Dozens of agencies that work with youth have received the first round of grants through Jackson County’s children’s services tax.
Among the larger grants in Eastern Jackson County are $112,500 to the Community Services League for a family stability initiative and two grants to Foster Adopt Connect, based in Independence: $148,500 for a behavioral intervention program and $53,010 for the Family Connections Shelter program.
The Community Children’s Services Board overseeing the new tax this week awarded $5.7 million in grants out of $12.2 million in requests. The board said it gave priority to temporary sheltering, family intervention program, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and counseling and therapy services.
Voters approved the one-eighth-cent sales tax in November 2016, and the county started collecting it last April. The tax is to support services for people through age 19.
The 53 grants to go 44 groups across the county, including:
• Child Abuse Prevention Association, based in Independence, $78,870 to expand clinical services.
• Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, which has a large clinic in Independence, $100,000 for violence prevention.
• The Independence School District, $55,000 for an attendance and student-success program at Bridger Middle School.
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, $125,000.
• Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, $75,832.
• Comprehensive Mental Health Services, based in Independence, $61,600.
• The Drumm Farm Center for Children, $80,843 to expand clinical services.
• Hope House, which has domestic violence shelters in Independence and Lee’s Summit, $100,000 for a guardian program.
• The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, often called MOSCA, $75.000 for efforts to prevent sexual violence.
• Swope Health Services, which has facilities across the area including a clinic in Independence, two grant. One, for $94,500, is for teen parenting and related services, and the other, for $75,000, is for outpatient peer support groups for families.
• Synergy Services, $187,500 for “trauma-informed” programming in schools.
• The Family Conservancy, $129,238 for childhood mental health.
• United Way of Greater Kansas City, two grants. One, of $182,128, is for a program called Moving Beyond Depression, and the other, of 187,500, is for a program of home visits for young children and parents.