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January 14th, 2011
City accepting human services agency applications


Human service agencies can now access funding applications from the City of San Marcos for 2011-2012.

Agencies may pick up an application from the Finance Department in the Municipal Building, 630 E. Hopkins. Applications may also be downloaded from the City of San Marcos web site. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Finance Department. No late submissions will be considered.

The Human Services Advisory Board will review applications and make its recommendations to the San Marcos city council in the spring. The City Council will decide allocations in its budget process that will be concluded in September of 2011. Funding will be for the fiscal year from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012.

The city council has already allocated approximately $444,213 from the General Fund to assist programs of local social service agencies in recent budgets. Agencies that were funded in 2010-11 include 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, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Nosotros La Gente,  and Pet Prevent A Litter (PALS).

In order to participate in the application process, an agency 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 percent of the funding sources for applicants. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Zavala at 512-393-8170.

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