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
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that 38 grants will be awarded. 29 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 21 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 25 grants were awarded in FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 19 grants were awarded in FY 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 18 grants were awarded in FY 2020.
Fiscal Year 2021 18 grants were awarded in FY 2021.
Fiscal Year 2022 16 awards were made in FY 2022.
Fiscal Year 2023 It is anticipated that 29 awards will be made in FY 2023.
Fiscal Year 2024 It is anticipated that 49 awards will be made in FY 2024.
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
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.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. Pre-application assistance may be available. Applicants may refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity on for further information.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by merit review panels using only the criteria described in NOFO. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive merit review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, merit review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ACF reserves the right to evaluate applications in the larger context of the overall portfolio by considering geographic distribution of federal funds (e.g. ensuring coverage of states, counties, or service areas) in its pre-award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. Applications may be funded in whole or in part. Successful applicants may be funded at an amount lower than requested.
See latest Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) published on
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range for approval/disapproval is 90 to 180 days.
There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. For existing recipients, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
Multi-year projects are funded on an annual basis through submission of a non-competing continuation application. Non-competing continuations will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with award terms and conditions and a determination that continuation funding is in the best interest of the federal government.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be published in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement.
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?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is described in program reporting.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
All records are to be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are generally available for a 12, 24, 36 or 60-month project period. Post award, the Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a recipient may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jan Shafer
330 C Street SW, Room 3503
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 205-8172.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$12,669,507.00; FY 23 est $18,442,305.00; FY 24 est $21,870,299.00; FY 21$17,001,349.00; FY 20$16,416,382.00; FY 19$16,962,507.00; FY 18$18,437,969.00; FY 17$16,365,591.00; FY 16$19,188,802.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2022 grants ranged between $538,722 and $2,000,000 with an average award of $791,844.19.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.