Members of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD) awarded grants to eight organizations during their November meeting.
Monett Area Workshop received funding in the amount of $76,800 for transportation for Lawrence County clients. The funds will cover fuel costs. An estimated shortfall of $704 million from the state's current budget will impact funding for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which helps support the Workshop.
The OATS system received $3,000 for transporting Lawrence County clients from the cities of Aurora, Miller, Marionville and Pierce City for doctor appointments and shopping needs.
The Barry-Lawrence Development Center was awarded $27,000 for general operations, First Steps and the foster grandparent program.
Alternative Opportunities received $3,500 for providing up to four cultural outings per year for the county's clients.
Joplin Regional Center received $24,800 to provide waiver matches for two Lawrence County clients.
Community Support Services, which provides for Lawrence County recipients, received $16,113. That amount is matched by both the Barry County Tax Board for the Developmental Disabilities and Community Support Services.
Drury University received $60,913 for music therapy services for 69 clients, two of which are on a waiting list.
Magic Moments Riding Therapy was awarded $16,000, whch will fund therapy services for a total of 10 clients.
The related services fund, which covers camp scholarships, occupational therapy services and other related services, was budgeted at $52,000. Those funds cover costs associated with personal assistants, family needs and equipment.
|The board also approved $2,000 for the book project and $10,000 for the dental program.|
In other business, the board approved the 2012 Community Center budget of $27,600 and the office budget of $75,000.
The next meeting of the LCDD board will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the LCDD office, which is located at 403 E. Elm St. in Aurora.