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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives by providing children, families, and seniors with access to high-quality health care, by helping people find jobs and parents find affordable child care, by keeping food safe and infectious diseases at bay, and by innovating how disease is diagnosed and treated. HHS also houses the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health / Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), Office of Population Affairs (OPA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Funding Opportunities

HHS funding opportunities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contractors and grantees play a valuable role in helping to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services.

ACF funding opportunities
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offers funding for a variety of competitive and mandatory grant programs serving families, children, individuals and communities through competitive, discretionary grants designed to promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF provides a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programs at the state, local and tribal levels. Grantees include both non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as government, educational, and public housing groups. The Family & Youth Services Bureau, which is housed in ACF, provides Runaway and Homeless Youth Grants.

CDC funding opportunities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Financial Resources (OFR) aids in achieving CDC’s mission by quickly and effectively allocating funds to where they are needed.

CMS Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight funding opportunities
Funding opportunities provided by CMS covers areas such as consumer support and information, health insurance marketplaces, health insurance market reforms, and the consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP) program.

HRSA funding opportunities
HRSA makes grants to organizations to improve and expand health care services for underserved people, focusing on the following program areas: health workforce, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, Office of the Administrator, primary health care/health centers, rural health, healthcare systems, and organ donation.

IHS funding opportunities
To provide efficient and effective management and administration of IHS grants through quality customer service and technical expertise to all our valued internal and external customers.

OAH funding opportunities
OAH grants enable states, tribes and local programs to prevent teen pregnancy and support expectant and parenting youth.

OPA funding opportunities
These funding opportunities make available resources for information/education, research, and direct service provision to support family planning and adolescent pregnancy prevention and care programs.

SAMHSA funding opportunities
SAMHSA leads public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes. SAMHSA makes grant funds available through the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and the Center for Mental Health Services.

Selected Programs and Initiatives

  • Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program supports state, tribal, and community efforts to promote comprehensive sex education, adulthood preparation programs, and abstinence education through medically accurate information that is both culturally relevant and age-appropriate. Family and Youth Services Bureau offers six grant programs to accomplish this:
    1. State Personal Responsibility Education Program,
    2. Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program,
    3. Personal Responsibility Education Program Competitive Grants,
    4. Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies Program,
    5. Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program, and
    6. Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program.
  • The Office of Adolescent Heath Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program is a national, evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations that are working to prevent teen pregnancy across the United States. OAH invests in the implementation of evidence-based TPP programs, and provides funding to develop and evaluate new and innovative approaches to prevent teen pregnancy.
  • Assets for Independence (AFI) enables community-based nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach for giving low-income families a hand up out of poverty. AFI projects help participants save earned income in special-purpose, matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts, promoting savings and enabling participants to acquire a lasting asset, such as postsecondary education or training.
  • Children’s Mental Health Initiative helps children, youth, and families function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life. The system of care program is intended to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The program supports the availability and provision of mental health and related recovery support services along with systemic changes in policy, financing, services and supports, training and workforce development, and other areas that are necessary for expanding and sustaining the system of care approach.
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children. Family and Youth Services Bureau offers four grant programs to accomplish this:
    1. Family Violence Prevention and Services Formula Grants to States and Territories,
    2. Family Violence Prevention and Services Grants to Tribes,
    3. State Domestic Violence Coalitions, and
    4. Discretionary Programs.
  • Healthy Transitions grants improve support services for adolescents and young adults with, or at risk of, serious mental health conditions. Healthy Transitions aim to:
    1. Improve access to treatment and support services for 16- to 25-year-olds who have, or are at risk of, a serious mental health condition;
    2. Increase awareness, screening, outreach and engagement, referrals to treatment, coordination of care, and evidence-informed treatment for this age group; and,
    3. Support state health agencies, tribes, and youth-serving organizations in the behavioral health field.
  • John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program offers states and tribes assistance to provide services and support to help current and former foster care youths achieve self-sufficiency and successful transition to adulthood.
  • Pregnancy Assistance Fund Program is a competitive grant program for states and tribes to provide expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families with a network of supportive services to help them complete high school or postsecondary degrees and gain access to health care, child care, family housing, and other critical supports. Funds are also used to improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Project AWARE grants promote youth mental health awareness among schools and communities and improve connections to services for school-age youth. Project AWARE aims to: Improve mental health awareness, systems, and access to services among school-age youth; (2) Provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with youth to detect and respond to mental health issues; and (3) support state education agencies, local education agencies, and communities.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Program support street outreach, emergency shelters, and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect young people who run away from home, were asked to leave their homes, or became homeless. Family and Youth Services Bureau offers five competitive discretionary grant programs to accomplish this:
    1. Basic Center Program,
    2. Transitional Living Program,
    3. Maternity Group Homes,
    4. Street Outreach Program, and
    5. Services for Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking.
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HS) is a federal grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among the nation’s youth, schools, and communities through enhanced school- and community-based services to strengthen healthy child development, thus reducing violent behavior and substance use.
  • The Tribal Behavioral Health Grant (TBHG/Native Connections) program for tribes and tribal organizations is intended to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse and promote mental health among American Indian and Alaska Native young people up to and including 24 years of age.
  • Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Substance Use Treatment Implementation provides funding to states/territories/tribes (hereafter known as states) to improve substance use treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders by assuring youth state-wide access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services supported by the strengthening of the existing infrastructure system.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) improves treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events. NCTSI raises awareness of the impact of trauma on children and adolescents as a behavioral health concern requiring a healing and recovery process. These grants support develop of trauma interventions and implementation of trauma interventions in community service agencies.

Clearinghouses and Technical Assistance

  • Adolescent and School Health provides information, tools, publications, training, data, statistics, and surveillance trends to promote the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults.
  • Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) promotes the application of prevention science to advance state, tribal, jurisdictional, and community efforts to address substance use and misuse.
  • Data, Outcomes, and Quality Initiative is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration clearinghouse, providing surveys and data collection systems, publications, data access, and links to create an integrated data strategy and national framework to improve the quality of behavioral health care.
  • Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) informs and strengthens domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community, and societal levels, including services to children and youth affected by domestic violence and mental trauma. DVRN includes two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally-specific Institutes, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • Homelessness Resource Center is an interactive learning community disseminating knowledge and best practices to prevent and end homelessness to providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at federal, state, and local levels.
  • Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV) is a web-based technical assistance program featuring behavioral health experts discussing cutting edge issues in children's mental health.
  • Military Families Initiative provides technical assistance centers, hotlines, networks, publications, multimedia, and data to lead efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible to military youth and families and that outcomes are positive.
  • National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center provides adolescent health information and research to assist with the integration, synthesis, coordination, and dissemination of adolescent health-related information. The Center also identifies and analyzes the effects of public policies on the health and wellbeing of youth and their families, examines the relationship between youth health status and service delivery systems, and examines the environmental determinants of health and development.
  • National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.
  • National Center for Trauma-Informed Care is a technical assistance center that builds awareness of trauma-informed care and promotes the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services.
  • National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) provides reports, toolkits, guides, brochures, program-development plans, online training, and media assets to help current and prospective Family and Youth Services Bureau Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees — and anyone else who works with at-risk youth and families — realize their goals, better serve their communities, and improve the lives of youth and their families.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline aids victims of domestic violence 24 hours a day. Hotline advocates provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and referrals to local service providers to victims and anyone calling on their behalf.
  • Adolescent HIV/AIDS Prevention National Resource Center known as, What Works in Youth HIV, provides adolescent service providers web-based resources, evidence-based program information, and links to training and technical assistance to help prevent HIV/AIDS among adolescents, particularly adolescents from minority and high-risk populations.
  • National Resource Center for Youth Services provides training and technical assistance to youth serving organizations across the nation for improving the effectiveness of human services.
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence engages with and learns from, informs, and supports systems, organizations, communities, and individuals to strengthen capacity to effectively address domestic violence and intersecting issues
  • National Runaway Safeline (NRS) — formerly called the "National Runaway Switchboard” — is a 24-hour hotline that helps runaway and homeless youth contact their families and service providers. NRS handles approximately 100,000 calls a year, assisting youth who have run away or are considering running away and their families. NRS also provides free promotional materials with the crisis line number, including posters, bookmarks, brochures, wallet cards, stickers, and pencils.
  • Now Is The Time TA Center is the national training and technical assistance (T/TA) center for states, tribes, municipalities, communities, and local education agencies funded under the Project AWARE and Healthy Transitions grant programs.
  • Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Evaluation Training and Technical Assistance (TA) provides OAH grantees with ongoing training and TA specific to their program and evaluation activities through written guidance documents and publications, and webinars.
  • Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Grantee Resource Center provides training and technical assistance to OAH grantees and others who work to reduce teen pregnancy and serve expectant and parenting teens. It provides free and downloadable training materials, e-learning modules, informative podcasts, and webinars for youth-serving organization.
  • PromotePrevent — formerly the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention — promotes safe and healthy schools and communities where children and youth can learn, play, and grow, working closely with diverse communities across the country on improving student outcomes through school-community partnerships.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System (RHYMIS) is an automated information tool to capture and report data on the youth and families being served by Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program. Data are submitted by grantees twice a year and reported to Congress in the biannual Report to Congress on the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (PDF, 62 pages).
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center assists Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) grantee agencies with implementing evidence-based and promising approaches to serve runaway and homeless youth, accessing resources, and establishing linkages with other grantees with similar interests and concerns. Through the Center, FYSB tracks youth and family issue trends, identifies and shares best practices, sponsors conferences and workshops, and provides direct training and technical assistance.
  • Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE Online provides training, research, data resources, and interactive workspaces for communities to use to take action to prevent youth violence. STRYVE Online also offers guidance and tools to help communities develop partnerships to prevent violence; to identify, implement, and evaluate youth violence prevention approaches based upon the best available evidence; and to inform resource allocation to ensure prevention efforts are prioritized, implemented, and sustained.
  • CDC’s teen pregnancy prevention website provides data, tools, and resources.