Eleven local nonprofits are splitting $50,000 awarded by the city through its annual “Serving Sandy Springs” grant program.
The City Council approved the awards at its Oct. 18 meeting.

The only “no” vote came, as it has every year, from Councilmember Gabriel Sterling, who repeated his stance that, while he supports the causes of the local organizations, he believes taxpayer money should be spent only on direct city policy programs.

The organizations and award amounts are:

■ Act 3 Productions ($7,740)

■ Am Yisrael Chai ($4,000)

■ Atlanta Jewish Music Festival ($2,050)

■ Every Woman Works ($2,500)

■ Friends of Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex ($5,000)

■ Mary Hall Freedom House ($5,000)

■ Sandy Springs Education Force ($9,300)

■ Housing Initiative of North Fulton ($5,000)

■ Friends of North Springs High School ($4,195)

■ Sandy Springs Tennis Association ($3,690)

■ Los Niños Primero ($1,525)

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