FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local groups made pitches to the City of Fort St. John for funding on Monday afternoon.
5 groups made their pitch to Council on requests for more funding to help with numerous costs and shortfalls.
FORT ST. JOHN PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Fort St. John Public Library is asking for $24,000 this year. The Library is seeing increased usage from the residents in Fort St. John on a daily basis. They also saw 138,000 items borrowed in the last year. There ware also 88,277 visits.
FORT ST. JOHN COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL
Next was the Fort St. John Community Arts Council. They are asking the City for $20,000.00 compared to the grant of $15,000 they were awarded last year. The Arts Council gives money to the Peace Arts Gallery Society, The Flying Colours Artists’ Association, Fort St. John Film Society, Ecole Central School PAC, Fort St. John Dance Society, North Peace Music Teachers Association, and many others.
NORTH PEACE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The North Peace Historical Society is asking the City for $10,000 dollars. This is the amount they typically receive from the City every year. They would like to hire another full-time staff member and increase educational programming for children.
FORT ST. JOHN WOMEN’S RESOURCE SOCIETY
The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is also asking for money from the City. They are asking for $9,180.00. This is to help cover the costs for bus passes for adults, as well as children. Last year they were given $7475.00 in Bus passes and tickets.
FORT ST. JOHN INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW
The last group to ask the City for more funding is the FSJ International Air Show. This year, they are asking for a grant of $40,000. They were given $20,000 last year.
This year marks a special year for the airshow, as it is Canada’s 150th Birthday, as well as the anniversary of the Alaska Highway.
The show will include Canadian military acts, civilian performers and family activities. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, CF-18 and other civilian acts have already been confirmed for the show.
The 2017 Air Show budget is expected to be between $280,000 and $330,000. The largest costs that come from the event are fuel as well as hotel accommodations.
The City did once give the Air Show $60,000. The last 2 years they have been given $20,000.
The Air Show is expecting less in terms of sponsorship as the economy has been hit hard.