Coun­cil ap­proves new com­mu­nity in­vest­ment fund

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Re­gion of Queens Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Coun­cil ap­proved a new Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Fund (Pol­icy 11) at its Nov. 27 meet­ing, with focus on im­proved clar­ity, di­rec­tion and fair­ness in grant fund­ing for com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions in Queens to al­low for in­vest­ments in lo­cal com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture.

“The new pol­icy for grants to lo­cal com­mu­nity based or­ga­ni­za­tions re­places seven poli­cies that were in ex­is­tence prior to to­day, all of which per­tained to fund­ing. The Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Fund Pol­icy will be a more ef­fi­cient pol­icy, with clear cri­te­ria and re­port­ing mech­a­nisms across all grants,” said David Da­gley, mayor of Re­gion of Queens Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The pol­icy will take ef­fect April 1, 2019, with in­vest­ments in 2019-20 and sub­se­quent years of up to $175,000 per year. Prior to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Pol­icy 11 – Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Fund, grants to or­ga­ni­za­tions had an an­nual bud­get of $50,000 per year, and eight other recre­ation grant pro­grams in a cu­mu­la­tive amount of $18,750 per year. Grants to Com­mu­nity Or­ga­niza- tions, along with Com­mu­nity Recre­ation As­sis­tance Pro­gram, Sport Travel As­sis­tance Pro­gram, Vol­un­teer Train­ing As­sis­tance Fund­ing, Fa­cil­ity Devel­op­ment As­sis­tance (Ma­jor and Reg­u­lar Cat­e­gory), and Tour­na­ment/ Spe­cial Event As­sis­tance Fund grants will all be dis­con­tin­ued on April 1, 2019, and ap­pli­cants will be con­sid­ered un­der the new Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Fund.

“This pol­icy will re­sult in a ma­jor change to pro­gram de­liv­ery which we are con­fi­dent will en­hance ef­forts of com­mu­nity groups to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture, pro­grams and events in their lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Da­gley.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the new Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Fund will be avail­able at www.re­gionofqueens.com/mu­nic­i­palser­vices/recre­ation/over­view.

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