Section 3109.178 of the Ohio Revised Code provides that Child Abuse and Child Neglect Regional Prevention Councils may request from the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) board up to $5,000 for one-time start-up costs for a prospective Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). Contingent upon the availability of funds, the OCTF will make up to $5,000 available to eligible applicants for costs associated with the establishment and operation of a CAC.
The purpose of start-up funding is to assist CACs in their initial development in order that they may establish a common and child-friendly area for professionals from multiple systems to interview children in lieu of sending a traumatized child to multiple sites. In addition to providing a child-friendly environment for professionals from multiple systems to collaboratively manage the process of investigating causes of potential abuse and neglect, CAC's receiving money from the OCTF must have incorporated into their business plan a strategy to deliver primary prevention services once they are fully established.
Each Child Abuse and Child Neglect Regional Prevention Council may request funding from the OCTF to be used toward start-up costs for the establishment and operation of a CAC. In order to be eligible for the one-time funding to be used toward start-up costs, a prospective CAC shall have as part of its planned delivery of services a strategy to deliver primary prevention services once they are fully established.
A CAC that has previously received funding from the OCTF for any purpose is not eligible for start-up funding.
Primary prevention strategies, as defined in Ohio Revised Code section 3109.13 are "activities and services provided to the public designed to prevent or reduce the prevalence of child abuse and child neglect before signs of abuse or neglect can be observed."
In order to receive approval from the OCTF for start-up funding, a CAC shall meet all of the following requirements:
- The center must have executed a memorandum of understanding to establish a children's advocacy center in accordance with section 2151.426 of the Ohio Revised Code;
- The center must currently be in the process of establishing or have completed an interagency agreement that explains the functions and activities to be performed by the multidisciplinary team as well as the services to be provided by the multidisciplinary team in accordance with section 2151.428 of the Ohio Revised Code;
- The center must have established a written agreement with a fiscal agent that will manage funding;
- The center agrees to provide primary prevention services as defined in division (B) of section 3109.13 of the Ohio Revised Code; and
- The center cannot be currently operating as a CAC, or be accredited by the National Children's Alliance.
Grant Application Requirements
A CAC shall use the start-up funds only for establishment and operation of the center in accordance with provisions outlined in sections 2151.425 to 2151.428 of the Revised Code. Such funds shall be encumbered by the center for expenditure in the same state fiscal year in which they are received.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for start-up funding, a prospective CAC must complete the following:
- The Application for Child Advocacy Center Start-up Funding.
- The Program Narrative and Budget Narrative. When submitting electronically, these should be saved as Microsoft Word documents and submitted as attachments.
- Prepare and scan all the additional materials, such as an annual program budget, job descriptions and resumes if applicable.
Once complete, the prospective CAC must send the application and all required additional materials to the administrative agent (Regional Prevention Coordinator) of its’ Child Abuse and Child Neglect Regional Prevention Council. The Regional Prevention Coordinator will share the application with the council and can then sign the application and submit it to the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund.
Applications should be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Calendar Year 2021 application, along with required attachments, must be received by the Ohio Children's Trust Fund by close of business on the following days:
- Friday, September 10, 2021
- Friday, October 29, 2021
Grant Review Process
All applications receive a two-step review process. First, the OCTF conducts an internal review. The purpose of the initial OCTF review is to provide a technical and programmatic evaluation of all applications. If the applicant has successfully followed the general application requirements and is eligible for the grant, the application will be forwarded to the OCTF Board for final approval.
If the OCTF Board approves the application for CAC start-up funding, the funds will be provided to the Regional Prevention Coordinator, who will then enter into a contract with the prospective CAC. If approved, you will be required to comply with all OCTF CAC start-up funding application guidelines including completing and submitting a report on the usage of the start-up funds.