I’ve only been in Kent for 2 years but as near as I can tell City finances have been tight for almost a decade so we’ve had to take a hard look at where we spend our money and ask hard questions about what could be cut. To date we’ve cut nearly $2 million from our budget. Everywhere I’ve ever worked social services have been targeted for cuts and even in Kent we’ve ended up reducing our level of social service funding by some 30% over the last 5 years. Ultimately the decision to cut social service funding or not is a function of what the community and City Council feel is most important. Social services are certainly important but are they the most important services we provide? So far the City Council has said yes they are — and now is the time of year that local social services agencies can apply for City social service funding.
The Community Development department has a $100,000 budget to allocate funds to social services agencies in Kent. These grant awards are made thorugh a competitive process and each grant request is evaluated based on it’s impact on Kent social service needs. Below is the information that is being advertised so if someone you know works in a social service agency please share this with them.
Dear Social Service Provider:
The City of Kent will be considering funding for Social Services for the 2008 calendar year. Funding will be available to agencies that meet eligibility requirements, submit a formal application, and meet the approval of the Department of Community Development. A copy of the application form is enclosed.
The application submittal deadline is 4:00 P.M. on Friday, March 28, 2008. If your agency requests funding for two or more programs, separate applications must be submitted for each program. Be sure to submit three (3) copies of all application materials.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office.
Community Development Director
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
2008 SOCIAL SERVICE FUNDING PROGRAM
CITY OF KENT, OHIO
The Community Development Department of the City of Kent will be considering funding for social services for the 2008 calendar year. Applications are now being accepted for funding. To be eligible for these funds, an agency must meet the following requirements:
1. Perform a social service that meets one or more of the priority needs for 2008.
2. Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with IRS tax exempt status.
3. Be operating in accordance with all city, state, and federal codes, rules, regulations, and laws.
Eligible projects will be geared towards fulfilling the following priority needs in the City of Kent:
Community/Economic Development Services Emergency Assistance
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Services Housing Assistance
Long Term Care Needs of the Elderly Behavioral Health Care
Any agency submitting an application addressing a need, which is not on this list, is required to include information substantiating the existence and impact of that need within the Kent Community.
No grantee of the City of Kent will discriminate against any person for any reason on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, or handicap.