Nearly all groups receive grant funding from city

SOLANA BEACH — Thanks to the generosity of Santa Fe Christian Schools, the city was able to fund nearly all requests for its annual Community Grant Program. 

At the Dec. 12 meeting, council members allocated $15,000 to six of the eight organizations that applied for funding assistance.

The Community Resource Center asked for and was awarded, for the third consecutive year, $5,000 for its Holiday Baskets Program that provides food, clothing, blankets and toys to low-income North County residents.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito sought $3,500 but received $3,380 for a community organic garden at the La Colonia Park branch.

The Center for Academic & Social Advancement, a first-time applicant, was granted $2,500 of the $4,000 it sought for computers and desks for its twice-weekly La Clase Magica afterschool program at La Colonia Park that serves youngsters from preschool through grade six.

Another $2,000 was given to The St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program, which sought $5,000 to start five diabetes patients on an insulin regimen.

Council awarded Kids Korps USA with $1,000 of the $5,000 that organization was seeking to offset expenses such as staff, supplies and transportation for its eighth annual summer camp at La Colonia Park.

The final $1,120 went to the Earl Warren Middle School Parent/Teacher/Student Association, another first-time program participant, for a generator to power lights for added security at various locations on the campus.

The group requested twice that amount for two generators. Mayor Mike Nichols said the organization committed to funding the second generator if the city could at least buy one.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to help them out,” Nichols said, adding that the PTSA tried fundraising but parents preferred to donate money for in-class supplies.

Last year, Steve Kuptz, Santa Fe Christian’s chief financial officer, was at a council meeting for a different issue when he heard the grant requests from various organizations and offered to help those serving Eden Gardens.

Since then the city and school have created a partnership to help nonprofit organizations that serve that community.

This year the school agreed to provide $4,000 to Kids Korps — $1,600 of in-kind bus transportation and $2,400 in direct financial support — and $3,000 to The St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program.

Those donations fulfilled the requests of both organizations. Santa Fe Christian also offered to fully fund a $3,250 request from La Colonia de Eden Gardens for a summer leadership camp.

North Coast Repertory Theatre requested $5,000 for a youth production about the Holocaust. Council members suggested seeking funding from the Public Arts Advisory Commission, as it had done successfully last year.

Council unanimously agreed to the allocations, which represented the list of recommendations submitted of new member David Zito.

“You don’t get a prize but you really helped us move this along,” Nichols said.

Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, and the city each contribute $5,000 to the Community Grants Program that started in 2004.



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