The Carbon County Interagency Council (IAC) has announced that the agency is currently accepting applications for a $500 Social Services grant. The grant application is open to all agencies who meet the guidelines of the council's mission statement and who serve any population of Carbon County.

The Interagency Council's mission statement is to "increase and promote the quality of human services in the community," and the council's purpose is to develop a better knowledge of existing agencies and service, as well as to provide support and education for member agencies and Individuals.

This grant can be used for any existing programs or any new programs that an agency may have. It is a one-time payment.

To receive an application, e-mail the IAC at or call the agency president, Cheri Mae Santore at 1-800-441-1315. There is an application fee due with the submission of the application to non-members of the IAC. This fee will also serve as a one-year membership to the Interagency Council.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 15. Completed applications can be sent to IACC, c/o 2011 Grant Application, P.O. Box 284, Lehighton, PA 18235.

Following the deadline, all applications will be reviewed by an independent panel, separate from the IAC. The grant recipient will be notified the week of April 25.

The presentation of the grant will occur at the IAC Second Annual Legislative Brunch to be held on April 29, in Lehighton.