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Discretionary Grants

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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 (FY) 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) because available funds have been fully obligated.**

Fiscal Year 2020 Discretionary Grants: 

Butler County Community Resource Council
Parenting Classes
Poplar Bluff
CTF Region 7 > Butler, Ripley

Community Child Development Center
Strengthening Family Education
CTF Region 2 > Macon, Shelby

Hope House, Inc. 
Hannah the Horse
Lee’s Summit
CTF Region 3 > Eastern Jackson

Isabel’s House
24/7 Crisis Care for Children
CTF Region 6 > Greene, Webster, Christian

Jennifer Dodson-Weihl, JD
St. Louis Area Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Network
Webster Groves
CTF Region 5 > St. Louis City

Jewish Families and Children Services
Child Abuse Prevention Program Materials
St. Louis
CTF Region 5 > St. Louis City, St. Louis County

Lydia’s House, Inc.
Lydia’s House Children’s Program
St. Louis
CTF Region 5 > St. Louis City, St. Louis County

MBCH Children and Family Services
Pregnancy Services
CTF Regions 5 & 7 > Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Stoddard

Missouri KidsFirst
Child Abuse Neglect Prevention Leadership and Statewide Support
Jefferson City
CTF Region 8 > Statewide

Nurses For Newborns
Promoting Safety and Development through Toddler Toys
St. Louis
CTF Regions 5 & 7 > St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Ste. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren, Washington

Project Uplift
Parenting on Purpose
St. Louis
Region 5 > St. Louis City

Putman County Health Center
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in Putnam
CTF Region 2 > Putnam

Vision for Children at Risk
School Partnerships to Strengthen Families
St. Louis
CTF Region 5 > St. Louis City

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.