Gilbert Town Council approves distribution of town's AZ CARES funds

Gilbert Town Council
Gilbert Town Council approved aid expenditures Sept. 29 for individuals, small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Town Council approved aid expenditures Sept. 29 for individuals, small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Town Council approved a number expenditures in a special meeting Sept. 29 to help individuals, small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The expenditures were recommended by a subcommittee, chaired by Council Member Aimee Yentes, tasked with allocating Gilbert’s $29.17 million from AZ CARES funds from the state.

Much of that funding was used for public safety, which freed up money from the town's general fund to be used to help assist local organizations.

The funding included:

  • $50,000 for providing emergency financial assistance to Jewish Family and Children’s Services for the East Valley Healthcare Center and another $50,000 to JFCS for providing telehealth services for individuals with mental health and substance abuse treatment needs

  • $267,000 to notMYkid for providing youth mental health collective services

  • An increase of $200,000 to family assistance nonprofit AZCEND for additional financial assistance to Gilbert residents

  • An increase of $100,000 to Arizona Shelter Services for additional assistance and services for Gilbert residents and families

  • An increase of $108,000 to the Salvation Army for increasing the minimum amount of rent or utility assistance

  • An increase of $219,648 to Midwest Food Bank for providing meals and procurement, transportation and distribution of food and supplies to non-profit agencies

  • An allocation of $11 million for a #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Grant Program

  • $150,000 to the Maricopa County Community College District for the purpose of providing up to 120 Gilbert residents impacted by the pandemic with job training and up to 200 hours of business coaching

  • Accepting a $15,000 grant from the Gila River Indian Community that will fund Clothes Cabin’s back-to-work and work preparedness program

  • $400,000 to provide Gilbert residents a one-time coupon code to receive a reduced price for one Parks and Recreation Department program, class or ramada rental

By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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