Funding request presentations wrap-up on Monday


Photo: Tourism committee members Erika Lange (right) and Darren Thomson present their funding request at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Monday was the last day that City Council listened to grant-in-aid funding requests from local non-profit organizations.

City Council heard two delegations on Monday afternoon, both asking for an increase of funding from last year.

Representatives from the North Peace Cultural Society are asking for $50,000 more from last year, and if granted, would bring their funding to $300,000. These funds would enable the Society to maintain current programs and facility maintenance. It would also allow for an increase of pay to staff each year, at a rate of roughly 3%.

Representatives from the Tourism Fort St. John board also presented their funding request on Monday. Last year, the board received $5,000. For 2010, the board is requesting $10,830.

The board has a six-goal strategic plan that plans to move tourism forward in the next three years. In order, the goals are: Promoting tourism, improving tourist attractions, improving tourism services, product development and improved tourism infrastructure and financial sustainability.

The strategic plan is estimated to cost around $32,500, and will be carried out until 2012.
 

Meanwhile, City Council will consider each funding request during the 2010 budget deliberations.

With the 22 delegations that presented to council this month, the 2010 funding requests increased by $306,535.16. Many non-profits cited operational costs and increased advertisement endeavors as the need for more funding.