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News Commissioners disburse funding pool

Twelve out of 17 non-profits receive community funds.

Each year, the Macon County Board of Commissioners sets aside $50,000 in a community funding pool to be distributed to local non-profit organizations whose purpose is to help members of the community. Commissioners formed a task force charged with the task of reviewing the funding pool applications and distributing the money.

While the community funding pool was established to help the Macon County Board of Commissioners allocate tax-generated funds to local non-profits in a fair and efficient way, the Macon County Community Funding Pool (CFP) Task Force is comprised of citizens chosen by the board of commissioners to consider applications and make recommendations to the board, who make the final funding decisions.

This year, Macon County received 17 grant requests totaling $114,588. Of the 17 organizations that applied for funding, 12 were granted either all, or part, of their request.

Local non-profit organizations may apply for county funds through the CFP. The funding cycle is based on the county's fiscal year and applications are due by July 30 of each year.

Organizations applying for CFP funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, a mission statement, organization goals and objectives, program descriptions and board/staff roster.

According to Karen Wallace, member of the CFP task force, 12 out of 17 organizations were identified as meeting the criteria set forth by the board to be eligible for funding pool funds. The five organizations who were not recommended to commissioners to receive funding did not meet the requirements and the intent of the CFP, explained Wallace.

After identifying the 12 organizations eligible for funding, the CFP used a carefully constructed formula to evaluate the organization's funding request to develop the actual amount the organization would receive.

Wallace informed commissioners that, as in years past, two organizations, REACH of Macon County and KIDS Place, received the full amounts requested because of the services they provide to the community.

“Like we have done before, we decided to give REACH and KIDS Place the full amount requested, which was $10,000 because we think the services they provide the community are invaluable,” said Wallace.

The CFP's funding formula was used to determine the amounts the remaining 10 organizations would receive this year. Receiving funds were:

  • Angel Medical Center requested $1,500 for its educational program, Ladies Night Out, and received $577.40.
  • The Arts Council of Macon County originally requested $6,000 and was awarded $3,402.70.
  • The Community Care Clinic of Highlands and Cashiers requested $8,000 and was awarded $3,764.12.
  • Highlands Community Child Development requested $10,000 from the CFP and received $5,436.09.
  • Literacy Council of Highlands requested $8,000 and received $3,640.71.
  • Macon County CareNet requested $9,050 from the county and was given $3,536.84.
  • Macon Program for Progress requested $10,000 in funds and was given $5,112.86.
  • Mountain Mediation Services requested $6,000 and was awarded $2,838.52.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness requested $1,200 and was given $610.90.
  • Read2Me requested $2,500 and was given $1,079.

The five organizations requesting funds which were not awarded, are Franklin Covenant Child Care, Highlands- Cashiers Land Trust, Peggy Crosby Community Service Center, Scottish Tartans Museum, and Smoky Muntain Pregnancy Care Center.

On behalf of the CFP Task Force, Wallace urged commissioners to increase the county's allocation to community nonprofits, as the $50,000 has not been increased in years. “I know we all hope that the county commissioners will consider providing more funding next year so that we can help non-profit organizations better meet the needs of the citizens of Macon County,” said Wallace.


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