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Apply for funding with County’s Community Grant Program

Non-profit and community-based organizations are invited to apply for funding “to enhance the County’s quality of place and economy” through the Community Grant Program.

The application process for 2014 was revised as part of a Resident Resources Pilot Project where County residents were invited to review the current process and make recommendations. New for 2014 includes:
• A workshop to review the grant forms and criteria. Anyone interested in learning more about the grant programs and how to complete the forms should attend – Thursday, Nov. 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Shire Hall (332 Main Street, Picton)
• Apply for funding with County’s Community Grant Program A new application stream for in-kind contributions (non-monetary e.g. facilities, staff time) valued at less than $1,000
• Requests of more than $5,000 now require applicants to complete an application form in addition to a presentation to Prince Edward County Council.

Detailed criteria, application forms and processes for the three funding streams (less than $1000, $1,000-$5,000, and $5,000 or more) are available online at http://www.pecounty.on.ca/government/community_development/index.php

Funding is awarded based on demonstrated value and benefit to the community, capacity to complete the proposed project, and the applicants’ commitment to becoming financially self-sufficient.

Applications must be submitted by 4 pm Thursday, Nov. 21 to the Community Development Office in Shire Hall (332 Main St. Picton). Forms are available at all Prince Edward County Public Library Branches, Shire Hall (332 Main Street, Picton), The Edward Building (280 Main Street, Picton, 2nd Floor), and online.
The Community Development Grant Program is subject to Prince Edward County Council approval of the 2014 budget.

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  1. Olmanonthemtn says:

    Thanks Wolf, the big difference between the bureaucracy of Dickens and that of today is that we’ve made the job of inefficiency more efficient. We are now forced to make impersonal and detached contact with our own services. We often end up responding to answering services, voice mail, emails and faxes or are shunted through an ever vaster array of minions who follow scripts without comprehension and are armed by their ever increasing capacity to generate more paper

  2. Wolf Braun says:

    Love your post olemanonthemtn. It’s perfect and has been true through the ages. 🙂

  3. Olmanonthemtn says:

    the more things change the more they stay the same

    Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
    The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office. If another Gunpowder Plot had been discovered half an hour
    before the lighting of the match, nobody would have been justified in saving the parliament until there had been half a score of boards, half a bushel of minutes, several sacks of official memoranda, and a family-vault full of ungrammatical correspondence, on the part of the Circumlocution Office….
    Numbers of people were lost in the Circumlocution Office. Unfortunates with wrongs, or with projects for the general welfare (and they had better have had wrongs at first, than have taken that bitter English recipe for certainly getting them), who in slow lapse of time and agony had passed safely through other public departments; who, according to rule, had been bullied in this, over-reached by that, and evaded by the other; got referred at last to the Circumlocution Office, and never reappeared in the light of day. Boards sat upon them, secretaries minuted upon them, commissioners gabbled about them, clerks registered, entered, checked, and ticked them off, and they melted away….

  4. Marnie says:

    You’re probably right, Wolf, but when I failed to receive a satisfactory response to voice mail messages and a phone conversation promising an answer to my question I put it down to inefficiency and bad manners. Why does the county bother to insert those information sheets in our tax bills with names and numbers to call for information if their staff is too idle to respond? The biggest prevarication in the English language is – Your call is important to us – followed by -Please leave a message, someone will return your call soon.

  5. Wolf Braun says:

    Brian/Marnie…

    What is the View of the Average Higher-Level Bureaucrat?

    For higher-level bureaucrats – CAO’s, it’s very important to make sure that systems implementing the bureaucratic way of viewing the world proliferate. This includes both the creation and enforcement of rules for their own sake as well as the proliferation of bureaucratic organizations and systems. This expands the power and influence of higher-level bureaucrats. They maximize their power in a world which emphasizes their view of the world. They create more jobs for their fellow bureaucrats. They gain more money and prestige. They gain power by getting other bureaucrats – and you! – to follow their orders. They gain power to the extent they can convince and force you to surrender your personal power.

    And of course, the lower level bureaucrats MUST obey the rules. To not obey is too risky. 🙁

  6. Marnie says:

    The question I had, Brian, was a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ no-brainer. I needed to know who was in charge of a particular department because I needed to speak to this person. Apparently,this information was top secret. The woman who left to find the answer to my inquiry is still searching for a name as far as I know.

  7. Brian says:

    Well after not receiving any answers on a much needed question you do what I did. Call the CAO personally. I believe no one is allowed to make a decision of any sort unless the big guy says so at Shire Hall. I spoke to two women there and they seemed just as frustrated as I did and apologised immensely. I was also told that staff have sheets with answers on them and they are to refer to these sheets for questions from the public. Yep, that’s dictatorship at its finest.

  8. Gary Mooney says:

    I was a member of the Resident Resources focus group that reviewed the application process and material. We made lots of suggestions, and quite a few were implemented. Two examples: more publicity on the availability of grants, and offering an educational workshop (Nov 7).

    We had wanted to streamline the process for the under $1000 / in-kind grants, but I’m told that there wasn’t enough time to implement this change, due to a shortage of available staff time.

    In retrospect, I wish that we had been tasked with reducing the total number of pages of explanation + application by half, thereby forcing retention of only the most important information.

  9. Wolf Braun says:

    Manie,

    Here are what I believe are some of the attitudes of bureaucrats. Bureaucrats tend to think that following the rules, at any cost and using whatever force or coercion necessary for enforcement, is one of the most important aspects of their jobs. In their view, their jobs and lives are given meaning when they can convince or force as many people as possible to follow their rules. What purpose lies behind the rules means little. Much more important to them is that the rules be written and enforced for their own sake. In other words, the rules themselves and the procedures for creating and changing those rules are of paramount importance. Of only secondary or tertiary importance are: (1) what happens as a result of their rule-creation and rule-enforcement (by force); (2) what is the underlying purpose of those rules in the first place; and (3) what methods are used to enforce those rules and the consequences of using those methods.

  10. Marnie says:

    They’re good for making rules but not much else. I just tried to obtain a basic piece of information from Shire Hall – something easy to answer. Two voice mail messages that I left were ignored for weeks. Finally the second message brought a response of sorts – a promise that the information would be obtained and I would receive a call back. That was three weeks ago or more. There is no excuse for this sort of service.

  11. Wolf Braun says:

    RULES ! That is the most exiting ‘work’ for bureaucrats.

    Who are Bureaucrats? Bureaucrats in their most pernicious form are those who directly make their living from the compulsive creation and enforcement of rules by force. That’s what this is all about. And our elected officials are blind to all this.

  12. Brian says:

    Phil, You are so right, I to have read this and was in shock. (Not) Is anything easier or efficient with Shire Hall these days.

  13. Phil St-Jean says:

    Wow has anyone read the new application forms ?
    If you’re a community group or service club and you are requesting the in kind donation of a town hall or the arena hall they want you to jump through hoops upon hoops.
    Incredible.
    And this is supposed to be more efficient ?
    Just more red tape as far as I can see.

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