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Grants to Support Human Services Programs Available

June 17, 2014

​Mandatory Meeting for Applicants Scheduled for June 26
 
The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support non-profit service agencies for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015.
 
There are five priority areas for the 2015 Freeholders’ Support Grant process:  Promoting Economic Well Being & Self Sufficiency; Meeting Basic Needs & Housing; Coordinating Educational Opportunities; Improving Access to Healthcare; and Community Safety.
 
Successful applications will be for programs that ensure all activities are accessible to all vulnerable populations regardless of race, creed, religion, nationality, language, sexual orientation, citizenship status, etc.
 
“The 2015 Freeholders Support Grants application process will be very competitive. County resources are extremely limited, and there is no anticipation of an increase in overall support grant funds,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The strongest, most creative and most effective programs will be recommended to the Freeholders for funding.”
 
Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios added: “The Freeholder Board is dedicated to providing the most effective programs we can to serve our residents. We are entrusted to allocate funds where they will best be used, making this grant program extremely competitive.”
 
Support Grant recommendations are developed each year by the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Council (MCHSAC) and submitted to the Board of Chosen Freeholders for final review and approval. 
 
The 2015 Freeholders’ Support Grant application overview and Technical Assistance Session (TA) is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 26, 2014 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.  ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.
 
Agencies intending to submit a 2015 Freeholder Support Grant application are required to participate in this session.  It is suggested that Chief Professional Officers, Fiscal Officers and staff specifically responsible for completing the application be in attendance.   Applications will not be accepted for submission from programs/agencies without representation at the Technical Assistance session on June 26.  Attendees will be asked to sign in and sign out from the Technical Assistance/Outcomes Training.
 
Since the Outcomes section of the application is a very important segment of the application and constitutes 15 percent of the entire application score, it is imperative that agencies understand the concept of outcomes and how to measure them.  A special “Outcomes/Logic Model” training will be part of the Technical Assistance session.
 
Electronic copies of the application will be available beginning June 23, 2014 and may be requested from Annette Olsen, via email at annette.olsen@co.middlesex.nj.us.  Printed copies of the application are also available upon request.  Hard copies of the application will be available at the technical assistance session on June 26. 
 
Completed support grant applications are due at the Middlesex County Department of Community Services, Office of Human Services, Division of Housing & Social Services, 2nd Floor, County Administration Building, 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, no later than 1 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after the submission deadline.
 
Please be aware that the 2012 Middlesex County Needs Assessment is part of the continuing MIDDLESEX COUNTY 2020 planning process, and that the 2015 funding priorities are based on this report. 
 
Since resources are extremely limited, the HSAC does not anticipate any increase in support grant funds nor can it guarantee 2015 support grant funding.  The Proposal Review Committees will look at all programs that could be alternately funded by other Departments, Offices and/or Divisions within the County.
 
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