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Media Contact:
Joanne Nelson, Director
Boone County Community Services Department
Phone: (573) 886-4298

Boone County Children's Services Board Announces $10 Million Open Request for Proposal to Support Children, Youth, and Families

May 15, 2024 – The Boone County Children's Services Board (BCCSB) is pleased to announce the release of its 2024 Open Request for Proposal (RFP), offering $10 million in funding to support programs that promote the well-being of children and youth and strengthen families. Applications for funding will be considered from nonprofits or governmental entities if the proposed program provides services to children, youth (nineteen years of age or less), and/or their families in areas fundable pursuant to statute.

Funds for this RFP come from the voter-approved, quarter-cent sales tax passed in 2012 called the Children’s Services Fund Tax. Applications for funding are reviewed and approved by the BCCSB, a nine-member board, appointed by the Boone County Commission. The Community Services Department is responsible for assisting the BCCSB for the administration of Children’s Services Tax funding.

The BCCSB is committed to investing in meaningful services that make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families. The board believes in utilizing multiple effective strategies to achieve this goal, ensuring that its investments have a lasting impact on the community.

"We are excited to release this year's Open Request for Proposal and look forward to receiving innovative proposals that address the diverse needs of our community," said Leigh Spence, the Chair of the BCCSB. "This funding presents a significant opportunity for organizations to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, youth, and families in Boone County."

Proposals will be considered for any statutorily eligible service area. The BCCSB encourages organizations to submit proposals that align with its mission and values, focusing on programs that promote positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

The Boone County Community Services Department will host a Pre-Proposal Conference on May 29, 2024, at 1:00 pm in the Boone County Government Center Commission Chambers, 801 E. Walnut, Columbia. At the conference, organizations will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance from the Boone County Community Services Department on completing the proposal forms.

The response deadline for the RFP is June 26, 2024, at 11:00 am. Organizations interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to review the full RFP and submit any questions to Melinda Bobbitt, Purchasing Department Director, at For more information about the 2024 Open Request for Proposal, please visit

For specific questions about the RFP, please contact:
Melinda Bobbitt
Purchasing Director
(573) 886-4391

About Boone County Community Services Department

The mission of Boone County Community Services Department (BCCSD) is to support the greatest possible level of independence and self-sufficiency of Boone County residents by promoting their physical, mental and social well-being to cultivate a safe and healthy community. The BCCSD oversees funding distributed from the Boone County Children’s Services Fund and Domestic Violence Services funding.