Inyo County, in an effort to bolster the local economy, is handing out $20,000 to various community organizations to help fund local events and draw visitors to the area.
For the fall 2013-14 Advertising County Resources grant cycle, the county is funding six different programs that were reviewed and recommended by a volunteer panel. The projects range from the 2013 Millpond Music Festival and the Lone Pine Film Festival, to a guide to easy hikes in Inyo County.
Inyo County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who oversees the grant application review process, said there were a total of 15 applicants requesting more than $71,000.
Klusmire said that each proposal was considered, but, unfortunately, the county could only afford to fund $20,000 worth of grants, and some applications had to be outright rejected, while others had to be approved with a lower level of funding.
This year, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved a $6,000 grant to the Southern Inyo Community Foundation for the 2013 Lone Pine Film Festival. The Foundation requested a total of $9,400.
(Read more in the Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)