Child Welfare Services Training Grants

To provide professional education opportunities to prospective and current child welfare agency staff and to develop competency-based training curricula and special projects for training child welfare personnel in specific areas.

Examples of Funded Projects

Interdisciplinary training projects; projects to support professional education for child welfare practices; innovative training for exemplary practice; and cross program training.

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 - Contact the Regional Administrator, ACYF.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 40 grants were awarded; FY 08, 12 grants will be awarded; est 12 grants will be awarded in FY 09.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are made to accredited public or other nonprofit institutions of higher learning for specific projects for training prospective and current personnel for work in the field of child welfare, including trainee-ships with stipends.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Accredited institutions of higher learning.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Awards are made to institutions of higher learning.


Grants to educational institutions are made only to accredited institutions. Costs are determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Institutions applying for training grants are advised to consult with Headquarters Office concerning their proposals.

Standard application forms, as furnished by DHHS must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications made in the format provided by and at the time specified in the annual Federal Register announcements of the availability of funds.

Award Procedures

Grants are awarded after review by a panel of mostly nonfederal persons, with final decision by the Commissioner, ACYF in the Headquarters office.


Deadline dates are announced in the annual program announcement.


Social Security Act, Section 426 (a)(1)(c), 42 U.S.C. 626 (a)(1)(c), as amended, including section 429,42 U.S.C. 628a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR, 16.


Renewals and extensions are available through formal submission of progress reports and continuation applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements; however, administratively-required matching, when required, is described in the program announcement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Duration is specified in announcement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Biannual progress and fiscal reports are required.


Audits are required in accordance with the requirement in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


Financial and other records of the grant are to be kept 3 years after the termination of the grant or until audited, whichever comes first.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $7,335,000; FY 08 $7,207,000; and FY 09 est $7,207,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$75,000 to $1,175,000; $175,961.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

No regulations codified in 45 CFR 1300.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the Regional Administrator, ACYF.

Headquarters Office

Donna T. Hornsby, MSW, Child Welfare Training Specialist, Children's Bureau, Administration On Children, Youth and Families, 1250 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 205-8405.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

An assessment is made of: (1) The degree to which the proposal shows promise of meeting specific objectives defined in the annual program announcement; (2) reasonableness of cost; and (3) qualifications of the institution applying and staff, and (4) quality of the methodology.

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