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For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2014
Memphis and Shelby County Justice Assistance Grant
Memphis, TN – Certified as a “Disparate Jurisdiction,” the City of Memphis, along with Shelby County Tennessee, are submitting a joint application for funds in the amount of $838,332 as allocated under the FY 2014 Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
As so prescribed by the Justice Assistance Grant guidelines, and by mutual consent, Shelby County is designated as the applicant/fiscal agency for the program. The entities have collaborated on a program that provides for the prevention and control of crime for our citizens.
Prior to application submissions, the applicant is required to make the application available to the public and provide an opportunity for citizens and neighborhood or community organizations to comment. Shelby County Government communicated its Fiscal Year 2014 Justice Assistance Grant application to the Shelby County Commission for its review and comment on May 8th.
Similarly, Shelby County will make its Fiscal Year 2014 JAG application available on or about May 14th to citizens for comment prior to application submission via internet.
The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
What We're Doing Now
Today, Shelby County government is a major source of decent housing, food, clothes, education, medical care, security, and hope for the future for thousands of underprivileged citizens. Primarily through the Community Services Division, Shelby County taxpayers spend millions of dollars and operate dozens of programs designed to break the cycle of poverty that grips generations of citizens and to answer the needs of county citizens. Through programs of this division, the sick are treated, the young are nurtured, and the old are cared for.
The Community Services Division has seven departments and has staff and/or advisers on a number of area boards, agencies, and commissions. The departments include:
The Community Services Division Grants Office also coordinates several grants that are used for projects county-wide.