Cannabis farmers in Carpinteria are supporting youth-serving organizations in an effort intended to make safe childcare available and affordable. On July 17, the local cannabis farmers group CARP Growers issued community grants totaling $21,000 for scholarships at Carpinteria Children’s Project and Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. Also, as part of its quarterly Community Grants Program, CARP Growers provided $3,800 in support of extra expenses incurred at this year’s Carpinteria High School graduation.
“We think the biggest issue right now is finding safe enrichment for children in our community,” said Tristan Strauss, president of CARP Growers. “Working families have been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Parents shouldn’t have to choose between getting back to work and finding safe childcare, so we hope providing scholarships can fill this glaring need.”
CARP Growers gifted over $100,000 to community causes in 2019, and this year moved to a quarterly community grant application process. Nonprofits can now fill out an online form, and applications are vetted before select grants are funded at the end of each quarter.
“We are committed to being able to continue to provide affordable care for our families, and the additional scholarship funds will be critical as families navigate paying for full-time childcare,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.
Carpinteria Unified School District announced last week that when school starts in late August, instruction will be conducted remotely due to new state orders meant to curb the pandemic. Both Girls Inc. and Carpinteria Children’s Project have reopened at limited capacity and with strict safety protocols. With schools closed, youth-serving nonprofits will be even more important.
Also due to Covid-19, Carpinteria High School incurred added costs for its socially distanced 2020 graduation ceremony. CARP Growers will contribute $3,800 to backfill printing costs associated with posters made for the June graduation. CARP Growers had already contributed $7,800 to Parents for Carpinteria High School for large student portraits that were displayed around Carpinteria during the month of June and to provide flower leis to each graduating senior.
The next community grants release will be in October. Applicants will be considered through the end of September. To apply, visit carpgrowers.org/community.