Council To Consider Non-Profit Grants

City Council members will vote today on seven grants to non-profits as part of the Non-Profit Assistance Grant funded through American Rescue Plan Act funding.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall. Prior to the meeting, a 6:45 p.m. public hearing will be held to approve an amendment to the city’s 2014-2019 Community Development Block Grant action plans. A short council work session will be held at 7 p.m.

More than $2.75 million in assistance for a variety of projects was requested between nine organizations — the Robert H. Jackson Center, National Comedy Center, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Chautauqua Opportunities, St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown Center City Development Corp., Collaborative Children’s Solutions, the Jamestown Area YMCA and the YWCA of Jamestown — with the program funded with $1.5 million in ARPA funding.

Jamestown Local Development Corp. members agreed, though not unanimously, to fully fund organizations that had requested less than $200,000 then cap all other requests at $200,000.

Any JLDC grant of more than $100,000 requires City Council approval. The YMCA was awarded $200,000 toward its proposed new building on Harrison Street; Jamestown Center City Development Corp. was awarded $200,000 for The Zone project; St. Luke’s was awarded $200,000 toward its bell tower restoration; the Robert H. Jackson Center was awarded $200,000 to help pay for renovation of its Cappa Theater; and National Comedy Center was awarded $200,000 for lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute was awarded $79,271 to establish a development director position; Collaborative Children’s Solutions was awarded $93,621 for programs to address childhood trauma, abuse and neglect; the YWCA of Jamestown was awarded $145,714 for a new program for youth ages 14-19; and Chautauqua Opportunities was awarded $181,393 to help develop a 12-unit, 18-bed homeless shelter for single women.

The RTPI and Collaborative Children’s Solutions projects will not require council approval.

Council members are also being asked to approve an additional $224,500 in ARPA funding to be used by the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy to continue work on the Chadakoin River and remove remaining Tree-of-Heaven plants found along the river and $30,000 to pay for an additional 12 property owners who aplied for Housing Repair Mini Grants.


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