Every year, the City gives out grants to non-profit organizations and schools that serve City residents. The Council will review this year’s grants in tomorrow’s worksession.

The City has $20,000 budgeted in FY 2014 to allocate among the applicants, and may give a maximum of $2,500 to each organization. Grant applications were e-mailed to previous recipient organizations on November 16 and were advertised on the City’s website (with links to the application form and criteria), character generator and in the “Municipal Scene”.

The City received 10 grant applications by the extended deadline, requesting a total of $24,750. On April 8, a subcommittee A subcommittee comprising myself, Councilmembers Mitchell, Day and Dennis met to review the submitted applications and formulate its recommendation for grant award. Applications were rated based on the grant criteria. Some recommended grant awards are lower than the requested amounts (in order to stay within the budget). The National Museum of Language, Lakeland Community Heritage Project (Lakeland Heritage events) American Legion Auxiliary Park Unit 217 (College Scholarships for College Park pageant participants), Pregnancy Aid Centers, Inc. Food pantry program, College Park Woods Swim Club Senior summer day camp and Embry Center for Family Life (Lakeland All-Stars basketball program) each received $2,333. Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 298, College Park community library and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Safe Haven program each received $1500.