Certain community-based nonprofits with a history of serving Black, Latino and Indigenous youth and families have a shot at securing grants from Prevent Child Abuse America, but they have a relatively short timeframe to apply. Eligible groups must submit applications to the Youth, Family, and Community Partnership Grants by Friday, Nov. 19.
Among other goals, the grants seek to boost the strength and durability of partnerships between the child protection and family-serving systems and communities; connect youth and families with experiences so that they develop into leaders within the the “Thriving Families, Safer Children” movement; help Black, Latino and Indigenous people avoid unnecessary involvement with child protective services; and reduce racially disproportionate system involvement by implementing racial equity strategies.
This is the second round of grant funding for these goals and this year, the grand opportunities have expanded to 22 locales. The money Prevent Child Abuse America will be awarding comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Thriving Families, Safer Children movement is an effort by the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Prevent Child Abuse America, Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation to “create a more just and equitable child and family well-being system.”
“We know that too often Black, brown and Indigenous families are overrepresented in our systems, and the Children’s Bureau will work with our Thriving Families partners to take affirmative steps to address institutional racism and biases that lead to these drastic inequities,” said Aysha E. Schomburg, associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau. “We unreservedly support the emphasis on primary prevention and elevating the voices of youth and parents with lived experiences.
Eight to 10 organizations are expected to receive grants between $50,000 and $150,000 per site.