Children's Justice Grants to States
To encourage states to enact reforms which are designed to improve (1) the assessment and investigation of suspected child abuse and neglect cases, including cases of suspected child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child and the child's family; (2) the assessment and investigation of cases of suspected child abuse-related fatalities and suspected child neglect-related fatalities; (3) the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse and exploitation; and (4) the assessment and investigation of cases involving children with disabilities or serious health-related problems who are suspected victims of child abuse or neglect.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
Grants are expected to be made to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territorial governments. 56 grants were made to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territorial governments.Fiscal Year 2017
56 grants were made to states, the District of Columbia, and territorial governments.Fiscal Year 2018
56 grants were made to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territorial governments.Fiscal Year 2019
It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded in FY 2019.
I, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Section 106, 42 U.S.C. 5106a et. seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States (including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia), Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.
Beneficiaries include state governments and victims of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75. Applications require certification and/or documentation that the state meets eligibility requirements described in the Social Security Act (the Act).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75. No Federal forms are required, but certain assurances and information described in the annual Program Instruction must be included.
Recipients are notified that funds have been awarded through a Notice of Award (NOA) issued by the Administration for Children and Families. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines will be contained in the Program Instruction sent to each state and other eligible entities announcing the availability of funds under this program.
Subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be reviewed against all eligibility requirements contained in the authorizing legislation. States which meet all eligibility requirements and propose projects which meet the required uses of these funds will receive grants.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be used for (a) investigative, administrative, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as cases involving suspected child maltreatment related fatalities and cases involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as interstate, federal-state, and state-tribal, in a manner which reduces the additional trauma to the child victim and the victim's family and which also ensures procedural fairness to the accused; (b) experimental, model, and demonstration programs for testing innovative approaches and techniques which may improve the prompt and successful resolution of civil and criminal court proceedings or enhance the effectiveness of judicial and administrative action in child abuse and neglect cases, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation cases, including the enhancement of performance of court-appointed attorneys and guardians ad litem for children, and which also ensure procedural fairness to the accused; and (c) reform of state laws, ordinances, regulations, protocols and procedures to provide comprehensive protection for children from abuse, including sexual abuse and exploitation, while ensuring fairness to all affected persons.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F.
Records retention requirements for records are covered by the provisions of 45 CFR SSSS75.361-365 and generally must be retained for three years from the submission date of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title I Chapter a Part Section 106 Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds may be expended for a period of 3 years after the end of the fiscal year in which the funds are awarded. Annually
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact Children's Bureau Regional Program Manager
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
330 C Street SW, Room 3420C.
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$17,000,000.00; FY 19 est $17,000,000.00; FY 20 est $17,000,000.00; FY 17$17,000,000.00; FY 16$17,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2018: $53,034 to $1,658,874 with an average grant of $285,259.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All pertinent instructions are contained in the annual Program Instruction.
Examples of Funded Projects