NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Each year, millions of dollars are at stake when non-profit agencies, cities and counties, and law enforcement agencies apply for grants. The Deep East Texas Council of Governments provides the guidance.
Preciseness increases the chances of being awarded the money.
Experienced grant writers were reviewed on how to apply for millions of dollars in state and federal funding Tuesday. DETCOG's criminal justice planner Danielle Sells reminded listeners there is stiff competition for criminal justice division grants.
"Remember that CJD is reviewing hundreds, sometimes thousands of applications," Sells said.
The challenge for any applicant is to make their application stand out from all the others. Even slight mistakes can bump agencies out of federal monies. The state is a bit more lenient.
"It's not as harsh as some of the other funding sources I've seen, but they do have to meet the initial eligibility requirement in order to even be pushed down to the local level," Sells said.
This year a substantial funding increase is in store to serve victims of crime and the law enforcement and prosecution for violence against women. The Family Crisis Center of East Texas works directly with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They count on about $80,000 to provide the service.
"We use that to help pay the salary of our counselor, our legal advocates, our crisis workers that operate our emergency shelter, our transportation specialist," said Heather Kartye, the executive director of the Family Crisis Center of East Texas."
It's the kind of services the council of governments wants for the 12-county region. Preciseness and conciseness in the application process are the first steps to helping the victims.
Next week, criminal justice and law enforcement agencies will be in Lufkin for grant reviews. No funding increases are anticipated for this division.