Stettler County approves three grants for first round of community investment program – Stettler Independent

Stettler County Council approved spending $5,000 under a new program at its January 12, 2022 council meeting.

The previously passed Community Investment Program allowed the county to set aside $15,000 to fund community events in the area, with up to $7,500 allocated for the first six months of the year and the remainder over the course of the year. of the second semester.

“The Community Investment Program was created to streamline sponsorship applications from community groups in an equitable manner, with a budgeted amount per year.” was stated in the board’s request for decision.

The deadline for the first funding round was December 31, 2021, with three organizations submitting applications.

The Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede, the Stettler and District Music Festival, and the 125th anniversary of the Canadian Northern Society and the Canadian Northern Railway all applied for funding in the program’s first intake.

Com. The Stulbergs offered to give $5,000 to the Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede, $2,000 to the Canadian Northern Railway and $500 to the Stettler and District Music Festival, the full allocation for the first promotion, which did not not pleased all advisers.

“We are on day 12 of the new year, and we are going to spend all our money allocated for this?” asked the adviser. James Nibourg.

“We blow our whole kitty in one motion. There are a ton of events in the area.

City services manager Andrew Brysiuk noted that under the new policy, council would only have to make such decisions twice a year and the next window would not close until May. 31, 2022.

Lorraine Hankins, the recreation and insurance manager behind the ruling request, also noted that all county groups have been notified of the policy change.

Eventually, after further discussion, Stulberg amended his motion to award $2,500 to the Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede, $2,000 to the Canadian Northern Railway, and $500 to the Castor and District Music Festival, for a total of $5,000. $, leaving $10,000 for second half events. of the year.

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Jill E. Washington