Norfolk allocates $52,000 in grants

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer


Local fairs and festivals that receive automatic financial support from Norfolk County will continue to receive annual cheques in the mail without application.

Norfolk’s tourism and economic development committee recently recommended that the Houghton Agricultural Society, Delhi FallFest, the North Walsingham Agricultural Society, the Long Point Country Bayfest and the Donnybrook Fair should have to apply for their county support just like every other group in Norfolk.

The committee suggested that an annual application would encourage these organizations to think critically of their events and possibly come up with beneficial modifications. As it stands, these groups receive an annual grant cheque from Norfolk in the amount of $2,000.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council, Chris Baird, Norfolk’s general manager of development and cultural services, said that it’s conceivable that some new executive members open the cheques and do not even know why they received it.

“We’d like everyone to apply,” Baird said. “We’d like to make everyone consistent. They may wish to ask for even more money depending on the event.”

Norfolk council rejected this recommendation. In doing so, it approved $62,000 in grants to 22 groups, agencies and local awards programs.

Langton Coun. Roger Geysens moved that council stick with the status quo. Geysens has been a staunch defender over the years of smaller fairs in west Norfolk and the traditional municipal support they have enjoyed. This support pre-dates the creation of the new Norfolk in 2001.

Norfolk County’s formula for its grant fund is $1 a year for every resident. The grants approved for 2018 amount to $52,000. This leaves $10,000 unallocated. Money that is not awarded by the end of the county’s fiscal year is returned to the treasury.

Successful applicants are as follows:

• $500 bursaries to each of Norfolk’s five high schools for worthy graduates pursuing post-secondary education.

• $2,500 to Simcoe Little Theatre.

• $500 to St. John’s Anglican Church south of Simcoe.

• $5,000 for Church Out Serving for its Riversyde 83 renovation in downtown Simcoe.

• $3,000 for CAMH Community Addiction and Mental Health Services in Haldimand and Norfolk.

• $5,000 for the Capital Performance Group arts centre in Delhi.

• $2,500 for the Norfolk Pregnancy and Family Resource Centre.

• $3,000 for general programs administered by Church Out Serving.

• $2,000 for the Old Town Hall Association in Waterford.

• $1,000 for the Carillon Belles Chorus in Simcoe.

• $1,000 for the Port Dover Lionness Club.

• $1,500 for the Christmas Panorama in Simcoe.

• $5,000 for the Tillsonburg and District Multi-Service Centre, which is used extensively by many residents in west Norfolk.

• $1,000 to the Waterford Seniors.

• $1,500 to Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan.

• $5,000 to the South Coast Cultural Society.