Community Fund History
Each year, about $10,000 has been distributed to, for example, purchase a computer work station for an after school tutorial program, contribute towards a new family area at the Youth Park, participate in the resurfacing the high school’s track and tennis courts, provide art emplacements (including a Town mural), resurface unsafe downtown sidewalks, clean up downtown streets on a regular basis, support the restoration of the Green Valley Creek, help with child abuse prevention, and contribute towards a fire and drought resistant demonstration garden at the Fire Station.
Go to: Grants Awarded to read about which grants have been given listed by year.
Grants made from the Fund are to encourage new programs, projects, activities or special needs rather than to supplement regular operating expenses.
A grant application process takes place once a year, usually in the spring. Requests can be made by existing organizations, ad hoc groups, or private individuals. Go to the FCF Application Process page for more information.
To assist the FPA in the grant process, a Forestville Community Fund Committee has been established which each year publicizes an application form, evaluates proposals, and makes recommendations to the FPA Board on which projects to approve.
Members of this Committee have been selected to represent a range of community interests such as the schools, seniors, the FPA, the Chamber of Commerce, the Youth Park, longtime residents and newcomers. In evaluating grant applications, the Committee gives priority to those projects that:
Will impact the most people.
Can “match” dollars from other sources.
Involve collaboration with other groups or projects.
Has a volunteer component to the project.
The “downtown” geographic area is defined as extending along Highway 116 from Forestville School to Mirabel Road, down Mirabel to include the Forestville Youth Park and down Covey Road to include El Molino High School.
Money for this fund initially was established by agreement between the BoDean Company (owner and operator of the Blue Rock Quarry in Forestville), Canyon Rock Quarry, Forestville Citizens for Sensible Growth and the FPA. (See: Quarry Agreement, September 2006 and Settlement Agreement.)
Canyon Rock Quarry and the BoDean Company have an annual commitment to contribute to this fund. In addition, private donations and other public funds go into the Fund.
The Forestville Planning Association, trustee of the Fund, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Contributions to the Forestville Community Fund (via the FPA) are thus fully tax deductible and most welcome.
Donations can be made with a check or online. Please go to the Donate page where you can find out how to do this.
When the open application period is announced (usually in the spring of each year), you may apply by filling out the online form or downloading a PDF of the form.