FY2024 Basic Center Program (BCP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) supports organizations and communities that work every day to end youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. FYSB's Division of Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) is accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the BCP is to provide temporary emergency shelter and counseling services to youth, under the age of 18, who have runaway or left home without permission of their parents or guardians; have been forced to leave their home; cannot live safely with a parent, legal guardian, or relative; have no other safe alternative living arrangement; or youth experiencing homelessness who might otherwise end up in contact with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems.

    ACYF, through FYSB, supports the safety, permanency, well-being, and self-sufficiency of youth who have runaway or are experiencing homelessness and youth and young adults who cannot live safely with a parent, legal guardian, or relative and have no other safe alternative living arrangement.


    History of Funding

    Up to $22,414,392 was available in total funding for 90 awards in FY2023.

    Up to $13,440,716 was available in total funding for 68 awards in FY2022.

    Up to $24,000,000 was available in total funding for 150 awards in FY2020.

    Additional Information

    The Basic Center Program (BCP) provides 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. BCPs work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. BCP grant recipients provide youth under 18 years of age with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care. BCP grant recipients can provide up to 21 days of shelter for youth and seeks to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Additional services may include: street-based services; home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family; drug abuse education and prevention services; and at the request of runaway and homeless youth, testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

    Through the provision of temporary emergency shelter and services, indicators of improvements include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Social and Emotional Well-being: Youth will connect to trauma-informed, system of care providers to assist with physical health, substance abuse treatment, mental health, personal safety (e.g., identify potential trafficking situations), and sexual risk behaviors they may face.
    • Permanent Connections: Youth will experience positive ongoing attachments to families, communities, schools, and other social networks.
    • Education or Employment: Youth will connect to school or vocational training programs, improve interviewing skills, or job attainment skills, and obtain employment.
    • Safe and Stable housing: Youth will transition to safe and stable housing that appropriately matches their level of need after leaving a BCP to include the following: moving in with family, when appropriate, or other permanent supportive housing; rapid re-housing; or residential treatment center or substance abuse treatment facility

    Funds may not be used for:

    • The costs of organized fundraising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions;
    • Proposal costs are the costs of preparing bids, proposals, or applications on potential Federal and non-Federal awards or projects, including the development of data necessary to support the non-Federal entity's bids or proposals.
    • Reimbursement of pre-award costs;
    • Construction; or
    • The purchase of real property


    Gloria Watkins

    Gloria Watkins
    Family and Youth Services Bureau
    200 Independence Avenue, S.W
    Washington, DC 20201
    (202) 205-9546

    Katrina Morgan

    Katrina Morgan
    330 C Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20201
    (202) 401-5127

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible entities include:

    • Public and nonprofit private entities 
    • State, county, city or township, and special district governments 
    • Independent school districts 
    • Public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education 
    • Private institutions of higher education 
    • Public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities 
    • Nonprofits with or without a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service, other than institutions of higher education 
    • Native American tribal governments (federally recognized) 
    • Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments) 

    Public and nonprofit entities and combinations of such entities are eligible to apply unless they are part of the juvenile justice system. For profit organizations are not eligible. Private institutions of higher education must be non-profit entities.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted electronically by June 7, 2024, 11:59 PM ET. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Anticipated total funding amount is $18,000,000 in FY24, up to 72 awards expected to be funded. Awards will range between $50,000 and $250,000. Project period of performance is 36 months, with three 12-month budget periods. Expected program start date is September 30, 2024. Cost sharing/matching of 10% of projects total cost is required.

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