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The City of Port Moody is now accepting applications for the Community Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to community groups and non-profit organizations that contribute to the general interest and benefit of local residents and businesses. Interested groups or organizations can fill out an online application form at portmoody.ca/communitygrants. All forms must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020. 

To be eligible for consideration, an application must meet the qualifications outlined in the City’s Grants to Organizations policy

The following general principles may be used to determine funding allocations:

  • the availability of funds budgeted for grants and donations;
  • the extent to which a demonstrated need in the community will be addressed and to which the City’s corporate goals and objectives are met;
  • the degree to which the grant will promote the well-being and quality of life of Port Moody residents;
  • the degree to which funding will be used for the community as a whole;
  • the extent to which the organization has attempted to obtain other sources of funding, e.g. through corporate sponsorships or fundraising campaigns;
  • the extent to which the funds are expended in Port Moody;
  • the needs of the organization requesting funding;
  • the extent to which any benefits will be directed towards people of all ages and abilities;
  • and the extent to which volunteers are involved and community spirit is fostered. 

All eligible applications will be forwarded to Port Moody’s Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) for their consideration. The CAG is made up of more than 250 Port Moody residents of all ages who volunteer their time to provide input on City issues. 

CAG members will review eligible applications and make a recommendation to Council as to which applications should be approved. Council will approve all final awards. In the case of ties or excess funding, Council will use their discretion to allocate the funds. 

In 2020, there will be $20,000 available for grant awards ($18,000 available for requests made by the January 31 deadline, and a 10 per cent hold-back – $2,000 – available for emergency requests). The number of grants awarded will depend on the value of the requests. For example, if the City receives a number of high-value requests, fewer grants may be awarded.