The purpose of this forecasted funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide competitive grant funds for projects of up to 5 years, authorized by the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Pub. L. 112-34). This Act includes a targeted grants program (section 437(f)) that directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to reserve funds for regional partnership grants (RPGs) to improve the well-being of children affected by substance abuse. These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services and activities that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent’s or caretaker’s substance abuse. Native communities face service delivery issues that are complicated by several barriers such as, lack of early intervention for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, distances to services, and lack of access to programs and services. The goal of the program, services, and activities supported by these funds is to improve the well-being of children and families affected by parental substance abuse in AI/AN communities. Per the legislative requirements, RPGs are required to select and report on performance indicators and evaluation measures to increase the knowledge that can be gained from the program. Partnerships will: Use specific, well-defined, and evidence-based programs and/or promising practices that are also trauma-informed and targeted to the identified population; Conduct an evaluation that is sufficiently rigorous to contribute to the evidence base on service delivery, outcomes and costs associated with the project’s chosen interventions; Participate in the national cross-site evaluation, which includes an implementation and partnership study, an outcomes study, and an impact study.
Applications must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant. The primary applicant MUST be one of the regional partnership organizations listed here. Applications must represent regional partnerships formed by a collaborative agreement. As required by the legislation, regional partnership means a collaborative agreement (which may be established on an interstate or intrastate basis) entered into by at least two of the following parties: (1) the State child welfare agency that is responsible for the administration of the State plan under title IV-B or title IV-E of the Social Security Act (must be included in partnership); (2) the State agency responsible for administering the substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant provided under subpart II of part B of title XIX of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. Section 300x-21 et seq.]; (3) an Indian Tribe or Tribal consortium; (4) non-profit or for-profit child welfare service providers; (5) community health service providers; (6) community mental health providers; (7) local law enforcement agencies; (8) judges and court personnel; (9) juvenile justice officials; (10) school personnel; (11) tribal child welfare agencies or a consortia of such agencies; or (12) any other providers, agencies, personnel, officials, or entities that are related to the provision of child and family services under this subsection. Please refer to the authorizing legislation for additional specifications on the requirements of a regional partnership. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: //www.acf.hhs.gov/acf-policy-on-grants-to-faith-based-organizations. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.