Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Tier 1

The goal of this opportunity is to have a significant impact on improving the optimal health of adolescents and reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through saturation of communities with the greatest needs and disparities using a systems thinking approach to replicate effective programs with fidelity.

Application Due: 04/27/2020


Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Tier 2

The goal of this opportunity is to establish, coordinate, and support a multidisciplinary network of partners to develop, refine, and test innovative interventions and to disseminate those demonstrated to be effective in improving optimal health and preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI) within key priority areas.

Application Due: 05/1/2020


Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program (SRAE)

The purpose of the SRAE Program is to fund projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teach participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. The services are targeted to participants that reside in areas with high rates of teen births and/or are at greatest risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Application Due: 05/20/2020


Let's Get Started

Register your organization.

The process below can take between three business days and five weeks, so please make sure to begin early. 

  1. Obtain a DUNS Number. This usually takes 1-2 business days.
  2. Register with the System Award Management (SAM). Complete the online registration process. You also need the authorizing official of the organization to send a notarized letter to SAM and an EIN. This can take up to 2 weeks.
  3. Register with Grants.gov. Click the register link in the top banner and complete the on-screen instructions. You usually get registered the same day.
  4. Assign an Administrator of Record (AOR).


Consider the following questions for your organization.

  1. What social challenge does your organization want to affect?
  2. Does your organization have financial, employee, accountability systems in place?
  3. What are your measurable goals?
  4. Do you have a plan, program and curriculum?
  5. Have you secured a letter from the curriculum publisher? Some grants require a letter be eligible to receive funds. Read the REAL Essentials Advance publisher letter criteria
    Contact us to obtain your letter of support.
  6. Is there any evidence that your plan, program or curriculum will work?
  7. How are you going to implement and measure effectiveness of your initiative?
  8. Have you begun to partner with community organizations and obtained partnership agreements?

Choose a curriculum.

Programming provided through the REAL Essentials curricula meets the requirements for rigorous evaluation data.

REAL Essentials Starting Point
A fun and engaging curriculum specially designed to successfully launch children into adolescence. It teaches relationship skills that reduce friendship drama and enhance confidence and social success.

REAL Essentials Advance
This popular, innovative curriculum is being used across the country to teach high school students critical relationship skills and practical approaches for navigating the social dynamics of friendship and love . Its unique, modular format allows for flexible, individualized use.

REAL Essentials Life
REAL Essentials Life gives individuals tools for mastering healthy relationships as they build their careers and establish their families.

REAL Essentials Health
A valuable tool that provides medical professionals and pregnancy centers with a strategic and situationally appropriate plan for directing young women and men toward optimal sexual health.


Assess the curriculum.

REAL Essentials has undergone various rigorous evaluation studies


REAL Essentials Advance meets targets for educational outcomes for all 4 of the following assessment tools.

  1. Protective Factors
  2. Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC)
  3. SMARTool: Systematic Method for Assessing Risk-Avoidance Tool
  4. The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Establish your budget.

The following budget template items serve as a guide for writing REAL Essentials into your grant.



Build an implementation plan.

  1. Gather baseline health data.
  2. Create awareness of community stakeholders regarding the issue you will address.
  3. Host REAL Essentials certification and trainings of teachers, facilitators and medical professionals in clinics.
  4. Set up a scope and sequence for curriculum delivery utilizing at least 8 hours of instruction in schools and community-based settings.
  5. Create a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plan using tools to monitor curriculum fidelity and program quality.
  6. Consider a community saturation approach by training schools, health care providers, government service agencies, and youth-serving agencies for maximum impact.
  7. Set up counseling protocols for non-married sexually active clients in a clinical setting.
  8. Monitor and evaluate results through pre and post testing, interviews, observation, role plays, stories of impact, customer satisfaction surveys, gathering and reporting baseline data pre and post-intervention outlining changes since intervention took place.

Hear What Other Grantees are Saying

CRE’s evidence-based curriculum, REAL Essentials, effectively addresses the needs of our students. The students are captivated by the innovative, interactive lessons that address issues they are all interested in.

Maurico Leone
Obria Medical Clinics 

Obria Medical Clinics

REAL Essentials helped our agency, Aspire, (in Citrus County Florida) amplify our mission to provide life and relationship skills to high-risk students.  The students love the experiential activities that are fun and relevant to their young lives. Parents and teachers are thrilled with what the students are saying about the program!

Kari Peters
Aspire Women’s Center 

Aspire Women’s Center 

Though we have purchased, been trained in, and/or used a dozen or more health-related curricula for youth, we have abandoned all of the in favor of the exceptional methods, content and reliability of REAL Essentials.

Carla Smith
Women’s Care Center 

Women’s Care Center 

Become certified.

Become a change agent for healthy relationships by joining us for a live certification training. Attend an upcoming training or host a training at your location. Each participant will be given the option choosing of REAL Essential Starting Point, REAL Essentials Advance or REAL Essentials Life.


REAL Essentials Works with Common Health Education Grants

Title X
Title V