At a February meeting, Telluride Town Council requested the Commission for Community Assistance, Arts, and Special Events (CCAASE) revise its grant process for the 2019 funding year to accommodate the inclusion of organizations that are currently funded directly by council during the annual budget process.
According to Stephanie Jaquet, who heads up CCAASE in her role as Telluride Parks and Recreation Director, nine organizations last year got funding directly from the town — monies for which they’ll now need to apply to CCAASE.
The organizations were: the Behavioral Health Commission, EcoAction Partners, Juvenile Diversion, San Miguel Watershed Coalition, Telluride Arts District, Nugget Theatre subsidy, Region 10 Small Business, San Miguel Educational Fund/KOTO Community Radio and TellurideTV.
“The last time we were in front of you was February,” Jaquet said during Tuesday’s council meeting at Rebekah Hall. “The stated goals at the time were greater equitability among organizations, and more accountability and transparency through an application and reporting process.”
CCAASE, Jaquet said, has met three times since then, including last week. At these meetings, CCAASE’s eight-person board has come up with several changes for the draft process, many of which were presented at Tuesday’s meeting.
The biggest is that applications from for-profit organizations are no longer eligible for CCAASE grants. However, groups such as Telluride Mushroom Fest — which has never sought nonprofit status, Jaquet said — can continue to apply under the umbrella of a 501(c)3 nonprofit so long as that nonprofit carries a compatible mission statement. In Mushroom Fest’s case, the nonprofit is Telluride Arts.
Another change: Only one application per organization will be accepted with the ability to apply for multiple programs in one application. However, if requests are combined into one application and full funding is not allocated, “CCAASE can add funding requirement to ensure that $X goes to X program,” according to a packet issued to Town Council.
Jaquet said applicants for CCAASE grants will now be required to attend a September grant-writing forum (previously, the forum was optional).
To ensure accountability, a follow-up report on the use of CCAASE funds in 2018 will be required with submission of 2019 applications. This requirement includes new applicants funded directly by Town Council in 2018.
Also, recipients of grants of $20,000 or more will be required to submit progress reports twice a year explaining how they’re using the funds.
As Jaquet reminded Town Council members, “There are two separate grant categories and organizations may only apply in one grant category and may only submit one application. For the first category, Arts and Special Events grants, funds must be used in the Town of Telluride.”
She added, “For the other type, Community Support grants, funds must be used for programs or activities accessible to the Town of Telluride community.”
Jaquet said that each CCAASE application will be evaluated by the board, according to adherence to the stated review criteria.
The packet emphasized that all 2019 applications must be submitted electronically by midnight Sept. 24, and that late or non-electronic applications will not be accepted.