The Peace River Regional District board voted May 7 to decline funding for several community groups.

The decision was made in light of the COVID-19 crisis, which has had significant financial impacts for residents and local businesses.

The following groups will not receive funding for 2020:

A $12,394 grant application for mapping improvements with the North Peace Search & Rescue Society has been referred to the PRRD’s Emergency Executive Committee.

A grant for the STARS air ambulance service has also been moved for further review. However, STARS was approved for a multi-year grant of $170,000 per year, starting in 2020 for the next three years. 

A future committee of the whole meeting was also approved, intending to re-examine the regional grants in aid, with a letters patent or a bylaw option being considered to distribute funding. No date has been confirmed.

The $100,000 budgeted for Northeast BC physician recruitment program through the PRRD has also been declined, and the funds will return the sscommunity organizations budget.

Recipients received $487,507 in 2019 through the district’s grants in aid program. Undispersed funds are considered surplus and will be available for other uses.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca