Child abuse prevention specialty license plates have been available for purchase by the public since November 1999. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) issues special vehicle license plates for a variety of causes and organizations that also include collegiate, environmental, and veteran plates, according to A.R.S. § 28-2351. The revenue generated from the sale of the vehicle license plates will be used, in part, to support child abuse and neglect primary prevention efforts and support child and family advocacy centers. Plates are sold for $25 each ($8 is a special plate administration fee, and $17 is a tax-deductible annual donation). Match funds also supplemented these funds. The monies in the fund are exempt from the provisions of A.R.S. § 35-190 relating to the lapsing of appropriations.
GOYFF began administering this grant in May 2019 with the passing of SB1533 by the Arizona Legislature and signing by former Governor Doug Ducey. Approximately $200,000 in grant funding has been awarded to five Arizona organizations to support programs that strengthen families through primary prevention services and provide support for victims of child abuse and neglect and their families through Child and Family Advocacy Centers. The grant, with a minimum annual award of $25,000 and a maximum annual award of $50,000 per grantee, is renewable for two years.
If you have questions about this program or would like to be connected to grantees currently providing prevention and educational programming in your community, please email your name, contact information, location, and requested programming/training to Nicole Valenzuela, Program Administrator.