Opinion

Our take: Please don’t take this grant for granted

Grant announcements are the glue that keeps our social and physical infrastructure together, and gets governments re-elected.

So it is hardly unusual for community newspaper readers to stumble across a grant story on a semi-regular basis.

It’s possible that some may take grants for granted.

That is why it is necessary to pay special attention to the recent $125,000 Aviva Community Fund grant handed to the school community at Ecole Mount Prevost.

This is not some annual slush fund from a provincial or federal ministry doled out to a majority of community service organizations and municipal governments in order to help provide the facilities and services that taxpayers want in their communities.

And it is not something decided on with any ulterior motives of “fairness” or political brownie points.

The Aviva grant is awarded based on three factors: merit, support (as measured by internet voting) and chances of success.

An organization is not awarded such a grant unless it clearly demonstrates that not only is the project necessary, it also has the firm commitment of a community behind it dedicated to turn it into reality.

And it also had to beat out hundreds of other similar projects being put forth by similarly dedicated communities.

This is a grant that is tough to get. This is a grant that is earned.

The Ecole Mount Prevost community deserves a lot of credit for this, as does the surrounding neighbourhood.

We can’t wait to see the community playground take shape.

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