Seven grants totaling more than $15,000 have been awarded to West Valley community groups dedicated to neighborhood improvement.
The grants, announced by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick, are part of the West Valley NeighborGood program, under which $250 to $2,500 is given to match the contributions of a community group, which can volunteer labor, professional services or cash.
Funding comes from Chick's community service fund and private donations by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills and AT&T.;
Grant winners include: Friends of the Platt Library, $2,500, Woodland Hills; the West Valley Crisis Response Team, $2,500; Aliso High School/Hope in Youth, Reseda, $2,500; the Hart Street School, $2,500, Canoga Park; the Shirley Avenue School, $2,325, Reseda; the Lorne Street School, $1,300, Northridge; and the Justice Street School, $1,525, West Hills.
"I am thrilled to award these grants," Chick said. "I believe efforts like these make people proud of where they live and work."
For a grant application, contact Chick's office at (818) 756-8848. Applications are limited to groups or nonprofit organizations that serve the west San Fernando Valley.