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City to Award Grants to College Park’s Community Groups

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider awarding grants to a number of community organizations serving College Park’s residents.

The FY2015 adopted operating budget provides $20,000 in funding for community services grants, limited to $2,500 per organization.  Grant applications were e-mailed to previous recipient organizations on April 21 and were advertised on the City’s website (with links to the application form and criteria) and in the Municipal Scene. 

The City received 8 grant applications by the May 21 deadline, requesting a total of $19,500.  Councilmembers Mitchell, Day, Dennis and I volunteered to serve on the subcommittee to review grant applications and make a recommendation to the Mayor & Council for grant awards.  Applications were rated based on the grant criteria. Complete copies of the FY 2015 grant applications and FY 2014 final grant reports are available here.

The subcommittee is recommending grants to the following organizations:

  • The National Museum of Language, Inc. (for a language camp and events – $2500),
  • Lakeland Community Heritage (for Lakeland Heritage weekend – $2500)
  • American Legion Auxiliary (for Scholarships for Miss College Park pageant participants – $2500)
  • Pregnancy Aid Centers, Inc (for a food pantry program – $2500)
  • College Park Woods Swim Club (for a senior summer day camp – $2500)
  • Embry Center for Family Life (for the Lakeland All-Stars basketball program – $2500)
  • College Park Center for Faith & Community (for the College Park Community Library – $2500)
  • B-Roll Media & Arts Inc. (for  photography and audio engineering classes for students – $1500).  

The total amount requested was $19,500, so the city is able to grant the full amount requested to all applicants.

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