Osoyoos town council has approved nearly $65,000 in community service grants to 21 local non-profit organizations.

The town received more than 25 applications and more than $100,000 in grant requests, though some of those turned down were not non-profit.

Most did not receive the full amount they requested.

Town staff and councillors Mike Campol and Jim King assessed the applications.

“I’m really comfortable with the way we allocated the funds,” Campol said when the issue was discussed at council’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

“I wish we had $150,000 to give out,” Campol continued, adding that the requests were reasonable. “These are tough decisions to make when we’re looking at splitting up the pie.”

Among the larger grants were $6,500 to the Osoyoos Festival Society, $6,000 for Canada Day Fireworks, $5,000 for the Osoyoos Ambassador Committee and $4,000 for the archery program.

Other grants ranged from $1,000 to $3,500 and went to the Osoyoos Elks Senior Citizens Society, high school bursaries, Osoyoos Elks Lodge, International Curling Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society, Desert Valley Hospice Society, Osoyoos Gift Cupboard, Osoyoos Pickleball Club, South Okanagan Integrated Community Services, Osoyoos Elementary School Parent Advisory Council, Desert Park Exhibition Society, Osoyoos Minor Baseball, Osoyoos Lake Paddle Club, Osoyoos Secondary School, McKinney Nordic Ski Club, and 232 Bighorn Air Cadet Squadron.

Richard McGuire, Osoyoos Times