Commissioners on Thursday approved the Human Services Enhancement grant program, which makes a total of
Based on the proposed timeline, the county would open the grant application period in mid-September and accept applications through mid-November.
Grant applications would be reviewed by a committee made up of Gray, Human Services Administrator
The committee would make its recommendations to the board of commissioners by early December.
"That's an aggressive review period, but it's important enough to make the task a priority," Gray said.
The hope is that commissioners would approve the grants in December so that the agencies can begin their new programs around February.
After the year-long grant period, agencies will be required to submit a report to the county assessing the efficacy of the program.
Last year, the county sold
Officials said the idea is to provide start-up costs for new programs because many human service agencies have funding streams to sustain existing programs but few resources to launch new programs.
The grant program is intended to be a one-time project, but if there are remaining funds this year or there not enough qualified applicants, there will be a subsequent round of grants next year.
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