HESPERIA — In an effort to streamline the process, the City Council recently adopted a new program to distribute grant funds to local nonprofits.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Council reviewed the Hesperia City Council Advisory Committee’s (CCAC) applicant ranking and awarded $125,000 in funds among several nonprofits through the city’s Community Assistant Program (CAP).

The Council said CAP replaces the Community Development Block Grant HUD public service program, which was describing as having a “cumbersome and over-regulated process” in a staff report.

To make the program easier for nonprofit, public service entities to implement, the city decided to fund the sub-recipient program through the general fund, thereby reducing the amount of paperwork and reporting requirements.

The CCAC’s ranking took into consideration the entity’s eligibility, community need, financial need of the program/project, financial capacity to administer the program and additional funding sources available for the applicant’s program/project.

During the meeting, each member of the Council allocated $25,000 in grant funds among the applicants of their choosing, with total awards for all applicants not to exceed the approved $125,000 grant amount for the CAP.

With an allocated $26,500, the Holy Family Church Food Pantry was the big grant winner, followed by High Desert Homeless Services and New Life Chapel Food Ministry which each received $20,000.

Of the 12 applicants, Spirit Filled Family Church received $5,500 of the $10,550 they requested despite the church being considered “ineligible” by the city because they did not attend a mandatory workshop during the application process.

Midge Nicosia, the Victor Valley Community Services Council executive director, thanked Mayor Paul Russ, Mayor Pro Tem Russ Blewett and Councilwoman Rebekah Swanson for allocating $10,000 to her organization that serve seniors and the disabled.

“There are so many great organization, that’s why it’s very difficult to choose,” Russ said. “I’m just glad we have the ability to do this.”

Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter@DP_ReneDeLaCruz.