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.

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Nelson offers pandemic recovery grants to non-profits