Our mission at the Child Victims’ Trust Fund (CVTF) is to provide funding to help reduce the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse in Kentucky. The need is real. Kentucky children are at risk. Prevention is key. We promote, support, and fund effective programs to improve the safety of our children.
There are many great organizations in Kentucky dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse. Since 1984, The CVTF has been working with those organizations to help fund their efforts. We assist with educational and promotional programs to inform people about the issue of child sexual abuse, warning signs, laws, and available resources.
The CSAEP (Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention) Board oversees the distribution of funds granted to community organizations to ensure the money is being well-spent.
The CVTF prevention activities and child advocacy programs are funded through private donations, proceeds from the purchase of “I Care About Kids” license plates and donations made through the state income tax refund check-off program.
Announcement of Funding for Child Sex Abuse Prevention Programs
The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board (CSAEP Board) announces the availability of grant funding for child sexual abuse prevention programs. Applications are now available for the fiscal year 2021 that begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021. Non-profit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply for these opportunities that are made available through the Kentucky Child Victims’ Trust Fund. Two types of grants are available:
- Statewide Prevention Grant Application – This grant is available to Kentucky non-profit and public agencies that work toward reducing child sexual abuse and exploitation through primary prevention programs. A program is considered statewide if prevention activities will be conducted in all regions of Kentucky. Statewide Prevention Grant Instructions
- Regional Prevention Grant Application – This grant is available to Kentucky non-profit and public agencies that work toward reducing child sexual abuse and exploitation through primary, secondary and/ or tertiary prevention programs. Regional Prevention Grant Instructions
The CSAEP Board also provides financial support for case management activities associated with the performance of medical examinations of children believed to be victims of abuse. The Board administers the Child Sexual Abuse Medical Reimbursement Program to assist Kentucky Children's Advocacy Centers in their mission to protect children from the trauma of abuse. Organizations seeking funding assistance should complete and submit the following CSAMR Funding Assistance Application. For additional information regarding funding, assistance see CSAMR Funding Assistance Instructions and CSMR Required Attachments.
Prevention grant applications are available annually. Applications
for FY21 must be submitted by April 22, 2020 to be considered for funding. Questions
regarding the grant application process and timelines should be directed to ICareAboutKids@ky.gov or by calling 502-696-5320.
The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board (the Board) provides conference funding to statewide non-profit and governmental agencies. Funding amounts are limited to $5,000 in funding each fiscal year and must be utilized for the purpose of child sexual abuse prevention. Completed applications should be sent to ICareAboutKids@ky.gov. Ideally, the Board would like to receive applications at least 90 days in advance of the conference date. However, applications submitted after that date may still be considered.
Special Note Regarding Funding for Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Program
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. For applicants seeking to provide this program, the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board will give priority consideration to applications that will provide Stewards of Children programming on a statewide basis rather than a regional basis.
For more information regarding Stewards of Children visit www.D2L.org.
Special Note Regarding Prevention Programming Focused on Underserved Populations
The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board is
specifically interested in receiving applications to provide prevention
programming focused on underserved populations such as adolescents,
incarcerated youth, and children and youth with disabilities.
About the Board
- The Board is committed to the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation through strong community collaboration.
- The Board believes child safety is everyone’s responsibility and that children deserve a safe, nurturing environment.
- The Board is committed to helping society understand the damage caused by child sexual abuse and exploitation.
- The Board is committed to equitable funding opportunities statewide that provide services to children with diverse backgrounds.
- The Board is committed to good financial stewardship of the Child Victims’ Trust Fund.
- To increase public and professional awareness and understanding of the nature and scope of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
- To fund quality services and innovative programs.
- To have a greater influence on public policy relating to child sexual abuse and exploitation.
- To increase the effectiveness of the Board.
- To ensure continued growth and viability of the Child Victims’ Trust Fund.