NYS OCFS Family Opportunity Centers Funding Opportunity, Due August 31

NYS Office of Children & Family Services Division of Child Welfare and Community Services Bureau of Program & Community Development has put out a New York State Request for Proposal due August 31, 2022.


To meet emerging needs of at risk families by increasing their protective factors and facilitating connections/coordination with community partners, including schools and mental health and substance use disorder service providers, to strengthen and support families.

This initiative is designed to support community-based efforts to develop, operate, expand, enhance, and coordinate services to prevent child abuse and neglect and to support the coordination of resources and activities to better strengthen and support families to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, and promote permanency by implementing a protective factors framework.

FOC programs will offer a wide range of prevention services that will include formal and informal parenting education, building social connections, meeting families’ concrete needs, and overcoming barriers to accessing mental health and/or substance use disorder services if needed.

Through these services, FOC’s will also support improved student mental health, school climate, and student attainment for grants awarded to school districts.

This RFP is intended to serve organizations, public agencies and educational institutions in the fifty-seven counties outside of New York City and/or any school district statewide with a 2019-20 economically disadvantaged student rate above the state average (55.6%).

Total Funds $12,000,000 | Variable Number of Awards – See RFP Section 2.3 | 3 Years | No Match | Due Date August 31, 2022


Eligibility and service requirements are quite specific for this funding. Please read the entire RFP as you consider your applicability.

1) Eligible applicants must be one of the following to receive OCFS funding: community-based or faith-based not-for-profit organizations, or public agencies.

For the purposes of this RFP, “public agency” shall mean a local office, board, department, bureau, commission, division, agency, or other instrumentality of local government, or public educational institutions (including school districts, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and individual elementary, middle, or high schools) serving students of any age and their families.

2) Applicants who meet the above requirements and the additional requirement below are eligible for NYSED funding – NYS school districts (not individual middle or high schools), that have a 2019-20 economically disadvantaged student rate above the State average (55.6%) and are proposing to start a FOC program to serve middle and junior high school students and their families for the purposes of supporting student mental health or school climate through activities including but not limited to school mental health centers and school and family engagement resources. However, a school district may be awarded a maximum of $200,000 per year of NYSED funding even if the district’s boundaries include more than one county. 

Please note: State agencies and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

Population(s) Of Focus

At-Risk Families.

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