Council today had a long session to review the 2021 budget – and it’s not yet finished. It will continue tomorrow, Friday. There were long sessions on the Fire Department and Police and some other smaller departments but each year, one group of decisions gets attention out of proportion to the amount of money involved – and that’s the Community Grants. In the last few years the total awarded to those who applied has been limited to $50k but this year is unusual and most Councillors were keen to keep the increase to a minimum. Councillor Adam Bureau worked with Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin to decide on recommended awards but before he could get going, Councillor Brian Darling moved to reduce all cash grants to zero but keep in-kind grants. His motion was defeated but although the total requested was less than $50K, the total of grants approved was only $28,681.
Each request was considered individually – see approved list below. There was a separate motion for each grant – Council amended some and approved amounts per the table below. The list shown is not final – Council must approve the budget as a whole but the amounts are not likely to change since Council did vote to approve each one individually. Each motion also specified what the money would be used for. You can get more detail from the Video at the 5:05:20 mark (see links below).
Approved Community Grants
(Updated to show in kind)
|Organization||2021 request||2021 Approved|
|Cobourg and District Historical Society (in kind)||$1,517||$1,517|
|Cobourg Ecology Garden||$2,314||$2,314|
|Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club (in kind)||$5,500||$5,500|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation (in kind)||$8,300||$4,300|
|Community Care Northumberland||$10,000||$2,000|
|La Jeunesse Choirs||$5,000||$2,000|
|Northumberland 89.7 FM (split – some n kind)||$2,300||$1,300|
|Northumberland New Ventures||$4,000||$750|
|S.O.N.G. Sounds of the Next Generation||$2,500||$2,000|
|Victoria Hall Volunteers (split – some in kind)||$5,000||$5,000|
Stay tuned for reports about the rest of the two days of meetings.