Child Abuse and Neglect Discretionary Activities


To improve the national, State, and community activities for the prevention, assessment, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect through research, demonstration, service improvement, evaluation of best practices, dissemination of information, and technical assistance.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 47 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 33 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 55 grants will be awarded.
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1978, Title I, as amended, Public Law 111-320, The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010., 42 U.S.C 5101 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants: States, local governments, tribes, public agencies or private agencies or organizations (or combinations of such agencies or organizations)engaged in activities related to the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Contracts: Public and private agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children that have been abused or neglected, or that are at-risk for abuse or neglect, and their families.
Nonprofit agencies must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 75 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Pre-application assistance may be available. Applicants may refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement on for further information. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcement of availability of funds is published on and the ACF web-site, Eligible applicants must submit applications by specified deadlines.
Award Procedure
Applications for funding are reviewed and scored by panels of at least three non-federal subject matter experts. Final funding decisions will be made by Commissioner, ACYF.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Three to six months.
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.
Multi-year projects are funded on an annual basis through submission of a non-competing continuation application. Continuation funding is subject to availability of funds, submission of program and financial reports, and grantee performance.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are evaluated on the basis of the degree to which proposals meet specific objectives defined in the annual program announcement including, but not limited to: (1) Reasonableness of cost; (2) qualifications of staff; and (3) relevance to stated areas of interest.
How may assistance be used?
To award grants and contracts to : (1) Provide technical assistance to public and private nonprofit agencies; (2) conduct research and service demonstration projects to identify, assess, prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, which may include the nature and scope of effective practices relating to differential response, child abuse and neglect issues facing Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiians, the impact of child abuse and neglect on the incidence and the progression of disabilities; effective approaches to inter-agency collaboration between child protection , juvenile justice and domestic violence providers; (3)research on the incidence, consequences and prevalence of child abuse and neglect, and (4) disseminate information on the incidence, causes, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect which may include the dissemination of best practices to meet the needs of special populations. Project funds may not be used for construction.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees are required to submit semi-annual program reports. Final program reports are due 90 days after completion of the grant.

Grantees are required to submit semi-annual financial reports. Final financial reports are due 90 days after completion of the grant. Financial reporting is conducted via the SF-425. Progress reports are included in program reports. Expenditure reports are included in financial reports. Performance monitoring is described in program reporting.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever comes first.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Matching requirements are described in each program announcement.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are generally available for a 12, 24, 36 or 60-month period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant awards are managed by a payment management system that manages grant payment requests, drawdowns, and disbursements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Jan Shafer Division of Program Innovation, Children's Bureau, 1250 Maryland Ave, SW; 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Phone: (202) 205-8172.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $19,809,414; FY 15 est $18,592,000; and FY 16 est $19,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2014 grants ranged between $289,220 to $775,000, with an average award of $421,476.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1340.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Fellowships for University-Based Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Research in Child Maltreatment; Grants in Child Maltreatment Research Using Innovation Approaches; Grants to Address Trafficking within the Child Welfare Population. Fiscal Year 2015: The Children's Bureau anticipates the continuation of grants expected to be awarded in FY 2014 and also to award training and technical assistance to support the implementation of various CAPTA programs. Fiscal Year 2016: No data available.