Applications for Keller grants are now available

Nonprofit agencies and government entities that seek grants from the Keller Canyon Mitigation Trust Fund can begin applying today. The Board of Supervisors approved on May 24 new procedures that will make the grants more competitive and focuses the services and programs for the benefit of a primary and secondary mitigation areas.

“The changes were spurred by the auditor’s report done last year,” said Supervisor Federal Glover, who has been charged by the board to manage the fund. “The fund had never been audited since it began 20 years ago so it time. I was not surprised that the auditor saw a need for increased monitoring and to improve the application process. I welcome the recommendations.”

The primary area includes Bay Point, most of Pittsburg and parts of Concord. The secondary area includes Antioch and the rest of Pittsburg.

The grants are mostly from $500 to $10,000. Generally, applications that fall into the following categories will receive additional consideration:
Youth Services, Code Enforcement, Public Safety, Community Beautification and Community Services.

Applicants must have registered nonprofit status. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a bidders’ conference on May 31, 2011 at 9 a.m. at the Pittsburg Senior Center, 200 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg. Staff will provide general grant information and some general technical assistance on the
submittal requirements, as well as the review and award process. Attendance is not mandatory.

Applications are available on the supervisor’s website: For further information, call Supervisor Glover’s office, (925) 427-8138.

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