City considers 2010 funding requests

 
Photo: New Totem Archers President Rory Chapple (left) and Misty Hebert present their request for a 2010 grant on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

City Council sat down to listen to a group of local non-profit organizations on Monday afternoon.

The City is reviewing its Grant-in-Aid funding allocations before heading into deliberations for the 2010 budget.

Six delegations presented their case for the grant.  New to the list of requests is the New Totem Archers, who are asking for $27,720.  President Rory Chapple says the money will help offset operational costs. [asset|aid=1951|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0bb375dc451eba342a1ff0a23e063524-Chapple 1_1_Pub.mp3]

The Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion organization is asking for $1,500 – the same as last year.  The Fort St. John Lions Club wants $1,500, and the Fort St. John Literacy Society is applying for $2,520, just over $1,000 more than last year.

The SPCA is also requesting for the same funding as last year. They are asking for $15,000 and for the city to renew its $40,000 pound-keeper agreement.   Branch Manager and volunteer Rosolynn Kalb says the local branch is running a deficit and the grants go towards education in the community.   Kalb says the branch can’t cut costs, and workers are already making low wages.  In fact, Kalb is the only volunteer SPCA Branch Manager in B.C.   Councilor Lori Ackerman says that’s impressive. [asset|aid=1952|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0bb375dc451eba342a1ff0a23e063524-Ackerman 1_8_Pub.mp3]

For 2009, the City allocated $924,724 for several groups in Fort St. John.  But, that number is expected to increase in 2010, as some groups are asking for more than double from what they got last year.   More local non-profits are expected to present their request in the upcoming days.

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