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Deadline: August 7, 2014

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program

The Administration for Families and Children (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families’ (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will be accepting applications for the implementation of the Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) program. The purpose of the CAE program is to provide funding for additional tools to address the rates of teen pregnancy among adolescent youth who are at greatest risk of sexually transmitted diseases/sexually transmitted infections (STD/STI) and most likely to bear children out of wedlock. Grantees under this program will be expected to develop a targeted and medically accurate approach to reducing teen pregnancies through abstinence education. Abstinence education programming is one intervention in a continuum of services that seeks to prevent teen pregnancy. Program plans will focus on the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by delaying initiation of sexual activity and engaging in healthy relationships.

The program model must promote the behavioral health and social and emotional well-being of vulnerable youth through a strength-based, positive youth development (PYD) approach. PYD is a holistic approach that supports youth in achieving developmentally appropriate milestones and in having positive interactions with their family, school, neighborhood, society, and culture. A PYD programming approach that works with vulnerable youth should take into account the trauma and mental health needs of many young people who have experienced maltreatment, abuse, or exposure to violence.

ACYF recognizes youth that are the most high-risk or vulnerable for pregnancies include culturally underrepresented youth populations, especially Hispanic, African American, or Native American teenagers, youth in or aging out of foster care or adjudication systems, runaway youth, and homeless youth. As applicants design their programs, ACYF also encourages them to consider the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and how their programs will be inclusive of and non-stigmatizing toward such participants. Programs should be inclusive and non-stigmatizing towards such youth and should not express a judgment with regard to sexual orientation or seek to influence the beliefs of participants with respect to sexual orientation or gender identity.

Amount: $4,600,000 is available for approximately 9 grants ranging from $200,000-$700,000 each. The grant period is 24 months.

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


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