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Grants to New York Nonprofits, CBOs, Faith-Based Organizations, and Local Agencies to Prevent Domestic Violence

New York State Children and Family Trust Fund


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Funding Source
New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
Division of Child Welfare and Community Services - Bureau of Program and Community Development and New York State William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund
Funding or PIN Number: RFP # 1134 / Grants Gateway # CFS01-TRUST-2023
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/03/24
Deadline: 02/12/24 4:00 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit and faith-based organizations, CBOs, and local government agencies for initiatives to prevent domestic violence. Applicants are required to prequalify and register in the grant portal prior to submitting an application. The purpose of the program is to support community-based family resource and support programs with the goal of preventing abuse/maltreatment and/or preventing the recurrence of abuse/maltreatment; and improving outcomes for families at risk of or experiencing child abuse and other forms of family violence.

Specific areas every applicant and community are requested to consider in the design of their program and scope of services identified in their application for OCFS funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing service strategies, approaches, and linguistic capacities that promote the delivery of services that are culturally competent and reflective of the population and community to be served
  • Collecting and analyzing data relevant to disproportionality and service provision
  • Strategically locating services within communities, to promote better access to service delivery in high-need areas
  • Promoting cross-agency dialogue and partnership regarding service planning to address disproportionality (including, but not limited to, social services, mental health, health, education, housing, substance abuse, probation agencies, and community-based providers) 

The Trust Fund is seeking to fund primary or secondary prevention programs that strengthen families by building protective factors to reduce risks of child abuse and maltreatment, and domestic violence prevention programs that improve safety and well-being of children and families. OCFS seeks applicants who demonstrate a readiness to partner with other agencies to address community challenges that affect the safety and well-being of families.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the following key concepts:

  • Emphasize prevention before child abuse and child maltreatment or domestic violence has occurred, to improve the lives of children, adults, and families.
  • Consideration of community strengths and challenges to match program strategies to evidence-informed and evidence-based practices.
  • Collaboration with community cross-sector service providers to support common goals.
  • Services that are family–driven and include family voice.
  • The use and sharing of data for planning and evaluation purposes, and to identify trends and outcomes. 

Through this solicitation, funds are available to start a new and/or extend an existing program.

Child Abuse Prevention Programs must include the following:

  • Parent education, support, and leadership services, together with services characterized by relationships between parents and professionals based on equality and respect, and designed to assist parents in learning about child development and acquiring parenting skills such as responding appropriately to the behavior of their children.
  • Services to facilitate the ability of parents to serve as resources to one another (such as through mutual support and parent self-help groups).
  • Outreach services to assist parents in becoming aware of and able to participate in family resources and support program activities.
  • Information and referral services to assist families in accessing community resources, including follow-up services.

Domestic Violence Prevention Programs must include the following:

  • Services/interventions that increase the safety and well-being of adults and children.
  • Opportunities for parent leadership.
  • Services to facilitate the ability of parents to serve as resources to one another (such as through mutual support and parent self-help groups).
  • Outreach services to assist parents in becoming aware of and able to participate in family resources and support program activities.
  • Information and referral services to assist families in accessing community resources, including follow-up services.

For information regarding optional services that can be provided, see:

For information regarding budget categories, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants must be either:
- Not-for-profit corporations with 501(c)(3) certification (community-based and faith-based organizations are strongly encouraged to apply); or
- Public agencies. For the purposes of this RFP, “public agency” shall mean a local government office, board, department, bureau, commission, division, agency, other instrumentality of local government, or public educational institution.

- Prior to submitting an application, applicants should solicit comments from the local commissioner(s) of social services and youth bureaus of the locality(ies) in which the program will operate, and to demonstrate alignment with LDSS strategies and/or priorities, applicants must consult with or provide a copy of their proposal to all LDSSs the applicant proposes to serve, to jointly identify service gaps and community needs.
- Applicants must submit one or more Attachment 2 - Community Partners Affirmation of Support Form(s) from local community partners, including domestic violence support services and substance abuse treatment providers they are proposing to partner with.
- Be prequalified, if not exempt, on the application deadline (preferred) OR be prequalified within 30 days of the award letter date if selected for funding.

For additional eligibility information, see:

Except as provided above, for-profit entities and state agencies including affiliated entities are not eligible to apply.

Applicants may not use this funding source to provide child protective services, foster care services, or mandated or non-mandated tertiary preventive services (or any other services otherwise available through the LDSS).

The following items cannot be included as OCFS-funded costs within the project budget:
- Major capital expenditures such as acquisition, construction or structural renovation of facilities.
- Interest costs, including costs incurred to borrow funds.
- Costs for preparation of continuation agreements and other proposal development costs.
- Costs of organized fundraising.
- Legal fees to represent agency/staff.
- Advertising costs, except for recruitment of project personnel, project outreach, and recruitment of participants.
- Entertainment costs, including social activities for program and staff, unless directly associated with the project.
- Costs for dues, attendance at conferences, or meetings of professional organizations, unless attendance is necessary in connection with the project.
- Costs associated with lobbying local, state, and federal officials.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Offerers are encouraged to attend the Applicant Webinar, which will be in the form of a Webex interactive webinar. The webinar will provide important information to organizations intending to submit applications in response to the RFP # 1134 New York State Children and Family Trust Fund.

One webinar will be held on 1/3/2024 at 1:30 PM Eastern Time. Attending the webinar is encouraged as OCFS will review important proposal submission requirements. Attendance is not required. Prospective applicants may submit a proposal regardless of whether they attend the webinar. OCFS recommends webinar attendees attempt to log in to the webinar early to provide sufficient time to troubleshoot issues, should any occur.

To join:
Use the meeting password: RFP1134TRUST

To join by telephone for the audio conference only, the number to call is 1-518-549-0500; use the participant code: 1613 46 9393

Note: It is recommended that participants read the RFP before the webinar.

A direct link to the webinar invitation is also available at the following website, which can be copied and pasted into the address bar of most internet browsers: dd85f7382

A comprehensive list of questions and responses resulting from the webinar will be posted in the solicitation announcement in the New York State Grants Gateway System ( (Grants Gateway), on the OCFS website (, and the Contract Reporter website ( on or about 1/22/2024.

Pre-Application Information
Calendar of Events:
- Issuance of RFP: 12/15/2023
- Bidder’s Conference (attendance is optional): 1/3/2024 at 1:30 PM Eastern Time
- Deadline for submission of written questions: 1/5/2024
- Responses to written questions posted (on or about): 1/22/2024
- Deadline for submission of proposals: 2/12/2024 by 4:00 PM Eastern Time
- Anticipated Notification of Award (not earlier than): 4/12/2024
- Anticipated contracts start date (not earlier than): 8/1/2024

Prequalification Process: After 12/15/2023, prequalification documentation will no longer be accepted in the NYS Grants Gateway. Those wishing to file prequalification documentation after 12/15/2023 must wait until 1/16/2024. Beginning on 1/16/2024 all prequalification documentation is expected to be submitted in Statewide Financial System (SFS) Grants Management.

New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process that require not-for-profit organizations to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for proposals to be evaluated. After becoming prequalified, not-for-profit organizations will have the responsibility to keep their information current by updating on an annual basis.

Not-for-profit applicants are strongly encouraged to prequalify in the Grants Gateway by the date specified above.

NOTE: Government entities are not required to prequalify in the Grants Gateway but must still be registered in order to submit an application.

All communications to report errors or omissions in the procurement process, to ask questions, or to request clarification of this RFP should cite the particular RFP section and paragraph number and must be submitted via email (preferred) or via hard copy mailed to the director of contracts no later than the deadline for submission of written questions specified above.

To view the comprehensive list of questions and responses posted to the Grants Gateway, click the link under the grant opportunity announcement in the Grant Opportunity Portal.

Only one application will be accepted per applicant organization.

View this opportunity on Grants Gateway:

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum request per application is $357,443.

Term of Contract
The contracts awarded in response to this RFP will be for five years with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024, and anticipated end date of July 31, 2029.

Contact Information

All inquiries concerning this procurement must be addressed to the director of contracts in the Procurement Unit, or his/her designee(s) at OCFS, via email (preferred) at or via hard copy mailed to:
Director of Contracts
Questions for RFP # 1134 NYS Children and Family Trust Fund
NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Bureau of Contract Management
52 Washington Street Room 202S – Procurement Unit
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Grants Gateway Help Desk: 518-474-5595
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