The Summerland Action Festival and other organizations have been allowed to carry forward their funding from the municipality for one year. (Summerland Review file photo)

The Summerland Action Festival and other organizations have been allowed to carry forward their funding from the municipality for one year. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland grant in aid funding carried forward

Because of COVID-19, four organizations allowed to use this year’s funding in 2021

Four Summerland grant in aid recipients, whose events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been permitted to carry over their 2020grant in aid funding to 2021.

The Summerland Action Festival Association had been allocated $2,200 while Summerland Minor Hockey, the Summerland Bluegrass Society and the Royal Canadian Legion had each been allocated $500.

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During the 2020 budget process, Summerland council reviewed requests from community organizations and allocated $55,000. This is in addition to the $50,500 allocated to the Summerland Community Arts Council, the Summerland Youth Centre Association and the Summerland Museum and Heritage Society.

Payment was issued in February, but in early March, COVID-19 measures were introduced, including measures limiting the size of public gatherings.

As a result, several organizations had to cancel their events for 2020.

Five of the organizations receiving grant in aid funding were not able to hold events.

The Summerland Fall Fair Society did not cash their cheque and returned it to the municipality.

The remaining four organizations asked the municipality to allow them to carry their funding forward to 2021.

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