State & Local Programs

National CASA Grants Program

Since 1993, OJJDP has enabled National CASA to distribute grants totaling $122 million to CASA and guardian ad litem programs.

The purpose of the National CASA grants program is to build and strengthen our network of state organizations and local programs, whose court-appointed volunteers help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.

The National CASA Association is authorized to distribute funds through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to state CASA/GAL organizations, state networks and local CASA/GAL programs. Grant funds are 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 funds are contingent on appropriation by the US Congress and subsequent approval by OJJDP.

2015 Grants Cycle

The National CASA Association Board of Trustees will consider and approve the 2015 grants policy in late April 2015. Once the policy is determined and approved we will immediately communicate the policy—defining grant categories, amounts and application deadlines—through the Bulletin. We will also update our grants page when the policy has been approved and we have information regarding the application process.

2014 Ongoing Funding Opportunity – Emergency Grants


National CASA is now accepting applications for emergency grants. Grant funds requested are to be related to natural or man-made disasters and/or extreme hardships. Consult with your regional program officer with regards to the nature of the emergency prior to submitting the application. Please email Coral Edward, grants program manager, for a grant application.




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