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J.L. Sousa, Register

The American Canyon City Council last week approved a recommendation to award $15,000 in community grants to eight local nonprofit organizations seeking support for their programs.

The recommendation came from the Parks and Community Services Commission, which decided in December to fund all eight applicants requesting grants through the city’s Community Grant Program.

A total of $15,000 was available this year for grants. But the total requested in the eight applications amounted to $23,391.

The parks commission paired back each of the requests so all of the organizations would receive funding.

The eight grants are:

  • AHI Swim Team sought $2,000 for program scholarships, but was given $1,700.
  • American Canyon Arts Foundation, which wants to create a cultural events series, sought $2,500, but got $1,800.
  • American Canyon Youth Football & Cheer – Jr. Wolves wanted $3,000 to purchase two portable lights for practice field and new away jerseys. They got $2,000.
  • Boy Scouts of America – Troop 7062 wanted $2,600 for summer camp scholarships, equipment for outdoor activities, and uniform purchase. They got $1,500.
  • Collabria Care sought $4,050 but got $2,500 to finance workshops for residents on dementia, caregiver support, and grief/loss.
  • Community Action of Napa Valley Support, which provides senior nutrition and a meals-on-wheels program in American Canyon, got $3,000 out of $4,050 requested.
  • Donaldson Way Elementary School asked for $2,344 to complete infrastructure of its schools garden and outdoor classroom. It got $1,750.
  • Eagle Scouts got $750 out of $1,200 to purchase supplies and equipment to create an Orienteering Course at Newell Open Space Preserve.

Five of the eight recipients — Ahi Swim Team, American Canyon Arts Foundation, Collabria Care, Community Action Napa Valley and Donaldson Way Elementary — received grants last year through the city’s program.

The City Council approved the recommendation 3-0. Mayor Leon Garcia, who sits on the boards for Collabria Care and Community Action Napa Valley, and Councilmember Mark Joseph, president of arts foundation, recused themselves.

At the council meeting on Jan. 16, nonprofit representatives addressed the council and thanked them for assisting their efforts.

“I’ve lived in other cities, and this [grant process] is really not heard of — cities giving back to their nonprofit organizations and youth organizations and making sure they succeed,” said Ian Anderson, president of American Canyon Youth Football & Cheer – Jr. Wolves.

Anderson said his organization has proven popular with American Canyon families and has continued to grow in size. “We went from 88 football players and 15 cheerleaders a year ago to 124 [players] and 30 cheerleaders this year,” he said.