Community Based Child Abuse Prevention RFP

Grant Opportunity

Note: This grant funding opportunity has closed. The information to follow is for archival purposes only.

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund (Children’s Cabinet) announces the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) through the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Program. Community-Based Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention funds support primary and secondary prevention efforts. Primary prevention includes efforts targeted at to the broader community to strengthen families and prevent the likelihood of abuse or neglect. Secondary prevention efforts are targeted to special populations, as a means of providing preventative family strengthening support.

Kansas CBCAP funding supports community-based and statewide grants for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Keys to Successful Grant Submissions

The Children’s Cabinet will support innovative, locally-driven approaches that help meet needs identified in the All in for Kansas Kids 2019 Needs Assessment. We aim to promote the safety and well-being of children and families across the state.

Successful proposals will include one or more of the following:

  • Strategies that meet one or more needs called out in the two central messages and seven key findings of the Needs Assessment.
  • Strategies that support one or more outcome statement of the seven goals in the All In For Kansas Kids Strategic Plan.
  • Strategies that offer community-specific data, including voices and perspectives from those with lived-experience to address needs, gaps and challenges.
  • Strategies that advance equity for populations historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality racial and geographic disparities.
  • Strategies that test innovative, high-quality approaches to support the unique needs of children and families.
  • Strategies that incorporate strong family engagement and partnership at all levels of service provision (e.g., development, implementation/operations, evaluation).
  • Documented community partnerships and a collaborative approach.
  • Clearly articulated measures and indicators of project impact and success.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Eligible applicants should be experienced in providing service delivery models that yield positive outcomes to children from birth up to kindergarten entry and their families, including prenatal supports with a commitment to evidence-based, data-driven practices. Applicants should include within their proposal a community-informed, community-driven collaborative approach including input from individuals with lived experience. Eligible applicants may include:

  • 501©(3) organizations
  • County and city governments
  • Unified School Districts (USDs)

Applications open June 21, 2021 with a deadline of July 26, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a “promising practice?”

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse is a good reference. Per their definition, Promising Practices refer to programs that include measurable results and report successful outcomes, however, there is not yet enough research evidence to prove that this program or process will be effective across a wide range of settings and people. View the CEBC Scientific Rating Scale used to evaluate each practice based on available research.

What is meant by “outreach strategies?”

Outreach strategies are the ways you communicate or connect with target audiences or populations to inform them about your programs, services, eligibility, enrollment opportunities, etc.

What is included in "Community-Based" grants?

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to invest in community-based and prevention-focused programs and activities designed to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Grants will fund targeted direct service strategies that will reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect and increase the likelihood of a child having safe, stable, and nurturing relationships in their families and communities. Examples may include but are not limited to: 1) programs that promote early, comprehensive support to parents, increase family stability, and/or improve family access to other formal and informal resources and opportunities for assistance available within communities; 2) specific family resource and support programs, such as respite care, substance use treatment services, mental health services, domestic violence services, housing services, and home visiting; 3) promote parent partnership, leadership, and engagement; and 4) activities that advance equity for populations historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.

Applicants may find helpful guidance for developing strategies to engage individuals with lived experience and promoting equity and inclusion from the example resources listed below.

In reference to the logic model template, is the requirement all outcomes (outcome 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and outcome 2) be completed?

Outcomes should be addressed if they are appropriate and aligned with the applicants program design. It is not a requirement to address all of the outcomes. (See page 10 and 16 of the RFP).

Are public universities eligible applicants? Or do public universities need to apply through their 501(c)(3) foundations to be eligible? I see that University is included as a Type of Applicant on the CommonApp User Profile. But I'm not sure if that is relevant to the CBCAP application.

Universities are not eligible unless they have 501 (c)(3) status. Eligibility is listed on page 4 of the RFP.

Do matching funds has to been secured prior to application or only committed? Is there a timeframe in which those matching funds must be obtained and used or is it just within the project year? We have a match but funds will not be available until after the calendar year (Jan 2022).

Applicants should have a commitment from donor(s) for match funds which must be obtained and spent within the grant period. If they aren’t obtained until after the start of the grant period that is fine as long as they are given to the grantee within the grant period (October 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2022).

Is there a word limit on any portion of the application?

The project abstract is the only section with a word limit.

How do I add additional rows in the Budget Template?

Select and right click on the cell. This opens up a menu where you will select “Insert”, and then “Insert Above/Below Row”.

What is included in "Statewide" grants?

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide services and infrastructure on a statewide basis for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Statewide grants focus on activities that support systems-change and a system of child and family well-being. Statewide applicants must propose activities with a statewide impact and should not target specific communities. Examples may include but are not limited to: 1) professional education; 2) public awareness campaigns; 3) statewide collaborative efforts to foster the development of a continuum of comprehensive child and family support and preventive services; 4) promote parent partnership, leadership, and engagement; and 4) activities that advance equity for populations historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.

On page 13, under the section of Allowable Use of Funds is that statement: "Funds shall not be expended for Department of Children and Families-involved families, . . " Please clarify what is meant by involved families. Does this include families who receive DCF SNAP benefits or child care subsidies?

Primary and Secondary are allowable activities under CBCAP funding, while Tertiary activities are not funded under CBCAP dollars. Tertiary prevention consists of activities targeted at families that have confirmed or unconfirmed child abuse and neglect reports and have active DCF involvement. These families have already demonstrated the need for intervention, either with or without court supervision. CBCAP funds cannot be used for court ordered activities either. Families receiving DCF SNAP benefits or child care subsidies may participate in CBCAP funded activities or supports.

“Lived experience” is defined differently in different parts of the RFP. In one place (Pg 7) it includes, “former foster youth, individuals with prior contact with the child welfare system, formerly incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ+ youth, kinship caregivers, victims of domestic violence, adults with disabilities or caregivers of children with disabilities etc.” In another (Pg 9) it includes, “former foster youth, kinship caregivers, recipients of CBCAP services, formerly incarcerated individuals, individuals with prior child welfare involvement.” Could you please confirm that a project intended to fully engage caregivers of children with disabilities meets the goal of the RFP?

Applicants should meaningfully engage parents/caregivers or other individuals with lived experience to inform service design/development, implementation and operations, and evaluation. Page 7 and 9 are both correct however page 7 has a more extensive list which does include caregivers of children with disabilities. “The Children’s Cabinet believes that communities and families should be the architects of programming, with a system built through authentic engagement and inclusivity of those with lived-experience (i.e., former foster youth, individuals with prior contact with the child welfare system, formerly incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ+ youth, kinship caregivers, victims of domestic violence, adults with disabilities or caregivers of children with disabilities etc.).”

For the evaluation requirements for grant proposals-is there an established system parents can subscribe to for ASQ: 3 and ASQ:SE or will that require a separate contract? Is there training provided for the Protective Factors Survey2? Through what agency and what is the cost, if known?

The ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE will require the purchase a kit for about $300 which you can include in your budget. There is no cost for the use of the PFS or the training. More information about the training will be available once grants are awarded but it should not require any travel costs either.

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