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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2002
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR CITY GRANT FOR SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS
Decide whether to award a grant in the amount of $3,000 to School of Champions.
On September 11, 2002, the City Council members received an email from Ms. Libby Aubrey requesting a City grant for the School of Champions (see attached letter). 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:
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. Since the beginning of the current Fiscal Year, the City Council has awarded two additional grants: 1) SHAWL in the amount of $3,000, and 2) MAP in the amount of $2,500. Therefore, the remaining discretionary grant funding available for FY 02-03 is $1,350.
School of Champions offers free bicycle safety clinics to school children. The United States Cycling Federation (USCF) and USA Cycling governing bodies nationally certify the School of Champions coaches. School of Champions is seeking to expand its safety clinics on the Peninsula, and in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes in particular. The grant funds are being specifically sought to cover the organizationsís liability insurance costs.
As mentioned previously in this report, School of Champions has requested a grant in the amount for $3,000. First time recipients typically receive grants from the City 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), MAP ($2,500) and SHAWL ($3,000).
There are insufficient funds remaining in the City Grant program to fulfill the request. If so inclined, Council could:
1. Approve a grant equal or less than the $1,350 remaining in this fund; or,
2. Direct staff to return with a budget adjustment to increase the amount of funding available in the City Grant program for FY 02-03.
3. Deny the grant at this time, but encourage School of Champions to apply for a grant as part of the next two-year budget cycle (FY 03-04 & 04-05).
If the grant were approved by the City Council, School of Champions would be required to provide staff with proof of its status as a non-profit agency (Form 501c3) prior to receiving the funds.