Parksville council awards $2,000 in fall grant-in-aid

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Four local organizations will benefit from Parksville council’s fall grant-in-aid funding.

Council voted unanimously to provide $500 each to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island, Federation of Canadian Artists – Arrowsmith Chapter, Oceanside Women’s Business Network and Ravensong Aquatic Club.

Under the provisions of the grant-in-aid application policy, the city may provide direct financial assistance to community groups and organizations for events and projects that will benefit the citizens and visitors of the municipality, contingent upon provisions being included in the annual operating budget. The 2021 budget grant-in-aid budget is $5,000, according to the city. Council is not obligated to allocate all or any of the budgeted funds.

Council passed a resolution at its Sept. 20 meeting to appoint a grant-in-aid select committee comprised of the city’s corporate officer, in addition to councillors Mark Chandler and Marilyn Wilson, who were appointed by Mayor Ed Mayne.

The select committee met and recommended the four organizations. 

“One of the things I thought we should mention, just as a reminder to folks who applied to these grants, is that they are required to fill the information in completely,” said Wilson, during council’s Oct. 4 regular meeting. “Many of the applications were not filled in, but because they’re good organizations, we decided to still give the money out this year, but just a reminder for the next time.”

Council also allocated $2,500 in spring grant-in-aid funding to numerous applicants in April.

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