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Statewide Grant Application

This funding application seeks proposals from organizations interested in supporting the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund’s (OCTF) mission to prevent child abuse and neglect through investing in strong communities, healthy families and safe children. The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3109.17 (B)(2) allows the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund to, “Allocate funds to entities for the purpose of funding child abuse and child neglect prevention programs that have statewide significance and that have been approved by the children’s trust fund board.”  

Any organization seeking OCTF funding for child abuse and child neglect prevention programming is required to comply with the application guidelines.

The Ohio Legislature established the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund in 1984 to support efforts designed to prevent child abuse and neglect within the state. Governed by a board of 15 members, the OCTF is the State of Ohio's only publicly funded child abuse prevention agency. Together with our partners, the Trust Fund is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through funding, supporting, educating and promoting child abuse prevention awareness and services within communities statewide. For more information on OCTF’s strategy, please visit: https://octf.ohio.gov.  


The maximum amount of funding available to individual applicants is up to $75,000. All applicants must complete and submit a budget form as part of their application packet. Matching funds or in-kind contributions of 20% are required. All proposed expenditures must directly relate to the service of conducting primary and/or secondary prevention programs within the community. For definitions of what are allowable and unallowable expenditures, please refer to Attachment D: Allowable and Unallowable Expenditures. 

The funding period of the grant will begin upon the issuance of a State of Ohio purchase order and last for 8 months, November 2020 – June 30, 2021 (estimated). 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. Proper documentation to support completion of grant activities will be required to be submitted along with the invoice. 

Instructions for Applying

The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund accepts proposals for the Statewide Application on an annual basis with all proposals being due on August 26, 2020. Any organization wishing to apply for SFY 2021 funding is required to electronically submit a completed application packet to the OCTF by 5 pm EST on August 26, 2020

Proposals will be reviewed by a grant review committee from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the OCTF Board. Any applicant who fails to submit a completed application packet to the Trust Fund will not receive consideration for funding.

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 – per ORC 3109.17 (B)(2)”)  

Once you submit your application packet electronically, you should receive an e-mail from the OCTF confirming receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within four business days after submitting your application packet, please contact the OCTF.  

Application Packet

Any organization seeking OCTF funding for child abuse and child neglect prevention programming must complete and submit an application packet.

As you complete your application packet, please consider the following:

  • The OCTF can fund only primary and secondary prevention programs as outlined in section 3109.13 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Primary prevention is defined as “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.”

Secondary prevention is defined as "activities and services that are provided to a specific population identified as having risk factors for child abuse and child neglect and are designed to intervene at the earliest warning signs of child abuse or child neglect, or whenever a child can be identified as being at risk of abuse or neglect."

The OCTF cannot fund tertiary prevention programs or services.

A further description and examples of each level of prevention programs can be found by visiting: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/overview/framework/.

  • All proposed program(s) must be designed specifically to prevent or reduce child abuse and neglect.
  • All proposed program(s) must have statewide significance. Statewide significance is defined as, “programs that will benefit the state as a whole, can be replicated across the state within several counties (inclusive of an implementation plan for replication), and/or programs that are currently being implemented in a majority of Ohio counties.”
  • A complete application packet is defined as the following:
  1. Completed Application (Attachment A)
  2. Completed Budget Form (Attachment B)
  3. Completed Theory of Change and Logic Model (Attachment C)

Question and Answer Period

Prospective Grantees or other parties may submit clarifying questions regarding this RFGA via email during the Q&A period of July 30, 2020 to August 10, 2020.  

Questions should be emailed to: OCTFgrants@jfs.ohio.gov.

(Please include the following in the subject line of your email: “Name of organization – Statewide Grant Application Q&A”) 

Please Note: The Q&A period closes at 5 pm EST on Monday, August 10, 2020. Questions received after this time will not be answered.  

Additionally, answers will not be provided via an email response. The answers to all questions will be posted on the OCTF website after the close of the Q&A period. Prospective Grantees should check the website to review all questions and answers received during the Q&A period.