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2014 Freeholder Support Grant Packet (MS Word)
2014 Grant Timeline
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Supplemental Documents (MS Word)

June 17, 2013
TO:                Executive Directors of Community Non-Profit Agencies
FROM:           Kenneth Armwood, HSAC Freeholder Liaison; Judy Goldberg, HSAC Chair

The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the anticipated availability of January 1 – December 31, 2014 support grants.

Support grant recommendations are developed each year by the Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) and submitted to the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for final review and approval.  The intent of support grants is to provide assistance to Middlesex County’s most vulnerable populations.   

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 1:00 P.M. on Friday, August 9, 2013.  Applications will not be accepted after the submission deadline.

Submission of a 2014 Freeholders Support Grant application does not constitute a guarantee of funding for either new or previously funded programs. Applications are reviewed by volunteers and staff and then referred with the HSAC’s recommendations to the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for final funding decisions.

An application overview and mandatory TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE session to provide guidance and information for preparation of the newly formatted 2014 support grant and review process has been scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2013 promptly at 10:00AM at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, located at 1001 Fire Academy Road, Sayreville.

Agencies intending to submit a 2014 Freeholder Support Grant application are required to participate in this session.   We suggest that Chief Professional Officers, Fiscal Officers and staff specifically responsible for completing the application be in attendance.   Attendance is mandatory.  Applications will not be accepted for submission from programs/agencies without representation at the Technical Assistance session on June 24th.  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, 2013 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 24th

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 in Middlesex County.  Please be aware that the HSAC recently released the 2012 Middlesex County Needs Assessment as part of the continuing MIDDLESEX COUNTY 2020 planning process.  Said needs assessment can be found on the County’s website at: http://co.middlesex.nj.us/humanservices/Middlesex%20County%20Needs%20Assessment%20Report%20March%2013%202013.pdf

Also be aware that this year Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc. will be reviewing those programs that “only or primarily serve homeless families and/or individuals (e.g. Ozanam Family Shelter, HEART Van, Care House, etc.).”  Specific information is required of these programs in the application (see pg. 3 of the application).

Since resources are extremely limited, the HSAC does not anticipate any increase in support grant funds nor can it guarantee 2014 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.

Thank you for your attention to the process and especially thank you for all that your organization and staff do to assist Middlesex County’s most vulnerable populations.