At its regular Wednesday meeting last week, Bloomington’s city council approved a total of $339,000 in grants, to 28 different projects for which local non-profits had requested funding.
The funding is described by the city as supporting projects that “make a difference in the lives of city residents in need.”
The annual allocation of social services funding has been made since 1993. Counting this year, about $5.8 million has been awarded, compared to around $12 million that has been requested.
This year, a total of $563,516 was requested for 32 different projects.
The top five awards were to: St. Vincent de Paul for a utility assistance program ($30,000); Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington for accessibility improvements for Crestmont youth with disabilities ($23,005); Monroe County United Ministries to pay for a new service van ($23,000); Indiana Recovery Alliance to pay for a syringe service program coordinator position ($21,600); and HealthNet Inc. to pay for rent ($20,875).
This year’s $7,500 award to Planned Parenthood drew objection during the meeting’s public comment time, because the nonprofit also provides abortion services. This year’s Jack Hopkins award is to fund the contraceptives for the non-profit’s safety net family planning services. Continue reading “Bloomington awards $330K in socials services funds, Jack Hopkins total now $5.8 million since 1993”