Juneau Community Foundation and CBJ Joint Social Service Grant funding opportunity

The Juneau Community Foundation and the City and Borough of Juneau recently formed a partnership to oversee allocation of the city’s Social Service Block Grants, formerly distributed by CBJ’s Social Services Advisory Board.

The block grants, which provide funding for proposals that address social service needs in Juneau, will now be managed by JCF in coordination with its Juneau Hope Endowment Fund, which also targets local social service needs.

JCF executive director Amy Skilbred said the foundation’s partnership with the city is part of an ongoing dialogue with Juneau service providers about ensuring the city is efficient in allocating limited social service resources and effective in coordinating efforts organized around common goals.

“Social service agencies work day-in and day-out to provide services, alleviate suffering and assist those in need,” Skilbred said. “Combining these funds in one common application and process makes it easier for agencies to apply for funding. At the same time the Foundation is bringing organizations and people together in these areas to begin to define community priorities.”

Block grants are allocated for general areas of focus, such as social services, that cover a wide range of community needs. The CBJ grants, funded in part through the city’s tobacco tax, are structured to respond to needs identified in community assessments conducted by the McDowell Group in 2005 and 2010 for United Way: health, education and income stability.

Letters of interest for the block grants and the Juneau Hope Endowment Fund will be accepted through Dec. 30. Letter of Interest forms will be posted on the JCF website. Grant applications are due mid-January, and applications are due by March 7. A public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 18 to address questions applicants may have about the block grants, the Hope Endowment Fund and the application process.

Skilbred said approximately $820,000 in the block grant funding will be distributed in coordination with the Juneau Hope Endowment Fund, a $1 million fund distributed annually. The Hope Endowment Fund, first distributed in April 2015, targets six areas of need in Juneau: suicide prevention, hospice, substance abuse, homelessness, mental health and relief for victims of abuse. It is open to non-profit organizations, government entities and schools.

For more about the Social Service Block Grants and the Hope Endowment Fund, visit www.jcf.org or call Amy Skilbred at the Juneau Community Foundation at 523-5450.

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