Jackson County Community Children's Services Fund

Fund Description: 

The Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund (JCCCSF or the Fund) will make a total of $10 million available in 2019 to nonprofit organizations for services that protect the well-being and safety of children and youth aged nineteen years or younger and residing in Jackson County, Missouri, and to strengthen their families. This funding will be split between two opportunities.

Contact Person: 
Rob Whitten, rob@jacokids.org


Fund Description:
The Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund (JCCCSF or the Fund) will make a total of $10 million available in 2019 to nonprofit organizations for services that protect the well-being and safety of children and youth aged nineteen years or younger and residing in Jackson County, Missouri, and to strengthen their families. This funding will be split between two opportunities:

The first opportunity will see the allocation of $7 million dollars for projects that will provide services between January 1 and December 31 of 2019.  Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis and in the form of contracts for services delivered during the 2019 calendar year.

The second opportunity will see the allocation of $3 million dollars for school-based services that will be provided during the 2019/2020 school year.  Funding for this second opportunity will be awarded on a competitive basis and will fund projects from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. (Note: Organizations currently providing school-based services under a current contract with the Fund have been contacted directly to discuss extensions of current contracts for the second semester of the current school year).

Fund Background:
The JCCCSF was created in 2017, enabled by Missouri Statutes (RSMo 210.860-861 and RSMo 67.1775.1), voter approval of a designated eighth of a cent sales tax in November 2016, and Jackson County Ordinance 4951, which was approved by the Legislature on January 17, 2017. Collection of the tax began in April and is approved until March 31, 2024, unless Jackson County voters re-authorize the tax before that date. A 9-member board of directors appointed by the Jackson County Executive governs the Fund and its operations.

Fund Mission:
The Fund strives to maximize community resources to build and maintain a comprehensive integrated system of quality services for children and families in need.

2019 Funding Priorities:
In keeping with the services cited in enabling legislation, and using available data specific to Jackson County, community health assessments, and interviews with service providers, funders and consumers, the JCCCSF Board prioritized 4 areas and seeks to award contracts that will address unmet needs and improve outcomes for the following service categories:

  • Up to 30 days of temporary shelter for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed youth
  • Home- and community-based family intervention programs
  • Prevention programs which promote healthy lifestyles among children and youth and strengthen families
  • Individual, group, or family professional counseling and therapy services

2019 Funding Goal:
The Fund will assist agencies to increase, expand, improve, and/or initiate services that protect the well-being and safety of children and youth aged nineteen years or younger and strengthen their families.

Purpose:
Children under the age of 18 make up 23% (165,286) of the population in Jackson County, and according to the 2018 Missouri Kids Count County Composite, Jackson County ranks 105th out of 114 counties in terms of the welfare of children. Driving this ranking are indicators such as substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect, infant mortality rate and child deaths, preventable hospitalizations, runaway youth, children under 18 in poverty, food insecurity, and youth using drugs or alcohol. The scale of the circumstances is evident by the data below:

  • 32% of children under 6 and 25% of children between 6 and 17 are living in poverty.
  • 4% of the children enrolled in District or Charter schools were reported as homeless in 2016.
  • 6,682 incidents of domestic violence were reported in 2014.
  • 460 children were involved in substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect in 2016.
  • 2,720 children and youth received clinical services from the Division of Behavioral health psychiatric programs in 2015.
  • 228 children and youth were admitted to the division of Behavioral Health substance use treatment programs in 2015.

A recent report prepared for the Children and Youth Project Team of the Homelessness Task Force of Greater Kansas City indicated that needs of children in the community exceed the available resources. In order to better meet the needs of the children and youth in Jackson County, the JCCCSF was established.

Pursuant to RSMo §210.861, the JCCCSF is able to fund:

1. Up to 30 days of temporary shelter for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed youth; respite care services; and services to unwed mothers.

2. Outpatient chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment programs;

  • counseling and related services as a part of transitional living programs;
  • home-based and community- based family intervention programs;
  • unmarried parent services; crisis intervention services, inclusive of telephone hotlines;
  • and prevention programs, which promote healthy lifestyle among children and youth and strengthen families.

3. Individual, group, or family professional counseling and therapy services; psychological evaluations; and mental health screenings.

Examples of services that could be funded through the JCCCSF include, but are not limited to:

  • Temporary shelter for children and youth
  • Counseling and in-home case management
  • Parent education
  • Family intervention programs
  • Home-based family interventions
  • Community-based family interventions
  • Abuse prevention programming

The following are ineligible costs and activities for the JCCCSF:

  • Inpatient medical, psychiatric, and chemical dependency services;
  • Transportation services;
  • Capital campaigns, construction and building expenses.

Timeline:

  • Application available online December 17, 2018.
  • Information Session: An Optional information session was held on January 9.
  • Application questions may be submitted through January 25, 2019. Application questions may be directed to Rob Whitten at rob@jacokids.org.
  • IGAM Assistance is available through the deadline. Please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or call 816.627.3452.
  • Applications are due by 5 p.m. CST on February 4, 2019.
  • Funding decisions will be made in April 2019. Some applicants will be invited to present their proposal before the Board in March 2019.

Please submit one application per proposed project. If an organization is requesting funding for two different projects, please submit one application for each program. Each organization may submit a maximum of two project applications.

Project applications that were declined at the September 17, 2018 deadline will not be accepted at the February 4, 2019 deadline.

Program requests may not exceed $250,000 ($300,000 per year for Transitional Living requests). If an organization is submitting more than one program request, the total amount requested among all applications may not exceed $500,000 ($550,000 per year for Transitional Living requests).

IGAM Instructions:
Please read the grant guidelines and application instructions in their entirety before you begin an application. If you have technical questions relating to iGAM, please contact grants@growyourgiving.org or call 816.627.3452.

All applications must be submitted through the Internet Grant Application Module (iGAM) by 5:00 p.m. on the due date.

First-time users will need to create a user name and password via the “New Applicant?” link on the iGAM homepage. Previous users may log in using their existing iGAM account.
Users are strongly encouraged to create a single username and password for the organization to be shared among staff.
If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password?” field to recover your password.
Save the iGAM homepage to your web browser in order to access and resume draft applications as well as to review previously submitted applications.

Application:
The application for Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund can be found here: Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund

Click here for the Postal Code Spreadsheet Attachment

2018 Reporting Instructions
Current Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund recipients are required to submit a Quarter Four Progress Report and Reimbursement Request no later than January 31, 2019. Reimbursements will be processed on a rolling basis as reports are received beginning January 15, 2019.

2019 Approved Contracts:
The Board of the Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund thanks all who participated in the Fund’s 2019 Request for Proposals. From the number and thoughtfulness of the applications, it was apparent that there are many agencies keenly interested in improving the lives of children and youth at risk in Jackson County.  The applications received allowed the Fund to recommend awards to expand or improve services for children throughout the county.

Below are the agencies whose projects received funding to provide services between January 1 and December 31 of 2019:

Amethyst Place, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St Joseph, Inc.
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
Child Protection Center, Inc.
Children's Mercy Hospital
Children's Place, Inc., The
Community LINC
Community Services League
Cornerstones of Care
Drumm Center For Children Inc
Evangelical Childrens Home
First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery
Foster Adopt Connect Inc.
Front Porch Alliance-Kansas City, Inc.
Great Circle
Hope House, Inc.
Jackson County CASA
Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City
Jewish Vocational Service Bureau of Kansas City
Kansas City CARE Clinic
KC Healthy Kids
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
Mother's Refuge
Newhouse, Inc.
Operation Breakthrough, Inc.
Police Athletic League of Kansas City, Inc.
ReDiscover
reStart, Inc.
Sheffield Place
St Luke's Hospital Of Kansas City
Start at Zero
Swope Health Services
The Family Conservancy
The Salvation Army Children's Shelter
United Way Of Greater Kansas City Inc
Youth Ambassadors, Inc.