District of Sooke council gave out $43,049.13 in community grants at the council meeting on June 10.
The Category B grants are project specific grants. The following groups and organizations were given the funding they requested:
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra – $3,000,
Awareness Film Night – $2,200,
Cowichan Energy Alternatives, Carbon Footprint Assessment – $3,500,
Cowichan Energy Alternatives, cooking oil collection – $2,000,
Edward Milne community school – $2,500,
EMCS Student Bus Shelter Project – $2,254.81,
Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week – $200,
Juan de Fuca Marine Search and Rescue to upgrade training vessel – $5,000,
Navy League of Canada for CPR mannequins – $984,
Navy League of Canada cutlasses – $1,500,
Sooke Animal Food & Rescue Society for shed – $4,300,
Sooke Classical Boating Society – $3,000,
Sooke Fall Fair – $4,000,
Sooke Food Bank, for promotional material – $2,610.32,
Sooke Harbour Players subject to financial statements – $5,000.
Some discussion ensued on the need for other municipalities to contribute to the JdF Search and Rescue as their work is done in federal waters. Their jurisdiction is from Race Rocks to Bamfield and they receive no funding from Metchosin or the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Councillor Rick Kasper said he was “absolutely shocked” that the JdFMSR could get a new vessel for $500,000 but Sooke is footing the bill for them in many ways. This includes free wharfage, while other municipalities get the benefit of having a the valuable search and rescue crews available.
A $1,000 was granted to the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission through the Category A grants.