Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the opening of the application period for the 2019 Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Grant. Administered through the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund within the Governor’s Office, the grant funds work focused on child abuse and neglect prevention among Louisiana’s children through building strong cross-sector partnerships and through increased child safety public awareness.

“Protecting our most vulnerable children has been a priority for my wife Donna and I, so we are encouraging community organizations fighting to end child abuse and neglect in our state to apply for grant funding through the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund in my office,” said Gov. Edwards. “This program is another way we can bring resources to the local level in our fight to protect children who need our help.”

Community organizations interested in applying for support through the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund should be directed to two grant applications.

1) Click here to access the program grant application, which is utilized to support programmatic activities throughout the year.

2) Click here to access the Conference grant application, which is utilized to support conferences that are sponsored by agencies during the year that address child abuse and neglect (this grant is NOT to attend conferences, but to sponsor them).

All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, February 23, 2018 by 4 p.m. Applicants are advised to send their completed application by certified mail or other courier service that provides proof of delivery to the following address: Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund 1051 North Third Street, #1-136 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802 or emailed to: Michele.Rabalais@LA.GOV

 

Background

In 1983, following a devastating child abuse fatality, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously passed the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Act to prioritize and separate funds for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Louisiana then became the 5th state in the United States of America to establish the Children’s Trust Fund.

The purpose of the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund:

1. Support community-based efforts to develop, operate, expand, enhance, and coordinate initiatives, programs and activities to prevent child abuse and neglect.

2. Support the coordination of resources and activities to better strengthen and support families to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

3. Foster understanding, appreciation and knowledge of diverse populations in order to effectively prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.