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Fairbanks program for chronic inebriates at risk of losing funding, fails to meet grant match

Posted: November 28, 2011 - 1:00am

FAIRBANKS — A program that gets chronic inebriates off the streets of downtown Fairbanks is at risk of losing funding because it failed to meet requirements of a matching grant.

The Community Service Patrol must make a cash match of $140,000 to the city’s $50,000 contribution, which the program has failed to do, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Sunday.

The grant expires in 2014, but the council has the option of pulling it any time before that if the program does not meet the match requirement. A decision on whether to continue the grant likely will be made at the Dec. 12 Fairbanks City Council meeting, when the mayor’s proposed 2012 budget will be voted on.

David van den Berg, executive director of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, which runs the CSP, told the council that the program will fall 86 percent to 97 percent shy of meeting the match requirement. He said the exact amount is not yet known because he is waiting to hear back from several potential donors.

Corporate donors in 2011 include Fairbanks Memorial Hospital at $45,000, Doyon, Limited at $10,000 and ExxonMobil at $5,000. Downtown property owner JL Properties gave $2,000, while Bachner Companies, Dave Cavitt, Monty Rostad, Usibelli Investments and First Presbyterian Church gave $1,000 each.

Van den Berg said he is focused on bringing new donors into the CSP revenue stream and increasing his efforts to get downtown business owners to contribute to the program.

He hopes the council will give the program another year to define its funding focus.

“It’s a steep match, and we have not met the match, but really this is the first year of this relationship, and I think that we’ve done a really good job of deepening and diversifying,” he said. “We need some time to go make some other proposals, and that’s gonna happen in 2012.”

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