Assembly discusses criteria for nonprofit funding applications

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough is using a scoring system to solicit nonprofit applications for fiscal year 2019. The borough assembly went over criteria at its work session last week.

According to the meeting packet, organizations can fall into the categories of health and social services for a total budgeted amount of $144,000 or under education, culture, and recreation for a budgeted $44,000.

Applicants must fill out a form that distributes points based on how well the nonprofit fits certain categories.

Those categories include services consistent with borough powers, like education or health for example, services that address a community need not otherwise covered, the number of residents served, and applicants’ other sources of funding.

Borough Mayor Dan Rohrer said the assembly should stick to its new system when it comes time to review the applications.

“I think we’re at that point where we really need to test what we’ve created over the last two years and actually be able to confirm that it works for us even if it feels like it’s a little bit of a weird exercise if there’s only 8 or 9 applications and we could accomplish it another way. I think there’s value at this point to testing what we’ve created and make sure it works.”

Borough manager Michael Powers said most nonprofits can apply under the existing categories, especially if they’re creative in explaining how their services fall into those areas.

The nonprofit applications are due by July 6.

In the interest of full disclosure, KMXT has received borough funding in the past as part of the Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation.

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