Habitat was given $58,420, while the Community Foundation received $38,453, by a 4-0 vote of the Cobb Board of Commissioners, with Bob Ott absent.
County Chairman Tim Lee said every year the county sets aside about $1 million to give to nonprofits that provide needed community services. Lee said the county has been engaged in this practice since Bill Byrne was chairman in the 1990s.
“The nonprofits provide a service that (is) important to the well being of the community, and they do it at such a higher service level and are able to make so much more out of the (money the county gives them) than we would be able to do as a government,” Lee said. “They’re able to take their grants and multiply them by matching other grants and providing services that we couldn’t that addresses other things like homelessness and housing issues and healthcare issues.”
The county asks a nonprofit called the Cobb Community Collaborative chaired by First Landmark Bank president Terrence DeWitt – which also receives county money – to handle the applications from the various nonprofits and determine who gets what. DeWitt’s group then recommends what each nonprofit should get in a two-year cycle.
For example, the collaborative recommended that the Center for Pan Asian Community Services receive $20,446 for 2013 and the same amount for 2014. The county approved that amount last September as part of its annual budget, and will vote to approve it this September as well.
As for why Habitat for Humanity and the Cobb Community Foundation were left off the list when it was approved in September and were just given funding on Tuesday, Lee said it was, “More technical reasons having to do with their grant applications more so than their purpose and their ability to meet the intent. We felt those are two big agencies that do a lot of important work and it was important to at least help them bridge over until the next time.”
Lee said each two-year cycle has a theme so that the county is able to target different needs of the county’s nonprofit community. This cycle’s theme is “homeless, housing and victim advocacy,” Lee said.
The following groups received a total of $963,695 dollars from the county for fiscal 2013 and are being recommended to receive the same amount when the board votes on its fiscal 2014 budget in September:
21st Century Leaders: $11,375
Atlanta Legal Aid Society: $61,612
Big Brothers Big Sisters: $35,300
Camp Kudzu: $7,200
Celebrate Life International: $12,000
Center of Children and Young Adults: $115,000
Center for Family Resources: $197,294
Center for Pan Asian Community Services: $20,446
Cobb Community Collaborative: $38,066
Cobb Public Schools Educational Foundation: $60,600
Communities in Schools Marietta/Cobb: $22,750
EDGE Connection: $13,650
Families First: $27,600
Fountain Gate Life and Wellness: $17,943
Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta: $15,100
Jewish Family and Career Services: $18,200
Marietta Mentoring for Leadership: $10,252
MUST Ministries: $30,520
Marietta YELLS: $44,748
Right in the Community: $18,200
Safepath Children’s Advocacy Center: $80,000
The Extension: $7,690
Tommy Nobis Center: $15,229
Traveler’s Aid of Metro Atlanta, Inc.: $23,000
YWCA of Northwest Georgia: $32,000