City Council asks for $340K in Foundation grants

Published 9:30 am Tuesday, August 16, 2011

City Council is hoping to receive more than $340,000 in grant funding from the Hormel Foundation.

Council representatives approved a list of Hormel Foundation grant applications Monday night. Hormel Foundation board member and former Mayor John O’Rourke said he thinks the foundation should be able to fund all the requests, although nothing is set in stone.

“I’ll fight like gangbusters” to fund the items, O’Rourke said. “It’s nice giving away money for a just cause.”

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Grant applications in order of City Council priority:

– $100,000 for downtown revitalization

– $6,600 for Austin Fire Department

– $24,750 for Austin Police Department

– $8,000 for Austin Public Library summer reading program

– $29,942 for Jay C. Hormel Nature Center environmental education

– $17,160 for Austin Public Library early literacy stations

– $40,000 for Public Works Cedar River dam plaza

– $10,000 for Public Works historical signage

– $36,118 for Jay C. Hormel Nature Center van

– $16,500 for Human Rights Commission community education

– $40,000 for water slide replacement

– $12,000 for GreenSteps program