With $20,000 available to spend on community grant requests that totaled out to $39,539, the West Linn Citizens’ Budget Committee had important decisions to make at its meeting May 19.

The grant requests, which were filed in March, were marked for fiscal year 2015, which encompasses any event held between July 1 and June 30, 2015. This year, the budget committee was tasked with reviewing a total of 18 grant requests — some new and some continuing from years past.

The city allocated $20,000 in its biennial budget for community grant requests.

Among the organizations requesting funding were: the Willamette Living History Committee; the West Linn Community Chorus, the Friends of McLean House; the Resiliency Organization of West Linn; and the West Linn Farmers Market.

Three organizations which applied for funding last year chose not to for fiscal year 2015: the Friends of Robinwood Station, the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation and the Sachi Wellness Center.

In the end, the budget committee chose to at least partially fund all but one request. A $3,000 request from 19th Street Farms for a mobile Farmers Market vehicle was not funded.

Just three grants were fully funded: $500 for the Friends of Maddox Woods, to be used for path lighting; $1,500 for the July 4 fireworks event to cover fireworks and expenses; and $289 for health screening at schools sponsored by the West Linn Lions Club.

In total, the grants came out to $19,189.

The remaining $811 will be kept in a reserve account to be doled out through the rest of the year.

By Patrick Malee
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