The funding provided to local community-based organizations focuses on services for the client. When we support well-being we ensure that everyone can reach their potential and contribute to the community. Programs must be evidence-based, research-based, or promising practices which promote self-sufficiency across a life continuum, from birth to old age.  

With a budget of $27.5 million for Fiscal Year 2016, we fund nearly 70 programs at more than 40 agencies.

The service are consistent with one or more of the following goals: Photo of mom holding young child

1.  Early Childhood

  • Families:  Parents have a healthy bond with their young children, responding appropriately and providing learning experiences for them.
  • Early Childhood Education: Make affordable and accessible education services for young children available to all families.
  • Preventative Primary Care and Mental Health: Children and family members are linked with preventative health and mental health services and treatment.
  • Children: Low-income children ages 0-5 are happy, healthy, and ready for school.

2.  Children, Youth, and Young Adults:  Individuals are physically and mentally healthy and safe, graduate from high school, and are ready for a job, career, or further education..

3. Adults and Families

  • Basic Needs:  Families have resources available for daily living, including emergency or short term services after a crisis.
  • Homeless & Housing Services: Homeless persons are identified early and receive assistance for housing and services.
  • Behavioral Health: Residents of all cultures and special populations receive treatment for substance use disorders and mental illness to maintain mental and physical health.
  • Workforce Development:: Individuals are connected to opportunities to move from poverty and into self-sufficiency. They receive improved access to adult education to reduce inequities in education, employment, and income.

4.  Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

  • SeniorsHelp older adults receive services that avoid premature or unnecessary institutionalization and focus on cognitive and mental health. Also provide support for family caregivers, provide access to safe and affordable housing, and access to meaningful opportunities for recreation and social engagement.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Provide services and supports for individuals to remain in community-based settings and avoid institutionalization. Offer support for families and caregivers, access to affordable housing options, day activities, and opportunities for employment.