Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program funds Colorado prevention, intervention and education programs

DENVER (July 5, 2017) – The Tony Grampsas Youth Services (TGYS) Program, a program of the Colorado Department of Human Services, announced today grant awards totaling $8,884,506 to 95 community‐based organizations to serve an estimated 81,000 children, youth and families in 56 Colorado counties and one tribal community.

The TGYS Program provides funding to local organizations for prevention, intervention and education programs for children, youth and their families designed to prevent youth crime and violence, youth marijuana use and child abuse and neglect.tgys.jpg

“I am extremely grateful to my colleagues in the Colorado Legislature for appropriating these funds to the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program,” said TGYS board member Rep. James Coleman. “These monies will go a long way to help youth and their families throughout Colorado. The organizations that receive these grants have a truly positive impact on the kids they serve and will help them become leaders in their communities.”

Grantees include local governments, schools, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and institutions of higher education. Grants are awarded on a three-year grant cycle, with the current grant cycle beginning on July 1, 2017. Each year a non-competitive renewal application and contract renewal process is required to demonstrate grantees are complying with the terms of their contract and program.

Funds for the $8.88 million in grant awards plus administration of the TGYS Program are allocated from the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement ($6,028,373), the State of Colorado General Fund ($1,457,278) and the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund ($2,373,672), with $1,000,000 of the Marijuana Tax Cash Funds dedicated to funding youth mentoring programs.

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