HCI committee ID’s next round in grant review
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Nov 06, 2013 | 590 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bradley County Healthy Community Initiative committee will ask some nonprofits to submit more information before making a final recommendation to the Bradley County Commission to release grant funding.

Other proposals were cut because they did not meet the health, wellness and quality of life requirements for the grant funding.

Grants must also be for capital projects. Equipment grants are occasionally awarded for items that serve a large portion of the community and last a long time.

The Commission has $92,000 to award.

During a meeting Wednesday, committee members approved the following organizations to the next selection round: Ocoee Utilities, the Cleveland/Bradley County State Veterans Home, the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society, Center for Relational Health, Life Bridges and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Each of the organizations will have until Nov. 26 to submit a more detailed application and supporting information for their proposed project.

Ocoee Utilities is requesting $92,600 toward connecting homeowners to a sewage system. Board member Reba Terry said she felt the project did not meet the requirements for water projects, which receive higher priority. However, they wanted to receive more information from the utility to determine the level of need in the area being discussed.

Chairman Lisa Stanbery explained that the water project priority was designed to provide a third of the funding to connect a home to public water when a well dried up.

“We don’t really have the large number of (water supply) emergencies that we used to,” Stanbery said.

Concerns about the precedent that would be set by approving the project were also discussed.

Life Bridges is requesting $50,000 to finish medical clinic renovations. The CCHHS is requesting $25,000 to expand exhibits and a meeting room. The Center for Relational Health (Youth Counseling Services) is requesting $13,600 for counseling room renovation and furniture. The Bradley County Veterans Service office is requesting $50,000 for site preparation of the veterans home. Boys & Girls Clubs is requesting $30,000 for a running trail and health obstacle course.

Stanbery pointed out that the grant could be partially funded.

Committee members stressed decisions to disregard applications were based on criteria of the grant process and a reflection of the value of the organization. Each organization not invited to the next phase will receive a letter of explantation from the committee.