City grant applications due Feb. 4

By: Stanford Hirata Chair, Roseville Grants Advisory Commission
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When city leaders sold the Roseville Community Hospital in 1993, they must have been tempted to spend the proceeds for immediate needs. There are always potholes to fill, parks to build and facilities to heat. But with a vision of helping future generations they created the Citizen’s Benefit Fund, which uses interest earnings to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Roseville. Every council since has preserved this fund, and in the past 15 years, the CBF has provided $11.5 million in grants to local nonprofit agencies for a variety of programs. CBF grants have provided food and clothing for low-income families, transportation for seniors and the disabled, mentoring and music lessons for at-risk youth, counseling for troubled families, and sponsored community concerts, art education and pet adoptions, among others. This year, CBF will fund $515,000 in competitive grants. The needs have never been greater. I am proud to chair the Roseville Grants Advisory Commission, which reviews applications for the CBF, as well as for the Roseville Automall Community Fund, the city-employee giving program and the REACH Fund. The Grants Advisory Commission recommends awards to the Roseville City Council for final approval. Grant guidelines and application forms are online at Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. Many individuals and businesses have contributed to REACH and CBF and donations are always welcome. Contact Vicki Philpott at the city manager’s office at 774-5353 for details. I hope in this centennial year that you will resolve to help however you can, and continue Roseville’s proud legacy as a community that cares.