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
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: Grants were awarded to 50 States, the District of Columbia, and seven territorial governments. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2015 grants are expected to be made to 50 States, the District of Columbia, and seven territorial governments. Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2015 grants are expected to be made to 50 States, the District of Columbia, and seven territorial governments.
Child Abuse and Treatment Act (CAPTA), Section 107, 42 U.S.C 5106 et. seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States, Puerto Rico, 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.
Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. Applications require certification and/or documentation that the State meets eligibility requirements described in the Social Security Act (the Act). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
No preapplication is required. Advice and technical assistance to State applicants are available from the Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. No Federal forms are required, but certain assurances and information described in the Annual Program Instruction must be included.
Applications will be reviewed against all eligibility requirements contained in the authorizing legislation. All eligible State and territorial governments will receive funding.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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.
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.
Grants are made annually. A new application is required each year.
How are proposals selected?
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. To receive funds, States must meet eligibility requirements stated in the authorizing statute.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Financial reporting is conducted through the PSC-272. Program progress reporting requirements are described in the Program Instructions. Financial reporting requirements are described in the Program Instructions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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 Part 75.
Records must be kept in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Matching Requirements: There is no matching requirement. Each State receives a base amount of $50,000 with an additional amount based on the population of children under age 18 in each State.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant funds may be expended for a period of 2 years after the end of the fiscal year in which the funds are awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Catherine Luby Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1250 Maryland Ave, SW, 8th Floor , Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 205-8879
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $16,985,988; FY 15 est $16,900,000; and FY 16 est $17,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2014: $53,266 to $1,809,761 with an average grant of $314,553.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All pertinent instructions are contained in the annual Program Instruction.
Examples of Funded Projects