On Monday (January 14 at 6:00 pm), the Town of Cobourg is holding a public Meeting to solicit input on the 2019 budget. On the spot submissions will be accepted as well as written submissions in advance. One of these is by Edgar Carman, President of the Cobourg Highland Games Society – he wants $9000 in a cash grant plus a $3984 in-kind grant. It’s not clear to me why Edgar is going this route instead of the Community Grant process which required applications by October 31st. He points to the big tourism benefit which brings “over 1,000 competitors and vendors plus the attendees from across Ontario and Northern United States. They fill the local hotels, motels. There is a positive impact on local tourism and local businesses such as restaurants, gas stations, etc.”
The games would easily fit into the category of:
Community Event: a recurring event that Council has determined provides some significant benefit to the community, and is open to all members of the public.
They would therefore be eligible – but will Council deny the application because it did not follow procedure? They followed procedure (sort of) in 2017 for a 2018 grant – they asked for $15,000 but it was denied. As far as I can tell, they did not apply by October 2018 for a grant.
Not content with wanting cash, Edgar also says that:
The current Electrical system in Victoria Park north of the Band Shell is in serious need of replacing to a more dependable system and more outlets with 110 and 220 volts for the vendors attending our games. Last fall Jason Johns reached out to us to get our input into what upgrades are needed. Please move this project forward as it directly effects how successful our games can be.
- Cobourg Highland Games Society – written submission.
- Cobourg Procedure for Applying for a community Grant
Since in 2018 the Town did not publish anything about who applied for grants and since Edgar did not mention that in his submission there was no way to know that he did apply through the correct process – see comment below by Suzanne Seguin. (Thanks Suzanne). It looks like his budget submission should be read as a backup or emphasis to his application and not stand alone. However, it’s still of interest that the Highland Games is applying for a grant even though they had been turned down previously.