Community groups ask Norwich Township council for $57,000 in grants

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Community organizations in Norwich Township have asked council to contribute a total of almost $57,000 to help them continue operations and offset some expenses this year.

The annual community grants meeting was held Feb. 9, when representatives from each of the 12 community groups seeking funding appeared before council to support their official applications.

“We have made some preliminary decisions but won't be formalizing anything until the operating budget is passed on March 9,” said Mike Legge, township finance director.

First up at the council meeting were members of the Norwich Jr. C Merchants 50th anniversary committee seeking a grant of $3,450 to help with promotional signage for this year's anniversary celebration. Wayne Chalkley and Martin Wylie explained the committee's mandate and how the planning is progressing for the various anniversary events.

“We're really asking for your help getting the word out to everyone,” said Wylie.

Murray Hilliker of the Norwich Musical Society Band explained that group's request for $2,500 is to help the band continue to exist. He said this year's request is lower than last year, but will help to augment the revenue from the band's paid performances.

For the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club, the $2,900 request is earmarked for offsetting the cost of property taxes and utilities.

“The township has always supported us and we appreciate that support,” said Kathleen Welch.

The same gratitude came from Jo Ellen McKay who represented the Norwich United Church in its request for $3,500 to offset the cost of the church's summer program.

Also on the agenda were:

Norwich and District Historical Society - $30,000 for operating costs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Woodstock - $4,000 to establish mentoring programs

Otterville Otters Swim Team - $2,500 to help fund the Tri-County swim meet that will be hosted in Otterville in August

Welcome Back to Otterville - $300 toward the cost of promoting the studio tour

Oxford County Plowmen's Association - $150 to promote good farm practice and support the club's plowing match

Youth for Christ/Youth Unlimited - $5,000 for operating costs

Norwich and District Optimist Club - $1,000 to support the tractor pull and corn maze

Tillsonburg and District Multi-Service Centre - $1,649 to meet the needs of township residents who use the centre's services





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