Chico Selects Grant Recipients for Youth Program Funding – Chico Enterprise-Record
CHICO – The town of Chico put $ 150,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding on the table for local organizations that reach out to young people, with four local groups selected and confirmed on Tuesday night.
Seven groups applied for the funding, which consisted of providing the city with a plan on how it would be spent and how much would be needed.
Chico’s Deputy City Manager Jennifer Macarthy said the organization selection process consisted of a scoring system to help determine how far funding could go.
“We looked at programs that were already in place and had a high success rate,” Macarthy said.
The Boys and Girls Club received $ 75,000, the highest amount awarded. This was followed by the Salvation Army who received $ 50,000. Girls on the Run received $ 17,201 and the North State Composite Mountain Bike Team received $ 7,799.
“I can say that these four organizations have done an amazing job of meeting the needs of the young people in our community and really helping to deal with the impacts COVID-19 has had on them,” Macarthy said.
Kelly Haight, team director for the North State Composite Mountain Bike Team, expressed her gratitude for the funding.
“This grant has been very well organized,” said Haight. “(The city) was very helpful and the column was fantastic. I want to thank the board and the people who wrote down the headings and for the board who approved all four of us for this grant. We are doing good things for these kids on the trails and I cannot express my gratitude enough.
Salvation Army Jeff Boyd also spoke at the meeting to discuss fundraising.
“The process was very streamlined and efficient,” Boyd said. “There was a very simple interface. “
The majority of public comments on the matter were positive and in favor of funding the grant. Resident Nicole Nava praised the grant, but also expressed concerns about the dollar amount, adding that she believed there could have been more money for programs rather than for projects such than the modernization of the cycle path that the city has planned.
“I have to say that I prefer it when it goes to local entities that are not out of the region because they have other sources of income,” Nava said.
Councilor Kasey Reynolds thanked staff for moving the application process forward.
“Thanks to the staff for doing a great job on this and bringing it back to us and being flexible, which the government isn’t always able to do very well,” Reynolds said.
ARPA money is distributed by the federal government and comes with a series of rules and regulations on how it can be used. Similar to the Community Development Grant, ARPA money can be used to help underserved members of the public, but with a link to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although ARPA funding goes to cities and counties, it is not considered part of the municipal general fund because it is locked in and can only be used in certain situations.
Those streaming the meeting or watching it through Channel 7 may have noticed technical issues such as freezing, lagging, and crashing of some screens.
The council was at one point informed by staff that Zoom, the app used by the city for non-in-person meetings, was having issues nationwide.
Two items were exchanged due to poor Zoom and Internet connection and delivered broken.
Chico City Council primarily meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 421 Main Street. Meetings are free and open to the public. The board opted for Zoom meetings because of California’s mask mandate.