Councillor has questions over Renaissance Sackville’s grant process

Katie Tower
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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Concerns over how Renissance Sackville doles out some of its grant money have been raised recently by town council.

Coun. Shawn Mesheau said he’d be interested to know more about the criteria that’s involved in Renaissance’s grant application process and wonders how applicants qualify for funding. He said he’s like to see the issue included in the town’s ongoing strategic planning discussions.

Renaissance Sackville, although mainly funded by the town through a $50,000-a-year budget, is an independent organization run by a volunteer board. The organization offers modest seed funding and sometimes administrative support to new, start-up enterprises or projects.

Mesheau said he wondered how CHMA, the campus-community radio station at Mount Allison, qualified for a $5,000 grant this year. He said it’s his understanding that CHMA is funded mainly through student fees and wonders why Renaissance is funding the station.

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