City goes after funds

Between Jan. 1 and June 30, the city received $408,858 in federal and provincial grants.

Senior government cash is rolling into Vernon coffers and there’s a push to get even more.

Between Jan. 1 and June 30, the city received $408,858 in federal and provincial grants.

“We’re getting a lot of little grants because we’re putting in for everything we can,” said Coun. Catherine Lord.

“But we’re not getting large grants. I’m not displeased (with the results to date) but we could use some grants  for our water system. We’re sending out applications to everyone.”

Lord points out that the federal and provincial governments each pumped $519,333 towards a new sewer lift station in Lumby.

The $406,858 the city has received so far this year has gone towards community safety, crime reduction, health and wellness, greenhouse gas reduction, infrastructure assessments and upgrades, tourism programs, liability reduction and facility accessibility.

Among them were $125,548 for the sewage facilities annual grant, $88,481 for the climate action revenue incentive program and $6,529 for youth crime prevention.

During the first six months of 2015, the city submitted 18 grant applications worth a total of $3.4 million.

“Several large grant applications are currently in process, including the New Build Canada Fund application for the Okanagan Landing sewer extension ($2.4 million) and the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program ($499,994),” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the city’s communications and grants co-ordinator, in a report.

“Grant funding opportunities continue to be a priority in 2015 as a means of providing support for new and ongoing city projects that bring value to the organization and the community at large.”