Today, Council started their line-by-line review of the 2022 budget but one relatively small item gets a lot of attention. The maximum for Community Grants for 2022 was somewhat arbitrarily set at a total of $30k but applications totaled $92K so a lot of pruning was needed. Before the meeting, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin and Councillor Adam Bureau worked together to do the pruning and their recommendations totaled $29,544. Many of the “grants” were in fact “in kind” – that is, no cash would be changing hands but instead fees normally charged by the Town would be waived. The two main examples were fees to rent the Concert Hall and parking fees around Victoria Park, primarily for members of the Bowling Club.
On November 8, some organizations decided to make a presentation to Council to sell their case but there seems to be no correlation between doing that and getting approved.
Note that Nicole Beatty wanted two organizations to get more than the amounts recommended by Adam and Suzanne and made motions to that effect. To keep the total less than $30K, she had some grants adjusted down. Her motions were approved. Here is the table showing approved amounts; I’ve added extra information.
|Organization (and if they presented to Council)||2021 Appr’d||2022 Request||Recom-
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northumberland||No||0||5,000||0||1,000|
|Cobourg & District Historical Society||Yes||1,517||2,328||1,800||1,800|
|Cobourg Ecology Garden||Yes||2,314||2,299||2,000||2,000|
|Cobourg Highland Games||No||0||13,100||806||806|
|Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club||Yes||5,500||5,500||5,500||5,500|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation – Capital Grant||No||0||3,600||500||500|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation – Property Taxes||No||4,300||4,400||4,000||4,000|
|Community Care Northumberland||Yes||2,000||5,000||1,000||1,500|
|Film Access Northumberland (Eye2Eye)||Yes||0||3,000||1,500||1,000|
|Horizon of Friendship||Yes||0||1,000||0||0|
|La Jeunesse Choirs||No||2,000||2,000||1,000||1,000|
|Northumberland 89.7 FM – Small Town Radio||Yes||1,300||1,300||800||800|
|Northumberland Festival of the Arts||Yes||0||4,360||1,100||1,100|
|Northumberland Hills Studio Tour||No||0||1,000||0||0|
|Northumberland Oral Health Coalition||Yes||0||500||250||250|
|Northumberland New Ventures Band||Yes||750||1,000||500||500|
|OSGA 55+ Games||No||0||250||250||250|
|PARN (your community AIDS Resource Network||No||0||2,000||0||0|
|SONG – Sounds of The Next Generation||No||2,000||2,500||0||0|
|The Rose Quest Personal Care Initiative||Yes||0||3,000||250||0|
|Victoria Hall Volunteers||Yes||5,000||4,788||4,788||4,788|
|Victorian Operetta Society (VOS)||No||0||8,000||1,000||1,000|
When Nicole asked for changes, there was no discussion. Other Councillors seemed to be happy with the work that Suzanne and Adam had done in making the hard decisions.
Once the budgets are finally approved, the grant recipients will be advised of the above together with whether it was cash or “in kind” and what the money is for. If the grant was denied, the reason given will be “Insufficient funds”.
- Residents request Grants for 2022 – 9 November 2021 – includes links to presentations by organizations.