The Woodinville City Council approved $8,500 in community grants at its March 7 meeting, to help fund events sponsored by three local community organizations.
The city began offering the grants in 2013, when it set aside up to $5,000 to assist in event funding. This year, the council has allocated a total of $15,000 for the grants.
The Woodinville Rotary Club was awarded two $2,500 grants for separate events, the Rotary Skate Challenge and the Rotary BMX Challenge held at Rotary Community Park.
The council approved another $2,500 grant to the YMCA, for its activities as a partner in the Celebrate Woodinville events in July and August, as well as $1,044 for the Imprint Church-sponsored Great Community Egg Hunt.
Six organizations applied for seven grants totaling about $35,000. The council pared down most of the grant requests – the Rotary Club had sought two $4,171 grants, and the YMCA applied for $15,000.
Three grant requests were rejected: a Rotary Club application for $8,000 for its winter warm coat program; a $600 application for the Woodinville Interfaith Network’s Hunger CROP Walk; and a $2,000 request for a community play zone at the Woodinville Farmers Market.
Mayor Bernie Talmas and some council members said the programs that were turned down might be better candidates for a separate city grant program – human services grants – rather than the community grant program, which is intended specifically for community programs and events.