Applicants sought for grant program

SOLANA BEACH — Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Community Grant Program, which helps funds nonprofit, nongovernmental groups that serve Solana Beach and its residents.
Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the program that began in 2004.
The city had been providing an additional $15,000, but last year reduced its funding because of the sluggish economy and a projected budget deficit.
Council also revised the guidelines to give priority to organizations that provide services and goods to Solana Beach groups or individuals with special economic needs not being met in the current economic environment.
In 2010, council members initially cut the city’s portion by $2,500 and planned to provide $12,500. Ultimately, they limited the city’s contribution to only $1,200 and awarded a total of $11,200 to four of 11 groups that applied.
The city is required to allocate the $10,000 from the two waste haulers. This year $5,000 is budgeted for the program.
A maximum of two grant applications may be submitted per community organization. No more than $5,000 will be awarded to one group.
New programs or those that provide a new or unique aspect to an existing program are preferred. When possible, applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with other funding organizations.
Projects for which grants are given must be completed between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2012. Exceptions will be allowed with proof of good cause. Financial reports and receipts will be required.
Last year’s recipients were the Community Resource Center, Kids Korps, Reality Changers and Girls on the Run San Diego.
Applications are due by 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at City Hall, 635 S. Coast Hwy. 101. Council members will begin the review process at the Nov. 16 meeting and announce grant recipients Dec. 14.
For a list of other criteria, including guidelines, procedures and objectives, visit ci.solana-beach.ca.us, or call Dan King at (858) 720-2477.

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