Knox County Health Board funding deadline is Feb. 29

Samuel Lisec
Galesburg Register-Mail

GALESBURG — Organizations that assist people who are developmentally disabled or struggling with mental health issues or substance abuse can now apply to the Knox County Mental Health Board for program funding. 

Up to $1.4 million in local property tax levies will be awarded to organizations, including for profit corporations, that complete an application and are approved by the Knox County Board. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2023 and the application form can be found on the left side of the Knox County 708 Mental Health Board page on the Knox County website.

The Knox County Mental Health Board was authorized by a countywide ballot referendum in 2017 to fund programs providing treatments to local people affected by mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse issues through property taxes. The board has reviewed applications and awarded over $1 million every year since 2018.

Steve Watts

Steve Watts, chairman of the Knox County Mental Health Board, said applicants must explain what they hope to accomplish with their program, what population they plan to work with, how they will use the funds and where the rest of their funds, if they have any, are coming from.

Watts said a few modifications will likely be made to the application during the board’s upcoming Jan. 23 public meeting, but the changes will likely not affect everybody as they will be focused on emergency applications.

Last year, the Knox County Mental Health Board distributed an estimated $1.4 million across these local organizations: Crossroads Counseling, Bridgeway, Knox County YMCA, Achievement Unlimited, Triumph Services, Regional Office of Education #33, Galesburg School District 205, the Knox County Child Advocacy Center, Camp Big Sky, the Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center and the KCCDD.