Children's Trust Fund grants available to fight child abuse

Children's Trust Fund: Request for Applications
Solicitation due date July 19, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced the Request for Applications for Children's Trust Fund.

The purpose of the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) grants is to promote community-based primary and secondary child abuse and neglect prevention programs throughout the Commonwealth. Any organization located and operating in Pennsylvania that provides direct services and meets the criteria in this Request for Applications (RFA) is eligible to apply for a CTF grant.

Through this RFA, CTF funds are available for up to a three-year grant cycle that will begin on the effective date of the grant agreement and end on September 30, 2024. The focus of this RFA is to support community-based child abuse and neglect prevention projects that address the prevention strategies noted in Part I, Section I-4 . The maximum CTF grant award is $50,000 per year for up to three years. Applicants must provide a minimum local match of 25 percent of the requested CTF grant award for the first year and a minimum local match of 50 percent of the requested grant award for the second and third grant years. The continuation of CTF grants each year of the three-year cycle is contingent upon the availability of funds and successful program evaluation of the Project

Supporting parents and primary caregivers to ensure they have the resources and information they need to provide enriching and nurturing environments for their children is an effective strategy to prevent child abuse and neglect. Selected Applicants must use Evidence-Based or Evidence-Informed programs that focus on the parent or primary caregiver, and their child, or the whole family. The program MAY NOT focus solely on the child.

If an Applicant has any questions regarding this RFA, the Applicant must submit those questions via email, with the subject line “RFA # 01-21 Question,” to the RFA Issuing Officer named in Part I, Section I-2 of this RFA. Applicants must submit questions as they arise, but no later than the date specified in the Calendar of Events. Applicants shall not attempt to contact the RFA Issuing Officer by any other means. From the issue date of this RFA until DHS selects the applications for grant awards, the RFA Issuing Officer shall be the sole point of contact concerning this RFA. Applicants may not contact the Center for Schools and Communities regarding this RFA.

The Issuing Office shall post all written answers to the questions submitted on the Department of General Services’ (DGS) website at the eMarketPlace website, Solicitation #01-21, as an addendum to this RFA.

Solicitation due date is 12:00 pm, July 19, 2021.