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Fewer Carbondale grant dollars to go around this year

John Stroud
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Carbondale town trustees were in a pre-Thanksgiving giving mood Tuesday night, even though the town is working with about $11,000 less than last year to put toward 2010 community grant requests.

Trustees went through a list of nearly $150,000 in community requests from a variety of organizations, for which about $55,000 has been set aside in the town’s draft 2010 budget.

The board agreed to $43,900 in grants to 24 different organizations related to youth services, health/social services, the environment, arts, recreation and economic development. That leaves $11,000 in a contingency fund to consider requests that came in after the deadline, or over the course of the coming year.

Grants are subject to final approval as part of Carbondale’s 2010 budget adoption, scheduled for the regular Dec. 8 town board meeting.

Although need is up for many nonprofit and human service agencies, several organizations that received town grants this year did not apply for renewed funding, town manager Tom Baker said.

That’s possibly due to the fact that they knew town revenues were down, and that less money would be available for grants this coming year, he said.

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Several organizations receive funding from the town’s Recreation Fund for specific events and ongoing activities, such as the 5 Points Film Festival, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, KDNK and the Mount Sopris Nordic Council, which was taken into consideration for the separate general fund grant requests.

Access Roaring Fork, which is working to develop a variety of after-school programs for middle-school age students, is also set to receive about $36,500 from other town funds, as is YouthZone, which has requested $10,000 in town funding for its youth-related programs.

The housing advocacy group Mountain Regional Housing Corporation is also budgeted to receive $50,000 separately from the town’s affordable housing fund.

jstroud@postindependent.com

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