Child Abuse and Neglect Discretionary Activities

To improve the national, state, and community activities for the prevention, assessment, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect through research, demonstration, service improvement, evaluation of best practices, dissemination of information, and technical assistance.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Quality Improvement Center on domestic violence and child welfare.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Childhelp, Inc. $ 4,000,000   2018-09-302022-09-29
Executive Office Of The State Of New Jersey $ 2,680,000   2015-09-302021-09-29
Westchester, County Of $ 2,680,000   2015-09-302021-09-29
Department Of Health Utah $ 1,205,329   2008-09-302013-09-29
Solano, County Of $ 891,267   2008-09-302013-09-29
Nurses For Newborns $ 1,599,999   2007-09-302013-09-29
Ramsey, County Of $ 1,600,000   2007-09-302013-09-29
Great Valley Center, Inc. $ 238,328   2011-07-012012-09-29
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Admin $ 414,796   2008-09-302012-09-29
Spokane Regional Health District $ 1,600,000   2007-09-302012-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 29 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 34 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

To award grants and contracts to : (1) Provide technical assistance to public and private nonprofit agencies; (2) conduct research and service demonstration projects to identify, assess, prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, which may include the nature and scope of effective practices relating to differential response, child abuse and neglect issues facing Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiians, the impact of child abuse and neglect on the incidence and the progression of disabilities; effective approaches to inter-agency collaboration between child protection, juvenile justice and domestic violence providers; (3)research on the incidence, consequences and prevalence of child abuse and neglect, and (4) disseminate information on the incidence, causes, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect which may include the dissemination of best practices to meet the needs of special populations.

Project funds may not be used for construction.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants: States, local governments, tribes, public agencies or private agencies or organizations (or combinations of such agencies or organizations)engaged in activities related to the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Contracts: Public and private agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children that have been abused or neglected, or that are at-risk for abuse or neglect, and their families.


Nonprofit agencies must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 75 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Pre-application assistance may be available.

Applicants may refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement on for further information.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcement of availability of funds is published on and the ACF web-site, Eligible applicants must submit applications by specified deadlines.

Award Procedures

Applications for funding are reviewed and scored by panels of at least three non-federal subject matter experts. Final funding decisions will be made by Commissioner, ACYF.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1978, Title I, as amended, Public Law 111-320, The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010., 42 U.S.C 5101 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Three to six months.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.


Multi-year projects are funded on an annual basis through submission of a non-competing continuation application. Continuation funding is subject to availability of funds, submission of program and financial reports, and grantee performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Matching requirements are described in each program announcement. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are generally available for a 12, 24, 36 or 60-month period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant awards are managed by a payment management system that manages grant payment requests, drawdowns, and disbursements.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit semi-annual program reports.

Final program reports are due 90 days after completion of the grant.

Grantees are required to submit semi-annual financial reports.

Final financial reports are due 90 days after completion of the grant.

Financial reporting is conducted via the SF-425.

Progress reports are included in program reports.

Expenditure reports are included in financial reports.

Performance monitoring is described in program reporting.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever comes first.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $19,188,802; FY 17 est $14,000,000; and FY 18 est $145,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2016 grants ranged between $225,027 to $3,000,000 with an average award of $661,682.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 1340.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jan Shafer 330 C Street SW, Room 3503, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: (202) 205-8172.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the degree to which proposals meet specific objectives defined in the annual program announcement including, but not limited to: (1) Reasonableness of cost; (2) qualifications of staff; and (3) relevance to stated areas of interest.

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