Purpose and Funding
As part of the Borough’s budget, Borough Council allocates $10,000 twice annually to fund outside agencies and considers requests from organizations that want to improve the Borough of Carlisle. Funding is limited to $2,000 per organization per calendar year. These amounts (the total annual funding allocation and the funding limit per organization) are subject to change, per the discretion of Borough Council.
Primary Funding Areas
- Community Beautification: Funds may be used to beautify a particular area of Carlisle Borough. Examples could include planting along a block, neighborhood clean-ups, rental of pickup trucks for bulk clean-up, planting of trees, etc.
- Social Programs and Sevices: Funds may be used to support programs and services in the community that improve the quality of life of residents.
- Support of Community Activities: Funds may be used to organize or support community events (purchasing materials or supplies needed for such events).
- Education: Funds may be used to support educational opportunities.
Criteria for Selection
In evaluating applications, the Borough will consider the following questions:
- Does the project, program, or mission widely benefit the Carlisle community?
- Has the organization submitted a complete and coherent application?
- What is the overall impact of the project, program, or mission on the Carlisle community?
- How does the project, program, or mission align with Borough goals and plans?
Applications will be considered twice per year with submission deadlines of March 31 and September 30. Submissions should be emailed to the Assistant Borough Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Borough of Carlisle
Assistant Borough Manager
Attn: Outside Agency Funding
53 West South Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Following each deadline, applicants will be required to attend a Borough Council Workshop meeting to present their application. Submissions will then be evaluated by the Assistant Borough Manager, the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Sustainability and Community Planning Committee, and the Chair or VIce-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee who will make recommendations to Borough Council. Borough Council will then make final approvals by June 30 and December 31, respectively.
Once approved, the Borough will notify recipients and funds will be disbursed based on documentation submitted to and approved by the Borough's Finance Department. Within one year of receiving funding, an organization will send to the Assistant Borough Manager a statement of no more than 500 words describing how the funds were expended and the impact of the funding. The work of fund recipients may be highlighted on the Borough's website and social media accounts.