Rotary gave grants last Tuesday
May 15, 2009
It required digging deep, but the Park City Rotary Club continued its tradition of giving about $14,000 in grants to local non-profit groups.
Like every other organization, the Rotary’s budget is a little less this year, and unfortunately the last Miner’s Day celebration earned less than expected.
"It was miserable no one wanted to buy beer, they wanted hot chocolate," said Insa Riepen, head of the grant committee.
But with some extra donations and a little from the Rainy Day Fund, the club was able to hand out the same amount of money as last year, said club president Joe Cronley.
"We can’t skimp on our non-profits this year, it’s when they need them most," he said.
The club has given the grants for more than 15 years to support Park City’s non-profits. Recipients ranged from the arts, to health care to animals. Every year the board chooses to support youth programs like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. It also tries to prioritize organizations that won’t receive significant funding from elsewhere, he said.
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The committee involving Riepen, Nann Worrell, Trisha Worthington and Brad Olch, makes recommendations for grant amounts and the final decisions are made by the board, Riepen explained.
Almost $23,000 was requested from the club, but only $14,000 was available, so some requests were fully funded, others were partially funded.
"Ultimately we came to the right decision. We would have no matter what because we had a lot of input," Cronley said.
The recipients in alphabetical order are Arts-Kids, Friends of Animals Utah, Girl Scouts of Utah, Boy Scouts of America, Holy Cross Ministries, KPCW, McPolin Elementary, Mountain Town Stages, National Ability Center, Park City High School, Park City Municipal Corporation, Park City Museum, Park City Performing Arts Foundation, Park City/Summit County Arts Council, Park Silly Sunday Market, People’s Health Clinic, Recycle Utah, Rosie’s Car seats for Kids, Swaner EcoCenter and the Wildlife Protection Society.
The club supports such a variety of efforts because they are passionate about the entire Park City community, Cronley said. The grants are meant to support everyone who makes Park City a great place to live, work and play, he said.