Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

DATE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2002

SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR CITY GRANT FOR M.A.P.

RECOMMENDATION

Award a grant in the amount of $2,500 to M.A.P. (Mothers Advocating Prevention).

BACKGROUND

On August 8, 2002, the City Council members received an email from Ms. Julie Brown representing Mothers Advocating Prevention (MAP) for a City grant (see attached email). Councilman Clark asked that the item be agendized for consideration by the Council.

As part of the annual City Budget, the Council has funded grants for non-profit agencies in the South Bay area. The following chart indicates the twelve organizations and their grant amounts that the City has made as part of the current FY 02-03 budget:

ORGANIZATION

FY 02-03 Funding Level

Community Helpline

$3,250

Dance Peninsula

$1,500

Harbor Free Clinic

$4,000

Palos Verdes Symphonic Band

$1,000

Peninsula Pet Rescue

$1,500

Peninsula Seniors

$8,040

Peninsula Symphony

$1,500

Peninsula Chamber Orchestra

$1,500

Shakespeare by the Sea

$1,200

South Bay Chamber Music Society

$1,000

South Bay Family Health Care

$3,000

South Bay Youth Project

$12,600

TOTAL:

$27,490

In addition to the designated grant recipients listed above, the City Budget also includes $6,850 for other grants as determined by the City Council throughout the year. On July 2, 2002, the City Council awarded a grant to S.H.A.W.L. in the amount of $3,000, thus reducing the remaining discretionary grant funding remaining for FY 02-03 to $3,850.

DISCUSSION

For the last five years, Mothers Advocating Prevention (MAP) has been working with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District to educate children from kindergarten to seventh grade on how to avoid becoming victims of kidnapping and sexual abuse, as well as what to do if they ever become separated from their parents. Founded by five Peninsula women, MAP is a pilot organization operating under the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is currently the only program of its type in the United States. During the 200/2002 school year, MAP presented the program is over half of the Peninsula’s public schools and plans to expand the program during the upcoming 2002/2003 school year will be available to all elementary and intermediate schools in the PVPUSD. MAP also plans to expand the program to the high schools in the future. Additionally, at their election, the program can be made available to private schools on the Peninsula.

MAP has requested a grant in the amount for $2,5000 from the City. First time grant recipients typically receive grants in the amount of $1,000 to $3,000. Recent examples of this include Shakespeare by the Sea ($1,000), South Bay Chamber Music Society ($1,000), Dance Peninsula Ballet ($1,500), Peninsula Chamber Orchestra ($1,500) and SHAWL ($3,000). Given the amount of initial support provided to these organizations, staff recommends that the Council award a $2,500 grant to MAP. In addition to receiving a grant during the current fiscal year, MAP would have the ability to apply for another grant as part of the next two-year budget cycle (FY 03-04 & 03-04). If the grant were approved by the City Council, MAP would be required to provide staff with proof of its status as a non-profit agency prior to receiving the funds.

FISCAL IMPACT

There are sufficient unencumbered funds available in the City Grant program to fulfill the request.

Respectfully submitted:
Carolynn Petru
Assistant City Manager

Reviewed:
Les Evans
City Manager