State & Local Programs

National CASA Grants Program

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.

 

Only member programs are eligible to apply for funding from National CASA

Please note: Beginning January 1, 2014 any state organization or local program wishing to apply for a grant from National CASA must be current with the annual survey and program six-month report.

 

2014 Federal Local and State Grants Cycle – Coming Soon

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.

National CASA state organizations, state networks and local programs that are paid members of the National CASA Association are eligible to apply for funding in our annual grant cycle, during which National CASA will be awarding a total of approximately $2.4 million in federal dollars and private funding from Jewelers for Children.

 

Timeline

  • April 28: Grant applications and instructions available
  • June 13: Applications due to National CASA
  • August 18: Awards announced
  • October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015: Grant award period

Grant Categories

  • Local Program Grant: One-year grant for up to $40,000 in funding. Purpose of grant is to increase the number of volunteers recruited and the number of children served beyond prior year’s levels. New member programs are eligible to apply.
  • State Organization/State Network Grants:
    • Capacity Building Grants – Up to $40,000. Two one-year grants, with the second-year renewal if goals are met. Purpose of the grant is to build organizational capacity by conducting an organizational assessment by an independent contractor, and utilizing remaining funds toward existing staff dedicated to local program development, capacity building and/or implementation of activities coming from organizational assessment. Application process will start with a letter of intent followed by an invitation from National CASA to submit a formal application.
    • State Grants – Up to $40,000. One-year grants. Purpose of grant is to support the work of state organizations/networks in their efforts to increase the number of volunteers recruited and number children served by local CASA/GAL programs beyond prior year’s levels
    • State Mini Grant – Up to $5,000. One-year grants. Purpose of grant is to support the work of the local programs through small initiatives, core support or training opportunities for state staff. State organizations/networks that receive awards in the Capacity Building or State Grant categories will not be considered to receive an award in this category.

Please note: Beginning January 1, 2014 any state organization or local program wishing to apply for a grant from National CASA must be current with the annual survey and program six-month report.

2014 Evidence-Based Enhancements, Fostering Futures Training and Youth Advocacy Local and State Grants – Now Closed 

Category Max. Funding Level Per Award Estimated Number of Awards Federal Funds Available
Evidence-Based Enhancements

$10,000

10

$100,000

Fostering Futures Training

$40,000

10

$400,000

Youth Advocacy Local

$40,000

35

$1,400,000

Youth Advocacy

$30,000

10

$300,000

Total

$2,200,000

 

Timeline

  • Applications Due: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. PT - The application process is now closed
  • Applications Reviewed: February 24 to April 16, 2014
  • Awards Announced: April 21, 2014
  • Award Period: June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015
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