New applicants and projects that benefit all areas of the Regional District of Nanaimo have been given priority for Youth and Community Grants this year
The District 69 Commission grant committee reviewed applications and made recommendations for those that meet the grant criteria. The total grants available for 2018 total $75,000.
The committee received 10 applications for youth grants requesting $23,159, but only eight are eligible for funding totalling $11,724. They are: 893 Beaufort Squadron Air Cadets for training costs ($2,000); Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association youth basketball event ($500); Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association Growing Wild summer camp ($324); Ballenas Secondary School Dry Grad ($900); Bowser Elementary School outdoor education field trip ($2,500); Errington Elementary School outdoor education field trip ($2,500); Errington War Memorial Hall Association musical theatre production ($1,500); and Ravensong Aquatic Club pool rental, room rental, advertising and equipment ($1,500).
One application from Ballenas Secondary School for travel costs for the Cube Satellite Team and one application from School District 69 (Qualicum) for a mental health program were not recommended for funding as both programs are non-recreation programs.
Six out of nine applications for Community Grants totalling $8,163 were approved by the committee. They are: Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association-Coombs Community Picnic ($764); Bowser Tennis Club power washing and leaf blower ($1,399); District 69 Family Resource Association special needs youth cooking and life skills program ($1,200); Errington Elementary School Grade 3 swim lessons ($1,800); Oceanside Building Learning Together Maker Space equipment ($2,000); and Town of Qualicum Beach Select Committee on Beach Day Celebrations ($1,000).