mentoring Children of Prisoners

To provide competitive grants to applicants in areas with significant numbers of children of prisoners to support the establishment and operation of programs using a network of public and private entities and to provide mentoring services for these children.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

In fiscal year 2007, 219 grants were awarded to Urban/Suburban and Rural/Tribal grantees.

It is anticipated that 219 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 188 grants will be awarded in 2009.


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 - Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20447.

Contact: Curtis Porter.

Telephone: (202) 205-8102.

FTS is not available.


Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 219 grants were awarded to Urban/Suburban and Rural/Tribal grantees. It is anticipated that 219 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 188 grants will be awarded in 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provide mentoring and support services to urban and/or suburban populations with substantial numbers of children with incarcerated parents.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Those eligible to apply for funding under this grant competition include applicants in areas where there are substantial numbers of children of prisoners.

Applicants must establish or expand and operate programs using a network of public and private entities to provide this mentoring.

This includes any State or local government unit, Tribe and Tribal organization, private nonprofit, community and faith based groups.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children of prisoners ages 4 through 18 will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Public Law 107-133.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Consultation or assistance is available from the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

The standard application forms furnished by DHHS and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used 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 (SPOC) in his or her State for more information on the process.

(NOTE: State/territory participation in the intergovernmental review process does not signify applicant eligibility for financial assistance under a program.

A potential applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of the program for which it is applying prior to submitting an application to its SPOC).

Application Procedures

Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424 must be submitted. Specific instructions are published via the Internet under the Form section at the following website address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants.

Award Procedures

All applicants are reviewed by a panel of nonfederal experts which assigns scores according to published criteria. 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, who makes the recommendations to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decision.

Deadlines

As specified in the announcement or application instructions.

Authorization

Section 439 of the Social Security Act (available at http://www.acf.hhs.gove/programs/fysb/pssf2001.pdf), as amended by the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-288). Authority to provide the Demonstration Grant for Mentoring Children of Prisoners Vouchers Program is authorized by (Public Law 109-288), the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006. This legislation reauthorizes and amends a number of key child and family services programs under title IV-B of the Social Security Act, notably the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program under subpart 2 of title IV-B.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Awards are generally made for 3-year project periods, funding for the second and third years depend upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grantee must provide a nonfederal share or match of at least 25 percent of the total project budget in the first and second years of the project. In the third year, the grantee must provide a nonfederal share or match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget. The nonfederal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions although applicants are encouraged to meet their Federal match requirements through cash contributions. There is no match requirement for the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Voucher Program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will be awarded for a period of 36 months with 12 month budget periods.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Applicants must submit quarterly reports and agree to submit other required program and financial reports, as instructed by FYSB.

Audits

Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.

Records

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

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $49,376,000; FY 08 $48,628,000; and FY 09 est $50,000,000.(Contracts) FY 07 $3,080,000; FY 08 $3,324,000; and FY 09 est $4,066,000. (Voucher Program) FY 07 $4,850,000 (3,000 vouchers); FY 08 $10,000,000 (8,000 vouchers) and FY 09 est $15,000,000 (13,000 vouchers).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants will range from $100,000 to $1,000,000 depending on the scope of the project.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact Headquarters office listed below 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 under the "Policy and Legislative Documents" link.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Curtis Porter. Telephone: (202) 205-8102. FTS is not available.

Headquarters Office

Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Curtis Porter. Telephone: (202) 205-8102. FTS is not available.

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.acf.hhs.gov/grants_fysb.html.



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