I wanted to tell you about an exciting opportunity for nonprofit organizations to apply for grant funds! The city of Las Vegas is now accepting applications from 501C(3) or 501C(4) nonprofit organizations for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grants. Priority consideration and funding will be given to applications addressing:
- Homeless prevention/outreach, intervention services with a preference toward veterans, men with children and women with children.
- Seniors with a focus on maintaining independence.
- Persons with special needs (includes HOPWA).
- Youth programs that focus on academic skills and early childhood development.
Applications for these programs are available via the city’s website at www.lasvegasnevada.gov under Apply For Grants. The application process is online this year utilizing Zoomgrants™.
Organizations planning to apply are encouraged to attend one of the following three application workshops being offered, as there are important changes since last year’s process.
- Nov. 2, HOPWA Returning Applicants, 9 – 11 a.m.
- Nov. 3, First Time Applicants, 9 – 11 a.m.
- Nov.3, CDBG Returning Applicants, 2 – 4 p.m.
All workshops will be held at the Mel Kalagian Downtown Senior Services Center, multipurpose room, 300 S. Ninth St. Please R.S.V.P. your attendance at (702) 229-2330. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. PST. No applications will be accepted after this deadline.
The grant applications are reviewed by a board for recommendations to the City Council. The funding is allocated by the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services department.
For further information, please call Shawn Bolster at (702) 229-4912, TTY (702) 386-9108.
I also hope you can tune in to KCLV Channel 2 to watch more than 200 high school students as they participate in the annual Ward 5 Teen Town Hall! Teen Town Hall will air live at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. It will be rebroadcast at 3 p.m. Oct. 27; at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29; at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30; and at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Teens from Rancho, Canyon Springs, Western and Mojave high schools will discuss a variety of topics, including the issue of bullying, building confidence and having discipline.
Joining me as co-host is mixed martial artist Frank Mir. Mir was born and raised in Las Vegas, and currently lives here with his family. At the age of 4 he started studying martial arts, and went on to obtain his Black Belt in Kenpo Karate as a teenager. He excelled in wrestling at Bonanza High School and won the Nevada State High School Wrestling Championships in the heavyweight division. After graduating from high school, he started studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now holds the Black Belt. In recent years he has also become an accomplished Muay Thai Kickboxer.
Mir has amassed one of the most impressive careers in mixed martial arts. His record currently stands at 13 wins and five losses. He has held the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Title twice. His impressive career was almost cut short after he suffered a major car accident in 2004, but through dedication and hard work he was able to return to the top of his sport.
Mir and the UFC are big supports of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and the Boys and Girl’s Club of Southern Nevada.
As a Las Vegas native and amazing athlete, Mir has helped to shine the spotlight on our great city. I am excited to have someone of his caliber to speak with our youth about hard work and dedication, as well as the importance of giving back to the community.