PREP Community Investment Grant

Fact Forward is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2020-2022 State Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Community Investment Grant. Based on the LOIs submitted, organizations will be invited to complete full the application.

About PREP

Through the State Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), the Federal Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) awards grants to State agencies to educate young people on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. The program targets youth ages 10–19 who are homeless, in foster care, live in rural areas or in geographic areas with high teen birth rates, or come from racial or ethnic minority groups. The program also supports pregnant and parenting youth. 

Projects PREP Supports

PREP projects replicate effective, evidence-based program models or substantially incorporate elements of projects that have been proven to delay sexual activity, increase condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reduce pregnancy among youth.  Funded organizations may also provide referrals to youth and may help enroll eligible youth in public assistance programs, like Medicaid, CHIP or any other Federal or State assistance program for which they may be eligible.

In addition to education on abstinence and contraceptive use, PREP projects also offer services to prepare young people for adulthood by implementing activities that address three or more of the Adult Preparation Topics areas below:

  • Healthy Relationships - Including development of positive self-esteem and relationship dynamics, friendships, dating, romantic involvement, marriage, and family interactions
  • Positive Adolescent Development - To include promotion of healthy attitudes and values about adolescent growth and development, body image, racial and ethnic diversity, and other related subjects
  • Financial Literacy - To support the development of self-sufficiency and independent living skills
  • Parent-Child Communication Skills - To encourage positive communication between parents and children to establish individual values and make healthy decisions
  • Healthy Life Skills - Such as goal-setting, decision making, negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, and stress management

Applicant Eligibility

There are two (2) funding tracks through PREP, both outlined below. Applicants, please note: An organization/community can only apply for one funding track.

Capacity Building Applicant

Community has little to no experience with implementing youth-focused, reproductive health evidence-based programs and/or does not have an active community work group (CWG) consisting of diverse and engaged partners from a broad spectrum of community sectors.

The goal is to build and enhance the community’s capacity to implement and evaluate evidence-based adolescent reproductive programming to support young people becoming self-sufficient adults. Capacity Building Partner’s ability to transition to a Program Implementation Partner in Year 2 is contingent upon performance.

Program Implementation Applicant

Community that has experience implementing some type of evidence-based program previously with a group of identified young people and has an active community work group (CWG) consisting of diverse and engaged partners from a broad spectrum of community sectors.

Example of Community Partners may include but is not limited to:

  • Agencies serving LGBTQ+ youth
  • Community-based youth serving organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Schools
  • Substance use disorder providers

Letters of Intent

To advance to the next stage of the grant process, Letters of Intent (LOI) must do the following:

  • Identify which funding track the applicant is interested in
  • Identify applicant and its current/potential community partners
  • Identify service area and population with a brief statement of need
  • Identify at least two potential Adult PREP topics that will be addressed
  • Briefly describe potential Project Scope

LOIs should be no more than two single-spaced pages, at twelve-point font.

Please submit a PDF of your LOI to Meredith M. Talford at mtalford@factforward.org by 5 PM on Friday, February 28, 2020.