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Council looks to fund programs in county

The Polk County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) has studied the risk factors and needs of Juvenile Court-involved youth in the county and is looking to fund programs to help those juveniles in need.

The JCPC anticipates funds from the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Community Programs section in the amount of $83,404 to fund the program types specified below. Such programs will serve delinquent and at-risk youth for the state fiscal year 2024-2025 beginning on, or after, July 1, 2024.

The use of these funds in this county requires a local match of 20%. Any public or private non-profit agency may apply for these funds. The county can approve programs for one-year funding awards, dependent on county approval and programs meeting all requirements.

The program types specified are as follows:

Parent/Family Skill Building, Interpersonal Skill Building, Tutoring/Academic, Mediation/Conflict Resolution Restitution/Community Service, Teen Court, Psychological Assessments, Home-Based Family Counseling, Individual/Group/Mixed Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Temporary Shelter Care, and Juvenile Structured Day Programs.

Programs should address the following concerns as reported in the Needs Assessments for Adjudicated Youth, which include: Peer Relationships, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Needs, Family Issues and School Behavior Issues.

Applicants should be able to address the following items:

1. Program services compatible with research that are shown to be effective with juvenile offenders;

2. Program services that are outcome-based;

3. Programs with an evaluation component;

4. Program services that detect gang participation and divert individual(s) from gang participation;

5. Programs that can have a demonstrable impact on the following success factors: reduce the use of alcohol or controlled substances; reduce subsequent complaints; reduce violation of terms of community super vision; reduce convictions from subsequent offenses; fulfill restitution to victims; and increase parental accountability.

The deadline for applications is 5 P.M. on Monday, March 4, 2024.

In order to apply for FY 2023- 2024 JCPC funding, candidates must complete and submit an application online by accessing NC ALLIES. Please read and follow all instructions at the following link: https://cp.ncdjjdp.org/CP.

After submitting the application electronically, print and submit one hard copy to: Tracy Gray, P.O. Box 638, Columbus, NC 28722, or call for drop off options at 828-894-3051. First-time applicants must contact JCPC State Consultant, Regina Arrowood (regina.arrowood@ncdps.gov) and attend a virtual Grant Writing Proposal Workshop, to be held on February 12, 2024 via WebEx. Private nonprofits are also required to submit No Over Due Tax forms, Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statements, proof of 501(c)(3) status and Board of Directors List.

To learn more about the JCPC or other Polk County volunteer boards, click here.

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