More about process and more who, what and where details! (note date change!)

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Real money. Real projects. Real decisions – in District 7
Your city councillor has a budget of $92,000 to fund capital projects in your community.
We are trying a new and different way to make decisions about how to spend public money in your neighbourhood: Community members – like YOU – will decide how to spend this money.

Who CAN Apply?
– not-for-profit organization with broad community benefit
– PTA’s and SAC’s
– daycare (if project is accessible to community)
– sports club (not for profit)
– church halls which are used for community events and meetings
– volunteer organization that is not registered but operates in the manner of a registered non-profit or society (has regular meetings, is long-standing, has by-laws, has a constitution, keeps financial records)

Who CANNOT Apply?
– individuals
– business
– commercial or private enterprise
– industry
– political party
– organizations that fall under other levels of government, i.e. schools and hospital

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING PROCESS
Do you want to propose a project to be funded in District 7?
Here are the simple steps:

Step 1. You should attend the First Meeting on June 5, 7-9pm at Spencer House
Step 2. Read below to see if your organization and project are eligible
Step 3. Fill out the simple form (this is a Word doc)
Step 4. Send form to Lynn of Councillor Mason’s Office: mathesl@halifax.ca by NEW DATE: July 11 – deadline extended!

Then:

Lynn will read over your submission and double-check your project’s eligibility.
If you are eligible, you will receive information about presenting your project at the Second Meeting.

Which brings us to:

Step 5. Present your project at the Second Meeting on NEW DATE – JULY 19, 7-9pm
Step 6. Participants Vote
Step 7. Our team tallies the votes
Step 8. Funded Projects Announced!
Step 9. If funded, work with HRM staff to make your project happen

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY

Projects must:
– Benefit the general public and residents of District 7

The money can be used for things like:

– installing benches, bike racks, public art
– improvements to community-owned or HRM-owned assets including:

  • infrastructure
  • land
  • buildings
  • equipment
  • signage
  • fixtures
  • playground
  • park
  • trails
  • community hall
  • wharf

IMPORTANT NOTE: though the policy does say that neighbourhood capacity building is funded applicants should know it is difficult to get these types of projects approved.

For more details, you can read the HRM District Capital Policy here.

For important information about what the first community meeting felt were priorities, read here.

The policy will be explained at the first meeting, and more details will be posted on this website. In order to present at a project at the second meeting you MUST attend the first meeting. The councillor and event staff will be available to help people refine their ideas and make sure the projects are able to be funded.

FINAL ISSUE: who owns the property?
If a grant to a non-profit organization is to be used for real property (ie: land or building) the recipient organization must be the owner or joint owner of the property as registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of deeds, or, the recipient is the operator of HRM-owned real property under contract through an authorized facility management agreement, lease agreement, or license in effect for a minimum term of 5 years. The 5 year lease must be with HRM and not privately owned as per page 3 in the policy.

Property that is leased from a property other than HRM is not eligible for funding of construction, repairs or improvements to the leased property.

 

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