State & Local Programs

National CASA Association Grants Program

The purpose of the National CASA Association grants program is to build and strengthen our network of CASA/GAL programs and increase the number of abused and neglected children served by court-appointed advocates.

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, submitted the 2014 annual survey and program six-month reporting, and remained in compliance with National CASA Association Standards.

2016 Grants Program

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.  The OJJDP solicitation targets youth ages 17 and under identified as at-risk or high-risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system; American Indian and Alaska Native youth; and youth in rural communities.  The goal of these funds is to increase the number youth served with a particular emphasis on the target populations mentioned above. For the purposes of this grant, all foster youth are considered at-risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system.


AVAILABLE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Statewide Awareness and Recruitment Campaign Sub-grant:

National CASA Association anticipates funding 10 awards per year of up to $75,000 each to CASA/GAL state organizations who are interested in executing statewide awareness and recruitment campaigns.

RFP: 2016 Statewide Awareness and Recruitment Campaign Sub-grant Instructions

Application: 2016 Statewide Awareness and Recruitment Campaign Sub-grant Application

Due Date: April 15, 2016 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time

Grant Period: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Awardees that successfully complete all grant accountability requirements and timely progress toward reaching first-year goals will be eligible for a second-year award at full funding, as determined by National CASA Association.

  Webinar: Audio quality was too low to post a recording of the 3/14/16 webinar, so the presentation slides can be accessed HERE.

 

Youth Advocacy Sub-grant:

National CASA Association anticipates funding up to 42 awards per year to CASA/GAL programs committed to effectively increasing program capacity to activate more volunteers and therefore serve more abused and neglected children. Two levels of awards are available: $20,000 and $40,000.

RFP: 2016 Youth Advocacy Sub-grant Instructions

Application: 2016 Youth Advocacy Sub-grant Application

Due Date: April 15, 2016 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time

Grant Period: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Awardees that successfully complete all grant accountability requirements and timely progress toward reaching first-year goals will be eligible for a second-year award at full funding, as determined by National CASA Association.

  Webinar: Audio quality was too low to post a recording of the 3/14/16 webinar, so the presentation slides can be accessed HERE.

 

 

2015 Grants Program and Awards

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 funds are contingent on an annual appropriation by Congress and subsequent approval by OJJDP.

For the state growth and state development categories, the grants cycle began on October 1, 2015 and ends on September 30, 2016. Local program and state resource grants will begin on January 1, 2016 and end on December 31, 2016.

List of 2015 Grant Awardees

Resources

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions document for the 2015 Grants Program.

Inquiries about National CASA Association's 2015 Grants Program may be sent to GrantsPolicy@casaforchildren.org.




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