Agency: Health & Human Services Dept. (HHS) Admin. for Children & Families, ACF); Program: Basic Center Program (CFDA Number: 93.623) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2012-ACF-ACYF-CY-0303); Eligibility: Governments, public and private colleges and universities and nonprofits with or without 501 (c)(3) status; Funding: $14 million for 90 awards ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 each; Deadline (Tentative): April 8 (solicitation); June 7 (deadline).
Purpose: ACF's James Winton tells FAM that ACF is still on track to release this solicitation in early April, with a deadline about 60 days later. The actual funding amount was reduced by FY 2012 appropriations from by $5 million, thus the total estimated number of awards has dropped from 108 to about 90.
BCP funds programs that offer alternatives for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The program seeks to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care.
Most basic centers can provide 21 days of shelter for up to 20 youth at a time. There are exceptions for jurisdictions that have different standards for licensing.
Basic centers seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements.
This program coincides with ACF's Street Outreach Program (SOP), which funds programs to serve homeless youth on the streets. The SOP solicitation is due around the same time as this program. For a FAM funding forecast story on SOP, please visit http://www.cdpublications.com/fam/9764.