The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. States receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program.
The four purposes of the TANF program are to:
- Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
- Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
- Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies
- Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families
Funding Title: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: No, but legal aid organizations have been funded in the past.
Target Population: Needy families
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
How to Apply: TANF is distributed to states, which then make grants to local organizations. To find your state administering agency, contact
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Family Assistance
370 L’Enfant Promenade SW.
Washington, DC 20447
Phone: (202) 401-5488
Award Ceiling: Every state receives TANF funds, and each state exercises wide discretion when determining how much and to which programs it awards funds.
Eligible Applicants: State governmentsEvery state is eligible for funds and is already receiving funds. States determine the eligibility of programs within that state..
Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds: See http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf/laws-regulations
Link to Full Information: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf
Deborah List Phone: (202) 401-5488 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org