Elk Grove to Hold Workshop on Grant Opportunities

February 9, 2014 | A special workshop will be held on Thursday, February 20 for the fiscal year 2014-15 Community Development Block...

February 9, 2014 |

A special workshop will be held on Thursday, February 20 for the fiscal year 2014-15 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Community Service Grant and Event Sponsorship Grant programs. The workshop will be held at City Hall and starts at 3 p.m.

Approximately $420,000 will be available for community service programs through the City of Elk Grove’s CDBG and CSG programs.  An estimated $175,000 will be available for event sponsorships.   

The grant amounts available reflect the grants awarded during the FY 2013-14 grant cycle.  Actual amounts awarded for FY 2014-15 are subject to City Council approval through the annual budget approval process.

Community members are encouraged to attend the workshop and provide input on what programs, services and activities are most needed in Elk Grove over the next five years.  City staff will provide technical assistance at the workshop, and provide an overview of the eligibility requirements and application process, and answer technical questions and assist applicants. 

Applications for all grant programs will be accepted through a new web-based application.   CDBG and CSG Grant applications are due on March 7 by 5 p.m. Guidelines, instructions and applications are available on the City’s website at: www.egplanning.org/housing/ngo.asp.  Special event applications are due before 5 p.m. on April 4 and are available on the City’s website at:  www.elkgrovecity.org/events/event-sponsorships.asp

The CDBG program is supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It funds public service activities that benefit low-income Elk Grove residents, and can also assist non-profits with facility improvements. Since 2003, the City has used funds to support senior and youth programs, upgrade non-profit facilities, run housing programs, and complete accessibility improvements throughout the City.

The CSG program is a local grant opportunity that funds a wide variety of activities serving Elk Grove residents. Past activities have included senior meals, food purchases for the Food Bank, and staffing support for senior and youth programs, among others. Nonprofits can apply for up to $100,000.

Event Sponsorship Grants are funded annually to provide assistance to Elk Grove-based nonprofit organizations that wish to host a special event that benefits the Elk Grove community.  Grant assistance may be provided in the form of direct funding, city facility use, in-kind services, or all of the above. 

For technical assistance or more information about the CDBG and CSG grants, contact Housing Program Manager Sarah Bontrager at 627-3209 or sbontrager@elkgrovecity.org. For questions about Event Sponsorship Grants, contact the City’s Community Events & Projects Coordinator, Kristyn Nelson at (916) 478-2206 or knelson@elkgrovecity.org

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Anonymous said...

The Elk Grove-Galt Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) needs funding so their program can last. According to news sources monies will run out at the end of next month. Last year the City of Elk Grove denied them funding and said, "City staff said the application was submitted late and volunteers are rarely called to emergencies. The program includes Galt residents, and city staff said program administrators are not willing to limit the program to Elk Grove residents." So will this be a problem again this year? Hopefully NOT!

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if a certain council member family member will be getting a community grant this year?

Sarah Johnson said...

I was involved in the original formation of the CERT program and am Level 1 certified myself. To not fund CERT is the height of stupidity and arrogance. What could be a better bargain than to have a group of trained emergency responders who also staff community events in the meantime? I do have concerns, however, because the City has no plan to cross train their staff, so I don;t have confidence in the results in a real emergency.
We are trained in basic search and rescue, and things that would allow us to help our neighbors in an emergency, how to shut off gas and water lines, etc.

Coffee Bean said...

You have to be willing to wine and dine them in order to get the mulah!

Connie said...

The first post doesn't make sense to me regarding including Galt. Last year, the Elk Grove City Council voted to give money to Galt's Food Bank.

So with a program as important as this, why not include both cities?

After all, one of the most services, and the majority of the budget, in any city is public safety. If we have programs that ensure our citizens are well educated, then why not fund it?

Not getting the rationale here.

Anonymous said...

This was from an Elk Grove Citizen article published on 7-18-2013. Reasoning behind this makes no sense to me either...


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