The main item on the Agenda for Monday’s Special Council meeting was for citizens to convince Council that their request for a Community grant should be approved. When applications closed on October 31, 26 requests for a community Grant had been received – totalling $91,926. Last year, 11 organizations received a total of $28,681 and Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin indicated that she expected that less than $30K should be approved this time. All organizations were invited to present their case to Council but only 14 did so – the total of those presenting came to $42,076. The full list is provided below. In 2020, a total of $49,575 was approved for 26 organizations. At the same meeting, Council also accepted input on the proposed budget but few had anything to say.
There was no discussion about any grant requests by organizations who did not make a presentation and neither copies nor descriptions of their applications were provided. Therefore, it’s not clear what their chances of approval are.
Summary of Applications
|Description||Presented to Council||2021 Approved||2022 Request|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northumberland||No||0||5,000|
|Cobourg & District Historical Society||In kind, use of rooms at Victoria Hall||Yes||1,517||2,328|
|Cobourg Ecology Garden||Fixed costs & maintenance – “it’s a Town Park”||Yes||2,314||2,299|
|Cobourg Highland Games||No||0||13,100|
|Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club||Passes for free parking – this benefit brings visitors to Town||Yes||5,500||5,500|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation – Capital Grant||No||0||3,600|
|Cobourg Museum Foundation – Property Taxes||Has been regularly approved||No||4,300||4,400|
|Community Care Northumberland||Donation – lots of trips for Cobourg Residents||Yes||2,000||5,000|
|Film Access Northumberland (Eye2Eye)||Cost of use of Victoria Hall||Yes||0||3,000|
|Horizon of Friendship||Supporting Migrant workers – 24 live in Cobourg||Yes||0||1,000|
|La Jeunesse Choirs||No||2,000||2,000|
|Les Amis||Supporting world-class concerts – some in Victoria Hall||Yes||2,000||3,000|
|Northumberland 89.7 FM – Small Town Radio||Summer Concerts – in-kind use of bandshell||Yes||1,300||1,300|
|Northumberland Festival of the Arts||For Events in Victoria Hall||Yes||0||4.360|
|Northumberland Hills Studio Tour||No||0||1,000|
|Northumberland Oral Health Coalition||Volunteer group supporting dental health||Yes||0||500|
|Northumberland New Ventures Band||Beginner players – low cost concerts||Yes||750||1,000|
|OSGA 55+ Games||No||0||250|
|PARN (your community AIDS Resource Network)||No||0||2,000|
|Song – Sounds of The Next Generation||No||2,000||2,500|
|Sustainable Cobourg||Wants partnership with Town – provide expertise||Yes||0||5,000|
|The Rose Quest Personal Care Initiative||Provides personal hygiene products to people who cannot afford them.||Yes||0||3,000|
|Victoria Hall Volunteers||Volunteer group fundraising to maintain and improve Victoria Hall||Yes||5,000||4,789|
|Victorian Operetta Society||No||0||8,000|
A subjective observation would be that all organizations seemed worthy. No doubt with this in mind, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin remarked that decisions would be guided by the Town’s Community Grants Policy – notably, would the grant provide a significant value of arts, culture or social well being to a wide segment of the citizens of Cobourg. See link below to download this policy.
The presentations are all available with the Agenda on the Town’s web site – see the link below.
A decision on who will get the grants will be made during Budget deliberations later this month.
At the beginning of the meeting Council heard two presentations:
- A request for permanent outdoor PickleBall courts;
- Ted Williams was concerned about the cost and priority of some waterfront projects plus he wanted a one-time adjustment of the Town’s accounting to make it possible for the Marina and the campground to be always self-supporting from now on. (His presentations are included on the Town’s Agenda for the meeting – see link below).
Hope Bergeron also made a written submission asking for the fixed route bus service to be brought back.
- Meeting agenda complete with presentations (pdf version).
- Town of Cobourg Community Grants Policy – updated June 2017.