Pictured: Board of Douglas County Commissioners with grant recipients
As a result of the 2001 voter-approved Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy, more than $5.8 million has now been awarded to organizations delivering local services to support residents with developmental disabilities and their families, including $445,720 awarded for use in 2024.
With a focus on better meeting the needs of residents with developmental disabilities, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved grant awards to local municipalities and programs during a Business Meeting Dec. 12.
This year, grants range between $2,000 and $71,400 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 therapeutic horse riding, water safety, job training, housing and transportation, among other services.
The Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council reviewed the grant applications for 2023 and recommended 20 organizations receive funds. See a full list of grant recipients here.
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.