Burbank was approved for a $43,000 grant for its Retired Senior Volunteer Program, surprising city officials who had thought they were out of contention after refusing to comply with new funding guidelines that would have required a program overhaul.
For four decades, the Corporation for National and Community Service has subsidized a portion of the program, which boasts nearly 700 volunteers.
But last year, the corporation attempted to narrow volunteer efforts to address six areas — disaster services, education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, and economic opportunity. The new guidelines also called for reducing the number of volunteers by more than 200.
The new guidelines left 70 local agencies unwilling to comply, tossing their grant applications, according to a city report. But the Burbank City Council in the fall decided to go for the grant anyway.
Apparently, the decision to go for the money despite not complying with the grant requirements bore some fruit.