The fall intake for the Oceanside Recreation Services Grants has received 12 applications, totalling $28,700.
There are three youth applications requesting $6,500, and nine community applications requesting $19,700 that will undergo assessment by the Oceanside Recreation Services Grants Sub-Committee.
The Oceanside Recreation Services Grants Program was created in 1994 to promote recreational activities in the City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach, Electoral Areas E (Nanoose Bay), Area F (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Whiskey Creek, Meadowood), Area G (Englishman River, San Pareil, French Creek, Little Qualicum, Dashwood) and Area H (Bowser, Horne Lake, Deep Bay, Qualicum Bay).
The Regional District of Nanaimo has allocated a budget of $75,000 for the grants in 2022. They are usally disbursed in the spring and fall.
Last spring, the approved disbursements amounted to $36,316.09 leaving a balance of $36,183.91 that will be doled out to eligible applicants this fall. If all the fall applications are approved, there will be surplus of $9,839.91.
Those applying for grants this fall include:
Youth Grant Applications
• MAC School for the Creative Arts, $2,500 for its Youth Art Lab
• Ravensong Aquatic Club, $2,500 for equipment and rental fees
• The Old School House Arts Centre, $1,500 for photography supplies, facility rental
Community Grant Applications
• Bow Horne Bay Community, $2,500 for community engagement
• Errington War Memorial Hall Association, $1,400 for Children’s Music Program
• MAC School for the Creative Arts, $2,500 for MAC School for the Creative Arts
• Oceanside Floor Curling Club, $2,000 for Keeping Seniors Alive
• Parksville Community Centre Society, $1,800 for Game Night’s for Adults and Youth
• Parksville Indoor Slowpitch League, $2,000 for Senior and Special Olympics Tournament
• Vanisle Walking Soccer, $2,500 for tournament equipment, facility rental, food, and awards
• Ravensong Waterdancers Synchro Club, $2,500 for Aqua Go
• Shorewood San Pareil Owners and Ratepayers Association, $2,500 for Maple Lane Park Project
— NEWS Staff