By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
Organizations planning to apply for grant money through the Cullman County Community Development Commission can expect to see a reduction in the maximum amount of funds they can apply for starting this month.
At it's last meeting, the CCCDC voted to reduce the grant request maximum to $15,000, effective immediately. The figure is $10,000 less than in the past. Committee members site the cutbacks from the Tennessee Valley Authority's annual in-lieu-of-taxes as the reason.
"The amount we receive is based on their energy use," chairman and Cullman Mayor Max Townson said. "It fluctuates, and a lot of the funding has been reduced this year due to conservation and savings.
"When you have $41,000 to give, and everyone wants the maximum amount of $25,000, there's no way we can service that." he added.
The CCCDC was created through a House bill passed in the Alabama Legislature in 2009. According to an Alabama statue passed in 2006, all counties who receive certain monies were required to pass local legislation to distribute it. The Tennessee Valley Authority money in question accounts for an extra 3 percent added to the 75 percent of funding north Alabama counties receive from TVA’s annual in-lieu-of-taxes payment to the state. The 3 percent is paid only to dry counties that are TVA customers.
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In addition to the cutback, the CCCDC committee also voted to set a grant application submission deadline. The deadline is the 25th of each month.
“It’s good to let people know we need to get their applications in seven days before the meeting,” Townson said. “A lot of times, I don’t see some of the applications until I get there the night of the meeting. I think it’s a good move.”
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