Eight service groups ask for $1.2 million

Abbotsford council receives requests for fee-for-service grants.

Eight local service groups have asked council for funding totalling $1,239,900.

Council voted to defer any decision on fee-for-service grant applications until upcoming 2013 budget discussions.

Of the eight agencies applying, five have asked for the same amount as last year, while three groups have inquired about an increase.

The MSA Museum Society is requesting $100,000 (up from $75,000), the Abbotsford Arts Council requested $23,000 (from $18,000) and the Abbotsford Youth Commission is seeking $197,900 (up from $195,000).

Groups requesting the same amount as last year include the Abbotsford Agrifair ($90,000), the Reach Gallery Museum ($625,000), Elizabeth’s Wildlife Society ($14,000), Abbotsford Restorative Justice ($120,000) and Tourism Abbotsford ($70,000).

The staff report suggests that council should approve funding for all groups, but only at last year’s levels.

That would reduce the total request amount to $1,207,000.

Fee-for-service agreements are reviewed each year by council. The money is paid to organizations that provide services deemed to be a benefit to the community.

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