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Chafee Education and Training Vouchers Program (ETV)

Number: 93.599
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.599 Chafee Education and Training Vouchers Program (ETV)
Federal Agency (030):
Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part E, Section 477(h); as amended.
Objectives (050):
To provide resources to States and eligible Indian Tribes to make available vouchers for postsecondary training and education, to youths who have aged out of foster care or who have been adopted or left for kinship guardianship from the public foster care system after age 16.
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds may be used to provide vouchers for postsecondary education and training to youth otherwise eligible for services under the State's or Tribe's Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Vouchers may also be provided to youth who leave foster care for adoption or kinship guardianship after age 16. Vouchers can be provided to youth up to the age of 23, as long as they are participating in the program at age 21 and are making satisfactory progress toward completing their course of study or training. Vouchers provided to individuals may be available for the cost of attending an institution of higher education (as defined in section 472 of the Higher Education Act) and shall not exceed the lesser of $5,000 per grant year or the total cost of attendance as defined in section 472 of the Higher Education Act.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
State governments, including the 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (hereafter "States"), and eligible Indian Tribes, Indian Tribal organizations, or Indian Tribal consortia (hereafter "Tribes").
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Youth otherwise eligible for services under a State's or Tribe's Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. (This includes youth who have left foster care because they attained 18 years of age, and have not yet attained 21 years of age; youth likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age, commensurate with the State's or Tribe's criteria used to determine eligibility for the program; and former foster care recipients, age 21 and younger.) Vouchers may also be provided to youth who are adopted from foster care or exit foster care to kinship guardianship after attaining age 16 and to youth up to the age of 23, as long as they are participating in the voucher program at age 21 and are making satisfactory progress toward completing their course of study or training.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 92. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Applications must include the information and assurances required from the States or Tribes. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. A 5-year State or Tribal plan must be submitted with annual updates. The plan must coordinate the provision of services under the State's or Tribe's Education and Training Voucher Program with services under other Federal or Federally-assisted programs serving the same population. Plans are submitted to the appropriate Regional Child Welfare Program Manager in the appropriate ACF Regional Office.
Award Procedure (093):
Quarterly awards are made up to the amount of one-fourth of the State's or Tribe's annual allotment.
Deadlines (094):
Jun 30, 2013: June 30 of each year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 60 to 90 days. The plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year. Approval/disapproval is due September 30 of each year.
Appeals (096):
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: States: Each State is allocated an amount of funds which bears the same ratio as the number of children in foster care in that State bears to the total number of children in foster care in all States in the most recent fiscal year for which such information is available. Date submitted by States into the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) national database will be used to calculate State allotments.

Tribes: Tribes with an approved title IV-E plan to directly operate a title IV-E program or Tribes that have a title IV-E Tribal/State cooperative agreement or contract have the option to apply to receive Chafee Foster Care Independence Funds directly from the Secretary. Each Tribe with an approved plan is allocated an amount equal to the number of children in foster care under the responsibility of the Tribe (either directly or under supervision of the State) in the most recent fiscal year for which such information is available to the sum of the total number of children in foster care under the responsibility of the State within which the Tribe is located and the total number of children in foster care under the responsibility of all Indian Tribes in the State that have an approved plan.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Grant awards are made quarterly on a fiscal year basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Annual updates to the State's or Tribe's plan. An SF-425 financial status report must be submitted for the funds awarded in each Federal fiscal year (FFY) within three months after the close of the FFY in which the funds were granted (interim report) and again within three months after the close of the subsequent FFY (final report). Progress reports are not applicable. Submitted to Administration for Children and Familes, Office of Administration. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.
Records (113):
Grantees must develop and maintain records which permit review of expenditures in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92.20 and 92.42.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 13 $41,688,584; FY 14 est $42,608,000; and FY 15 est $42,608,000 - Actual funding in FY 2012 and projections for FY 2013 and FY 2014 reflect the Congressionally mandated rescission in FY 2011.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
FY 2013 States: $77,546 to $5,711,015 with an average of $800,293.
FY 2013 Tribes: $3,886 to $14,092 with an average of $7,787.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: 55 grants were awarded to all of the States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and three Indian Tribes. Fiscal Year 2014: 55 grants were awarded to all the States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and three Indian Tribes. Fiscal Year 2015: It iis anticipated that 55 grants will be awarded.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Program Instructions (PI): ACYF--CB-PI-13-03, issued April 10, 2013 and ACYF-CB-PI-13-04, issued April 10, 2013.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact Regional Administrator for Children and Families.
Headquarters Office (152):
Catherine Heath 1250 Maryland Ave, SW; 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Catherine.Heath@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-690-7888
Website Address (153):
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Not Applicable.