PRRD puts grant applications on hold

The Peace River Regional District board voted May 7 to decline funding for several community groups.

The decision was made in light of the COVID-19 crisis, which has had significant financial impacts for residents and local businesses.

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The following groups will not receive funding for 2020:

  • Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association

  • Dawson Creek Scouts

  • Dawson Creek Triathlon Association

  • Fort St. John and District Kennel Club

  • Fort St. John Literacy Society

  • High School Rodeo of BC Association

  • Northern Environmental Action Team

  • North Peace SuperPark Society

  • Northern Trails Heritage Society

  • Peace Community Church Society

  • South Peace Arts Society

  • Special Olympics BC – Dawson Creek

  • Spirit of the West Pow Wow Society

A $12,394 grant application for mapping improvements with the North Peace Search & Rescue Society has been referred to the PRRD’s Emergency Executive Committee.

A grant for the STARS air ambulance service has also been moved for further review. However, STARS was approved for a multi-year grant of $170,000 per year, starting in 2020 for the next three years. 

A future committee of the whole meeting was also approved, intending to re-examine the regional grants in aid, with a letters patent or a bylaw option being considered to distribute funding. No date has been confirmed.

The $100,000 budgeted for Northeast BC physician recruitment program through the PRRD has also been declined, and the funds will return the sscommunity organizations budget.

Grant recipients received $487,507 in 2019 through the district's grants in aid program. Undispersed funds are considered surplus and will be available for other uses.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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