HCI eyes 3 groups for grant support
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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Lisa Stanbery
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The Bradley County Healthy Community Initiative committee will recommend approval of funding grants for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, the Cleveland Bradley County State Veterans Home and Life Bridges Inc.

Funding is subject to final approval by the Bradley County Commission.

The committee will recommend fully funding the $30,000 request from the Boys & Girls Clubs and the $50,000 request for the veterans home. Life Bridges Inc. will receive part of its request at $12,000, if approved. There was $92,000 available for distribution.

Decisions were made at a committee meeting Tuesday.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland requested funding to construct a running trail and health obstacle course.

Committee chair Lisa Stanbery and Michael Daubner said they liked that the organization was utilizing a program that would measure the impact of the exercises on students health through pre- and post-testing.

Committee member Terry Gallaher expressed support of the project.

“I don’t think there is another entity in Bradley County that is impacting the youth in our community like the Boys & Girls Clubs,” Gallaher said. “They are impacting so many kids.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs have not received an HCI grant in the past.

The veterans home request may go toward site testing if additional property is needed. Otherwise it will go toward additional site preparation. The committee has requested that those applying for the grant come back to the committee if the money needs to be used in another way.

Stanbery said not all of the elements of the Life Bridges request meet the requirements of being a capital project.

“We have specifically said that we will not fund permit fees,” Stanbery said.

Some questions were also raised whether proposed equipment for the project would meet the five-year depreciation guidelines of the county.

A letter requesting more information from Life Bridges to explain what elements of the project have been paid for already will be requested by the committee. The money will go toward building a more permanent home for Life Bridges’ medical clinic, according to the grant proposal. The entire project is estimated to cost $97,000.

Committee member Pat Cawood said the organization has received many grants in the past. Concern was expressed that in a previous year when a project had come in under budget, the organization asked to use the remaining funds of the grant for noncapital projects. Cawood said the requests had been denied.

Life Bridges Inc. had requested $50,000.

A request from Ocoee Utilities to cover resident tie-ins to a sewage system was rejected because it was deemed to not meet the committee’s specific guidelines for “health, wellness and quality of life.”

Stanbery said the grant application did not outline the specific community need for the system to replace septic tanks.

Daubner said it was unclear from the application what the money would actually be funding.

Committee member and Commissioner J. Adam Lowe said the request would not benefit as many people as some of the other requests.

The committee also chose not to fund grant requests from the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society and the Center for Relational Health.

Recommendations from the committee will be considered at the Commission’s meeting Dec. 9.

HCI funds are interest on the county’s portion of proceeds from the sale of Bradley Memorial Hospital.