Grant crucial to FITS this year

Town council will be asked this evening to authorize the “Fun in the Sun” committee to submit a financial request to the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Celebrate Canada!” program.
“Fun in the Sun” chair Paul Bock said the committee applies for the funding each year to help pay for July 1 festivities here, including fireworks, the parade, and children’s activities.
But he also noted it will be more important than ever to get as much funding as possible because the “Fun in the Sun” committee has not been able to hold fundraiser bingos since the Fort Frances Bingo Hall closed its doors Dec. 31.
Each year, the Department of Canadian Heritage provides financial assistance to support “Celebrate Canada!” activities during the “Celebrate Canada!” period from June 21-July 1 (including National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and culminating with Canada Day on July 1).
Priority may be given to activities held on the specific four dates of “Celebrate Canada!”
Eligible expenses for funding requests include expenditures that can be directly linked to the program objectives (i.e., promotional expenses, entertainment, rental of equipment, supplies, etc.)
Eligible applicants for funding include non-governmental organizations, ad-hoc and special committees, community associations and charitable organizations, public and private corporations (with the exception of Crown corporations), municipal governments, public and private schools, and school boards and other educational institutions, such as colleges and universities.
The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.
Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to start at 6:25 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet first at 5 p.m., but is expected to be in-camera until 6:15. In-camera items include ongoing legal issues and a property matter.
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a bylaw to approve an amendment to an agreement with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. for financing of a heritage tourism project under the Infrastructure and Community Development Program (this is to extend the completion date of Phase II of the heritage tourism project until March 31, 2008);
•a charity rebate application from Family and Children’s Services;
•a financial request from Crescive Corp. regarding a skills and trades expo here May 17;
•a financial request from Brown Cow Promotions to advertise in the Fort Frances and District Spring Visitors’ Guide;
•a financial request from Fort Frances High School to place an ad in the 2007 yearbook; and
•several requests for reconsideration of minutes of settlement.