Newtown receives funding under a State Judicial Branch Office of Victim Services grant. Since additional funding has been secured for another round of grant money, the state decided to end current grants early and allow everyone the opportunity to reapply. The Newtown Board of Selectmen signed off on applying for additional funding from the state. Newtown Youth & Family Services applies for their own funding.
First Selectman Dan Rosenthal says the current grant funds the victim liaison, a survivor care navigator and the Resiliency Center of Newtown among other entities. There is also a component for the schools.
Rosenthal says the benefit to reapplying is that the town can better align services, especially as the children who were at Sandy Hook School that day age through the system. Newtown currently receives just under $500,000 and the new grant could be about $540,000.