Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocate Grants
The purpose of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers (approved by the courts), to serve as advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected, or dependent children and other children whose placements are being decided by the courts. The CASA volunteer provides assistance to the court by collecting background information, preparing reports for the court, and participating in case reviews.
Tennessee CASA programs that are designated for funding through the state budget are eligible to apply for funds to develop or maintain their CASA programs.
CASA application process – The grantees that have been designated to receive funds submit an original grant application by April 15 to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. The following information should be included in the grant application:
- Narrative describing the ways the program will use the funds in a CASA program and what the grantee expects the impact to be;
- A detailed budget of all proposed expenditures;
- List of current board members.
A list of counties receiving these funds is available.