Kodiak Daily Mirror - Assembly ups nonprofit contributions for fiscal 2015
  
Assembly ups nonprofit contributions for fiscal 2015
by Peter J Mladineo
Jun 10, 2014 | 133 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly upped its overall nonprofit contribution recommendations for fiscal 2015.

This was contrary to a report in the June 2 story in the Mirror, in which it was reported erroneously that the Borough was cutting $100,000 from nonprofit grants for the coming fiscal year.

The nonprofit funding committee recommended overall funding of $409,500 for nonprofits in fiscal year 2015, with approximately $10,500 of that amount left in contingencies. It gave $398,000 to nonprofits in fiscal 2014.

To clarify, what the assembly reduced was the amount of money requested from nonprofits, not the overall nonprofit funding per se.

The borough, which approved a $33.99 million fiscal 2015 budget on Thursday, had received applications for roughly $100,000 more than it had budgeted.

“We had to review those applications and look at them and cut money out of the requests,” Austerman told the panel.

“If this budget passes tonight we will be funding nonprofits with more money than we have ever funded them before,” she said, prior to the 6-0 vote by the assembly was recorded on the overall budget.

The borough declined grants to several nonprofits in the area, citing stricter accountability standards and more rigid application rules.

“We do not automatically give a nonprofit money just because (it) got it last year,” Austerman said.

“I think that requiring people to provide a complete application has to be a hallmark of what we do, because if you can’t provide us the info that’s required in the application, then we’re automatically concerned about how you would spend that money,” she added.

Here is a breakdown of the nonprofit funding recommendations made by the assembly:

• Brother Francis Shelter: $70,000

• Hope Community Resources: $5,500

• Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak: $20,000

• Island Trails Network requested: $9,586

• Kodiak Arts Council: $16,500

• Kodiak Community Health Center: $20,000

• Kodiak Island Food Bank: $45,120

• Kodiak Soil & Water Conservation District: $7,300

• Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center: $60,000

• Marian Center Inc.: $5,000

• Providence Kodiak Island Counseling Center: $25,000

• Senior Citizens of Kodiak: $45,000

• Kodiak Historical Society: $9,945

• Kodiak Area Transit System: $25,000

Organizations that had their funding requests denied because of incomplete information on applications:

• Humane Society of Kodiak: $0 ($6,000 requested)

• Kodiak Head Start requested: $0 ($9,000 requested)

• Salvation Army of Kodiak: $0 ($10,000 requested)

• Threshold Services, Inc.: $0 ($10,300 requested)

• Kodiak Maritime Museum: $0 ($10,391 requested)

• American Red Cross requested: $0 ($7,101 requested)

These organizations were denied funding because of late applications:

• Kodiak Girl Scouts: ($1,000 requested)

• Kodiak Area Special Olympics: ($7,500 requested)

These organizations saw their requests reduced:

• Alutiiq Heritage Foundation ($19,041 approved from $24,348 requested)

• Kodiak Area Native Association ($6,000 approved from $12,000 requested)

• Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation ($10,000 approved from $15,000 requested)

The borough heard public comments from several of these groups asking the assembly to reconsider.

Austerman said borough help in completing applications was available for nonprofits before the deadline.

“We offered as much help as possible to everyone to make it be as seamless and easy as it could be,” she said.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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