Vernon Council hands out grants

A cycling group has ridden its way to a $16,600 grant from the City of Vernon, which will come from the tourism marketing budget. City council approved the funding on Monday.

The 600-member North Okanagan Cycling Society maintains approximately 200 kilometres of trails.

The organization has grown significantly over the past few years and is beginning to attract more tourists to the region.

The funding will be used to install signs on trail routes, especially for tourists who don’t know the mountain bike trails in the area. Signage would be placed in Kalamalka, Ellison and Silver Star provincial parks.

As well, council has handed out some discretionary, one-time grants to:

  • Vernon Winter Carnival Society to support Canada’s 150th birthday $5,000
  • North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA) Child Development Centre for construction of a new clubhouse $10,000
  • Upper Room Mission to purchase new equipment $9,000

Council has denied a number of grant applications, including a request for $25,000 to install a fire suppression system at Caetani House and $15,000 to cover the costs of the hot air balloon fiesta event during winter carnival.

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