Almost $790,000 in grants are being issued by the City of Richmond to numerous local organizations that provide important services and programs to enhance the lives of Richmond residents.
City Council unanimously approved the grant distribution at a February 2014 Council meeting.
“Council is committed to providing ongoing support of community service organizations through the City’s Grant Program,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Aimed at supporting the enhancement of a positive quality of life for all its residents, the Grant Program goals include building community and organization capacity to deliver programs; promoting partnerships and financial cost sharing among the City, other funders and organizations; and helping to achieve Council Term Goals and adopted strategies.
Richmond’s grants fall under four categories:
· Arts and Culture
· Child Care
· Health, Social and Safety
· Parks, Recreation and Community Events.
The City calls for applications from organizations annually and this year a new convenient streamlined online application process was launched. Applications are reviewed based on program-specific criteria.
Long-term recipients are eligible to apply for multi-year funding, approved on an annual basis for up to three years.
Once funds are granted, the successful recipients are required to complete an end-of-year final report, including evaluation results.
The Grant Program is funded mainly through casino revenue-sharing funds and does not impact the City’s operating budget or property taxes.
For more information on the City Grant Program, visit richmond.ca/citygrants.