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Department of Health and Human Services: Title X Family Planning Services Grants

Deadline: January 14, 2019

Title X Family Planning Services Grants will fund projects seeking to establish and operate voluntary family planning services projects, which shall provide family planning services to all persons desiring such services, with priority for services to persons from low-income families. Applicants may propose a family planning service project that either is comprised of a single provider or a group of partnering providers who deliver coordinated and comprehensive family planning services. For applicants that will not provide all services directly, the applicant must document the process and criteria it will use for selecting sub-recipients as well as a plan to monitor their performance. If an applicant plans to only provide a limited range of family planning methods, they must select sub-recipients who offer additional family planning methods or act as a sub-recipient for another applicant.

In order to fulfill the requirements in the Title X statute, the project, made up of the applicant and any sub-recipients, must provide a broad range of family planning methods to clients throughout the proposed service area. A broad range of family planning services should include several categories of methods, such as: abstinence counseling, hormonal methods (oral contraceptives, rings and patches, injection, hormonal implants, intrauterine devices or systems), barrier methods (diaphragms, condoms), fertility awareness-based methods, and permanent sterilization. A broad range would not necessarily need to include all categories, but should include hormonal methods since these are requested most frequently by clients and are among the methods shown to be most effective in preventing pregnancy.

Successful Title X projects will provide the following core family planning services:
1. Discussion with the client about their reproductive life plan
2. A broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services for delaying or preventing pregnancy, which should include:

  • Counseling, especially for adolescents, that avoiding sex is the only 100% effective method to prevent pregnancy and STDs; therefore, delaying the onset of sexual activity, or if already sexually active, choosing to avoid sexual activity for a defined period of time, is an option; and
  • Instruction in fertility awareness-based methods (previously referred to as natural family planning) that includes staff who are specifically trained in providing instruction in these methods; and
  • Availability of several categories of contraceptive methods, such as: hormonal methods (oral contraceptives, rings and patches, injection, implants, intrauterine devices or systems), barrier methods (diaphragms, condoms), and/or permanent sterilization.

3. The broad range of family planning services does not include abortion as a method of family planning
4. Pregnancy testing and counseling
5. Services centered around pre-conception health and achieving pregnancy, which should include:

  • Basic infertility services;
  • STD prevention education, screening, and treatment;
  • HIV testing and referral for treatment when appropriate; and
  • Screening for substance use disorders and referral when appropriate to help reduce adverse pregnancy-related outcomes and improve individuals’ reproductive health generally.

Title X projects may also include other reproductive health and related preventive health services that are considered beneficial to reproductive health such as HPV vaccination, provision of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), breast and cervical cancer screening, and screening for obesity, smoking, drug and alcohol use, mental health, and intimate partner violence.

Amount: Estimated available funds in the state of New Mexico total $3,100,000. Approximately 60-100 grants will be awarded, averaging $100,000-$22,000,000 per budget period. Project periods are estimated to be three years, although longer or shorter project periods may be approved.

Note: Applicants proposing to serve an entire state (or territory) should base their request on the estimated amount for the state listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Applicants proposing to serve a subsection of a state will need to base the funding request on the total number of women proposed to be serviced (refer to the FOA for detailed instruction on how to determine the funding request amount).

Eligibility: Any public or private nonprofit entity located in a State (which includes one of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=308947

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