A proposed resource centre, organized by Summerland United Church, will receive significant funding from municipal council.
On Monday, council approved a $20,000 grant-in-aid for the Summerland Community Resource Centre for 2013.
This grant will be included in the 2013 budget.
The cost of operating the resource centre is estimated at $42,000 a year. Of this amount, $12,000 will come from Summerland United Church who would also donate the use of the church basement.
Another $10,000 will come from the Summerland Food Bank with the remainder to come from the municipality.
The municipal finance committee endorsed the recommendation.
“The committee felt that grants-in-aid were meant to help organizations to start up in the community and that funding could be reduced in future years once the requesting organization became more established,” Ken Ostraat, director of finance said in a report to council.
The committee recommended a one-year commitment, but would consider giving additional funding in the future.
The United Church proposed the centre more than a year ago, in October, 2011.
At the time, John Bubb, a member of the church, said the centre would provide resources to those in need from one location.
“Summerland’s been gradually losing community services,” he told council on Monday evening. “The food bank has been there since 1985 and the need is still quite acute.”
Council gave unanimous support to the centre. “I think it’s a fabulous project,” said Coun. Bruce Hallquist.