The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has begun the process to award nonprofit organizations up to $50 million in grant funding to help children attain educational success and live better, more secure lives, according to Murfreesboro News and Radio.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is what funds the grants. The Innovation Grant cycle that is coming up will be used to assist smaller nonprofit organizations address parents' short-term needs.
TDHS Commissioner Danielle Barnes addressed the purpose behind the grants.
"These grants will encourage the innovation we need to create strong families and build a thriving Tennessee," said Barnes, "The Two-Generation Approach is a critical part of our work every day and we look forward to expanding it with a diverse group of new partners across the state who are committed to making a true impact in their community."
The services that are to be provided by the grants need to be presented in a manner that will improve the financial stability and the quality of life for impoverished families and those children within foster care. It also must foster one of the four goals of the TANF program: provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives; end the dependence of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage; prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies; or encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.