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Community Benefit Program

MISSION STATEMENT: The Community Benefit Program recommends, promotes, coordinates projects, oversees funding and ensures timely completion of projects proposed by nonprofit and qualified organizations related to parks, recreation facilities, and roads and street lighting within FPUD’s service area. The program intends to benefit Fallbrook residents by using unrestricted public property tax revenue received by FPUD and allocated to the Community Benefit Program.

VISION STATEMENT: The Program identifies and solicits requests from FPUD’s service area nonprofit organizations to foster projects that enhance the quality of life for Fallbrook residents. The seven-member committee ensures that funded projects result from fair and equitable consideration of proposals sponsored by qualified organizations during the selection process.

Funding application is now open: Qualifying organizations have from July 15 - Aug. 15, 2024 to submit applications for funding. Apply here:  

Evening workshop: Monday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. public workshop  to explain the 2024/2025 funding.

July 8, 2024 Workshop PresentationJuly 8, 2024 Workshop ReplayGrants Awarded 2024Download Sample Application Questions 2024*Download Scoring RubricDownload Rubric ScorecardDownload Sample Funding Agreement 2024Eligibility Criteria to Fund - Updated June 2024

* This sample application is meant to provide an example only of the questions and documents that will be required for the final application. This sample application is not meant to be used as the final version of the application, and the order of questions and/or document upload may differ from the final application. All applications will be required to be submitted online via the Jotform link that will go live on July 15, 2024. No paper applications will be accepted. 

RAILROAD HERITAGE PARK ENHANCEMENTS --- Community Benefit Program committee member Anna Marchand (right) gets an update on enhancement underway at the Railroad Heritage Park from Fallbrook Village Association Board Member Mike Griffiths.  The Fallbrook Village Association received an $83,000 award from the Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) Community Benefit Program to add special lights, fencing and other amenities to improve public access to the historic railroad display along Main Ave.  The Railroad Heritage Park, created by the Fallbrook Village Association to honor Fallbrook's railroad past, is located where the railroad tracks crossed Main Avenue.  The award represents one of seven 2024 projects funded by this new FPUD program.
EDUCATIONAL PLOT --- Community Benefit Program committee member Rosie Redmond (left) learns about an educational project to add select plantings to the Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s (FLC) Los Jilgueros Preserve from Executive Director Karla Ibarra.  The FLC received a $22,720 award from the Fallbrook Public Utility District for several projects at the preserve, this one to acquaint local students with the benefits of cultivating native plants like a variety of sage in Fallbrook’s popular 40-acre environment.


Members: The Community Benefit Program membership is chaired by Jim Mendelson, cell: 949-201-9967. Address all inquiries and comments to Jim.

The committee consists of six others chosen by the FPUD Board of Directors who reside in the FPUD service area and who have a broad perspective and awareness of community activities and needs. The current seven members, appointed by the FPUD Board of Directors in late 2022, serve either 2- or 3-year terms that began on January 1, 2023.


  • Jim Mendelson, Chair
  • Lila Hargrove
  • Jerry Kalman
  • Leticia Maldonado-Stamos
  • Anna Marchand
  • Rosie Redmond
  • Elana Sterling

Meeting schedule: Meetings are held at FPUD, 990 E. Mission Rd., at 10 a.m. typically on the second Monday of each month, and are open to the public.  Time is allocated at the beginning of each meeting for public comment.

Schedule for the remainder of 2024 
  • July 8, 2024 - 5:30 p.m. workshop
  • August 12, 2024
  • September 9, 2024
  • October 14, 2024
  • November 11, 2024
  • December 9, 2024
Here's how it all got started 

After several nonprofits approached our Board in 2016 to expand our powers, FPUD was given approval by LAFCO, the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission to pursue providing a community benefit program that would include items such as operating parks & recreation services. LAFCO is the government watchdog agency tasked with overseeing Special Districts like FPUD.

There was a public hearing/protest hearing on June 14., 2022. LAFCO coordinated that hearing, held here at FPUD. This process allowed the public to weigh in on the proposed program. There was not sufficient public protest.

The approval is to expand Fallbrook Public Utility District’s activated functions to include (a) parks and recreation, (b) street lighting, and (c) roads and streets.

You can read more about the LAFCO process here: Current Notices | San Diego LAFCO (

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