Solana Beach now taking applications for annual grant program

The city of Solana Beach is now accepting applications for its annual Community Grant Program, which provides funding to nonprofit or recognized community-based organizations serving Solana Beach and its residents. After the council authorized the program Sept. 24 for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the application period opened Oct. 1.

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

The city previously provided an additional $5,000 to the program, but in June, the council voted unanimously to give an additional $10,000 in grants each year, increasing the program’s annual budget from $15,000 to $25,000.

The city initially budgeted $25,000 for the program when it was established in 2004, but reduced its contribution during the downturn in the economy. The council’s June vote restored the program budget to what it was before the recession.

Last year, 13 organizations requested $55,500 in assistance. In December 2013, council members, awarded a total of $15,000 in grants to the Community Resource Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, the St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program, Del Sol Lions, Kids Korps USA, Casa de Amistad, La Colonia de Eden Gardens and BikeWalkSolana. Santa Fe Christian Schools matched the city’s funds, providing an additional $15,000 in grants.

Santa Fe Christian Schools has once again agreed to donate funds toward the program, said City Manager David Ott, but school officials have not yet specified how much.

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

No more than two grant applications may be submitted per organization. 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. New programs or those that provide a unique aspect to existing programs are preferred.

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

Besides the application, organizations must submit a nonprofit certificate, W-9 form, budgets and financial statements.

Awards will be granted during the Dec. 10 council meeting.

Applications can be turned in at City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101, or emailed to dking@cosb.org and copied to testell@cosb.org.

For information, visit www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us or call 858-720-2477.

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