Johnson County accepting youth development grant applications

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for juvenile justice and youth development (JJYD) programming.

Up to $96,000 of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be awarded to non-profit organizations providing evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive youth development and delinquency prevention services to Johnson County youth 10-16 years of age, according to a press release

JJYD programs will increase opportunities for positive youth development during out-of-school time, build protective factors in at-risk youth, and prevent or reduce youth involvement in the juvenile justice system. Successful bidders will receive an annual contract to begin Tuesday, Aug. 1, with the option of one additional renewal, contingent on the availability of funding and successful progress toward scope of services and performance measures.

Applications can be submitted on the Johnson County website, and any questions can be sent to Laurie Nash, Johnson County youth & family services manager.

Applications are due by Friday, June 30. 

In March 2022, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated to Four Oaks, one of Iowa’s largest nonprofits dedicated toward child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health.

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors also unanmiously approved a resolution to increase wages by two dollars an hour for eligible child care workers in May, improving salaries by approximately $4,000 a year.

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