It’s almost time to prepare 2010 human services grant proposals |

It’s almost time to prepare 2010 human services grant proposals

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Completed grant proposals for 2010 Garfield County Human Services funding will be due by 5 p.m. July 9.

Garfield County nonprofit organizations that have previously applied for funds will receive applications in the mail shortly. Those organizations who have not received previous funding may call Linda Morcum at 945-5004, and arrangements will be made to send you an application.

As most of you know, Garfield County sales taxes have been reported to be down by 20 percent. The total amount allocated for Human Services grants is based on a percent of the total sales tax. The grant committee hopes applicants consider this factor when creating their proposals.

The Garfield County Human Services grant committee comprises members of the Garfield County Human Services Commission, one member of the Board of County Commissioners, the county manager, and members of the Garfield County Department of Social Services. The committee makes decisions based on several factors, which include the agencies that offer basic needs to the most citizens of Garfield County and the sustainability of those agencies, and brings those decisions to the Human Services Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners has the ultimate approval.

The committee would like potential applicants to be aware of the newly approved Amendment 54, the Campaign Contributions from Certain Government Contractors. This amendment to the Colorado Constitution puts restrictions on organizations, individuals and their family members of organizations who have received a sole-source governmental contract, who have made political campaign contributions. Enforcement of the amendment will be carried out by the Colorado executive director of the department of personnel.

Because of the complications this amendment may create for nonprofit organizations, the grant committee hopes to schedule someone from the county legal department to be available to explain this issue at the next Human Services Commission meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Human Services Building, 195 W. 14th St. in Rifle. These meetings are open to interested citizens.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a local nonprofit story, event or inspiration, please e-mail

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