Rachel’s Kids requesting $350K taxpayer grant

(Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – An organization which helps poor, abused and neglected children both locally and internationally is asking for $350,000 in taxpayer money.

The Rachel’s Kids Development Fund is among this year’s applications for the City of Cornwall’s grants to outside agencies.

The request is roughly a third of the global amount being requested by all agencies and bigger than the two largest historical grant asks – the tourism agency and the museum – put together.

The money would be used to build three special needs rooms to help treat children on the autism spectrum and with ADHD. It would also be used to build three more rooms for holistic child care, called the Head Start Program.

In its application, the organization said it’s seeking funding from at least four other avenues to move ahead with its one-time funded project.

Rachel’s Kids also wants to open a community building (and the rooms would be part of that building). According to its budget submission, it plans to spend $250,000 on capital work next year.

Over $1 million in grant requests

Rachel’s Kids is among four new agencies asking for funding. The TrilliArts classical music festival, which was held this year, wants $72,000. The Hearing Foundation of Canada has a $2,500 application and the French-Canadian Association is requesting $30,000.

Some of the agencies that received money last year are back asking for the same amount this year. They are Cornwall and the Counties Tourism ($181,144), Aultsville Theater ($97,000), the Seaway Senior Citizens Club ($30,000) and the Santa Claus Parade Committee ($4,500).

Some that didn’t get money are also back, like Counselling and Support Services of SD&G, which is asking for nearly $27,000.

Some agencies are asking for a little bit more, such as the SD&G Historical Society ($114,108 – $111,871 last year), TAG Cornwall ($85,000 – $13,500 last year), Centre Charles-Emile-Claude ($39,924 – last year $30,000), Centre culturel du Cornwall ($40,000 – last year $16,000), Agape Center ($60,000 – last year $10,000), Your Arts Council ($43,800 – last year $35,000) and the Encore Seniors’ Education Center ($7,500 – in 2013 received $5,000).

There is also a group asking for in-kind services from the city. Those include the Cornwall Triathlon, the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, the Cornwall and District Service Club Council, the Cornwall Seaway Lions Club (for Ribfest), the Heart and Stroke Foundation (for Waterfest), the Parade of Nations and Beyond 21 (for Food Fest). Some of those groups requesting grants have also asked for in-kind services.

The budget will be drafted with the assumption the amount of money available for grants for 2016 will be the same as it was this year – $525,000.

The budget process is expected to kick off the second week of January with a presentation to city council on Jan. 11, 2016.

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