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Investing in our Community: More than $600K in Funding Opportunities for Juvenile Crime Prevention Programs Available Now

The Buncombe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is now accepting proposals for fiscal year 2022-2023. The JCPC announces the availability of small allocations totaling $644,477 in state funding for local nonprofits and public agencies working to serve youth involved in, or at-risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. The JCPC addresses the gaps in youth services by promoting prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare strategies and programs which strengthen families and support community safety.

Apply now for community funding: Click here for the full JCPC Request for Proposals (RFP)

More information is available at buncombecounty.org/grants.

The JCPC is seeking innovative projects designed to address the identified needs in our community highlighted in the 2021 Risk Needs Summary Report (visit the JCPC website for more information):

  • Runaway from Home or Placement: The percentage of youth with a reported incident of running away or being placed outside of the home increased from 12-14% range in the past three years (14%, 14%, and 12%) to 21% in the July-December 2020 assessment period. While under the NC average (24%), it is still significantly higher than the previous 3 years.
  • School Behavior/Adjustment: In Buncombe County, 54% of youth were assessed with serious school behavior problems from July-December 2020.  This is a slight increase from the previous FY 19-20 % of 50% and higher than the NC Avg. of 40%.  Another 19% were assessed with moderate school behavior problems for July-December 2020.  This is also higher than the NC Avg. of 17%.
  • Substance Use Within Past 12 Months: In Buncombe County, 41% of youth assessed had some known substance misuse and the need for further assessment from July-December 2020.  This is an increase from the previous FY 19-20 % of 34% and also higher than the NC Avg. of 29% for the first six months of 20-21.
  • Abuse Neglect History: 27% of Buncombe youth assessed from July-Dec. 2020 had a history of abuse and neglect, with a history having support.  This is an increase from the past two years with FY 18-19 at 22% and FY 19-20 at 23%.  This is also higher than the NC Avg. of 19% for the July-Dec. 20 assessment period.
  • Sexual Behaviors During Past 12 Months: Both the percentage of youth assessed with dangerous sexual practices and with having sexually victimized others increased from FY 19-20 to the current six-month assessment period of July-Dec. 20.  Dangerous sexual practices increased from 2% to 4% from the previous period and the % of those having sexually victimized others increased from 1% to 3% from FY 19-20 to July-Dec. 20.
  • Mental Health Needs: The % of mental health needs remained high with 49% assessed with mental health needs with services in place and another 28% in need of additional mental health care assessment or treatment for July-Dec. 2020.  The 49% for those with mental health needs but with some services in place is above the NC Avg. of 40%.
  • Basic Physical Needs/Independent Living: The percentage of youth living in temporary residents with needs met increased from 8% in FY 19-20 to 13% in July-Dec. 20.  This is above the NC Avg. for the current six month assessment period.
  • Conflict in the Home Within Past 12 Months: The % of youth assessed with conflict in the home over the past 12 months increased from 18% in FY 19-20 to 26% in July-Dec. 20.  This is higher than the NC Avg. of 19% for July-Dec. 20.
  • Family Supervision Skills:  55% of youth assessed had marginal family supervision skills for July-Dec. 20.  This is above the NC Avg. of 50% and an increase from the FY 19-20 % of 40%.

Based on these factors and possible gaps in the Continuum of Services, the following program types will be considered for funding:

  • Restitution/Community Service
  • Services Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior
  • Teen Court/Restorative Services
  • Substance Use Services
  • Runaway Shelter
  • Parent / Family Skill Building
  • Vocational Skills
  • Interpersonal or Experiential Skills
  • Structured Day / Tutoring / Academic Enhancement / Mentoring

Application Information

Interested organizations are required to complete an online application through A Local Link to Improve Effective Services (NC ALLIES). Organizations can review application instructions here. Once the application is submitted electronically, send a copy via email to Hannah.Legerton@buncombecounty.org and submit 18 hard copies to: Hannah Legerton, 200 College St., Suite 300, Asheville, NC 28801.

Private nonprofits are also required to submit in NC ALLIES, No Overdue Tax forms, Conflict of Interest Statements, and, if requested, proof of 501(c)(3) status.

The Allocations Committee of the Buncombe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is responsible for reviewing and allocating funds to programs designed to serve youth involved in, or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, and to reduce the number of youth who enter the state’s youth development centers. Any nonprofits or public agency interested in applying for JCPC funds is required to send a representative to the applicant orientation. 

Important dates for the grant application process:

  • Applicant orientation on Friday, Feb. 4, 10 –11 a.m. This a mandatory orientation for new applicants (prior applicants may also attend). Due to COVID-19 precautions the meeting will take place via Zoom. Contact Lorraine.williams@ncdps.gov for a Webex link.
  • Application submission deadline is Tuesday, March 1 by 5 p.m. All applications must be submitted in NC Allies. Once the application is submitted in NC Allies, send a copy via email to Hannah.Legerton@buncombecounty.org and submit 18 hard copies to: Hannah Legerton, 200 College St., Suite 300, Asheville, NC 28801.
  • The allocations hearing date will be Wednesday, March 16, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m. This meeting will take place via Zoom. All applicants will receive an email link.

Buncombe County is committed to building a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community that is equitable and sustainable. Buncombe County invests in our community through eight grant programs supporting organizations working in support of the Buncombe 2025 Strategic Plan focus areas and goals. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical to our grants processes, and Buncombe County encourages participation from organizations led by and providing service to people of color/BIPOC individuals.  

More about the Buncombe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Program

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety's Division of Juvenile Justice partners with Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils in each county to galvanize community leaders, locally and statewide, to reduce and prevent youth involvement with the juvenile justice system. The intent is to provide community-based alternatives to youth development centers and to provide community-based programming, treatment, counseling or rehabilitation services for youth involved in, or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.

This is an initiative of the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Community Programming, and the Buncombe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.