Children’s Trust of Alachua County plans funding implementation 

CTAC Board Chair Tina Certain.
CTAC Board Chair Tina Certain at Monday's meeting.
Photo by Glory Reitz

The Children’s Trust of Alachua County’s Board of Directors heard a timeline and implementation plan on Monday for the funding it approved with its budget for fiscal year 2023-24. 

CTAC’s timeline separates into three overlapping waves. First, contract renewals have been underway since July. Six- and 12-month renewals and contract negotiations for mentoring and after-school programs should finish this month. Renewals for summer programming and TeensWork Alachua’s fall and summer programming will happen from January through March 2024. 

The second wave will provide funding for strategic plan initiatives, such as CTAC sports scholarships, early care education and school readiness and the expansion of family resource centers. Funding for these programs will be distributed from October through May. 

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New funding opportunities make up the third wave, including the following categories: maternal and child health initiatives request for proposal (RFP), enrichment funding RFP, summer camp RFP, special needs programming, tutoring for grades K-8 and access to comprehensive care RFP. Tutoring and comprehensive care funding will open up from January through March, and the rest will fall between April and September 2024. 

Staff also presented to the board a contract for a new building at 4010 NW 25th Pl. in Gainesville, which the Children’s Trust has agreed to purchase for $1,950,000. CTAC’s current building at 802 NW 5th Ave. is currently up for sale through Colliers Realty. 

The new building is in a 30-day period of final inspections and approval, according to CTAC Executive Director Marsha Kiner. 

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We don’t know exactly what to do with our money allocated to help children.
I know, let’s build a building. This is called the edifice complex.


Gainesville’s leadership incapable of effective thought or action. No progress will be made on anything until we have leadership on the city with competency