April 26, 2017

Grant Application Meetings for 2018 Alcohol Tax Fund and Human Service Fund

UCS administers the Human Service Fund, a city-county fund that supports programs promoting economic self-reliance and personal safety, and the Alcohol Tax Fund allocation process for the jurisdictions that collect the tax, recommending funding for local organizations to support substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.  In 2016, programs supported through these two funds helped more than 128,000 residents.
A pre-proposal meeting for  2018 Alcohol Tax Fund (ATF) grants will be held on May 18, 2017 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Johnson County Court Services  (588 E. Santa Fe, Room 1040, Olathe).  The 2018 ATF Request for Proposal and grant application will be released on May 15.  The ATF supports programs that provide alcohol and substance abuse prevention, education, detoxification, intervention, treatment and recovery in accordance with  KSA §79-41a04 (as amended).  Applicants must be either recognized by the IRS under section §501(c)(3) and provide health and human services programming as their primary mission, and be in good standing in Kansas or Missouri as a nonprofit corporation; or be a program of Johnson County, Kansas Government, the 10th Judicial District Court, or a Johnson County public school district.  For 2018 ATF Funding Priorities, Agency Standards and more information, click here
A pre-proposal meeting for 2018 Human Service Fund (HSF) grants will be held on May 25, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 at United Community Services, 12351 W. 96th Ter., Ste. 200, Lenexa, KS. The  2018 HSF Request for Proposal and grant application will be released on May 22.  The Human Service Fund provides grants to nonprofit agencies to support human service safety net programs that serve Johnson County residents.  For 2018 HSF Funding Priorities, Agency Standards and more information, click here and scroll to bottom of page.
Organizations not currently funded by ATF or HSF and interested in applying, should contact Marya Schott , UCS Community Initiatives Director before submitting an application. 
Study Suggests Strategies for Helping Poor People in Johnson County
KU Todarecently  released an article highlighting research  Angela Gist, assistant professor in the Departmen t of Communication Studies, conducted in conjunction with UCS' Emplo yment Planning Project.  The Employment Planning Project (EPP) examined strategies to expand household-sustaining jobs for low-income Johnson County residents.  The project assessed factors related to increasing access to training, education, and employment opportunities for residents who work but do not make enough money to meet basic needs.  UCS worked with Dr. Gist to conduct five focus groups with residents experiencing unemployment and under-employment as a component of the overall planning project.  The EPP was funded through a grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.  UCS will release its final report later this year.

Some of the findings highlighted in Dr. Gist's study will be explored at UCS' June 14 Navigating the Future event.  Registration for the event is now open.
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