Re­gion comes up with new, fair pol­icy for grants

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

bal­ance and do­ing that, and it feels like that hasn’t been done at all. And this is a thing that we’ve talked about for many years about how to get out of that pro­ce­dure.”

CAO Richard Maclel­lan told coun­cil that there is still time to cre­ate a pol­icy to de­ter­mine which or­ga­ni­za­tions should be high­est on the list. He says there is still plenty of time since grants are not handed out un­til March.

Re­gion Mayor David Da­gley said af­ter coun­cil that fair­ness is crit­i­cal.

“The com­ments to­day which iden­ti­fied to­day that iden­ti­fied cer­tain grant ap­pli­cants which re­quire fund­ing from the re­gion to ac­cess pro­vin­cial and fed­eral fund­ing will be high on the mind of coun­cil as we work through this process.”

Da­gley said this year’s num­ber of grant re­quests was lower this year than in previous years, so it should also be eas­ier to make de­ci­sions.

“As you heard to­day coun­cil­lors are a bit con­cerned that we do pro­vide a proper level of sup­port for those that do re­quire mu­nic­i­pal sup­port.”

Da­gley said the ob­jec­tive was to make the process fair.

“I would hope that the ex­ist­ing coun­cil would elim­i­nate many of the fric­tion is­sues that may have oc­curred in the previous ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

The re­gion is tak­ing steps to en­sure fair­ness for or­ga­ni­za­tions who ap­ply for grants from the re­gion.

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