Running a group home is important work. Not only is it a boon to society as a way to provide for underprivileged children and children without parents, it is a service to the children themselves. Unfortunately, the government assistance offered to group home administrators is meager and repair and maintenance costs can be overwhelming. Grants are available to help struggling group homes provide the environment and care children need.
Children’s Welfare League of America
The Children’s Welfare League of America offers group home administrators a number of grant opportunities. Grant programs range from facilities grants that can be used for building repairs and supply acquisition to mental health grants to supply children with counseling and support. The Children’s Welfare League of America is supported by federal funding as well as private and public donations from hundreds of organizations around the country.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health is a component of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. They offer grants for a number of different projects, including small business grants and institutional training grants that can be awarded to group homes. Small business grant awards can be used for start-up and administrative costs, while institutional training grants are awarded to enable social workers and administrators working in group home environments to understand and deal with the problems of the children living there.
Transitional Living/Maternity Group Homes for Runaway and Homeless Youth
The United States Administration for Children and Families sponsors the Transitional Living/Maternity Group Homes for Runaway and Homeless Youth Grant Program. The program is designed to offer state and local governments, Native American tribal organizations and non-profit organizations extra funding to establish and maintain group homes in their jurisdiction. Grants can be awarded up to $200,000 and can be used for a variety of purposes depending on the needs of the applicant.