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March 2009Vol. 10, No. 2Forecasting Grants and Seeking Grant Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grants Forecast website offers advance notice of potential upcoming funding opportunities. The database includes planned grant programs proposed by HHS agencies, which are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations. The grant descriptions include information on funding levels, eligibility requirements, actual or estimated funding dates, and the agency contact. Users may search or browse funding opportunities under the following categories:

  • Community development
  • Education
  • Employment, labor, and training
  • Environment quality
  • Health
  • Income security and social services

The last category includes opportunities related to child welfare. For more information about the HHS Grants Forecast, visit the website:

Seeking Reviewers
HHS's Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) needs qualified reviewers to evaluate grant applications and help ACYF identify the best programs to fund. Review sessions usually last 1 week and take place in Washington, DC, although some reviews may occur electronically via a secure website. Reviewers are compensated for their time, and transportation is provided for reviewers traveling from outside Washington, DC.

The ACYF website outlines expectations for reviewers and links to application information: