DISTRICT OF PORT HARDY PHOTO                                Port Hardy Mayor and Council received a letter approving grant funds for its Emergency Social Services Program Enhancement project.

DISTRICT OF PORT HARDY PHOTO Port Hardy Mayor and Council received a letter approving grant funds for its Emergency Social Services Program Enhancement project.

District of Port Hardy receives ESS grant funding

District gets $23,361.88 grant fund for its Emergency Social Services Program Enhancement project.

The District of Port Hardy will be receiving a $23,361.88 grant payment for its Emergency Social Services (ESS) Program Enhancement project.

The district applied for the grant funding through the Province of B.C.’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, and Port Hardy Mayor and Council received a letter dated Jan. 17 from Rebecca Bishop, Program Officer, stating that “the Evaluation Committee has approved funding for your project,” adding, “on behalf of the Evaluation Committee, I would like to congratulate the District of Port Hardy for responding to this opportunity to develop ESS capacity to support the resiliency of B.C. Communities.”

“Does somebody who’s on that committee want to update us on what the funding is exactly for?” asked Port Hardy Mayor Hank Bood at the Feb. 13 council meeting.

Director of Corporate Services, Heather Nelson-Smith, replied that the monies was for “emergency social services supplies, which will also include a storage container to hold them in, and the supplies include cots, sleeping bags, comfort kits, ponchos, blankets, first aid supplies, as well as signage and anything else needed.”

“Alright, so that’s a good thing,” said Bood, who then moved the meeting on to the next item listed on the agenda.