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Volume 5, Issue 54  |  July 7, 2020

City Council grants $350,000 to community groups and special events

The City Council on Tuesday, June 23, approved the distribution of nearly $350,000 in grants for community groups and special events that benefit Newport Beach and its residents.

The support by the City of these community programs and special events, during a time of budget cuts, is especially important for these nonprofit and community-based organizations whom have been severely impacted by COVID-19. 

The grants are awarded in several categories: Community Program Grants to community groups that serve Newport Beach residents; Community & Charitable Events and Special Event Grants that support residents’ quality of life.

The City awarded $54,000 in Community Programs Grants to 10 groups, ranging from historical and environmental organizations to youth employment and homeless services.

In the Special Events category, about $295,000 was awarded to 18 events, from smaller community activities such as surf and sandcastle contests to large, signature events such as the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run.

In addition, a fee waiver for the cost of renting the Community Room at the Civic Center for their recurring community programs was granted to the San Diego Blood Bank and Speak Up Newport. The value is approximately $13,293.

The following is a breakout of the individual grant amounts:

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