Council approves $61,000 in community service grants

The Osoyoos Festival Society led the community services grant parade this afternoon, receiving $6,500 from the Town of Osoyoos. More than $61,000 was provided to 21 local not-for-profits.

Twenty-one Osoyoos organizations will share in more than $61,000 in funding after Osoyoos Council this afternoon approved community service grants for 2018.

The approvals came following a quick review of a report provided by Gerald Davis, the Town’s Director of Community Services, this morning.

“We reviewed all applications and short-listed the requests that fit the criteria,” explained Mr. Davis. “The amount of funding available this year was allocated at $65,000. As part of this funding we also allocated $2,000 for individuals and teams who compete at a provincial level or higher.”

Two members of Council — Mike Campol and Jim King — participated in the decision-making.

“These are really tough decisions to make,” Coun. Campol said. “Not just from the amount of requests and the fact that we can’t fund all of it, but having to weigh some projects against the others is really challenging.

“I wish we had double the amount of money and could grant it all, but that’s just not a reality.”

Twenty-five applicants had sought $104,700 in funding. The largest portion went to the Osoyoos Festival Society, which received $6,500 to help provide major events in the community, including the upcoming Easter Eggstravaganaza and July’s Cherry Fiesta.

A related cause — the Canada Fireworks Committee — received $6,000.

Osoyoos Secondary School also received $6,000 — $3,000 for theatre lighting and $3,000 for bursaries.

Other organizations receiving funding included:

  • Osoyoos Ambassador Committee — $5,000
  • Osoyoos Archery Club — $4,000
  • South Okanagan Integrated Community Services Society — $3,500
  • Desert Park Exhibition Society — $3,500
  • Osoyoos Elks Lodge — $3,000
  • International Curling Club Society — $3,000
  • Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society — $3,000
  • Osoyoos Pickleball Club — $2,500
  • Osoyoos Minor Baseball — $2,500
  • Osoyoos Lake Paddle Club — $2,500
  • Osoyoos Elks Senior Citizens Society — $2,082.15
  • Osoyoos Elementary PAC — $2,000
  • McKinney Nordic Ski Club — $1,500
  • 232 Bighorn Air Cadet Squadron — $1,500
  • Osoyoos Gift Cupboard — $1,200
  • Royal Canadian Legion — $1,109.28
  • Desert Valley Hospice Society — $1,000

In total, $61,391.43 in grants was approved.

Funding is made available for special events, facility rentals, tax requirements, special projects and insurance expenses. Applicants must be non-profit in nature and be providing a service to the residents of Osoyoos.

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