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SPECIAL RELEASE: Federal Government Releases Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunity Announcement

***Special Release***

Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Replication of Evidence-based Programs (Tier 1)

The newly established Office of Adolescent Health, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a funding opportunity announcement for a $75 million funding stream to support medically accurate, age appropriate, evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
This $75 million funding stream (Tier 1) is part of a larger $114.5 million funding stream appropriated for Fiscal Year 2010 that provides for teen pregnancy prevention programs. The Office of Adolescent Health will soon be releasing an announcement for the other $25 million funding stream (Tier 2) for programs that utilize innovative strategies for preventing teen pregnancy. The remaining money will be available for “training and technical assistance, evaluation, outreach, and additional program support activities” (pg 5).
Who is Eligible to Apply:
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, universities, hospitals, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, American Indian/Alaskan Native tribal governments or organizations, and state and local governments, including school districts and departments of education and health (pg 15-16).
Target Audience for Projects:
Projects should target individuals 19 years of age and under (at the time of initial enrollment in the program) and the announcement specifically includes pre-teens as a possible target population.
o   Applicants should clearly define target population by age group and “priority population” (homeless youth, immigrants, etc) within a “defined geographic area with high teen birth rates” (pg 9).
o   “All adolescents shall be eligible to participate in program services without regard to race, ethnicity or sexual identity” (pg 5).
Eligible Programs:
The grants provide for applicants to replicate programs from a list of teen pregnancy prevention or youth development programs with proven effectiveness, as determined by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
o   The 28 eligible programs (listed in Appendix A) include: Aban Aya Youth Project; Adult Identity Mentoring (Project AIM); All4You! Assisting in Rehabilitating Kids (ARK); Be Proud! Be Responsible!; Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!; Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART); Children’s Aid Society (CAS)—Carrera Program; Comprehensive Abstinence and Safer Sex Intervention; ¡Cuídate!; Draw the Line/Respect the Line; FOCUS; HIV Risk Reduction Among Detained Adolescents; Horizons; It’s Your Game: Keep it Real; Making a Difference!; Making Proud Choices!; Promoting Health Among Teens!; Project TALC; Reducing the Risk; Rikers Health Advocacy Program (RHAP); Safer Sex; Seattle Social Development Project; SiHLE; Sisters Saving Sisters; Teen Health Project; Teen Outreach Program; What Could You Do? (pg 38).
Applicants who propose adapted versions of these programs or replicate programs not listed here are strongly advised to instead apply for the  innovative programs funding stream (Tier 2), or view instructions for adaptations on page six of the funding announcement.
Award Amounts:
It is anticipated that this program will provide 150, five year cooperative agreements under four funding categories:
o   Range A: $400,000 to $600,000 per year
o   Range B: $600,000 to $1,000,000 per year
o   Range C: $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 per year
o   Range D: $1,500,000 to $4,000,000 per year (a maximum of 10 projects in this range will be chosen)
o   Projects funded in Ranges C and D are expected to be implemented in multiple sites within a targeted geographic area (e.g., school district, an urban area, or a county). Successful applicants for funding in Ranges C and D will be required to develop an independent grantee-level evaluation (pg 9).
Technical Assistance:
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has scheduled a technical assistance webinar for organization interested in this funding opportunity announcement on Wednesday, April 14th from 3:00-5:00pm EST.
During this time, participants will be able to learn more about the OAH Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Replication of Evidence-Based Programs Funding Opportunity Announcement, including the purpose and requirements, how to apply for funds, and program eligibility requirements. Participants will need to have access to a computer with an internet connection and a phone line.
There are a limited number of phone lines available for this webinar. Please be sure to call-in and log-in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. If you are unable to join the webinar, a recording of the entire presentation and any handouts will be available within 2-3 business days on the OAH website at
Log-in Instructions for the Webinar:
To access the audio:
Call-in Number: (800) 369-1133        
Passcode: 9414629
To access the presentation materials:
Conference number: PW7069256
Audience passcode: 9414629
Participants can join the event directly at:

Important Dates:
May 3, 2010 (Monday)
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Letter of intent due (recommended, but not required).
May 17, 2010 (Monday)
11:00 p.m. Eastern Time (electronically)
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (hard copy)
Applications due for programs that are not listed in Appendix A (earlier submission date reflects extra review steps necessary for these applications).
June 1, 2010 (Tuesday)
11:00 p.m. Eastern Time (electronically)
5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (hard copy)
Applications due.
September 30, 2010 (Thursday)
Cooperative agreements expected to be awarded.
SIECUS will be providing more information and resources as these become available. Please refer to the funding announcement for more details: