How Garfield County Human Services grants funding works |

How Garfield County Human Services grants funding works

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The due date for completed Garfield County Human Services grant applications was July 1. Local nonprofits applied for a piece of the pie, which is based on a percentage of the county’s sales tax.

As everyone should be aware, sales tax revenues are down, so the pie is considerably smaller than it was a few years ago. Purchasing all your necessities in Garfield County would be one way to make the pie a heftier offering.

Many worthwhile agencies are involved in the Garfield County Human Services Commission and provide much-needed services to its citizens. But agencies are not required to be a part of the Human Services Commission to receive funding.

The Grant Review Committee is made up of a certain number of county employees, members of the Garfield County Human Services Commission who do not receive any grant funding, and one county commissioner.

These committee members review the applications and make the difficult decisions and recommendations to the Human Services Commission, which in turn gives its nod for the funding numbers to the county commissioners, who have the final vote.

The committee looks at a number of pertinent issues in its deliberations. One is basic human need. Is this organization providing food or shelter for financially-challenged citizens? Another consideration is bang-for-the-buck. Is this organization providing services to a large Garfield County population? One other highly considered facet is sustainability. The committee is looking for organizations who have proven track records for a number of years, who are stable and who don’t rely on the county’s funding to stay afloat. One more issue is to make sure funding does not provide duplication of services.

The Garfield County Human Services Commission is grateful this funding may be used for the betterment of county citizens. Your tax revenues have a history of helping to keep food on the table, sheltering people who are a little down on their luck, and keeping youth out of juvenile detention.

We all know hard times hit the poorest people the hardest. But because of this resource, many Garfield County families can get the help they so desperately need.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission and has been a member of the Grants Allocation Committee since 1997. To contact her with a local nonprofit event or news item, e-mail or call 618-6689.

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