Chafee Education and Training Vouchers Program (ETV)

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.



Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact Regional Administrator for Children and Families.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Children & Family Services, New York Office Of $ 1,840,807   2018-10-012020-09-30
Job & Family Services, Ohio Department Of $ 1,533,421   2018-10-012020-09-30
Children & Families, Florida Department Of $ 2,360,866   2018-10-012020-09-30
Department Of Child Services- State Of Indiana $ 2,202,822   2018-10-012020-09-30
Human Services, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 1,618,335   2018-10-012020-09-30
Human Services, Oregon Department Of $ 1,548,601   2018-10-012020-09-30
Social Services, California Department Of $ 5,232,301   2018-10-012020-09-30
Family & Protective Services, Texas Department Of $ 3,080,307   2018-10-012020-09-30
Children & Family Services, Illinois Department Of $ 2,326,261   2018-10-012020-09-30
Arizona Department Of Economic Security $ 1,432,926   2018-10-012020-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 56 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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

Applicant Eligibility

State governments, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (hereafter 'states'), U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa, and eligible Indian tribes, Indian tribal organizations, or Indian tribal consortia (hereafter 'tribes') with an approved plan.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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

Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applications must include the information and assurances required from the state or tribe.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Procedures

Quarterly awards are made up to the amount of one-fourth of the state's or tribe's annual allotment.

Deadlines

Jun 30, 2017 The plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year.

Authorization

Social Security Act, Title IV, Part E, Section 477(h); as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval/disapproval is due September 30th of each year.

Appeals

Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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 to 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%. The Federal government will pay 80 percent of the total amount of funds expended by the grantee up to the amount of Chafee Education and Training Voucher Program funds allocated. The grantee must provide matching contributions to cover the additional 20 percent of the costs. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant awards are made quarterly on a fiscal year basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.

Records

Grantees must develop and maintain records which permit review of expenditures in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR Part 75.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $42,608,145; FY 17 est $42,000,000; and FY 18 est $42,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2016 states: 65,8123 to $5,826,882 with an average of $818,910 per state FY 2016 tribes: $4,542 to $12,513 with an average of $6,196 per tribe.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

ACYF-CB-PI-03-06, issued July 8, 2003; ACYF-CB-PI-14-03, issued March 5, 2014; ACYF-CB-PI-14-04, issued March 5, 2014; ACYF-CB-PI-16-03, issued April 13, 2016; and ACYF-CB-PI-16-04, issued April 14, 2016.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact Regional Administrator for Children and Families.

Headquarters Office

Catherine Heath 330 C Street SW, Room 3509A, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Catherine.Heath@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-690-7888

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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