Pitco: Grants not guaranteed | AspenTimes.com

Pitco: Grants not guaranteed

Joel Stonington

Organizations that have received grants from Pitkin County’s Health and Human Services/Community Nonprofit Fund should not come to depend on that money, officials say. Discussion Tuesday between the grant review committee and the Pitkin County commissioners made it clear organizations that received grants in the past are not entitled to special consideration, even ones that have come to depend on that money.In 2005, Pitkin County used the fund to contribute $736,399 to 42 service agencies and nonprofits, after kicking in $200,400 in 2004 emergency funding to 10 health and human-services organizations that lost federal and state support.Some agencies relied on the grants for up to 25 percent of their operating budgets, said Nan Sundeen, the county’s human resources director. “This board will support reducing grants to those agencies that are not performing,” Commissioner Mick Ireland said. “There is no entitlement.”Ireland said he did not believe the nordic club or public access television should receive grants from the fund. The property tax supporting the fund expires in 2006, though grants will be given this year. The Citizen Grant Review Committee and the commissioners also discussed how the fund is meeting or failing expectations, how the county should prioritize funding to nonprofits, and what the county should do in terms of nonprofit funding in the future.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com

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