Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

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

RECOMMENDATION

Decide whether to award a grant in the amount of $3,000 to School of Champions.

BACKGROUND

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:

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. 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.

DISCUSSION

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).

FISCAL IMPACT/ALTERNATIVES

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).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

Respectfully submitted:
Carolynn Petru
Assistant City Manager

Reviewed:
Les Evans
City Manager