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.

2015 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), as authorized 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 growth and development categories, the grants cycle begins on October 1, 2015 and ends on September 30, 2016. Grant application materials will be available on July 17. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015. Awards will be announced on September 14.

Please note that the deadlines for local program and state resource grant applications have changed.  Local program and resource grants will begin on January 1, 2016 and end on December 31, 2016. Grant application materials will be available on July 17. The deadline for submission is October 16, 2015. Awards will be announced on November 10. 

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 be in compliance with National CASA Association Standards. 


Resources

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

National CASA informational webinars on the 2015 Grants Program. Presentation slides and recordings are available below.

Please note that grant deadlines and grant cycles may have changed following the webinars.  The deadlines contained in grant application materials are considered final.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - National CASA Grants Webinar (States)

  • Watch a recording of the July 8, 2015 webinar here.
  • View/download the presentation slides here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Local Programs Grants Technical Assistance

  • Watch a recording of the July 28, 2015 webinar here.
  • View/download the presentation slides here.

CASA/GAL programs may direct questions about membership and technical issues with the grant applications to MemberServices@casaforchildren.org. Inquiries about grant criteria and content may be sent to Ashley Lantz at AshleyL@casaforchildren.org.


Grant Categories

Local Grant – Up to $35,000 per award (at least 14 grant awards) – Local grants are initiatives that increase the number of volunteers recruited and the number of children served.  Please note that the deadline for local program grants has changed to October 16, 2015.

Download the instructions and application

Growth Grant – Up to $250,000 per award (three to five grant awards) – This is a demonstration grant opportunity to provide funding that will support statewide initiatives to significantly increase the number of abused and neglected children served by CASA/GAL volunteers.

 Note:  The growth grant application form was updated on August 7, 2015 to increase the functionality of the table on page 11.  The application questions have not changed and applicants may submit either version of the form.

Download the instructions and application

Development Grant – Up to $75,000 per award (up to five grant awards) – Development grants are also a demonstration grant opportunity to strengthen and build the capacity of existing state CASA/GAL organizations with limited capacity or develop a state organization in a state without a formal state organization.

Download the instructions and application

Resource Grant – In-kind grants (up to eight grant awards) – Resource grants will provide enhanced technical assistance and special project support, through National CASA Association staff expertise, for statewide initiatives to build the capacity of the state CASA/GAL network to serve more children with quality advocates.

Download the instructions and application


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