Runaway and Homeless Youth National Communication System Program Grants

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Subject: Youth Welfare, Homeless Youth, Runaway Youth, Safety
Deadline: June 12, 2017

"The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will award one cooperative agreement on a competitive basis for a period of three years to operate the Runaway and Homeless Youth National Communication System (NCS) Program. The NCS Program is a dedicated toll-free, U.S. national communication system that provides information, referral services, crisis intervention, prevention approaches, and communication services to vulnerable, at-risk, and runaway and homeless youth and their families or legal guardians.

The purpose of the NCS is to a) prevent youth from running away and becoming homeless, and b) link youth with a family member or guardian, and/or an available resource that can provide and/or assist the youth in acquiring needed services. To fulfill the objectives of the legislation, the NCS must provide, among other services, a neutral and confidential channel of communication that is available on a 24-hours per day, seven days per week, basis throughout the United States so that youth contemplating running away and runaway and homeless youth may re-establish contact with their parents or legal guardians if possible. The NCS Program is also expected to work closely and collaboratively with FYSB to fulfill its mission as the federally funded communication system for runaway and homeless youth."

Funder: Administration for Children & Families
Eligibility: "Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, small businesses, for profit organizations other than small businesses, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, state governments, county governments, city or township governments, special district governments, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, others. Priority will be given to applicants that have experience in providing telephone services to vulnerable youth, at-risk youth, and runaway and homeless youth. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement."
Amount: $1,000,000 - $1,600,000
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