The Regional District of Nanaimo receives a lot of requests for grants from non-profit organizations throughout the year.
Many of the requests are for more than $5,000 and, when they come in after the budget has been approved, it makes it harder for the RDN to process them in a timely manner.
The RDN is now updating its Grants-in-Aid Program to make the application process more efficient and simpler for the different non-profit groups seeking financial assistance.
A full review of all RDN grant programs in 2018 will be conducted to streamline and standardize the process.
Staff recommended repealing Grants-in-Aid Policy A1.28, which includes criteria for grant eligibility, application form and instructions. It will be replaced with new policy, A1.30, that will see all groups requesting grants use the same application form and have the same criteria for review regardless of dollar amount.
Only registered non-profit organizations can apply for the grants. They will also be required to reveal information about other grant applications they’ve made.