The Community Arts Council is asking for a renewal of its $19,500 grant from last year. $15,000 will go towards Member Group Grants for its 29 members groups. The council has its own application process for grants of up to $1,000. Another $2,500 will go towards the administration of those grants.
The final $2,000 is for the Flower Pot project. For the past 10 years, the Arts Council has been painting and retouching flower pots for the streets of Fort St. John.
In the past year the Council had to lay off its Executive Director, to avoid closing its doors, but Treasurer Sonja Butts says they are "cautiously optimistic" about their current finances.
The Fort St. John Curling Club has asked for an increase in their grant to $10,000. Manager Ryan Harvey says the funding would go towards insurance and garbage collection, and in turn save money that can go towards facility improvements.
The Canadian Cancer Society is asking for a renewal of its $1,500 grant to go towards this year's Relay for Life. Andrea Wardrop, the Coordinator of Community Fundraising in Fort St. John, calls the relay a "celebration" of the lives of those who have passed away from cancer, and those living with the disease. The event costs an estimated $7,950 to run, not including staff and training hours.
Over the next three weeks 15 more local organizations will be requesting funding for the 2012 fiscal year. These requests total $929,552 which is an increase of $152,706 from last year.
The remaining Base Budget Grant meetings will take place on October 17, 24, and 31 at 2:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. All meetings are open to the public.