ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Organizations in eastern Ohio that have the ability to provide youth mentoring services are invited to apply for funding. Grants will be awarded by the Eastern Ohio Regional Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council through the Ohio Children's Trust Fund, which is the state's sole public funding source dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. The Trust Fund supports prevention programs that recognize and build on existing strengths within families and communities to effectively intervene long before child abuse or neglect occur. It works with eight regional prevention councils to serve all Ohio communities. Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is the coordinator for the Eastern Ohio Regional Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must provide youth mentoring services in one or more of the following counties: Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble and Tuscarawas. Preference will be given to organizations with innovative and well-developed projects.

Applications are available at or from Completed applications must be emailed to by 5 p.m. on March 27, 2017.