MOORPARK : City Picks 6 Groups to Receive Grants


Winnowing down 19 requests, the Moorpark City Council has chosen six groups to receive grants totaling $40,000 for local projects with children, teen-agers, the elderly and the poor.

City officials said the decision was difficult because all the requests for financial assistance had merit.

“I wish we could fund all of them,” Councilman Scott Montgomery said before Wednesday’s meeting, when the council voted on the requests.


The city received requests totaling more than $120,000, but only had about $40,000 for the public service grants.

The city receives federal Community Development Block Grant funds every year, and a portion of that money is doled out to public and private organizations that benefit low-income residents in the city.

Almost all of this year’s recipients have received money in the past from the city.

The groups which were awarded grants this year include Catholic Charities, Interface Children’s Resource and Referral, as well as Ventura County’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Money also went to an adult literacy program and a nutrition program for seniors. About $6,000 was also set aside for at-risk teen-agers, which will either go to El Concilio del Condado de Ventura’s Moorpark Project Pride or a city recreation department program.