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Deadline: June 11, 2019

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families

The Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families program will fund cooperative agreements that support the development, implementation, and evaluation of primary prevention strategies to improve the safety, stability, and well-being of all families through a continuum of community-based services and supports. During the project period, grantees will address site-specific barriers and mobilize communities to prevent child maltreatment, reduce entry into the public child welfare system, and enhance the overall well-being outcomes of children and families. The cooperative agreements aim to develop integrated family support systems through a continuum of community-based prevention services that are able to support families early and strengthen protective factors before formal involvement with the child welfare system is necessary.

Projects will be required to integrate primary prevention and early response efforts to achieve the following goals:

  1. Reduce entry into foster care by intentionally linking families to local, community-based services early, before coming to the attention of the child welfare agency. Activities include implementing primary prevention strategies, practices, or activities that are informed by the relevant literature and identified needs of the communities to be served.
  2. Support the overall well-being outcomes of children and families, including changes in risk and protective factors, by using data to inform and align strategies across sectors and address site-specific barriers. Activities include developing coordinated and robust primary prevention efforts across the child welfare, public health, education, legal and judicial community, law enforcement, business/labor, nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors in the communities to be served.
  3. Develop strategic collaborations with traditional family serving agencies, parents, and youth with lived experience, the legal and judicial community, community services and family assistance agencies, the community-based child abuse prevention agency program (CBCAP) grantee (i.e., state lead agency and/or tribal and migrant program), and the public housing agency. Activities include designing or re-designing cross-system functioning and financing, removing systemic and structural barriers, creating linkages to civil legal service providers, and promoting policy changes that contribute to family and community stability.
  4. Coordinate, monitor, and report on strategies and outcomes across multi-sector partners. Activities include data sharing and integration and continuous quality improvement processes to inform and improve coordinated decision-making and accountability.
  5. Evaluate efforts to provide substantial information about the effectiveness of the strategies, practices, or activities implemented in addressing intermediate outcomes and, ultimately, reducing entry into foster care with the support of a designated evaluation technical assistance (TA) provider.

Amount: Approximately $4,400,000 is available to make up to eight awards ranging from $500,000-$550,000 per budget period. The project period is 60 months with five 12-month budget periods.

Eligibility: State governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, “nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, private institutions of higher education, and for profit organizations.

Collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged, but applicants must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the cooperative agreement.

Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply. The deadline to submit an LOI is May 12, 2019.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309872

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