Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) has received several questions from our grantees currently receiving Transitional Living Program (TLP)/Maternity Group Home (MGH) grant funding that ends in April 2018 regarding their eligibility to apply for grants through the current Fiscal Year (FY)17 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is intended to respond to questions grantees have posed, either to their Federal Project Officer (FPO) or a Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Regional Program Manager.

1. How many TLP or MGH grants are ending in April 2018?
There are approximately 102 TLP or MGH grants ending in April 2018.

2. Can a TLP/MGH grantee whose five-year grant ends in April of 2018 apply for a grant through the FY17 FOA?
Yes. However, the application must target a different geographic area or population than they are serving under the current FYSB-funded TLP/MGH grant.

3. Will there be a new five-year grant competition for fiscal year 2018 (FY18)?
The expectation is FYSB will issue a TLP/MGH FOA to award new grants for FY18, subject to the availability of funds. If/When Congress appropriates funding for FY18, FYSB will plan to publish a FOA that will provide funding for a new five-year grant beginning no later than September 2018.

4. What is the timeline for a FY18 FOA?
It is uncertain at this time.  FYSB will announce a FY18 FOA as early as possible at the start of FY18; however, no awards can be made until Congress completes the appropriations process for FY18 (which could occur before the start of FY18 on October 1, 2017 or not be completed until later in the year).

5. Will "bridge" funding be available for grantees whose five-year grant ends in April 2018?
No, FYSB does not plan to make bridge funding available for programs with funding ending in April 2018. It is uncertain how much funding Congress will provide for FY18, which FYSB intends to allocate for both new starts through a FY18 FOA and non-competing continuation funding for existing grants.

6. What options are available to a provider if their five-year grant is ending in April 2018?

  • Apply for a new five-year grant (subject to availability of funds) with an award date of September 2017 through the FY17 TLP/MGH FOA, which focuses on a different geographic area and/or population than is currently targeted in the five year grant ending April 2018.  Again, it is important to emphasize that this must be EITHER a new geographic area OR a new population.
  • Apply for a no-cost extension for the grant ending April 2018.
    • The no-cost extension will allow time for grantees to continue to spend any unspent funds after April 2018, to complete unmet goals and objectives.
    • Programs operating under a no-cost extension can apply for an FY18 grant if/when Congress appropriates funding for FY18.

7. How do I apply for a no-cost extension?
Your FPO can assist you with this process and explain what is meant by "unspent funds."