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Basic Center Program

Grants to USA Public and Private Nonprofit Entities to Provide
Counseling and Shelter Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) - Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

Deadline Date:

07/01/19 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Submission


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Grants to USA public and private nonprofit entities, including IHEs, to provide community-based counseling and short-term shelter services for homeless and runaway youth (under 18 years). Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Pursuant to section 312(b)(1)(2) of the RHYA, "projects will operate a center in an area which is frequented by or easily reachable by runaway and homeless youth; provides temporary (emergency) shelter that has a minimum residential capacity of four and maximum capacity of not more than 20 youth in a single structure, except where the [project]... has a state or local law or regulation that requires a higher maximum to comply with licensure requirements...” For the purpose of this FOA, individual host family homes are exempt from the minimum number of four youth per structure as defined by the RHY Rule.

Goal: Provide emergency shelter and counseling services to youth, under the age of 18, who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, have been forced to leave home, or other homeless youth who might end up in contact with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.

Vision: Establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth under the age of 18 and their families.

Through the provision of temporary, emergency shelter and services, indicators of improvements include, but are not limited to:

- Social and Emotional Well-being: Youth will connect to system of care providers to assist with physical health, substance abuse, mental health, personal safety (e.g., identify potential trafficking situations), and sexual risk behaviors they may face.)
- Permanent Connections: Youth will experience ongoing attachments to families, communities, schools, and other social networks.
- Education or Employment: Youth will connect to school or vocational training programs, improve interviewing skills or job attainment skills, and obtain employment.
- Safe and Stable housing: Youth will transition to safe and stable housing to include moving in with family, when appropriate, or other permanent supportive housing.

Consistent with the statutory mandates set forth in the RHYA, as well as the regulatory requirements set forth in the RHY Rule, BCP Projects include the following components:

- Shelter and Counseling
- Comprehensive Youth-Centered Service Model
- Sustainability Plan

For details on each of these project components, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171943

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 89

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $200,000 Per Project Period
-Award Floor: $50,000 Per Project Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $171,074 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is 09/30/2019.

Length of Project Period: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Public and nonprofit entities and combinations of such entities are eligible to apply. For profit organizations are not eligible. Private institutions of higher education must be nonprofit entities.

In selecting eligible applicants under this FOA, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible applicants who have demonstrated experience in providing services to runaway and homeless youth.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 07/01/2019

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date.

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:

Grantees are required to meet a non-federal share of the project cost, in accordance with section 383 of the RHY Act, (34 U.S.C. § 11274).

Matching requirements (including in-kind contributions) of less than $200,000 (up to $199,999) are waived under grants made to the governments of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (other than those consolidated under other provisions of 48 U.S.C. 1469) pursuant to 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d). This waiver applies whether the matching required under the grant equals or exceeds $200,000.

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Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery:

FYSB Operations Center
c/o F2-Solutions
Attn: Basic Center Program FOA
1401 Mercantile Lane
Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

Program Office Contact:

Gloria Watkins
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Family and Youth Services Bureau, Headquarters
330 C Street, SW.
Switzer Building, Third Floor, Room 3617c
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 205-9546

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
330 C Street, SW.
Switzer Building, Third Floor, Room 3204
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-5127

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