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|Local charities seek funding from Legislature|
A number of Franklin Parish non-profit and community service groups are seeking funding in the current legislative session, according to documents on file with the Louisiana Legislature.
Among groups in line for potential funding are the Franklin Parish Economic Development Foundation, Winnsboro Main Street Inc., and the Winnsboro Gun Club.
The funding requests are the result of filings made by representatives of the organizations and that many of the organizations from his district requesting funds this year also requested funding in previous years, said State Rep. Noble Ellington, who is listed as the sponsor of the requests because the entities all lie within his district.
Ellington noted the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal put into place new funding request methods, including the request forms that local groups filed with the Legislature.
"They have sent those forms in requesting that money but none of that is in the budget yet," Ellington said. "All of that has to be put in by amendments, if in fact there is money available to do it."
Ellington said he worked with the groups to get the paperwork in early.
"All we did was get our folks a little bit of a quick start to go ahead and get those forms in," Ellington said.
Among the organizations in Ellington's district seeking funding are:
• Catfish Festival Inc., $25,000
• Franklin Parish Economic Development Foundation, $50,000
• Franklin Parish Historical Society Museum, $25,000
• Fresh Start Outreach Ministries Inc., $785,000
• Industrial Develop-ment Board of the Parish of Caldwell, $50,000
• Old Bethel Baptist Church of Clarks Inc., $50,000
• Schepis Foundation Inc., $75,000
• Ward III Community Center Management Board, $90,000
• Winnsboro Gun Club Inc., $25,000
• Winnsboro Main Stree Inc., $50,000
Ellington said funding for projects and organizations like those in his district will depend on whether or not legislators can find room for them in the $31.5 billion budget Jindal placed before the Legislature.
That word won't come until the Revenue Estimating Committee meets later in the session.
"With the budget right now, we're still just taking testimony," Ellington said. "We have not started taking amendments or discussing any of that."
Ellington was holding out hope for funding, but hedged himself with a measure of cautious optimism.
"It's a little early in the process," Ellington said.