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City council approves grant applications

The Austin City Council approved Hormel Foundation grant applications at its meeting Monday. The city will look to receive more than $340,000 in total grant funding. 

John O'Rourke, former mayor and foundation board member, seemed optimistic about the grants. He said he's hoping next year is just as good for the organization.

"Things are looking good with the foundation," O'Rourke said. "It's nice giving away money for just causes."

During its Aug. 1 work session, the council reviewed the foundation  applications and ranked them:

• Main Street Project downtown revitalization: $100,000. 


• Fire Department (smoke detectors, laptop, Sparky): $6,600.

• Police Department (SIRT equipment): $24,750.

• Austin Public Library summer reading program: $8,000.

• Jay C. Hormel Nature Center environmental education: $29,942.

• Austin Public Library early literacy stations: $17,160.

• Public Works Cedar River dam plaza: $40,000.

• Public works historical signage: $10,000.

• Jay C. Hormel Nature Center van: $36,118.


• Human Rights Commission community education: $16,500.

• Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, water slide replacement: $40,000.

• Administration for GreenSteps Program: $12,000.

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