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RALEIGH — The Wake County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council has launched its annual call for proposals and invites local youth-service organizations to apply for fiscal year 2021 funding.

“The N.C. Department of Public Safety is providing Wake County with record-setting funding to bolster programs that help youth struggling to keep their lives on a positive path,” said Eric Johnson, chair of Wake JCPC. “We have $1.8 million to allocate ... and we encourage organizations that meet the criteria to apply for a portion of it, so they can do even more good in our community.”

JCPC seeks proposals for community-based programs targeting youth (ages 10-19) who are involved in the juvenile court system or at-risk of juvenile court involvement. Applicants must provide a 30% local match (cash or in-kind) to receive funding.

The council will consider proposals from nonprofit and governmental agencies providing assessment programs, clinical treatment programs, structured day programs, residential programs or structured activity programs.

When evaluating proposals, council members will evaluate specific factors related to risk, need and protection including: aggressive/assaultive behaviors, gang involvement, school behavioral problems, healthy sense of self, appropriate family communication, and school connectedness.

The deadline to apply for funds is Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The instructions and program application can be accessed at

Organizations interested in learning more about the process can contact Wake County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Coordinator Deborah Andrews at