This year, I have invited all Cortes Not-for-Profit organizations to participate in a collaborative budgeting process for the distribution of Grant-In-Aid funds from the Strathcona Regional District (SRD). The SRD has $25,000 to allocate to Cortes and I have committed to taking to the SRD Board the allocation recommendation derived from this collaborative vetting and voting process. (I have sent out info to reps from all NGOs, but if you are part of an organization and have not yet heard of this process and think that you should have, please contact me immediately.)
I have asked all organizations to submit their project proposals by this Friday, May 8th. In doing so, I have asked them to consider:
- How could their requested funds best serve the long-term resilience of the island as a whole?
- What are their organizations' core needs for survival?
- How can we leverage other funds with this small pot?
All applications will then be made available for all organisations to consider. We will then have two zoom meetings with reps from each organization where project proposals will be pitched, refined, re-submitted and then voted on by all.
This is a test of a process that could be a very powerful tool for distributing island generosity to the most compelling projects, and all done by those that know the Island’s non-profit landscape best! I strongly believe that if we can build something that begins to bend toward a common understanding of priorities, something that starts to be a common voice for the island, the funds, resources and supports needed will rise to meet the needs in remarkable ways.
The next few Cortes virtual community meetings will profile some of the key project proposals that emerge through this collective prioritization and budgeting process. This week’s community meeting at 4:30 on Tuesday the 5th will feature Loni Taylor of the Cortes Community Economic Development Association and Tamara McPhail from the Linnaea Farm Society who will be talking with me about their food security initiatives. For participation details see https://www.cortesisland.com/tideline/show12832a5s/Food_Security_-_this_Weeks_Virtual_Cortes_Community_Meeting
Warmly, Noba Anderson