MaryLee Allen Grant Opportunity – SECOND ROUND DUE MARCH 18

March 18, 2022

About this Opportunity:
  • The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (the Center), seeks a second round of applications to develop and establish or expand and operate coordinated programs focused on the following areas:
  1. 1) community-based family support services, 
  2. 2) family preservation services, 
  3. 3) family reunification services, and 
  4. 4) adoption promotion and support services.  
  6. This is the second round of emergency supplemental funding  being released. The funding aims to identify the unmet needs for services or support that families at risk or in crisis are experiencing during the pandemic to address the four key areas mentioned above and in more outlined below.  
  8. The Center invites applications from community organizations for projects to address to following objectives, in accordance with the specifications contained in the Request for Applications (RFA)
  10. 1) Community-based family support services to prevent child maltreatment among families at risk through the provision of supportive family services. (Including adoptive, foster, and extended families as well as programs that offer direct incentives/payments to the aforementioned) 
  11. 2) Family preservation services to assure children’s safety within the home and preserve intact families in which children have been maltreated, when the family’s problems can be addressed effectively. 
  12. 3) Family reunification services to address the problems of families whose children have been placed in foster care so that reunification may occur in a safe and stable manner. 
  13. 4) Adoption promotion and support services to support adoptive families by providing support services as necessary so that they can make a lifetime commitment to their children. 


Organizations are eligible to apply regardless of other COVID-19 Relief Funding received through the Texas Center for Child and Families Studies.  

Once selected, organizations will have until November 1st, 2022 to spend down project funding. The Center will fund proposed projects, up to $60,000. Organizations may submit one application per organization.

  You can view webinar slides here from the 3/08/22 Q&A Webinar. If you have additional questions about the RFA, please email


3/03/2022: Applicant Question Due by 5pm CST
3/08/2022: RFA Q&A Webinar             at  3pm CST                                view webinar slides here
3/18/2022Applications Due by 5 PM CST 
4/8/2022Tentative Award Announcements 
Q & A: 
Q:Can my organization apply again if they have already received a previous grant from the Center? (Including the first round of MaryLee Allen funding): 
A: Yes. 
Q: Is this grant open to non-profit organizations that are not CPAs or contracted with the state?
 A: Yes. You do not have to have a contract with the state to apply. As long as an organization as incurred costs that meet one of the four objectives of the funding objectives as listed in the RFA, then an organization would be considered eligible under 1.a. of the minimum qualifications and eligible to apply. 
Q: Is heightened monitoring a disqualifier under #2 of the minimum qualifications section,  “must be in good standing”? 
A: No.