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January 9th, 2010
City invites bids for funding human services funds


The City of San Marcos is now accepting human service agency applications for funding from the city.

The applications are available from the Finance Department in the Municipal Building, 630 East Hopkins Street. They may also be downloaded from the city’s website at

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 5  at the finance department.  Late submissions will not be considered.

The city’s human services advisory board, after reviewing all eligible applications, will make its recommendations to the city council in the spring. The council will determine allocations in its budget process. All decisions will conclude in early September.

Funding will be for Fiscal Year 2011, which begins on Oct. 1, 2010 and end on Sept. 30, 2011.

The council has allocated around $439,213 to assist local social service agencies from the General fund in recent budgets.

Agencies funded in 2009-10 include the Hays County Food Bank, San Marcos Housing Authority, Central Texas Medical Center Heritage Program, San Marcos Youth Service Bureau, Southside Community Center, Hays Caldwell Women’s Center, Texas State University Safe at Home Program, SMCISD Pep Program, Combined Community Action, Scheib Opportunity Center, Hays County Homespun, Greater San Marcos Youth Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, E Café, CASA of Central Texas, Community Action, Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas,  and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Agencies who wish to participate in the application process must meet the following criteria:

1. Must be a Human Services agency as defined by the City Council of the City of San Marcos.

2. Must be overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors.

3. Must provide services in the San Marcos area.

4. Must establish that it is performing a needed service to the community not provided by any other agency.

5. Must execute an agency agreement with the City of San Marcos

6. Must have measurable goals and agree to undergo periodic program evaluations by the Human Services Advisory Board or City of San Marcos staff.

7. Must have letters of support from members of the San Marcos community.

City funding may not exceed 50% of the funding sources for any applicant. For additional information contact Human Services Advisory Board Liason Cynthia Zavala at (512)393-8170.

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