Grant applications assessed by committee

District of Sooke community grants reviewed on merit

The Community Grant Review Committee carefully assessed the merits of grant applications from different community groups at council chambers on May 30.

The five member committee, chaired by Councillor Maja Tait, reviewed each application one by one, closely identifying issues with each request.

Through each analysis, the committee arranged for further information they would require for each application, recommendations that some requests be relegated as future line items for the District of Sooke, and which applications in part or whole were ineligible due to terms and policies.

A cumulative amount of $104,600 was requested from applicants, but only $65,000 of funds are available.

Tait said it’s always great when the requests match the funds available, but due to the limited amount, the committee will attempt to help groups where they can.

“Everyone pretty much understands, they know that there’s a limited amount of funding,” she said, adding committee members are encouraged to inform applicants of other grant opportunities that may arise.

The Community Grant Program mainly funds new or already existing projects, events or activities from registered non-profit or not-for-profit organizations that require enhancement.

Projects were evaluated on their ability to bolster, “volunteerism and enhance the well-being of the community through sport, recreation, culture, fine arts, heritage, public safety and beautification projects,” stated a District of Sooke document.

Different non-profits and community groups will be presenting their projects to the committee on June 27 and 28 at 6:30 p.m. at council chambers.

Recommendations from the committee will be brought to council where final decisions will be made.

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