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Community enrichment program grants awarded

Whistler council approves $136,800 in grant funding for 30 community groups
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At the April 16 meeting, council approved $136,800 in grant funding for 30 community groups.

The biggest chunk of this year's Community Enrichment Program (CEP) funding went to the Sea to Sky Community Services Society ($17,300 for the Whistler Multicultural Network, as well as the parent-and-tot and better-at-home programs), the Howe Sound Women's Centre ($17,000 for prevention, education, advocacy, counselling, empowerment and drop-in services) and the Association for Whistler Area Residents for the Environment ($10,000 for a Sea to Sky Climate Change Symposium).

To qualify for a CEP grant, applicants must operate in the areas of environment, social services, community services, recreation and sport or arts and culture, and the amount provided cannot exceed 50 per cent of a program's total cost.

In 2019, the RMOW received 30 CEP applications asking for $249,342. While all of the applicants will receive funding, the CEP's 2019 operating budget of $136,800 won't be exceeded.

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