At the 2019 Town of Cobourg Budget approval meeting tonight, a number of key decisions were made, including who would get Community Grants. The budget initially suggested was $45,000 but with a total of more than $77,000 requested, that meant there would be some disappointments. Each grant was subject to an individual motion and this task fell upon Councillor Adam Bureau. Most of his recommendations were routinely approved although many got less than they asked for. There was a long discussion about the Santa Parade – the initial recommendation to give to the committee was $3,000 compared to their requested $10,000. But Mayor John Henderson convinced everyone to up that to $5,000. Paul Pagnuelo (from the gallery using an allowed question time) said that more was needed and, later in the meeting, Councillor Aaron Burchat re-opened the issue and managed to get it increased to $10,000 with the idea that perhaps in future it will be a line item under Culture and Community Services.
Some organizations that might have looked to Community Grants for support were moved to different line items.
- The Art Gallery of Northumberland had asked for support of $250,000 but initially they were budgeted at $160,000. But Adam Bureau made the case that they should get $250,000. After a long discussion, it was agreed to increase the amount but spread over two years. So the amount in 2019 will be $205K and $250K in 2020.
- The Concert Band of Cobourg will now be a line item under Culture and Community Services so will not need a grant
- The Fern Blodgett Sunde Commemoration project wanted $5,000 in kind for the base of their proposed statue but instead of a Community grant, this will be funded (if Federal Funding comes through for the statue) from either the Parks budget or the CAPS program (Art in Public Spaces). More on this project here.
- Mandy Robinson’s request for support of the Provincial Town Crier competition was moved to the Council’s budget.
The table below shows the amounts approved.
|2018 Approved||2019 Request||Type||2019 Approved|
|Cobourg & District Community Care||$2,000||$2,000||Cash||$2,000.00|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation – Property Taxes||$3,000||$4,000||In Kind||$4,000.00|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation – Capital Grant||$4,500||$4,500||Cash||$4,500.00|
|Victoria Hall Volunteers||$5,000||$4,500||In Kind||$4,520.00|
|OSGA District 12 Senior Games||$300||$0||$0 – too late|
|Legion Education Taxes||$1,100||$0||$0 – not needed|
|Victorian Operetta Society||$3,000||$3,000||In Kind||$1,808.00|
|Cobourg Ecology Garden||$2,500||$2,575||Cash||$2,000.00|
|Northumberland 89.7 FM||$2,500||$3,000||In Kind + $1000 cash||$1,581.95|
|Cobourg & District Historical Society||$1,084||$1,487||In Kind||$988.75|
|Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club||$5,500||$5,500||In Kind||$5,438.12|
|La Jeunesse Choirs||$1,000||$2,000||In Kind||$1,864.50|
|Sound of The Next Generation||$2,500||$2,500||Cash||$2,000.00|
|Cobourg Highland Games||$0||$9,000||Cash||$3,000.00|
|Santa Claus Parade Committee||$0||$10,000||Cash||$10,000.00|
|Fern Blodgett Sunde Commemoration||$0||$5,000||In Kind||See notes|
|Old Cat Hollow Studio||$0||$2,000||$0 not eligible|
|Therapeutic Paws of Canada||$0||$215||In Kind||$242.95|
|Total Community Grants||$43,184||$77,277||$50,944.27|
Most of the “In Kind” grants were for the use of Town facilities with the notable exception of the Bowling club who got 35 parking passes.
The meeting went from 10:00am till 7:30pm and resulted in a good number of items of interest – stay tuned for more details tomorrow.
Santa Parade funding request – 12 March 2019