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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Grants to Missouri Communities and Nonprofits
for Projects to Protect Children from Abuse

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Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF)

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10/30/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Missouri communities and nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for projects to protect children from abuse. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full application. Funding is intended for initiatives designed to reduce and prevent abuse against children. Priority will be to proposals utilizing a public health approach. Proposals with multiple, different, complementary interventions that involve collaboration between key community partners such as schools, churches, medical providers (particularly SAFE CARE providers), community-based organizations and local government are highly encouraged. Proposals will only be considered for interventions targeting zip codes with high rates or counts of child sexual abuse reports. Special consideration will be given to proposals targeting zip codes with high rates and high counts of child sexual abuse reports. Full county efforts, or efforts extending beyond the zip codes with high rates or counts, will be considered but must be well justified.

CTF will consider all innovative projects that work to reduce child sexual abuse in zip codes with high counts or rates of reported child sexual abuse. However, successful applications will likely include multiple types of interventions, targeted at creating a culture of protection and child sexual abuse prevention. Specific interventions that CTF is interested in funding as part of a layered approach include the following strategies that have shown promise in preventing child sexual abuse. It is anticipated that additional interventions (beyond those listed below) will be a part of a successful, layered approach.

  • Organizational policy, codes of conduct, training for staff, volunteers, board:
    • This includes efforts by youth-serving organizations (daycares, schools, faith communities) to establish organizational policies that reduce the likelihood of child sexual abuse occurring and to develop codes of conduct for how adults interact with children. Successful efforts would likely require awareness raising and training in order to prepare organizations and individuals for policy change efforts. 
  • Community training including Stewards of Children:
    • Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse prevention.
    • Applications that propose teaching children how to prevent child sexual abuse will only be considered if:
      • There is also emphasis on training adults in the community. Programs exclusively or primarily targeting children will not be funded.
      • The project proposes using an established and trauma-informed curriculum. CTF will favor proposals that utilize a curriculum that is implemented nationwide. 
  • Interventions for youth with problem sexual behavior: 
    • CTF will consider proposals designed to address youth with problem sexual behaviors.
    • To be considered, proposals will have to show efforts to build multi- disciplinary cooperation to identify and treat youth who are demonstrating problem sexual behaviors. These efforts will need to include participation from: Missouri Children’s Division, the Juvenile Office, law enforcement, the local Child Advocacy Center, mental health treatment providers and local schools.
    • Proposals could include efforts to:
      • Establish local protocols for how to respond to juvenile reports;
      • Establish evidence-based treatment for youth demonstrating these behaviors;
      • Implement best practices for accountability and safety planning to minimize opportunities for repeat offenses; and
      • Ensure community-wide buy-in and sustainability of efforts.
    • These projects would need to be implemented beyond the zip code of high rate/count (e.g. county-wide or a region within a county). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192287

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000 is available for State Fiscal Year 2021 (January 1 – June 30, 2021) to support eligible communities.

Term of Contract:

Funding is available to support up to three and half additional years for eligible projects over a four year period that includes FY21 (January 1-June 30, 2021), FY22, FY23, FY24 and FY25 (July 1-December 31, 2024).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is available to support eligible communities. Applicants should submit their IRS 501 (c)(3) certification letter if applicable.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of Intent are due by close of business (5:00 pm) on September 15, 2020
- Invitations to submit a full proposal will follow the review of Letters of Intent
- Full applications will be solicited by invitation only by October 1, 2020.
- For organizations invited to submit a full application, the application submission deadline is close of business on October 30, 2020.

CTF will accept Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply through close of business on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Full applications will be accepted by invitation only. Invitations to submit a full application will follow the LOI review.

Funds are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions about the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention funding opportunity or content of this RFA please contact Laura K. Malzner, Program Director, at 573-751-6511 or

Grant Coverage Areas:

Please see the following maps to determine which Missouri communities are eligible for funding.
- Child Sexual Abuse – 30 Highest Zip Codes by Rate and Count:
- Average Child Sexual Abuse Report Rates by County (2008-2018):

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