The Tony Grampsas Youth Services (TGYS) Program is a statutory program providing funding to local organizations that work with youth and their families through programs designed to prevent youth crime and violence, youth marijuana use, and child abuse and neglect. TGYS is defined and guided by Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) 26-6.8-101 through 106. Funds for the 2014-15 state fiscal year are allocated to TGYS from the toboacco Master Settlement Agreement, the State of Colorado General Fund, and the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund.
TGYS Grant Cycle
TGYS operates on a three-year grant cycle, and is currently in year one of the cycle. The current grant cycle started on July 1, 2014 and goes through June 30, 2017. TGYS expects the next Request for Applications to be released in the fall of 2016.
TGYS Funded Programs
In 2014-15, TGYS provides funding to 64 lead agencies, supporting over 100 local community organizations through multi-agency and intermediary-agency partnerships. TGYS funds are appropriated from the state tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, General Fund, and Marijuana Tax Cash Fund.
Prevention of Youth Marijuana Use
On June 6, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill 14-215 that allocates $2.0 million of the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to TGYS for the prevention of youth marijuana use.
Utilizing TGYS’ established Request for Application (RFA) process, the TGYS Board approved the distribution of these funds to previously selected TGYS Qualified Agencies that remained unfunded and whose programs positively impact youth outcomes related to marijuana.
TGYS is working in close collaboration with the many state agencies involved in preventing youth marijuana use, and there are many opportunities for TGYS-funded and –unfunded agencies alike to benefit from the Technical Assistance and Training opportunities that will be provided this year. Some examples of these activities include: trainings offered throughout Colorado by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment related to positive youth development and youth marijuana use; informational resources on the statewide website, www.colorado.gov/marijuana; and public awareness campaigns that provide information and talking points for youth to understand the potential impacts of marijuana use and for adults to learn ways to engage youth in this conversation.
Together, we intend to help our community partners navigate the new landscape with regards to the resources that are available as a result of Senate Bill 14-215 and the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund. We are excited to support our communities with these additional and much-needed resources, and we will continue to provide you up to date information as we have it.
Youth Violence Prevention and Positive Youth Development
For more information about Youth Violence Prevention and Positive Youth Development efforts across the state, please visit our partner websites at: