City Ends Mini Grant Program

The Mayor’s Youth Commission has ended its mini-grant program after outcry from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Earlier this year, the commission voted to give $500 to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church for an Easter retreat for two of the church’s youth groups.  The advocacy organization soon became aware of the grant and told the city it believed the grant was unconstitutional; asking the commission to refrain from awarding such grants in the future.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a Wisconsin-based organization dedicated to the separation of state and church.

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