The 2014 Juvenile Justice Community Agency grant application process has begun. Ingham County will provide financial support to community agencies that are primarily non-profit organizations.
“Thanks to Ingham County voters who approved the countywide juvenile justice millage in 2002 and renewed it in 2006 and 2012, Ingham County has made great strides in helping our at-risk kids to get back on the right track,” said Deb Nolan, Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners. “This grant partnership with local organizations is an important and fundamental part of our strategy.
”The Board of Commissioners reserves a small portion of the Juvenile Justice Millage proceeds ($96,000 in 2014) to further the goals and objectives of the County’s Juvenile Justice Millage. The grant awards are from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. “It’s our plan to use these Juvenile Justice Community Agency Grant funds to provide services to at-risk county youth outside the formal judicial process to help reduce the Court’s formal dockets,” said Victor Celentino, Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners’ Law & Courts Committee.
The 2014 Juvenile Justice Community Agency grant process will support the Board of
Commissioners’ intent of seeking proposals from qualified vendors to increase the capacity of the county juvenile justice system for the treatment of delinquent and disturbed youth, with the intent to reduce the involvement of youth in the formal adjudication process.
Priority consideration will be given to those proposals which most appropriately meet the adopted Ingham County Continuum of Care Model as well as those proposals that leverage other sources of funds.
The Juvenile Justice Community Agency Grant process will begin with an application for the agency to fill out that is due by August 23, 2013, 5:00 p.m. The applications are reviewed by County staff and legal counsel to make sure they meet the County objectives and legal restrictions on public funds. This Juvenile Justice Community Agency Grant allocation process will be reviewed by the Board of Commissioners’ Judiciary and Finance Committees and onto the full Ingham County Board of Commissioners for approval through a County resolution. In 2013, approximately $100,000 was made available to local organizations and agencies in support of the Board of Commissioners’ resolution to continue the Juvenile Justice Community Agency Process.
Eligible organizations may obtain further information on requesting 2014 Juvenile Justice Millage Community Agency Applications by contacting Deputy Controller, John Neilsen at (517) 676-7211 or Jill Bauer at (517) 676-7206. To download the application click here.