National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

If It's Spring, It Must be Grant Season

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At NCHYF, we’ve been busy updating our Funding Opportunities page with information about new federal grants. We’re pleased to share several recent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) from agencies such as SAMHSA, Department of Justice, and the National Institutes of Health.

One new, innovative grant program—and one that garnered a lot of interest at the November 2018 National RHY Grantees Training in Austin—is Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) Demonstration Projects. Administered by the Department of the Treasury, the grants will be awarded to projects that improve the lives of families and individuals in need and that achieve demonstrable, measurable results. In this pay for results model, a change from traditional grants, grantees will receive a disbursement only if they achieve one or more outcomes specified in the award agreement and these outcomes are validated by an independent evaluator. Some of these outcomes include:

  • Improving high school graduation rates
  • Reducing teen and unplanned pregnancies
  • Reducing the rate of homelessness
  • Improving the health and well-being of those with mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs

At least half of the funding will be for initiatives that directly benefit children under 18 years of age—more than $33 million. Although applicants must be state or local governments, territories, or federally recognized tribes, these entities can partner with service providers, investors, and intermediaries who can coordinate the pay for results arrangement. One of the organizations presenting at the SIPPRA session in Austin has an archived webinar and other SIPPRA resources on its website

Visit our Funding Opportunities page to learn more about these and other FOAs. And check out our tip sheet, Grant-Writing Tips, to learn how to maximize your organization’s chances for success.