FERNDALE - The city has received five applications for 2013 funding from social service and economic development organizations, and Ferndale's finance director recommends funding only one of them.
The City Council on Monday, Oct. 15, will discuss the applications, which were required for the first time this year. Over the past five years, the city has given money to a handful of organizations that support low-income or homeless people, seniors or businesses, without requiring detailed information from them. For funding in 2013, the city gave each application a score up to 100.
The total of all funding requests is $31,150 - more than the $20,050 the city disbursed to agencies this year.
The following list of applicants includes amount requested, amount received in 2012 and application score:
Ferndale Community Service Cooperative, $7,800. The co-op received $7,000 in 2012. Its application scored an 83.
Food Bank, $4,000 ($3,600 in 2012, score of 95).
Domestic violence services, $7,700 ($2,700 in 2012, score of 98).
Northwest Youth Services teen court, $3,750 ($2,250 in 2012, score of 98).
Senior Center, $7,900 ($4,500 in 2012, score of 98).
Western Washington University's Center for Economic Vitality, which received $5,000 in 2012, did not submit an application for 2013, according to city documents.
In a memo to council, Finance Director Mark Peterson said he could only support "giving any money at all" to Northwest Youth Services. For the other applicants, Peterson either found they had too much money left over at the end of 2011, or he had reservations about parts of their applications, the memo said.
The five applications are only under discussion, with no decision to be made Monday. The study session runs from 5 to 6 p.m. at 5694 Second Ave. If necessary, the discussion will continue during the regular council meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the same location.