SUPERVISORS APPROVE GRANT PROGRAM REQUEST
On March 25, 2013 the Board of Supervisors (BOS) was asked to support the Community Economic Development Committee’s (CEDAC) plan to bring external grant money into El Dorado County (EDC) in support of various processes and ac- tions, specifically those required in the General Plan (GP). Many of those requirements are being undertaken and often funded individually and/or by networks of volunteers.
The CEDAC goal was two-fold: (1) To fund the services of a professional grant firm to locate, apply for and administer available grants that EDC qualifies for, from both the private and public sectors; and (2) To fuel the volunteers who bring tourism, economic vitality and positive economic attention to our community via established and successful contributions of their time, talents and financial support. The BOS was asked to recognize that the efforts of volunteers have contributed significantly in reducing the amount of money required that would otherwise have used EDC General Fund resources. The plan presented included examples of numerous jurisdictions that have increased economic opportunities and grown their jurisdictions’ General Funds and by using the methods under consideration here.
Following a CEDAC presentation that recapped the Land Use Policy Programmatic Update (LUPPU) process and grant program details, testimony was provided from numerous members of the public who sought BOS approval of the CEDAC sponsored plan. Finally, after also hearing support for the plan from the County Administrative Office (CAO) who had re- viewed the request and found that funds were available, the BOS voted 4-0 (Santiago absent) to approve the CEDAC- proposed grant process plan.
The approved plan included the request to make $5,000 available to each of those areas choosing to undergo the design review/identification process, as directed in the General Plan. Some funding will also be made available to support the activities of proven community groups working on behalf of the county, in support of effective economic development, called “Tom Sawyer” grants. Criteria for the detailed grant funding processes will be developed and brought back to the BOS for final approval, prior to actual funding taking place.