Requests for Proposals

State Planning Mini Grants on Fatherhood

The FRPN plans to issue up to 12, $10,000 grants to support state planning projects to develop, augment or sustain initiatives to promote father inclusion in policies and practices in state agencies, departments and programs that serve families. Awards will be made to a single administering agency such as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, a state or local government agency, a public or private university or a research organization. We will accept applications (one per state) on a rolling basis through December 31, 2018.

Planning groups must include the State Child Support (IV-D) director or his/her designee, a researcher with a focus on fatherhood or family policy and at least one other high-level state official.

Download the application. Please direct any questions to Jessica Pearson at

More information about this funding opportunity and the benefits of state-level initiatives to engage fathers can be found in this article from the National Child Support Enforcement Association.


Year Three Funding

In January 2017, the FRPN selected our third group of funded projects. Our RFP was intended to support exploratory and descriptive research that will provide insights into previously unstudied or understudied areas. Four new projects that consider innovative programs, interventions and research reviews related to coparenting, employment and economic security, and/or father engagement and effective parenting for low-income fathers received 18-months of funding. 

Year Two Funding 

The second group of FRPN grantees includes five projects led by researcher/practitioner teams that involve the collection of data from program participants and/or staff at pre- and post-program time points to assess changes in father-child relationships and/or coparenting. Learn more about these projects.


Year One Funding 

In 2014, the FRPN awarded a total $350,000 to four projects to evaluate fatherhood programs. Learn more about these projects.


Please direct questions regarding current or future FRPN funding opportunities to Jessica Pearson, FRPN co-director, at



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