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County seeks grant funding for important programs
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Local programs are dependent on all sorts of non-local funding, and this week county officials gave the nod for applications that, if successful, will bring state and federal funding into the county.
Barton County commissioners approved applications for more than $600,000 in state funding for the juvenile programs.
Juvenile Services Director Laurie White told the commission that she will seek $637,327 in grant funding for the graduated sanctions programs and she will seek $19,978 in funding for prevention programs.
Those funds are not just for Barton County. The agency also works with young people in Rice, Rush, Ellsworth and Stafford counties, she explained.
“Funds for these programs are provided through grants. At this time, JJA program applications and narratives for state fiscal year 2013 have been prepared for Juvenile Intake and Assessment, Case Management, Juvenile Intensive Supervision and Journey to Change. 
“The applications have been recommended for consideration by the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board,” According to information from White.
Also approved this week was submission of six of the grants that, if successful, will provide about 20 percent of the funding for the Barton County Health Department.
BCHD Director Lily Akings explained the grants are applicable for the state fiscal year and the totals were based on set formulas for the county’s use.
Programs and funding sought include:
• State formula $19,263
• Child care licensing $34,641
• Chronic disease risk reduction $50,200
• Family planning $60,918
• Maternal and child health $59,159
• Immunization action plan $5,117
• Total $229,298