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Council to review $184,054 in recommended community grants

Council will review a list of municipal cash and in-kind grants recommended and administered by The County Foundation (TCF) at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Requests for funds at $426,978 were significantly higher than the available budget of $243,169. Three of 43 applications were deemed ineligible, 12 requests were reduced and five were not funded.

“After careful review by the adjudication committee it was recommended $246,419 in grants be awarded to 36 applicants,” noted Ashley Stewart, Community Services and Programs Co-ordinator, in her report to council. “TCF contributes 25 per cent of the cash granting for grants under $5,000, representing the difference in the budgeted amount and the recommended amount.”

In an agreement with the municipality, TCF approves grants under $5,000, but recommends grants of more than $5,000, and seeks council approval before the municipality issues cheques.

This year, 17 grants of more than $5,000 representing $184,054 in cash and $26,700 in-kind (such as municipal hall rental charges being waived).

Recipients to also be approved by council include:
Alzheimer Society HPE $5,568
Baxter Arts Centre $4,400 in-kind and $4,250
Community Development Council of Quinte $5,000
PEC Food Hub $7,400
Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory $5,443.57
Quinte Educational Museum and Archives $500 in-kind and $5,000
Volunteer Information HPE $5,100
Westlake Community Association $5,000
County Kids Read $3,000
Department of Illumination $2,000 in-kind; $2,000
Festival Players of PEC $3,500
South Shore Joint Initiative $4,445
Storehouse Food Bank $3,500
Food to Share $16,800 in-kind and $10,848
PEC Arts Council $3,000 in-kind, $24,000
Regent Theatre $30,000
ROC $60,000

Grants under $5,000 approved represent $15,101 in cash and $20,585 in-kind.

Recipients under $1,000 in-kind total $3,485:
Bay of Quinte Modern Quilt $900
Ghosthole Productions in association with Macaulay Heritage Park $1,000
Miss Supertest commemorative banner on Main $255
Music at Port Milford $330
Perfectly Preserved PECMH $1,000

Recipients under $5,000 cash and in-kind (total $17,100 in-kind and $15,101):
Alchemy Artists Residency $4,000 in-kind
Bethany Christian Reformed Church $2,500
Friends of Sandbanks Park $1,979
Gathering of Friends (heritage re-enactment) $150
Picton Community Gardens $2,000
Picton Free Methodist Church $2,700 in-kind
PEC Horticultural Society $1,235
PEC Master Gardeners $750
PEC Minor Baseball $1,987
Quinte Dolphins Swim Club $2,500
Wellington Community Gardens $400 in-kind
BigLake Arts Festival $2,000
PEC Marathon $5,000 in-kind
PE District Women’s Institute $5,000 in-kind

As part of its annual review process, TCF recommends a review of some process aspects for 2023 granting. Suggestions include allocating percentages for sector groups or priorities to deal with “increased fragmentation” where multiple organizations for applying for projects within the same sector group i.e. food security and arts/culture.

As demand exceeds supply, TCF also notes council may consider increasing the amount of funding for 2023, along with a review of scoring criteria to better assess the range of applications received.

Council meets Tuesday night.

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