Grant worth $200K presented

Summerland has received more than $200,000 through the province’s Strategic Community Investment Fund and traffic fine revenues.

Summerland has received more than $200,000 through the province’s Strategic Community Investment Fund and traffic fine revenues.

The funding, announced last week, provides the community with $168,084 from the Small Community Investment Fund and another $36,198 from traffic fine revenues.

The small community grants are given to local governments to assist in providing basic services while the traffic fine revenue is used to assist communities with police enforcement costs.

“These funds help local governments invest in priority projects that benefit everyone,” said Dan Ashton, MLA for the Penticton riding which includes Summerland.

“They also support important day-to-day operations and services that local residents rely on.”

Lorrie Coates, chief financial officer for Summerland, said the Small Community Investment Fund grant will go to the municipality to be used where it is most needed.

The traffic revenue funding will go to pay a portion of policing costs in Summerland, but it is not designated for anything more specific within the policing budget, Coates said.

The amount of the traffic revenue grant is based on policing costs.

The Small Community Investment Fund grant, for communities of less than 20,000 people is calculated using a base amount, the community’s population and assessment values.

Across the province, funding of $56.2 million was distributed to communities and regional districts.


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