ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis County Children’s Services Fund announced Friday which agencies and organizations will receive its latest round of taxpayer dollars.

Fund Director Julie Leicht says 60 organizations will get slightly more than $97 million. 70 organizations applied for about $150 million in funding.

For the first time, the fund is giving grants out on a bi-annual funding cycle rather than an annual cycle.

“After the first year, staff will be reviewing the agencies’ utilization so if they’re not seeing the kids and utilizing the funds, we have the ability to pull back,” Leicht explained.

“When I first took over about a year ago, it made sense to me,” she said of the change. “The application process is very lengthy and we know many of our core agencies have already delivered the services so we are comfortable with where they are.”

The organizations offer a variety of services, such as counseling, housing, mentoring, and substance abuse programs.

Organizations are not given a check for their entire grant amount. Instead, they must provide the service and then bill the county for that service. Thus, the grant amount announced Friday is only pre-approval for those funds to be allocated over the next two years.

The Children’s Services Fund was established in 2008 when St. Louis County voters approved a sales tax increase to fund the pool of money. It collects about $40 million each year.

Below are the five organizations receiving the most money, as announced today:

1) Lutheran Family and Children’s Services – $7,729,197

2) Youth in Need – $7,42,993

3) Preferred Family Healthcare – $6,691,790

4) Epworth Children and Family Services – $5,427,110

5) Children’s Foundation of Mid-America – $5,297,803


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