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Carnival tops special grant list

Terry Kruger
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (Mar 04/05) - Caribou Carnival will celebrate its 50th anniversary festival with some extra cash from City Hall.

It is one of 19 groups to receive a special grant this year; being awarded a quarter of the $100,000 pot. The grant for Caribou Carnival is in addition to the $17,000 it received this year in core funding.

Carnival co-ordinator Carol Van Tighem said she was ecstatic about the new funding.

"This has given us a little bit of a pillow to rest our heads on," she said.

The funding will help Carnival organizers confirm all the planned Northern and cultural activities like a Dene and Arctic Games and a tent for Northern performers.

One other core funding recipient, Folk on the Rocks - it gets $15,000 this year - will receive $10,000 for safety improvements to the concert site.

The grants were recommended by a committee of Yellowknife residents, a change from previous years when city councillors decided who received the money.

"This has been the most thorough examination of special grants," said Coun. Dave McCann at Monday's council meeting.

In all, 26 organizations submitted funding requests by the Jan. 10 deadline totalling $245.977.46.

Five groups received cash from the grant fund in 2004: Nats'eju' Dahk'e, Yellowknife Community Wellness Coalition, Paddlers for Parts, Western Arctic Moving Pictures and the Yellowknife Playschool Association.

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