Three groups, the Buffalo Children's Center, CASA of the Bighorns, and the Boys' and Girls' Club of the Bighorns all came before the Johnson County Commissioners at their meeting this week to d=seek backing for them to pursue funding through the State's TANF, or Temporary Assistant For Needy Families Grant.
Kim Pope, Director of the Buffalo Children's Center, gave a short presentation explaining why they are applying for TANF funds. The funds are just a part of the grants they go after every year. The services they provide that are not the traditional 9 to 5 childcare services, often having children dropped off at 6am and having parents pick up their kids later than 5pm. The grant helps fund those non-traditional hours services.
The request for this year was $41,074.
Susan Carr, with CASA of the Bighorns, also gave a presentation, saying the $15,500 request would enable them to reinstate a full-time position in Johnson County. This particular request was for the Johnson County program itself, more grant applications will follow for the Sheridan County Program.
Finally, Lisa Mueller from the Boys' and Girls' Club of the Bighorns gave her presentation for the grant funding, saying physical activity is important to teach the students and their request of $18,000 will go a long way toward helping those families.
The Commissioners chose to back all three programs in their grant applications to the State.