Current Opportunities

Stopping Child Abuse and Building Strong Families

Each year on a rotating basis, the Children’s Services Council releases a funding priority area for open competition. For fiscal year 2017-18, the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County is opening its priority area “Stopping child abuse before it starts and building strong families.”

The Children’s Services Council has aligned its funding priorities with community indicators. By funding and making available prevention and early intervention services, the Children’s Services Council strives to ensure that these services have a positive impact on the community.

The community indicator aligned with the priority area “Stopping child abuse before it starts and building strong families” is:

  • Child Maltreatment rate

Furthermore, based on the Adverse Childhood Experiences research illustrating the tremendous impact on health and social well-being throughout the lifespan, the Children’s Services Council supports programs that are inclusive of a trauma informed approach and/or strategies that prevent adverse childhood experiences by developing safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments.

Agencies submitting proposals will be required to demonstrate how their proposed program’s main focus and program impact are aligned, directly or indirectly, with the above community indicator. Proposed programs that cannot demonstrate their impact will not be considered for funding.

Funding for programs selected will begin October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Program funding is on a monthly reimbursement basis. Additionally, funded programs will be required to submit quarterly outcome and demographic reports as detailed in the program contract.

Please direct any questions to Children's Services Council at 772.408.1100.

How to Apply

Applicants will be required to apply online through our grants management system. Below you will find links to help you complete the application process.
  • The Stopping Child Abuse Application is a .pdf file of the full application to prepare you for the questions that will be asked as part of the proposal.
  • The e-Cimpact User Manual will show you how to create a username and password, login and navigate the system. 


important dates

October 13, 2016
Release of Request for Proposals

November 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m
Bidders' Conference for Interested Agencies
January 18, 2017
Proposals due by NOON

March 9, 2017
Funding Recommendations to Council
March 24, 2017
Reconsideration Requests Due
April 13, 2017
Council Vote on Recommendations