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Community groups earn city grants

CARLSBAD — City Council awarded grants totaling $40,000 as part of the Community Activity Grants program, designed to support groups that enhance the quality of life for Carlsbad residents and visitors.
In all, the council awarded grants to nine groups. The city received 12 applications, seeking $107,000, during this fall’s application period. Funding for the grants comes from the interest generated by a $1 million fund set aside by the City Council.
This year’s grants included $5,000 to Assistance League North Coast, $500 for Carlsbad Boy Scout Troop 748, $4,000 to Carlsbad Educational Foundation, $11,000 to
Carlsbad Explorers, $2,500 to Carlsbad Softball Association Junior Umpire Program, $3,500 to the Carlsbad Village Business Association, $5,000 to the Community Resource Center, $3,500 for the Mitchell Thorp Foundation and $5,000 for Phoenix House San Diego.
The grants are designed to provide enrichment programs for community members and are targeted at groups that are not eligible for funding under other city-administered programs, such as Community Development Block Grants.
The application deadline for this year’s Community Activity Grants was Sept. 30, and applications were reviewed by the citizens’ committee in October and November.
The 2010 grant applications will be available in September 2010. For more information about the Community Activity Grant program, contact Judi Vincent in the city’s Finance Department at (760) 602-2430.