The primary goal of the DeKalb County Office of Grants & Human Service Administration (OGHSA) is to provide supports and services to all DeKalb citizens to maintain sustainable communities and to improve their public safety.
To achieve this goal, this division allocates and administers resources through the Human Services Grant Program to support local victim assistance initiatives that have a prevention, early intervention or crisis focus and to support local human service programs that address youth development, child and family welfare and senior services through advocacy, planning and education initiatives.
OGHSA also oversees the County’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHEV) Program (also known as Great Start Georgia).
A secondary goal of the Office of Grants & Human Service Administration is to assist with the management of efficient operations for the Human Services Department.
Human Services Grant Program
The Human Services Grant Program is designed to offer assistance to non-profit agencies with a successful track record of providing specific services to the residents of DeKalb County.
The annual grant cycle is a competitive process, supported by the County’s CEO and its Board of Commissioners. Grants funded through this program are made possible through resources received from the County’s General Fund and the County’s Victim Assistance Fund. The service areas that are addressed include: youth development, violence prevention and intervention for women and children, child welfare, building family unity and capacity and supporting seniors and individuals with disabilities to live within their communities.
An official notice is published by the County through numerous media outlets each year to notify the public about the start of this annual grant application process.
To learn more about the Human Services Grant Program, please contact the Office of Grants & Human Service Administration at (404) 270-1178.
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHEV) Program
DeKalb County receives funding through the Georgia Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to implement the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHEV) Program (also known as Great Start Georgia).
At its heart, Great Start Georgia creates a community culture of caring, encouragement, and support for all families before and after the birth of a child. It is first and foremost a vision for how communities should make available natural supports for all expectant families. The program supports children from birth through age five years by providing basic parenting information and resources to parents. The program also provides referrals to families for more intensive services as needed.
To learn more about the County’s Great Start Georgia Program, please contact the Office of Grants & Human Service Administration at (404) 270-1178.