Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE)

To provide funding to public and private institutions for community-based abstinence education project grants.

The project grant's objective is to increase the proportion of youth that remain abstinent until marriage and decrease the rate of births to unmarried teenage girls.

To meet these
objectives, grantees must incorporate the abstinence education definitions identified under (A) through (H) in Section 510(b)(2) of the Social Security Act.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Examples of funded projects may be requested through the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

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

In FY 2007, 171 grants were awarded and in FY 2008, 188 grants will be awarded. It is anticipated that 198 grants will be awarded in FY 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For the purpose of Section 510, the term "Abstinence Education" means an educational or motivational program which (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 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 that 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

Public and private agencies responsible for the administration (or supervision of the administration) of projects under Section 1110 of the Social Security Act that teach abstinence, using the definitions contained in Section 510(b)(2) of the Act, to adolescents ages 12 through 18.

Eligible applicants include: State governments; County governments; City or Township governments; independent school districts; private institutions of higher education; special district governments; 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); non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; non-profits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; for-profit organizations other than small businesses; and, small businesses.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the statutory eligibility requirements are eligible to apply under this announcement.

Sex education programs that promote the use of contraceptives are not eligible for funding under this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Adolescents ages 12 through 18.


Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

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 in his or her State for more information of the process that the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

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:

Award Procedures

All applications are reviewed by a panel of nonfederal experts that assigns scores according to the 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. Recommendations are made to the ACYF Commissioner, who makes the final funding decisions.


As specified in the announcement or application instructions.


Title XI, Section 1110 of the Social Security Act (using the definitions contained in Title V, Section 510(b)(2)of the Act).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.




Awards are generally made for a 5-year project period, funding for the second through fifth year is dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded competitively for project periods of up to 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and program reports are due semi-annually.

A final report is due 90 days after conclusion of project period.


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


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



(Grants) FY 07 $91,996,000; FY 08 $91,996,000; and FY 09 est $117,054,000. (Contracts) FY 07 $5,988,000; FY 08 $4,789,000; and FY 09 est $7,384,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$250,000 to $600,000; $425,000.

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: under the "Policy and Legislative Documents" link.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Central Office Contacts and Program Contact: Scott T. Riggins, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Family and Youth Services Bureau; 1250 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024. Grants Management, Financial Management Specialist; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration; Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, Washington, DC 20447.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be evaluated based upon the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement located on the following website address:

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