County Commissioners Okay Children’s Cove Grant Application

Children’s Cove is in a secluded spot in the Mid Cape area.

BARNSTABLE – Barnstable County Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve an application for federal grant funding by Children’s Cove.

The Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center is seeking more than $780,000 over the next two fiscal years in Victims of Crime Act grant funding.

The act provides funding for state and community-based organizations to offer free mental health counseling and a range of other services for crime victims.

County Commissioner chair Leo Cakounes said money for Children’s Cove is getting harder to allocate in the county budget.

“If this grant is received it’s certainly going to help the other end of the county’s expenditure,” Cakounes said.

Children’s Cove was established by the county in 1997 as an advocacy center for childhood victims of domestic violence, physical, and sexual abuse.

The organization just celebrated its 20th anniversary and has assisted thousands of local children and families since its inception.

The organization sought funding after budget concerns were discussed with county officials.

“We moved forward to find hopefully viable funding that will supplement some positions as well as other items,” said Stacy Gallagher, the director of Children’s Cove.

The application seeks $384,307 for fiscal year 2019 and $397,269 for fiscal year 2020.

The submission is an intent to apply document which is non-binding. The actual funding request may increase or decrease as a future budget is prepared.


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