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Practice Brief 11: Funding for Tribal Child Advocacy Centers

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Date Published
July 2023
4 pages

In this publication, the Native Child Advocacy Resource Center (NCARC) outlines different funding sources and offers guidance regarding these sources.


This publication explains the different ways that Tribal Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) fund their operations, including public and private funding sources as well Tribal revenue streams. Public funding sources include federal and state grants, subgrants, and non-competitive set-aside programs. Private funding sources may include foundation grants or other agreements, donations from individuals, and fundraising events or campaigns. Tribal CACs may also obtain funding through existing Tribal revenue streams. The appropriate mix of funding for a given Tribal CAC is likely to vary based on location, state policies, local needs, and the existing local community service array, among numerous additional factors. Almost all CACs obtain funding for their operations through a variety of sources. In fact, the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) strongly recommends that CACs avoid over-reliance on a single source of funding and suggests that CACs aim to develop five to seven reliable funding sources in order to avoid shortfalls over time. As of 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, the national average blend of CAC funding stood at 68 percent public and 32 percent private. In this document, the Native Child Advocacy Resource Center (NCARC) offers some guidance about potential public and private funding sources.

Date Published: July 1, 2023