Blending and Braiding Your TANF Initiative (BBYT) (2)


The Colorado Department of Human Service’s Colorado Works Division is funding the BBYT Initiative with a grant from the Statewide Strategic Use Fund.


The Blending and Braiding Your TANF Initiative (BBYT) is an opportunity for local communities to collaborate and learn to use multiple funding streams to support evidence-based and best practice services, while maintaining the transparency and accountability required by Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF)’s outcome-focused funding stream.

Goals & Activities:

  • Research federal and state eligibility requirements and regulations to clarify what uses of TANF funds are permitted and how to maintain compliance while using TANF funds;
  • Work with 6 demonstration counties to provide technical assistance to create individualized, Colorado Works Division approved braiding plans with TANF and one or more additional funding streams to serve low income families; and
  • Develop concrete tools and provide statewide training to prepare any interested county to fully use their TANF dollars and braid them with other relevant funding streams.

BBYT Partners:

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, where the project director is housed;
  • The Colorado Systems of Care Collaborative, as the advisory group;
  • The Family Resource Center Association, family advocacy organizations, and local counties to provide insight, expertise, and implementation opportunities;
  • The Center for Systems Integration, to provide staff support and fiscal coordination expertise; and
  • The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment is the fiscal agent

Contact Information:

  • Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment
  • 1385 South Colorado Blvd, Suite A622
  • Denver, CO 80222
  • Phone: 303-910-4682
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