Fort St. John city councillors have approved $507,026 in base budget grants to seven community groups this year.
The library was approved for $397,000, the same as 2017, 2018, and 2019, and continues to receive the lion's share of the yearly grant awards. The library had asked for $425,000 this year to help fill staff shortages and bolster its programs, including Indigenous programming.
The arts council was approved for a $18,650 program grant, the same as 2019, which will be split between the council’s membership. It was also approved for a $10,320 tax exemption grant.
The tourism society was approved for $39,000, which will be paid once the society is formally registered with the province.
The historical society, which operates the museum, was approved for $15,000, the same as last year.
The justice society, which provides restorative justice programming, was approved for $12,876. The society had asked for $14,677, the same as awarded in 2019, though the grant was less this year "to meet the goal of decreasing grant allocations for operating expenses to 20% of total revenue."
The women’s resource society was approved for $9,180 for bus passes for low income women and their children. There were 240 passes provided last year.
The fall fair was approved for $5,000, the same as 2019, to help organize the annual summer event in North Pine.
Council did not approve grants to the curling club, which sought $10,000 for capital upgrades to the banquet room and lounge, and to the Northern Environmental Action Team, which sought $5,300 to help pay its property taxes.
The city approved $548,000 in base budget grants in 2019, which included replacement of the ice scraper and ice dividers at the curling club, and support for the air show, which was ultimately cancelled.
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