City taking requests for 2020 ‘human services’ funding

There’s $139,500 in Enumclaw’s budget for outside agencies.

With more than half of 2019 in the municipal books it’s time to start looking ahead. At least that’s the case when it comes to local “human service” organizations seeking financial support from the city of Enumclaw.

Every year, as part of their operating budget, the mayor and members of the City Council make taxpayer dollars available to organizations performing good deeds throughout the community. It’s a competitive process that annually sees some groups happy and some sad; some get what they ask for, some receive a lesser amount and some are cordially refused.

When the City Council gave its final blessing to the proposed 2019 budget, it included $139,500 to boost agencies operating outside city government. On the funding list was $70,000 for the Enumclaw Youth Center; $25,000 to the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce (plus a 100 percent rental subsidy on the city-owned building it occupies); $30,000 to Plateau Outreach Ministries, with half going to its utility voucher program and half to its rental assistance program; $7,500 to Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation for the Senior Meals program; $5,000 for the Green River College Small Business Development Center; and $2,000 to the Enumclaw Plateau Farmers Market.

Now, with Enumclaw officials not too far removed from the start of 2020 budget deliberations, the administration is taking requests. Applications are available through the city’s website (http://cityofenumclaw.net/CivicAlerts) and must be submitted by the close of the work day on Aug. 14. Questions about the process can be directed to City Clerk Maureen Burwell at 360-615-5608 or mburwell@ci.enumclaw.wa.us.

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