Senior center receives grant from county

Senior center receives grant from county
The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center will be receiving a grant from the county to help with upgrades, maintenance and office equipment. Photo by Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — The historic building where seniors have been able to take part in numerous social programs, activities and classes for more than 10 years is in need of some overhaul, and as of this week, grant money will help them to do it.

The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center applied for a grant from the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment program.

On Tuesday the County Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate $32,315 from the grant to the Rancho Santa Fe Seniors, Inc., the nonprofit group that runs the senior center.

Once received, the money would be going toward the painting of interiors and exteriors and some repairs to the building.

Other uses of the funds would also go towards installing air condition dampers, patio umbrellas and stands and office equipment.

One of the projects includes the purchase and installation of decomposed granite to create walkways, and some yard maintenance of the property such as removing and trimming trees.

The county allocated more than $1.7 million of the grant program for the fiscal year 2013-14.

For the prior fiscal year of 2012-13, the county allocated $5 million ($1 million per district). The money for the grants comes from the General Fund.

The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild received $53,970 in October 2013 from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program so that they could make ADA improvements and soundproof restrooms.

The grants are given to county departments, public agencies and nonprofits for one-time use.

A host of services, including educational/recreational projects for children or adults, various awareness projects, public safety, or maintaining and increasing open space holdings are available for use of the grants.

Grants are awarded throughout the year and there are no deadlines for submitting applications.

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