$50,500 in Aylmer community grants

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Aylmer councillors, without discussion, approved $50,500 in grant and donation requests for 2021 at a virtual meeting on Monday, April 12.

The approved organizations, grants and projects were:

· Aylmer and District Horticultural Society: $1,500 for planting and maintenance of flower beds throughout the town.

· Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club: $500 to offset municipal taxes.

· Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives: $20,000 as general operations and COVID-19 relief

· Knights of Columbus Aylmer: $1,200 for maintaining soccer pitches and related expenses.

· Aylmer Cemetery Board $18,000 to offset ongoing cemetery costs.

· Aylmer Performing Arts Council: $500 in sponsorship money.

· Aylmer Area Community Band and the Chair: each received $400 for liability insurance to rent Old Town Hall and to purchase new music for performances.

· Kinsmen Club of Aylmer: $1,000 to offset event costs.

· East Elgin Housing Initiative: $5,000 to offset operating costs.

· Aylmer Community Theatre: $2,000 to offset costs for set storage.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express