Local leaders are preparing to help fund fall activities for local residents and visitors through the bi-annual Community Project Sponsorship Program grant.
Inyo County is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations planning programs, projects or events taking place from mid-August to Nov. 11, 2013. Applications are due at the end of this month.
The county has $20,000 worth of grant funding available in this cycle.
“This is the second year there has been $20,000 for the fall round of grants, which helps fund things like Millpond (Music Festival) and the film festival in Lone Pine,” said Inyo County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who oversees the grant process.
Later in the fall, after the county’s 2013-14 budget is finalized, it is anticipated there will be additional CPSP grant funds available for projects and events that occur during the rest of the county fiscal year (up to June 30, 2014).
“At one time, the county just made outright grants to the area chambers of commerce and the county used the spring grant program in place of handing over a chunk of money to the county,” Klusmire said, adding that he expects the upcoming spring grant to offer in the ballpark of $80,000 for local events, programs and projects.
Over the past six years, CPSP grants have provided funds to help sponsor events ranging from marathons to fishing derbies, contributed to projects as diverse as web page redesign and printing of promotional brochures, and paid for advertising that promotes local events and programs.
“The CPSP program is focused on helping local organizations promote activities and programs that bring visitors to the area, and also supports events and programs that enhance the cultural and recreational quality of life of the county’s residents,” Klusmire said.
The Program Guidelines and Grant Application forms are available online at the Inyo County website, under Community Project Sponsorship Program, at www.inyocounty.us/Comm_Proj_Spon/CPSP.htm .
The deadline for applying for the Community Project Sponsorship Fall Grant Cycle is Monday, July 29. To be considered, three copies of the completed grant application, each with an original signature, must be received by the Office of the County Administrator by 5 p.m. Monday, July 29. No postmarks or facsimile copies will be accepted. Digital grant applications, which still need original signatures, may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org  or email@example.com .
Grant applications being mailed should be sent to: Office of the County Administrator, Attn: Community Project Sponsorship Program, P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526. If hand delivering, deliver to: Office of the County Administrator, 224 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA.
Once the grant applications are in, a volunteer panel will review each applicant and determine which programs should be funded, and for what amount. The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Review Panel’s funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards toward the end of August.
“This is a really popular program,” Klusmire said. “It has spread beyond just the chambers. There are always more requests than there are funds. There was $59,000 requested last year, and there was only $20,000 available. So some got partial funding. When there are requests for three times the amount available, you just can’t give everybody everything.”
Klusmire also said that anyone who is interested in serving as a review panel volunteer, or who has questions about submitting applications, can contact him.