Community Grants Committee

The Community Grants Committee reviews grant applications and recommends financial allocations to council for projects that enhance quality of life for residents under two grants: Community Grants for registered non-profits charities or societies and the FCSS Building Bridges Grants for local non-registered community groups and/or individuals.

Current Members
Lori BaynePublic Member
Heather DempseyPublic Member
Barb PelhamPublic Member
Amy BrazierPublic Member
Monica DominguezPublic Member


Community Grants Committee Terms of Reference

1.0 COMPOSITION OF COMMITTEE
1.1 The Community Grants Committee is comprised of five members of the public.

1.2 Members of the committee will be appointed by council directly in accordance with the Town of Banff Procedures Bylaw and Committee Appointments Policy. 

1.3 In appointing Committee members, council shall endeavour to include representatives from various age and cultural demographics of the community and interest areas such as recreation, social, business etc. 

1.4 One public member may be between sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) years of age. 

1.5 Members will be appointed for terms up to three (3) years. Member terms shall be time staggered to allow for succession planning.

1.6 If a member resigns or is unable to serve, a replacement may be appointed by council from the list of applicants, who applied in that calendar year, to fill the remainder of the term. 

1.7 The committee shall elect a chair person at the beginning of the meeting.

1.8 A designate of Community Services, Town of Banff staff shall facilitate the adjudication process.

2.0 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
2.1 The Community Grants Committee reviews grant applications and recommends financial allocations to council for projects that enhance quality of life for residents under two funding streams:

  • Municipal Community Grants for registered non-profits charities or societies providing services in Banff that meet the grant criteria up to $5,000;
  • FCSS Building Bridges Grants for local non-registered community groups and/or individuals working to further outcomes as defined in the FCSS agreement up to $2,000.

3.0 DUTIES AND POWERS
3.1 The Community Grants Committee is advisory in nature, making recommendations to council by way of resolution for financial allocations of the community grants. 

3.2 The function of the Community Grants Committee is to: 

i) Review the applications received for both streams of grant funding, complete ranking process and scoring matrix based on criteria and priorities;

ii) Prepare a list of successful and recommended recipients for municipal community grants, FCSS building bridges grants, and associated grant amounts after the adjudication process is complete.

iii) Submit recommendations to council for final approval.

4.0 MEETINGS
4.1 The Community Grants Committee will determine the meeting schedule they require to complete their mandate. 

4.2 The committee meeting is to comply with the requirements of the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, cM-26, as amended, and the Procedural Bylaw of the Town of Banff, as amended or repealed and replaced from time to time.

4.3 All committee meetings shall be open to the public, with items protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act discussed in a closed meeting in accordance with usual procedures.

4.4 Quorum shall be a simple majority of voting members. Matters shall be decided by discussion and majority vote. 

5.0 LIAISON
5.1 The Community Development Coordinator and/or designate from Community Services shall attend meetings and provide administrative support. Other departmental representation shall attend committee meetings as deemed necessary. 

5.2 The Community Development Coordinator and/or designate from Community Services shall liaise with grant applicants and ensure complete applications and reporting.

5.3 The Community Development Coordinator and/or designate from Community Services shall report outcomes of the projects funded to the committee members and council.

6.0 REVIEW
6.1 The committee terms of reference shall be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect the current mandate of the committee.