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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 2

Meeting Date: March 11, 2008

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution approving local agricultural grants in the amount of $30,604 from the City’s Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program as recommended by the Agricultural Enterprise Committee.

Prepared by: Linda Maurer, Economic Development Manager

Submitted by: Howard Sword, Community Development Director

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution approving local agricultural grants in the amount of $30,604 from the City’s Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program as recommended by the Agricultural Enterprise Committee.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On November 13, 2007 the City Council adopted Resolution 2007-256 approving the creation of the Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program.

BACKGROUND
Last year, the City created the Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program to assist local agricultural organizations fund area marketing and enterprise activities for the purpose of promoting the Brentwood agricultural area.

A notice of funding availability was issued in December 2007, with a deadline to submit grant proposals by February 1, 2008. Staff received seven (7) proposals totaling $85,913. The amount of funds available for this year’s grant cycle is $30,604. A summary of the proposals and recommended grant funding is attached as Exhibit A to this staff report.

On February 11, 2008, staff submitted the grant applications to the standing Agricultural Enterprise Committee for consideration and a recommendation for funding. Many of the grant applicants were at this meeting and presented their needs for consideration. Following are the recommendations from the Committee:

Grant Recipient Purpose AEC Recommended Amount
Brentwood’s Co. Co. County Wine Company Marketing program to showcase Brentwood wines $2,500
Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust Regional marketing effort for Buy Fresh Buy Local $10,000
Harvest Time In Brentwood, Inc. To create a “farm trails” map/brochure $13,413
Contra Costa Wine Grape & Olive Growers Association Marketing program to promote Brentwood wines $2,891
Impressions Advertising & Marketing Promotion to launch a regional wine magazine and guide $1,800
TOTAL $30,604

The recommended grant amounts include only tangible costs and do not cover reimbursement for staff or consultant costs.

FISCAL IMPACT
The total amount awarded is $30,604. The amount is available in the Agriculture Administration Fund portion of the 2007/08 Operating Budget.

Attachments:
Resolution
Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program Applicants and Recommended Funding Matrix

RESOLUTION NO. 2008-___

ADOPT A RESOLUTION APPROVING LOCAL AGRICULTURAL GRANTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,604 FROM THE CITY’S AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISE GRANT PROGRAM AS RECOMMENDED BY THE AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISE COMMITTEE

WHEREAS, on November 13, 2007, the City Council adopted Resolution 2007-256 approving the creation of the Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program to assist local agricultural organizations fund area marketing and enterprise activities for the purposes of promoting the Brentwood agricultural area; and

WHEREAS, a notice of funding availability was issued in December 2007, with a deadline to submit grant proposals by February 1, 2008. Staff received seven (7) applications, resulting in a request for funding of $85,913; and

WHEREAS, the amount of funds available for this year’s grant cycle is $30,604; and

WHEREAS, on February 11, 2008, staff submitted the grant applications to the standing Agricultural Enterprise Committee for consideration, and a recommendation for funding; and

WHEREAS, the Agricultural Enterprise Committee made the recommendation to award $30,604 in funding.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby authorizes to distribute the Agricultural Enterprise Grant awards totaling $30,604 and to be awarded as follows:

Grant Recipient Purpose AEC Recommended Amount
Brentwood’s Co. Co. County Wine Company Marketing program to showcase Brentwood wines $2,500
Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust Regional marketing effort for Buy Fresh Buy Local $10,000
Harvest Time In Brentwood, Inc. To create a “farm trails” map/brochure $13,413
Contra Costa Wine Grape & Olive Growers Association Marketing program to promote Brentwood wines $2,891
Impressions Advertising & Marketing Promotion to launch a regional wine magazine and guide $1,800
TOTAL $30,604

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 11th day of March 2008 by the following vote:
 
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