Bethel’s Community Action Grant application period opened on May 1, and will close on May 31. Community Action Grants are funded by the alcohol sales tax. They’re meant to provide money for public projects to benefit Bethel residents, especially the city's most vulnerable populations.
Previously, anyone with an idea could apply for a grant, but this cycle will look a little different. The Community Action Grant Technical Review Board recently passed an amendment restricting applications to local organizations, non-profits, or businesses.
Community Action Grant Technical Review Board member and city council member Perry Barr said that the board is also waiting for information from the city’s finance office about how much funding is available for the grant program.
"We don't want to spend more than what we have. We really need to understand how much money we can actually give out versus having a blank check," said Barr.
Barr said that he hopes to have this information before the end of the Community Action Grant Application period. To find out more about Community Action Grants, or to apply, visit the City of Bethel’s website.