Funding available for child abuse/neglect prevention

Funding is now available for Henderson, Union, Webster and four other counties for child abuse/child neglect prevention.

The GRADD Community Collaboration for Children, or CCC, Regional Network is currently offering a total of $5,000 in mini-grants to enhance and promote programs aimed at preventing and building awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Organizations within Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties are eligible to apply. GRADD officials say a portion of eligible funds will be allocated to serve each individual county. However, officials indicate that if no qualified proposals are submitted for a particular county, the funds will be used in another county within the district.

According to GRADD officials, projects must encompass one of the following goals:

1) Focus directly on child abuse/neglect prevention,

2) Educate the public and or families about child abuse/neglect, or

3) Focus on developing positive relationships between children and parents; and they must be able to be completed by May 15, 2016.

Eligible grant expenditures include: educational materials, training events, and parenting classes. GRADD officials say funds cannot be used for capital equipment, building improvements, personnel costs, transportation, or projects exclusive to foster care or juvenile justice.

The application deadline is November 9, 2015.

CCC Regional Network is a coalition of area agencies who seek to identify risk factors for child abuse/neglect and to combat these factors through community education and support.

Mini-grant applications may be obtained online at or by contacting CCC Coordinator Kristy Clark at 270-926 4433.

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