GOAL OF MONTANA COURT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
The purpose of all Court Improvement Programs nationwide is to improve court practice in child abuse and neglect cases so that the three goals of safety, permanence, and well-being for each child are achieved in a fair and timely manner. Well-being is defined by the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 as factors that relate to a child’s current and future welfare, most notably the child’s educational achievement and mental and physical health.
Training funds are available to support training and education opportunities that increase child welfare expertise within the legal community or facilitate cross-training opportunities among state and tribal agencies, courts, and other key stakeholders involved in the child welfare system. CIP’s over-arching goal is to improve the dependency court system.
FEDERAL CIP TRAINING TOPICS
The topics listed below are the areas in which the Children’s Bureau concentrates, and are the categories that Montana CIP requires proposals to address. Proposals can address one or more topics. CIP’s subcommittee will focus on funding trainings or projects related to improving the dependency court system. Applicants must clearly demonstrate a need based on data or evidence that the training or project will improve the dependency court system.
Although CIP will consider proposals in the eight categories listed above, CIP’s primary focus is on the following three areas:
Certain types of training are not allowed. Please read the "restrictions" section below.
CASA programs may not apply. CASA program directors and volunteer advocates will be allowed to attend trainings chosen by CAP; CAP will communicate directly with the program directors about the details of the selected trainings.
For FFY 2017 funds, training monies awarded must be spent by September 30, 2018.
September 1, 2017: Notice of funding issued
September 29, 2017: Deadline for receipt of applications
October 19, 2017: Subcommittee meeting to review applications
November 16, 2017: Deadline for return of signed MOU or agreement
Please mail one original and four copies to CAP at the address listed at the end of this application. Please do not email them. Applications must be received no later than September 29, 2017.
APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:
Include the name, telephone, mailing address, and email address of the applicant and contact person, the program/project title, the organization’s EIN and DUNS numbers, the total amount of funds requested, and the signature of the applicant.
Describe the topic your program, project, conference, or training will address. Which of the eight federal CIP categories does it fall into, and why? If it’s a conference, training, or workshop, please submit the agenda or draft agenda with your proposal.
Please explain the problem you are trying to address and provide some data to support your position.
For example, let’s say you are interested in addressing parental meth or opioid use in abuse and neglect cases and propose a project or training on the topic. How do you know that drug use is really a problem? Do you have any data to support your position? You do not need to conduct an extensive literature search to provide the data, but CIP would like you to cite some statistics or evidence. For example, maybe there’s an article or two in a newspaper or perhaps the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has statistics.
Provide a detailed budget for each expenditure (printing, postage, publicity, speaker’s fees, travel, lodging, mileage reimbursement, per diem, facility fees, etc.) and describe each proposed expense in narrative form. After the training or project is completed, you must submit receipts for all actual costs before receiving payment. For example, if CIP pays for someone’s airfare, you must provide a receipt for the airfare.
Who is your target audience? How many people are you expecting to train? What are your intended training outcomes or goals? How will you know whther your training or project was effective?
Please note the following restrictions:
Award amounts are not capped at any specific level, and not all applications will be funded. Applications will be reviewed and assessed on the strength and merit of the project by a subcommittee of CIP’s advisory committee and OCA’s fiscal office.
CIP will notify successful applicants of an award by emailing them an award letter. Payment for approved expenses will be on a reimbursement basis only. Upon completion of the project, the grantee must submit receipts for all fixed expenses, in addition to a final invoice, to the CIP coordinator at the address below.
Grantees must read their contracts carefully and provide any additional paperwork the Supreme Court’s fiscal office requires, including attendance sheets, if appropriate.
For more information or questions, applicants may contact:
Court Improvement Program
Office of the Court Administrator
Montana Supreme Court
301 S. Park Ave.
P.O. Box 203005
Helena, MT 59620-3005
Phone: (406) 841-2957
Fax: (406) 841-2955