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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and
Agencies to Analyze Data of National Career Program Studies

Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

LOI Date:

05/27/22

Deadline Date:

06/27/22 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Description:

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Cooperative agreements of up to $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, for-profits, and tribal organizations to analyze data collected through national studies of career programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The purpose of these grants is to better understand, and further research the effectiveness of services funded by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs that aim to address the employment and self-sufficiency needs of TANF recipients and those eligible for or at risk of TANF receipt. Career pathways programs are one such service. TANF agencies may use TANF, and maintenance-of-effort funds to support a range of benefits, and services for low-income parents as part of a career pathways approach. These grants are intended to support rigorous, policy-relevant research of such approaches through secondary analysis of data sets from OPRE evaluations of career pathways programs—the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project and Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Evaluation.

The proposed research should further the understanding of the effect of state TANF programs by understanding the role of career pathways programs in improving the educational attainment, employment, and economic stability of TANF recipients and other adults eligible for or at risk of TANF receipt. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, key program implementation characteristics; mediators and moderators of career pathways programs; and measurement of key constructs related to career pathways programs, such as innovative approaches to basic skills education and/or occupational training for TANF recipients, provision of supportive services, career progress, and job quality. OPRE is additionally interested in projects that seek to understand how TANF-supported career pathways programs can improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in the labor market as they work to advance TANF's goals of promoting job preparation and work.

It is expected that results from the research funded through this grant program will contribute to the understanding of the effectiveness of career pathways programs and related services offered by TANF programs to promote job preparation and employment among TANF recipients and other adults eligible for or at risk of TANF receipt. Thus, each recipient is expected to participate in a consortium of recipients, meeting and communicating regularly to share lessons learned, identify opportunities for collaboration, and develop resources to disseminate widely. In the course of working with the consortium, recipients' originally proposed plans in areas of dissemination and analysis may be adjusted if appropriate

The specific goals of the Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants are to support the following:

  • Better understand the effectiveness of career pathways programs in meeting TANF’s second statutory purpose—to end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation and employment;
  • Examine research questions relevant to career pathways programs’ goals and objectives related to TANF’s aim to promote job preparation and employment;
  • Augment OPRE's multi-pronged evaluation of career pathways programs by focusing on particular questions relevant to TANF agencies; TANF-funded services including career pathways; key program implementation characteristics; mediators and moderators of career pathways programs; and measurement of key constructs related to career pathways programs, such as innovative approaches to basic skills education and/or occupational training for TANF recipients, provision of supportive services, career progress, and job quality;
  • Support research to inform and improve career pathways program design, implementation, and performance, and the delivery of related TANF-funded services;
  • Address issues of current relevance to decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly those related to career pathways for TANF recipients and adults eligible for or at risk of TANF receipt.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186215

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$300,000

Number of Grants:

4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $75,000
Award Floor: $50,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2022
Length of Project Periods: 24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • 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
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant eligibility is unrestricted except for provisions noted in this section. 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. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity. Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

Additional Information on Eligibility:
ACF encourages tribally controlled land grant colleges and universities, historically Black colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions to apply. Additionally, any other institutions with the research capacity and interest in the focus of the grant are welcome to apply.
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.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity. Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Due Date for Letter of Intent 05/27/2022
- Due Date for Applications 06/27/2022

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 pm ET on the due date.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this funding opportunity

Cost Sharing/Matching Requirement: No

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html
- Register with SAM: All organizations (entities) applying online through Grants.gov must register with SAM. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov. SAM registration must be renewed annually. For detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html
- Create a Grants.gov Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Grants.gov. Follow the on-screen instructions provided on the registration page.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335622
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Office Contact:
Nicole Constance
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
330 C St., SW.
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 401-7260
(202) 205-3598
Email: Nicole.Constance@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Bridget Shea-Westfall
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
(877) 350-5913
Email: CPDataGrants@icf.com

CFDA Number:

93.595

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2022-ACF-OPRE-PE-0080

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