The Children's Bureau (CB) has joined with the Grants Center of Excellence to provide logistical and technical support for all aspects of CB's grant review process, from application submission and review to final funding decisions and awards.

CB provides discretionary funds competitively to state, tribal and local agencies, community organizations, and faith-based organizations to improve the safety, permanency and well-being of our nation's children and families. CB provides support and guidance to programs that focus on:

  • Strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Protecting children when abuse or neglect has occurred
  • Ensuring that every child and youth has a permanent family or family connection

CB seeks to improve outcomes in the following key areas:

  • Safety—Preventing and responding to maltreatment of children
  • Permanency—Stabilizing children's living situations and preserving family relationships and connections
  • Well-Being—Enhancing families' capacity to meet their children's physical, mental health and educational needs

In general, each year CB reviews applications submitted competitively in response to 5 to 10 funding opportunity announcements. Most often, the grant review process occurs between the months of May and August. To view the range of programs funded in recent years, click on the link here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/grants/discretionary-grant.

Grant reviewers play an essential role in the selection of the grants awarded. Reviewers are chosen for specific grant programs based on their knowledge, education, and experience. Reviewers use their expertise to objectively evaluate and score applications against published evaluation criteria.

CB's grant reviews use a teaming structure with 3 to 5 professionals assigned to the same panel of reviewers. The reviews are usually held via the internet and panelists review and provide individual written, evaluative comments on the applications assigned through a web-based computer platform. Deliberations on the applications are held via conference calls which typically occur during normal business hours with flexibility to account for variability of panelists' time zones. The resulting panel reports inform the bureau's ultimate recommendations for grant awards. A web-based grant review usually takes place over a 7 to 10 day period. In rare instances, CB will conduct face-to-face reviews in Washington, D.C. Regardless of review type, each reviewer who participates and completes their assigned duties receives an honorarium. Reviewers are trained in the steps of the review process and in the use of the web-based computer platform.

Participating in a grant review offers an opportunity for reviewers to gain an understanding of the grant-making process and to communicate with colleagues that share common professional backgrounds and interests. In order to be selected by CB to participate in a review, you must fully complete your registration in the Reviewer Recruitment Module (RRM). The more information you provide on how to contact you and your knowledge, skills, and experience, the better we are able to determine what grants you are best suited to review. When registering to be a CB reviewer in the RRM, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Create an RRM Account;
  2. Enter personal contact information;
  3. Select general descriptions to indicate areas of expertise;
  4. Answer several profile questions;
  5. Cut and paste your resume into a searchable text box; and
  6. Attach and upload your resume document.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the grant review process for CB. If you need further information on our upcoming reviews, please contact CBReview@grantreview.org. If you need support to complete your profile in RRM, please email: RRMSupport@grantreview.org.

  • Please check the ACF forecast and grant websites regularly to review forecasted and published discretionary grant funding opportunities, as this information is subject to change.
  • If you are not registered with CB, please click this button to create your CB reviewer profile today.
  • OMB Number 0970-0477

    Expiration Date: 06/30/2023


    The purpose of this information collection is to gather information from individuals interested in serving as reviewers, evaluating the merits of competitive and discretionary grant applications, and cooperative agreements for funding for the Agency’s grant applications submitted in response to funding opportunities. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .25 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. This is a voluntary collection of information. This information collection is required to obtain or retain a benefit (Public Health Service (PHS) Act, Sections 799(f) and 806(e)]. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB # is 0970-0477 and the expiration date is 06/30/2023. If you have any comments on this collection of information, please contact the Children' Bureau at Jan.Rothstein@acf.hhs.gov.