Rossland City Council held a Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting on April 4, 2017, to discuss the 35 applications for funding from the available "pot" of CBT's CIP dollars to be allocated by Rossland. That pot of funding amounted to $56,008. The amounts sought by the 35 applicants totaled $134,263 -- well over double the amount available for distribution. So not everyone could get what they wanted, as is often the case in life -- the subject of a song by the Rolling Stones long ago. Other communities will be making their own decisions about funding many of those same applicants, from the pots of money available to them for distribution.
Some applicants will receive no money at all from Rossland's pot of funding. Those who will have to fund their projects in other ways include the Silver City Trap & Skeet Club, the Trail Maple Leaf Band, the Kootenay Columbia Educational Heritage Society, the Beaver Valley Karate Championships & Clinic, the Horse Association of Central Kootenay, and the LCCDT project for Trail web development. That left 29 applicants to receive some portion of their requests.
Of those 29, here's the breakdown of the recommendations that will go to the next regular meeting of Rossland City Council for final approval. The applicants are listed in alphabetical order:
Air Cadet League of Canada: asked for $750 and was granted $136.
Canadian Red Cross: asked for $250 and was granted $229.
Greater Trail Hospice Society: asked for $575 and was granted $510.
Health Arts Society: asked for $2000 and was granted $929.
Holy Trinity Parish (Skool-Aid): asked for $300 and was granted $307
KBRH & Health Foundation Society: asked for $4,500 and was granted $3,100
Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association: asked for $1,500 and was granted $1,050
LCCDT Garden & Art Tour: asked for $450 and was granted $332
Red Mountain Racers: asked for $20,000 and was granted $10,257
Rossland Child Care Society (Golden Bear): asked for $40,000 and was granted $1,286
Rossland Council for Arts & Culture: asked for $5,763 and was granted $4,426
Rossland Fall Fair Core Group: asked for $3,500 and was granted $2,993
Rossland Gold Fever Follies: asked for $3,000 and was granted $2,971
Rossland Historical Museum & Archives: asked for $2,000 and was granted $1,900
Rossland Mountain Biking Society: asked for $5,000 and was granted $2,221
Rossland Skate Park Association: asked for $10,000 and was granted $7,230
RSEA, Rossland Streamkeepers: asked for $966 and was granted $860
Societa Cristoforo Columbo Lodge: asked for $500 and was granted $250
SPCA, Trail Branch: asked for $3,000 and was granted $1,508
Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation: asked for $1,000 and was granted $557
Tourism Rossland Society: asked for $8,050 and was granted $4,834
Trail & District Chamber of Commerce: asked for $1,000 and was granted $486
Trail & District Community Arts Council: asked for $2,000 and was granted $979
Trail Track & Field Club Society: asked for $1,000 and was granted $621
Trail Youth & Minor Baseball Association: asked for $1,759 and was granted $700
United Way of Trail: asked for $1,700 and was granted $607
Visions for Small Schools: asked for $4,000 and was granted $3,161
West Kootenay Brain Injury: asked for $2,000 and was granted $914
West Kootenay Minor Lacrosse Association: asked for $1,000 and was granted $654
For readers who wonder how Council arrives at its final allocations, here's their method: Council discusses which, if any, applicants they think should be eliminated from consideration, given the number of applicants and the funding available. One of the criteria considered is the number of people who are likely to benefit from the grant. Then each Council member divides up the dollars available for distribution -- no more and no less -- as he or she sees fit, among the remaining applicants. Then all the individual Council members' allocations are totaled up for each applicant, and the totals are divided by the number of Council members. Council members then discuss the results and may make minor adjustments. This method has its limitations, but a more thorough process could be overly time-consuming.