Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP) - For Providers (Grantees)

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The purpose of the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP) is to prevent child maltreatment before it occurs.  The program includes multiple local service contracts throughout the state through grants to Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Councils.  The program also includes a single contract with a statewide non-profit organization to provide ICAPP Administrative Support Services to DHS, as outlined in Iowa Code (235A.1).

Who Qualifies

According to Iowa Code (235A.1), “funds for the programs or projects shall be applied for and received by a community-based volunteer coalition or council.”  Therefore, local CAP Councils are the only eligible recipient of funds.  CAP Councils look different in nearly every community.  Some councils cover a single county, whereas others cover larger regions.  In addition, CAP councils may be a stand-alone volunteer non-profit organization, a coalition housed under an umbrella organization (private or public), or a less formal collaborative attached to another local decision making body, such as Decategorization boards, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) sites, or Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) boards.  If you would like to know who is currently designated as the CAP council in your county, please contact the ICAPP Program Administration:
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Toll Free: (800) 237-1815

How to Apply

During the most recent competitive procurement, local CAP councils were able to apply for funding for a maximum of three different projects in their respective communities.  The categories for funding included:

  • Community Development—public awareness/education, needs assessment, or community engagement around the topic of child maltreatment
  • Parent Development—parent support, education, or leadership
  • Home Visitation—programs following a nationally recognized evidence-based home visitation model 
  • Crisis Child Care Services—short term child care services for families at risk of maltreatment
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention—adult and child focused instruction  
For future procurement opportunities, see the State of Iowa Bid Opportunities page: 


Grantees can find all contract reporting/billing forms on the ICAPP Administrator’s Grantee Dashboard at:

Grantees funded for Parent Development and Home Visitation services are also contractually required to utilize Iowa’s Family Support Statewide Database (FSSD).  This web-based system, Data Application and Integration Solutions for the Early Years (DAISEY) can be accessed here:


Question: When does the department anticipate procuring this service again? 
Answer:  Contracts were awarded for an initial one year funding period for SFY 2019 with the option for a one-year extension through SFY 2020.  New services will be procured for SFY 2021, beginning July 1, 2020.  
Other FAQs/Guidance available on the ICAPP Administrator’s Grantee Dashboard at:

Contract Information

Current Contractors
  • There are currently 37 different CAP Councils/CPPC Sites funded, including:
    • 56 Unique Service Contracts, and
      • Community Development (4)
      • Parent Development (23)
      • Home Visitation (14)
      • Crisis Child Care Services (2)
      • Sexual Abuse Prevention (13)
    • Services in 56 of Iowa’s 99 Counties 
Current Contract Term
Contracts were awarded for an initial one year funding period for SFY 2019 with the option for a one-year extension through SFY 2020.  
Rates and Payments
Payment is negotiated within the contract, based on the estimated contractor costs to meet deliverables.


Annual Evaluation Reports (Scroll down and expand the Related Forms & Resources - ICAPP Resources section.)

Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to ask for an appeal if you disagree with a decision the Department of Humans Services makes. For information on how to file, visit Appeals
You have the right to ask for an exception to policy for an item or service not otherwise covered by the Department of Human Services.  For information on how to file, visit Exception to Policy.