Since its establishment in 1998, the Arvada Human Services Advisory Committee--composed of community members appointed by the Arvada City Council—has awarded grant funding to area non-profits providing services to populations in need. The source of this funding is from the City’s General Fund as well as a portion of the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocated by the Federal government.
For the 2018 – 2019 budget year, the Committee had a total of $210,000 to allocate--$75,000 in CDBG funds and $135,000 in City General Funds.
Grant applications were due in September; 22 agencies requested funds totaling $285,960. Committee members ranked the applications based on a point system that looks at identified need, benefit to Arvada citizens, leveraging of other funds, agency experience, duplication of services, collaboration with other agencies, measurable outcomes, and program sustainability.
On November 5, 2018, the Arvada City Council approved the Committee’s recommendations as follows:
General Fund dollars totaling $135,000:
• $7,500 to A Precious Child to assist children and families in need with basic essentials;
• $6,000 to Archway Housing and Services for family services;
• $5,000 to Audio Information Network for audio information services for blind and print disabled;
• $8,000 to CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties for court appointed special advocate services;
• $20,000 to Carin' Clinic for Arvada Health Project for children;
• $5,000 to Growing Home for dual-generation programs to nurture children, strengthen families, and create community;
• $5,000 to Hands of the Carpenter to assist families in need of vehicle-related services;
• $7,500 to Family Tree, Inc. for crisis hotline services;
• $15,000 to Jeffco Action Center for rental assistance and family stabilization programs;
• $16,000 to Jefferson Center for Mental Health to provide health care for indigent Arvada residents;
• $25,000 to Project Angel Heart for nutritional program for the critically ill;
• $10,000 to Seniors' Resource Center for care management programs; and
• $5,000 to Sunshine Home Share Colorado.
CDBG funds totaling $75,000:
• $22,000 to Arvada Community Food Bank #1 for emergency food assistance for low-income households;
• $30,000 to Arvada Community Food Bank #2 for the Choice & Mobile Food Pantry Programs for low-income households;.
• $8,000 to Hope House for education services for teen mothers; and
• $15,000 to Ralston House. A Precious Child (basic essentials for families in need)