Funding Opportunities: Notice of Grants, Awards & Scholarships Duke University
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This information is compiled and published solely as an informational service to Duke researchers, scholars, and staff.

Administration for Children and Families - Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care Grant

Synopsis:

The Administration for Children and Families accepts application for the Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care Grant. These funds will provide cooperative agreements to States, Tribes, and counties with the goal of addressing grantee specific issues which cause children and youth to remain in foster care longer than three years. The cooperative agreements will fund activities related to reducing the length of time children and youth spend in foster care including: The planning necessary to develop effective system change strategies; Collaborative planning to leverage other Federal, State and local investments of existing funding streams into effective permanency achievement programs and practices;

The range of activities needed to build infrastructure systems that can fully develop, adopt, implement, assess, and sustain effective permanency achievement programs; The services which address barriers to children's placement with permanent families outside of the foster care system; Rigorous program evaluations that include process/implementation, outcome, and cost study components, as well as time and effort related to participation in the cross-site evaluation; and Dissemination of grantee success or challenges in reduction of the use of long-term foster care. All applicants must identify the barriers to permanent placement within their system and incorporate systems change strategies which will address the barriers throughout the continuum of service to reduce the likelihood that future children entering foster care encounter similar barriers upon entry or during their stay in care. The cooperative agreements allow flexibility in identification of the target population. Flexibility is also provided in the design of the interventions to positively impact permanency and well being outcomes related to the reduction of long-term foster care. If grant funds are used to provide direct services they should not supplant Federal, State, or local funding. Systems change strategies and program models may focus on, but are not limited to: Reducing the number of children who enter care; Intervening at the point of entry with the families of children who typically remain in care for lengthy periods of time; Intervening with children who have already experienced long stays in foster care; Supporting permanency achievement through on-going stabilization of reunification, guardianship, kinship and adoptive placements; Revising practices in the arena of well-being to expedite achievement of permanency; State/Tribal collaboration to develop strategies to reduce the length of stay for the foster care population with Tribal heritage; Any other services that are likely to impact the permanency and well being outcomes of children and youth who have long stays in foster care; or Any combination of the above services. Grantees will be eligible to receive incentive payments if they achieve targets for outcomes in the areas of permanency and well-being. Grantees will be given flexibility in how to use the incentive payments to fund enhanced project-related activities. There are three expected results of the five year grants: Grantees will engage in substantial systems change efforts with the goal of reducing long-term foster care. Grantees will implement programs and practices which can be shown to reduce the length of time children and youth spend in foster care. Rigorous evaluation will provide substantial information about the effectiveness of systems change activities and of the programs and practices implemented in reducing long-term foster care.

Deadlines: Aug. 9, 2010.

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website:
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=55073

Disciplinary Category:
Community Development; Medical - Clinical Science; Social Sciences.

Numerical value: $2,500,000

Deadlines:
External Deadline: 8/9/2010

Note: For Duke researchers, scholars, and staff.
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The Office of Research Administration -
For School of Medicine and School of Nursing
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For Campus Schools and Centers
The Office of Research Administration must review all Duke University Medical Center applications for the School of Medicine and School of Nursing prior to submission to the sponsor. Business proposals are due at the ORA offices seven (7) business days in advance of the sponsor deadline. The Office of Research Support must review all Duke University applications for Campus Schools and Centers prior to submission to the sponsor. Business proposals are due at the ORS offices five (5) business days in advance of sponsor the deadline.
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Last updated 6/10/2010