Smiths Falls town staff present community grant recommendations

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Chris Must

There are some winners and some losers after a team of Smiths Falls town staff members completed a review of applications from local groups seeking funds from the community donations program.

At council’s request, all grants of less than $10,000 will be awarded based on staff recommendations. The evaluation team scores the applications using a matrix to determine whether the applicants qualify, and whether the organization’s goals align with the town’s strategic objectives.

To be eligible for town grants, an organization must be a not-for-profit operation located within the town.

Although the amounts to be awarded under the program are not final until council approves the 2017 budget, the evaluation team of Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris, Director of Community Services Art Manhire and Director of Corporate Services have prepared a written summary of their recommendations.

The report recommends the following:

  • $9,000 be provided to the Healthy Living Festival,
  • $4,000 to Rideau Paddlefest,
  • $2,500 to the Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band,
  • $5,000 to the Smiths Falls and District Club for Youth,
  • $5,800 to Together Smiths Falls,
  • $6,000 to the Rideau Environmental Action League,
  • $26,000 to the Smiths Falls Aquatic Recreation Centre,
  • $2,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters; and
  • $600 to the Smiths Falls Horticultural Society.

Staff concluded that applications from the Rideau Ferry Yacht Club, Rolling Thunder Car Club, Smiths Falls and District Crime Stoppers, and the Lanark County Community Justice Program did not meet the eligibility requirements.

Councillors expressed a desire to increase the amount given to the youth club. They also asked staff to work with Crime Stoppers to submit a new application.