12 groups seek funding from city

SOLANA BEACH — With 12 organizations seeking $51,316.17 — and only $15,000 available — City Council was given about a month to decide which groups will receive funding from the annual Community Grant Program.
Representatives from nine of the organizations attended the Nov. 16 meeting to explain how the money would be used.
Kids Korps USA, one of eight groups requesting the maximum allocation of $5,000, plans to use the money once again for its summer volunteer camps, a program developed for low-income children and teenagers from Eden Gardens.
Participants in the weeklong program perform a variety of community service projects that include beach cleanups, playing bingo at retirement homes and helping at food banks.
“These kids are given the opportunity to learn what it means to give back,” Robin Chappelow said. “The kids get a real sense of pride of ownership. They build their self-esteem and this really empowers them to realize that they can make a difference in the world.”
If selected, this would be the fifth consecutive year Kids Korps will receive funding from the grant program.
Solana Beach Little League, which was awarded grants in 2007, 2008 and 2009, is again requesting $5,000 for field improvements and scholarships.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito would use the money to expand its Center for a Healthy Lifestyle program to children at its La Colonia branch. Youngsters would learn how to grow and prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families, said Keith Padgett, president of the local Boys & Girls Clubs, which applies annually and has received funding twice in four years.
North Coast Repertory Theatre, which received grants in 2007 and 2009 but not last year, is asking for $3,000 to use a performance to educate students and teachers at Solana Vista Elementary School about an anti-bullying campaign.
The Solana Beach PTA is seeking $2,366.17 for a community garden.
Four new organizations submitted applications this year. The city’s Clean and Green Committee is seeking $2,950 for a one-time speaker in March, which is sustainability month.
The Mano o Mano Foundation would like $5,000 for a parenting program, and La Colonia de Eden Gardens, founded about 18 months ago, is seeking the same amount to promote its mission to stem the rise of crime and violence by providing educational, recreational and community resources, after-school programs, tutors and job opportunities.
The St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program, an all-volunteer organization that provides services to the working poor with no insurance, would like $5,000 to conduct blood tests. The clinic that used to provide the lab work for free was sold, Deacon Albert Graff said.
Groups requesting funds that did not attend the meeting included Rancho Coastal Humane Society, which applied for but didn’t receive money last year, new applicant It’s the Pits canine rescue and Community Resource Center, which was awarded funds three of the last four years for its holiday baskets program at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the program, which helps funds nonprofit, nongovernmental groups that serve Solana Beach and its residents.
In the past, the city provided another $15,000 from the general fund but that amount has been reduced since last year.
The $10,000 from the waste haulers must be granted, and council members agreed to contribute $5,000 to the program this year.
New programs or those that provide a new or unique aspect to an existing program are preferred. Priority is given 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.
Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with other funding organizations when possible.
Recipients will be announced at the Dec. 14 council meeting.
“We have a lot to consider …a lot of very worthy causes,” Mayor Lesa Heebner said.

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