Community Grants Available Now

Written by Estero Bay News

September 7, 2023

The City of Morro Bay wants to break out its checkbook and donate to local worthy causes.

With some $60,000 available in “Community Grant Funding,” the City is asking for applications from non-profits that fit certain categories.

Part of this money “is to help eligible non-profits who suffered impacts from COVID-19 and programs that positively impact youth services specifically,” reads a City news release.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. There are two main categories for the grants — “community and social services” and “cultural arts.”

Under Community and Social Services the types of organizations includes

• Crisis intervention and/or centers;

• Youth services and athletics;

• Active Adult service agencies;

• Health and safety;

• Youth-serving agencies;

• Social service agencies and programs;

• Bilingual service agencies;

• Low-income service agencies;

• Homelessness; and, 

• Economic Development.

Under “Cultural Arts” eligible applicants include:

• Museums, including artistic, historical or scientific display or education;

• Performing Arts, including music and theater arts;

• Fine arts and visual arts; and,

• Projects, i.e. funding for 1-time projects designed to address a significant community need or problem. City funding shall be limited to a specific timeframe, usually not more than one year.

Applications are available on the City website, see: www.morrobayca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18000/Community-Grant-Agreement-and-Policy-FY-23-24. 

Completed applications should be emailed to the City Clerk at: cityclerk@morrobayca.gov, mailed or hand delivered to City Hall, 595 Harbor St., Morro Bay, CA 93442.

The City plans to award grants sometime in October. The City normally has around $20,000 to give away in the usual City budget. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government borrowed trillions of dollars to assist the nation in getting through the tremendous economic hit from the economy being all but shuttered for many months starting in the spring of 2020. 

Apparently with so much money available, the local municipalities are playing catch-up and still have money to give out, over a year since the official end of the pandemic.

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