Burbank got an unexpected bump this year in federal grant funding to benefit local public service agencies, long reduced due to the sluggish economy, though the amount is still well below what the organizations had requested.
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday dispersed just more than $162,000 in Community Block Development Grant funds to 14 local agencies, including nonprofit organizations and the Burbank school district, which is a small boost from the $141,000 it doled out last year.
Even so, the funds are far less than the $334,522 the agencies had collectively requested for a host of services, like adult literacy programs, aid for the homeless, as well as dental, eye and ear care programs.
More than a dozen representatives of organizations competing for a share of the pot showed up to City Hall to explain how they serve the community.
“You prove your worthiness to us every day of the year, not just coming tonight to speak up on behalf of your organizations,” Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy said to speakers Tuesday.