Champlain Township has contacted community organizations which were grant recipients in 2020, asking community groups to let the township know whether or not the funds were used for the specific purpose outlined in the organizations’ applications, given the cancellations and changed plans due to the ongoing pandemic.

Late last year, the township announced $26,464 in community grants to local organizations for 2020.

Now, organizations can submit a written request for other events or projects this year for council’s approval, can submit a written request to keep the grant for the same events or projects in 2021 or can reimburse the funds received for 2020.

Recipients cannot transfer funds for projects that were not identified in the grant application — without council’s prior approval.

Community grants were allocated for 2020 as follows:

Vankleek Hill Sunshine Euchre Club: $150; Vankleek Hill Skating Club: $750; Ski-Vent-Clic: $1,000; Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre: $700; Vankleek Hill Curling Club: $500; Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society: $4,000; Vankleek Hill and District Historical Society: $4,000; Higginson Tower Committee: $4,000; Porchfest Vankleek Hill: $700; Banque Alimentaire de L’Orignal: $1,000; Ancienne Prison de L’Orignal Old Jail: $5,000; Patrimoine L’Orignal-Longueuil Heritage (PLLH): $2,115; Vankleek Hill Sports Club: $900; Eastern Prescott Russell Minor Hockey Association: $999; Vankleek Hill Fiddle and Dance Association: $300; Seniors Christmas Gala: $350.

Community Facility Usage grants (in-kind) were allotted to the following organizations: $1,215 to the Canadian Cancer Society/Russell Gauley Breakfast and $1,426 to the Vankleek Hill & District Horticultural Society, $2,453 to Services communautaires de Prescott et Russell; $1,326 to Club des ainés Inc; $205 to the Eastern Prescott Russell Minor Hockey Association; $325 to Breakfast with Santa; $1,215 to the Vankleek Hill Fiddle and Dance Association; $285 to the Seniors Christmas Gala; $909 to the Vankleek Hill Sports Club; $121 to the Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste and $227 to the Club du Réveil Vankleek Hill, for a total of $9,706.

The municipality’s rental facilities have been closed since March 13th and will not open for another couple of weeks, according to Champlain Township.