Summerland council to apply for grant funding

Money for two projects sought under funding initiatives

Summerland council will apply for grant funding under two initiatives.

At the Nov. 26 municipal council meeting, council approved the two grant applications.

Council will apply for an electrical utility voltage conversion application under the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Fund.

This funding is expected to increase the electrical utility’s system efficiency by a factor of nine times. If the funding is approved, the work would be done at the same time as the municipality is replacing aging infrastructure.

Council will also apply for funding to upgrade the arts and cultural centre, the museum building and the adjacent grounds.

This application is under the Community, Culture and Recreation Fund.

The arts and cultural centre building is undergoing improvements, and upgrade work has also been identified as a need for the museum building.

A report to council states that the grounds around these two buildings could be developed to be used as a cultural hub of activity.

The Rural and Northern Infrastructure Fund has up to $95 million available, with no limit on the maximum allowable funding per project.

The selected projects will received 90 per cent funding from the grant, with the municipality funding the remaining 10 per cent.

The Community Culture and Recreation Fund has up to $134.8 million available, with no limit on the maximum allowable funding.

Under this program, the grant would provide 73.33 per cent of the money, with the municipality providing the remaining 26.67 per cent.

The municipality does not have approximate overall costs for either of the two projects.

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