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Grant applications available

ENCINITAS — Applications are now being accepted for the city of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program. Grants for up to $5,000 are given to nonprofit, arts and community organizations to carry out projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Encinitas.
Art exhibits, concerts, a silent film festival, books for children, yoga for seniors and holiday baskets for families in need are but a few of the worthwhile, community activities that have been funded by the program. City Council has allocated $54,000 in fiscal year 2010-2011 and the Mizel Family Foundation has announced that it will donate $54,000 in matching funds, bringing the total available to $108,000. The Mizel Family Foundation has made dollar-for-dollar matching donations for the last three years.
“The generous donation by the Mizel Family Foundation is a wonderful gift to worthy organizations and projects,” Mayor Dan Dalager said.
The grant program provides funding in two categories: Civic (social, recreation, education, health and the environment) and Arts (visual, performing and literary arts, and arts education). Applications are available for download at Look for the link on the home page, left column, under City News and Events. The application document is a fillable Microsoft Word form that can be saved on the applicant’s computer. Hard copies of the application are also available in the lobby of Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024. The deadline to submit applications is 4 p.m. May 27.
For first-time applicants, a New Applicant Workshop will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. April 27 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. To RSVP, call (760) 633-2610.
Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation panel with members of five city commissions. Recommendations for funding will be forwarded to City Council; grant allocations will be determined at the council meeting July 14. For additional information, contact the city manager’s office at (760) 633-2610.