CLINTON — Enforcement of an existing policy restricting how many Clinton County Development Association grants a group can receive in a three-year period will prevent some area organizations, as well as the city of Clinton, from receiving additional funding this year.
During a CCDA Board of Directors meeting this week, the board approved new wording to a portion of the funding policy, clarifying the consecutive funding limit. A few years ago, the CCDA agreed that a single Employer Identification Number for an IRS tax exempt organization would be limited to three grants in a three-year period.
Director Jim McGraw said this decision was made after several departments and groups in the Camanche School District applied without the superintendent’s knowledge, requiring the district to provide the monetary matches for all of the approved grants.
The policy was crafted requiring any organization with three consecutive grants to wait an entire year before requesting any more funds. The new wording further clarifies where Fund A, Fund B, special funding and long-term pledges all go into, meaning that if an entity sat out in 2013 due to ineligibility and receives Fund A and B grants, as well as a long-term pledge, it would be ineligible again next year. Shields and Kim Clausen gave a small presentation showing the possible combinations to create three funding methods.
Director Alice Schnepel pointed out this policy has not always been followed. The board agreed that between the different forms of funding, the city of Clinton has more than the three-grant limit and will be required to refrain from requesting Fund B grants this year and next.
“We need to find a way to spread the wealth a little more,” Shields said.
Another concern raised by Shields and McGraw is the fact this three-grant restriction refers to the entire EIN organization as a whole. For the instance of the city, all of the various departments come under the same city EIN. Another example is the Izaak Walton League, which allows organizations and programs, like the Hunter Safety Education program, to use its EIN for grant purposes.
“We have to be cautious on who we’re giving money to,” Director Matthew Stammeyer said.
Schnepel emphasized multiple times that this is not a new policy, merely a clarification and some new wording of an existing one.
“The language changes but the intent does not,” McGraw said.
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