Freeholders Announce That Grants To Support Human Services Programs Are Available

MIDDLESEX COUNTY– The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the availability of grants to support non-profit service agencies for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014.

“The 2014 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 Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The strongest, most creative and most effective programs will be recommended to the Freeholders for funding.”

The priority of the 2014 Freeholders’ Support Grant process is to provide assistance to Middlesex County’s most vulnerable populations.

The intent of the 2014 Freeholder Support Grants is once again to bridge the gap of UNMET/UNDERSERVED Human Service NEEDS, particularly those related to poverty and special populations.

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 2014 Freeholders’ Support Grant application overview and MANDATORY Technical Assistance Session (TA) is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 24 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.

Agencies intending to submit a 2014 Freeholder Support Grant application are required to participate in this session. Officials suggest 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 24. 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 fifteen percent (15%) 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 17 and may be requested from Annette Olsen, via email at 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 24.

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, Aug. 9. Applications will not be accepted after the submission deadline.

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