TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Earlier this month, the Twin Fall City Council opened applications for the Municipal Powers Outsource Grant.
The grant is meant to help local organizations fund programs and services that support the city's overall vision and strategic plan as well as its residents.
“They set it up so that it was expressly meant to aid those organizations that were carrying out municipal powers," said Assistant to the City Manager Mandi Thompson. "It helped us further our reach within the community by supporting organizations that are doing the work.”
The city's strategic plan has eight focus areas, including health and education, in hopes of bettering the community by 2030.
“We utilize the strategic plan as our guiding document for how we budget and how we spend taxpayer dollars. Again, because these are taxpayer dollars that we’re utilizing for this grant, we ask that they are in line with the vision and the strategic goals of the city of Twin Falls,” said Thompson.
An example of putting these grants to use would be the Senior Center coming forward with an application for funding for a plan to help senior citizens with transportation.
“How we can better support them both within their needs as far as access and their ability to get around the city of Twin Falls and just their needs in general,” said Thompson.
Applicants can only apply for a grant for up $10,000.
Any organization with questions should not hesitate to reach out to city officials.
“Essentially what we do is we look at what you’re proposing and how it would fit into Idaho code. Our city attorney makes the call if you’re eligible and then that way you don’t spend a lot of time putting together a grant application if you’re not eligible, and we’re happy to do that to save you the time and make sure this is something you qualify for,” said Thompson.
The deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7.