Presentations by 30 applicants who have submitted projects requesting community improvement funds from the Venice Neighborhood Council are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3rd, at the Westminster Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The Neighborhood Council previously announced that it has up to $40,000 in city funds available during 2008-09 to award for projects to improve the quality of life in the Venice community. The goal of the projects should be to “build community through the implementation process and enhance the neighborhood once completed,” according to the Neighborhood Council.

Applications were distributed and proposals covering a wide range of community improvements were received from 41 schools, organizations and individuals by the March 1st deadline, according to a council spokesman.

The applicants, whose proposals met the technical criteria of the application process and qualified for City of Los Angeles funding, plan to make a short presentation April 3rd to the Neighborhood Council Board of Officers, the Neighborhood Com- mittee and the Venice community. The meeting will feature a non-binding “straw poll” of Venice stakeholders in attendance.

Linda Lucks, Venice Neighborhood Council vice president and chair of the Neighborhood Committee said, “This event is a wonderful opportunity for Venice stakeholders to participate in the improvement of their community.”

The Neighborhood Committee plans to rank the applications at a later meeting and the council will make the final selections at its regular meeting June 17th.

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