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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 am

Two organizations will share $10,000 in community benefit funding to be distributed by the city of Galt.

The Galt City Council decision made Tuesday goes against prior years, when the McFarland Living History Ranch was the sole recipient of the funding. But in March 2012, council members adopted a policy to allow all official nonprofit organizations in Galt to apply for the money.

Nine did, but only four had an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) status. They include Horizon Community Church, Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Galt Historical Society and Project Love.

However, upon discussion, council members decided to award funding to organizations whose work is directly affecting the community.

Project Love is seeking to increase the meals provided to Galt homeless from once a week and the last Saturday of month to a more frequent basis.

"If we can't offer some help to the homeless, we need to do the best we can," Councilwoman Barbara Payne said of the $2,500 in community funding awarded to the group.

The Historical Society sought $10,000 — but only received three-quarters of that — for a barn-raising at McFarland Living History Ranch in order to store equipment and materials used in provision of educational programming for the thousands of students that visit the ranch annually.

Payne originally recommended splitting the money evenly between Project Love and the Historical Society. But Mayor Marylou Powers, Councilman Mark Crews and Councilman Curt Campion favored a share of $7,500 to the Historical Society and $2,500 to Project Love.

The vote was unanimous.

The money comes from an agreement with Softcom to lease city property.

Horizon Community Church applied for $2,500 for a Harvest Carnival to be organized in partnership with local churches, while the Seventh-day Adventists sought $10,000 to fund a Color of Health 5K Fun Run to promote healthy lifestyles.

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