Harrisonburg City To Lay Out Potential Funding for Nonprofit Organizations

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

City of Harrisonburg staff will lay out the potential funding for several nonprofit organizations in the area.

Several nonprofit organizations previously applied for a grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Nine organizations requested a total of $137,000 in Community Development Block Grants but staff from the City of Harrisonburg recommend to fund only $66,075.

According to the City of Harrisonburg Draft Funding Recommendations, out of the nine organizations four will receive their original request, one will receive just a third of what its asking for and four others will not receive any funding.

Our Community Place is one of the organizations that may not get any funding, if the City Council approves the current draft.

OCP Treasurer Jonathan Schrag said if the group does not receive funding, members will host more fundraisers or find other sources of funding.

"I think Our Community Place is a place that always has been creative and full of new ideas so at some level I think, we'll keep doing what we're doing," said Schrag.

According to Schrag, the organization requested nearly $19,000 to provide healthier meals for the people they serve.

"Our meals are healthy as they are but being able to always have fresh fruit and vegetables even in the winter when sometimes we don't have as many donations [will be better]," said Schrag.

He said this would make up 8 percent of the organization's budget for the year 2013 to 2014.

Ruth Jost who attended the Second Saturday Night Out Fundraiser on Saturday said this organization provides many services for the community.

"I think a lot of people who are struggling have a hard time going in and dealing with agencies, organizations and government offices. They get discouraged a lot of times and OCP just feels like a place that feels welcoming," said Jost.

She said she would try to attend more fundraisers if this would help OCP meet its goals.

"I think we would try to support them more, the problem is that there are a lot of things out there that need more support and that are being cut so it's a hard thing to figure out," said Jost.

The city will lay out its proposal for CDBG funding, which amounts to nearly $467,000.

There will also be a public hearing to see which programs neighbors think should be funded.

The city council will approve the budget for nonprofit organizations in April.

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