In an effort to improve the application process for the South Branch Community Fund, the South Branch Community Fund Committee has made some changes.
The group met December 7, at the South Dundas Municipal Centre in Morrisburg.
Ken Little of EDP Renewables which pays $30,000 into the fund annually, attended the meeting to consult with the committee on what improvements or changes can be made to the application process to make the process easier for all parties involved.
For the next application intake, there will be an information session to help anyone looking to better understand how to submit a proper application.
That will take place early in February.
The next application deadline is March 18, 2016, but in advance of that deadline, there will be a pre-application review, one month before the deadline.
This review is not the reject applications, but instead an opportunity for Ben Macpherson, the municipal staff member who oversees the process, to provide feedback and allow time for changes to be made by the applicants.
“The goal is to reduce the number of ineligible applications,” reported Macpherson. “The expectation is that the extra support for applicants will lead to submissions that meet the funding guidelines.”
The committee will continue to review all applications and decide which applications meet the fund criteria. Awarding of funds is a decision of municipal council.
At the December 7 committee meeting, Tracy Yalden was appointed committee chair.