The Rossland Light Opera Players and Golden City Days committee received grants from the community support fund on May 2. File photo

The Rossland Light Opera Players and Golden City Days committee received grants from the community support fund on May 2. File photo

Community groups receive much needed recovery funding

Rossland light opera and Golden City Days recipients of COVID community support funds

Rossland council approved more grants in support of community groups at its meeting May 2, with COVID Community Support Funds going to Golden City Days and the Rossland Light Opera Society.

Council supported Golden City Days’ ask for $4,000 in an effort to revive the popular event on Sept. 9-10.

“The Golden City group especially is in a rebuilding period with an all new board, and I think it’s really important that we provide support for these groups to do what they can to provide community building events and opportunities for all of us to get out and enjoy the world again,” said Coun. Janice Nightingale.

Coun. Andy Morel also thanked the volunteers who stepped up and are taking the initiative to keep the event going, adding: “Who knows, we may have lost some of these very important to our community groups if that kind of money was not available.”

The Rossland Light Opera Players were the recipient of a grant for $5,000 to cover costs to keep them solvent.

“The pandemic has drawn our savings down to levels that will make it hard to mount a show when conditions once gain permit,” read their application.

In a letter of support, Mayor Moore wrote: “The RLOP platform enables all these artistic people to come together, to ply their craft and enhance their lives. And in turn, enhances and promotes the arts and culture of our community as a whole.”

Formed in 1951, the RLOP also hinted at an upcoming show to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

The third application from Red Mountain Academies for $5,000 was declined. The Red Mountain Academy is a school for competitive student/athletes and students enrolled in the English as second language program at Seven Summits Centre for Learning.

COVID had a huge impact on their enrollment over the past two years, and although council voted against their application, they recommended the academy revisit it with more details.

The fund balance is at about $10,000 following the May 2 intake. The next intake will go at the May 16 council meeting. Applications must be submitted by May 9 to be eligible for consideration at the May 16 council meeting.

So far, the community fund has provided more than $89,000 to help over 20 local groups recover from the effects of the COVID pandemic.

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