12/05/08

For the Record - December 5, 2008

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    Supervisor Bill Horn
    Fifth District

    For the Record

     ecember 5, 2008

    District 5 Community Projects Grants

One of the most efficient and effective ways to support non-profit organizations in North County is through our discretionary Community Projects Fund. Through the years I have welcomed requests from non-profit groups and have tried to keep the process simple, yet accountable. At any time, our office can be contacted for those seeking a Community Projects Grant through Caylin Guerin Caylin.Guerin@sdcounty.ca.gov, 619 531-5555, or in writing at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 335, San Diego, CA 92101. We ask that specifics include the amount of money requested and how the grant would be used. The County of San Diego has a fiscal monitoring system that requires written reports and receipts from grantees to ensure that the money is spent correctly.

Each year we receive many more requests for grants for worthy projects than we have funds available. However, the grants that are made often provide the difference between families staying together and splitting apart, children having a place for mentoring at a Boys & Girls Club, seniors receiving life-sustaining services, disabled children receiving medical and dental care, anti-gang measures, libraries being built, and critical support for our military warriors and their families.

In recent weeks, there has been public criticism about Community Projects Grants, including one freelance columnist who listed the projects I brought before the Board last month. He omitted the names of the recipients to “eliminate bias about the worthiness of each organization.” I think all of the non-profit organizations we have helped would take exception to that characterization and would certainly offer a different perspective. In view of that, the following detailed list gives a snap shot of where taxpayers’ money has been used to make North County a better and safer place to call home:

 

 

County Administration Center 1600 Pacific Highway San Diego, CA 92101 tel: (619) 531-5555 fax: (619) 685-2662
North County office: 325 S. Melrose Ave., Suite 5200, Vista, CA 92081 tel: (760) 806-2400 fax: (760) 806-2404

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