Grants to Not-for Profit Community Organizations (Policy FIN-013)
Beaver Municipal Solutions (BMS) recently passed Policy FIN-013 Grants to Not-for-Profit Community Organizations.
BMS recognizes that it can only succeed to fulfil its mandated mission and vision with the endorsement and support of the communities in which it operates. Many of our communities rely on the efforts of tireless volunteer not-for-profit organizations to provide or supplement desired community services. Many of our employees donate time to such organizations in the communities in which they live.
We are accepting applications for this grant from organizations until February 28, 2014. Once the applications have been received, we shall review the applications, and grant payments will be issued for successful applicants to a maximum of $2,500 per organization. A second call for applications for the program will be advertised in the last half of the 2014 year.
The following information is basic criteria for the application. Please contact Mrs. Josephine Fiset, Executive Assistant, at 780-663-2038 extension 117 for an application form. This form is also available here.
- Community organizations must operate in Beaver County;
- Community organizations must operate as a not-for-profit, including schools and amateur sports teams;
- Community organizations must provide a service that is consistent with the strategic mission and vision of BMS, and must be held to the same level of ethical behaviour and transparency as BMS; and
- Community organizations must agree to acknowledge the support of BMS in their public communications.
Grants will only be made to organizations that have applied via the application process noted above.
Good Neighbour Grant cheques presented to local Councils
BMS Chairman Ron Yarham, (left) and CAO Pierre Breau (right), presenting the Good Neighbour Grant cheque to Village of Ryley Mayor, Lorraine Warren-Nimeck (center), at the Village of Ryley Council meeting held on December 17, 2013.
BMS Chairman Ron Yarham (center left) and CAO Pierre Breau (right), presenting the Good Neighbour Grant and Grant in Lieu of Taxes cheque to Beaver County Reeve, Arnold Hanson (center right) and County CAO Bob Beck (left) at the Beaver County Council meeting of December 18, 2013
The Beaver Municipal Solutions (BMS) Board recently passed two policies regarding payments to municipal members recognizing impacts that our environmental operations have on neighbouring communities.
The Payment of Grant in Lieu of Taxes to Municipal Members policy provides for grants to be paid by BMS
to member municipalities based on the municipal assessment of BMS properties that have continuing environmental operations such as landfills, transfer stations, storage areas and structures, and repair and maintenance shops. These grants will equal the value of taxes otherwise paid on these properties.
The Good Neighbour Grants policy provides for grants to be paid by BMS to the Village of Ryley and Beaver County in special recognition of the proximity of the Village of Ryley and surrounding Beaver County community to BMS's landfill operation.
For 2013, the following payments were made:
Payment of Grant in Lieu of Taxes to Municipal Members
Beaver County - $98,567.23
Town of Viking - $726.23
Good Neighbour Grants
Village of Ryley - $53,877.48
Beaver County - $26,938.74
The BMS board also approved the Grants to Not-for-Profit Community Organizations policy. This policy provides funding for local community organizations to provide or supplement desired community services. Many BMS employees donate time to such organizations in their communities. For the 2014 year funding available to local community groups is $25,000. Criteria and deadlines for applications will be published in early January 2014.
In addition to anticipated releases of surplus funds from Commission proceeds, these grants represent tangible economic benefits to the BMS Board founding member municipalities and their residents.
BMS is appreciative of its community support and is proud to work on behalf of all residents of the Beaver region.
The Board and BMS staff wish all residents and the member Councils heartfelt best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous 2014.