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2009 discretionary grants going quickly

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Financial Advisory Board has received more than $260,000 in discretionary grant requests so far this year.

However, they only have a total budget of nearly $158,000 to disburse to local programs.

City Council approved $65,500 in grants at its April 2 meeting, leaving more than $92,000 left for disbursement.

Some of the larger grants approved so far were $15,000 for YouthZone, $10,000 for Advocate Safehouse, and $8,000 for Summer of Jazz.

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The $8,000 for Summer of Jazz was on top of $12,000 in Tourism Grant funds that completes the summer event’s total request.

Grants of $5,000 were approved for Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey, Mountain Regional Housing Corporation, and Lift-Up. Two $5,000 grants were approved for Mountain Valley Developmental Services, which Glenwood Mayor Bruce Christensen is the Executive Director, one grant to support general programs and the other for Children and the Family Services Department.

Christensen dismissed himself from the vote at City Council’s April 2 meeting citing an obvious conflict of interest.

The other council members unanimously supported the grants.

Christensen told council members that the FAB felt that, given the current economic state, the health and human services entities were going to be hit pretty hard and that the FAB considered their needs when approving recommendations.

“We tried to be a little more generous with those grants than with the event kind of things,” Christensen said.

Glenwood resident Stan Rachesky told council members that he was “embarrassed” that the Sunlight Rotary Club’s Wounded Warrior Program was recommended for only $1,500 when they requested $3,600.

“I’m asking if you will reconsider giving more money to the Wounded Warriors,” Rachesky asked board members.

However, the FAB actually moved the Wounded Warrior grant application to Tourism Grants because they felt it was more appropriate. Discretionary grants are intended for local programs, Christensen said, and the Wounded Warrior program actually promotes tourism by bringing soldiers to Glenwood Springs, similarly to the Operation Vacation program.

Councilor Dave Merritt agreed with Rachesky’s plea and motioned to award $2,500 to the program. Council approved the motion.

The FAB had another meeting Thursday morning and another round of grants will be approved at the April 16 City Council meeting.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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