Founded in 2005, the California Family Resource Association (CFRA) is a statewide membership association of over 350 organizations that serve children and families. Our purpose is to advocate for the programs, policies, and resources that enable Family Resource Centers (FRCs) to better serve families and communities. We do this by building the capacity of our member organizations, convening partners for shared learning and planning, and supporting the development of networks and coalitions to achieve greater impact.

On April 13, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom announced, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, $42 million in new investments to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19. “Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment free from fear, abuse and neglect,” said Governor Newsom.  The Governor also stated that $3 million in funding be distributed to Family Resource Centers. “Family Resource Centers play a critical role in preventing child abuse and neglect, strengthening children and families, and connecting families to an array of county support systems of care. This funding will provide direct support and services to foster families, including material items, assistance with isolation needs, parenting resources, and staff time to help link families to other state and federal supports (e.g. food, housing, etc.).”

In response to Governor Newsom’s announcement, CFRA is seeking responses to this Notice of Funding Opportunity from FRCs to receive COVID-19 Family Resource Center Relief Funds to address family needs and maintain continuity of services and operations during the COVID-19 crisis. During the COVID-19 emergency, families need to remain connected to essential community supports which protect California’s most vulnerable children and families. “Social Connections” and “Concrete Support in Times of Need” are the most important of the Protective Factors that can be provided to our most vulnerable children and families.

For purposes of this NOFO, applicants eligible for funding will include Family Resource Centers as defined by SB 436 “…an entity providing family-centered and family-strengthening services that are embedded in communities, culturally sensitive, and include cross-system collaboration to assist in transforming families and communities through reciprocity and asset development based on impact-driven and evidence-informed approaches with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening children and families. A family resource center may be located in, or administered by, different entities, including, but not limited to, a local educational agency, a community resource center, or a neighborhood resource center.”

The fund will ensure that FRCs can continue to address family needs and maintain continuity of service operations during the State of Emergency.

NOFO funds to FRCs will provide direct support and services to families in need, including:

  • Material items (e.g., food, diapers, cleaning supplies),
  • Assistance with isolation needs (e.g., one-time costs for telehealth and remote case management technologies, staff time to provide phone/virtual home visits, connections through social media),
  • Parenting resources (e.g., adaptations of parent education),
  • Staff time to help link families to other local, state, and federal supports and benefits (e.g. food, housing, etc.), and
  • Emergency funds to support the continued operation of FRCs and/or FRC Networks.

Funds are available through June 30, 2020, for a maximum total distribution of $2.8 million. Maximum funding allocation for funding requests will be based on an average amount of $93 per individual beneficiary served. The average of $93 per individual beneficiary served includes the 10% Indirect Rate applicants can apply to funding requests. If total requested funds exceed $2.8 million, awards will be prorated based on the number of individual beneficiaries proposed to be served, geographic distribution, and allocations to counties based on their share of the total state child welfare caseload.

FUNDING PRIORITIES AND REQUIREMENTS

Tribal Affiliates: Preference will be given to applicants that engage and serve Native American tribes in California, including federally recognized tribes and non-profit Tribal Organizations.

Foster Caregivers: Preference will be given to applicants that provide services and supports to foster caregivers through the FRC.

FRC Location and Residence of Service Recipients: Family Resource Centers who apply for funds MUST be located in the State of California. Proposed individuals/ beneficiaries to receive services or benefit from the funds MUST be residents of the State of California.

Linkages to 211 and Parents Anonymous: FRC agrees to accept referrals from 211 and Parents Anonymous. FRC must verify that 211 has updated information about FRC program availability to ensure that 211 can refer at-risk families to the FRC for services. FRC agrees to respond to referrals from 211 and Parents Anonymous and to work in unison to meet the needs of at-risk families.

Families At-Risk: Funds may also be used for services and supports to families at risk. Applicants are encouraged to partner with their County Child Welfare agencies to ensure the most at-risk children and families receive support, including populations that are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system as well as geographic areas lacking in resources to serve this population.

Timeline for distribution of Goods and/or Services: Goods received and/or services provided, as a result of this funding, must be distributed and/or provided by June 30, 2020.

Legal Applicant and Fiscal Agent: The legal applicant can be a single FRC or a network acting as the legal applicant for a group of FRCs. The legal applicant must act as the fiscal agent for its assigned responsibilities and, if other FRCs are included in the application, the legal applicant shall allocate all project funds as mutually agreed upon between CFRA and the legal applicant.

Data Collection: The legal applicant agrees to utilize the identified CFRA data collection platform, which will be provided for free by CFRA, to allocate funds and track results for the duration of the funding period.

Reporting: The legal applicant agrees to provide all required reports, including reports on process and results, in an accurate and timely manner, including reporting results produced by any “sub-contracting” organizations.

The application period is now closed.

The response to this NOFO must be submitted electronically to the California Family Resource Center (CFRA) using this web-based application form. Applications submitted through the postal mail or by email will not be reviewed. CFRA will send to applicant a confirmation email when the application is complete and signed. If the application is incomplete or unsigned, CFRA will not send a confirmation email. You may request a “Read Notification” to verify the application was received by CFRA. CFRA must receive the application documents by May 5, 2020, at 5:00 PM PST. Applications received later than this deadline will not be reviewed. Applications will be evaluated according to their completeness, alignment with California COVID-19 FRC Relief Funds priorities, and clarity of plans. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

A California COVID-19 Family Resource Center Relief Funds Informational Webinar 

Click here to access the recording.

Click here to access the FAQs from the webinar.

For questions related to this NOFO please contact:

Child Abuse Prevention Center
Merritt Beckett
mbeckett@thecapcenter.org