Call for "Letters of Intent" to
Apply for 2016 Mini-Grants
TEAM for West Virginia Children is pleased to offer 2016 Strengthening Families Mini-Grants. Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded for at least four organizations or community partnerships in West Virginia to intentionally broaden, deepen and/or sustain strategies to prevent child abuse, improve family well-being and foster healthy child development using the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.

Letter of Intent to apply is due no later than Friday, December 11, 2015

Full Application Packet will be sent to those submitting letters of intent, and is due no later than Friday, January 8, 2016

Grant Period: The funding term per grant is expected to be 8 months: February1 through September 30, 2016

Download the Full Mini-Grant Announcement in the following formats:
Microsoft Word Doc
Adobe Acrobat PDF

What is Strengthening Families?
Strengthening Families is a research based, cost-effective strategy to increase family stability, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. It builds five protective factors:
Parental resilience
Social connections
Knowledge of parenting and child development
Concrete support in times of need
Social and emotional competence of children

Through the Strengthening Families Initiative, more than thirty states are shifting policy, funding and training to help programs build these protective factors with the children and families they serve. Many states are also using the Strengthening Families approach to integrate state prevention strategies, focus on families in the child welfare system and engage parents and communities.

Strengthening Families™ in West Virginia began long before any dollars were ever invested; however, formal efforts with dollars attached to them began in 2007 with a three-year $25,000 Innovation Grant to the Cabell County Family Resource Network (FRN) from the WV Children’s Trust Fund. Efforts on the state level involve multiple state and community partners including the WV Children’s Trust Fund, the Bureau for Children & Families, the Bureau for Public Health and Prevent Child Abuse WV. The state’s Prevention Leadership Council is overseeing implementation efforts, which depends on collaboration among administrators of West Virginia’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant initiative, Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program, early care and education, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) grant and the statewide Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC).

Nationally, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) coordinates Strengthening Families and works with more than a dozen national partner organizations to create a new vision in which communities, families, institutions, service systems and organizations:

  • focus on building protective and promotive factors
  • recognize and support parents as decision-makers and leaders
  • value the culture and unique assets of each family
  • are mutually responsible for better outcomes for children, youth and families

Circles of Caring

The Strengthening Families West Virginia logo
The Strengthening Families West Virginia logo was inspired by the West African, Adinkra Symbol for strength (in mind, body and soul), humility, wisdom and learning. The Adinkra Symbols are primarily used in Ghana by the Ashanti people.

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