Arts and cultural grant applications are currently being accepted by the San Marcos Community Foundation
SAN MARCOS – The San Marcos Community Foundation (Foundation) has $5,500 to award under the City of San Marcos Arts and Cultural Grant Program for various projects or programs that meet the granting criteria of enhancing arts or cultural programming in San Marcos.
Interested applicants may apply now through April 15 for consideration. Grants from the Arts and Culture Grant Program are provided annually. Application details are online at www.sanmarcoscommunityfoundation.org under “grants.”
Beginning in 2009, the Foundation has granted monies—provided by interest generated on the City’s public art in-lieu fees collected from new development projects—to established non-profits for artistic and cultural events and/or activities that benefit the general San Marcos community. Arts and Culture grantee organizations are all led by local San Marcos residents, business owners, or workers.
The San Marcos Community Foundation oversees granting of monies from two sources: earnings from a $1.1M endowment and a special wildlife fund. The City of San Marcos City Council also tasked the San Marcos Community Foundation with administering the City of San Marcos’s annual Arts and Cultural Grants program. Foundation board members are appointed by the San Marcos City Council. Grants are made throughout the year to benefit a wide range of services for all age groups, for low-income persons, for health and wellness, children and youth sports, and education and culture, and more.
Since awarding its first set of grants in 1988, the Foundation has provided nearly $1.1 million to non-profit organizations serving San Marcos. The original granting program was established in 1988 when a $1 million endowment was given to the City of San Marcos by North County Resource Recovery Associates as part of a development agreement for a trash-to-energy plant. While the plant never came to fruition, the City retained the endowment under the agreement.
For more information about the San Marcos Community Foundation, please contact Wendy Kaserman at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3125 or visit www.sanmarcoscommunityfoundation.org.
City secures $26M in grants; first project approved
— After years of inactivity because of the economy and the demise of redevelopment agencies, there’s new momentum this year behind plans to create a large shopping and housing district on a 217-acre flood plain in the heart of San Marcos.
City officials recently secured $26 million in federal and state grants needed for $47 million in infrastructure work aimed at making the mostly empty area more appealing to developers.
That work is expected to begin in fall 2016 and conclude two years later, said Mike Edwards, the city’s director of public works.
The San Elijo Hills Foundation is seeking members from the community to serve on the Foundation’s Board. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual eager to assist the Foundation in working to enhance the quality of community life in San Elijo Hills.
Board positions are open to homeowners, Town Center merchants and other community stakeholders who can attend monthly board meetings in the San Elijo Visitor Center, assist with the Foundation’s fundraising activities and positively represent the Foundation at community functions.
The San Elijo Hills Foundation is a 501c(3)nonprofit organization formed in 2004 by the San Elijo Hills Development Company. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance and support projects that improve the quality of life in the San Elijo Hills community. Past projects include funding the cost and installation of the San Elijo Park Shade Structure and granting funds to assist the start-up of new community sports programs.
If you would like more information about the Foundation and are interested in becoming a volunteer board member, please contact Kimberly Perez at 760-798-9015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2010. You may also review the Foundation’s bylaws by going to sanelijohills.net/ Library/ Foundation.
The San Marcos Community Foundation is accepting grant requests now through November 3 for monies from the newly established “Wildlife Fund.” There is currently $9,000 available for grant making from that fund. Grants can be made to any non-profit organization serving San Marcos for projects to help with wildlife education or preservation.
The special fund was established in March 2010 following a surge of interest in “Molly the Owl,” a barn owl that nested in the San Marcos backyard of Carlos and Donna Royal. Molly subsequently had several owlets hatch on a live Web stream set up by the Royals. More than a million viewers from around the world have watched the coverage.
Following the coverage, the Royals began receiving several donations, which they generously diverted to the San Marcos Community Foundation. The foundation established the Wildlife Fund in order to ensure that the monies generated in response to Molly the Owl would go back into wildlife preservation and education in San Marcos.
“We are grateful to the Royal family for thinking of the community in this way,” explained Colleen Lukoff, president of the San Marcos Community Foundation. “They have done a wonderful job of educating millions of people around the world about wildlife, literally right from their own backyard.”
For more detailed information about the grant process, or to request an application, please contact Andrea Rouse at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3116 or email@example.com
About the San Marcos Community Foundation: Since awarding its first set of grants in 1988, the Foundation has provided more than $918,000 to non-profit organizations serving San Marcos. The Foundation acts as a non-profit public benefits corporation to provide financial and other assistance to programs that benefit the City of San Marcos. Such programs include senior programs, children and youth sports, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, day care for pre-school and latch-key children and support for cultural events or institutions within the City of San Marcos.