Scottsdale approves grant funding for non-profits

The Scottsdale City Council approved a measure to award more than $1.1 million in grant funding for nine non-profit organizations to boost community programs and housing options.

The city will award $999,531 in Community Development Block Grant and $112,901 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding during the fiscal year that begins in July. The council will vote on another round of funding for non-profits, this time distributing funds from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Scottsdale Cares grants as well as monies from the Scottdale’s endowed and general funds, on June 16.

Every year, the city awards funds to non-profits that provide a variety of services, including educational programs, job training, health services, transportation services, child care and housing programs.

The CDBG and HOME grants, which must be used to benefit low- to moderate-income households, provide housing and disability program assistance.

Mike Phillips, Scottsdale spokesman, said non-profits wishing to be considered for funding apply each year, and the process is competitive.

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“A lot of the organizations have been around for awhile,” Phillips said. “They get funding for a year and every year is different.”

The city evaluates each agency and ranks proposals on seven scoring criteria including program description, community needs, services requested, population served, resources and presentation.

At its March 26 meeting, the Scottsdale Human Services Commission settled on how much funding it will recommend the City Council award to each non-profit.

Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, which provides work and educational services to teens and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities, is a recipient of a CDBG grant of $41,047 and applied for a $19,000 Scottsdale Cares grant. Scottsdale Cares receives voluntary donations from residents’s water bills and is used to promote development of youth and adults, as well as address crisis needs for residents.

Toby Fox, director of development for Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, said the 42-year-old organization is a return applicant and this year, funds will be used to support the agency’s vocation and employment services programs at its two campuses.

“We have a work center where participants work on job skills,” she said. “It’s designed to help participants develop job skills they need and help them maintain permanent employment.”

Fox said the funds would help about 60 residents at its north Scottsdale campus and 57 residents at its central Scottsdale campus.

“Because we’re Scottsdale based, this is a source that we’ve been really fortunate and grateful to request funding over the years,” she said. “We are very grateful to the city for considering our request and for their investment in our programs, mission and work that we do. It will have a huge difference in the community and lives they serve.”

The CDBG and HOME grant disbursements are the only ones that have been approved by the City Council. The Human Services Commission has made recommendations about how to distribute monies from the other funds. The commission has recommended that 25 non-profits receive $140,000 in Scottsdale Cares funding, $193,000 in general funds, and $185,000 in SRPMIC funds.

The Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development is being recommended by the commission as a first-time recipient for a $30,000 Scottsdale Cares grant. The non-profit, which is in its 40th year, provides transitional help with housing, rent and utilities to young adults ages 12 to 25 throughout the Valley.

Ken Lynch, spokesman for the Tumbleweed Center, said the organization works with refugee children from Central America, young adults who fled their homes or youth who aged out of group homes.

“Every kid has their unique stories, they flee abuse, neglect or domestic violence, where they feel that the best option is to just leave,” he said. “They find out very quickly that they have nowhere to go.”

Lynch said Tumble Center is applying for funding because of the organization’s growing need for housing. The organization operates three residences that house about 120 to 140 young adults most nights.

“The bigger picture is that as the Valley grows, the odds are the homeless youth population is going to grow,” he said.

Tumbleweed opened an emergency housing facility in January and aims to open a mobile passenger van service that will include a 16-foot trailer with Internet, showers and counseling services.

A total of 52 non-profits applied for 2015-2016 fiscal year grant funding.

The city plans to negotiate contracts with agencies awarded grant funding on July 1.

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