When it comes to providing money for worthy local nonprofit organizations, the Cambria Community Council — which was launched in 1947 — takes the lead with its annual autumn funding cycle. But because the requests by nonprofits always outstrip the available money, the council is seeking additional sources in Cambria.
The Salvation Army has been providing funds over the past two years, and the Slabtown Rollers bicycle group chipped in for the first time this past year, but more sources are being sought, CCC President Denis DeClercq said.
Those two groups together provided $10,295 of the total $53,215 granted by the CCC in 2014, with the total being an increase from $35,000 the previous year. Still, requests came in significantly above even the higher figure, with Cambria-area nonprofits requesting $77,380 of the CCC in the fall of 2014.
Groups that contribute don’t just write a check to the CCC. Rather, they have the chance to review the proposals the CCC receives.
De Clercq gives both organizations all the grant applications to review; and leaders from the Salvation Army and Slabtown Rollers look through the proposals and decide which ones to fund and how much to of the requested money to supply in each case.
“Then the Community Council makes the decisions of what to fund based on all 29 grants and how much we can afford to fund each of those grants,” DeClercq explained. “We have established the grant program, but we are inviting other organizations to partner with us. It could be other nonprofits, or it could be private individuals or businesses.”
Besides funding nonprofits in Cambria, he said, the CCC’s primary function is to operate the Cambria Community Bus, which offers rides to older people and those with disabilities.
In 2014, the Salvation Army provided $2,545.50 to the CCC’s funding program. According to Jim Rogers, who is deeply involved with the Salvation Army and Slabtown Rollers; the Salvation Army collected about $24,000 during the 2013 holidays via the bell ringers stationed at various places in Cambria.
The Salvation Army contributed to the sheriff’s youth camp, senior nutrition and the YMCA, Rogers recounted. The Slabtown Rollers contributed money for school laptop computers among other items that had been requested.
For further information on the CCC, call 927-4173.