Morinville receives many requests for Centennial Grant funding

By staff

Morinville – Twenty-one groups attended Tuesday night’s meeting of Morinville Town Council, each hoping their project would be approved for funding in the second round of Centennial Grant applications. In total the 21 proposed projects sought $63,725 in grant dollars from the Town.

Council approved $100,000 in Centennial Community Grant funding for the centennial year. The first round of grant applications saw $31,415 in funding approved, including $2,500 of in kind donations.

Round two of applications brought out a much larger flood of requests, including a number that had no direct centennial flavour to them. Grant requests ranged from $5,000 to erect two new historical tableaus in Morinville to $5,000 to fund a fundraising show and shine in Cardiff. Although not all requests were for the maximum funding amount, the lowest request was from the Friends of the Morinville Public Library who sought $1,200 to create a centennial quilt that would be placed on display at the Community Cultural Centre.

But not everyone who came to council Tuesday night received the full funding they were looking for and one group left empty handed. Council granted $56,100 of the $63,725 requested. Below is a list of the grant requests and what they received.

Grant requests

MODIFIED – $5,000 request from Centralta Tourism Society to create two historical tableaus , one commemorating 100 years of Christianity in Morinville and one commemorating 100 years of relationship between Morinville and Alexander. Council approved $4,000.

MODIFIED – $3,025 request from École Georges P. Vanier School to hold performances and workshops celebrating multiculturalism. Council approved $2,500.

APPROVED – $1,200 request from the Friends of the Morinville Public Library to create a centennial quilt.

MODIFIED – $2,500 request from the Morinville Girl Guides to help fund a summer camp. Council approved $2,000.

MODIFIED – $2,000 request from the Legion Ladies Auxiliary to hold a community bingo with centennial souvenirs and prizes. Council approved $1,400.

APPROVED – $1,000 request from Morinville Art Club for storage cabinets

APPROVED – $3,000 request from Morinville Centennial Community Gardens to help fund 10 community garden plots.

APPROVED – $2,500 request from Morinville Community High School to help finance 20th Annual Roger Champagne Bike Ride.

APPROVED – $2,500 request from Morinville Food Bank Society to assist with expenses in their new expanded location.

APPROVED – $5,000 request from Morinville Historical and Cultural Society to replace damaged vignettes in St. Jean Baptiste Park with new ones.

APPROVED – $2,500 request from Morinville Historical and Cultural Society to help fund 2011 Canada Day celebrations.

APPROVED – $1,750 request from Seniors Rendez-vous Centre to hold an old time dance in the fall with centennial-themed music.

DENIED – $5,000 request from Morinville Show ‘N Shine Society to hold a fundraising car show at Cardiff Hall to raise money for the Morinville Food Bank Society and the Canadian Forces Soldier On program. Councillors were largely opposed to the proposal on the basis that it was being held outside the community. Councillor Lisa Holmes proposed granting $1,000 including $300 for use of Morinville’s Community Bus. The motion was defeated.

DEFERRED – $5,000 request from Notre Dame Parent Fundraising Association to beautify existing school park as a centennial legacy project. The motion was originally defeated in a 2-2 vote; however, council voted unanimously to approve the funding after the community’s parks and recreation master plan is completed.

APPROVED – $1,675 request from Phalanx Multisport Club to assist with costs of Apr. 23 Icebreaker duathlon held in Morinville. The event, held over the Easter weekend drew 28 athletes, including one Morinville competitor.

APPROVED – $5,000 request from Morinville Rotary Club to help fund a Morinville Community Business Party at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Funds from the event are set to support Rotary Club projects in the community.

APPROVED – $1,575 request from the Sour Pusses Slowpitch Team to assist with funding a fundraising slowpitch tournament in June.

APPROVED – $5,000 request from South Glens Residential Community to enhance their parks and green spaces in honour of Morinville’s centennial.

APPROVED – $1,500 request from St. Jean Baptiste Committee to help fund Cars and Critters, an event that combines hamster races with a car rally. $400 of that money will be used to rent special hamster wheels designed like dragsters.

APPROVED – $2,000 request from Sturgeon Hospital Foundation to help fund the annual Celebrating Life and Culture fundraiser to be held in the fall at the Community Cultural Centre.

APPROVED – $5,000 request from the Morinville Public Library to make genealogy kits available to elementary school students, produce commemorative book marks and to host a series of five author visits examining different literary genres of the past 100 years.

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