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National Technical Assistance Center on Kinship and Grandfamilies

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, Tribe, Faith-Based
Organization, Hospital, or IHE to Benefit Children Living Without a Parent

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - Administration on Aging (AoA)

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Cooperative agreement to a USA or territory nonprofit organization, government or tribal agency, faith-based organization, hospital, or IHE to benefit children living in households without their parents. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to benefit children living in households led by family members, grandparents, or family friends.

The grantee and their partners, if any, will develop and test approaches for providing technical assistance, training, resources, and support for program development to targeted audiences, including States, Territories, Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations, urban Indian organizations, and nonprofit and community-based organizations to better serve and support the health and well-being of members of kinship and grandfamilies, including caregivers, children, and their parents.

ACL’s primary goal for the NTAC is to measurably increase the capacity and effectiveness of states, territories, tribes/tribal organizations and nonprofit and other community-based organizations to serve and support kinship and grandfamilies. As such, applicants will be expected to propose a set of specific and measurable outcomes against which to measure progress towards the stated goals. Over the course of this new, five-year project, ACL seeks outcomes that might include, but are not limited to:

  • Measureable increases in the number of identified existing and new, evidence-based, evidence informed, and exemplary practices or programs in use nationwide;
  • Measurable, sustained increases in the competency and capacity of states, territories, tribes/tribal organizations, nonprofit and other community-based organizations to better serve and support kinship and grandfamilies; and/or
  • Measurable improvements in the ability of kinship and grandfamilies to access the supports and services they need, across a range of issues.

Application Responsiveness Criteria:

Applications that fail to meet each of the responsiveness criteria described below will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration:

  • The project’s proposed focus is primarily on serving grandfamilies and kinship families in which the primary caregiver is an adult age 55 or older, or the child has one or more disabilities; and
  • The project’s proposed activities are national in scope.

Activities and Objectives can be found on page 5 of the NOFO. See Attached Files below.

Priority Focus Areas can be found on page 6 of the NOFO. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 196780

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,990,000 each year

Term of Contract:

60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This is a full and open competition. Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

This will be a full and open competition; however, it is expected that the potential applicant pool will have advanced expertise in the unique needs of kinship and grandfamily caregivers.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

The following activities are not fundable:
- Construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings
- Basic research (e.g. scientific or medical experiments)
- Continuation of existing projects without expansion or new and innovative approaches

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Conference Call:
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 2:00 PM (ET)
Conference Call Phone Number: 800-369-1857
Pass Code: 3598241#

Pre-Application Information:

- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/24/2021 - Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow our staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.
- Due Date for Applications: 07/26/2021 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 06/08/2021
- Award notices to successful applicants will be sent out prior to the project start date.

Applications that fail to meet the application due date will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or, with can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

Under this ACL program, ACL will fund no more than 95% of the project’s total cost, which means the applicant must cover at least 5% of the project’s total cost with non-federal resources.

The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.
- At the website, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, including the hours of operation. ACL strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application due date to begin the application process because of the time involved to complete the registration process.
- All applicants must have a DUNS number ( and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline.

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

Direct questions and submit letters of intent to:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Lori Stalbaum
Administration on Aging

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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