Funding decisions made on Monday night *update

Local non-profit organizations finally got their funding results on Monday, after a four-week halt on Grant-in-Aid decisions from the City Hall.

In October, the City held numerous meetings with dozens of organizations ranging from sports groups to art councils.

Each group requested funding to support annual operating budgets and special events. But in December, City Councilors decided to delay their decision on any funding until the New Year.

And although requests totaled $1,078,366 for 2010, not every group got what it asked for.

Instead, the City handed out slightly more than $876,000 – that’s up roughly $41,000 from ’09.

City Councilors met on Monday at City Hall, to make decisions on the funding. A report from City Staff explained that some user groups were becoming dependant on the grants, and many had no alternative plans should the City cut the annual funding.

Below is a list of groups that received funding from the City.

PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS:
$1,500 – Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion (requested $1,500)
$1,500 – Lions Club Youth Jam Can Curling (requested $1,500)
$2,100 – Fort St. John Literacy Society, for bus passes (requested $2,100)
$8,352.00 – Women’s resource society, for bus passes (requested $12,384)
$1,500 – Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club (requested $1,500)
$2,200 – Gradfest (requested $2,200)
$2,500 – Stage North (requested $2,500)
$15,000 – Fort St. John Arts Council – Grant money allocated to user groups (requested $20,000) $5,000 – Spirit of the Peace Pow Wow Society (requested $5,000)
$2,000 – Fort St. John Arts Council – flower pot program (requested $2,000)
$15,000 – SPCA – spay and neuter program (requested $15,000)

DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETS:
$2,500 – Fort St. John arts council – fee for service- administration fee for coordination of grants to umbrella groups – community services (requested $2,500)
$5,000 – Tourism Fort St. John Board – community services (requested $10,830)
$5,000 – Fort St. John arts council – high on ice snow and ice sculpting fee for service – community services (requested $5,000)
$40,000 – SPCA Pound keeper agreement- animal control (requested $40,000)
$52,500 – Victim’s services – RCMP operations (fixed amount)

CAPITAL:
A one-time grant-in-aid allocation was included in the 2010 operating budget for $40,000, for capital improvements to the North Peace Historical Society/Fort St. John Museum. (requested $40,000)

OPERATING
$10,000 – North Peace Historical Society/Fort St. John Museum (requested $10,000)
$250,000 – North Peace Cultural Centre (requested $300,000)
$25,000 – North Peace Justice Society (requested $35,000)
$10,000 – Fort St. John Curling Club (requested $91,132.16)
$380,000 – Fort St. John Library (requested $388,000)

Two grant-in-aid requests were turned down, including:
$10,000 for the Arts Council, for operational expenses for the ArtsPost.
$27,720 for the New Totem Archers, for indoor rental space.

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This story originally indicated that the Victim Services Organization had requested only $15,000. This was incorrect. The organization actually receives a fixed amount on an annual basis. Energeticcity.ca apologizes for this error.