Carbondale set to award community grant requests |

Carbondale set to award community grant requests

John StroudPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Trustees are prepared to award close to $49,000 in general fund dollars as part of the town’s 2011 community requests program, benefiting a variety of local nonprofit organizations and programs.More than $165,000 in grant requests were submitted for this year, which were discussed at the Carbondale Board of Trustees Jan. 11 meeting. However, only $53,300 is available to grant out.Each year, Carbondale tries to give back 1 percent of the town’s general fund to community organizations.Following the Jan. 11 discussion, a total of $48,900 in grants to 30 different organizations was tentatively agreed to. That left $4,400 in general fund dollars available for various requests throughout the year.Another $14,500 is proposed to be awarded to programs outside the general fund, using the town’s Recreation Sales & Use Tax dollars and the special Victims Assistance Law Enforcement (VALE) fund.The community requests are slated to be finalized at the town board’s Tuesday, Jan. 18 meeting.Also set to be discussed at next week’s meeting are a number of larger funding requests for specific events, including the 5-Point Film Festival, plus support for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Concerts in the Park series.A proposal by the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center to fund a new “economic gardening” project is also on the Tuesday agenda.Two additional major funding requests are to be discussed at future meetings, and may involve other potential funding sources. They include a $25,000 request for support of additional solar installations at the Carbondale Senior Housing Crystal Meadows complex; and $35,000 for the Access Roaring Fork after school

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