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MDHHS Children Trust Michigan seeks proposals to help prevent child abuse and neglect through programs that support families

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Children Trust Michigan has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to increase community-based efforts that help prevent child abuse and neglect for at-risk families.

Proposals should support strengths-based programs that build upon the five Strengthening Families Protective Factors, especially those supporting fathers and those acting in a fatherhood role.

The Direct Service Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program supports local or statewide public, private or nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations with community-based, secondary prevention programs and services designed to promote strong, nurturing families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Organizations currently receiving funding for a direct service program are eligible to apply only if they meet the requirements in Section II.6, Program Requirements of the RFP document. Only applications that establish new programs or add dimensions or components to existing programs are eligible for funding.

A total of $240,000 is available, with a maximum award of $80,000 per grantee. MDHHS anticipates issuing up to three awards.

This funding opportunity prioritizes implementation of fatherhood programs. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

Examples of other child abuse prevention programs that could be funded under this opportunity:

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the EGrAMS program by 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11. The program period begins Jan. 1, 2024, and ends Sept. 30, 2024. Successful applications may be awarded continuing funding based on funding availability and performance.

A pre-application conference will be held to discuss this funding opportunity and provide instruction on using the EGrAMS system. The pre-application conference will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m., and will last approximately 90 minutes. The conference can be accessed at

For more information or to apply, visit the EGrAMS website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Children Trust Michigan” link and selecting the “DS-2024” grant program.

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