Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

Nonprofits in Macon County submitted applications to the Franklin town board on Tuesday night, seeking funds from the town’s nonprofit funding pool. The town of Franklin allocates $40,000 each year for non-profits operating within the city limits and this year had a total of 14 groups apply for grant funds for a total request of $57,733.

The town board of Aldermen adopted set requirements for the funding pool applications including that all applicants must be a non-profit, that funding will not be given on a reoccurring basis, all funds must be spent within the fiscal year it is granted.

Arts Council

Amount  Requested: $3,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to pay artists fees, production and promotion costs. Funding is used for programs and concerts provided by the Arts Council.

Noted: Town funding is essential to the program because the North Carolina Arts Council tracks municipal support of local arts councils and leverages it into increased state funding.

Boy Scouts of America

Amount  Requested: $1,000

One time or reoccurring request: One time request

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used at Lumpkin Adventure Base. Funds will be used to purchase six additional Frisbee Golf holes. Funding will also be used to build a human foosball court.

Noted: The Lumpkin Adventure Camp is a 117 acre property that is owned by the pumpkin Trust on behalf of the Boy Scouts of and Girl Scouts of Western North Carolina. It is located at 566 Nichols Branch Road, Franklin NC. It is the only campy setting in Macon County that is available for youth program to deliver overnight outdoor program experiences.

Community Care Clinic of Franklin

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to provide flu vaccines to the clinics patients.

Noted: The clinic provides free medical care to uninsured, indigent member soy the community whose income is at or below poverty levels.

Friends of the Greenway

Amount  Requested: $4,483

One time or reoccurring request: One time request

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used for repairs to the Aquatic Playground equipment at Wesley’s Park.

Noted: The current aquatic system turns off intermittently without warning and needs to be reset almost daily.

Habitat for Humanity

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to help repair homes and install handicap access ramps and grab bars.

Noted: Funding will allow two to four homes in Franklin to be repaired or installed with handicap access ramps and grab bars.

Hospice House Foundation of WNC

Amount  Requested: $1,500

One time or reoccurring request: One Time Request

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to offset the expense of having the future hospice house property surveyed.

Noted: The Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina has raised $1.2 million toward the $5.2 million project budget. The foundation has also received $1.3 million in challenge grants, continent on the foundation raising $2.7 million.

KIDS Place

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to provide services for child victims of abuse that are living within the town of Franklin. Services include child forensic interviews, child medical evaluations, trauma focused therapy, victims advocacy and case management, multi-disciplinary core team and community education.

Noted: Last year KIDS Place paid $2,099.63 to provide the above referenced services for one child. Kids Place conducted 12 forensic interviews at the request of the Franklin Police Department last year.

Literacy Council of Highlands

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to pay for programs that provide support in second language, tutoring and pre-literacy skills.

Noted: Approximately one hundred children in the city limits benefited from the services provided by the Franklin Tutoring Program sponsored by the Literacy Council of Highlands last year.

Macon County Art Association

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: One time request

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used for improving the appearance of operations of Uptown Gallery. Proposed updates include the installation of a light hanging system and computerized point of sale system.

Noted: Updating the appearance of operations will increase customer sales and will allow the Uptown Gallery to become a showroom displaying the talents of many Franklin artists.

Macon New Beginnings

Amount  Requested: $3,750

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used for the rental of Memorial Park for fifty (50) weeks to house the Serving Spoon.

*Macon New Beginnings informed members of the Board of Aldermen that two grant applications were submitted but town officials did not have the grant in front of them Tuesday night.

Noted: The Serving Spoon provides free meals to anyone who wishes to be served. THe Serving Spoon serves on average 32 people every Thursday night for 50 weeks a year.

Macon County Care Network

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: One time request

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to provide food for the Backpack Program at CareNet.

Noted: The Backack Program benefits children living inside the city limits. Each week, approximately 250 children at East Franklin Elementary, Franklin High School, Macon Program for Progress and Macon Early College receive backpacks filled with food for the weekend.

Macon County Public Library

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to purchase new multimedia equipment in the main meeting room. The equipment includes a new digital projector and ceiling mount, new amplifier, blue ray player, surround sound decoder and control systems.

Noted: The Library’s current multimedia equipment is approximately 10 years old. Over 25,000 people attend meetings, presentations and other events last year in the main  meeting room.

REACH

Amount  Requested: $5,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to assist REACH in providing services to victims within the city limits. THe funding will be used to assist in the costs of emergency shelter, court advocacy, crisis intervention and safety planning/assessment services.

Noted: REACH provided shelter for 128 women and children for a total of 2,651 nights and 7,953 meals. Many of the victims were residents and workers within the town of Franklin.

Read2Me

Amount  Requested: $4,000

One time or reoccurring request: Reoccurring

Purpose of funds: Funding will be used to pay for children ages birth to five years old who enroll in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to receive one book each month.

Noted: Approximately 185 children living in the city limits of the town of Franklin signed up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library each year.

The Town Board of Aldermen will meet again on September 15 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the grant requests in full details.

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