The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the availability of funds under the Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (CSRAE) Program.
The purpose of Title V Competitive SRAE is to fund projects to implement education exclusively on sexual risk avoidance that teaches youth participants to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity.
Applicants are expected to submit plans for the implementation of sexual risk avoidance education that normalizes the optimal health behavior of avoiding non-marital sexual activity, with a focus on the future health, psychological well-being, and economic success of youth.
The goal of the Title V Competitive SRAE Program is to provide messages to youth that normalize the optimal health behavior of avoiding non-marital sexual activity and other risky behaviors that increase the risk for teen sex.
The following objectives of the Title V Competitive SRAE Program are to:
- Implement a curriculum that includes medically accurate information, based on adolescent learning and developmental theories for the age group receiving the education.
- Implement SRAE curricula and strategies that are culturally appropriate, recognizing the experiences of youth from diverse communities, backgrounds, and experiences.
- Teach risk avoidance skills through methods that do not normalize teen sexual activity.
- Target services to youth ages 10 to 19.
SRAE Program Requirements
ACF requires applicants to review evidence-based approaches to determine whether the interventions can be adapted, subject to copyright restrictions, implemented with fidelity, and adhere to the core curriculum components to meet the requirements of programs designed for this grant.
The selected interventions must be promising practices or have evidence of effectiveness with the target populations and adhere to the following requirements:
- Interventions and/or strategies selected must be medically accurate and complete; ageappropriate with regard to the developmental stage of the intended audience; and culturally appropriate, recognizing the experiences of youth from diverse communities, backgrounds, and experiences.
- SRA education must ensure that the unambiguous and primary emphasis and context for each topic described below is a message to youth that normalizes the optimal health behavior of delaying sexual activity until marriage.
In accordance with Title V Competitive SRAE legislation, interventions must address each of the following topics:
- The holistic, individual, and societal benefits associated with personal responsibility, self- regulation, goal setting, healthy decision-making, and a focus on the future.
- The advantage of refraining from non-marital sexual activity to improve the future prospects, and physical and emotional health of youth.
- The increased likelihood of avoiding poverty when youth attain self-sufficiency and emotional maturity before engaging in sexual activity.
- The foundational components of healthy relationships and their impact on the formation of healthy marriages and safe and stable families.
- How other youth risk behaviors, such as drug and alcohol usage, increase the risk for teen sex.
- How to resist and avoid, and receive help regarding sexual coercion and dating violence, recognizing that, even with consent, teen sex remains a youth-risk behavior.
- Estimated Total Funding: $3,400,000
- Expected Number of Awards: 10
- Award Ceiling: $450,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $13,501 Per Budget Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $350,000 Per Budget Period
- Length of Project Period: 24-month project period with two 12- month budget periods
- Applicants must provide a budget for year 1 of the project. This chart establishes award floors and ceilings by state or territory. The annual award ceiling is the maximum award amount available per budget period. Based on the availability of funds, multiple awards may be made in each state or territory.
- Alaska: $110,998
- California: $656,419
- Connecticut: $490,233
- District of Columbia: $115,889
- Hawaii: $176,567
- Illinois: $332,466
- Maine: $158,576
- New Hampshire: $85,274
- Rhode Island: $135,637
- Vermont: $54,818
- Washington: $951,672
- Guam: $80,296
- Marshall Islands: $13,501
- Northern Mariana Islands: $45,119
- Palau: $21,000
- This FOA includes the following entities as eligible applicants:
- County governments
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Independent school districts
- Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
- For-profit organizations other than small businesses
- Small businesses
- Eligible applicants are organizations and entities, including faith-based organizations or consortia, in the following states and territories: Alaska, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328895