Twenty-two Osoyoos organizations will share in $62,500 in community service grants later this month — a little more than half of what the 26 applicants were seeking.
“The committee reviewed all applications and short-listed the requests that fit the criteria,” explained Gerald Davis, the Town’s Director of Community Services, in a report to Council Monday morning. “The amount of funding available this year was allocated at $65,000.”
He reported that 26 applicants were seeking $113,500 in grant funding — delivered to local not-for-profit organizations providing services to the residents of Osoyoos in the form of special events, facility rentals and special projects.
The organizations can also use the funding to cover administrative costs such as tax requirements and insurance expenses.
“Even though we could not fund all applications, we have made recommendations to share the funding accordingly,” said Mr. Davis. “The goal was to provide funding to as many applicants as possible.”
The largest grant this year was to the Osoyoos Festival Society, which received $7,000 to help with three community events — the July 1 Cherry Festival, Christmas Light-Up in December and spring’s Easter Eggstravaganza.
Last year, it received $6,500 in community services funding.
The Canada Day Fireworks committee received $6,000 — the same amount it received last year — and the South Okanagan Integrated Community Services Society received $5,000.
The remaining 19 organizations received between $500 and $4000 — although most asked for more.
- Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (maintenance and administrative costs)
- Osoyoos Golf Club (junior golf program)
- Osoyoos Ambassador Committee (program expenses)
- Osoyoos Secondary School (bursaries)
- Osoyoos Elks (purchase of a sound system and chairs)
- International Curling Club (renovations and upgrades)
- Osoyoos Seniors Centre (purchase of card tables and chairs)
- Sun Bowl Figure Skating Club (heater and storage improvements)
- Osoyoos Minor Baseball (bullpens, field groomers and changeroom improvements)
- Osoyoos Pickleball Club (storage container)
- Osoyoos Elks Senior Citizens Society (property taxes)
- Osoyoos Senior Ball Club (storage facility)
- Accessible Okanagan Society (fishing equipment/program)
- Desert Valley Hospice Society (marketing)
- School After School Society (Laptops and printer)
- Spirit of the Game Society (leadership program)
- Osoyoos Museum Society (computer/supplies)
- Canadian Mental Health Association (two 12-hour courses)
- Osoyoos & District Arts Council (weekend retreat)
Several organizations requesting funding were denied, the committee noting they previously had received RMI funding or had access to other funding resources.
Community service grant cheques are expected to be delivered April 15 following final Council approval.