Abstinence Education Program

To enable States to provide abstinence education and, at the option of the State, where appropriate, mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity until marriage among teens, with a focus on groups that are most likely to bear children out of wedlock.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Examples of funded projects may be requested through the Office of Abstinence Education.

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 07, 43 grants were awarded; 59 grants are projected in FY 08 and it is estimated that 59 grants will be awarded in FY 09.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For the purpose of this section (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 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

The Governor of each State shall determine which agency will administer the Section 510 Abstinence Education program in each State.

A letter from the Governor, or a designee within the Governor's office, must accompany each application.

The application may be developed in consultation with the State Maternal and Child Health Services (MCHS) Agency as outlined by (Sec 505 (a)(5)(F)) or soley by a social services agency within the State that is identified and designated by the Governor.

No funding will be awarded unless the State "has transmitted an application for the fiscal year under section 505(a)" of the Social Security Act, as required by section 510(a).

Beneficiary Eligibility

School-age girls and boys, adolescents, at-risk populations subject to out-of-wedlock births, parents, youth serving professionals and families.


This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Annual submission of a State application and annual report are required prior to the allocation of funds.

Award Procedures

Funds are allocated to States by way of the letter of credit system subsequent to the review and approval of the State application and annual report.


As specified in the announcement or application instructions.


Social Security Act, Title V, Section 510, 42 U.S.C. 710.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 2 months.




Funds will be made available annually to any State submitting an acceptable application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Funds are allocated among the States and jurisdictions based on a formula determined by the proportion that the number of low income children in the State bears to the total number of low income children for all States. There is a required match of 3 nonfederal dollars for every 4 Federal dollars.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are awarded each fiscal year in quarterly installments to the States and Jurisdictions. States have until one full year after the end of the fiscal year to fund activities with the grant due to the likelihood of State sub-contracting the funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each State must prepare and submit an annual report on the activities undertaken.

Reports will contain information and be formatted as the Secretary requires in the program application guidance.


As described in Title V, Section 506(b)(1) of the Social Security Act, each state shall, not less often than once every two years, audit its expenditures from amounts received under this title.


Records of the recipient shall be made available to the Secretary to secure an accurate description of the activities for which funds were spent in achieving the purposes of this section. States shall make available copies of reports and audits for public inspection within the State. Within 30 days following the completion of each audit report, the State shall submit a copy of that audit report to the Secretary.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $38,673,246; FY 08 $50,000,000; and FY 09 est $50,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$13,501 to $7,055,240; $847,458.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Pertinent information may be obtained by contacting the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Office of Abstinence Education, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20447.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Scott T. Riggins, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Family and Youth Services Bureau; 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20447. 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.

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