The District of Kent Council has voiced its support for a number of local initiatives by approving about $20,000 in grant-in-aid funding during this Monday’s meeting.
The district accepts grant-in-aid applications every year from a variety of local non-profits and community organizations. District officials traditionally set aside funds in the annual operating budget to provide grants to these organizations; this year’s requests totaled about $20,000.
Councillors approved funding for the following organizations:
– Agassiz Agricultural and Historical Association
– Kent-Harrison Arts Council
– Agassiz Harrison Aquanauts
– Agassiz-Harrison Community Services
– Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society
– Cheam Vista Classical Concert Society
– Harrison Festival Society
“It’s interesting to note how many volunteer hours are put in by the community and by these volunteer organizations,” said Mayor Sylvia Pranger. “We are grateful for their contribution to the community.”
The deadline for submitting operating grant funding requests is Nov. 15 every year. For more information on criteria and how the program works, visit kentbc.ca/grant.
In other council business:
– Council ratified Coun. Duane Post and Coun. Susan Spaeti as deputy mayors.
– Council approved three readings of updates to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy bylaw. The bylaw revisions reflect B.C. Bill 22, which the provincial legislature passed in November 2021. The changes on the provincial level include protection of information that could harm the rights of Indigenous people and $10 fees for access requests. The local bylaw has not yet been adopted.
– Coun. Post congratulated four Agassiz students who graduated from a welding course from Thompson Rivers University. The students earned high school and university credit and the program is of no cost to the students.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall in Agassiz. Those who wish to attend via Microsoft Teams may do so by registering in advance at kentbc.ca.