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Athletes are Children First: A Pilot Project for Keeping Children Safe in the Sport Of Gymnastics

Grants to New York Child Welfare Agencies and
Advocacy Centers to Protect Children from Abuse

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) and Athlete Assistance Fund (AAF)

Deadline Date:

02/28/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to New York child welfare agencies and advocacy centers in eligible regions to protect child athletes from abuse. Funding is intended to support the development of training programs that educate staff, coaches, and owners of clubs on how to prevent sexual abuse for child gymnasts. Agencies must be situated in one of five geographic areas of Western NY and West Finger Lakes; East Finger Lakes, Central NY and Southern Tier; Capitol District; Mid-Hudson; and Long Island, and be able and willing to travel to local gymnastics clubs within a 2-hour commute.

Based on these findings, AAF and The NYSPCC developed a pilot project for New York State that would inform a nation-wide child sexual abuse prevention model, the Children First Initiative. This initiative will enlist Child Advocacy Centers and child welfare agencies who are uniquely positioned as experts on child abuse and protection to support gymnastics clubs in their efforts to protect gymnasts from abuse. This initiative will utilize child sexual abuse prevention trainings for gymnastics club staff developed by The NYSPCC specific to the sport. The trainings were developed with input from club owners, coaches and staff and further refined through feedback from trainings conducted at two gymnastics regional congresses and one national congress in 2019.

Each participating agency will receive free training and technical assistance from The NYSPCC. Two to three staff from each agency will become trained as NYSPCC-certified Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Trainers using The NYSPCC’s training curriculum, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education for Club Owners, Coaches and Staff, and Facilitator’s Guide, as well as The NYSPCC/AAF Safe Gym Handbook outlining best practice policies for gymnastics clubs. These agencies will be funded for one year to provide training to gymnastics club staff and support clubs in implementing best practices in child protection. The NYSPCC will oversee the RFP process and the pilot project implementation. 

Successful applicants will collaborate and work in partnership with The NYSPCC to implement the pilot project. 

For details on overall goals and pilot project description and activities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188034

Number of Grants:

The NYSPCC will select five Child Advocacy Centers or child welfare agencies.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Participating agencies may earn up to $10,000 for completing trainings ($300 per training). AAF will fully fund this pilot project and trainings will be offered to gymnastics clubs free of charge.

Participating agencies will be reimbursed for travel costs to the mandatory one-day, in-person launch training based on government per diem rates.

Term of Contract:

The contract period is July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be an NCA-accredited Child Advocacy Center or child welfare agency approved as a provider of New York State’s child abuse mandated reporter training or with similar experience.

The NYSPCC will provide trainings and support for gymnastics clubs in the New York City metro area.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 5pm ET on Friday, February 28, 2020

The implementation schedule of the pilot project components is depicted in the table below.

- January 6, 2020 The NYSPCC releases the RFP; question period begins
- January 16, 2020 Question period ends; addendum distributed
- February 28, 2020 Application deadline
- March 15, 2020 Selected applicants notified
- May 15, 2020 Launch training at The NYSPCC in New York City

Successful applicants will be notified of their awards by March 15, 2020. Participating agencies will be required to attend a mandatory one-day, in-person launch training at The NYSPCC offices in New York City on Friday, May 15, 2020.

For an addendum to the RFP with answers to the most frequently asked questions, see Attached Files below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions and applications can be submitted via email to or
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Attention: Jessica Trudeau
Assistant Director of the Training Institute

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
161 Williams Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10038

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