Program Description

Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) and Education Training Vouchers (ETV) provide funds to states and eligible tribes to help youth in foster care and former foster youth ages 18-21 make a successful transition from foster care to self-sufficiency by providing educational, vocational, and other services and supports. The ETV program provides funds for vouchers for postsecondary education and training. Tribes with an approved title IV-E plan to directly operate a title IV-E program or tribes that have a title IV-E tribal/state cooperative agreement or contract have the option to apply to receive a grant directly from ACF. Tribes that are not eligible or that do not wish to apply for a direct allocation may enter an agreement with a state to receive a portion of the state's allotment. Federal law requires that states ensure fair and equitable treatment of Indian youth in foster care and negotiate in good faith with any tribe that requests to develop an agreement to administer or supervise the CFCIP or an ETV program with respect to eligible Indian children.

General Program Requirements

Tribes must have an approved title IV-E plan.

Tribes receiving direct funding under CFCIP and/or ETV are required to provide a 20 percent match.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Program Contact Information

Joseph Bock
Deputy Associate Commissioner
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.599
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityTribes must submit a 5-year Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and then Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs). These should be based on tribal population under age 21 and taken from state allocations (no tribal set-aside in statute).
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeFormula Grant
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceIndian tribes, Indian tribal organizations, or Indian tribal consortia administering title IV-B, subparts 1 and/or 2, and title IV-E of the Social Security Act; and Tribal Independent Living and Education and Training Voucher Coordinators.
Matching Funds RequiredTribes receiving direct funding under CFCIP and/or ETV are required to provide a 20 percent match.
Length of ProgramAnnual
Recurring Base Funding for TribesAnnual
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this ProgramIn FY 2015, four tribes received direct funding CFCIP (approximately $82,000 total); In FY 2015, three tribes received direct funding for ETV (approx. $23,000).

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