One-time grants given by Nelson city council to non-profits at its July 13 meeting were from the province's Safe Restart program, designed to help pandemic recovery. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson grants to nine non-profits for pandemic losses total $95,000

One-time grant funds are from the province’s Safe Restart program

At its July 13 council meeting, the City of Nelson granted $95,667 to non-profits who could demonstrate lost revenue because of the pandemic.

The program was announced at the council meeting on May 25.

The city allotted $300,000 for these grants, with a maximum grant of $15,000 per organization, to be taken from the $2,613,000 the city received in November from the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement designed to support facility re-openings and local emergency response in the pandemic.

Council awarded one-time grants to the following organizations:

• Glacier Gymnastics, $15,000

• Nelson Civic Theatre Society, $15,000

• Nelson Curling Club, $15,000

• Nelson Soccer Association, $15,000

• Nelson Baseball, $6,800

• Nelson Road Kings, $3,953

• Selkirk Concert Society, $5,400

• SPCA, $4,514

Nine other organizations’ applications totaling $100,350 were rejected for various reasons including, in several cases, operating surpluses for 2021.

Eligibility criteria for the grants were:

• Nelson-based

• Registered non-profit or sponsored by one

• Demonstrated loss of revenue as a result of the pandemic

• Applied to other emergency funding sources where eligible

• Governed by a volunteer board of directors

• Demonstrate an inclusive and diverse approach to their operations and activities

Ineligible were publicly funded or private educational institutions; organizations who failed reporting requirements in previous grants from the city; and unincorporated committees, groups or collectives.

Council discussed, but did not decide, whether the surplus of more than $200,000 could be used in the near future for another round of applications related to pandemic recovery, with the same or revised purpose and criteria.


Nelson offers pandemic recovery grants to non-profits