Chamber gets biggest City grant with $30,000

Prior to giving the first readings to its 2014 budget, Duncan City council dealt with its annual grants to community groups.

The grants were approved over the course of council meetings in March and April.

Council voted to increase two grants that are listed as budget line items, upping their contribution to the Duncan Business Improvement Association by $1,000 to $10,000, and their contribution to the Cowichan Sportsplex by $3,036 to 10,536.

Two other grants-in-aid that were approved – $5,500 to the DBIA for the management of City Square and $4,000 to the Warmland Restorative Justice Society – will become line items in future budgets.

The largest grant-in-aid approved this year was $30,000 to the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce to assist with the operation of the tourist information centre.

Council also approved a grant of $3,500 to the Cowichan Intercultural Festival of Film and Art; $2,500 to the DBIA for Duncan Daze, with a request attached for the second year that the name be changed to Duncan Days; $2,500 to the Hiiye’yu Lelum House of Friendship; and $1,000 each to the Cowichan Folk Guild, BC Forest Discovery Centre, Cowichan Intercultural and Immigrant Aid Society, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, the St. John

Ambulance Youth Service Program, and the Cowichan Valley Arts Foundation.

The Jubilee Community Garden’s Garden Pals will also receive $400, Cycle Cowichan will get $300 for Bike to Work Week, and the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation will receive an in-kind donation of a print.

Two requests from Cowichan Energy Alternatives, for $4,000 for a video promoting the Community Carbon Marketplace and $3,500 for creating increased use of biofuels, were approved after consultation with the Environment Committee.

A grant of $6,600 to the Duncan Summer Festival Society to assist with the Grande Parade and entertainment in City Square is subject to review and approval at the May Committee of the Whole meeting.

Council also denied several grants, the largest of which was a request of $20,000 from the École Mt. Prevost Parent Advisory Council for the community playground project.

Also denied were requests from the Cowichan Valley Basket Society ($5,000), the Cowichan Valley Arts Council for a fiveday workshop on Japanese fabric dying and woodblock painting ($2,000), from the Duncan Daycare Society ($1,200), the West Coast Men’s Support Society ($1,000), the Cerwydden Seniors Society ($200), and a seniors carpet bowling team hoping to participate in the Canada 55+ Games in Edmonton (no specified amount).