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Deadline: July 1, 2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Fatherhood – Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential

The Fatherhood – Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential (Fatherhood FIRE) will award of demonstration grants that support responsible fatherhood promotion activities. The following qualities of fatherhood are identified as the inspiration for the activities that will be funded – Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential (FIRE). Grants will fund projects designed to provide a broad array of services to promote or sustain healthy marriage and relationships (including couple and co-parenting), strengthen positive father-child engagement, and improve employment and economic stability opportunities for adult fathers (ages 18 and older). Economic stability activities include employment, job-driven, and job skills development.

The Fatherhood FIRE grants will continue to support healthy father engagement activities through the following three broad, “Promoting Responsible Fatherhood” categories: promote or sustain healthy marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability. The following is a list of the specified activities. Each category contains a range of specific activities, which may be combined to accomplish the outcomes described in this FOA. Applicants are not required to implement all the listed activities under the three authorized categories, but must select one or more activities under each category.

Promote or Sustain Healthy Marriage – Activities to promote marriage or sustain marriage through activities, such as:

  • Counseling, mentoring, disseminating information about the benefits of marriage and two-parent involvement for children
  • Enhancing relationship skills
  • Education regarding how to control aggressive behavior
  • Disseminating information on the causes of domestic violence and child abuse
  • Marriage preparation programs
  • Premarital counseling
  • Marital inventories
  • Skills-based marriage education
  • Financial planning seminars, including improving a family’s ability to effectively manage family business affairs by means such as education, counseling, or mentoring on matters related to family finances, including household management, budgeting, banking, and handling of financial transactions and home maintenance
  • Divorce education and reduction programs, including mediation and counseling

Responsible Parenting – Activities to promote responsible parenting, such as:

  • Counseling, mentoring, and mediation
  • Disseminating information about good parenting practices
  • Skills-based parenting education
  • Encouraging child support payments
  • Other methods

Economic Stability – Activities to foster economic stability, such as:

  • Helping fathers improve their economic status by providing activities such as work first services, job search, job training, subsidized employment, job retention, job enhancement, and encouraging education, including career-advancing education
  • Dissemination of employment materials
  • Coordination with existing employment services such as welfare-to-work programs and, referrals to local employment training initiatives
  • Other methods

Funding may be used only for costs associated with the three authorized promotion activities listed above and also to support administrative costs associated with the listed authorized activities. Grantees will be expected to implement at least 24 hours of workshops (unless a lower intensity is proposed with strong justification and submitted for post-award review and approval) and meet specified program completion rates. Applicants requesting funding from $1,000,000-$1,500,000 are expected to propose and conduct local impact evaluations (those requesting less than $1,000,000 have the option of proposing to conduct local evaluations). ACF is also interested in projects that implement only one specific program model designed for a service population (e.g., community fathers or incarcerated fathers).

Amount: A total of $60,061,000 is available to make up to 68 awards that range from $500,000-$1,500,000 each year for a 5-year period. The following sets forth the organizational capacity scopes and funding levels:

  • Large scope services: Requests from $1,000,000-$1,500,00
  • Moderate scope services: Requests from $750,000 to $999,999
  • Smaller scope services: Requests from $500,000 to $749,000

Eligibility: Public governmental agencies or public and nonprofit community entities. Public governmental agencies are states, territories, Native American tribes and tribal organizations (including state, territorial, and tribal institutions of higher education). Public and nonprofit community entities also include religious organizations and public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education.

Participant eligibility and target populations: Eligible fathers may be married or unmarried biological fathers, expectant fathers, adoptive fathers, or stepfathers, for a dependent child or young adult child up to 24 years of age. Projects may also enroll persons who live with children and who are acknowledged as father figures (e.g., grandfathers or foster fathers). Father figures must meet all other eligibility requirements and must be actively engaged in raising a minor child or actively engaged in the life of a young adult up to age 24, who is the child of a partner or relative. Eligible fathers must be 18 years of age or older. Eligible fathers will include those in the general population (i.e., “community fathers”), as well as fathers who are currently incarcerated and intend to return, or have returned, to their families and communities following incarceration. ACF continues to have an interest in projects that target the following:

  • Low-income fathers
  • Non-custodial and custodial single fathers
  • Fathers receiving TANF assistance, as well as those who have previously received or are eligible to receive TANF assistance
  • Fathers participating in Head Start or Healthy Start programs
    Active-duty military and veteran fathers

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324635

Note: This is one of three Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) FOAs, with this FOA addressing responsible fatherhood for adult fathers. The Healthy Marriage FOAs are:

  • Family, Relationship, and Marriage Education Works (FRAMEWorks) Grants – Adults (HHS-2020-ACF-OFA-ZB-1817)
  • Relationship, Education, Advancement, and Development for Youth for Life (Ready4Life)(HHS-2020-ACF-OFA-ZD-1838

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