Several grants were approved at last Monday’s Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen continuation meeting. Alderman Billy Mashburn was absent from the meeting due to family obligations.
But the aldermen were cautious in the process, favoring nonprofit applicants to others, following months of talks in establishing a new grant funding process — a policy that would establish a grant ranking system for community nonprofits.
In fact, Karen Stiwinter, on behalf of the Macon County Community Foundation, offered her organization’s services as an entity that distributes 100 percent of all grant funds it collects to non-profits. Stiwinter came with local architect Tom Ritter, the foundation’s president for next year.