April 11, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Community organizations play an important role in Queens County, providing programs, services and recreational opportunities to residents and visitors alike. The Region of Queens Municipal Council voted to approve funding to support 14 groups under the Grants to Organizations program in the amount of $46,250 at the April 11 Regular Council meeting.
“Queens is fortunate to have a strong volunteer base, offering many programs and services in our community. These grants enable us to provide needed financial support to help them in doing what they do best,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “This year, the Grants to Organization selection was dealt with by all members of Council, while respecting conflict of interest issues. We met several times to assess, deliberate and come to a consensus on amounts allocated to the non profit groups.”
Among those who were successful in their applications under the Grants to Organizations funding are Farmers Market - North Queens Board of Trade, the Friends of Hank Snow Society, Liverpool Ukulele Ceilidh Society, Medway Area Communities Association, Mersey Band Society, Milton Heritage Society, North Queens Board of Trade, North Queens Heritage Society, Privateer Days Commission, Queens County Learning Network, Queens County Fair Association, Queens County Museum, Queens County Senior Safety Program, and Winds of Change Dramatic Society.
Eighteen applications were received for a total requested amount of $67,750.00; three applicants were referred to the Recreation Department’s funding programs, and one was not approved as it was not based in Queens County, which is part of the grant criteria.
The Grants to Organizations program accepts applications in January, with a deadline of the first Friday in February each year. The program’s purpose is to enable community groups to broaden the scope of their programs, in an effort to help build capacity for growth and sustainability of community groups.