(Frankfort, KY)--Kentucky's juvenile justice department will soon begin accepting applications for a grant program that supports alternatives to detention for low-level juvenile offenders.

The agency says about $80,000 will be available through the U.S. Department of Justice. It says applications will be accepted starting April 1 for the Reducing Out-of-Home Placements Grant Program.

The funds have been earmarked for public and private non-profit organizations, or city and county governments, that provide emergency shelter services in the Fayette and Hardin juvenile detention catchment area.

Grant recipients must provide alternatives to secure detention for juveniles who have been released from law enforcement custody with supervision or have been released from court.The deadline to apply is May 1.

(This article contains information from the Associated Press)