The Office of Family Assistance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, has announced the availability of funding for four discretionary grant awards totaling $150 million for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood.

These grants will go to help fathers meet their parenting and financial responsibilities to their children and assist married couples or those considering marriage in building strong relationships with each other and their children.

“To invest in the success of fathers is to invest in the future of our children, our economy, and our communities,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement announcing the grants.  “This funding provides organizations in underserved communities with the tools they need to promote responsible parenting, to encourage healthy marriage and relationships, and to remove barriers to financial security and self-sufficiency.”

The Responsible Fatherhood program has $75 million in new funding intended to promote or sustain responsible parenting, marriage and economic stability. The Healthy Marriage program has $75 million in new funding intended for pre-marital education, marriage enhancement programs, divorce reduction programs, marriage mentoring programs and skills programs that may include parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution and job and career advancement.

“We recognize the need for fathers to be present in their children’s lives,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These funding opportunities bring us closer to preparing more fathers to nurture and take full responsibility for their children and for couples to sustain healthy relationships.”

The funding opportunity announcements being made available include:

•Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationship grants that support programs that have the capacity and proven track record of providing a broad range of healthy marriage and relationship skills training.

• Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood grants that support organizations that demonstrate the ability to successfully promote responsible fatherhood, including economic stability, responsible parenting, and healthy marriage and relationship skills.

•Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Re-Entry Pilot Project grants that support re-entry programs that provide responsible fatherhood pre- and post-release case management services to recently released or re-entering fathers and mothers.

• National Resource Center for Strategies to Promote Healthy Marriage grants that support the development, implementation and management of a resource center to gather, develop, and disseminate information and research related to promoting healthy marriage.


For more information on the grants, visit