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The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is asking for $8,352 for its Bus Pass Program, an increase of $806 from last year. The Bus Pass Program gives free bus passes to low-income mothers and their children.

The City has supported the program since 2009, receiving 24 adult and 12 student passes in the winter, and 12 adult passes in the summer. These passes are also used by expecting mothers, elderly and disabled women, immigrant women, mothers with many young children, and those who live on the outskirts of town.

The amount requested has increased as the city decreased its grant to $7,546 last year after the Program received a one-time donation of $800 from the Fort St. John Friendship Centre. The Society would like the City to maintain the number of passes given out, resulting in an increase. City Manager Dianne Hunter pointed out that the Society’s application for a tax exemption had been approved, a value of $4,493.86.

The Spirit of the Peace Powwow Society is asking for a new grant of $5,000 to support next year’s Pow Wow. The Society is looking for support for the growing event, in addition to the $750 it receives from the PRRD and and $500 from the District of Taylor.

The Pow Wow has a tentative budget of over $61,000, including over $12,000 for dancer honoraria, over $10,000 for drum groups and $1,500 for tobacco and traditional materials. Over 2,000 people are expected at next year’s celebration, which is tentatively scheduled for June 15-15, 2012.

Stage North Theatre Society is looking to double its grant for next year from $2,500 to $5,000, with the hopes of reinstating training workshops.

The Society operates with a budget of $143,610, but as B.C. Gaming has not indicated they will be providing a grant this year, which Stage North says leaves them with over $10,000 less to work with. They have already taken steps to reduce their expenses, including moving to a less expensive location, and increasing audience numbers.

18 local organizations are requesting funding from the City for 2012, totalling $929,552, an increase of $152,706 from last year. The final Base Budget Grant meeting will take place on October 31 at 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, and is open to the public.

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