HHS – Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (2014)


This formula grant program provides funding to States 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. The program was reauthorized, amended and renamed as part of the CAPTA amendments in 2003. To receive these funds, the Governor must designate a lead agency to receive the funds and implement the program. Some of the core features of the program include:

  • Federal, State, and private funds are blended and made available to community agencies for child abuse and neglect prevention activities and family support programs.
  • An emphasis on promoting parent leadership and participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of prevention programs.
  • Interagency collaborations with public and private agencies in the States to form a child abuse prevention network to promote greater coordination of resources.
  • Funds are used to support programs such as voluntary home visiting programs, parenting programs, family resource centers, respite and crisis care, parent mutual support, and other family support programs.
  • An emphasis on promoting the increased use and high quality implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices.
  • A focus on the continuum of evaluation approaches which use both qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the effectiveness of the funded programs and activities.

Funding Title: Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: No

Target Population:

CBCAP programs should have some activities available to the general population such as public awareness and education about preventing child abuse and neglect. In addition, programs should also target services to vulnerable families that are at risk of abuse or neglect. These families include:

  • Parents (all, new, teens, etc.)
  • Parents and/or children with disabilities
  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Members of underserved or underrepresented groups
  • Fathers
  • Homeless families and those at risk of homelessness
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth
  • Adult former victims of child abuse and neglect or domestic violence

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:

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 than $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. There is also a required 20 percent State match.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

How to Apply:  

States must submit their report and application this year using the Online Data Collection System (please note, this is a change and more information will be communicated prior to the due date). If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Rosie Gomez, her contact information is below. Applications are due by (June 3, 2014).

Rosie Gomez Phone: 202-205-7403 Email: rosie.gomez@acf.hhs.gov

A copy should also be sent to the designated Regional Officer which can be found at our contacts page, it can be submitted electronically to the Regional Office.

Current Closing Date for Applications:  June 3, 2014

Estimated Total Program Funding: $41,520,000

Eligible Applicants: States

Priority Consideration: See http://friendsnrc.org/cbcap-priority-areas

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:     

To learn about the CBCAP program and see prevention programs at work in local communities view the CBCAP Prevention Video. In addition, FRIENDS has developed an elearning course, CBCAP 101, where you can learn more about the CBCAP program.

Link to Full Information: http://friendsnrc.org/cbcap

Contact Information:

Rosie Gomez Phone: 202-205-7403 Email: rosie.gomez@acf.hhs.gov

Categories: Children, Department of Health and Human Services, Domestic Violence, Family, Government Organizations, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Victims of Crime

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