Grants for Abstinence Programs

State Abstinence Education Program Grants aim to provide assistance to States to enable them to make new or supplement current abstinence education programs. The States are given the option to give mentoring, counseling, and adult guidance to push for abstinence from sexual activity with emphasis on groups that are seen as likely to have children out-of-wedlock. Religious and community-based groups are encouraged to take part in this grant by establishing a collaborative relationship with State agencies to promote this abstinence programs.

Section 510 of Title V of the Social Security Act was established under Section 912 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193). Section 510 State Abstinence Education Program was reassigned in June 2004 from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FSYB).

The Abstinence Grant projects must comply with legislative priorities which are described in the aforementioned Section 510 of Title V of the Social Security Act. The legislation defined abstinence education as “an educational or motivational program that

  • Has as the sole purpose of teaching the social, psychological, and health benefits which can be attained by abstaining from sexual activity;
  • Teaches abstinence from extra marital sexual activity outside marriage;
  • Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;
  • Teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is most likely to cause adversel psychological and physical effects;
  • Teaches that having children out-of-wedlock is most likely to serious repercussions the child, the child’s parents, and even society;
  • Teaches young adults to say no to sexual advances, as well as how drugs and alcohol use make them more vulnerable to sexual advances; and
  • Teaches the importance of being self-sufficiency before having any sexual activity.

The State Abstinence Education Program grants are handed out to States as a formula grant which means that it is dependent on statutory formulas that is based on the ratio of disadvantaged kids in a State to the total number in all of the States. The figures must be based on current census data. Applications are solicited by the Family Youth Services Bureau at the Administration for Children and Families with a yearly Program Announcement. Eligible organizations must submit their applications directly to the State in order to avail of this program.

Additional information about the State Abstinence Education Program grants may be obtained from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth. They may be reached at phone number: 301-608-8098 or E-Mail: info@ncfy.com

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