Goleta Offers Funding for Community Grants
updated: Apr 23, 2014, 8:49 AM
Source: City of Goleta
The City of Goleta's community grant program has gotten a makeover and the results are significant. The
City has traditionally offered its Community Project Grant Program, giving away between $20,000-$30,000
annually. The Council recently supported a complete overhaul of the program and increased the pot of
funding to $71,000.
"There are many organizations that provide amazing services to our community and it's clear they need our
support to continue filling these needs," said Mayor Michael T. Bennett. "I'm thankful that we are able to
allocate additional funds to provide even more support through a broader grant program."
The new program, renamed Goleta City Grant Program, is now accepting applications for services,
programs and events that enrich the lives of Goleta residents. The application period runs through May 19
and provides the opportunity for grants of up to $3,500. The City Council is expected to consider grant
recommendations in June for funding which will be awarded in the next fiscal year beginning in July 2014.
The City of Goleta invites non-profit organizations to apply for the program and continue to help our
community thrive. Projects and programs eligible to apply for funding include:
Civic projects or services sponsored by Goleta community organizations
Public services such as senior services, youth programs and health services.
Cultural activities, such as music, art, dance, and recreation
Goleta-oriented special events
Regional projects that are a benefit to Goleta
Previous grant recipients include a variety of organizations including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL),
Food From the Heart and PathPoint, among others. With the last year's grant funding, the ADL was able to
offer No Place for Hate, an initiative that supports education to fight bullying, intolerance and bigotry in
students and adults. The funding they received also supported the first annual Diversity Day at Girsh Park.
Food From the Heart used its grant to continue delivering nutritious meals weekly to 200 homebound and
ill clients and their caregivers. These families shared the relief in not having to worry about preparing daily
meals. One recipient said, "We will forever be grateful for the wonderful food and inspiration you provided
due to our need."
PathPoint is another previous grant recipient. PathPoint provides quality support services for people with
disabilities or disadvantages, and has been awarded grants for the past five years through the Community
Project Grant Program (now the Goleta City Grant Program.) Last year PathPoint helped 36 disabled or
disadvantaged people become employed as a direct result of Goleta's grant funding.
"[The City's] contribution truly makes a difference for low-income people with special needs living and
working in the Goleta area," said Cynthia S. Burton, President/CEO of PathPoint.
Application forms can be downloaded at www.cityofgoleta.org or may be picked up at Goleta City Hall, 130
Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117. Questions regarding the program should be directed to Claudia
Dato at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 961-7554.
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