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Aurora will take roll call for ARPA grants

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Aurora, Colo.) When Aurora grants money to local non-profits, they expect their community partners to be accountable for how their funds are used.

Several council members expressed a desire at the Nov. 21 study session to hear reports from non-profits who received youth violence prevention grants from the city earlier this year. They expect a report from city staff by the end of the year.

On Monday, the council is set to award $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act grants. The following agencies, if approved, would receive grants. The council will vote each grant up or down, one-by-one Monday.

· Metro Community Provider Network

· Aurora Public Schools Foundation

· Rocky Mountain Welcome Center

· Caring Voices

· Colorado Alliance for Health Equity and Practice

· Mi Casa Resource Center

· RISE Colorado

· East Colfax Community Collective

· Rocky Mountain Youth Medical and Nursing Consultants

· A Little Help

· New American College

· Brothers Redevelopment Inc

· Mosaic Unlimited Inc

· Tigray Ethiopian Community Association in Colorado

· African Chamber of Commerce Colorado USA

· Aurora Community Connection

· You be You Early Learning

· Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado

· ARPA Interchurch Task Force Inc.

· DAWN

· Community Enterprise Development Services

· Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

· Issues of Life Church Ministries Aurora

For the youth violence prevention grants, city staff ultimately developed a mathematical formula for scoring projects. A panel of volunteers with expertise working with youth created the list, which Youth Violence Program Manager Christina Amparan defended as "solid."

Amparan said the grantees chosen would have a synergistic effect on reducing youth violence and performing different tasks and offering various services while working toward a common goal.

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