Rossland city council awards $250,000 in Community Support Grants

Rossland city council met to determine funding for Community Support Grants on Monday night.

Rossland city council met to determine funding for Community Support Grants on Monday night.

In total, $374,200 in grants were requested for 2017, as compared to the $307,095 that was actually awarded in 2016. This year, facing $250,000 in cutbacks that need to be made to the 2017 budget, council limited the amount awarded to $250,000, or approximately five per cent of the anticipated total tax revenue the city has budgeted for in 2017 (approximately $5,000,000).

Councillor Aaron Cosbey motioned that council approve all Community Funding Grant requests under $5,000 for their entire value, and the motion carried. Council then allocated to the remaining applicants, though some received no funding at all.

Though Golden City Days and Rossland Winter Carnival appeared on the funding request list, Bryan Teasdale, City of Rossland’s chief administrative officer and corporate officer, explained that both of those items have been removed from the Community Support budget, and “have already been built into our draft 2017 budget.”

Organization or event Purpose Requested for 2017 Approved for 2017
Rossland Council for Arts and Culture Exec. admin. salary $4,000 $4,000
Kootenay Columbia Trails Society O&M $20,000 $20,000
Tourism Rossland Core activities $55,000 $20,500
Bear Aware/ Wildsafe BC/ BC Conservation Community coordinator $3,000 $3,000
Heritage Commission Heritage projects $5,800 $4,833
Sustainability Commission Engagement, admin., etc. $14,000 $12,250
Tennis Club Maintenance $3,000 $3,000
Rossland Museum Society O&M $48,500 $45,308
Rossland Public Library Operations $127,000 $121,192
Food Security (Received funds last year) NA NA
Vision for Small Schools Marketing $10,000 $0
Scouts Renovate Scout Hall $8,300 $0
Little Oasis Help sponsor families $7,000 $0
Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club Vehicle $24,500 $0
TRP — Rec Financial Assistance (Removed as part of $250,000 reduction for 2017) NA NA
Golden City Days $4,600 NA
Rossland Winter Carnival $15,000 NA
Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN) Capital funding on city building $24,500 $15,917
Total $374,200 $250,000

 

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