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 $7,000 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 (FY) 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) because available funds have been fully obligated.**
Fiscal Year 2019 Discretionary Grants:
- (The) Alliance of Southwest Missouri — Parent Cafes — Joplin
- (The) Child Center, Inc. — National Conference Training –Wentzville
- Community Partnership of the Ozarks — Teen Cafes — Springfield
- El Dorado Springs R-2 Parents As Teachers (PAT) — Learning to Bounce Back by Building Healthy Relationships with PAT — El Dorado Springs
- Missouri KidsFirst — positive Community Norms Project — Statewide
- Pemiscot County Initiative Network — The Kidsafe Project — Caruthersville
- Putman County Health — Establishing & Empowering Parent Advisory Councils — Unionville
- St. Joseph Youth Alliance — Every Child Matters — St. Joseph
- Synergy Services, Inc. — Teen Parent Support Program — Parkville
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.