Program Description

The purpose of the Basic Center Program (BCP) is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians; have been forced to leave home; or other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.

The scope of work is to include access to emergency shelter, gateway services, assessment, coordinated case management, follow-up, and continuum service linkages, and family reunification whenever possible. The Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) intent is to increase young people's safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. FYSB supports projects that:

  • Provide services for runaway and homeless youth and the families of such youth;
  • Establish an alternative to involving runaway and homeless youth in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems;
  • Provide safe and appropriate shelter for runaway and homeless youth;
  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling; and
  • Reunite youth with their families when appropriate.

General Program Requirements

In selecting eligible applicants to receive grants, priority will be given to private entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless, and street youth, as required by the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHY).

Per RHY Act section 311, for-profit organizations are not eligible. Private institutions of higher education must be non-profit entities.

In addition to both public and nonprofit private entities, a combination of such entities can receive grants per section 311(a)(1) of the RHY Act. (42 U.S.C. § 5711(a)(1)) Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations.

Interested applicants should check current funding opportunity announcements for eligibility requirements and other program-specific requirements.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Potential applicants should check for current funding opportunities for the Basic Center Program.

Program Contact Information

Gloria Watkins
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Family and Youth Services Bureau, Headquarters
330 C Street, SW/Switzer Building, Third Floor, Room 3617c
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 205-9546

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) NumberClick here to enter text.
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNon-profit organizations, tribes, tribal organizations, and Native American organizations are eligible.
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo; grants are re-competed after 3-year project cycles.
Funding TypeDiscretionary, competitive grant
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceSee current funding opportunity announcement.
Matching Funds Required10%
Length of Program36-month project cycle/period
Recurring Base Funding for TribesGrantees must compete for new grants at the end of the 3-year project cycle.
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this ProgramOglala Sioux Tribe

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