The St. Helena City Council voted Tuesday to fully fund all 17 of the grant requests submitted by local nonprofits for the upcoming fiscal year, at a cost of $145,200.
The total exceeded the $110,600 the council doled out in the current fiscal year. Councilmembers talked about whittling down the grant requests and debated the merits of a few of them, but they ultimately decided to award all 17 and overhaul the grant process for next year to clarify which kinds of projects are eligible.
The following nonprofits received grants:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga: $10,000 for the Power Hour Homework Assistance Program
- California Federation of Women Saint Helena Junior Women’s Club: $1,300 for the Spelling Bee and Community Christmas Family Adoption Program
- Friends of the Cameo: $10,000 for the Come to Your Senses series of films and programs
- Kiwanis Foundation of St. Helena: $3,000 for scholarships to graduating St. Helena High School students
- Lincoln Theater: $10,000 for St. Helena Live performing arts programs in the community and schools
- Native Sons of the Golden West: $10,000 for Native Sons Hall preservation design
- Nimbus Arts: $10,000 for the final phase of the Creativity Corner at Oak/Adams.
- Ole Health: $10,000 for diabetic services at the St. Helena Health Center on Pine Street
- Our Town St. Helena: $10,000 for digital marketing, grant writing, office rent and insurance
- Rianda House Senior Activity Center: $10,000 for general programming
- Robert Louis Stevenson Museum: $6,500 for a “Treasure Island” mural project (including $1,500 in waivers from city fees)
- Saint Helena Community Band: $10,000 for community concerts
- St. Helena Farmers’ Market: $6,400 for Market Match funds to increase the purchasing power of low-income residents who use Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards
- St. Helena Historical Society: $8,000 to digitize the “Voices of St. Helena” oral history project
- St. Helena Little League: $10,000 for uniforms and equipment
- St. Helena Preschool For All: $10,000 for preschool scholarships
- UpValley Family Centers: $10,000 for the Community Connections program.