At a special City Council meeting on July 23, 2022, the Council reviewed and finalized allocations for the FY 2022-23 Community Grant Program.
Since 2000, the City has awarded grants in support of local nonprofit organizations. On Feb. 15, 2022, the Council reviewed and approved the program documents for the FY 2022-23 grant cycle. Modifications included amending eligibility requirements.
Organizations solely in support of fraternal or political causes are not eligible for community grant funding and faith-based organizations qualify only if they have established a separate 501(c)3 organization to operate the funded program, and the program is offered to the general population regardless of faith affiliation and does not require faith affiliation or participation in faith-based activities.
The Council also confirmed a minimum application reader score of 70% for funding, and clarified the one-time purchase grant to not allow phases of the same project. The Council also affirmed the current practice of the City Manager reviewing a written request by an applicant for a grant modification on a case by case basis. Also, with the continued increase in the number of applicants, grant requests and dollar amount the Council established a total request cap of $150,000 per organization.
Grant program documents, and the final applications were issued on Feb. 15, 2022. The City received 45 applications from 30 organizations for a total of $1,575,100.
The City’s allocation of $1 million is significant compared to equivalent municipalities and the trend is a growing pool of applicants and increasing funding requests.
Final allocations can be viewed online.