WILMINGTON, NC – The City of Wilmington announced it will open a grant for organizations that provide direct services to people who have been “disproportionately impacted by pervasive adversity,” according to a press release. The grant will ensure organizations can provide resources for positive outcomes that help build resiliency.
Biennially, the Human Service Grant is awarded to establishments that work with at-risk youth under 20, as well as young adults, 20-24. It also awards the grant to organizations that work with the elderly (55 and above), individuals with a physical or mental disability, domestic and/or child abuse survivors, formerly incarcerated persons, and unemployed/underemployed individuals.
There are five areas the grant program specifically hopes to address:
- “Lowering the risk of youth violence by providing programming that enhances academic success, increasing positive community involvement, and preparing youth for future employment or academic pursuits
- Improving economic conditions and promoting prosperity for low-to-moderate income citizens through mentoring, job readiness, job-skills training, career coaching, job placement and financial literacy
- Providing a safe haven for vulnerable residents, including but not limited to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and child abuse and neglect. Offering emergency housing and/or services to assist survivors to regain security and stability
- Preventing displacement, loss of housing, by providing housing repair for low-income homeowners, especially elderly and disabled
- Increasing access to healthy, nutritious food for households experiencing food insecurity and/or residing in a food desert”
The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Any organization that applies also will have to take the Human Service Grant Workshop on Jan. 5, 2022, at 2 p.m. To register, go to https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/departments/community-services/community-development-housing.
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