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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, and Law Enforcement to Address Child Neglect and Abuse

Children’s Justice Act Committee (CJAC) Grant


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Maryland Governors Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
CFDA Number: 93.643
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/05/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, government agencies, law enforcement, and faith-based organizations to address the neglect and abuse of children. New applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to improve the investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim.

Priority Areas

CJAC establishes priority areas and criteria for funding based on a triennial assessment conducted by the Children’s Justice Act Committee in Maryland. To qualify for funding under this grant, the proposed program must support one or more of the priority areas outlined in the 2021 triennial assessment and described below.

  1. Enhance the ability of law enforcement to appropriately recognize, assess, and investigate child abuse and/or neglect and to identify threats to a child's safety during police responses to suspected child abuse and/or neglect cases.
  2. Enhance the skills of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), lawyers who represent children (i.e., Children In Need of Assistance (CINA) cases, dependency cases, etc.), and judges in handling child maltreatment cases and enhance court sensitivity to child victims and witnesses while also improving the courts’ handling of cases involving very young children.
  3. Enhance response to child abuse and neglect in public and privately operated institutional juvenile facilities including but not limited to: group homes, residential facilities for youth, and foster homes.
  4. Enhance the use of multi-disciplinary teams & Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) to improve training on suspected child abuse and/or neglect cases including but not limited to victims of child human trafficking, LGBTQ youth, and families with limited English proficiency.
  5. Enhance the recognition, assessment, screening, response, referral, and joint investigative process for suspected child abuse and/or neglect cases including but not limited to victims of child human trafficking, LGBTQ youth, and families with Limited English Proficiency.
  6. Enhance Knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Practices.

For more information about Priority Areas, see

For Allowable Costs, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following entities in Maryland are eligible to submit no more than one (1) application for CJAC funding:
- Local government agencies
- State government agencies
- Local law enforcement
- State law enforcement
- Non-profit organizations

Applications for “continuation” projects must detail the success of existing projects and the status of meeting the goals and objectives of the project.

An organization must provide proof of this status by submitting a copy of its status letter from the IRS with the application. If the IRS letter is not available, a letter from your organization’s authorized official listing officers, bylaws, and/or articles is permissible until such time that a copy can be obtained from the IRS.

Faith-based organizations applying for grant funding do not have to relinquish or modify their religious identity (e.g., remove religious symbols) to be considered eligible applicants. However, grant funding may not be used to fund any inherently religious activity, such as prayer or worship. Organizations may continue to engage in inherently religious activities; however, such activities may not coincide with activities funded by the grant—i.e., such religious activities must be separate (in time and place) from the grant funded activity. Further, any participation in religious activities by individuals receiving services provided under the grant must be voluntary.

The following services, activities, and costs cannot be supported with CJAC funding:
- Direct services
- Prevention programs/services
- Lobbying/administrative advocacy
- Advertising/public relations (See eCFR)
- Capital expenditures
- Fundraising/investment management tools
- Audit expenses
- Food/beverage for meetings, conferences, trainings, or other events
- Property insurance
- Trinkets (e.g., hats, mugs, portfolios, t-shirts, coins, gift bags, etc., whether or not they include the conference name or Office of Justice Programs/Department of Justice logo) must not be purchased with Department of Justice funds as giveaways for conferences. Basic supplies that are necessary for use during the conference (e.g., folders, name tags) may be purchased.
- Entertainment/amusement/diversion/social activities and their associated costs (e.g. tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities)

The list above is not exhaustive. The Office reserves the right to make additional budget reductions/restrictions and adjustments at its discretion.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Technical Assistance session will be held on May 19, 2023, from 9 am to 10 am.

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Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Deadline to Request a User ID: May 26, 2023
- Technical Assistance Session: May 19, 2023
- Deadline to Submit an Online Application: July 5, 2023, 11:59 pm
- Letter of Intent/Denial Letters Emailed: September 2023
- Award Documents Emailed: September 2023
- Sub-award Start Date: October 1, 2023
- Sub-award End Date: September 30, 2024

In order to use the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services web-based application you must have a User ID. If you have not previously applied through the web, go to the following URL to obtain instructions and the information required to obtain a User ID and password: The last day to request a User ID is May 26, 2023. If you have previously applied through the web, use your existing User ID and password.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable System of Award Management (SAM) unique entity identifier(UEI) requirements. Please provide your UEI number and expiration date at the end of your narrative and upload a pdf of your organization’s SAM registration to the Documents section of your GMS application. This form can be obtained by registering or renewing your organization annually at

Funds are paid on a reimbursable basis.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The Office anticipates making 5-7 sub-awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Office anticipates making sub-awards ranging from $25,000-$72,000.

Term of Contract
Anticipated Period of Performance: October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024

Contact Information
Grants Management System (GMS):

If you need assistance with program criteria or have questions on program design, please contact:

Christine Fogle, Statewide Handle with Care Coordinator

Jennifer Krabill, Director Children and Youth Division

If you need technical application assistance, please contact:

Mary Abraham, CJAC Program Manager

Will vanWisse, Fiscal Grants Manager

Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victims Services
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2022
(410) 697-9338

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