State grants approved to support child abuse prevention programs

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The Board of Directors of the Children’s Trust Fund has approved $ 1,865,168 in direct service grants to 10 Michigan community organizations to support local child abuse prevention initiatives.

All beneficiaries will be funded over a four-year period. The Board of Directors selected the winning grant proposals through a competitive bidding process from among 19 submitted proposals.

“We congratulate these 10 grantees who emerged from an extremely competitive process with many more great proposals than we were able to fund,” said Suzanne Greenberg, director of the Children’s Trust Fund which is part of the Department of Health and of Michigan Social Services. “We will work closely with our new beneficiaries to create protective factors for children and families that will allow Michigan children to have safe and healthy childhoods.”

The 10 organizations that receive funding are:

  • Calhoun Intermediate School District, $ 200,000 for the expanded Parents as Teachers home visiting program.
  • Catholic Family Services, $ 200,000 to expand the Parents as Teachers home visiting program.
  • Community Assessment Referral & Education, $ 200,000 for the Nurturing Parents & 24/7 Dads program.
  • Flint Odyssey House, $ 181,212 for 24/7 Daddy Program.
  • Midland Kids First, $ 200,000 for the Safe Environment for Every Kid program.
  • MI Health Improvement Alliance, $ 180,212 for the expanded Making Parenting Fun Program.
  • MomsBloom, Inc., $ 106,880 for the Gather & Grow program.
  • Northern MI Mobile Child Advocacy Center, $ 196.86 for the Strong Roots, Fraternity to Fathers & Mom Power program.
  • Lenawee Intermediate School District, $ 200,000 for the expanded Parents as Teachers home visiting program.
  • Sanilac Middle School District, $ 200,000 for enhanced parent-teacher home visitation program.

The purpose of Direct Service Grants is to fund community-based child abuse prevention programs and services. The grants support families who have risk factors or challenges that could impact positive parenting and optimal child development. The Children’s Trust Fund places a strong emphasis on ensuring that funded initiatives are properly integrated into larger community plans to serve children and families.

Through the newly funded initiatives, combined with other multi-year grant commitments and the statewide network of local councils, the Children’s Trust Fund distributed more than $ 2.6 million in 2021 in support child abuse prevention programs in Michigan’s 83 counties. Visit the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund website to learn more.


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