2020 has brought with it both challenge AND opportunity. When our organization had to shift from our typical in-person fundraising events and normal means of financial support, we started seeking a wider range of grant opportunities. The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the most noted national organization supporting Children’s Advocacy Centers across the United States. The Amani Center is an affiliate member of NCA (working towards accredited membership), and as such, was qualified to apply for a variety of grants in November. In reviewing the qualifications necessary to apply, the Amani Center found that we were able to submit three separate applications for various programs and expenses. While writing three grants all due in the same week was a huge undertaking, we decided that we had better seize the opportunity that was presented, and went on to complete all three submissions, in full and on time.
And then…we waited.
On Thursday, December 10th, we waited to hear from NCA on whether any of our applications were approved to award funds to support children in rural Columbia County, Oregon.
- 11:59am – Email received from NCA – “Congratulations! You’ve been selected for a Program Development for Communities grant”
- 12:09pm – Email received from NCA – “Congratulations! You’ve been selected for a Provision of Core Direct CAC Services grant”
- 1:20pm – Email received from NCA – “Congratulations! You’ve been selected for an Equipment Support grant”
We were the only CAC in Oregon to receive awards from all (3) grant categories and one of only two centers to receive more than a single award.
Amazing news for our little center to go 3 for 3 in this very competitive national grant process. What this means is that in 2021 we will be able to: EXPAND our services to better serve our entire county by creating a new position of Multi-Disciplinary Team / Child Abuse Fatality Team Coordinator and onboarding in the Spring; CONTINUE providing bi-lingual assessment and family support services in Spanish; and IMPROVE our forensic assessment equipment by adding a forensic light source camera for physical photography evidence and upgrade/replace aging recording equipment for interviews.
We know that securing funds will continue to look different in the coming months and year. While we hope that in-person events and engagement with our local community will be a part of those fundraising efforts, we are grateful to organizations like National Children’s Alliance who are able to facilitate funding opportunities such as this one. And while these grant awards only cover a fraction of the cost to provide forensic child abuse assessments for the children of our county, we are closer to our goals. We will be diligent in seeking funding from diversified streams, and as always, we will steward your gifts with the highest intended impact for the greater good of our local kids.