As per annual tradition, the Spokane Valley City Council awarded funding to several outside social service and economic development agencies on Tuesday night. And, as often happens, some groups were left out in the cold if they did not receive the support of the majority of the council. The city has provided funding assistance to charitable and economy-driving groups since incorporation in 2003. In the 2018 budget, $150,000 was allocated for this practice. The following amounts were awarded to:
- Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, $17,694
- Spokane Valley Arts Council, $30,708
- Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, $3,500
- Spokane Valley Summer Theater, $2,357
- Valleyfest, $28,122
- Family Promise of Spokane, $4,607
- Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, $15,266
- Hearth Homes (Naomi), $20,000
- Spokane Valley Partners, $17,623
- Widows Might, $10,123.
The council heard from numerous agencies back in September for requests for funding. Some that didn’t make the cut this time include Abuse Recover Ministry and Services, Catholic Charities Spokane, Children First Therapy, Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council and SNAP.