Fiscal Administrative Procedure Letter No. 91
May 13, 2021
TO: Fiscal Administrative Procedure Manual Holders
FROM: Matt Damschroder, Interim Director

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will issue special one-time Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding in the amount of $33,945,583 million to county departments of job and family services (CDJFS) to support county Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) programs in accordance with "The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" to assist needy families impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.

The funding period for this allocation will be April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022. There is no liquidation period for this grant, all expenditures will be reported by September 30, 2022. ODJFS will communicate the funding period and liquidation period through the county finance information system (CFIS).


ODJFS will distribute funds as outlined in current Administrative Code Rule 5101:9-6-08.

ODJFS will distribute two separate grants to the CDJFS agencies. Fifteen percent of the $33,945,583 will be issued for TANF administration activities as described in current Administrative Code Rule 5151:9-6-08.8. The remaining eighty five percent will be issued for allowable TANF program activities as described in Family Assistance Letter (FAL) #192.

This allocation consists of one hundred percent federal funding.  The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for both allocations is 93.558.

Allowable Activities

Activities will be for a specific crisis situation or episode of need and not intended to meet on-going needs and must not extend beyond four months, activities include:

* Expenditures such as emergency assistance and diversion payments;

* Emergency housing and short-term homelessness assistance;

* Emergency food aid;

* Short-term utilities payments;

* Burial assistance;

* Clothing allowances; and

* Back to school programs

Unallowable activities

* Tax credits

* Child-care

* Transportation

* Short-term education and training

County PRC Plans

*The CDJFS is not required to modify their existing PRC plan to use these funds.

Financial and random moment sample (RMS) coding will be communicated by the Bureau of County Finance and Technical Assistance (BCFTA).

For funding details and questions regarding eligibility allowable activities and programmatic reporting requirements, please refer to FAL #192. For questions regarding fiscal reporting please contact your ODJFS Fiscal Supervisor or the CFIS Helpdesk  CFIS_HELP_DESK@jfs.ohio.gov.