The GRADD Community Collaboration for Children Regional Network is offering $2,752 in mini-grants to enhance and promote programs aimed at preventing and building awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Organizations within Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties are eligible to apply.

A portion of eligible funds will be allocated to serve each individual county. If no qualified proposals are submitted for a particular county, the funds will be used in another county within the district.

Projects must encompass one of the following goals: focus directly on child abuse/neglect prevention; educate the public and/or families about child abuse/neglect; or focus on developing positive relationships between children and parents; and they must be able to be completed by May 15.

Eligible grant expenditures include: educational materials, training events, and parenting classes. Funds cannot be used for capital equipment, building improvements, personnel costs, transportation, or projects exclusive to foster care or juvenile justice.

The application deadline is Jan. 26.

CCC Regional Network is a coalition of area agencies who seek to identify risk factors for child abuse/neglect and to combat these factors through community education and support.

Mini-grant applications may be obtained online at www.gradd.com or by contacting Jennifer Williams, GRADD in-home services manager, at 270-926-4433.

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