City financially aids organizations

City financially aids organizations

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Organizations seeking financial backing for projects might be able to acquire financial aid from the City of Rockford’s Community Assistance Program (CAP).

The program, which began 15 years ago, gives community groups/organizations and chartered non-profits a chance to determine needs and develop proposals to meet them.

The city started accepting applications Dec. 18 and will hold a pre-proposal press conference at 9 a.m. tomorrow to answer questions about proposals.

Projects in need of funding must meet criteria of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and serve low- or moderate-income neighborhoods.

Eligible organizations can receive CAP funds for two years with a two-year moratorium before being eligible again for the funds. The fund contains $150,000 for this year.

Dwayne Collins, grant compilations officer, said the city endeavors to be responsive to needs.

“The group identifies the needs,” he said. “We don’t tell want to tell neighborhood groups what to do—we want them to tell us.”

Groups that have utilized the program include the Black Health Care Coalition and La Voz Latina.

The Black Health Care Coalition received $8,000 in 2000 to provide immunizations to low-income minority children at various places such as Crusader Clinic and local schools. La Voz Latina received $15,000 to expand its housing assistance program for the Hispanic community.

Collins explained that the city generally receives 25 to 30 applications and usually funds between 12 and 15.

Groups that receive funding are more likely to be those that serve a larger number of people versus a smaller number of people in order to get “more bang for the buck,” Collins remarked.

The city will accept completed proposals no later than 11 a.m. Feb. 1. Send an original and two copies to Central Services, 4th floor—City Hall, 425 E. State St., Rockford, IL, 61104. There are no exceptions, and the city won’t accept faxes. For more information, call 987-5690.

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