HHS Releases Abstinence Education Funding Announcement
Washington, DC (July 26, 2013)
Applications for the grant are due August 29, 2013
Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services posted the Funding Announcement (FOA) for the Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) grant program. This grant is supported in the FY 2013 federal spending bill passed by Congress earlier this year. The CAE program provides community-based funding for programs that promote sexual risk avoidance, an effective public health-based approach. supported by parents of all demographic groups and both political parties.*
A total of $5 million dollars is allocated with the estimated individual award ranging from $200,000 - $800,000. This relatively small grant program is expected to fund about 8 programs across the United States.
The CAE program joins Title V, a state block grant, as the only two initiatives that focus on sexual risk avoidance within the federal budget. The two programs represent a very small percentage of the overall federal sex education budget as a disparate 16:1 funding ratio exists between sexual risk reduction “comprehensive” sex education and sexual risk avoidance “abstinence” education.
“We are pleased that HHS released the funding announcement for this important sexual risk avoidance program. We anticipate a robust competition for these funds, since parents and communities are eager for youth to receive skills that will help them obtain optimal sexual health. Peer reviewed studies show that sexual risk avoidance programs help teens delay sex while sexually experienced teens are more likely to have fewer partners and are no less likely to use a condom as a result of these programs,” remarked Valerie Huber, President/CEO of NAEA.
Huber continues: “I hope Congress will bring parity to sex education funding in FY 2014, so that more students can reap the benefits of a sexual risk avoidance program in their schools. According to the CDC, 75% of teens typically targeted for sex education have never had sex and their healthy decisions deserve to be supported and reinforced.”
The FOA is available at either www.grants.gov or http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb
* See here for full details.
NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve students across the nation. For more information, visit the NAEA website: www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.