New Albany News

City Council limits nonprofit grants to $10K per event


New Albany City Council on Feb. 5 allocated most of the money budgeted for nonprofit grants and asked a new grant applicant to make a presentation at the Feb. 19 meeting.

City Council allocated $97,000 for nonprofit grants in the 2013 budget and limited the grants this year to $10,000 per event, said city spokesman Scott McAfee.

The newest grant applicant is the New Albany-Plain Local School District, which applied for $10,000 to host its annual Peace Week celebration and organize another Challenge Day next year.

District officials said students and local donors helped to hold Challenge Day for eighth-graders this year for the first time. Challenge Day is a national program that encourages students to learn more about their peers, promoting acceptance and compassion.

McAfee said City Council tentatively set aside $6,500 for the program.

"They're going to come to the Feb. 19 meeting to give a presentation since it's their first time and explain what their goals were and what they want to do with the money," McAfee said.

Seven other organizations filed for grants.

The New Albany Community Events board, which organizes the city's spring fling Easter egg hunt, the Fourth of July celebration and a fall festival, will receive up to $38,000, depending on the number of events hosted this year.

The Founders Day committee, which organizes the city's founding celebration in the spring, will receive $10,000, as will the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society.

The Pelotonia fundraiser will receive $8,000; the New Albany Arts Council will receive $5,500; the New Albany Chamber of Commerce will receive $5,000 to host the annual Taste of New Albany; and the New Albany Walking Classic will receive $4,000.