County funds go to Senior Citizens Center, Center for the Arts

The Jan. 7 allocation of District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds included $25,000 for the Fallbrook Senior Citizens Center and $20,000 to Fallbrook Center for the Arts, Inc.

The funding for the Fallbrook Senior Citizens Center will provide safety improvements such as new railing and re-grading the entrance and will also help purchase semi-permanent tents, truck containers, a new photocopy machine, and new computers.

The Fallbrook Center of the Arts grant will help fund computer software and hardware, signage at the Fallbrook Art Center and Fallbrook School of the Arts, ceiling insulation and wall heaters at the Fallbrook School for the Arts, and exterior improvements at the Fallbrook Art Center.

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program is intended to provide grants to non-profit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels. In addition to non-profit organizations, county supervisors can also fund schools and fire departments, and supervisors can also use money from their budgets to supplement other county funding for specific county projects such as parks, roads, and libraries.

Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the board. Supervisor Bill Horn recommended the allocation of the grants from his District Five budget, and the other four supervisors all voted to approve those allocations.

Since 1976, the Fallbrook Senior Citizens Center has provided services and programs to Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, Pala, and DeLuz citizens over 55. The center currently has more than 350 members with nearly 2,000 non-members participating in annual activities. The new railing and the re-grading of the entrance will make the center compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

“The Fallbrook Senior Citizens Center is a favorite gathering place in the community, so improving safety by adding new railing and re-grading the entrance makes good sense,” Horn said. “The $25,000 grant will also pay for technology upgrades and new computers so Fallbrook seniors can surf the Net like their grandchildren.”

The semi-permanent tents and truck containers will help protect thrift shop merchandise.

Fallbrook Center for the Arts, Inc., was the Fallbrook Village Association when it was founded in 1994 with the goal of expanding the arts experience in the Fallbrook community. The purchase and installation of the software and hardware funded by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program money will allow all websites under the control of the Fallbrook Center for the Arts to operate under a single framework with unified back-end access levels.

Signage which is missing or currently incorrect will be replaced, and the funding will cover the design, purchase, and installation of that signage. The exterior improvements include decorative trellis panels and lighting which will enable the Fallbrook Art Center to create a more positive image in the Downtown Fallbrook community.

“The Fallbrook Center for the Arts is a great asset to the community. This grant money will allow them to purchase and install hardware and software to make their Website more efficient, update and enhance the building, and pay for signage. The outside of the building will complement what happens inside,” Horn said.

The Jan. 7 vote also included findings that the Fallbrook Senior Citizens Center, Fallbrook Art Center, and Fallbrook School of the Arts projects are categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.

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