City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie allocates discretionary grants for 2022

Almost $13k in funds from a $15k budget were allocated for 2022

The City of Fernie has approved handing out $12,334.61 in discretionary grants to community groups in 2022.

The city had budgeted $15,000 for the year, making 2022 an under-subscribed year of applications, allowing all applications for funding to be allocated in full.

Eight groups had city funding approved by the council at the Dec. 13 council meeting, with a funds spread across operations, equipment and events.

The Fernie Nordic Society asked for $1,750 for the purchase of five pairs of roller skis, while the Joan Delich Kindergym Society will receive $1,500 for operating costs, and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) will get $1,484.61 for a drop-in learning place to help the most vulnerable population of the community.

Meanwhile, the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network will received $600 for their Wild Voices Program, which offers ‘a diverse range of experiential programs that connect K-12 students in Fernie and the great Columbia Basin to the natural world’ according to city documents.

The rest of the asks were for events funding, with Francofest, operated by the Association Francophone des Rocheuses du Sud (AFRoS) getting $2,000 for the 2022 musical and cultural festival, while the Fernie Arts Theatre Ensemble Society will get $1,000 to produce a one-act, two scene play.

Another $1,500 will go towards the costs associated with running the Fernie Mountain Film Festival, while Fernie Pride will received $2,500 to help pay for the 2022 Elk Valley Pride Festival scheduled for September 2022.

Each group received the amount of funds they had requested, leaving $2,065.39 in funding available for the rest of the year.

“The (discretionary grants) committee believe that COVID-19 will continue to have significant impacts on local non-profit organizations and having discretionary funds available will allow Council to provide support to those groups who encounter unexpected costs or needs to continue offering community programs, events and resources in a COVID safe environment,” reads the staff report.

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