City plays Santa with grant money |

City plays Santa with grant money

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” More than $46,000 in grant money was doled out Thursday night at City Council’s regular meeting.

In all, the board has $50,000 each year to donate at its discretion, leaving $3,800 for requests that come up later in the year.

The four largest grants, each for $5,000, went to Advocate Safehouse Project, Family Visitor Programs, Mountain Valley Developmental Services and Sopris Barracuda Swim Team.

The remaining 21 grants ranged from $500 to $3,500.

“The voters approved in 1999 the extension of the one-cent sales tax on the condition there’s $50,000 that must be paid each year in discretionary funds,” city finance director Mike Harman said.

There is no hard definition of which organizations are eligible for the funds, but rather the recipients are determined by the city’s Financial Advisory Board.

“It’s typically your cultural, recreational or human services-type entities that apply,” he said.

Just one organization that applied for discretionary funds was denied, Carbondale-based public radio station KDNK. Harman said the board voted to recommend that the station not receive a grant this year.

The other grant recipients are:

American Leadership Forum: $250

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club: $500

Catholic Charities: $2,000

Colorado Big Country Conservation: $500

Feed My Sheep Ministries: $2,500

Garfield County Public Library system: $700

Glenwood Railroad Museum: $3,500

Glenwood Springs After Prom Extravaganza: $500

GSHS Booster Club: $900

GSHS Mock Trial: $1,500

Glenwood Youth Hockey: $2,500

Healthy Mountain Communities: $500

Literacy Outreach: $2,000

Mountain Family Health Center/Columbine Family Health Center: $2,000

Project Graduation: $500

Radio Reading Service of the Rockies: $500

Roaring Fork Conservancy: $500

Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation: $500

Science Outreach/Jason Project: $750

Sunlight Ski Team: $500

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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