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Community donations, not everyone gets what they want

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Community donations, not everyone gets what they want
By Howaida Sorour

At the Special Committee of the Whole meeting held on March 7 at Town Hall Councilor Chris Cummings led the proceedings and announced the community donations grants that had been decided. Not all the groups got what they wanted most notably the Railway Museum.

The museum’s ask for 2016 was $50,000 however not all the councilors were on board with that ask, and in the end the museum was allocated $42,000.

“To me $50,000 or $40,000 is beyond the pale of what a community donation should be. We already have a museum that tell the history of this town – Heritage House, and while I think the Railway Museum does great work, I can’t support their ask,” said Councillor Jay Brennan.

Most of the other members of council however agreed that the Railway Museum deserved the town’s support and had proven its ability to deliver on its promises.

“They [the Railway Museum] asked for $50,000 last year, and we agreed to that,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn. “They delivered on everything they said they would deliver on including the fundraising they said they would complete.”

All the councilors agreed that the Railway Museum has delivered on the work it promised last year, and on it’s fundraising goals and commitment.

“Last year we raised just shy of $90,000” said Anne Shropshire, Railway Museum Curator.

The Museum was not the only announcement for the evening. Most of the smaller community donation were also allocated, though like the museum they didn’t all get the full amount of their ask.

The Smiths Falls Horticultural Society was allocated $800.
Smiths Falls Club for Youth has been approved for $10,000
The Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band had asked for $4,000 but was allocated $3,000
Lanark County Community Justice Program was allocated $2,000
The Rideau Roundtable had asked for $3,00o but was allocated $2,000
Crown of Life had requested $5,000 but were allocated $3,000
The Healthy Living Festival had asked for $10,00o but were allocated $7,000
The Smiths Falls and District Arts and Culture Council were allocated $2,000
Rolling Thunder got there $1,550 ask.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters were allocated their $2,000 ask.
Together Smiths Falls were allocated $8,000 slightly less than their ask.
REAL had requested $9,000 but were only allocated $5,000
The Smiths Falls and District Hospital was not on the list of community grant recipients.

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  1. Charles says:

    There was only so much to go around and everyone got something . Some thing is better than nothing. When there is only so much to go around everyone should be grateful that got what they did . I am sure it was not an easy decision to make but unfortunately ther is only so much that can be divided up. Hopefully things will be better next time . We all have to tighten our belts and do the best with what we are given and with what we yhave.


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Community donations, not everyone gets what they want

SpecialCOW

Community donations, not everyone gets what they want
By Howaida Sorour

At the Special Committee of the Whole meeting held on March 7 at Town Hall Councilor Chris Cummings led the proceedings and announced the community donations grants that had been decided. Not all the groups got what they wanted most notably the Railway Museum.

The museum’s ask for 2016 was $50,000 however not all the councilors were on board with that ask, and in the end the museum was allocated $42,000.

“To me $50,000 or $40,000 is beyond the pale of what a community donation should be. We already have a museum that tell the history of this town – Heritage House, and while I think the Railway Museum does great work, I can’t support their ask,” said Councillor Jay Brennan.

Most of the other members of council however agreed that the Railway Museum deserved the town’s support and had proven its ability to deliver on its promises.

“They [the Railway Museum] asked for $50,000 last year, and we agreed to that,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn. “They delivered on everything they said they would deliver on including the fundraising they said they would complete.”

All the councilors agreed that the Railway Museum has delivered on the work it promised last year, and on it’s fundraising goals and commitment.

“Last year we raised just shy of $90,000” said Anne Shropshire, Railway Museum Curator.

The Museum was not the only announcement for the evening. Most of the smaller community donation were also allocated, though like the museum they didn’t all get the full amount of their ask.

The Smiths Falls Horticultural Society was allocated $800.
Smiths Falls Club for Youth has been approved for $10,000
The Smiths Falls Gordon Pipe Band had asked for $4,000 but was allocated $3,000
Lanark County Community Justice Program was allocated $2,000
The Rideau Roundtable had asked for $3,00o but was allocated $2,000
Crown of Life had requested $5,000 but were allocated $3,000
The Healthy Living Festival had asked for $10,00o but were allocated $7,000
The Smiths Falls and District Arts and Culture Council were allocated $2,000
Rolling Thunder got there $1,550 ask.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters were allocated their $2,000 ask.
Together Smiths Falls were allocated $8,000 slightly less than their ask.
REAL had requested $9,000 but were only allocated $5,000
The Smiths Falls and District Hospital was not on the list of community grant recipients.

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One Response to “Community donations, not everyone gets what they want”

  1. Charles says:

    There was only so much to go around and everyone got something . Some thing is better than nothing. When there is only so much to go around everyone should be grateful that got what they did . I am sure it was not an easy decision to make but unfortunately ther is only so much that can be divided up. Hopefully things will be better next time . We all have to tighten our belts and do the best with what we are given and with what we yhave.


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