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County grants approved for FAVB, Devil Pups

The most recent allocation of Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants from the District Five budget includes $45,000 for the Fallbrook Area Visitors Bureau and $20,000 to Camp Pendleton’s Devil Pups program.

The December 8 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote also approved amending the purpose of previous grants to the Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation and to the North County Community Emergency Response Team to allow the money from those grants to be used for different purposes.

The Fallbrook Area Visitors Bureau seeks to encourage tourism in Greater Fallbrook and provides information about local dining, nightlife, festivals, entertainment, lodging, and other accommodations. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant will help cover marketing consultant and programming fees for the visitors bureau’s “The Good Life” promotional campaign and will also fund marketing, venue, travel, food, entertainment, supplies, and professional services costs for the “Wine and ‘A Bite’ Art Walk” fundraiser.

The United States Marine Corps created the Devil Pups program to help boys and girls attain moral character, tenacity, strength of character, and other traits needed to succeed as adults. The students and their parents are not charged for participation in the program, which has been in existence since 1954. The Neighborhood Reinvestment program funding will cover the costs of transportation and food for a Summer leadership and character-building program at Camp Pendleton.

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program was called the Community Projects Program before being renamed in September 2009. It was initiated in 1999 and provides each county supervisor with a discretionary budget, which is now $2 million per district, to provide grants to non-profit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels. In addition to non-profit organizations, county supervisors have also funded schools and fire departments, and some supervisors have also used money from their Community Projects budgets to supplement other county funding for specific county projects such as parks, roads, and libraries.

The program was still known as the Community Projects Program in May 2008 when the county supervisors approved a $95,000 award to the North County Community Emergency Response Team to purchase emergency supplies, a command and communications trailer, small quick response trailers, and a truck. Board of Supervisors approval is required to amend the purpose of a grant, and the December 8 approval of the expenditure change will allow North County CERT to use the funding to purchase plasma television and cables, a communications system, warranty batteries, signs, tools, and equipment for their emergency trailers and to purchase insurance for their emergency truck.

A September 2008 grant to the Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation provided $10,000 of Community Projects money for landscaping costs at the Pittenger building. The amendment allows the Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation to purchase and install signage, landscaping lights, and security lights.

Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Bill Horn recommended the District Five allocations and received the approval of his colleagues.

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