Group allots funds

Human Rights Commission gives $4,650 in grants.
Thursday, November 20, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:58 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Columbia Human Rights Commission held a public hearing Tuesday night regarding funding recommendations for its human rights enhancement program.

The program grants money to organizations that promote diversity, tolerance and education. The commission finalized its decision on how to distribute the program’s $4,650.

None of the organizations appealed the decision, and the commission will give its recommendations to the Columbia City Council on Dec. 15.

“I’m happy that the organizations saw the choices were good,” said Phil Steinhaus, community services manager.

Commission members discussed the merits and wrote their evaluation of each program. The amounts were averaged and rounded to reach the final numbers.

“We found a remarkable degree of concurrence on how to give out the money,” said commission member David Finke.

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