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Community grant program applications available

SOLANA BEACH — As of Oct. 1 applications are being accepted for the 2014-2015 Community Grant Program, which provides funding to nonprofit, nongovernmental groups and civic or youth organizations serving Solana Beach and its residents.

Exempt groups include church-affiliated organizations, private individuals and water or special districts. Individual schools may not apply but the organizations that support them may.

Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the program.

The city is providing an additional $15,000, bringing the total of available funds to $25,000.

Each organization can submit up to two applications, but a maximum of $5,000 will be awarded to any one program.

Funds are available as one-time seed money to qualifying groups to augment community service programs, projects and service activities to the community.

New programs or those that provide a unique aspect to an existing program are preferred. When possible, applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with other funding organizations.

Money must be used between Jan.1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2015, although an exception can be made with proof of good cause.

In addition to the application, groups must submit budgets, a W-9, their nonprofit certificate and financial statements.

The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Council will review all eligible applications Nov. 19. During that meeting, applicants will be allowed to make a presentation to council members.

Awards will be granted during the Dec. 10 meeting.

Last year’s recipients include the Community Resource Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program and Del Sol Lions Club.

When the program began in 2004 the city contributed $15,000 but reduced that amount during the economic downturn a few years ago. Councilman Peter Zahn recommended during budget talks this year that program funding be restored to its original amount.

For the past three years Santa Fe Christian Schools has funded organizations that serve the Eden Gardens community.

City staff said the private school has agreed to help out again this year.

For an application or a list of other criteria, including guidelines, procedures and objectives, visit or call (858) 720-2477.

Applications can be turned in at City Hall, 635 S. Coast Hwy. 101 or emailed to [email protected] and copied to [email protected].