ACL Announces Nearly $2 Million to Support Statewide Implementation of the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers.

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Advancing State Implementation of the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

An informational call for prospective applicants will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 2:00 PM ET.

Phone number: 800-475-0448 | Passcode: 3985831

Applications Due: August 6, 2024

ACL is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $2 million to support statewide implementation of the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. ACL will award four cooperative agreements to state units on aging (SUA) to undertake a range of activities in response to this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO). Each project will be fully funded for a period of 24 months with one, 24-month budget of up to $490,000. Each grantee will be expected to focus on implementing at least three (3) of the five goals of the Strategy, as determined by the state’s needs and priorities, including:

• Goal 1: Increasing awareness of, and outreach to, family caregivers.
• Goal 2: Advancing partnerships and engagement with family caregivers.
• Goal 3: Strengthening services and supports for family caregivers.
• Goal 4: Ensuring financial and workplace security for family caregivers.
• Goal 5: Expanding data and the use of research and evidence-based practices to support family caregivers.

Successfully implementing the actions and recommendations contained in the Strategy will require the grantees to break down silos that exist through close collaboration by multiple agencies in the state. In this regard, each grantee will be required to work with their state’s developmental disabilities services agency and at least one other state agency (e.g., state Medicaid, public health, mental health, education, transportation, child welfare, labor, state universities, etc.) or tribe/tribal entity over the course of the project.

The initiative is in keeping with President Biden’s Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers, signed April 18, 2023. This executive order directs federal agencies to take more than 50 actions including those that could expand access to home and community-based services; grow and strengthen the direct care workforce; support family caregivers; and more — giving us a unique opportunity to transform our long-term care systems and mitigate the challenges faced by family, kin, and tribal caregivers.