Youth Services Commission Gets $7,500 In County Freeholder Grants

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Somerset County Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire presents ceremonial grant award checks to Alice Osipowitz, the township’s recreation director, at a recent Freeholders’ meeting. Photo: Somerset County Freeholders.

The Franklin Township Municipal Youth Services Commission was recently awarded two grants totaling $7,500 by the Somerset County Freeholders.

The money was part of $90,000 in grants awarded by the Freeholders to 14 youth services commissions representing all 21 Somerset County towns according to a press release on the awards.

The awards were presented at a Freeholders’ meeting.

The Franklin commission received a $5,000 annual grant for its Youth Council, Franklin Youth Prevention and Empowerment, and Boys Council/Girls Circle programs, and a $2,500 competitive grant for its Girls Power Runners program, according to the release.

Accepting the award for the program was township Recreation Director Alice Osipowitz, who is also the chair of the Youth Services Commission.

“The Board of Freeholders is pleased to present funding for so many worthwhile, fun and educational programs for county youth,” Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire said in the release. “Funds will be used to support a wide variety of prevention programs in these local communities.”

The money will fund a total of 37 projects, according to the release. Funding was provided through the 2015 Municipal Youth Services Commission (MYSC) annual grant program, and is awarded to each municipality with a K-8 school.

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