National CASA Association Grants Program
Only member programs in good standing with the National CASA Association are eligible to apply for grant funding. Member programs must have paid membership dues (2017), submitted the 2015 annual survey and program six-month reporting, and remained in compliance with National CASA Association Standards.
2016 Grants Program
The National CASA Association is authorized to distribute funds through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), under the Victims of Child Abuse Act (P.L. 101-647), for the purpose of increasing the number of abused and neglected children assigned a CASA volunteer or volunteer guardian ad litem (GAL) to advocate for their best interests. These are federal funds and may only be used to serve abused and neglected children who are the subjects of civil child abuse proceedings.;
All federal funds are contingent on an annual appropriation by Congress and subsequent approval by OJJDP.
Jewelers for Children (JFC) continues its support of CASA/GAL volunteer advocacy in 2016 with $500,000 to National CASA Association to be passed through as local program grants. Since 2003, Jewelers for Children has contributed more than $9 million, significantly advancing the National CASA Association’s vision of providing a CASA/GAL volunteer for every abused and neglected child.
2016 Local Grant (funded by OJJDP and JFC)
Local Grant (Capacity-building and Growth grant categories) – Total projected amount of award is $1.2M
Capacity-building grant award limits: Ranging from $20,000 - $40,000 (15-20 awards anticipated)
Growth grant award limits: Ranging from $40,000 - $100,000 (8-15 awards anticipated)
Grant period: January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Grant applications due: December 16, 2016 5pm Pacific Standard Time
Purpose of Grants: To increase the number of activated CASA/GAL volunteers and to increase the number of abused and neglected children served by CASA/GAL volunteers.
2016 Capacity Building, Development (new and renewal) and Growth (new and renewal) (closed)
2016 Mentoring Grants Program (closed)
Through a competitive national grants process, National CASA Association was awarded $4.5 million through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) FY 15 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative. National CASA Association applied for this grant as a National Mentoring Program, which requires sub-awarding 90% ($4.05 million) of the total award to state and local programs in at least 38 states.
For the state awareness and recruitment campaign and youth advocacy sub-grants, the grants cycle began on July 1, 2016 and end on June 30, 2017
Inquiries about National CASA Association's 2015 Grants Program may be sent to GrantsPolicy@casaforchildren.org.