On May 26th, 2021, in a Special Board Meeting, the newly elected Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council (EVRNC) voted to approve the Neighborhood Purpose Grants (NPG) applications of several community groups to get thousands of unspent dollars to community programs. This included funding La Mujeres de la Tierra’s Vamos a la Playa program ($3000), support for sustaining LA Mas’s Northeast LA Mercadito ($1500), training for teachers and parents at Allesandro Elementary School for implementing and maintaining a new school garden with Eco Urban Gardens ($3000), helping the Friends of Cypress Park Library purchase new library books ($5000), the purchase of instruments for Elysian Heights Elementary School’s Music and Movement program ($4940), and supporting work by Extraordinary Families to assist our youth within and exiting the foster care system ($5000).
Although this recent round of funding had to be approved and spent on a tight timeline, the new EVRNC board voted to go forward at their very first meeting on May 12th in order to get those unspent dollars into our area before they were released back into the City’s general fund.
NPGs are awarded to certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or public schools for projects that improve the community and provide a public benefit. NPG projects should build community, enhance the neighborhood, and be open, accessible, and free to the general public.
In the future, the EVRNC hopes to use funds to target even more projects that directly benefit our community. They welcome the public to attend any General Board or Committee meeting to hear about issues directly affecting our Elysian Valley Riverside neighborhood. You can find information on upcoming meetings at https://www.myevrnc.com.