City grant applications due Feb. 4

Applicants encouraged to attend Jan. 13 workshop
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Grant guidelines and application forms for the city’s three grant programs are now available. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the City Manager’s office, Civic Center, 311 Vernon St., Roseville, CA, 95678. Eligibility criteria, application forms and other information about grants from the Citizens’ Benefit Fund, the Roseville Automall Community Fund and the Roseville Employees Annual Charitable Hearts Fund (REACH) are available online at the city’s Web site, and from the City Manager’s office at the Roseville Civic Center. Any non-profit agency interested in submitting a grant application is encouraged to attend a Grants Advisory Commission Applicant Workshop at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the City Council Chambers, 311 Vernon St. At the workshop, Commission members and city staff will review eligibility requirements, application form, process and timeline and answer questions. For the 2009-10 funding cycle, up to $615,000 will be available through a competitive grant process, including $515,000 through the Citizens’ Benefit Fund, $25,000 from the Roseville Automall Community Fund and $75,000 through the REACH Fund. The Roseville Grants Advisory Commission reviews applications for all three funds and recommends awards to the Roseville City Council for final approval. Each grant program has different eligibility requirements and agencies can apply for grants from all sources for which they qualify. Applicants must submit one original application plus nine copies. Postmarks are not acceptable as a substitute for delivery by the deadline and no faxes or e-mails will be accepted. The Citizens’ Benefit Fund was created in 1993 with proceeds from the sale of the Roseville Community Hospital. The funds were deposited in an interest-bearing account and up to 90 percent of the interest earned is available each year to nonprofit organizations to “improve the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Roseville.” Since 1994, nearly $11.5 million has been awarded to agencies that provide a variety of health and social services, cultural and educational programs serving Roseville citizens. The Roseville Automall Community Fund was created in September 2005 when the city council accepted the first of five annual donations from the Roseville Automall Association to benefit community agencies serving youth, families and seniors in Placer County. The REACH Fund was created in 2003 to receive donations from city employees as part of the city’s annual giving campaign. Roseville employees, retirees and local businesses contribute to the REACH Fund, which provides grants to nonprofit agencies serving youth, families and seniors in Placer County.