This was originally posted by Zach Pruitt on the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative website on September 9th and just now picked up by the Northfield Union of Youth media department.

The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs announced on Friday that Northfield has been selected as a recepient of funding from the “Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” This federal stimulus funding will support the Northfield PRIMEtime out-of-school collaborative, which provides free after school and summer programming to over 1,300 local youth (unduplicated) in grades K-12 each year. The Northfield Public Schools served as the official applicant for the collaborative. Northfield will receive $246,039 total over a two-year period.

The funding will provide staffing support for four important youth programs, as well as transportation costs to get local youth to/from these programs:

* Northfield Union of Youth/The Key

* Middle School Youth Center

* PLUS after school program at Bridgewater, Greenvale Park, and Sibley Elementary Schools

* Summer PLUS program

A total of 315 applicants statewide applied for this funding. Northfield PRIMEtime was one of 41 projects selected through a competitive review process.

The Northfield funding will help to replace a two-year after school grant from the Minnesota Department of Education that expired at the end of August and for which no additional state money was available. The Northfield News featured a story on this grant — and its impact on local youth — this summer.

Congratulations to the Northfield Public Schools and all the PRIMEtime partners for this grant, which will assure the continuation of important free out-of-school-time programs for young people in our community!