Local agencies thank Moffat, City Council for funding

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The $26,500 the Craig City Council sets aside for community contributions was matched by $35,000 from Moffat County and together funded 20 agencies in 2005.

And those agencies were grateful.

Moffat County United Way Director Corrie Scott read to the Craig City Council on Tuesday night letters of gratitude from the agencies that received funding.

"If it weren't for the city and county funds we received, we would have to delete or reduce our services," wrote Horizons Specialized Services.

"It's invaluable because of the unrestricted nature of those dollars," according to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

In 2001, after facing seemingly unending requests from local agencies for funding, the Craig City Council agreed with Scott's plan to form the Moffat County Human Resources Council (HRC). Moffat County commissioners also jumped on board.

The concept was to direct all requests to one filter. As Mayor Don Jones said Tuesday, council members often don't have the time or the expertise to evaluate the requests they receive for funding.

"I know the agencies really appreciate it," Scott said. "We all feel that it's working very well."

Instead, a board was formed to distribute city and county funding throughout the community. The HRC board is composed of one city council member, one county commissioner, the current United Way board president, one representative from the area's nonprofit agencies and four community members.

"I think this is one of the best things we as a council could have ever done," Jones said.

What the city and county contribute fluctuates each year. In 2003, the total was $80,000. In 2004, that number fell to $58,000. Generally, Scott said, the county and city contribute in a 60 percent, 40 percent ratio.

This year Scott hopes to get back up to $80,000. She's asked the council to consider contributing $32,000 in 2006 and the county commissioners to set aside $48,000.

The need is there.

This year, 25 agencies requested more than $105,000.

HRC funding requirements are fairly flexible. Agencies don't have to be 501(c)3 to qualify.

Funding has been awarded in increments ranging from $500 to $17,500. And the beneficiaries include youth sports, health care and adult services.

The board considers requests in February.

This year's funding recipients include Advocates-Crisis Support Services, Boys & Girls Club of Craig, Bulldog Youth Baseball, Craig Mental Health, Craig Parks and Recreation, First Call 211, Girl Scouts, Grand Futures, Horizons Specialized Services, Humane Society of Moffat County, Independent Life Center, Moffat County Crisis Evaluation Team, Moffat County Human Service Volunteers, Moffat County Partners, R.A.D. Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, Northwest Colorado Legal Services, Noyes Health Center, Yampa Valley Sports Riders and Craig Youth Soccer.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.

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