Solana Beach City Council gives local organizations grants

By Kristina Houck

A total of 13 organizations requested $55,500 in aid, but the Solana Beach City Council had only $15,000 to distribute from its annual Community Grant Program during the Dec. 11 meeting.

In a 5-0 vote, council members awarded $5,000 to Community Resource Center. The center requested $5,000 for its annual Holiday Baskets, which will take place Dec. 21-23 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito requested $4,700 and received $2,200 to help fund college nights at the La Colonia branch, where volunteers assist teenagers with college and financial aid applications.

The St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program, an organization that provides services to the low-income community members with no insurance, requested $5,000 and received $2,000.

The Del Sol Lions and Kids Korps USA each received $1,500, and Casa De Amistad and La Colonia de Eden Gardens each received $1,000. BikeWalkSolana received $800.

The city received 13 grant applications. Other applicants included A Ship in the Woods, Earl Warren Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association, Miracle League of San Diego, North Coast Repertory Theatre and SeaWeeders. All but one applicant, Miracle League of San Diego, gave a presentation to council members about their programs during the Nov. 13 council meeting.

With assistance from Santa Fe Christian Schools, the city funded requests totaling $32,990 last year. The school once again provided matching funds this year for the $15,000 — $5,000 each from the city, EDCO and Waste Management.

Santa Fe Christian Schools has agreed to once again match funds, granting $4,000 to La Colonia de Eden Gardens, $4,000 to Casa De Amistad, $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, $2,500 to Kids Korps USA, and $2,000 to the St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program.

Applicants were required to be nonprofit organizations that serve the Solana Beach community. A maximum of $5,000 could be awarded to any one program.

Last year’s recipients were the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Community Resource Center, Earl Warren Middle School PTSA, Kids Korps USA, St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program, and the Center for Academic and Social Advancement. North Coast Rep received a grant from the Reserve Public Arts Account.