Decision on grants expected in early 2016

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The Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) is awaiting the results of several grant applications for upcoming projects.

The municipality has received one grant and is awaiting word on a second for programs tailored to recreation for seniors in Sun Peaks. The municipality has confirmed $1,000 from the Age Friendly Community Recognition Grant and is awaiting confirmation on a $10,000 grant from the New Horizon’s for Seniors Program.

The grants would be used for improving maps and signs for ability levels of trails, as well as building small exercise stations along walking trails.

“Grants for recreation purposes and those kind of things are important because most people are here for lifestyle. Unless we can offer that lifestyle it can be more and more difficult to find people who want to live in Sun Peaks,” said Mayor Al Raine.

SPMRM is also awaiting a $9,000 grant from the Union of B.C. Municipalities for asset management. The grant would cover approximately half of the cost of putting together a financial plan for the maintenance of the municipality’s assets.

“Even though we’re a young community and we don’t have that many assets we still need to have an idea of how we’re paying for them and how we’re replacing them going into the future,” said chief administrative officer Rob Bremner.

The municipality also applied for a Strategic Wildfire Prevention Grant to continue clearing fuel from the forests surrounding Sun Peaks. Raine estimates between $600,000 and $700,000 has been spent over the past 15 years to help guard the community in case of a wildfire threat.

SPMRM has also applied for a $4 million grant from the Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund, which would be used to build a roof over the new outdoor rink once it is built.

The municipality expects to hear from each application in early 2016.

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