On Dec. 19 fifteen local non-profits became beneficiaries of grant money from the 2017 Commissioners’ Cup Grant Awards. Every year the Davis County commission hosts a golf tournament to raise money for non-profits in Davis County. Local businesses are invited to sponsor teams and one of 18 holes. The tournament was held at Davis Park Golf Course.
“We can’t give taxpayer money to non-profits,” said Commissioner James E. Smith. “But we have a strong desire to help our community. So we host the tournament every year and all of the proceeds go to charity.”
Smith hosts the tournament with fellow commissioners Randy Elliott and Bret Millburn. This year the commission raised $22,900 with the help of local business leaders. The money is then divided up among non-profits who must apply for the grants. Unfortunately the commission receives more applications than it can approve. This year it received applications from 19 foundations requesting more than $91,000. Awarded grants ranged from $500 to $5000 based on need and other factors. The commissioners consider requests that contribute in some way to the community, like the safety, prosperity or moral well-being of county residents.
Marcie Valdez, Foundation Director at Davis Technical College received a grant to use towards the Bridge Scholarship program.
“For our low-income students, these scholarships bring peace of mind and relief from financial stress,” said Valdez. “They also serve as a testament that there are many people in our community who care about them and their future success.”
Valdez said that with last year’s grant they were able to help two students, and they expect to help two more this year.
Rape Aggression Defense Program (RAD) Women of Utah was another benefactor of the grant award, netting $1000 to help teach women and girls self-defense tactics.
“Thanks to the help of our community, we have been able to train more than 200 women and children in self-defense,” said Julie Checketts, RAD Women. “With this award we will be able to grow our RADKids program in an effort to prevent more child rapes in Utah.”
The Commissioners’ Cup is an annual tournament. The Davis County Commission has hosted this event for over 20 years donating more than $500,000 to local charities. The next tournament will be August 15, 2018 at Davis Park Golf Course in Layton. Applications for grants must be received by Nov. 1, 2018 to be considered. For more information on applying for a grant call the Commission Office at 801-451-3200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.