According to Andrew Hall who is on Cobourg’s Santa Parade organizing committee, he is not aware of any funding from the Lions club for this year’s Santa Parade. This is a change from previous years and is why the committee is asking for a $10,000 community grant. Andrew explained this in a presentation to Council at Monday’s meeting. The organizing committee consists of all volunteers and gets a regular contribution of $3500 from the DBIA but with no contribution from Lions and only a few hundred dollars from sponsors, they will not be able to cover their usual costs of $9 to $10K. The budget for 2019 with the grant and DBIA’s $3500 would be higher than previous years but that would go towards refurbishing the reindeers on Santa’s float – who are “due for retirement”.
Andrew explained that about $6000 of the budget goes towards entertainment – bands etc – with the rest going to other expenses such as maintaining floats. Although the Lions do not expect to be making a financial contribution in 2019, Andrew expects that they will continue to assist by providing volunteers.
With the total amount of requests for community grants well over the goal of around $44K, a lot of applicants will be disappointed when decisions are made at the March 14 Budget meeting. The Northumberland Orchestra and Choir were also at Monday’s meeting talking about their request for $4000; Les AMIS were at a Council meeting on 25 February asking for $6000. Stay tuned for an update later this week.
- Community Grant requests – 20 Feb 2019
- Les Amis to make Cobourg a Beacon for the High Arts – 25 Feb 2019
- Santa Parade 2018 – 19 Nov 2018 (includes video)