The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: Parksville council to approve second intake of grant-in-aid applicants

Grants to offset COVID-related expenses since March 2020

Parksville city council is once again ready to decide which non-profit organizations in the Parksville area will receive a grant for COVID-related expenses.

In February this year, council established a one-time COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid program of $280,000, for non-profit groups located in Parksville or that serve Parksville residents.

The grant will reimburse COVID-related expense incurred since March 2020, for costs such as obtaining Personal Protective Equipment, costs related to maintaining enhanced cleaning and sanitization, costs to adapt programming or services during the pandemic and for any other COVID-related losses in regular revenue due to the inability to hold annual and ongoing fundraising events.

For the first round in June, council approved 11 of 15 applicants.

As this is the second round for the program, the budgeted amount is now $149,000.

READ MORE: COVID-19: Parksville council to establish $280K grant-in-aid program for non-profits

On Monday, Dec. 6, council voted to establish a select committee to make recommendations on which applicants to approve and their respective amounts.

For the second intake, the following organizations have applied:

Forward House Community Society – $14,000

Mid-Island Pensioners and Hobbyists Association – $10,000

Oceanside Community Arts Council – $23,475

Oceanside Community Church – $12,000

Oceanside Hospice Society – $15,000

Parksville and District Historical Society – $49,944

Parksville Pastoral Charge (Knox United Church) – $30,000

Parksville Seniors Activity and Drop In Centre – $26,857

Broombusters Invasive Plant Society – $450

The totalled amount of grants applied rests at $181,726.

mandy.moraes@pqbnews.com

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