Now is the time for nonprofit groups to request donations from the town of Hayden for 2006.
The town wants all donation requests by Sept. 16 for staff and officials to begin planning next year's budget.
The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will discuss possible candidates for a donation committee, which will consider requests and make recommendations to the board.
Board members approved a policy last year limiting annual donations to 4 percent of projected sales tax revenue up to $30,000.
That's about how much the town gave various organizations, including Yampa Valley Regional Airport, this year.
Airport contributions in 2006 will be considered separate from other grants so that the donation policy will apply only to non-airport requests, Town Manager Russ Martin said.
He estimated that the town received about $70,000 in donation requests for 2005.
The donation committee, which will establish criteria for grants, will help take some of the decision-making burden off the board and give members more time to focus on other important aspects of the budget, Martin said.
Town staff compiled a preliminary list of potential candidates who have experience in the community and aren't likely to request a donation, Martin said.
The list includes representatives of the school and library districts, the Hayden Heritage Center, the business and banking community and churches.
Donation applications are available at Town Hall. For more information, call 276-3741.