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Smiths Falls approves Community Grants

by | Apr 17, 2019 | Local News | 0 comments

Smiths Falls council has passed a motion to disburse the community grants approved in the first and second intake.

Grant recipients are:

  • The Smiths Falls & District Arts and Culture Council $4,350;
  • Lanark Transportation $8,500;
  • Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) $7,500;
  • Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario $20,000;
  • Rideau Paddlefest $2,500;
  • Smiths Falls Horticultural Society $600;
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lanark County $20,000;
  • Trinity United Church $4,011;
  • Municipal Drug Strategy Committee $2,000;
  • Lanark County Municipal Drug Strategy $200;
  • Rise at the Falls (new name for Healthy Living Festival) $500;
  • Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band $2,600; and
  • Furry Tales Pet Rescue $4,999.

All recipients of grants of more than $5,000 were required to appear as a delegation at council, but this year there was far less discussion around who would receive grants than in previous years.

“We’ve developed a better policy that gives people guidelines on what we’ll actually support and how we go about doing that,” explained Art Manhire, director of Community Services.

Once an organization submits a grant application, the application is reviewed by a group of staff and scored on its merits and how well it fits within the community grant mandate.  Once that process is completed, staff make recommendations to council for a final decision.

“That’s streamlined the process significantly,” added Manhire.

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