City approves $700,000 in base budget grants

The Fort St. John Community Arts Council requested $20,000 in funding this year, which was an increase of $5,000 over last year’s request due to increasing requests for support. However, council chose to continue its support to the tune of $15,000, in addition to its estimated $8,000 permissive tax exemption. 

The Fort St. John Library is also receiving the same amount as in 2013, despite its request for an additional $20,000 grant to upgrade technology. It will receive $380,000, and has been recommended to look to the Peace River Regional District for additional funding. 

The Women’s Resource Society has had $7,475 approved for its bus pass program, the same as last year, which has given free bus passes to low-income mothers and their children for two years now. The FSJ WRS did not submit an application for a permissive tax exemption for 2014. 

The North Peace Cultural Centre requested $250,000 in funding to offset operating costs, which it also received in 2013. However, as the City has a goal of decreasing grant allocations for operating expenses to 20 per cent of an organization’s total revenue over five years, the grant was reduced to just more than $216,500. 

The North Peace Historical Society was looking for an extra $2,000 to hire a second staff member for educational programming, but that was also denied. It will receive $10,000 for its operating costs, including the North Peace Museum, which has a permissive tax exemption around $55,000. 

The North Peace Justice Society will also receive less than its request for $25,000 due to the five-year reduction in grants for operating costs. The difference isn’t much though, as it’s been allocated slightly more than $24,200. 

The North Peace SPCA has had its request for $15,000 for the spay and neuter program approved. Once the City enters into a Poundkeeper agreement, this program will likely be funding through that venue in the future. 

Lastly, Tourism Fort St. John has been awarded $36,000, which it was also awarded in 2013. It had requested an extra $10,000 for its tourism plan and other projects, which was denied. 

Last year $760,475 in grants were approved for nine organizations, after two were denied and one was deferred.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.