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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Clark County Sheriff's Office awards grants to local organizations

Clark County Sheriff Deborah K. Burchett on June 5 disbursed $19,475.00 in grant awards to seven local 501(c)3 organizations/applicants that provide services in Clark County, Ohio.

The applicants chosen for Community Trust Fund Grants include:

• Springfield Peace Center, $5,000

• Clark County Substance Prevention, Treatment & Support Coalition (McKinley Hall), $4,475

• H.O.P.E./Rock of Hope, $3,000

• Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc., $3,000

• Rocking Horse Center, $2,000

• Recovery X, $1,000

• CitiLookout Trauma Recovery Center, $1,000

The Ohio Revised Code regulates that assets can be seized when they are used in the commission of a crime or are the proceeds of a crime. Once seized, the assets can only be used by law enforcement agencies after a suspect has been convicted, and only then if a Judge declares the assets forfeited. If there is no conviction, or if the Judge does not declare the asset forfeited, the assets are returned to their owner. The Ohio Revised Code also mandates how law enforcement agencies are to use asset forfeiture funds; one allowable area includes supporting community drug/alcohol prevention and education programs.

Sheriff Burchett wanted to see seized funds put back into the community. Earlier this year, the Sheriff’s Office created a program to address community needs in a meaningful and rewarding way through the annual Community Trust Fund Grant. Organizations are required to use the funds to focus on one or more of the following areas:

• Drug Abuse Education, Prevention, or Treatment

• Crime Prevention or Education

• Educational/Preventative Services for Victims of Crime

The Sheriff’s Office was committed to ensuring a fair and open process for making awards. A review panel was used an evaluation tool to score each application that met the minimum requirements. The Sheriff’s Office is interested in seeing how the organizations are making a difference in Clark County, so each one is required to submit reports to show how their awards were used.

Additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at:

Sheriff Deb Burchett presents a check to Recovery X leaders Elijah Glaser and Lance Cartmell.

Sheriff Deb Burchett presents a check to Rocking Community Health Center employees Robert Fitzwater

Sheriff Deb Burchett presents a check to Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc. employees Don Warner, Em

Sheriff Deb Burchett presents a check to Stephen Massey of CitiLookout.

Sheriff Deb Burchett presents a check to Carey McKee of McKinley Hall.

Sheriff Deb Burchett presents a check to Jackie Mounts of H.O.P.E.

Sheriff Deb Burchett presents a check to Christina Walters of the Springfield Peace Center.

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