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Administration for Children and Families: Basic Center Program

Deadline: May 12, 2014

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.

ACF is committed to facilitating healing and recovery, and promoting the social and emotional well-being of children, youth, and families that have experienced maltreatment, exposure to violence, and/or trauma. This funding opportunity announcement and other discretionary spending this fiscal year are designed to ensure that effective interventions are in place to build skills and capacities that contribute to the healthy, positive, and productive functioning of children and youth into adulthood.

The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth, youth at risk of running away, and their families. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals for health care and other appropriate services. Most basic centers can provide up to 21 days of shelter for a maximum of 20 youth at a time. Basic centers seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative safe placements.

Amount: $18,166,163 for up to 116 grants ranging from $50,000-$250,000 each year for up to 3 years.

Eligibility: State governments; private institutions of higher education; nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; independent school districts; special district governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; county governments; Native American tribal organizations; city or township governments; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); and public and State controlled institutions of higher education.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CY-0792_0.htm

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