Seeing a 36 to 1 return on its investment, it is no wonder the Sunnyside City Council opted to renew the grant writing partnership with the Sunnyside Economic Development Association (SEDA).
Marshall Doak was present at the Council's study session this past Tuesday to make the case for funding the grant writing program. Sue Jetter serves as the city grant writer.
By the end of Doak's presentation, Council agreed to pony up $23,835 in 2005, which is a 7.7 percent increase in funding over the previous year. Doak said most of the increase in the budget request will fund a salary increase for Jetter and will allow the hours of her part-time assistant to be extended.
Doak pointed out that Jetter has never exceeded her budget.
The city has been a great benefactor of the grant writing partnership, which also includes Sunnyside Community Hospital, the Port of Sunnyside and the Sunnyside School District. Since June 2001, the city has invested $70,000 into the grant writing partnership and has seen returns of $2.5 million. Jetter said in a memo to the city that more than 79 percent of the funds requested by the city have been awarded.