Council awards grants to arts, civics groups

ENCINITAS — At Wednesday night’s meeting, City Council allocated $150,000 in grants to arts and civics groups as part of the city of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program. 

Nearly $75,000 came from the city’s general fund, with a matching donation from the local Mizel Family Foundation.

Of the $150,000, a panel made up of city commissioners recommended where $141,600 should go prior to the council meeting, and councilmembers awarded the remaining $8,400.

Several groups made their case to council.

“I would ask for your support to help these kids continue their music program,” said Ken Harrison, who was among the supporters for the Ada Harris Wildcat Band.

Harrison added that after state budget cuts, parents stepped up to fund the program, but they still need some help.

The Ada Harris Wildcat Band received $2,000 to the delight of supporters.

As well as the band, the Encinitas Community Emergency Response Team was given $2,000.

Scrumptious Schoolyards, a garden program at Cardiff Elementary, got $1,500. Additionally, $2,000 went toward playground equipment at Park Dale Lane elementary and the Rob Machado Foundation received $900.

The vote to allocate the grants was 4-0. Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar recused herself because she served on several of the boards that were seeking funds.

This year, 59 groups applied for grants, an increase of three from the prior year. However, not all of the groups received funding.

In 2009, the Mizel Family Foundation began matching the city’s grant.


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