TANF funding - call for proposals -3/00
Wed Mar 1 16:59:41 EST 2000
from: Smart Marriages
These are clips from an a call for proposals to use TANF welfare reform
money. I you are interested I'll send you the full report. However,
I thought many of you might be interested in how this works.
> Approximately $2,250,000 is to be available . . .for fiscal year 2000, and
> approximately $1 million in subsequent fiscal years.... estimate that this
level of funding will support
> between 8 and 12 ASPE awards with total budgets ranging from $75,000 to
> $150,000 for most short-term policy analyses (to be completed within
> about 12 months of award) and between 5 and 8 ACF awards with total
> budgets from $75,000 to $500,000 for either short-term or longer-term
> projects. These figures are provided as guidance but do not constitute
> minimum or maximum limits. We expect that ASPE will fund primarily
> short-term projects and ACF will fund either type. If additional
> funding becomes available in fiscal years 2000 or 2001, a greater
> number of projects may be funded.
> The passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity
> Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) brought about fundamental changes
> in our nation's income support program for needy families and children.
> Welfare reform was expected to alter behavior in regard to work,
> marriage, fertility and program participation under the Temporary
> Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant program. Under TANF,
> states were given considerable flexibility to design and implement
> their support programs for needy families with children. PRWORA
> authorized TANF through 2002.
> Between January 1993 and June 1999, the number of people receiving
> cash assistance under the prior Aid to Families with Dependent Children
> (AFDC) program or the new TANF program fell from 14.1 million to under
> 7 million recipients, a reduction of 51 percent. This decline has
> occurred partly in response to the strong economy, the Administration's
> granting of Federal waivers to support welfare reform initiatives in 43
> States prior to passage of PRWORA, and the state implementation of
> provisions of the PRWORA itself. In response to the need for government
> officials and others to better understand the policy and programmatic
> changes that have been made, the effects on families and children, and
> the implications for other organizations and programs, DHHS and others
> have sponsored and carried out a broad array of welfare reform research
> and evaluations.
> Studies in progress address a broad set of questions and have and
> will continue to produce valuable information. However, while we are
> learning a good deal in some areas there is MORE WE NEED TO KNOW.
One area for analysis:
8. The potential importance of marriage and family structure with
> respect to family well-being. To what extent does marriage improve the
> economic well-being of low-income families? How do the economic
> benefits of marriage differ by demographic characteristics including
> socioeconomic status and ethnicity? Among the low-income population,
> how does the economic well-being of married families compare to that of
> families entering other unions such as cohabitation, and what might be
> the reason for those differences? To what extent do the relative
> benefits depend on the sequencing of events such as pregnancy, birth,
> cohabitation, marriage, and union dissolution? In addition to potential
> economic benefits, does marriage among the low-income population also
> have positive impacts on adult and child behaviors, as compared to
> behaviors among single parent or cohabiting families? To what extent
> are outcomes among married individuals representative of the potential
> benefits to marriage among nonmarried individuals, and how can these
> outcomes be modeled in a way that better controls the selective factors
> affecting people's decisions to marry or not.
Part III. Abstract Application Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria
> As noted previously, ASPE and ACF are engaging in a two-part
> process. Applicants must first submit an abstract as described in the
> application section below.
> Abstracts must be received in the following format:
> 12 point font size;
> Single spaced;
> 1 inch top, bottom, left, and right margins
> The deadline for receipt of abstracts is March 29, 2000. An
> abstract will be considered as having met the deadline if it is either
> received at, or hand-delivered to, the mailing address on or before
> March 29, 2000, or postmarked before midnight three days prior to March
> 29, 2000 and received in time to be considered during the competitive
> review process (within two weeks of the deadline).
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