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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, IHE, CBO, FBO, or
Tribe to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Programs for Kinship Care Families

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)

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06/01/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt - For electronic submissions. 4:30 PM ET Receipt - For paper applications.


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, agency, IHE, CBO, FBO, or Native American tribal entity to conduct a study and evaluation of the effectiveness of programs for kinship care families. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for a 36-month project that will build evidence of effectiveness of Kinship Navigator (KN) programs, conduct and evaluate a KN program that effectively assists kinship caregivers in learning about, finding, and using programs and services to meet the needs of the children and youth they are raising and their own needs.  A grantee will be selected based on readiness to implement a rigorous local evaluation designed to demonstrate significant findings on the effectiveness of the KN program on one of the select target outcomes (below).

Eligible Target Outcomes:

Studies must measure and report program or service impacts on at least one eligible target outcome, as described in Sections 2.2.1 and 4.1.5 of the Handbook. Programs and services in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and in-home parent skills must target outcomes in the domains of (a) Child Safety, (b) Child Permanency, (c), Child Well-Being, and/or (d) Adult Well-Being. Programs and services in the area of KN must target outcomes in the domains of (a) Child Safety, (b) Child Permanency, (c) Child Well-Being, (d) Adult Well-Being, (e) Access to Services, (f) Referral to Services, and/or (g) Satisfaction with Programs and Services.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195303

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $600,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $400,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021
- Length of Project Period: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Per section 427(a) of the Social Security Act eligible applicants are state, local, or tribal child welfare agencies, private nonprofit organizations that have experience in working with foster children or children in kinship care arrangements and institutions of higher education (as defined under section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. § 1001)), for the purpose of helping children who are in, or at risk of entering, foster care reconnect with family members through the implementation of a KN program.

If the applicant is a private organization, it shall provide documentation of support from the relevant local or state child welfare agency and a description of how the organization plans to coordinate its services and activities with those offered by the relevant local or state child welfare agency.

State and tribal child welfare agencies that receive title IV-B, subpart 2 KN funding or Title IV-E KN funding are eligible applicants.

Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of this part and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., the Department will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization’s religious character, affiliation, or exercise. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

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

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Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent Due Date: 04/30/2021. Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

Application Due Date: Jun 01, 2021 Electronically submitted applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed.

Required Registrations:
- The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.
- All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days.
- Organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM.

The authorizing legislation specifies the following matching requirements: federal share of the total project cost will decline and non-federal share match levels will increase in the third year of the 3-year grant period, as required by section 427(d) of the Act. Grantees must provide at least 25 percent of the total approved cost of the project for the first 2 years of the project period and 50 percent of the total approved cost of the project in the third year of the project period. No more than 50 percent of the non-federal share may be in kind, as required by section 427(e) of the Act.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send letters of intent to CB​@grant​revie​w​.org​.

Program Office Contact:
Liliana Hernandez
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families/Children's Bureau
Phone: (888) 203-6161

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Administration/Office of Grants Management
Phone: (888) 203-6161

Application Submission By Mail/Hand Delivery:
CB Operations Center
c/o LCG, Inc.
600 Executive Boulevard
Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

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