A few years ago, the Town of Cobourg formalized the process for applying for grants for community projects – typically cultural or charitable. The first step now is to make an application with a deadline of October 31; then applicants may make their case to Council and that opportunity happened on Monday November 25. Twenty-four applicants did just that and their total request came to $142.733.70 although the budget is $50,000 so many will be disappointed. Not all the applicants were Cobourg based and some were new – that is, they had not previously applied for a grant from the Town. And some presentations were more impressive with more financial detail, evidence of success in raising money from other sources and generally doing a better job of selling their case – because that’s what the session was about: selling their project to Council.
The amount that each applicant asked was indicated in their applications but many did not repeat that number in their presentation and the detail was not provided by the Town. Each presenter was given a strict limit of 7 minutes; for example, Joan Chalovich ran out of time and was not able to show the slides for the Cobourg Museum Foundation (Sifton-Cook Museum). Suzanne Séguin chaired the meeting in her capacity as Council’s budget chief and was able to keep the meeting moving along and it finished inside the three hours allocated. Some applicants got a hint of Council’s likely decision – for example, Mayor John Henderson asked Rick Miller of the Marie Dressler Foundation “What would be the minimum Municipal contribution (to show support) that would satisfy the requirements of others providing grants?”
Here is a list of those presenting – I understand there are other applicants who chose not to participate in this opportunity.
|Applicant for 2020 grant||Area covered||2019 request & status|
|Therapeutic Paws of Canada||Cobourg, Port Hope||$215 requested
|Northumberland Community Counselling Centre||County – Cobourg based||No 2019 request|
|Transition House Coalition of Northumberland||County – Cobourg based||No 2019 request|
|Northumberland Learning Connection||Cobourg, Port Hope||No 2019 request|
|Sounds of the Next Generation (SONG)||County||$2,500 requested
|La Jeunesse Choirs||Cobourg||$2,000 requested
|OSGA 55+ District 12 Senior Games||Multiple counties, Cobourg Based||Request filed too late|
|Marie Dressler Foundation||Cobourg, Port Hope||$1000 requested
|Cobourg Museum Foundation||Cobourg||$8,500 requested
|The Help Centre||County – Cobourg based||No 2019 request|
|Fern Blodgett Sunde Commemoration||Cobourg||$5,000 requested – deferred|
|Horizons of Friendship||Central America, Cobourg Based||No 2019 request|
|Cobourg Lawn Bowling||Cobourg||$5,438.12 parking passes
requested and approved
|Victoria Hall Volunteers||Cobourg||$4,500 requested
|Northumberland Orchestra Society||Cobourg||$4,000 requested
|Les AMIS||Cobourg||$6,000 requested
|Northumberland 89.7 FM||Cobourg, Port Hope – Cobourg based||$1,581.95 requested and approved|
|The Children’s Foundation||Multiple counties||No 2019 request|
|Oriana Singers||Cobourg, Port Hope||$3,000 requested
|Green Wood Coalition||Port Hope, Cobourg||No 2019 request|
|Ecology Garden||Cobourg||$2,575 requested
|Community Care Northumberland||Cobourg branch||$2,000 requested and approved|
|Cobourg and District Historical Society||Cobourg||$1,487 requested
|Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club||County – Cobourg based||No 2019 request|
- Some amounts are in kind and some in cash and some a mix.
- The Santa Parade committee did not make a presentation. They got $10K in 2019.
- Highland Games did not make a presentation. They got $3K in 2019.
- VOS did not make a presentation. They got $1.8K in 2019.
The results of this process will happen at the January 9 Budget meeting when Adam Bureau presents a list of proposed grants for approval in the total 2020 budget.
Community Grants approved – for 2019 – 14 March 2019
Some groups used visual presentations and they are posted on the Town’s Portal (no longer available). A few others also had visual presentations but they were not made public.
Some requests were follow ups from earlier presentations to Council and were reported at these links:
- Dressler House to get expanded Museum – 13 August 2019
- Statue of Wartime Female Sparks Planned – 24 July 2018
Additional Info – 29 Nov 2019
The full list of applicants together with their amounts was posted online AFTER the meeting.