Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Implementation and Expansion Grants

The Office of Early Childhood Development within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be soliciting applications for the Fiscal Year 2023 Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Grant Program:
Implementation and Expansion Grants.

Funds will support


five (5)-year grants (cooperative agreements) between ACF and federally recognized Indian tribes (or a consortium of Indian tribes), tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations that are currently operating an evidence-based home visiting program serving expectant families and families with young children aged birth to kindergarten entry, and propose to sustain or expand their established infrastructure for home visiting services in tribal communities.

Grants will support implementation of high-quality, culturally grounded, evidence-based home visiting services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and children; implementation of performance measurement and continuous quality improvement systems; development of early childhood systems; and participation in research and evaluation activities to build evidence around home visiting, particularly in tribal communities.Home visiting programs are intended to promote outcomes such as improved maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development; reduced child maltreatment; improved parenting practices related to child development outcomes; improved school readiness; improved family socio-economic status; improved coordination of referrals to community resources and supports; and reduced incidence of injuries, crime, and domestic violence.

The goals of the Tribal MIECHV program are to support healthy, happy, successful AI/AN children and families through a coordinated, high-quality, culturally grounded, evidence-based home visiting strategy; to continue to build the evidence base for home visiting in tribal communities; and to support coordination among early childhood programs serving AI/AN families and development of early childhood systems.This funding is intended for tribal entities that have an established history of implementation of high-quality, culturally grounded, evidence-based home visiting services to AI/AN families and children and are currently operating these services.

Applicants may include existing grant recipients under the Tribal MIECHV program that are proposing to sustain or expand services, as well as other tribal entities that can demonstrate past and current experience with conducting such activities and are proposing to expand services.

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Eligible applicants are federally recognized Indian tribes (or consortium of tribes), tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations, as defined by section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437 at "Indian tribe" means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat.

688), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians;  "Tribal organization" means the elected governing body of any Indian tribe or any legally established organization of Indians that is controlled by one or more such bodies or by a board of directors elected or selected by one or more such bodies (or elected by the Indian population to be served by such organization) and that includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities; and "Urban Indian organization" means a nonprofit corporate body situated in an urban center, governed by an urban Indian controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested Indian groups and individuals, which body is capable of legally cooperating with other public and private entities for the purpose of performing the activities described in section 503(a).

Applicants serving an emerging, unserved, or underserved population or remote geographic area are encouraged to apply for funding under this NOFO.

Collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Applications from collaborative groups (consortia) must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant (cooperative agreement).

Possible partners include but are not limited to AI/AN Head Start; tribal child care; tribal child welfare; Indian Health Service; and other health, education, or human service agencies as well as the business community.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

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