The City of Nanaimo is searching for a new grants coordinator to secure outside funding for city projects and revenue.
The staff position is roughly three years old and was created after staff in the finance department determined there was enough workload involved in the process to warrant a designated employee to handle the paperwork.
The position comes with an annual salary of just under $70,000 and includes other general duties in the finance section related to budget analysis and planning. However, finance director Brian Clemens said the main responsibility of the position is to work through pages and pages of paperwork required by the government agencies that hand out the grants.
The applications themselves require relatively little work, Clemens said. The bigger part of the grants co-ordinator's job includes dealing with the various administrative tasks after the money is secured, including keeping track of how it is spent and reporting back to the source of the funds.
Clemens said getting hold of the funding is often "critical" for city projects. He cited the new water treatment plant as an example. The project has received $17.8 million from the Building Canada Fund alone. Clemens also pointed to $7.6 million the city has received from the General Strategic Priorities and Innovation Fund to complete a hydro generation component for the city's new water reservoir.
He said the grant co-ordinator is responsible for securing about $3.5 million in annual grants, including a climate action rebate from the province, a traffic fine revenue sharing program, plus gas tax revenue and casino revenue sharing --all of which require the city to keep track of how the money is spent.
"The actual application part of the job is much less than the administration part of it," Clemens said. "There can be long, complicated applications to be done, and we also search out grants and try to see if we can find new sources, but the reality is most of the work is doing the financial reporting on this," he added.
Clemens' department is also preparing a special budget report to council for Aug. 29.
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