We recommend engaging local community/residents, reaching out to stakeholders and identifying your partners NOW for these forecasted grants! 
 
The HHS Administration for Children and Families this week forecasted three new grant competitions focused on supporting and strengthening families, fatherhood and youth. They are authorized under Section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act, and though there have been “healthy marriage promotion” grants solicited in the past under CFDA 93.086, these new competitions appear to have distinct branding compared to previous years. Previous opportunities under this CFDA included Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility and New Pathways for Fathers and Families, both competed in 2015. These three grant opportunities have a good number of awards projected with broad applicant eligibility, including nonprofit organizations and local governments. Full solicitations should be released in March with a May deadline.  
 
FRAMEWorks: The Family, Relationships, and Marriage Education Works-Adult (FRAMEWorks) Program will be targeted exclusively to projects designed for adult individuals or adult couples, defined as persons who are age 18 and older. Applicants will be asked to submit proposals that are designed to implement programs that include a broad array of service provision strategies. These include curriculum-based skills development and services designed to support family strengthening activities through one or more of seven activities specified under the authorizing legislation: marriage and relationship education/skills (MRES); pre-marital education; marriage enhancement; divorce reduction activities; marriage mentoring; public advertising campaigns; and activities to reduce the disincentives to marriage. Applicants will be encouraged to also include services to promote employment and job and career advancement. Applicants will be strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to implement one specific program model designed for one specific service population, e.g. adult individuals or adult couples, but not multiple models for multiple populations. ACF is interested in funding a diverse range of projects, from high impact projects, to moderate scope projects, to smaller scope projects. Applicants must provide evidence of organizational capacity to implement their proposed project. URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324636.
 
Fatherhood FIRE: The Fatherhood Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilent, and Essential Grants (Fatherhood FIRE) will be targeted exclusively to projects designed for adult fathers, defined as fathers that are age 18 and older. Eligible fathers (or father figures) must have children who are age 24 or younger. These grants support “activities to promote responsible fatherhood” under each of the three broad categories of promoting or sustaining marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability activities authorized under Section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act. Fathers will include those in the general population (or “community fathers”), as well as fathers who are currently incarcerated and are returning, or have returned, to their families and communities following incarceration. Applicants will be strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to implement one specific program model designed for one specific service population – e.g., rural community fathers, reentering fathers, or urban community fathers– but not multiple models for multiple populations. ACF is interested in funding a diverse range of projects, from high impact projects, to moderate scope projects, to smaller scope projects. Applicants must provide evidence of organizational capacity to implement their proposed project. URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324635.
 
READY4Life: The Relationships, Education, Advancement, and Development for Youth for Life (READY4Life) grants will be targeted exclusively to youth, for projects designed to support healthy relationships and marriage, including the value of marriage in future family formation and skills-based healthy relationship and marriage education. These  grants support “healthy marriage promotion” activities, including relationship education, parenting, and job and career advancement activities. Additionally, grants will support activities including parenting (for young fathers and mothers, as applicable), financial management, job and career advancement, and other activities. Projects must be targeted to youth, specified as individuals in high school (grades 9-12), or that are high-school aged or in late adolescence and early adulthood (ages 14 to 24). Applicants must submit proposals designed for youth as specified. Applicants will be strongly encouraged to design programs targeted to one specific program model for one specific service population – e.g., youth in general high school settings, youth aging out of foster care, or youth who are parents– but not multiple models for multiple populations. Grants awarded will support family formation and strengthening activities through one or more of three healthy marriage promotion activities specified under the authorizing legislation: (1) marriage and relationship education/skills (MRES); (2) education in high schools; and (3) public advertising campaigns. ACF is interested in funding a diverse range of projects, from high impact projects, to moderate scope projects, to smaller scope projects. Applicants must provide evidence of organizational capacity to implement their proposed project. URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324637.
 
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