The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) invites applications from State Title IV-D agencies for fiscal year 2005 funding of demonstration activities intended to add to the knowledge and to promote the objectives of the Child Support Enforcement Program under section 1115 and Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. Only State Title IV-D agencies or the umbrella agencies of which they are a part are eligible to apply for these grants. Throughout the priorities, we note that faith and community-based organizations may be used as collaborators with the States in the proposed projects, as appropriate. Applications will be screened and evaluated as indicated in this program announcement. Awards will be contingent on the outcomes of the competition and the availability of funds. For new grants in FY 2005, $1,143,575 is available for all priority areas. The section 1115 funds awarded to each project will represent 29 percent of the total project costs. For the purposes of the demonstration project, the total expenditures will be treated as State expenditures under Title IV-D that will be reimbursed by the regular Federal match of 66 percent of expenditures for Title IV-D administrative activities. Grantees must provide at least five percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF grant award under section 1115, regular Title IV-D Federal Financial Participation (FFP), and the State share. An example of the project budget for one possible grant award available under this announcement is provided below under Section III.3. Applicants must prepare a formal budget on the required forms, as listed in IV.3, below. The section 1115 grant (29 percent of the total), the State match (five percent of the total), and the Title IV-D match (66 percent of the total) must be identified separately on the budget forms. On October 21, 2004, OCSE conducted an audio conference call on "Writing a Grant Application Made Easy." The material presented covered major differences between Section 1115 and Special Improvement Project (SIP) grant programs, key elements of the evaluation criteria, and advice on what to include and common mistakes to avoid. It did not cover the details of the published announcement or discuss the specific priority areas. The recorded tape of this call is available through January 31, 2005 toll free at 1-866-442-8065. Background of Priority Areas for Fiscal Year 2005 The National Child Support Enforcement Strategic Plan [the Plan] has been revised recently. The revised Plan: ???is the result of a lengthy collaborative effort. It reflects more than ten years of child support professionals brainstorming and consensus-building among branches and levels of government???.The FY 2005-2009 Plan weaves a modern mosaic from a set of updated objectives and related strategies. These objectives and strategies demonstrate how the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program has evolved and matured. Child support is no longer primarily a welfare reimbursement, revenue-producing device for the Federal and State governments; it is a family-first program, intended to ensure families' self-sufficiency by making child support a more reliable source of income. [2005-2009 National Child Support Enforcement Strategic Plan & Measures, page 1] A key aspect of the Plan is a set of strategies for seeking to meet the goals of the Plan. We seek to help implement those strategies through our requests for demonstration projects in the priority areas outlined in this announcement.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Child Support Enforcement Research
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families