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Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Janice Cole of Bedford County Arts Council was one of many non-profit organization representatives making funding requests Tuesday before the Shelbyville city council.
(T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Cuts in funding are causing financial woes for some local non-profit organizations, Shelbyville City Council was told.

The council heard requests for funding from both community organizations and charitable agencies, although 10 of the 23 groups listed did not send a representative to appear before the council Tuesday night.

Teresa Winnette, manager of the Child Development Center, which helps young children with developmental disabilities, requested a total of $15,200 in funding, the same amount as the last fiscal year.

But Winnette noted that while enrollment in the CDC has increased by 14 percent over the past year, there has been a decrease of 53 percent in state funding.

"The requested city funding is crucial in being able to ensure no child of Bedford County is without the early intervention service they may need to reach their fullest potential," the council was told.

A decrease in giving to the United Way resulted in a request from the Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County of $3,000 -- double the amount the organization sought last year. The program serves hundreds suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia.

Lynne Farrar, executive director of CASA, requested $5,000 from the city, pointing out there are about 75 children in foster care who have been abused or neglected in Shelbyville.

However, the county's juvenile court judge has to pick and choose which child gets a CASA volunteer due to the lack of resources, with Farrar saying they only serve 35 percent of the cases, and that they are assigned the most complicated cases.

Janice Cole of Bedford County Arts Council asked the council for $7,500 more than last year's contribution, for a total of $25,000.

Cole said that the Fly Arts Center is in need of major repairs -- three new central heat and air units are needed at an estimated cost of $15,000, along with lighting for the museum and reception room for $10,000 and around $7,000 worth of repairs to the railing and steps of the front porch.

The Center for Family Development, which supports children and families, requested $5,250 to fingerprint volunteers for "Creating Promise," a mentoring program for children of prisoners. The center made no funding requests to the city last year.

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center of Shelbyville asked for $26,000 -- $3,000 more than last year -- stating that the request represents seven percent of their total budget. The center serves those with disabilities who want to enter or re-enter the workforce.

Tennessee Backroads requested $3,629, the same as last year, and Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center submitted a request for $16,000 -- with no change from 2010.

A request was also made for $130,500 for the Argie Cooper Library, with no change from last year's request.

Walt Wood from the Chamber of Commerce made a request for $5,000 from the city for industrial recruitment and promotion.

Wood said that over the past year $38.25 million in new investment and 264 new jobs have come to Shelbyville due to the addition of Roses, additional jobs at Tyson Foods, the opening of Gold River Feed Products and SMW Automotive, which is to bring a planned 170 positions.

Skills Development Services, which helps the developmentally disabled, asked for funding of $8,000 and the Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County asked for $10,000.

Bedford County Rescue Unit, an unpaid, volunteer organization, requested $2,500 from the council, a hike of $500 from the amount contributed last year.

Other groups that made requests, but did not appear before the council were:

l Community Religious Outreach Social Services requested an increase of $4,000 for a total of $5,500 asked for this year. President Carl Bailey wrote that the homeless shelter had experienced a "dramatic shortfall in resources" and was only able to feed and shelter clients through individual donations from citizens and restaurants.

l Bedford County Soil and Water Conservation requested $6,000 -- $1,000 more than last year.

l Gilliland Historical Resource Center asked for $1,000.

l Uptown Shelbyville made a request for $5,000.

l The Next Step Home made a request for $5,000 -- $2,000 more than contributed by the city in 2010.

l First Choice Pregnancy Center asked for $2,500 this year, having received no funds from the city last year, as did Haven of Hope, a domestic violence shelter.

l Sponsorship of the Walking Horse Trainers Association Show was requested in the amount of $10,000, while South Central Tennessee Tourism Association asked for $250 and $2,577 was requested by South Central Human Resources Agency.