PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must demonstrate that funding has been requested from OCS (OCS Special Needs Hotline 1-855-603-8637), Tribal or other resources prior to applying to FACC.
Applications may only be completed on behalf of the child/youth by their CASA, GAL, Tribal representative, or OCS case worker.
As FACC grants are intended to support needs that are not otherwise provided for to allow maximum impact of limited funds, requests that appear to be researched and well detailed (for example that include explanation of need and item estimates) will have priority consideration over “blanket” or simply maximum dollar amount requests. Barring exceptional circumstance, no child/youth will be awarded above $500 in any fiscal year.
A SPECIAL NOTE ON BIKE REQUESTS
FACC has extremely limited funds dedicated each fiscal year to support bike grant requests. FY22 bike funding has been exhausted. FY23 applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2022, with funding for approximately 35 bikes available through June 30, 2023.
Bike funding requests are limited as follows:
$150 for ages 10 and under
$225 for ages 11+
Exceptions may be made for special circumstances (ex: size of child/youth).
Bikes are expected to transfer with the recipient and are limited to one per recipient every three (3) years. Requests for bikes DO NOT need to go through OCS prior to application to FACC as OCS no longer provides funding for them.
FACC’s Children and Family Needs Committee strives to respond to each application within three to five business days from receipt of a complete application. If you have applied and have not received a response within that timeframe, you are encouraged to please contact us to check the status of your application.
Approved grants may be fulfilled in several ways:
- FACC can arrange to purchase the item(s) and have them shipped directly to the child/youth; or
- With advance planning, an FACC representative can meet the purchaser at a designated store and direct pay for the purchase; or
- Items can be independently purchased with receipts submitted to FACC for reimbursement. (Please note that reimbursement may take between 10-14 days and sometimes longer depending on the speed of the postal service.)
- As a rule, FACC does not issue gift/debit cards and does not work on a voucher system.
GRANT AREAS OF SUPPORT
Mini-grants are intended to cover items that cannot be otherwise provided for, such as certain types of equipment to support a child/youth with special needs, devices to enable contact with family/caseworkers when no other means are available, camperships and extra-curricular gear. Please note that FACC has developed very specific funding criteria surrounding electronics: click here for FACC’s Electronics Policy.
Family support grants are intended to provide support to assist with successful reunifications and visitations that may not otherwise be provided and may include certain types of interim supports for trial home visits, support to children and youth’s family of origin, including relatives, such as visitation meals and activities. All funding requests must specifically detail how the support requested will directly benefit the child(ren)/youth.
Campership grants are for a child or youth’s participation in group experiences and programs. These experiences or programs could include summer camps, cultural, sports, or arts camps, sports programs such as soccer, volleyball, or football leagues, community band or orchestra, art, and theater programs, and may include individual art/music lessons or one-time league memberships and related equipment/materials. Camperships are limited as follows:
- One campership per child/youth per fiscal year.
- Total spent per child/youth will not exceed $500 per fiscal year.
- Eligible expenses may include enrollment or registration fees, travel, and per-match competition fees. Supplies that are necessary for the program involved, and generally useful specifically for that program, also are eligible. For example, gear required to participate.
Children and Family Needs Grant Recipient Expectations
It is the expectation of FACC, and those from whom we are ever grateful to receive donations, that any and all items provided by FACC are to remain with the child/youth on whose behalf the support was awarded. If for some reason the child/youth who received support from FACC has a change in residence, we ask that the support(s) provided (such as clothing, bikes, musical instruments, sports gear, paid camp tuition, furniture) are sure to stay with the child or youth for their continued benefit. If for some reason, this is not possible, we ask that you please contact us for other options so that we may ensure benefit to another child or youth in care.
Thank you for your understanding of FACC’s Mission, our intentions and our expectations surrounding grant awards.