White Rock council has given the thumbs-up to 32 of 33 requests for grants-in-aid for 2013.
The approval was unanimous last week (with Coun. Helen Fathers declaring a conflict of interest and Coun. Louise Hutchinson absent), with approved funds ranging from $250 (awarded to the WRSS Community Response Network, the Semiahmoo Secondary Dry Grad and Earl Marriott Secondary Dry Grad) to $3,000 (Community of Lights Events Society).
The city’s grants-in-aid benefit organizations in four categories: social, cultural, athletics/sports and other.
Of those that applied this year, only the Peace Arch Curling Club was unsuccessful.
The club had asked for $750.
The 33 requests totalled $83,612; the total amount awarded was $28,500.
The biggest ask came from the White Rock Players’ Club, which sought $20,000. It was awarded $2,000.
White Rock Farmers’ Market, of which Fathers is manager, was approved for $1,500 of $5,000 that was requested.
Fathers last year questioned the process of awarding the grants after her 2012 application on the market’s behalf was denied.