In a vote that won unanimous approval by the Temecula City Council, $2.2 million in City funding will be allocated to support eligible nonprofit charitable programs that benefit Temecula residents.
Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn states, "The City of Temecula is infusing an unprecedented amount into the community; it is the highest total sum ever made available by the City to nonprofit organizations during any year in Temecula's history -- and we'll do this two years in a row." Mayor Rahn adds, "These grants will come as a relief at a critical time now when inflationary concerns are an issue."
The City's annual nonprofit organization grant program entitled Community Service Funding has historically awarded up to $5,000 per nonprofit organization, for a total of $100,000 budgeted annually. This Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2022, and next Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2023, the program will be revitalized as Community Service Funding - Reinvestment in Temecula and the budgeted amount will be increased by $1 million to $1.1 million each year, for a total of $2.2 million over two years. The program will be administered by the City Manager's Office and eligible nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for a grant up to $50,000 each year to fund services or programs that serve Temecula residents.
City Manager Aaron Adams states, "Grant funds are not anticipated to be used for large capital projects, such as building improvements, but rather to pay for expenses associated with charitable goods and services that specifically benefit those who live in Temecula." Adams adds, "Local nonprofits that struggled to fundraise during past COVID-19 closures will be allowed to submit for some costs incurred throughout the pandemic beginning March 20, 2020."
The grant application will be made available on July 1, 2022, 5pm, at TemeculaCA.gov/grants. The deadline to submit is Monday, September 12, 2022. For questions about this grant, contact Betsy Lowrey, Assistant to the City Manager, at Betsy.Lowrey@TemeculaCA.gov.