Emergency Assistance Fund For Community Groups
The Municipality of Shelburne recognizes that the coronavirus has had a direct negative impact on the operation of local community groups and facilities. Following the advice of provincial officials, fundraising events and activities such as suppers, concerts and bingos may have been cancelled in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. It is also recognized by Council that residents and businesses, who once contributed, may no longer be able to financially support their beloved community organizations and events due to economic shortfalls caused by COVID-19 restrictions.
This emergency fund has been established to assist community groups to help address financial challenges due to COVID-19. This is currently a one-year funding opportunity and continued availability will be discussed by Council annually.
- Community groups that provide a benefit to residents in the District of Shelburne
- The applicant must demonstrate the negative financial impact due to COVID-19.
- Churches that have halls or multi-purpose space and who can clearly demonstrate a financial loss during the closure, are eligible to apply (places of worship are not eligible).
- Legions, Fire Departments, clubs are eligible.
- If a community facility or group has not been negatively affected by the coronavirus closures, they should not apply for emergency funding.
- Groups may not request funding above and beyond the funds lost as a direct result of COVID-19.
- Groups approved for emergency assistance funding and who qualify are still eligible to apply for regular Grants to Organizations funds in the 2021-22 fiscal year.
- There will be two application deadline, June 30th and December 31st, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the Community Development Coordinator and support recommendations will be presented and approved by Council.
- Council reserves the right to approve funding amounts lower than requested. Council reserves the right to reject any grant application, regardless of whether the criteria have been met.
- Maximum eligible funding is $1000 per community group, per application.
- It is not known how long the COVID-19 will last and since each group has different financial circumstances, groups may submit their applications with anticipated financial losses. Applications submitted in the June 30th batch will cover financial losses and anticipated financial losses up to the end of September 2021. Applications submitted in the December 31st batch will cover financial losses and anticipated financial losses up to the end of March 2022.
- Depending on the timing of the application and the timing of the group’s financial losses, funds may be dispersed in a lump sum or multiple payments. Staff will work with each applicant to determine payment schedule.
- Groups must provide their most recent financial statement with each application.