As a result of the 2001 voter-approved Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy, more than $5.4 million has now been awarded to organizations delivering local services to support residents with developmental disabilities and their families, including $444,158 awarded for 2022.
With a focus on better meeting the needs of residents with developmental disabilities, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved grant awards to 21 local municipalities and programs during a business meeting Dec. 15.
This year, grants range between $3,319 and $72,250 and are awarded to projects and services that demonstrate innovative and collaborative efforts, as well as best practices in serving those with developmental disabilities. This year, grants were awarded in the areas of adult day care, water safety, job training, housing, transportation and equine therapy, among others.
The Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council reviewed the grant applications for 2022 and recommended 22 organizations receive funds. Grant recipients include Broken Tree Community Camp, Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation, Town of Castle Rock, Easterseals, Highlands Ranch Community Association, Highpointe Services, Lone Tree Arts Center, Financial Health Institute, Town of Parker, Paths2Possibilities, Praying Hands Ranch, DIRT (Coffee Bar), Sky Cliff Center, South Suburban Parks and Recreation, TACT (Teaching Autism Community Trades), Tall Tales Ranch, The Mane Mission, Treeline Pass, Therapies for Hope, Promise Ranch, Feel the Beat, Corp. and Wellspring Community.
The County distributes 93% of the Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy funds to the County’s community-centered board, Developmental Pathways, 1.5% is used for Treasurer’s fees, while the remaining 5.5% is set aside for the Grant Program.
For more information about the Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Grant program and specific information about program awards, click here.