Several Child Welfare Grants Available

Grants for Organizations Serving Children

Summary: The WK Kellog Foundation supports efforts that help ensure all children, families and communities – regardless of race or income – have opportunities to reach their full potential. In general, the Foundation funds programs that focus on thriving children; working families; and equitable communities.

Deadline: Rolling


Grants for Children and Families

Summary: Singing for Change (SFC) supports nonprofit organizations that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively, people can bring about positive change. SFC believes people can achieve sustainable self-sufficiency through dynamic, connected, diverse communities.

Deadline: Rolling


Child Welfare Grants

Summary: The Child Welfare Foundation accepts proposals from tax-exempt nonprofit organizations for projects which meet one of the Foundation’s two basic purposes: 1) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and 2) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society. Grants are awarded for one year.

Deadline: Rolling

Youth Homelessness Grant Opportunity

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program posted 2/14/2018

Summary: The goal of the YHDP is to support up to 11 communities, at least 5 of which will be rural, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness, and sharing that experience with and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end. The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24. The demonstration has five primary objectives: 1) build national momentum; 2) evaluate the coordinated community approach; 3) expand capacity; 4) evaluate performance measures; and 4) establish a framework for federal program and TA collaboration. Eligibility limited to state and local governments and non-profits.

Deadline: April 17, 2018

Juvenile Justice Grant Opportunity

Juvenile Justice Emergency Planning and Demonstration Program posted 2/14/2018

Summary: The purpose of the OJJDP Juvenile Justice Emergency Planning Demonstration Program is to support implementation of the principles outlined in the Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities by developing, improving, and/or implementing emergency planning activities for state, tribal, county, and local juvenile justice residential facilities. Eligible applicants are limited to states and territories, local government, federally recognized tribal governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal organizations), and institutions of higher education.

Deadline: April 16, 2018

Substance Abuse Training Opportunity in May - Register Now

Bradford Health Services is beyond excited to announce the line-up for our
3rd Annual Alabama Adolescent & Young Adult Conference, May 2nd, Pelham Civic Complex!
Register today and meet our esteemed presenters, including our Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Steven Taylor, Medical Director-Player Assistance & Anti-Drug Program NBA & NBPA & Chief Medical Officer-Pathway Healthcare LLC

His much-anticipated presentation on Opioids & Beyond: An Update on Adolescent & Young Adult Substance Abuse is not to be missed.

Registration link:

Agenda can  be accessed here
Exhibitor/Sponsor opportunities available.
(Please share this information with others who might benefit from the content or hours)

Juvenile Justice Focus Groups

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)  administers federal funds for the US Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  Because of the CPC's important role in Alabama communities, ADECA has asked stakeholders to participate in focus groups targeting the prevention and rehabilitation of youth involved with the juvenile system.  These meetings will be taking place all around the state.

2017 CPC Conference - Agenda & CEU Information


The Agenda has been set and July 28th is rapidly approaching. We are getting ready to have people from all across our state come together to learn how we can better serve Alabama's children. If you have not already done so, please register as soon as possible. Space is limited and we need your registration by July 17th. Your $35 registration fee will include: parking, CEUs, breakfast, and lunch. You can register by credit card or check HERE.   

For registration, hotel information, conference agenda, and other information please visit our website at the link below. 


There will be CEU's offered through your attendance. Please make sure to select the one you will need during your registration. 
CEU's Offered: 
- Juvenile Probation (4 hours)
- Social Work (4.5 hours)
- Nursing (4.5 hours) 
- Certificate of Attendance (4.5 hours)


For our out-of-town guests, there is a special room rate of $109 + taxes/fees at the host hotel - The Renaissance Hotel & Spa. This rate will expire soon so please book your rooms as quickly as possible to take advantage of this cost savings. Also, as a reminder in case the room block is sold out, state employees receive a special rate of $109 + taxes/fees anytime at the Renaissance.


Last year, our Resource Fair was one of the most popular aspects of the conference. We are excited to make it even better this year! If you are interested in having a booth, please reply to this email with your organization's information. We would love to have you! 

*Conference registration is required for all Resource Fair participants. Your registration fee includes: a booth, parking, CEUs, breakfast, and lunch. 




2017 Children's Policy Conference

This conference will focus on the ongoing efforts of the Children’s Policy Councils of Alabama on both the county and state level. 



Last year, our county CPC members came together and discussed their challenges and were briefed on the new tools and resources designed to help them in their efforts.  Now as a state, we are ready to take our next steps.  Conference presenters will share ways they are making a difference in their areas, information on grant writing and successful community programs you can replicate. 

There will be CEU's offered through your attendance but they are pending approval at this time. We will let you know as soon as they are approved. 

Let’s continue our work to make Alabama a better place for kids. We look forward to seeing you on July 28th!


Children's Policy Councils- Honorable Mentions- October 2016

Hello Children’s Policy Council Leaders,

I want to make you aware of some outstanding things that some of the CPC’s have done or have been recognized for in October 2016. Some of the pictures and news articles are attached.

Lowndes County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Adrian Johnson, Chair) “Character in Action Celebrates Youth” was the title of the newspaper article in the Lowndes Signal that recognized 11 Lowndes county Character in Action student award winners on September 29, 2016. The Character in Action program is sponsored by the Juvenile Court of Lowndes county and it recognizes Lowndes county youth under the age of 18, who make a positive contribution to their home, school or community above and beyond normal. The award ceremony featured speakers; Myaira Coleman, Central High School valedictorian who spoke on character, “attendance in school gets one to the top but character is what keeps you there” and Comission Chairman Carnell McAlpine offered words of encouragement. The students also had dinner and each was awarded a medal of honor.  This was an joyous occasion for students, their parents, the Sheriff and District Attorney. (The News article is attached)

Autauga County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joy Booth, Chair) On October 3, 2016 the Autauga CPC Health committee hosted a Nutrition and Fitness activity event for 500  3rd and 5th graders at Daniel Pratt Elementary in Prattville, AL.  A nutritionist and a YMCA fitness trainer was onsite to speak to the children about making good food choices, healthy foods vs. non healthy foods, how to make a healthy plate, showed them foods that they should eat for good nutrition and correct portion sizes. The children also did fitness competitions and won prizes for their participation.

In addition, On October 24, 2016 the Autauga CPC Safety Committee hosted a program during Red Ribbon Week promoting child safety, the dangers of drugs, and positive relations with law enforcement. Josh Johnson from WSFA spoke, along with Dean Argo from the ABC Board, and Corporal Thornton with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The meeting was held at 9 am at the Prattville High School Gymnasium, 900  6th grade students attended from schools across Autauga county; Prattville Intermediate, Marbury Middle, Autaugaville, Billingsley, Prattville Christian Academy, and Autauga Academy. Also in attendance were many Prattville Police Officers, Autauga county Sheriff’s deputies, and other members of the CPC.

Covington County Children’s Policy Council (Retired Judge Frank “Trippy” McGuire, Chair) On October 4, 2016 the Covington CPC held its Workforce Development and Safety forum. Over 75 people traveled from across the state to learn more about how  drugs impact our workforce. “10% of the people in the work place is struggling with an issue” quoted, Sgt. Dale D. Quigley one of the speakers at the forum. Jo McGuire, speaker shared with the group that “Marijuana is the most widely abused drug in America and the most misunderstood”. Alabama ranked #50  in last place as compared to Colorado ranking at #1 for marijuana use among 12 to 17 year olds.

Colbert County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Chad Coker, Chair) The Colbert CPC Health and Safety Committee hosted,” Operation Save Teens,”  drug awareness event on October 19, 2016. There was 150 people in attendance, the audiencewas made up of  teenagers, church youth groups, school leaders, parents, and some law enforcement officers. The speaker, Mike Reese, retired from the Alabama Beverage Control Board. He did a phenomenal job with keeping the audience attention and educating them.  Advocates Mr. and Mrs. Letsinger were in attendance.  They had lost their son, Landon, to an overdose of synthetic marijuana.  Landon’s Law, is named in honor of their son and it has helped to increase efforts to crack down on synthetic drugs in Alabama.   Mrs. Letsinger spoke to the youth about the dangers of drugs, feeling invincible, thinking this cannot happen to me and how using drugs one time can lead to death. Then she shared her son’s moving and emotional story.  Twenty area businesses donated  door prizes .i e. restaurant gift cards, an ENO hammock, and $100 MasterCard Gift card.  Door prizes were given out after the presentation.  A local church and daycare center also provided hotdogs, chips, cookies, and beverages to those in attendance. One of the best things, other than the level of awareness it produced, was how low cost it was to develop.

Sumter County Children’s Policy Council “Children of the Village Network” (Judge Tammy Montgomery, Chair) On October 20 ,2016 the Sumter CPC “Children of the Village Networkhosted a movie day for 36 preschool students. The children enjoyed a wonderful video by PBS Kids, entitled "Daniel Tiger Goes to School" and "Daniel Tiger Big Brother". The videos were educational and fun to watch. The students participated in educational games and activities after the movie. Each student received a Daniel the Tiger T-shirt,  book, cupcake,  photo to share with their family and other trinkets. 

Lauderdale County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Ben Graves, Chair) The Lauderdale CPC hosted a Healthy Relationships Workshop on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Riverbend Center for Mental Health. The workshop topics were By Stander Intervention by Dr. Andrea Hunt, The Legal Consequences of Dangerous Relationships by Assistant District Attorney Will Powell, and Human Trafficking by Ms. Patricia McCay. 40 people came out to learn more about these meaningful topics and ways to implement them in their daily lives.

Lawrence County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Angela Terry, Chair) The Lawrence CPC was featured in the Moulton Advertiser newspaper on October 27, 2016 for their luggage drive to benefit children in Lawrence county foster care.  “The SuiteGrace Initiative is what the they are calling the luggage drive because the children in foster care can really use some grace bestowed upon their lives. At this time they have raised enough money to buy luggage and personal items for all 26 of the children who are currently in foster care.  Most of the donations have come from churches, organizations, and individuals who were inspired by the article. The luggage drive will be ongoing. They are planning to buy extra luggage to have on hand to help children that may enter into the foster care system in the future. The suitcases may boost the foster child’s confidence and give them something personal that they will be able to call their own.  (Newspaper article is attached)

Wilcox County Children’s Policy Council (Judge JoCeleste’ Pettway, Chair) On October 30, 2016 the Wilcox CPC hosted their annual Defense fund, National Observance of Children’s Sabbath. The goal of Children’s Sabbath is to bring faith communities together in celebration by holding a community-wide worship service that include educational programs and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in improving the lives of children and families in their communities. The Wilcox CPC had three Children’s Sabbath celebrations; at Star Hope district, Lilly Baptist church, Tri Church fellowship and the Bethel Association that touched the lives of 200 children and adults. Some of the activities and topics that were covered at the special events were Children’s Sabbath awareness, Lollipops for Love, awareness and discussion about issues that are affecting children, (Self- Acceptance)” You are how you are because that is how God made you” Children’s Policy Council awareness, Fun Day activities,  Fellowship on the grounds, snacks, and they were happy to have 7 people from the event to joined and become members of the church.

Etowah County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joe Nabors, Chair) The Etowah CPC hosted  an annual Fall Fest for Even start's children ages birth to 5 on Halloween Day, October 31, 2016 . The event was held at the Jack Gaston Coliseum from 9 am to 11 am. The CPC provided games, activities and prizes for 12 families. They had a balloon artist onsite that had made balloon animal designs for the children.

USDA Seeks Applications for Next Round of Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program Grants

Up to $16.7 Million Available to Help Low-Income Families Purchase Healthy Produce

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $16.7 million in competitive grant funding to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. 

“Recent data shows that 2015 marked the lowest figures on record for food insecurity among children—a major achievement in our country's efforts to ensure every child has a safer, healthier future filled with unlimited opportunity. In addition, last year 7.9 million fewer people were struggling to provide adequate food for themselves or household members than when President Obama took office in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We must continue to invest in initiatives like the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, which are maximizing SNAP recipients’ access to healthy foods and are playing a major role in winning this battle against hunger.” 

FINI is a joint program between NIFA and USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, which oversees SNAP and is responsible for evaluating the impact of the variety of types of incentive programs being deployed by FINI grantees. The program brings together stakeholders from different parts of the national food system to improve the nutrition and health status of SNAP households. Since 2015, NIFA has invested $48.3 million to support the work of 58 organizations in 33 states and the District of Columbia through FINI. 

Applications may be submitted by eligible government agencies and nonprofit organizations in three categories: pilot projects requesting less than $100,000 over one year, multi-year community-based projects requesting less than $500,000 over no more than four years, and multi-year large-scale projects requesting $500,000 or more over no more than four years. All FINI projects must operate through authorized SNAP retailers and agree to participate in the FINI comprehensive program evaluation.

 Priority is given for projects that

  • maximize the share of funds used for direct incentives to participants,
  • test innovative or promising strategies that will contribute to a better understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants,
  • develop innovative or improved benefit redemption systems that may be replicated or scaled,
  • demonstrate a track record of designing and implementing successful nutrition incentive programs to connect low-income consumers and agricultural producers,
  • provide locally or regionally produced fruits and vegetables, especially culturally-appropriate fruits and vegetables for the target households, and
  • work with underserved communities, particularly in Promise Zones and StrikeForce communities. 

Applications are due by Dec. 12, 2016. See the request for applications for more details. 

NIFA will host a free informational webinar for interested applicants on Nov. 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., EDT. An archived version will be available on NIFA’s FINI webpage following the webinar. 

Two previously-funded projects include Market Umbrella in New Orleans and Heritage Ranch, Inc., in Honaunau, Hawaii. Market Umbrella is increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income New Orleans residents through the initiation of SNAP incentive programs in a locally- and minority-owned grocery store (Circle Foods) and year-round expansion of incentives at four Crescent City Farmers Markets. Heritage Ranch is testing a new SNAP fresh food incentive project called Buy One Fresh/Get One Local, where each dollar a SNAP user spends on fresh fruit and vegetables is matched with coupons to purchase an equivalent value of local fresh fruits and vegetables from their grocer, grower at a farmers' market or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food box. 

Abstinence Education Grant Opportunity

This is to inform you of a grant opportunity through the Alabama Department of Public Health, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Branch (APPB). Funding is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on our website at: Details are available within the RFP. The funding is for community-based organizations to deliver Relationship Smarts Plus programming to youth aged 12 to 15 in school or community-based settings. This grant requires match funding. The due date for this proposal is October 24, 2016, no later than 3:00 p.m. (CST). 

Please direct all questions to me or Sandy Powell (334-206-5050 or