A collaborative effort between Children’s Aid Society of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Human Resources.


ILP Funding

ILP Desktop Tool

The Independent Living Program Desktop Tool is a quick resource for all things IL.

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ILP Funding FAQ's

What is IL Funding Tied To?
  • Funding is tied to the assessment
  • Funding is tied to the ISP
  • Funding is tied to Outcomes
    • What skills are needed?
    • What services can be provided?
    • What is our desired outcome?

The goal is not to give money to youth. The goal is to prepare youth for successful transition from care. 

  • Grade incentives (up to $50)
  • College stipend ($150 month)
  • Tutoring (Up to $35 per hour), GED Classes/Testing
  • JR and SR Prom (Up to $300)
  • Graduation Expenses ($300 package, $300 pictures, $300 class ring)
  • Extracurricular Activities (Rental or Purchase) Up to $499
  • Study Aids, Summer and Night School; ACT/SAT Exam Fees, College Applications Fees & Computers, Laptops, iPads, Kindles, etc
Smoking avoidance, Substance abuse prevention, nutritional education, etc. 
  • Allowance (Up to $500 each year)
  • Effective communication, decision-making, problem solving, anger management, and building healthy relationships
  • Special incentives (county can do up to $50)
  • Budgeting, Obtaining, and Maintaining Housing, and Food Preparation 
  • Monday Management Activities (Up to $300)
  • Attending Trainings ($25) – Doing Trainings ($75) 
Yes! Provision of items to obtain or retain employment such as clothing (uniforms, hats, protective wear), transportation assistance until first paycheck, teaching resume building skills, etc. 
Yes! Both are tied to “Room and Board” funding.
    *Room and board are the most expensive and essential items that youth ages 18 – 21 may not be able to cover with their own incomes, which includes but is not limited to rent deposits, utilities and other household startup purchases. Payment assistance should be structured so youth can establish payment independence within 12 months. 
  • After care is $1000 that can be paid directly to youth when they prepare to emancipate from foster care.
  • Set-up expenses are defined by the ISP team, governed by Local Funds Policy and provides assistance to youth as they move into an Independent Living Placement.
  • Policy allows that when a youth is emancipated from care within 30 days of their 21st birthday, the county can extend financial assistance up to six months provided this is listed in closing ISP. 
  • Another part of set-up expense allows for counties to provide youth entering Independent Living Placements with a food allowance of up to $200 per month for a maximum of three months at the time of initial placement or until such time as the youth receives SNAP or other food assistance. 
  • 1. $25.00 incentive for attending ILP Regional Meeting
  • 2. $25.00 incentive for attending DREAM Council Meeting
  • 3. $75.00 for serving on DREAM Ambassadors
  • 4. When youth complete the NYTD survey, they are eligible for:
        a. $50 when they complete the survey at 17 and 19 years of age
        b. $100 when they complete the survey at 21 years of age