Child Abuse and Neglect State Grants


To assist States in the support and improvement of their child protective services systems.

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: 56 grants were awarded in FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: 56 grants were awarded in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded in FY 2016.
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), as amended, Section 106, 42 U.S.C 5101 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
There are no eligibility requirements attached to the beneficiaries of these funds (abused and neglected children and their families).
State plans require certification of the State's eligibility under Section 106(b) of the authorizing legislation. 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
Technical assistance is available at the regional level to assist States in meeting conditions specified in the Act. 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. State plans and annual updates must be submitted to the Regional Offices. Complete information is furnished annually to the appropriate State office regarding format and timing of State plan applications and updates.
Award Procedure
Funds will be awarded after the plan or annual update is submitted and approved.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The State agency annual update is due by June 30 of each year. Approval/disapproval is due by September 30 of each year.
Other - Not Specified.
Grants are made annually. States submit a plan and annual updates are required each year.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The CAPTA Basic State Grant is a formula grant to States only, to be used for improving child protective services systems.

States can choose from a wide variety of activities as outlined in the legislation. Each State was required to submit a new State plan for the fiscal year (FY) 2011 grant funds specifying which of the 14 program areas described in section 106(a) of the CAPTA. Examples include the intake, assessment, screening, and investigation of reports of abuse and neglect; creating and improving the use of multidisciplinary teams and interagency protocols to enhance investigations; improving legal preparation and representation, case management; developing, improving, and implementing risk and safety assessment tools and protocols; developing and updating systems of technology; training regarding research-based strategies to promote collaboration with the families, legal duties of such individuals and personal safety training for case workers; improving the skills, qualifications, and availability of individuals providing services to children and families, and the supervisors of such individuals; developing and delivering information to improve public education relating to the role and responsibilities of the child protection system and the nature and basis for reporting suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect; supporting and enhancing interagency collaboration between the child protection system and the juvenile justice system for improved delivery of services and treatment; supporting and enhancing collaboration among public health agencies, the child protection system, and private community-based programs to provide child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment services (including linkages with education systems) and to address the health needs, including mental health needs, of children identified as abused or neglected, including supporting prompt, comprehensive health and developmental evaluations for children who are the subject of substantiated child maltreatment reports, or developing and implementing procedures for collaboration among child protective services, domestic violence services, and other agencies in investigations, interventions, and the delivery of services and treatment provided to children and families, including the use of differential response, where appropriate, and the provision of services that assist children exposed to domestic violence, and that also support the caregiving role of their non-abusing parents.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
An annual report on the use of CAPTA funds is required. Financial data and annual reporting requirements are described in the annual Program Instructions. . Funds under CAPTA must be expended within five years of the end of the FY in which granted. States are required to submit the SF-425 fiscal report for CAPTA at the end of each 12 months (October 1 through September 30) of the five-year expenditure period. No performance monitoring is required.
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. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.
Records must be kept in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula:
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are awarded annually. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Children's Bureau Regional Program Managers.
Headquarters Office
Gail Collins 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Phone: 202-205-8552
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $25,310,000; FY 15 est $25,310,000; and FY 16 est $25,310,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2014 grants ranged from $55,182 to $2,842,348, with an average award of $441,680..
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Annual Program Instructions. See especially Program Instructions ACYF-CB-11-06 and ACYF-CB-PI-15-03 at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.