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Early Childhood Safety Initiative

The Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) is excited to announce the availability of funding to support prevention-focused organizations across Ohio in providing parent/caregiver education and concrete safety-related supports to low-income families.

The OCTF has $400,000 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding available for the purpose of making eight (8) or more grant awards, between ten and fifty-thousand-dollars per award based on the request of the applicant.

The OCTF is interested in funding service providers across the state to provide one-time parent/caregiver education consultations with eligible families and ensure access to concrete safety-related supports. To accomplish this, the OCTF is partnering with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to expand the availability of existing resources for parents. By increasing the distribution of parent education materials related to infant and child safety as well as increasing access to concrete safety-related supports (i.e. cribs, pack and plays, car seats, booster seats, strollers, baby gates, baby monitors, bassinets, high chairs, toddler beds, sleep sacks, etc.) we can better support new parents, decrease risk factors related to infant and child mortality, and potentially prevent injury-related deaths. Please Note: Safety-related concrete support items must be approved by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Participant Eligibility

Participants who have an open child welfare case and/or have previously had a substantiated child abuse and neglect case are not eligible to receive services through this funding opportunity. Additional eligibility criteria require that program participants complete a self-attestation form that demonstrates they meet the TANF income eligibility guidelines. Additionally, grant awardees will be required to submit documentation that the family completed the required one-time parent education session in addition to a short survey which will be provided by the OCTF to be completed by the program participant following the parent education session.

Funding

The minimum grant award of the OCTF Early Childhood Safety Initiative is $10,000 and the maximum grant award is $50,000 per application. All applicants must complete and submit a budget form as part of their application packet. All proposed expenditures must directly relate to the purchase and distribution of allowable concrete supports, distribution of required educational materials, and family outreach and engagement efforts. Additionally, up to 10% of the total award allocation can be applied to administrative costs.

The funding period of the grant will begin upon the issuance of a State of Ohio purchase order and will last through State Fiscal Year 2020 which ends on June 30, 2020. The funds will be paid to each grant award recipient upon submission of an invoice for services performed. This is a reimbursement-based grant dependent on completion of approved grant activities.

Instructions for Applying

The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is accepting grant application proposals for their SFY 2020 Early Childhood Safety Initiative. Any agency wishing to apply is required to electronically submit a completed application packet to the OCTF by the following due date:

  • 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Proposals will be reviewed by a grant review committee with members from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the Ohio Department of Health. Any applicant who fails to submit a completed application packet to the Trust Fund will not receive consideration for funding. OCTF will only accept one application per agency/organization. Additionally, OCTF encourages collaborative applications between family serving entities within the same county or region of the state.

Completed application packets should be emailed to: OCTFgrants@jfs.ohio.gov.

Please include the following in the subject line of your email: “<Name of organization> – REQUEST FOR OCTF FUNDING – SFY 2020 Early Childhood Safety Initiative Grants”

A complete application packet is defined as the following:

  1. Completed Application (Attachment A)
  2. Completed Budget Form (Attachment B)

The Application Guidelines contain more specific information pertaining to the application criteria and selection process. Interested organizations should review that document carefully.

Internet Question and Answer Period; RFGA Clarification Opportunity

Potential vendors or other interested parties may ask clarifying questions regarding this RFGA via email to OCTFgrants@jfs.ohio.gov, during the Q&A period of October 9, 2019 through October 15, 2019. The vendor Q&A period closes at 8 a.m. on October 15, 2019. The OCTF may, at its discretion, disregard any questions which do not appropriately reference a RFGA application instruction or section of the fillable application and budget form. Questions submitted after 8:00 a.m. on the date the Q&A period closes will not be answered.

The OCTF’s responses to all questions asked via email will be posted on the OCTF website page dedicated to this RFGA for public reference by any interested party. The OCTF will not provide answers directly to the vendors (or any interested party) that submitted the question. All questions about this RFGA that are submitted in accordance with these instructions will be answered on the RFGA’s dedicated web page.