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Discretionary Grants

CTF Discretionary Funding
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) allocates a certain portion of its annual program budget to fund discretionary projects or ‘mini-grants.’ Discretionary funding is designed to be responsive to low-cost prevention projects or needs identified by individual communities, organizations or agencies. A maximum of $5,000 per grant award is available for discretionary projects.  Grants are for one year and are not renewable.  Grants must be used for primary or secondary child abuse and neglect prevention.

Prevention programs and activities may have a broad range and include public awareness or educational campaigns that target services such as parent skills training; skills based curricula for children; mentoring programs; home visitation; and other family support programs. Projects might include start-up costs for parent education and support, parent leadership, parent cafes, strengthening families through protective factors, fatherhood support, crisis nursery, prevention educational materials, community awareness, training ie:  Strengthening Families Protective Factors, Stewards of Children, ACES, etc.

Availability of Funds
The Children’s Trust Fund is no longer considering Discretionary Grant applications for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) because available funds have been fully obligated.**

Fiscal Year 2021 Discretionary Grants:

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Healthy Mom and Baby Dinners
St. Louis
CTF Region 5 > St. Louis County

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph
St. Germaine’s Little Lambs
Kansas City
Regions 1&3 > Jackson, Buchanan

Central Missouri Community Action
Women and Infant Relief Fund
CTF Regions 2, 4 & 6 > Boone, Cole, Callaway, Cooper, Audrain, Howard, Linn, Osage, Morgan, Benton, Hickory

Great Circle Central Region
Great Circle Parent Cafes
CTF Region 4 > Boone, Callaway, ColeGasconade, Osage

Great Circle Northeast Region
Great Circle Safe Sleep
CTF Region 2 > Adair, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, Schuyler, Scotland, Clark

Great Circle Southeast Region
Great Circle Parent Cafes
CTF Regions 5&7 > Franklin, Crawford, Madison, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington

Live 2 Give Hope
Child Safety Matters
CTF Region 6 > Laclede

Our Lady’s Inn
Out of the Box
St. Louis
CTF Region 5 > St. Louis City, St. Charles

Pregnancy Care Center
Infant Safety Care
CTF Region 6 > Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster

Southeast Missouri State University – Educare
Parent Cafes
Cape Girardeau
CTF Region 7 > Cape Girardeau, Scott

The Alliance of Southwest Missouri
Good Dads Program
CTF Region 6 > Jasper, Newton, Barton, McDonald

University City Children’s Center
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
St. Louis
CTF Region5 > St. Louis County, Statewide


Each year, CTF shall review applications anytime after March 1 and up until such time all available discretionary funds for the fiscal year are obligated.

Organizations currently receiving funding from CTF may not apply for discretionary grants to cover costs associated with their existing grant program.  Discretionary funding will be denied to any organization attempting to circumvent the competitive bid process or if the funding is available for a project through existing resources or budgets.

For More Information
For additional information, questions or technical assistance please contact  CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner.