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Next Generation Child Support Employment Services Demonstration

HHS-ACF-OCSE

Status:

Forecasted

May 19, 2023

Posted:

Deadline: 

March 22, 2024

Funding

4429412

Program:

100000

Award Floor:

Ceiling:

588235

Match Required?

No

Eligibility

All

States:

Entity Types:

State governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

StateTitleIV-Dagencies ortheumbrellaagencyandtribal TitleIV-Dagencies operatingcomprehensiveprograms Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Contact

Email:

Phone:

Source Type:

Federal

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) forecast provides information for eligible candidates interested in submitting applications for the Next Generation Child Support Employment Services Demonstration (NextGen). The NextGen program model is based on lessons learned from the National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration. Its goal is to support access to child support-led employment services for noncustodial parents. All state and tribal child support programs are eligible. Each applicant will self-identify into one of three groups:Tribal child support programsState or county child support programs without an employment program or one in operation less than five yearsState or county child support programs that have an employment program in operation five years or longerGroups 1 and 2 must provide employment and training services, work supports, and General Educational Development enrollment.Group 3 must strengthen their employment services by emphasizing participation in training-oriented services, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job training, subsidized transitional job placements, or certificate training. Alternatively, they may expand services to a new location or special population.All groups will provide enhanced child support services, which include:Order review and modification if applicableSuspension of enforcement tools while participating in the programDebt reduction services if allowedAssistance with parenting timeWraparound services, such as fatherhood and parenting classes, substance abuse, or mental health services, are a plus but not required. OCSE anticipates that the grant recipient will partner with other agencies and programs to provide the employment and training services and other wraparound services.Experience shows that programs work best if each partner focuses on their core competencies. The child support program is expected to be the fiscal agent, manage the day-to-day operation of the program, and provide enhanced child support services. OCSE does not anticipate that child support staff will provide the employment and training services or other wraparound services since these are not the child support program core competencies. These services will be paid for by the grant, but in most instances, they will be delivered by partnering agencies.This grant program will have a 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods. Year 1 will focus on start-up and development of the program design. Years 2, 3, and 4 will be devoted to providing services, and the final year will be dedicated to evaluation, close-out, and sustainability work. Grant recipients will not have to conduct their own evaluation, but must participate in an OCSE national cross-site evaluation. State and tribal child support agencies selected as implementation sites will receive technical assistance and evaluation support from the NextGen Evaluation grant recipient (see companion forecast). They will also participate in peer-to-peer technical assistance and learning opportunities.OCSE forecasts the awardees may receive up to $2,102,941 over the five-year project period. The annual award ceiling for years 1-2 is $588,235 for each year. The annual award ceiling for years 3-5 is $308,824 for each year. The award floor is $350,000 for the project period ($100,000 in years 1-2 and $50,000 in years 3-5). OCSE anticipates offering bonus points to tribal applicants.

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