The deadline for community grants ended on March 1, and the Town is now considering those applications that were received.
Community Grants assist organizations who provide beneficial, core ser-vices to the community that are not provided by the Town.Funds supplied will include requests for initial start-up funding, equipment, material, and supplies purchases, and to offset Town-established user fees.
Applications are also taken in this category if a group is requesting a fee waiver to rent Town space, rent Town equipment or supplies (IE: tables and chairs) or use in-kind services.
The maximum eligible grant amount is $2,000.The Community Events Grant as-sists organizations who deliver commu-nity celebrations, festivals, and special events that Council considers to be core services to the community.
This does not include fundraising events, events which raise funds for an-other organization, or events hosted by the private sector or individuals.
The maximum eligible grant in this category is $2,000.The Community Arts, Culture and Tourism Grants support organizations promoting opportunities in artistic expression and cultural endeavours for people of all ages through education and participation.
It includes tourism and development activities as well as the operation of a significant cultural facilities providing core services to the community.
The maximum eligible grant in this category is $25,000.Once grant applications are received, they are considered by the Grant Review committee in March and April of this year.
The applications will go through a second review.
Council will approve grant application recommendations during the first council meeting in May.
Applicants are encouraged to read over the applications carefully to ensure eligibility and to make sure the applica-tion is submitted accurately.
The Community Grant Program poli-cy will give preference to not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate community support, efficient use of resources, sound business practices and develop volunteer knowledge, skills, and self-reliance.
The purpose of the Community Fund Program is in keeping with the Town’s strategic objective to preserve the heritage and promote the provision of a diversity of cultural activities, and active and passive recreational opportunities.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times