Applications are now being accepted for the 2024-2025 Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund (LCTF) Grant.
Donor Name: Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund
Parish: All Parishes
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: Not Available
Grant Duration: 1 Year
LCTF provides grants to programs that focus on child abuse and neglect prevention. LCTF grants will be awarded for primary and secondary prevention programs.
Prevention is defined as:
- Primary Prevention is taking measure to keep child abuse from happening, before it has ever occurred. Key aspects of primary prevention are: (a) it is offered to all members of a population, (b) it is voluntary, (c) it is an attempt to influence societal forces which impact parents and children, and (d) it seeks to promote family functioning rather than just to prevent problems. Examples include, but are not limited to, educational programs in schools and to professionals and volunteers, parenting and prenatal support classes, and awareness announcements in in the media.
- Secondary Prevention is taking measures to keep child abuse from happening before it has occurred to a serious degree, but after certain warning signals have appeared. Key aspects of secondary prevention are: (a) it is offered to a predefined group of “at risk” individuals; (b) it is voluntary; (c) it is more problem-focused than primary prevention; and (d) it seeks to prevent future parenting problems by focusing on the particular stresses of identified parents or guardians. Examples include but are not limited to support programs for teenage parents, programs for parents of infants with specific problems, programs for children who have been abused, and programs for families with identifiable stresses.
LCTF-funded programs fall into the following five categories:
- Teaching children personal safety and life skills: After-school mentoring and tutoring programs; school-based child development programs, Pre-K-12; life skills programs; school-based parenting programs; bullying prevention programs; programs that involve youth in problem solving and teach anger management skills; Baby-think-it-over parenting awareness programs.
- Education and support services for parents: In-home, early intervention programs for families of at-risk children; parent involvement programs in the schools; parenting programs for parents that home-school their children; maternal mental health, post-partum depression, perinatal programs; single parent support groups; fatherhood initiatives and programs for extended family/grandparents; child safety education, including internet safety.
- Hospital and/or home visitation and support services to families: Case management to help families connect with community resources; support for networking and collaboration of service providers.
- Public awareness and education programs for adults: Marketing campaign that clarify what child abuse or neglect is to the public and “brands” the Children’s Trust Fund; dissemination of information related to child-development and non-abusive discipline at public places; development of a public awareness campaign on child abuse/neglect prevention and a marketing “blitz” including electronic media, newspapers, public service announcements and billboards; creation of video/DVD and written material libraries on parenting at parenting centers, neighborhood centers, family resource centers and public libraries; develop and promote referral guides and hotlines for parents.
- Training and education of teachers, professionals and volunteers: Statewide training for mandatory reporters (open to the public as well); cross disciplinary training (e.g. attorneys, social workers, educators, law enforcement, volunteers) on child abuse prevention models, new legislation and policies, and more; assistance to coalitions addressing parent education and support, child abuse prevention, and public awareness of children’s issues; data collection on prevention programs, and uses of this data; training on the effects of poverty and child abuse/neglect.
Types of Events
- Professional development, conferences, and workshops/seminars, which are formal events that are held annually. Activities generally include communicating knowledge and information regarding supportive services to parents and general information on child abuse and neglect prevention to professionals and volunteers such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers, Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) workers, law enforcement, social workers, medical professionals, and school personnel. Conferences must be statewide, regional, or parish-wide.
- Public awareness campaigns and education, which are broad scale events addressing the problem of child abuse and neglect and the importance of prevention. Activities in this category generally include: (a) marketing campaigns that clarify what child abuse/neglect is to the public while promoting LCTF; (b) disseminating information related to child development and non-abusive discipline at public places; (c) developing campaigns on child abuse/neglect prevention and a marketing “blitz” including electronic media, newspapers, public service announcements, and billboards; (d) creating videos/DVDs and written material libraries on parenting at family resource centers and public libraries; and (e) promoting referral guides and hotlines for brochures.
For fiscal year 2025, grant awards will be for projects beginning July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2025.
LCTF accepts grant applications from public and non-profit organizations. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for primary and secondary child abuse prevention programs and for other projects consistent with LCTF recommendations.
LCTF is allowed to award grants to non-profit and public organizations:
- Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status in the form of a designation letter from the IRS and state charter along with application;
- Public organizations must submit a letter of authorizing application written by the person designated in the organization to execute contracts.
For more information, visit LCTF.