Monday, June 3, 2013

Funding for Basic Center Program Announced

The Administration for Children & Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a funding opportunity for the implementation of the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of BCP is to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of youth, particularly those that are runaways or homeless, and their families. The program provides youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and health care referrals. Generally, BCPs can provide 21 days of shelter for about 20 youth. BCPs seek to reunite young people with their families whenever possible or find appropriate alternative placements.

The Family and Youth Services Bureau requires that grantees incorporate elements of the Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach into their programs. The theory behind PYD is that risky behavior in young people can be prevented by helping them reach their full potential. PYD strategies consist of leadership opportunities, skill-building exercises, and community involvement.

The due date for applications is July 22, 2013. HHS intends to give 116 awards. The maximum amount per award is $200,000 and the minimum is $50,000 (with an average amount of $155,000) per year.  Projects can last up to three years, with funding past the initial year subject to acceptable progress and availability of funds. To see a list of 2012 awards granted, click here. For more information on this funding opportunity, click here

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