City Council dishes out grant-in-aid

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Grant-in-aid requests were discussed at Fort St. John’s City Council meeting, Monday.

The majority of the groups requested a higher amount of funding than they had in 2010. However, City Council only awarded these groups the same amount that they were given last year. This year, the total amount of money the City awarded was $776,846. After some quick math, Council was happy to discover that the total amount granted for 2011 was approximately $2,200 less than in 2010.

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According to Mayor Bruce Lantz, the awarding of grants is a challenging issue for the City because of the large sum of money requested by nonprofit groups. This year, the total amount requested was more than $1 million.

Groups such as the North Peace Cultural Centre, the North Peace Restorative Justice Centre, the Fort St. John Curling Club and the Women’s Resource Society all received their individual grant-in-aid requests.

The Fort St. John Library also received its grant-in-aid allocation, receiving $380,000 from the City.

The recently created Tourism Fort St. John was also awarded its requested amount of $46,000. However, that money was not given from the grant-in-aid fund, rather from the City’s operating budget. Tourism Fort St. John will be working with Council to promote tourism within the city.

Unfortunately, the City denied four groups their requests, as these organizations did not apply during the allotted time specified by Council. However, money was put aside in order to be given to these groups at a future date.

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