Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $7,250,000)
This program furthers the Department's mission by providing cooperative agreements for enhancement and expansion of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) to organizations that OJJDP designates. The purpose of this program is to increase the capacity of tribal CACs and CACs serving in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to effectively investigate, prosecute, and intervene in child abuse cases involving AI/AN children and their families. This project is supported under the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 2019, Public Law 1166, section 510, 133 Stat. 13, 130.
National Childrens Alliance (NCA) is the national membership and accreditation organization that oversees the national standards and development of child advocacy centers (CACs) throughout the country. NCA was first federally funded in 1993 to develop and expand Childrens Advocacy Centers across the country through a national sub-grants program. Since that time, NCA has administered more than $170 million in federal funds for this purpose and has developed nearly 900 Childrens Advocacy Centers across the United States. The populations to be served through this program are victims of all types of child maltreatment and their families in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NCA will provide targeted subgrant categories to support the development and expansion of CAC services in both the lower 48 States and Alaska. NCA proposes to accomplish this by: 1) developing and publishing RFPs with OJJDP approval; 2) providing training and technical assistance specific to the release of the OJJDP-approved RFP; 3) managing a peer review process to evaluate applications for funding; and 4) providing oversight and subgrant monitoring activities in accordance with the DOJ Grants Financial Guide.