Supporting Trauma-Informed Community Networks (RFA Closed)
FACT grants will support emerging and existing system wide Trauma-Informed Community Networks (TICNs) across Virginia.
Virginia has taken the lead nationally in developing a statewide movement to align science, practice and policy to advance health and equity across communities and reduce and mitigate the impact of trauma and adversity experienced by thousands of citizens across the Commonwealth. The movement, which is primarily driven by local and regionally-based Trauma-Informed Community Networks (TICNs), is testing trauma-informed and resiliency approaches that promote safety and well-being across communities. These networks are grounded in a unified approach to building healthier and more resilient communities and are uniquely structured to be responsive to the needs of their own diverse communities.
As a result, the Family and Children’s Trust Fund’s (FACT’s) Board of Trustees is soliciting applications to support emerging and existing TICNs across Virginia. Using the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, and resiliency as an organizing basis, FACT will support multi-agency, cross-sector networks working to break the cycle of family violence.
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and public sector organizations located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. FACT will award up to six grants under this solicitation. Grantees will receive $50,000 awards each for 24 consecutive months, beginning August 1, 2020 and ending July 31, 2022. FACT expects grantees to contribute a 100% cash or in-kind match to support the project. All awards will support emerging or existing TICNs that are working creatively and collaboratively to address the causes and effects of childhood, adult, intergenerational and/or community trauma. Consideration will be given to ensure geographic diversity and representation of underserved communities.
Existing Trauma-Informed Networks in Virginia
We recommend interested applicants take steps to determine existing TICN efforts in their community to encourage collaboration and avoid duplication. Find an up to date list of TICNs in Virginia here.
FACT’s Framework for Building and Maintaining a Trauma-Informed Community Network
Throughout Virginia, there are more than twenty communities coming together across sectors to address health, safety, and equity. Many of these efforts are organizing as trauma-informed community networks (TICNs) – defined by Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities as a “group of residents and organizations or entities representing diverse perspectives across neighborhoods and sectors in a geographically-defined community that are leveraging the science of adverse childhood experiences and trauma to build relationships, convene regularly, and advance a common agenda around resilience.” This document outlines key elements to guide cross-sector coordination and collaboration to build and maintain TICNs.
This framework will inform grant funding decisions and technical assistance provided by FACT, but is also intended to serve as a suggested model for emerging and existing TICNs as this movement evolves across the Commonwealth.
Download the Framework here.
Download talking points about the importance of Trauma Informed Community Networks, Building a Resilient Virginia here
Previous FACT Grants
In the past FACT has given direct service grants and systems/community change grants. Summaries of past projects can be found below. This includes programs that offer supports such as parenting education classes, shelter services, outreach and counseling services, services for children exposed to domestic violence, family violence fatality teams, child visitation centers, volunteer court advocacy programs, and elderly support services.