Funding for nonprofits still intact
July 24, 2009
With courthouse budgets in the black, Summit County will continue funding 14 area nonprofits.
"I wanted to make sure that midway through the year that we’re still spending on course," Summit County Manager Brian Bellamy said in an interview Wednesday.
Belt-tightening by county department heads has helped the government weather shrinking revenue streams, he explained.
"Halfway through the year, we’re still under expenditures, and we’re releasing the money (to the nonprofits,)" Bellamy said.
A total of about $167,000 could be spread among groups including Peace House, Habitat for Humanity, Recycle Utah and Summit County Friends of Animals, Bellamy explained.
The nonprofits can immediately receive payments, he said.
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"I am absolutely thrilled to hear this news," Peace House Executive Director Jane Patten said when told her group was poised to receive $20,000 from the county. "I’ve heard from quite a number of other nonprofits about their concern about whether the money would be released."
The nonprofits would have typically received the grants last winter.
"We’re into the next fiscal year and the money we get from Summit County is very important for providing our programs," Patten said in a telephone interview Friday. "I was concerned just like everybody else that it just wasn’t going to be there this year."
Meanwhile, Recycle Utah also relies on the annual funding from Summit County, Recycle Utah Executive Director Insa Riepen said.
"This money, whenever it’s going to come, it’s going to be incredibly wonderful and much needed and much awaited," Riepen said in a telephone interview Friday.
Sales of recyclables, which provide for about a third of Recycle Utah’s budget, tanked last fall, Riepen said.
"We’ve continued the level of service, accepting everything and more, but we still haven’t caught up with all of the revenue lost," she said. "All of the nonprofits are probably in the same difficult situation, meaning, we need the money that we had planned for."
Recycle Utah is in line to receive a $24,000 grant from Summit County.
"Even though we budget for it, the reality is, we never know if we get it or not," Riepen said. "We deliver service no matter what the market bears. We have continued to deliver service to the 300 cars we get per day."
Nobody has spoken publicly in favor of cutting the grants since nonprofits were notified months ago that the money might not come this year.
"It’s not as if all of us in the nonprofits take it for granted that we are going to get this monetary support," Patten said. "In this economy, I don’t take any money for granted."
The issue of funding nonprofits arose in Coalville during recent budget cuts. Bellamy’s decision this week came after the Summit County Council approved a new set of guidelines for how non-profit agencies apply for the funding.
Summit County Councilman John Hanrahan has questioned why the same nonprofits receive funding as others seem to be left out each year. Under the new policy, nonprofits must apply for grants from the county’s general fund by Oct. 1. The rules also make groups show how they spend the money, which hasn’t been required in the past.
Nonprofits that could receive grants this year include:
Recycle Utah $24,000
Park City Leadership $10,000
Peace House $20,000
Community Action $7,500
Eccles Center for the Performing Arts $10,000
Habitat for Humanity $15,000
Mountainland Resource Conservation and Development area $4,000
Park City Community Outreach Center $2,500
Green building initiative $5,000
People’s Health Clinic $30,000
Summit Wasatch Counties Children’s Justice Center $12,000
Summit County Friends of Animals $5,000
Summit Land Conservancy $8,000
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