“As nonprofits, we are also facing the same kind of challenges that the government and the businesses are feeling,” said Moeed Khan, a regional director for Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Inc., which runs the Loaves and Fishes food bank on San Fernando Road. “We are experiencing much more greater need than we have in the past.”
Khan was one of more than 20 local nonprofit administrators who pitched more than $1.2 million in combined funding requests for roughly half that in the available grant pool.
Capital improvement funding recommendations Thursday were less competitive, as the commissioners approved partial or full funding for all six community requests, which came in at only $134,213 more than the available funds.
For social services, the committee recommended that the city’s allocation be split among 20 of the 24 local programs that applied for funding. The majority were regular recipients, including New Horizons Family Center, Glendale Youth Alliance and homeless services provider PATH Achieve Glendale.
Commissioners stuck to previous precedents, opting against recommending any significant increases in funding in order to allocate funds to the providers who had opted out last year, including the Glendale Assn. of the Retarded and Homenetmen Glendale “Ararat” chapter.
“So many organizations are in need of funds now,” said committee Chairman Zareh Sinanyan.
For the less competitive capital improvement funding allocations, the advisory committee on Thursday unanimously voted for partial or full funding for all six funding proposals submitted.