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REPORTING · 4th February 2015
Walter McFarlane
In 2014, Kitimat City Council handed out grants which to clubs and community groups and individuals which went above and beyond what they normally give out. On Monday, February 2nd, a motion came forward to make changes to their Community Grants and Sponsorship Programs effective March 1st, 2015.

“Last year, we gave a number of grants that weren’t covered under the grant policy and it was Council’s wish at the time to continue possibly doing so,” said Martin Gould, Head of the District of Kitimat Leisure Services Department. “The Leisure Services Advisory Commission looked at what Councils possible intentions were and they made some recommendations to administration and we brought forward some comments on doing these two types of grants. They supported the recommendations and made some comments.”

A report to Council discussed the proposed changes. The first is for adult travel grants. These grants would be provided to pursue leisure programs in arts, athletics and personal development. The adults must meet the requirements of the Leisure Access Program, Council must determine there is a direct benefit to the community and all other financial means of support have been exhausted.

In addition, the report advises a change to permit groups to apply for grants for events on the conditions the Fundraiser is deemed to be beneficial to the community, it supports a youth or adult organisation or service group seeking financial stability, purchasing of equipment, providing mandatory training or minor renovations to facilities. The fundraising event must allow all residents of Kitimat to participate, unless legal restrictions prevent them from attending.

Gould explained this latter clause would mean youth would be unable to attend an event where alcohol was being served.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to know more about minor events. He was told minor events would include travel grants, grants which deal with new events and community event grants. Gould expressed the plan for minor grants would be streamlined as they are already covered under the grant allocation budget.

Councillor Edwin Empinado thanked Gould for standardizing the policy.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to adopt the changes, it was called and carried.