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The Las Cruces City Council voted May 2 to award grants to 19 local nonprofits who provide health-related public service. Seventeen of the agencies received $32,000 grants, one received $30,000 and one received $25,000. Three other agencies were not approved for funding, but their requests will be reviewed in an upcoming council work session, Mayor Ken Miyagishima said at the meeting.
Funds were awarded as follows:
The funding is “for providing qualified health care and supportive services to the sick, indigent and low-income residents of Las Cruces,” according to city documents.
The $599,000 total funding comes from the city’s Telshor Facilities Fund (TFF). The fund was created by the council in October 2004 with proceeds from the pre-paid lease of Memorial Medical Center to Providence Healthcare Company, according to city documents. TFF currently contains $42.2 million.
The city began allocating TFF funds to nonprofits in FY 2009 “for the funding of health-related public services for the benefit of city residents.” The city created the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee (HHSAC) to evaluate proposals for funding, according to city documents.