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Last Chance to Apply for FRPN State Planning Mini-Grants

Posted by Melissa Byers

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Dec 6, 2018


The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) will issue up to 12, $10,000 grants to support state planning projects to develop, augment or sustain initiatives to promote father inclusion in policies and practices in state agencies, departments and programs that serve families.  
There are just three weeks left to apply for this funding. Applications (one per state) will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31, 2018.
Read on to learn about two strategic planning services offered by NFI that the mini-grants can be used on.

The two strategic planning services offered by National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) that grantees may use funds on have both already been used with great success by organizations and agencies such as the Iowa Department of Human Services, Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the District of Columbia Housing Authority, and The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. They are ideal for helping to start new or improve existing initiatives.
Eligible Strategic Planning Offering #1 
The Father Engagement Experience™

A two-day, invigorating, interactive, in-person strategic planning retreat delivered by NFI. The process we use cuts through clutter and distractions that can bog down decision making, planning, and strategic action, allowing you to walk away with a customized Father Engagement Game Plan™ (see a sample from the Iowa Department of Human Service's Father Engagement Experience™ at 
Eligible Strategic Planning Offering #2 
The Father Readiness Network Assessment™:
A comprehensive assessment that helps you measure your network's level of father engagement at micro and/or macro levels using an online version of NFI's copyrighted, trademarked Father Friendly Check-Up™. It assesses how well each site/office engages fathers in programs and services, and whether the culture of each site/office is well suited for effectively engaging fathers. It results in a comprehensive, customized assessment report allowing you to implement a tactical plan from a decentralized or centralized perspective to increase father engagement.

Planning groups must include the State Child Support (IV-D) director or his/her designee, a researcher with a focus on fatherhood or family policy and at least one other high-level state official. Awards will be made to a single administering agency such as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, a state or local government agency, a public or private university or a research organization.
Timeframe and Questions
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from October 15, 2018, through December 30, 2018. Awards will be announced on a rolling basis through January 30, 2019. Please contact Jessica Pearson ( with questions.
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Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

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