Education and Prevention Grants to Reduce Sexual Abuse of Runaway, Homeless and Street Youth

The Street Outreach Program (SOP) makes grants available to nonprofit agencies for the purpose of providing street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

In fiscal year 2007, 136 projects provided services for street-based education and outreach, emergency shelter, survival aid, individual assessment, treatment and counseling prevention and education activities, information and referral, crisis intervention, and follow-up support.

It is anticipated that 156 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 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 - Contact: Administration for Children and Family, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Youth Services.

(See Appendix IV of this Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices.)

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Lutheran Social Service Of Minnesota $ 300,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Haven House Inc $ 150,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Redwood Community Action Agency $ 300,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Youth Services Of Tulsa Inc $ 300,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Lutheran Social Services Of South Dakota $ 299,874   2020-09-302023-09-29
Volunteers Of America Of Los Angeles $ 300,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Immerse Arkansas $ 150,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Mat Su Youth Housing (my House) $ 94,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Northwest Youth Services $ 300,000   2020-09-302023-09-29
Pathfinders Milwaukee, Inc. $ 300,000   2020-09-302023-09-29

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 136 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that 156 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provide education and prevention services, directly or through collaboration with other agencies, to runaway, homeless and street youth that have been subjected to or are at risk of sexual exploitation or abuse.

The goal and design of these efforts is to help young people leave the streets to build postive relationships.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any private, nonprofit agency is eligible to apply.

Nonfederally recognized Indian Tribes and urban Indian organizations are eligible to apply for grants as private, nonprofit agencies: (Note: Public agencies are not eligible).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Runaway and homeless street youth will benefit.


Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR 74 and 92.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Consultation or assistance is available from the Family and Youth Services (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:

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.


Application deadlines can be obtained via the Internet at the following website address:


Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Section 40155, Part A, Public Law 103-322; Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children Protection Act of 2003, Public Law 108-96 under Part E. Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, 42,USC Sections 5701 through 5752.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.




Awards are generally made for 3-year project periods; funding for the second and third year is dependent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grantee must provide a nonfederal share or match of at least 10 percent of the Federal funds awarded. The nonfederal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will be awarded for a period of 36 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress and fiscal reports must be submitted semi-annually.

A final program and expenditure report must be submitted within 90 days after the completion of the 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 $15,024,000; FY 08 $17,221,000; and FY 09 est $17,221,000. (Contracts) FY 07 $1,118,000; FY 08 $1,582,000; and FY 09 est $1,572,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $200,000 per budget period; $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact Headquarters Office listed below for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services website at the following address under the "Policy and Legislative Documents" link. Information is also available through the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, 5515 Security Lane Suite 800 North Bethesda, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 608-8098. Fax: (301) 608- 8721. The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth website address is http://www. and general email address is

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact: Administration for Children and Family, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Division of Youth Services. (See Appendix IV of this Catalog for the addresses of the Regional Offices.)

Headquarters Office

Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Curtis Porter; Telephone: (202) 205-8306. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be evaluated based upon the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement located on the following website address: Organizations with experience in providing services to homeless youth are given priority.

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