Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

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Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 60 grants were awarded. The territories of Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Island, and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands received $200,000 each under their consolidated grant program. It is anticipated that 60 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To receive funds, States must meet eligibility requirements stated in the authorizing legislation and use of funds to develop, operate, expand, and enhance community-based, prevention focused programs and activities designed to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect.

One percent is set aside for discretionary grants to migrant and tribal populations and an additional amount to fund a national resource center to provide training and technical assistance to State lead agencies.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

There are no eligibility requirements. Beneficiaries ,which include children and their families, and organizations dealing with community-based, prevention focused programs and activities designed to prevent child abuse and neglect.


Applications require certification and/or documentation that the State meets the eligibility requirements described in the Act requiring that: (1) the CEO of the State has designated a lead entity to administer funds under this title for the purposes identified under the authority of this Title; (2) the CEO of the State has provided assurances that the lead entity will provide or be responsible for providing community-based, prevention focused programs and activities designed to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect (through networks where appropriate) composed of local, collaborative, public-private partnerships directed by interdisciplinary structures with balanced representation from public and private sector members, parents, and public and private nonprofit service providers, individuals and organizations experienced working in partnership with families with children with disabilities; and (3) the CEO of the State has provided additional assurances that the lead entity has demonstrated certain capacities that ensure the States ability to meet the purposes of this authority. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR 74 and 92.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication is not required.

Advice and technical assistance are available from the Children's Bureau, OCAN to State applicants.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

States and Territories respond to Annual Program Instruction which announces availability of funds. Application must include assurance and information required in Program Instruction, as well as completed forms from Program Instruction.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed against all eligibility requirements at the Headquarters level. Approval/disapproval is decided by the Commissioner, ACYF.


Deadlines will be provided in the annual Program Instruction. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for future deadlines.


Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, 42 U.S.C. 5116 et seq., as amended, Public Law 108-36.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 2 to 3 months.




Grants are made annually. A new application is required each year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

States that meet all of the eligibility requirements will be awarded funds based on the following statutory formula: (a) 70 percent of the total amount appropriated is allotted among the States based on the number of children under the age of 18 in each such State, except that each State shall receive not less then $175,000; and (b) the remaining 30 percent of the total amount appropriated is allotted in an amount that bears the same proportion to such amount appropriated as the amount leveraged by the State from private, State, or other nonfederal sources and directed through the State lead agency in the preceding fiscal year bears to the aggregate of the amount leveraged by all States from private, State, or other nonfederal sources and directed through the lead agency of such States in the preceding fiscal year.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded annually by the Secretary to the State on an annual basis, as described by the formula information Section.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and program progress reporting requirements are described in Program Instructions.


Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


Records are to be kept in accordance with 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $42,429,000; FY 08 $41,689,000; and FY 09 est $41,689,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2007 the awards ranged from $200,000 to $3,930,920 and for FY 2008 and FY2009 the estimated range is between $200,000 to $3,850,233. The average award is $718,045.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All pertinent instructions are contained in the annual Program Instruction.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Melissa Lim Brodowski, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1250 Maryland Avenue,SW, Washington DC, 20024, 8th Floor. Telephone: 202-205-2629, E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States which meet all eligibility requirements will receive funds under this program.

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