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New grant committee will feature mix of community

Organizations looking for money from the City of Cold Lake will be making a pitch to a new committee in the future. City council is in the process of creating a new “Community Grant Advisory Committee” that will hear from groups looking for funding and then pass on recommendations to the council.

In the past, organizations would pitch their ideas straight to the council during regular meetings. Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland says things will soon be a little different with the new group.

“They’ll have the opportunity to review all of the applications and recommend to council what they suggest for monetary value.”

The new committee was the brainchild of Councillor Chris Vining. It will be made up of two councillors, two members-at-large from the community and two youth members. Copeland says he’s especially excited about the idea of having a younger voice in the decisions.

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“I think the age group will be around 14 to 25 [years old]. We want to get the youth involved in the decision making in our community.”

The idea is now being put through as a bylaw that will be voted on in the next few council meetings. After the idea is set-in-stone, applications to join the committee will open up.

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