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

National CASA Association was competitively awarded a $4.5 million OJJDP National Mentoring Grant for FY 2015, 90 percent of which must be passed-through as sub-grants to CASA/GAL programs in at least 38 states. We will issue grants both to state organizations and local programs. Sub-grantees will also receive enhanced training and technical assistance as part of their projects and work in close partnership with National CASA Association.

The OJJDP National Mentoring Grant program is designed to strengthen, expand, and implement youth mentoring activities and youth development programming across the nation, based on the belief that “every child deserves the opportunity to grow up with the guidance and support of a caring adult.”

Thanks to strong support and input from programs, including California CASA Association, National CASA Association has been successful in securing OJJDP National Mentoring Grants in 2012, 2013 and 2015. As part of the process in developing our 2015 application to OJJDP we sought significant network input around what types of opportunities would be most beneficial to state organizations and local programs, if awarded. We are pleased to bring this important sub-grant opportunity to the network again in the coming year and with network-identified opportunities of the most benefit.

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


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

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